The Odd Tale of Phillip Lighthouse

There was a Phillip Lighthouse, but he didn’t invent anything nor hold any patents. He just had a dog named Basil.

Basil was unique in that he had an extra toe on his right fore-paw. This gave him the singular ability to give people the dog version of the finger.

Which he did, quite often. Until, in October of 1734, a hessian mercenary took exception to the hound’s rudeness and pushed a bayonet through his chest.

Phillip, overcome with grief, took the limp carcass of his beloved Basil to North Umberlind pet cemetery to be interred in a plot already bought by the forward thinking Master Lighthouse, some years earlier, just after a fortunate series of gambling wins. Only to find that, due to a record keeping error, the plot was already occupied by a poodle named Mitzy.

Phillip Lighthouse and Basil’s ever-gamier carcass wandered across much of the east coast for the next ten years or so.

Many of the legends people tell of  The strange man with the stinky sack are actually based on sightings of Phillip and his unusual companion.

Even now, it is said, that on a clear night when the moon is full, if you sit very still and listen carefully, you can hear the rustling sound of a sad man dragging something through the woods. And repeating over and over again a strange phrase.

“Fucking poodles…


Mitzy …”

Book review: Stephen King’s Duma key.

It took some cajoling on my mother’s part to finally motivate me sufficiently to read this book. I read Stephen King shorts in the past and several of the Bachman books. I didn’t think highly nor poorly of them. They just hadn’t really interested me very much. Until this one. Holy crap. This is absolutely the best Stephen King novel that has never been made into a movie.duma key book cover

It started off innocuously, with a man who had just started recovering from a horrible industrial accident that nearly killed him and left him missing an arm. For the first few chapters you’re learning about the disintegration of his family, how people feel about him. You’re also finding about the new place were he will to try to get his life back together.

Although an accurate way to say that since his old life is over is, he’s going to a place where he can figure out what his new life is. He had been a successful real estate developer, until the accident which nearly killed him, damaged part of his brain, and caused him to lose a limb, occurred on the job.

However in Duma Key, one of the Florida Keys, he finds an atmosphere that helps him to rejuvenate. It inspires him to awaken an artistic potential that he never fully explored before. The people who see his work are astounded by its power and beauty.

From here on it starts getting weird. And I mean that in the best way possible. This story has enough horror elements to please even the most jaded of fans. That the bulk of the environment and circumstances seemed to be mundane, makes the unnatural elements that much more powerful.

Stephen is a brilliant writer, and one of the ways this manifests is in the strange structure of this story. Sometimes it seems as though there are other stories being told that have nothing to do with the one you’re reading, but I swear to you that they do. Nothing and I mean nothing is wasted in this book. If it’s in their no matter how small a detail it all comes together in the end.

I consider this to be an absolute masterpiece. I have mixed feelings about a movie being made from it. First I think it would lend itself to a really good film. The problem is with the blockbuster mentality in Hollywood these days it’s very unlikely that anyone would have the balls to actually make this into a really good film, that is, as written.

Imagine seven hundred solid pages with no filler, and no fluff. Duma Key, if nothing else is worth far beyond the cover price.

Lucky for you, you don’t have to wait for the film. The book is available from Amazon in a number of formats.

Please click through this link if you’d like to read it for yourself. I’m assuming you buy your books from Amazon anyway, if you click through my link you get the same deal the same book the same price as if you went there some other way, but you very kindly help to support this blog. And I very much thank you for that.

PS — if you click through my link you don’t have to buy the book I’m recommending. As long as you’re buying through my link, I will get some commission on whatever you buy ( but only on that visit) even if you instead buy a sweater or a cake mixer. All I ask is that you go to  Amazon by clicking my link and then buy whatever you like.

Thank you so much for reading this and I look forward to hearing from you!

These Dead Are Made For Walking

Many years ago I wrote about “The Walking Dead” On this very blog.

I had a lovely image from the cover of the first comic, and all this was before the thing was turned into a television show.

When the TV show started I had hopes for it. I dutifully sat through the first episode, and then went on to never watch it again. Ever.

It has now been on for hundreds of years (or so), and my daughter still watches it. (I had done a second article when I heard it was coming to TV, and then a third after the premier.

So, I was very enthusiastic about it. But I could not get into the show. Just could not. I’m not sure why. Because the comics are great.

So here is another piece about “The Walking Dead”. I have shown comic art, and cover art, and even a trailer for the show in articles past. But I have never shown this…

And this is good!

Here’s is the original animation officially done as a promo for the series, but made using the actual comic book art.

If you enjoy it, or have anything to say about it, please leave comments. I love comments.

That’s all for now kiddies.

PS- if you want to get the original books, they have been compiled and are here.The Walking Dead: Compendium One

PPS-You may recognize one of the voices as that of Phil LaMarr. Kind of a big deal for Futurama fans.

The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft!

The annotated H. P. Lovecraft
The annotated H. P. Lovecraft

Hello kiddies and welcome back.

It’s good to see you all again, and I’ll be the first to admit that it’s primarily my fault. It’s been a long time since a new post on nasty horror. That is because it’s been a long time since I had anything new and interesting to talk about. But this is so good I had to say something about it. What is it?

The greatest HP Lovecraft book ever published in the history of the universe.

It’s been quite some time since I bought an H. P. Lovecraft book, because I have all the stories already. My H. P. Lovecraft collection is more than complete. So for somebody to be able to come out with a new thing that would actually make me buy it, that thing would have to be very special. And this is…

the title of the book is “The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft”.  It features 22 stories by H. P. Lovecraft. (All of which I already have by the way) it also has an introduction by Alan Moore! (Who is probably most well known in the United States for having written “watchmen”) the author of this book is Leslie S. Klinger.

In addition to having very good additions of the 22 stories that are in the book, this book features an extensive introductory biography of Mr. Lovecraft himself. Filling in a lot of gaps of information about the man that had been overlooked or deliberately removed from previous books. Honestly, I would’ve bought this gorgeously-printed over-sized tome simply for the biography, even if it had not included any stories by Lovecraft. But it DOES! So you win.

The juxtaposition of reading HP Lovecraft’s work in the context of what his life and circumstances actually were makes the whole thing a lot more interesting.

Everyone is a product of their time. H. P. Lovecraft was no different.

During his lifetime he was considered no more than a pulp fiction writer. It wasn’t until decades after his death that his work grew to legendary status. In some part due to the continued works of August Derleth, and others, who took the Lovecraftian Cthulhu mythos and continued writing expanded works derived from it.

Even now vinyl figures and plastic models and stuffed dolls and artworks depicting Cthulhu are very popular. And this is almost 80 years after the man died. He was barely even noticed during his lifetime.

His work indoors and grows for a reason. And if you want to fully appreciate what he did, understanding him  and the context in which he lived, will only deepen your appreciation and love.

The book is available through the links in this post, and if you buy it through here it’ll help to support this blog. But that doesn’t mean I’m recommending it for the whopping 50 cents I might get. I’m recommending it because it’s awesome and anyone who likes this sort of thing must have it.

That’s all for today kiddies.

Buy the book.

Give yourself some nightmares.

Learn to fear sea creatures.

Then come on back next time for some more gruesome goodness.

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The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft