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My childhood consumption of “spooky” lit followed a fairly predictable path for its era. There were Hitchcock and Serling branded anthologies borrowed from the public library, collections of non-gory classics purchased from school book fairs, Twilight Zone Magazine tales of varying quality, check-out aisle digests related supposedly true tales of the paranormal and squicky passages […]

I’ve recently been scanning eBay’s listings for reasonably priced copies of old Sears Wish Books. While there’s a excellent online depository of these holiday catalogs, it has a few unfortunate gaps which happen to align with areas of particular interest for me. Besides, when it comes to this type of artifact, there’s no substitute for […]

Reel, too real

April 23rd, 2019

Some folks will tell you that the Apollo 11 mission was 1969’s biggest scientific achievement. They are wrong. Transporting a pair of human to the surface of another world is pretty impressive, I’ll admit… …but it pales in comparison to the advent of a portable cassette player with a protective enclosure for its media. Portable […]

A photo-essay for Friday

September 14th, 2018

The little oddity that could

April 10th, 2018

Gift cards are the low-hanging fruit of holiday shopping, offering an easy out when one’s time and inspiration reserves have been depleted. “Here’s $25 for TGI Fridays!” “Thanks, here’s $25 for Target!” And thus the lateral transference of bespoke wealth carries on, sustained by a sense of obligation and the notion that gifting cash is […]

Do K-Tel #18: Modern Dance (1981)

September 26th, 2017

Because of the ominously impending Halloween Countdown, this will be the last installment of this feature until November. That’s kind of a lucky break for me, though, because it also happens spotlight the only K-Tel compilation in my stack that hasn’t yet been discussed. I’m hoping to replenish the reserves during the break. If that […]

Bus Spoke Zarathustra

May 12th, 2015

Leviathan. Jörmungandr. Tiamat. Typhon. The Water Serpent. Tchernobog. Nyarlathotep. Gojira. LANDYACHT. As every era and culture gives rise to it’s own primordial abominations, so did the Great Malaise birth That-Which-Devours-Ten-Gallons-To-The-Mile, the Bane of Campground Utility Hook-Ups and the Host of a Thousand Greasy Coke-Fueled Orgies. Tempting the vain and unwary with its opulent excess, it […]

Such a tragic waist

May 6th, 2015

In the pre-internet days, this web flame wars were a slow and ponderous affair. The delays between provocation and response were dictated by the publication schedule of the chosen venue, oncologist and it could take weeks or months for a fresh body blow to land. So it was during the Fierce and Terrible Belt Buckle […]

Dutch treat

May 5th, 2015

Get a Life played an important role in softening my punk puritanism. The absurd (and underappreciated) Chris Elliot sitcom was unashamed about tapping the vein of retro-referential 1980s humor at a time when many folks exhibited outright hostility towards anything associated with the recently-done decade. An affected irony about the 1970s had only just come […]

Gotcha, man

April 29th, 2015

The October, cure 24 1981 issue of Billboard included a “special insert” about the state of the Latin American music scene. Specific content (and understandably heavy bilingual slant) aside, visit this site it was fairly typical for the publication’s spotlight features which mixed market surveys and areas of profit-making potential alongside copious lashings of back-patting […]

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