King Lycaon of Arcadia and the Lykaia

Being that this is October, I felt it appropriate to post something I wrote back in 2009 concerning the mythological origins of werewolves.  Now, obviously, the Greek origin isn’t the only one that exists.  Like vampires, werewolf and shape-shifter myths exist in cultures from virtually all over the world.  However, being partially of Greek (and,Continue reading “King Lycaon of Arcadia and the Lykaia”

Quick Writing Tip: Reading Aloud to Oneself

With November only about a month away (technically thirty-six days away as of today), I’m reminded that many are taking part in that great marathon writing session known as “National Novel Writing Month” or “NaNoWriMo.”  And that’s wonderful.  It really is.  The point of NaNoWriMo is to get people who normally wouldn’t find time toContinue reading “Quick Writing Tip: Reading Aloud to Oneself”

Ghosting; or, How to Communicate and Be an Adult

The third and final Throwback Thursday post for today again comes from the Malus and Mayhem blog, and showcases an instance of me being agitated about the state of the relationship between the genders in the 21st Century–this time, manifested in the form of the concept of “ghosting.” I still think it’s a terrible thingContinue reading “Ghosting; or, How to Communicate and Be an Adult”

(Bible) Adventures in Real Life

This is another post from the Malus and Mayhem blog. A book chronicling the tale of the production of the unlicensed (shitty) NES game Bible Adventures prompted a response in me that was a bit deeper than what was probably originally intended by the author. That said, although it’s half book review and half self-reflection,Continue reading “(Bible) Adventures in Real Life”

The Myth of Hope

So, it should come as no surprise to anyone that creative types (writers, artists, musicians, etc.) tend to suffer from various different stripes and strains of mental illnesses and disabilities. While I certainly don’t mean to draw a false correlation between being creative and being “crazy,” stereotypes tend to exist for a reason and ifContinue reading “The Myth of Hope”

Jack the Ripper (1959)

Summary: A vicious killer who preys upon women of ill repute is on the loose in White Chapel, and the police–who are accused by the public and the nobility alike of gross incompetence–have little in the way of leads.  The tide starts to turn when American detective Sam Lowry (Lee Patterson) arrives in London toContinue reading “Jack the Ripper (1959)”

Gobble some balls with Namco’s Pac-Man

As you can no doubt tell by the sophomoric title, this article marks the exact point at which I stopped fully caring about what wanted (as what they wanted didn’t pay anyway), and started to do whatever it was I felt like doing. Oddly, people seemed to like it. Originally published at onContinue reading “Gobble some balls with Namco’s Pac-Man”

From Hero to Zero: Australian Smash Bros. Tourneys Ban Use of the Character Due to Whining

South Australia(n), to be exact. As of August 14, 2019, South Australia Smash Central (SASC) decided to ban use of the character Hero (of Dragon Quest fame) during SASC-sponsored Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments. Their reasons for the ban are listed in a special SASC tweet, but really boil down to two major complaints: HeroContinue reading “From Hero to Zero: Australian Smash Bros. Tourneys Ban Use of the Character Due to Whining”

Namco’s Dig Dug: An arcade classic remains so after all these years

So, a bunch of people read the Moonwalker article, and I was riding high. It had been several years since I actually got paid for writing something, and though money wasn’t (and still isn’t, for I love the craft itself) a motivating factor, it felt good to think that finally my talents would be recognizedContinue reading “Namco’s Dig Dug: An arcade classic remains so after all these years”

The Haunting of Julia aka Full Circle: An Unsung Masterpiece of 70s Ghost Cinema

The following article, as featured on Crane’s Cabinet of Kinetographic Curiosities, was originally split into four parts, each dealing with a different aspect of a film for which my appreciation has grown considerably the more I watch it. From personal history to origins, execution to modern availability, the attempt of the article was and isContinue reading “The Haunting of Julia aka Full Circle: An Unsung Masterpiece of 70s Ghost Cinema”