Were Two of Louis Le Breton’s Demons the Inspiration for 20th-Century Sightings of “The Owlman”?

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‘The Damned Thing’ (1893) – A Literary Review

L.F. McCabe - Author

51DJ9jNBkIL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Damned Thing (1893) is a short science-fiction, horror tale, by Ambrose Bierce. It is an incredibly important tale for fans of H.P. Lovecraft, and of the weird fiction cannon. Bierce is able to conjure just a few words to captivate the reader, and isolate certain moments that are about to occur. He transcends the reader into unfolding events.

One can almost feel the flicking of a light-switch upon each of the nine men gathered in the room. One of which happens to be a corpse, adding further to the mystery and suspense. We, the reader, are thrown into the aftermath of what has happened and why it has happened? This gives the tale an existential essence, leading to the absurd.

At times, I drew close connections to John Carpenter’s, The Thing, or the short story, Who Goes There, in its effect on isolation and cabin fever. The tale also…

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The Witches MEGAPACK® — New Ebook of Horror Stories for $.99!


Table of Contents

  1. Thou Shalt Not Suffer, by Matt Neil Hill
  2. No Holds Bard, by Adrian Cole
  3. Laying The Hairy Book, by Josh Reynolds
  4. Here Is Where Your Proud Waves Halt, by Erica Ruppert
  5. Vicious Circles, by Paul Dale Anderson
  6. Assorted Shades of Red, by Franklyn Searight
  7. Strange Days in Old Yandrissa, by John R. Fultz
  8. Fertility Rites, by Glynn Owen Barrass
  9. The Witch’s Heart, by Rachel Bolton
  10. Hag Race, by Andre E. Harewood
  11. Best Friend Becky, by Wayne Faust
  12. The Rat in the Rabbit Cage, by Ashley Dioses
  13. Two Spells, by Neva Bryan
  14. Pulled Over, by Paul Spears
  15. The Witch of Skur, by L.F. Falconer
  16. Cat and Mouse, by Duane Pesice
  17. Last of the Ashiptu, by Paul Lubaczewski
  18. Firestorm, by Richard H. Durisen
  19. The Witch of Pender, by John Linwood Grant
  20. The Nora Witch, by Brandon Jimison
  21. The Broken Witch, by Scott Hutchison

*Also includes: poetry by Maurits Zwankhuizen, Lucy A. Snyder, David F. Daumit, S.L. Edwards, Lori R. Lopez, Frederick J. Mayer, K.A. Opperman, Clay F. Johnson, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Oliver Smith, and Darla Klein.

Not All Who Wander Are Lost: Why I Blog

I see a lot of posts about bucket lists and goals…I’ve always been an odd one out in these areas. You can imagine the challenges for me in the workplace and in raising a family…hell, Life for that matter.

I don’t really have a bucket list. I never have. I don’t want one. It makes me too anxious. Planning and goals are negatives for me. They make me feel trapped. I don’t know if there is a phobia named for this weird thinking/fear. Maybe a stray vein of claustrophobia…or agoraphobia.

I am the opposite of competitive. Games don’t matter to me. Neither do power plays or politics or bureaucracies. Rules, fences, boundaries…not really considered the right way to go to my temperament…which is fueled by fringes/margins/rebellions.

I do have daily things I like to get done, though. Reading projects. (Reading is not entertainment for me.) A feeling of productivity is good, and creativity, but only in small doses for me.

Having a big mountain to climb is not my thing. I don’t care about summits. I like journeys. Impromptu things found “along the way”. I use my blogs to write at least 1000 words a day on any number of topics. Sometimes it’s fiction; other times poetry; and sometimes it’s just essay work or miscellany. This keeps me sane.

The blogs are my “daily journals” my “morning pages” (ref. Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way).

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“The Day The Saucers Came” by Neil Gaiman

Al Gravitar Rodando

That Day, the saucers landed. Hundreds of them, golden,
Silent, coming down from the sky like great snowflakes,
And the people of Earth stood and
stared as they descended,
Waiting, dry-mouthed, to find out what waited inside for us
And none of us knowing if we would be here tomorrow
But you didn’t notice because

That day, the day the saucers came, by some some coincidence,
Was the day that the graves gave up their dead
And the zombies pushed up through soft earth
or erupted, shambling and dull-eyed, unstoppable,
Came towards us, the living, and we screamed and ran,
But you did not notice this because

On the saucer day, which was zombie day, it was
Ragnarok also, and the television screens showed us
A ship built of dead-men’s nails, a serpent, a wolf,
All bigger than the mind could hold,
and the cameraman could
Not get far enough…

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Davy Jones’ Haunted Locker, Great Ghost Stories of the Sea, ed. by Robert Arthur, 1965, TOC

The Sanguine Woods


Table of Contents

Davy Jones’ Haunted Locker • interior artwork by Joseph Cellini
bp • Introduction (Davy Jones’ Haunted Locker) • essay by Robert Arthur
3 • Jabez O’Brien and Davy Jones’ Locker • (1965) • short story by Robert Arthur
25 • One August in the Red Sea • [Jorkens] • (1932) • short story by Lord Dunsany
30 • The Three Fishers • (1851) • poem by Charles Kingsley
33 • Fire in the Galley Stove • (1937) • short fiction by William Outerman
51 • Ship-in-a-Bottle • (1945) • short story by P. Schuyler Miller
67 • The Flying Dutchman • short fiction by Auguste Jal (trans. of Scènes de la vie maritime (excerpt) 1832)
73 • Second Night Out • (1933) • short story by Frank Belknap Long (variant of The Black, Dead Thing)
84 • The Hemp • (1916) • poem by Stephen Vincent Benét

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The Beast with Five Fingers, Weird Stories by W. F. Harvey, TOC

The Sanguine Woods

1840221798.01.LZZZZZZZTable of Contents

vii • Introduction (The Beast with Five Fingers) • essay by David Stuart Davies
3 • The Beast with Five Fingers • (1919) • novelette by William Fryer Harvey [as by W. F. Harvey]
27 • Midnight House • (1910) • short story by William Fryer Harvey [as by W. F. Harvey]
35 • The Dabblers • (1928) • short story by William Fryer Harvey [as by W. F. Harvey]
43 • Unwinding • (1910) • short story by William Fryer Harvey [as by W. F. Harvey]
49 • Mrs. Ormerod • (1946) • short story by William Fryer Harvey [as by W. F. Harvey]
59 • Double Demon • (1946) • short story by William Fryer Harvey [as by W. F. Harvey]
67 • The Tool • (1928) • short story by William Fryer Harvey [as by W. F. Harvey]
79 • The Heart of the…

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