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  1. ''THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS'' Marketed by MGM Pictures in 1967, ''The Fearless Vampire Killers'' was a Comedy-Horror Film which garnered some attention. Although made with an Eastern European Cast, The Movie did somewhat well considering the genre. Noted for featuring American Actress and infamous murder victim Sharon Tate, the film pokes fun at Vampire Films up to that date. Dealing with a pair of bungling ''professional'' Vampire Hunters, they attempt to save the life of a beautiful damsel from the horrible Count Krolock. The Count plans to ''make'' Her His Bride at an annual gathering of ''vampires'' at The Count's Castle. This ''Masquerade'' of The Undead leads to the eventual death of The Count and escape – but not before out beautiful Maiden become the ''new'' Queen of The Undead/ Silly – yes, but rather well filmed for atmospheric effects and still a watchable piece of Horror History.
  2. ''CHAMBER OF HORRORS'' Part ''Crime Drama'' merged into Horror, 1966s ''Chamber of Horrors'' was originally filmed for American Television, with the hopes of creating a series (ala ''Sherlock Holmes''). Set in late 19th Century Maryland, a ''brilliant, but hyper-insane'' Killer is caught by Police, but escapes (faking His own death by chopping off His hand, secured by cuffs to a Prison Train). He resurrects Himself – now with a collection of attachable ''devices'' and decides to seek revenge on those who ''wronged Him''. Somewhat ''episodic'' as was the genre in some Horror films of the Era – it's well known Cast did nothing to boost the poor reception by Critics. ''Hammy'' to some, ''Chamber of Horrors'' is still a clever piece of mid-1960s Horror ''fluff'' still fun to watch.
  3. ''CARNIVAL OF SOULS'' A unique and bizarre film from 1962 – ''Carnival of Souls'' is among the first of the independently made Horror films, which (while a ''B''-Film''), was worthy of a Rod Serling ''Twilight Zone'' Episode. Black and White and devoid of any known Stars, the film captures the nuances of ''nightmare dream sequences'' to great effect. A Cult following of many years and several remakes – do nothing to capture the still excellent quality of the 1962 original. Centering around a woman who survives a car accident, She has no recollection as to ''how She survived'' or even ended up in a small Town She has never been to. ''Shadowed'' by a ghoulish figure known as ''The Man'' and the appearances of pale, phantom-like figures only the Woman can see, the films ends with a great ''shock point'' that, despite the at sometimes ''quirky acting'' is well worth the wait. Available on all Mediums today, ''Carnival of Souls'' is a must see!
  4. ''GRAEAE'' In Greek Mythology – The Graeae were three blind Witches, who had the power of Future ''sight''. This ability was tapped into by the use of a single ''enchanted eye'' which – if held by a Graeae – allowed Her to ''see''. Related to The Gorgons, The Graeae were featured in the Story of Perseus, and were instrumental in His quest to find weapons to destroy Medusa.
  5. ''ATHOS” One of The Ancient Greek Mythology's ''Gigantes'' (a Race of Giants descended from The Titans). Athos was noted for His ''fight'' with The God Poseidon. During their epic conflict. Athos was said to have picked up a giant stone and threw it at The God. But Poseidon deflected the stone, and hurled it back at Athos, killing Him instead. The ''rock'' is said to be what is now called Mount Athos in Northern Greece, seen as a ''Holy Place'' in Eastern Orthodox Catholicism.
