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Elusive Black Cats of Texas

The Legend The legends of black cats living in and around the Piney Woods region of East Texas and Central Texas Hill Country have been told for generations. My stepfather, who would often take us boating in a lake outside of Tyler, was the first person to tell me of the cats when I was

Scary Video Games to Play During Lockdown

I just read that the stay-at-home order for the coronavirus may be extended into the summer. Yeah, that’s just the news I was hoping for because I love being isolated. Staying at home with nothing to do is not always fun. However, if you have watched as much Netflix as humanly possible, then I suggest

A Few of My Favorite Poems

Hi everyone. Have you been well? I certainly hope so. The days have been long for me, and the nights even longer so. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for things to get back to normal. After all, watching television for hours on end is pretty cool for the first couple of

Real Nightmares: Joe Meets the Yeti

Let me tell you the earliest recurring nightmare of mine I can remember. I must’ve had this same dream a dozen times when I was around 4 or 5. I can’t even believe I’m typing it up now. This may be the single most personal thing I’ve ever written. In this dream, I’ve been taken

Supernatural Beings Common in Horror Tales

If you plan on spending any amount of time watching horror movies during this quarantine, you may be interested in learning more about the supernatural creatures that often play a part in these films. Now, I can’t promise to explain every single one of them to you in this blog post, but you should be

Herschell Gordon Lewis made the ‘Midsommar’ of 1964

There was a time when the sun did not set on the VHS empire. Even in a smallish town like the one where I grew up in the 1980s — Flushing, MI, population hovering around 8,000 — there were a few stores that rented VHS tapes. My folks let me get Jason and the Argonauts

Dearest Corona, Purveyor of Fear

You may be a virus, But you are spreading fear, Far and near, To the youngest and oldest among us. We now walk around afraid to breathe, We’ve been stripped away of things that bring us delight, Everywhere we go there is the feeling of fright, The world looks like a scary dream. Yes, you

Write It Once, Sell It Five Times

“Make it new” was the dictum of poet Ezra Pound (1885-1972). And it’s a nice thought, really, but let’s face facts. Making something altogether new is a lot of work. And, besides, why bother making it new when there’s plenty of good old stuff you can recycle? Even Ezra may have borrowed his own slogan

A Few Quotes from Our Vampire Friends

Lately, I’ve been watching Castlevania on and off with my boyfriend. Let’s be honest. I’ve been watching a lot of television lately to fill up all of the excess time on my hands due to the Coronavirus. I really can’t go to any of my usual haunts, so Netflix has become an important part of

This Movie Shows Why Social Distancing Isn’t Such a Bad Thing

So… Pretty crappy week, huh? We’re all social-distancing now. Can’t go anywhere. Can’t do anything. Everything’s canceled or closed down. No concerts. No parties. No shows. You can’t even high-five strangers on the street anymore. These are lonely, anxious times. We miss getting together with friends and relatives the way we used to. But maybe

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