Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror 3

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror
  Bram Stoker’s widow refused the German silent film director F.W Murnau the rights to Dracula. He made the film anyway, relocating the action from London to Germany and changing the characters’ names – the vampire became Count Orlok. Murnau called his 1922 film Nosferatu; a term used in Stoker’s novel and commonly supposed to ...

Philemon & Baucis 8

Philemon & Baucis
As gods do, Zeus and Hermes decided to test humanity. Probably they were just trying to prove what an all-round disappointment we are. Justifying themselves for not really giving a crap about us poor schmucks below, while they’re living the high life on top of Mount Olympus – no pun intended. Disguised as dusty, weary ...

‘Well, I’ll be a Monkey’s Uncle!’ 2

‘Well, I’ll be a Monkey’s Uncle!’
There are repeated reports of a human – chimpanzee hybrid, called a humanzee. The first is from the year 1,000 AD when the Benedictine monk, Peter Damien, claimed he saw the monstrous offspring of a woman and an ape. More recently, a circus chimpanzee called Oliver (1958-2012) was touted as such. Oliver was bald with ...

The Children of Wolfpit

The Children of Wolfpit
  The quaint Suffolk village of Woolpit was once called Wolfpit. It has the distinction of being the place where the last English wolf was trapped and killed in a wolf pit. You’ll have seen the sort of thing in the movies; a pit disguised with a covering of leaves, baited with meat and lined ...

The First Page: Thomas the Rhymer

The First Page: Thomas the Rhymer
CHAPTER 1 Kidnapped One miserable Thursday afternoon, eleven year old Jack Hughes crept into the park behind his brother Dan and girlfriend Alison. He hid in the bushes, hoping to hear what was wrong with Mum and Dad. Although he could not ask Dan any more than he could ask his parents, Jack knew Dan ...
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