  6. Article for Monday, 08-02.......... ''German Sturmgeschutz III Tank'' (World War II) Article for Tuesday, 08-03.......... ''A La Lanterne'' (Torture Thru The Ages) Article for Wednesday, 08-04......... ''British Martin-Baker MB-5 Fighter Plane'' (World War II)
  7. ''WICCA'' Wicca is a Pagan (and Neo-Pagan) Folk Religious Belief System, which was first ''created'' in the early 20th Century AD (and based on much more ancient principles). Traditionally seen as ''Natural Magic'' or ''Earth Magic'', Wicca's origins are closely associated with most forms of early Witchcraft and Spellcraft. Originally- not ''Evil'' in intent (but defensive if need be), it was classified as Pagan and Heretical by most Christian Churches. Organized into ''Traditions'', Wiccans use a variety of folk remedies and stylized rituals. Wiccans believe in a wide Parthenon of Gods and Goddesses that ''show favor'' to various Practitioners for their ''devotion''. And while often portrayed as ''Witches and Warlocks'', the goal of Wicca is to promote a ''oneness'' with Humanity and Nature (seen as the personification of a ''Female'' Creator Deity). While most of their portrayal in Literature an later films were akin to Witches, ''true'' Wiccans are quick to point out that there are no similarities. It is estimated at close to 1 million persons are Followers and Practitioners of Wicca – Worldwide.
  8. ''WITCHES HAT'' Instantly identifiable – the conical and black ''Witches Hat'' is well known throughout The World. Hardly any portrayal of ''classical'' Witches are found without the ''pointed'' headdress. But in reality, The Witches Hat is more an invention of indeterminate origins and outright superstition and prejudice. Some Arcane Scholars cite the 2nd Century BC and a style of conical wool cap favored by some Northern Chinese peoples. Yet another, is the previously discussed ''Judencap'' or semi-pointed cap required for wear by any Jew in parts of Europe – starting in the 8th Century AD forward (to at least the 17th Century AD). Whereas Jews were seen as ''Anti-Christ'' and thus ''evil'', a pointed cap (regardless of color), was so seen as ''Satanic''. In The Americas, disputes between Puritans and Quakers led to a similar blame. Puritans wore a style known as The Capitolin or a conical, but flat crowned headdress. Quakers – a similar style use, had a more rounded top. Due to the two Religious ideological differences, Quakers were identified as ''Evil'' by their Puritan counterparts. In a final example of The Hat's probable origins, is The Alecap. This was a very similar style of headwear worn by female Brewers and sellers of Ale (Beer), in the 13th to 17th Centuries AD. While the consumption of excessive alcohol was seen as ''evil'', thus those who ''served it'' must well be evil. In literature from The late Middle Ages, a more pointed crown was applied to the then popular conception of a Witch. The point represented a ''horn'' – which was on par with Lucifer (of which all Witches were associated with). No known Pagan, Neo-Pagan or related Fold Magic Belief Systems are know to wear of use the Witches Hat. But the symbolism became meshed into popular culture and still is today.
  9. ''MANANAMBAL'' In Filipino Culture, The Mananambal is a type Folk Magic Healer, who combines ''ancient'' remedies and ''accepted'' medical cures to heal a Person from illness (both ''perceived'' and actual). Typically occupied by Females, The Manananbal used both in the scope of their vocation, and are mostly seen as ''positive'' in The Filipino Culture. And while their rituals and ceremonies would be seen as ''White'' or Good Magic by most, ''Dark'' Mananambals are said to exist as well. So accepted in fact, that currently – The Filipino Government ''recognizes'' their ''craft'' as valid. However, various Christian Religious Beliefs still denounce them as heretical.
