Archive for "Feb 2008"

Marc Scott Zicree: Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone Companion

“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop, the Twilight Zone!” If you have spent much time at all watching classic television from the late 1950s […]

HomeHauntNews: E-Zine for the Increasing Number of Home Haunters

The haunted attraction industry is growing with our culture's increasing interest in Halloween, a phenomenon noted in books like Jack Santino, ed., Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life (University of Tennessee Press, 1994), and Nicholas Rogers, Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night (Oxford University Press, 2002). The popularity of the holiday has […]

Ben Chapman's Passing: The Loss of the Man Behind an Iconic Cinema Creature

I received an email announcement from Rue Morgue Radio announcing that Ben Chapman, the actor who played the Creature from the Black Lagoon in the land-based scenes from the film, passed away this morning. As I have mentioned previously, this film was the first horror film I saw as a young boy that both frightened […]

Whitt and Perlich on Myth and Science Fiction

I recently mentioned a new book that looked very interesting to me, Sith, Slayers, Stargates and Cyborgs: Modern Mythology and the New Millennium (Peter Lang Publishers, 2007), edited by David Whitt and John Perlich. Dr. David Whitt is Associate Professor of Communication at Nebraska Wesleyan University, and Dr. John Perlich is Associate Professor of Communication […]

"And the Oscar goes to...": Overlooked Fantastic Films Deserve Oscar Nod

In 1954 Marlon Brando uttered a line of dialogue that would become one of the classics of the silver screen. In one of the more riveting scenes from On the Waterfront, Brando struggles with what might have been in his boxing career and delivers the line: "I could have been a contender, I could have […]

Pop Culture Explores the Apocalypse

The January 28, 2008 issue of TIME magazine includes an interesting article in its Arts section title "Apocalypse New" by Lev Grossman. The article can also be found online here. The article is worthy of reflection in that it notes the continued exploration of the end of human life and dominance on this planet through […]

Sith, Slayers, Stargates and Cyborgs: Modern Mythology in the New Millennium

The Popular Culture Association continues to be a great source for addressing fascinating aspects at the intersection between the fantastic and culture. Yesterday I received an announcement concerning a call for papers dealing with the topic of mythology and the new millennium for a volume that is viewed as a logical extension of a new […]

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