Happy National Vampire Day!

Yes, today is the day we celebrate those blood-sucking, garlic-hatting, undead, fiends. There are many good vampire stories and books, but Mark of the Vampire (1935) is not one of them. Of course, Bela Lugosi is wonderful in the few scenes in which he appears. But the movie plot is not wonderful and Lionel Barrymore... Continue Reading →

Spooky Word of the Week: Sepulchral

It's almost Halloween! Today's word is sepulchral. It is an adjective that is derived from the word sepulchre -- a word that means tomb. It comes from the Latin word for grave (sepulchrum). Sepulchral means something that is gloomy (dark and quiet in a spooky way) or something that is associated with a grave or... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday, Bela Lugosi!

Happy Birthday, Bela Lugosi! He is one of my favorite actors and Dracula (1931) is one of my all-time favorite movies.  Dracula was a tremednous success for Universal Pictures and helped launch the film studio's horror movie enterprise. The vampire was a complete change from the usual romantic characters I was playing, but it was... Continue Reading →

Spooky Word of the Week: Phantasmagoria

If you are a film buff, I think you will take a special interest in this week's spooky word. Phantasmagoria is a word with a fascinating history. In current usage, phantasmagoria means a sequence of imaginary and often scary images, like those seen in a dream. The word combines phantasm (a figment of the imagination;... Continue Reading →

Happy Haunted House Day!

Yes, today is officially Haunted House Day.  I have some ideas for you... Make this paper haunted house craft with the kids. The template makes it easy. Here's a Haunted House ambience video to read, work, study or relax by...I use ambience videos to drift off to sleep but you might not want to use... Continue Reading →

Spooky Word of the Week: Macabre

The spooky word of the week is "macabre." It is an adjective meaning focused on death or the gruesome. For example, Edgar Allan Poe's works could rightfully be described as macabre. The word has a rich and complex history, including associations with the Black Plague during the middle ages. Perhaps you have heard the of... Continue Reading →

Happy Frankenstein Day!

In honor of Mary Shelley's birthday, today has been designated as National Frankenstein Day.  Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1818 when she was only 18 years old. Lord Byron suggested she, he and Percy Bysshe Shelley compete to see who could write the most frightening story and of course, she won! Although we commonly think... Continue Reading →

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