  10. ''28 DAYS LATER'' Great Britain's 2002 foray into the ''modern'' Zombie Genre - ''28 Days Later'' is part Science-Fiction and part Horror Film. It was, according to it's Producers never to be seen a a strictly Zombie Film. The goal was to show how Humans would denigrate into anarchy and animal-like chaos as well as how ''rationale'' people would adapt in such a ''World''. As with most pieces made in these ''modern apocalyptic'' films – plagues or viral releases that produce Zombie (Walking Dead), are the key component to ''Humanities Downfall''. Well made and full of suspense, ''28 Days Later'' is often cited as a partial ''rip off'' of the popular American Television Zombie series ''The Walking Dead''. But ''Purists'' cite that it should be seen as more of a ''companion piece'' as to what the ''rest of The World'' may go thru (although the causes of The ''Zombipocalypse'' are quite different). In the film, a young bicycle messenger is struck by a car in an accident and is admitted into a Hospital in a comatose state. He awakes (28 days later), to find that Hospital and indeed entire City of London – is vacant of people. Confused and scared, we know (from the film's prologue), that The Government was working on a biological contagion which was being tested on animals. The contagion, called ''Rage'', totally activates anger and violent tendencies. In this it is assumed that such a ''viral manipulation'' could be used against a future Enemy, causing ''Him'' to attack His own people. A Group of Animal-Rights Activists break into The Lab to free the ''poor creatures'', only to have one of them being bite. ''Rage'' is very fast acting in the Human body and is spread thru direct contact with an infected persons blood, saliva (via bite) or other fluid transfer. With a 99.9% contagion rate, Great Britain (and perhaps The World), quickly falls prey to anarchy and chaos, due to ''Rage''. Our Hero knows nothing of this, and after running into several examples of ''Rage Zombies'', He meets several Survivors, who help Him and show Him both how to hide and how to kill the infected. But after hearing (on a radio), that British Military Authority has a ''Safe Zone'', He and His new found Group travel to safety (or so they think). A sad, but hopeful ending to ''28 Days Later'' would lead to a less that popular sequel ''28 Weeks Later'', which was more of a ''Resident Evil'' Franchise ''steal'' than a stand alone sequel which – bombed. Well worth a watch (if you haven't already), ''28 Days Later'' is a true classic and worthy addition to The Zombie Film Genre.
  11. ''MR. CLAIRVIUS NARCISSE........ZOMBIE'' As we have seen, the term ''Zombie'' is applied (by today's standards), as a Corpse (formerly Human) – which is ''resurrected'' (brought back to life thru a myriad of reasons). Normally, a ''half-rotting'' Being needing to consume ''living'' Human flesh, Zombies have a more sedate (but no less frightening) ''History''. Submitted for your approval, is the Case of One Mr. Claurvius Narcisse. A Haitian by birth and residency, He claimed that He had ''died'' and was resurrected as a ''Living Dead'', or Zombie. Forced to work on a Sugar Plantation between the years 1962 and 1980. Becoming the source of MANY tabloid articles throughout The World, His ''Case'' was studied by an American Undergraduate and ''became'' the source for several papers and later books on the ''Subject'' of ''Zombification''. Narcisse would later still serve as the foundation for the hit 1988 film, ''The Serpent and The Rainbow'', with much of His ''tale'' fictionalized for the Horror genre. Upon examination of His Case, Narcisse stated that in 1962 – He began to feel unwell (severely), and went to a local Hospital in Haiti in 1962, He quickly slipped into a coma and after several days, died. His remains were placed in the Hospital morgue before being buried in a nearby cemetery (apparently no identification was found and the Hospital could not locate His Family). Narcisse stated that His corpse was dug up by a Bokor (Voodoo Priest who specializes in the reanimation of The Dead, or ''Zombie Maker''). A combination of substances were made into a paste-like compound and spread all over His body. After several day of required ''ceremony'', Narcisse ''rose from The Dead'', as a mindless – by controllable Zombie. He was (as were others), used to work as Slaves at a Sugar Plantation. Narcisse stated that He was ''aware of His condition'', but had no ''will of His own to do anything about it''. Every few days or so, The Bokor put more compound on His skin to maintain His ''state''. This went on for years, until the death of The Owner of The Plantation around 1980. Without ''work'', The Bokor simply stopped applying the compound. Narcisse ''wandered'' the jungles and small villages without any knowledge of who He ''was'' or what had truly transpired. He was recognized in 1980 by Family Friends and reunited with His Family. In years, Narcisse would slowly remember His torment. His Case was eventually picked up by a Student of Psychology – who ''advanced'' the probable ''Zombie Theory'' as a matter of ''Cultural Folklore'' and it's effect on a populace. Closer examination by Botanists regarding the odd combination of substances used to so ''Zombify'' Narcisse. They were found to have been ''known'' in Haiti for centuries as agents used to ''compel'' people to ''obey'' other thru psychotrophic chemicals and related ''mind control''. Records of His 1962 ''Hospital Visit'' are likewise ''difficult'' to find (as was His initial ''death and burial''). Narcisse gained some local popularity, until His death in 1994 at age 72. Real or contrived for ''fame'', Clarivius Narcisse's ''tale'' would live on – becoming the basis for several well known books and even several Films. And yes, Narcisse is STILL inside His ''current'' grave....FOR NOW!
