The Most Wonderful Time of the Year


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Trish Biddle

As November rolls around, Americans all start thinking about turkey.

I start thinking about turkey too, sort of. But the turkey I’m thinking about is the one I’m going to stuff and eat for Christmas.

There are many, many reasons that I love living in Canada. Among them are universal healthcare, clean air (up here in the North, anyway), and Thanksgiving in early October. Why, you ask, am I so happy to celebrate this holiday a month and a half earlier than my red, white and blue neighbours? Simple. As soon as the pumpkins have shrivelled up and I’ve sported my Remembrance Day poppy for two weeks, I start seeing lights.


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The Joy of Painting


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Bob Ross

While you may not know his name, you’re probably all familiar with the bearded TV artist known for his gentle, soft-spoken manner, and iconic afro hairstyle. His show, “The Joy of Painting”, aired on PBS from 1983 till 1994, a year before the artist’s untimely death at the age of 52.

Even non-artists enjoy watching Bob paint. There’s just something mesmerizing about his quiet and peaceful approach to painting. And while his paintings are actually quite crude in execution, they’re absolutely beautiful, and it’s a true joy to watch them take shape as Bob patiently explains each step with a smile and a few words of encouragement.

We don’t make mistakes. We have happy accidents.

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A Toast to Gods and Monsters


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Lord Byron: “Astonishing creature.”

Mary Shelley: “I, Lord Byron?”

Lord Byron: “Frightened of thunder, fearful of the dark. And yet you have written a tale that sent my blood into icy creeps. Look at her, Shelley. Can you believe that bland and lovely brow conceived of Frankenstein? A monster created from cadavers out of rifled graves? Isn’t it astonishing?”

Mary Shelley: “I don’t know why you should think so. What do you expect? Such an audience needs something more than a pretty little love story. So why shouldn’t I write of monsters?

Lord Byron: “No wonder Murray’s refused to publish the book. He says his reading public would be too shocked!”

Mary Shelley: “It will be published, I think.”

Percy Shelley: “Then, darling, you will have much to answer for.”

Mary Shelley: “The publishers did not see that my purpose was to write a moral lesson. The punishment that befell a mortal man who dared to emulate God.”

Lord Byron: “Well, whatever your purpose may have been, my dear, I take great relish in savouring each separate horror. I roll them over on my tongue.”

Mary Shelley: “Don’t, Lord Byron. Don’t remind me of it tonight.”

Lord Byron: “What a setting in that churchyard to begin with. The sobbing women. The first plod of earth on the coffin — that was a pretty chill. Frankenstein and the dwarf stealing the body out of its new-made grave. Cutting the hanged man down from the gallows, where he swung creaking in the wind. The cunning of Frankenstein in his mountain laboratory, taking dead men apart and building up a human monster so fearful, so horrible, that only a half-crazed brain could have devised. And then the murders. The little child, drowned. Henry Frankenstein himself thrown from the top of the burning mill by the very monster he had created. And it was these fragile, white fingers that penned the nightmare.”

Percy Shelley: “I do think it a shame, Mary, to end your story quite so suddenly.”

Mary Shelley: “That wasn’t the end at all. Would you like to hear what happened after that? I feel like telling it. It’s a perfect night for mystery and horror. The air itself is filled with monsters.”

Lord Byron: “I’m all ears! While heaven blasts the night without, open up your pits of hell.”

Mary Shelley: “Well, then, imagine yourselves standing by the wreckage of the mill. The fire is dying down. Soon the bare skeleton of the building rolls over, the gaunt rafters against the sky……”

That is the fantastic opening scene of what is considered by many to be one of Universal Pictures greatest horror films: “Bride of Frankenstein”. Continue reading

Monster Mash: The Art of Jason Edmiston


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I’m so picky when it comes to art. Just like I’m picky when it comes to horror. NO, I didn’t say I had a refined palate when it comes to horror! Just that I’m picky about what I like. It’s not my fault that what I like is often campy, kooky, and well… crappy.

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The Price is Fright


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The horror thriller offers the serious actor unique opportunities to test his ability to make the unbelievable believable.

~ Vincent Price

When someone says Vincent Price, I’m sure that his most popular classics are what spring to mind. “House on Haunted Hill“, “The Abominable Dr. Phibes”, “House of Usher”, “House of Wax” (man, he did a lot of house movies!), or even “Theatre of Blood”. And there’s no question, these films are first rate, A+ cinematic creations. Scary, suspenseful, and full of clever wordplay that only a master like Price could deliver with a dry wit that’ll charm the pants right off of you, regardless of how evil his character may be.

On the 22nd anniversary of the Master of Menace’s death, I thought it would be appropriate to introduce you all to a few of Price’s lesser-known chiller films, ones that you may have never seen or even heard of before. Because no matter the role or situation, or how good or bad the script, a Vincent Price film is fun to watch simply because Price is in it. Continue reading

Terror Tuesday: Horror Anthologies (Part II)


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I know you’ve all been simply dying for my second installment of Horror Anthology picks. But fear not (well, maybe be a BIT afraid), I’m back today with six more series you need to check out.

I’ve got a couple of real classics for you this week, as well as the one series on the planet that I’d enjoy seeing rebooted. I see you shivering with antici—pa-tion (more Rocky Horror, sorry), so let’s not waste any time and get right down to business.

Despite my ghoulish reputation, I really have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk.

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Terror Tuesday: Horror Anthologies (Part I)


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The anthology series has become a bit of a lost art. But I for one have always enjoyed them. A weekly television show with a continual season-long story build is fine. But I must admit that I prefer the freedom that self-contained stories provide. If you miss a week, it’s no big deal. You’re not losing any vital information. And you can view episodes out of order without screwing up the continuity of the story, which is always nice.

Anthologies are also the easiest type of series to enjoy more than once. Sure, I rewatched all 9 seasons of “The X-Files” a number of years ago, but let’s be honest: I’ve seen Twilight Zone’s “The Howling Man” 20+ times, and I will happily watch it 20 more. I can’t say that I’m too jazzed about rewatching X-Files for a third time. Maybe in another 10-15 years, but not right now.

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I’m kicking off the Halloween season here on Seeker of Truth with the first of a two-part “Horror Anthologies” series. These are twelve of the best horror anthologies I could scare up, and I’ll feature six selections per post. I can’t claim to have seen every last episode, but I’ve seen enough to give each show a thumbs up. They’re listed in no particular order, though I’m sure most of you can guess a few of my favourites on your own. Continue reading

Monster Masterpieces A Gogos


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What do you get when incredible art meets famous movie monsters? You get a very happy, super excitable Wendy, that’s what.

We’re all familiar with the most famous “Master” artists and their works. Leonardo Da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Sandro Botticelli, just to name a few. On sight, almost anyone can identify Michelangelo’s stoic statue of David, or his magnificent Pieta, where the lifeless body of our Lord lies draped across the Virgin’s lap. Or the beautiful Sistine Chapel ceiling, with its hundreds of Biblical figures suspended high above the heads of visitors. Or Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” with that ghostly, ownerless hand grasping a knife. We would all recognize Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”, Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”, and Salvador Dali’s famous depiction of melting clocks, “The Persistence of Memory”.

But master artists and their paintings are not confined to the walls of prestigious galleries and museums. And if you grew up in the ’60s or ’70s, and were a fan of monster fanzines, then you’ve likely held many gallery-quality masterpieces in your own two hands.

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