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I’m in my mid-forties. Among the various other things that this statement can represent, it means for this topic that I’m from the generation who was born into one of the biggest monster and paranormal mania explosions into pop culture of the last four or five decades. My elementary and junior high school libraries were stocked with “nonfiction” books about the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman, ghosts, U.F.O.s, and the various compilation books looking at all the other “real” monsters and mysteries out there. Roughly a quarter or more of the selection of our school book fairs would be similar books to buy and own. Turn the TV on at any time of the day in the late 1970s and early 1980s and the odds were you’d channel surf into more than a few TV shows on cable and network television dealing with the paranormal and cryptozoology, and all of them treating the matters as if they had the scientific authenticity of a documentary on the making of the first atomic bomb.

Things got really weird when in the late 1980s and early 1990s we saw major network specials, some hosted by hosts from their news arms, covering the paranormal, cryptozoology, and U.F.O.s. It was a strange time when one looks back on it. It makes you sometimes wonder what was going on with the psyche of the population as a whole that so many absurd things were being embraced so willingly. In truth they still are in some circles, but not to the degree they once were. But the whole-scale media embrace of these things and their promotion as fact back then may have ultimately had the opposite effect of legitimizing them. As a result, we’ve spent the last two or three decades watching the monsters slowly die.

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I think I’ve seen more post-mortems on this film than just about any other. Most of them blame the downfall of the film on its more militant critics, but I’m not sure about that.

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A little something to make your travel time to Dragon Con go by a little faster (or at least a little more pleasantly) with some great Dragon Con 2016 talk and panels from Dragon Cons past via Needless Things, Earth Station One, Earth Station Who, The Unique Geek, Arrow Squad, White Rocket, and others. Plug in some podcasts and hit the open road or the friendly skies next week with a little something to amp up your Dragon Con spirit.

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When looking over Steven Moffat’s own words on the era of the Seventh Doctor, he rarely has much nice to say about it. That’s kind of interesting since so much of that Doctor’s run seems to have been the template for his time as the Doctor Who showrunner. This seems to largely hold true when looking at the Moffat era Doctors and even when comparing some startling similarities between one of the favorite classic Who companions and one of the least favorite modern Who companions.  

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Everyone has their two great tastes that taste great together moments. Well, we’ll all be getting to enjoy one of those moments this coming Labor Day weekend in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. This particular version of rich chocolate plunging into creamy peanut butter is going to be in the form of the Grue Crew of Horror News Radio/Decades of Horror descending upon Dragon Con 2016 and landing in the Dragon Con Horror Track as panelists.

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ParadeEveryone loves a parade. Dragon Con has one. You may have seen me mention that here before.

Well, there’s some interesting news about the 2016 Dragon Con Parade that just broke the other day that anyone who is going to Dragon Con this year, anyone who can’t go this year but loves the parade, and/or anyone who has never been but is curious might want to know about.

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