  12. ''THE WHITE WITCH OF ROSE HALL'' A popular ''Tale'' from The Caribbean (Jamaica) – Annie Palmer, or The ''White Witch of Rose Hall'' – dates to the 1830s. Annie was born on The Island, daughter to an Irishman and English Mother. Her parents died of Yellow Fever, and Annie was adopted by a Haitian Woman – who just so happened to be a Voodoo Priestess. She taught Annie a ''great many things''. Later, when Annie grew up She married one John Palmer. But John turned sullen and cruel. It was said He treated Annie badly – beating Her and abusing Her often. One day, Annie had enough. She sued Her considerable knowledge in Voodoo to kill John. When two of His Slaves came to His aid – Annie killed them too. Now a wealthy woman (and with no proof that she did the deed), Annie's powers did not stop revenge. The Son of one of the murdered Slaves killed Annie later. Many people believed Annie's powers could transcend death, so She was entombed in a specialized Crypt designed to ''keep Her powers'' from escaping. As for Her former Home – Rose Hall, It has been owned and renovated by many since Annie's time. The Home is often reported to be VERY haunted, not only by Annie, but Her Husband and His Slaves. It is said most Owners cannot stay inside for very long.
  13. ''SYMBOL OF CHAOS'' Based on Aleister Crowley's Mysticism – The ''Chaos'' Symbol was unheard of prior to the early 20th Century. The symbol, now a component of some Neo-Pagan Belief Systems, and is also used by some Satanic Worship Groups. The symbol - based on The Tarot Card Divination System (Thoth Version favored by Crowley), was taken from The ''Minor Arcane'' Card known as The Eight of Swords. The symbol is a circular pattern 8 radiating Arrows or Points, arranged in a 360-degree pattern. It represents the general nature of Chaos within The Cosmos and Existence.
  14. ''ATENISM'' Dating to Ancient Egypt's 18th Dynasty (15 BC) – ''Atenism'' was the first attempt to denounce The Pantheon of Egypt's Gods in favor of a single Deity. This ''Being'' was called ''Aten'' and was related to the ideology of Ra – or The ''Sun God''. The Sun was seen as the ''Giver of All Life'' throughout Egypt. Pharaoh Amenhotep IV, first introduced the idea (much to the dismay of His Priest), but it was Akhenaten who instituted sweeping reforms to Egypt's Religion. Removing all Gods and Goddesses (save some minor Ones needed for Funerary Rituals), He challenged The Priests and their long established beliefs. Upon Akenaten's demise, it was a young (and controlled) Tutankhamun who reversed The Aten System, in favor for the multi-deities of later Dynasties.
  15. Monsters and Myth Index Page #115 1. The Miracle at Lanciano 2. Atenism 3. Chaos Symbol 4. The White Witch of Rose Hall 5. ''Mr. Clairvius Narcisse....Zombie'' 6. ''28 Days Later'' (2002) 7. Mananambal 8. Witches Hat 9. Wicca 10. Athos 11. Graeae 12. ''Carnival of Souls'' (1962) 13. ''Chamber of Horrors'' (1966) 14. ''The Fearless Vampire Killers'' (1967)
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