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Book of the Week: Strangely Enough by C. B. Colby / Happy Halloween

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , on October 31, 2019 by ranranami

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First of all, happy Halloween! Second, the book of the week is once more brought to you by nostalgia. One of my fondest memories as a kid was going to places like Goodwill or huge library book sales where you could pay 5-10 bucks for a large brown bag to fill with books to your heart’s content. This was one of many finds I had that was decommissioned after a long and honorable service (1959 actually). With most of the stories being fairly easy to read, generally no more than 2-3 pages, it’s such a great book to burn through and read to kids. Not to mention, it’s not so morbid or dark that you’d have to deal with too many nightmares afterwards.

Vintage Magazine: Famous Monsters of Filmland, Vol. 1, No. 1 (64 – End)

Posted in MAgazines, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2019 by ranranami

Not a terribly long entry today, just wrapping up the last of the magazine issue before I get to work on finishing up edits for tomorrow’s podcast episode. Really wish I had 2 physical copies of this one, just to have one for archiving and one to take out that awesome monster poster towards the end. Is it a crab? Is it a grasshopper? Who knows?!

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Book of the Week: Who’s Been Sleeping in my Grave? (Ghosts of Fear Street #2) by R. L. Stine

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2019 by ranranami

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Fueled by fond library memories of my childhood perusing the shelves and grabbing the most intensely-shaded books with the brightest titles, I was thinking about the Ghosts of Fear Street series this morning. I read all of R. L. Stine’s stuff throughout my childhood, stopping with a Nightmare Room book before I finally felt I’d outgrown his stuff. Goosebumps, Fear Street, Ghosts of Fear Street – – I loved them all. Why? Because they were mostly kids books that rarely had a happy ending, and it just felt scarier that way.

Some day I might revisit all of his books, though it’d be a monumental task. Whether they’re easy 1-day reads or not, there are a lot of them. However, this one was one of my favorites. A kid has a creepy substitute teacher who has a particular fondness for him. Nostalgia is the main operator here, because I don’t remember much. Except the chills that ran down my spine whenever the substitute teacher was described, and when her true identity was revealed in all it’s – – gory. (Get it? Gory? Glory?)

Vintage Magazine: Famous Monsters of Filmland, Vol. 1, No. 1 (50 – 63)

Posted in MAgazines, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2019 by ranranami

Not much to say this issue except – I wonder how that voodoo snake ring works? It’s gotta be a good deal at only $1…unless they cut off right before ‘+ shipping and soul handling’.

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Movie Monster Cocktails

Posted in Food, Media, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , on October 21, 2019 by ranranami

As I just love a fun themed cocktail and I spend a lot of time promising myself I will eventually use that chemistry cocktail set my friends gave me three years ago, I couldn’t help but wonder – – are there other horror fans out there who’ve already done the legwork for me so that when I pull out my Friday the 13th set or my Ash Vs. Evil dead collection I’ve already got a recipe?

That was a stupid question. Of course there are. Below are some videos I’ve found that seemed to fit the theme best, provided they didn’t use Falernum. I hate Falernum, sorry gang. Also, please be sure to check out the other videos these guys have made if you enjoyed them. They’ve got some pretty cool stuff. Incidentally, a note of advice about flavored whipped creams if you’re struggling to find them, use 1/2 – 1 tsp of a flavored extract and blend it with heavy whipping cream. It’ll save you the legwork. If you want it sweeter, use a coffee syrup instead. Torani and Da Vinci are two of my preferred brands thanks to their sugar free options.

Vintage Magazine: Famous Monsters of Filmland, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Pg. 14 – 30)

Posted in Comics, MAgazines, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2019 by ranranami

Continuing from where we left off with Famous Monsters, this section contains some stories and more cool film info. Later today I’ll be sharing our latest podcast episode too, hopefully. Provided I can finish the editing in time!

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Halloween 2019 Playlist

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , on October 10, 2019 by ranranami

I’m going to be honest, there was very little rhyme or reason to this Halloween playlist except to have something playing in the background at your Halloween party if you want something for the wallflowers to watch. Or, you know, the horror nerds like us who like just about everything Halloween!