Dark Shadows: The Comic Series

From 1968 to 1976, Gold Key Comics published Dark Shadows, a series based on the hit television show of the same name, but which focused more on the vampire Barnabas Collins, his werewolf cousin Quentin, and Angelique, the ghost-witch devising new tortures and trials for Barnabas, as if cursing him with vampirism hadn’t been enough.  […]

Dark Shadows: The Novels

On September 24, 2020, Hermes Press began re-releasing the initial Dark Shadows novels that originally appeared from 1966 to 1972.  Each will come out in enlarged formats more in line with contemporary paperbacks, but they’ll have the original cover art or photographs, and the archival paper bond.  As of this writing, twenty of the thirty-two […]

Five San Francisco Novels

I’m writing this article after reading the first three novels from Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series.  I’ve learned most importantly that Armistead Maupin loves San Francisco.  Only the three novels into a total of nine, and already he leads readers through the City’s varied neighborhoods like a romantic obsessive showing off memories and […]

Tales of the City, The Musical

To celebrate Pride 2021, the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) streamed its production of Tales of the City, the Musical, based upon Armistead Maupin’s literary phenomenon of the same name.  I had no idea that this existed, but as a diehard fan of the novels I couldn’t wait to see how this would work, especially since […]

Drunk History: Intoxicating and Informative

Drunk History? I’ve watched only the first three episodes and the segments featuring Paget Brewster, but I understand the concept.  Derek Waters lights up friends with adult beverages and then has them narrate historical incidents while comedic actors perform reenactments.  Over my brief viewing, I witnessed vomiting, inhibited logic, loss of coordination . . . […]

Let’s Go to Witch Mountain!

The 1960s and 1970s were great times for Disney live-action films.  Before Kurt Russell became Snake Plissken and Jack Burton, he was Dexter Riley, the computer who wore tennis shoes and then later the world’s strongest man.  Hayley Mills won our hearts as Pollyanna and then again as twins setting a diabolical parent trap.  Jodie […]

Bionic Bigfoot: His Legend and Legacy

The Six Million Dollar Man (SMDM), which ran from 1973 to 1978 on ABC, includes episodes that have defined forever my vision of Sasquatch or, as he’s known colloquially to the show’s fans, Bionic Bigfoot. “The Secret of Bigfoot” first aired February 1, 1976, a two-parter that scored huge ratings, enough to inspire the following […]

Morris Bolber and the Petrillo-Bolber Murder Ring

Among the notable inmates of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was Dr. Morris “Louie the Rabbi” Bolber who’d started his life sentence in 1942.  Shortly after his arrival, Bolber, a Russian immigrant, began interacting within the prison synagogue where, apparently, he made friends like Joseph Paull, a volunteer especially interested in Bolber.  Before Bolber […]

Exploring Istanbul “Virtually”

My process for “virtually” exploring new cities begins subjectively.  Literature, memoirs, poetry, and popular histories help me to understand a locale emotionally, enhancing my chances for bonding with any given place.  For example, James Joyce brought me to Dublin while Victor Hugo introduced me to Paris, albeit to specific periods within each city. I need […]