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Your Weekend Creature Comforts: The Halloween Classics Part 1: Werewolves

How are my fiendish followers feeling today? If you are like me, you are probably shivering with antici-pation  that October is on us and Halloween is at the end of the month. What is there not to love about Halloween? Candy, costumes, monsters and mayhem.  Makes your mouth water, doesn’t it? So I decided what better way to compliment the horrors of Halloween brought to you by none other than Arthur Harkness than to dedicate this month of creature comforts to the classic creatures of Halloween. Now, there are a lot of creatures that we associate Halloween with, but there are certain monsters that just seem to embody the holiday. With 4 weekends until that hallowed evening, I chose my “Big 4” to feature each weekend, giving you something to wet your appetite while you plan out your flawless Halloween experience.

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My “Big 4” includes vampires, werewolves, witches and zombies. I will leave my favorite for last, but today we start with werewolves. Strictly by definition, a werewolf is also known as a lycanthrope, which is a human that has the ability to shape shift in to a wolf or a human-wolf hybrid. The word lycanthropy has its origins in Greek and probably was used to describe different gods and goddesses when they transformed in to wolves to trick unsuspecting humans or to improve their ability to hunt, as well as in reference to humans afflicted with the lycanthropy curse as a form of punishment.

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TV From The Crypts: Sanctuary (For All)

Hello there my faithful creature-loving followers, I am sure you are already experiencing withdrawal from the weekend for several reasons, but in particular I know you must be salivating in anticipation for another Weekend Creature Comforts post. Although my torture loving self is going to make you agonize and wait until Saturday, this edition of another retired TV show might help you hold over until the end of the week.

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My personal creature obsession was overwhelmed by this amazing TV show when I first encountered it. Sanctuary that the SyFy channel was smart enough to invest in for 4 seasons after it debuted online in 2007. The show is about a group of scientists led by Dr. Helen Magnus (played by Amanda Tapping whom I am sure I will be writing about in the future as she is a recurring amazing actress that loves to play science fiction and fantasy roles, and a writer herself). Dr. Magnus has become aware of the world of creatures living amongst us and has founded a group of sanctuaries throughout the world designed to offer safety for any creatures needing it and to preserve and protect those unable to do so themselves from human discovery. Read the rest of this entry

Evil Movie Reviews: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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Welcome back for another edition of Evil Movie Reviews, this week taking us to the hidden down-world of NYC. The Mortal Instruments is one of my favorite book series, and if you haven’t read any of the books I strongly recommend it, especially if you have a creature obsession like me. These books are full of demons, werewolves, shadow hunters, and vampires, with lots of great characters aside from the main two. So when I heard it was being made in to a movie my demon-loving self was shivering with anticipation.

This weekend I made it to the movies for the third time this summer to catch this flick eagerly expecting to be overwhelmed with action and mystery. Sadly it was not to be, and I am just glad that I used a discount deal to go see this movie otherwise I might have felt like I was being ripped off.

The movie does have some nice CGI animated creatures, and I will give them credit for making some horrifying, exorcist-esque demons that gave me the willies, but aside from these scary monsters the movie was quite a let down.

The Mortal Instruments is a series of books about Shadow hunters, people who have angel blood in their ancestry that spend their life being demon hunters. In addition, there are many species of “downworlders” like vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and fairies that inhabit this world unbeknownst to “mundanes”, their word for regular humans. The main plot of the novels follows this group of shadow hunters trying to track down and stop the main villain Valentine and his family’s world domination scheme book after book. In addition to this main storyline, there are quite a few spin-off stories following Clary’s unmatched talent to create new runes, the Shadow hunter society’s prejudice rules and boundaries, and Simon’s transformation in to a vampire.

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