Musings, Project Blue Book, Science-Fiction

Project Blue Book and Modern Myth in America—Part II

From before the dawn of recorded history, the peoples of the world relied on myth to explain the earthly phenomena they observed around them. You may recognize some of the more popular texts collecting these myths as they evolved from oral histories: Popol Vuh (Mayan), Kalevala (Finnish), The Odyssey and The Iliad (Greek), The Nibelungenlied… Continue reading Project Blue Book and Modern Myth in America—Part II

Anna and the Apocalypse, Film

Anna and the Apocalypse – A Zombie Christmas Musical

1. Apart from Stoker’s Dracula, I’m not sure I have really ever been a wild fan of the vampire tale. Over the years, I have encountered some memorable and unique takes on vampire stories (the films: Lost Boys, Fright Night, Let the Right One In, Cronos, Near Dark, to name a few; the novels: Let… Continue reading Anna and the Apocalypse – A Zombie Christmas Musical

Project Blue Book, Science-Fiction, Television

Project Blue Book and Modern Myth in America—Part I

With only a few aired episodes under its belt, History Channel’s new offering, Project Blue Book, has, for me, shifted from questionable program on my list of DVR timers to one verging on essential. Starring Aiden Gillen (Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish from HBO’s Game of Thrones) as Dr. Josef Allen Hynek, this historical drama takes as… Continue reading Project Blue Book and Modern Myth in America—Part I

Fiction, Justin Cronin, Television, The Passage

The Passage – Novel vs. Television Adaptation

The Passage, by author Justin Cronin, is an engaging story that keeps one turning the pages well into the wee hours when one should be asleep. It is the first novel of a trilogy, and it plays its hand close to the vest. Reminiscent of Stephen King’s The Stand, Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain, and… Continue reading The Passage – Novel vs. Television Adaptation

Fiction, Ouroboros

Ouroboros (An Excerpt)

Beneath a deep blue sky, down from mist-wreathed, ice-capped mountains and through a purple wood snaked a silver river whose waters emptied into a vast, gray ocean. Those waters, guided by the probing fingers shaped by the shore’s sunken delta, pointed the pathways those wayward waters must follow where they mingled with the salted sea,… Continue reading Ouroboros (An Excerpt)

Fiction, Haunted Houses, Shirley Jackson, Television, The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House

Author Shirley Jackson’s novel, The Haunting of Hill House, is one of the undisputed, seminal works of Gothic horror fiction. Its themes have inspired other writers, but their works have never quite attained the same visceral, emotional effect of the original. There have been several attempts at adapting the novel into the visual medium, Robert… Continue reading The Haunting of Hill House

Andromeda Falling, Fiction, Horror

Andromeda Falling (Excerpt 2…)

Unlike the landscape surrounding him, he is insubstantial. He is not of matter; he is more than immaterial; he is greater than psyche; he is beyond nous; he has become Being. He sees without eyes, without a body. And what he sees unfolding around his sight is nothing less than a blighted, barren waste land.… Continue reading Andromeda Falling (Excerpt 2…)