Halloween month continues at Balladeer’s Blog with another look at a Gothic horror tale that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
KILLCROP THE CHANGELING (1828) – By Richard Thompson. Gothic horror stories always earn extra points from me if they spotlight a supernatural menace that is NOT a vampire or a ghost. This tale features a goblin child who changes places with a human child.
Killcrop the Changeling features the nearly forgotten version of goblin lore, which presented them as supernatural humanoid vermin who mystically inhabit old, uninhabited buildings. In this case the London building in question used to belong to an undertaker who also sold equipment for infants. The establishment was called Both Ends in reference to this cradle and grave specialization, NOT because it was a gay bar. Continue reading
It’s very nice to learn that some of you are so fond of my examinations of ancient Greek comedies that you’ve been asking when the next one will be up. I can guarantee it will be this week, thank you. Don’t let the Halloween posts discourage you, my regular topics will still be showing up.
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NUMBER ONE TAKES A FALL – The 15th ranked PITTSBURG (KS) STATE GORILLAS traveled to face the top ranked Defending Champions of NCAA Division Two football – the NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE BEARCATS. The Gorillas combined heavy-hitting with unexpected trickery (including recovering two on-side kicks at the least expected moments) to compile a 28-10 lead by Haltime. That became 35-10 in the 3rd Quarter before the Bearcats added a garbage time TD in the 4th. Pitt State won 35-17 as QB Anthony Abenoja passed for 318 yds and 3 TD’s.
INFLICTING SOME PAIN(E) – The PAINE COLLEGE LIONS are playing their first season of intercollegiate football in about half a century this year. Yesterday for Homecoming this 2nd Edition of the Lions notched their very first win by defeating the EDWARD WATERS COLLEGE TIGERS. After a scoreless 1st Quarter the visiting Tigers took a 14-0 lead in the 2nd before Paine tied up the game at 14-14 by the Half. That became a 21-14 Lion advantage in the 3rd and ultimately a 38-14 blowout win for Head Coach Greg Ruffin. Continue reading
Night of the Scarecrow
Halloween month continues here at Balladeer’s Blog! This time around I’ll examine four neglected horror films that are thoroughly macabre and are certainly graphically gruesome enough for today’s audiences but for some reason don’t have the followings they deserve.
4. NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW (1995) – A big reason for this film getting lost in the shuffle is no doubt the fact that it is frequently confused with Dark Night of the Scarecrow, a telefilm with Charles Durning. This flick is in a whole different category. A warlock in 1600’s America is killed by the holy roller townspeople, with his soul being trapped in a scarecrow and his bones buried in a coffin beneath that scarecrow.
In the 1990’s an accident revives the warlock’s soul and unbinds the scarecrow, which sets out for revenge on the descendants of his killers. The scarecrow spent Continue reading
CAN THIS BLITHERING IDIOT (WHO ALSO, IF YOU’LL RECALL, RECENTLY SAID THE WORLD WAS THE LEAST VIOLENT IT’S EVER BEEN) DO ANYTHING RIGHT? Continue reading
Balladeer’s Blog resumes its examination of the neglected Pulp Hero G-8. This is a story-by- story look at the adventures of this World War One American fighter pilot who – along with his two wingmen the Battle Aces – took on various supernatural and super- scientific menaces thrown at the Allied Powers by the Central Powers of Germany, Austria- Hungary and the Ottoman Muslim Turks.
G-8 was created by Robert J Hogan in 1933 when World War One was still being called simply the World War or the Great War. Over the next eleven years Hogan wrote 110 stories featuring the adventures of G-8, the street-smart pug Nippy Weston and the brawny giant Bull Martin. The regular cast was rounded out by our hero’s archenemy Doktor Krueger, by Battle, G-8’s British manservant and by our hero’s girlfriend R-1: an American spy/ nurse whose real name, like G-8’s was never revealed.
55. THE BLACK ACES OF DOOM (April 1938) – Doktor Krueger is back! This landmark tale presented another of the supervillain team-ups that the later G-8 tales were noted for. This time around Krueger joined forces with the elusive master assassin Herr Geist (“Mr Ghost”).
In their previous encounter G-8 eliminated all of Geist’s Gray Ghosts of the Skies, his band of specialized assassins. Doktor Krueger supplies his new ally with a host of men outfitted with bizarre high-tech black body armor. These Black Aces of Doom take to the skies armed with Krueger’s futuristic weaponry and boasting exotic training in the arts of murder provided by Herr Geist himself. Continue reading
Halloween month continues at Balladeer’s Blog with this look at a neglected silent horror film.
Lon Chaney as the mad scientist Dr Ziska in The Monster.
THE MONSTER (1925) – The incomparable Lon Chaney, “the man of a thousand faces” starred as the mad scientist Dr Ziska in this horror film that is often neglected because of its annoyingly heavy use of comic relief moments. Dr Ziska is in the habit of engineering car accidents for various innocent motorists and their Model T’s. Then his lackeys abduct them and take them to the mad doctor’s sanitarium which is far removed from the nearest town or city. Continue reading