Archive for "Nov 2015"

Historian's commentary misses the mark on "Mad Monster Party"

Back in October I picked up a copy of Mad Monster Party produced by Rankin/Bass on Blu-ray to add to my Halloween movie collection. I finally got around to watching it, and the Special Features, which included some commentary by Rick Goldschmidt, credited as a Rankin/Bass historian. Some of his trivia and insights were interesting, […]

"Legend of Krampus" featurette

Newsweek: The CIA and ESP

Newsweek for November 20, 2015, has a cover story on the CIA and its research into paranormal activity. The essay, "Paranormal Activity: CIA Dimension," looks at the work of Edwin May, and his work in studying remote viewing for various U.S. government agencies for use in intelligence gathering. An excerpt: "Twenty years ago this month, […]

Call for Papers: Promises of Monsters

Promises of Monsters 28-29th of April 2016 University of Stavanger, Norway   Confirmed keynote speakers: Professor Margrit Shildrick (Linköping University, Sweden) Assistant Professor Surekha Davies (Western Connecticut State University, US) Monsters are back, or perhaps they never went away. They haunt popular culture and social media. They lurk as images of dread and terror in politics, […]

Lecture on horror and religion at University of the Pacific

Next Wednesday, November 11, I will present a guest lecture at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. I was invited by Professor Alan Lenzi to present on "Religion and Transcendence in Horror and Science Fiction." My presentation will involve a PowerPoint that incorporates film clips and commentary, not only on Abrahamic religions, but also […]

"Dracula and Philosophy" review

I have a brief review of Dracula and Philosophy: Dying to Know (Open Court, 2015), edited by Nicolas Michaud and Janelle Pötzsch at The Englewood Review of Books, currently as a feature review. It can be read here.

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