Armagideon Time

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Wish a most happy birthday to the Queen of Animals, who is not only a spooky season enthusiast but has also been putting up with my nonsense since I was a surly teenager. Recommended listening:

Though I got a late start on it, I’ve finally embarked on my October playthrough of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. This will be the twenty-first year I’ve observed this annual tradition, which is a bit scary in and of itself. Akumajō Dracula X: Gekka no Yasōkyoku was one of the first games I imported […]

That’s right, kiddies. We used to get our monster movie fixes on magnetic tape spooled inside a hard plastic shell. And those suckers weren’t cheap, either. Even the discount bins at dead retail chains like the dreaded Suncoast Video or the terrible Tower Records ran as much if not more than the day-one DVD release […]

My good pal, occasional collaborator, and Destiny brother Daniel Butler was doing quick sketch card commissions a while back, so I threw some cash his way for a quartet of favorite horror flick characters. Mythic Helen (Virginia Madsen) from Candyman and Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) from Halloween were for Maura, and Verden Fell (Vincent Price) […]

The Seventies were a time of terror, and I’m not just talking about the fashion styles. The upheavals of the late Sixties ushered in a Strange New Decade of heightened anxiety and an loosening of cultural mores. The face of the looming unknown took a multitude of shapes, with a significant number reflecting those subcurrents […]

I’ve learned over the years that childhood ownership of the Remco monster toys — either the Mego-scale dolls or Star Wars scale figures — conveys membership in a secret cult of Spooky Kids whose interests and practices transcend both space and time. Maura still has hers in our attic somewhere. Also, my maternal grandfather bought […]

In the fall of 1984, my family moved out of our cramped North Woburn apartment and into the other side of my grandparents’ duplex just north of Woburn Center. Lil Bro and I got our own room with bunkbeds and a door and everything. That may not sound like a radical development, but it was […]

The Don Knotts Courier-Gazette’s headline that day read “A G-G-G-G-GHOST?” but comically hurled itself out the nearest open window before the image could be taken. Recommended listening: From the scene that refuses to die.

John Byrne wasn’t too thrilled with working on Alpha Flight, which probably explains why his run on the series was so damn weird and full of Cronenbergian body horror. It hasn’t aged gracefully enough to be labeled a “classic” (which, to be fair, applies to most Eighties superhero comics), but it’s still a pretty interesting […]

From the moment of Warhammer 40k‘s release in 1987, fans speculated whether the miniature-based wargame would be followed by a spin-off along the lines of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. While the original Rogue Trader rules did incorporate some rudimentary RPG mechanics, it was first and foremost a wargaming system, as were later skirmish-based side franchises such […]

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