Author Archives: Nathan

Killers and Creeps

Since Beth has been asking me to write about the horror and horror-adjacent films we’ve watched recently, here they are: Hatchet III – In the third part in the story of monstrous serial killer Victor Crowley, a reporter thinks she’s … Continue reading

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Big Birds

I don’t think I’ve ever written a post about the Simurgh, the giant bird from Persian mythology that I actually first came across in the Xanth series. Pretty much always identified as female, this peacock-like bird is often shown as … Continue reading

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Respect Your Mother

Mother! – Beth is a fan of Darren Aronofsky’s films, and we finally saw this one at the Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, the part of Brooklyn that you can’t get to from other parts of Brooklyn. That’s an exaggeration, but … Continue reading

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Martian Magic, Monoliths, and Mallards

Two Necromancers, a Bureaucrat, and an Elf, by L.G. Estrella – This author has written quite a bit of self-published material, much of it in the humorous fantasy and science fiction vein, but this is the first one I’ve read. … Continue reading

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The Game Name

It’s good to know I’m not the only one who gets a bit stressed when trying to name a video game character. I guess it’s a little weird as I’ve always enjoyed making up character names, but at least there … Continue reading

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All’s Fair in Oz

It’s interesting how much of the Oz series can be seen as referencing circuses and fairs. I guess it’s not surprising for children’s books of the time (or, really, even today, although the traditional circus is severely waning in popularity). … Continue reading

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The Scourge of Persia

Not too long ago, Marcus Mebes sent me a book of monsters from mythology, folklore, and fantasy literature. I was already familiar with many of them, but one I can’t recall having read about before was Zahhak, or Azi Dahaka, … Continue reading

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