HALLOWEEN MONTH IS HERE! In addition to all my usual blog posts I will also be throwing in my looks at forgotten or neglected works of horror – either novels, movies, television shows, even operas (yes, operas). To kick off this fun month at Balladeer’s Blog here is my look at three seriously neglected Gothic horror novels of the late 1700’s and the 1800’s. Everybody remembers the big names like Dracula and Frankenstein but I want to introduce readers to some forgotten gems of Gothic horror.
THE HORRORS OF OAKENDALE ABBEY (1797) – The author of this unjustly forgotten work is known only as “Mrs Carver” but is often speculated to be a man with the leading candidate being Sir Anthony Carlisle. The tale centers around the beautiful (of course) and strong-willed (ditto) Laura, a refugee from the Reign of Terror following the French Revolution.
When Laura is reluctant to accomodate the less-than-selfless motives of her British patron Lord Oakendale he has her and a devoted maid banished to the long-abandoned Oakendale Abbey. The Abbey is believed to be haunted, a reputation enhanced by the repeated disappearances of people who venture into its sinister interior. Shortly after arriving in the mysterious decaying building Laura discovers a Continue reading
NCAA Division Two – 1. NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE BEARCATS (Defending Champions) ### 2. CSU-PUEBLO THUNDERWOLVES ### 3. HENDERSON STATE REDDIES ### 4. MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS ### 5. OHIO DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY PANTHERS ###
6. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA LIONS ### 7. DELTA STATE STATESMEN ### 8. SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY RAMS ### 9. FERRIS STATE BULLDOGS ### 10. PITTSBURG (KS) STATE GORILLAS Continue reading
A SYMBOL OF HATRED, SLAVERY AND MASS RAPE.
Beheadings and other sacraments of Islam were in the news a great deal recently. Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog know that I criticize ALL religions but a person would have to be seriously deluded to not realize that Islam is the most savage, homophobic and misogynistic religion in the world at this particular point in history.
Anywhere on Earth that the Religion of Rape has spread to you’re sure to find Muslim fanatics committing acts of violence to try to intimidate the rest of the world into living in the distant past like Muslims do. In fact all the violent sub-groups of Muslim fanatics with their ever-changing names and acronyms can be placed within one large organization called I.S.L.A.M. (Intolerant Savages Loathing All Modernity).
(Yes, I get threatened by Muslim fanatics but if such people don’t threaten violence against you you’re not doing it right) At any rate here is just a tiny sampling of the bloodshed, rape and beheadings inflicted on civilized people recently by adherents of the religion that is forever retarding the social progress of the rest of the world: Islam. Continue reading
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NUMBER FIVE TAKES A FALL – In NCAA Division Three the unranked UW-STEVENS POINT POINTERS played host to the number 5 team in the nation – the NORTH CENTRAL CARDINALS. The Pointers trailed the Cardinals by one point – 7-6 – after 1 Quarter of play and by a score of 17-16 by Halftime. A huge 3rd Quarter for Stevens Point gave them a 31-24 advantage and the two teams simply exchanged Field Goals in the 4th for a final score of Pointers 34 Cardinals 27. QB Kyle Larson was on fire with his WR’s Matt Sosinsky and Logan Taylor, with his 302 passing yards and their combined 253 receiving yards accounting for most of the Stevens Point offense.
BISON STAMPEDE PIRATES – The OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY BISON from the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) welcomed the NCAA Division Three team the SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY PIRATES. Bison Head Coach Chris Jensen watched his team give up the first 7 points of the game, then navigated them to FIFTY-ONE unanswered points in this chapter of NAIA football vs D3 football. QB Blake Woodard passed for 3 Touchdowns in the 51-7 win. 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.
46. PATROL OF THE PURPLE CLAN (July 1937) – Not to be confused with the Purple Empire/ Purple Invasion storyline from the Operator 5 Pulp stories of the time. This tale is entirely unrelated. A squadron of purple-clad flying aces are terrorizing the skies over the United States itself, sabotaging American industry and preying on the population! The Purple Clan, as they’re called, are American traitors happily wreaking destruction throughout their homeland for a price – a fortune in gold being paid to them by the Central Powers.
As the American homefront mobilizes to deal with these attacks on its own soil G-8 and his Battle Aces are hurriedly dispatched to the U.S. on the naval cruiser Madison to help protect Washington D.C. from the airborne marauders. It turns out the leader of the Purple Clan is none other than G-8’s old foe Steel Mask, the deadly German who hides his disfigured face behind a mask of cold steel decades before Doctor Doom and Darth Vader did it.
Steel Mask has outfitted his purple-garbed mercenaries with guns that fire quick-solidifying, unbreakable glass, another of his ingenious super-weapons. He and his flying legion are determined to devastate Washington like the British did during the War of 1812, all while avenging himself on G-8. Everything culminates in an aerial showdown high above the many landmarks in America’s capitol city! Continue reading
What better way of sending a message to the Muslim fanatics of ISIS than by reminding them that the civilized world treats women as equals? I know American Liberals always root for Muslim fanatics (they’re too gutless to even criticize them) so they’ll be angry to see women striking back at the REAL oppressors of women in the 21st Century. Continue reading