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Inappropriate? Only if You Know What it Means

Life is all about stories, and what we make of these stories changes every time we tell them or hear them. Inappropriate doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Inappropriate deserves more respect than that.

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Movies Pop Culture

Celebrating the 32nd Anniversary of Salem’s Lot

Somewhere between November 17th and November 24th, 1979, I was “movie-scared” for the first time. “Movie-Scared” is a term my oldest daughter coined a couple of years ago to describe the experience of being completely and gleefully terrified by something that shows up on screen.

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Pop Culture Zombies

24 Days Later

March 25th is the big day. The Zombie Autopsies will finally be available.

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Pop Culture Zombies

How to Zombie Proof Your Car

Use everyday household items to ready yourself for the apocalypse.  Very helpful information.  You’ll be seeing me in my Kia Rondo. How to Zombie Proof Your Car

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Pop Culture Zombies

Zombies Make Humans Seem Cool – My Response

I see every zombie story as an example of what not to do, and chief among the list of what not to do is to forget our ongoing, unique, and rarefied tension between the drive to be pack animals and the drive to be something special. This balance is a dialectic, and always will be.

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Pop Culture Zombies

Hello Zombie World!

Here’s the thing, though.  Zombies?  They aren’t likely to be friendly.  They aren’t likely to be all that mean either.  They’re just, well, zombies.  They shamble about and try to eat you, buts its not personal.  Its business – zombie business.  Kind of like the Sopranos without much dialogue. And my business has somehow become zombie business, which is just way cool.  So, at Spooky Empire I have the honor of participating in a panel or two and even being…

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Pop Culture Zombies

You Can’t Deny It: Those Zombies are Hot!

You can’t really deny the zombie thing. You can shake your head and you can wonder and you can ponder and you can act like none of it makes any sense to you, but you just can’t deny it. The evidence screams (or, more appropriately, moans) that zombies are definitely in.

Movies Pop Culture

What if Aliens Were Real?

“What if really smart aliens gave us a time out?” That’s my question. Then, could we get our act together?

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Movies Pop Culture

A Vampire Flick with Emotional Teeth

I am a fan of vampires. I have been for a very long time; ever since I was 11 years old, enjoying one of the first evenings when my parents saw fit to trust me at home alone. “I can watch whatever I want on television,” I thought, grabbing some Pringles and Dr. Pepper and settling in on the family couch in our wood paneled living room. I switched on the newly arrived Showtime Cable Entertainment Network, and scared the…