A Night in the Lonesome October

In 1888 a killer stalked the streets of London’s Whitechapel district, brutally and ritualistically murdering women. The killer, dubbed Jack the Ripper, captured lurid headlines and the imagination of the public. Fictionalized versions of his story started appearing as early as October of 1888, only a few weeks after the discovery of the first victim.…

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Halloween Treats

The following fudge recipe includes chocolate, butter, and peppermint extract. It also sneaks in a few of the traditional halloween-type treats with the inclusion of Oreo Mint Thins. 

This fudge needs to be refrigerated to set, so make this earlier in the day so that you can have a plate ready to snack on as you greet the trick-or-treaters. And if you make an extra-large batch, offer to share with your adult neighbors who are accompanying their kids. They just might enjoy a more adult snack!

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All Treat No Trick

Leigh Goff joins me in the virtual kitchen today with this special Halloween treat for adults only.  Take it away Leigh! No trick here. This is a treat all you adult ghosts and goblins are sure to enjoy. BEWITCHING PUNCH 1 750-ml bottle orange vodka 2 750-ml bottles Prosecco 2 1-liter bottles of orange-flavored seltzer ½…

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Masks, Anonymity, and Excess

My new article for The Pandora Society: Geared Towards Speculative Fiction Masks were originally part of the regalia for religious rituals and early theater in Europe. The fashion of wearing masks as an accessory did not make its way to the Continent until the early 1570’s when Italian courtesans began wearing stylish face coverings in…

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The Last Witch Hunter is Good Speculative Fiction Fun

Why do professional film critics have a tendency to attack fans of genre films in their reviews? Whether it is steampunk, SciFi, or horror, snide comments from reviewers flow freely towards the movies, and toward people who enjoy them. Why should fans of any genre feel guilty for enjoying a movie?

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