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31 Monsters Between The Screams #16

October 16th, 2014 No comments


Frankenstein’s Monster enjoyed nothing more than a cup of tea, a smoke, and a good lean.

31 Monsters Between The Screams #15

October 15th, 2014 No comments


It Conquered the World‘s Venusian takes vengeance on monster-maker Paul Blaisdell.

Its nickname was “Beulah.” I am not making that up.

31 Monsters Between The Screams #14

October 14th, 2014 No comments


“You’ve Come a Long Way, Apey.”

31 Monsters Between The Screams #13

October 13th, 2014 No comments


The ape creature from 2001: A Space Odyssey catches up with the morning news.

Unfortunately, the editor of the “Dawn of Man Times” only knows one word, and it’s “Ugh.”

31 Monsters Between The Screams #12

October 12th, 2014 No comments


Domo arigato, Mr. Mugato.

31 Monsters Between The Screams #11

October 11th, 2014 No comments


The Twilight Zone‘s “Howling Man” is happy to provide a photo op…for a price.

31 Monsters Between The Screams #10

October 10th, 2014 No comments


Seriously, Bob freaks me out even here.

(Still, I can’t wait until Twin Peaks returns in 2016!)

It’s All Too Much

October 9th, 2014 No comments

I’ve written before about one of the differences between the TV of my childhood and that of today: the variety (and longevity) of sci-fi/fantasy dramas. In my day, you were lucky if there was one such series on network TV, and the odds were greatly against it surviving a single season. In other words (imagine me standing on my front porch, shaking my fist as I say this) you took what you could get, and you liked it.

Now, genre fans are marinating in the stuff. There’s a franchise for every taste, and even the unloved ones achieve renewal. (Beauty and the Beast will soon begin its third season.)


The other day, I attempted to create a comprehensive list of all sci-fi/fantasy/horror dramas currently on the air or in active production. Here’s what I came up with:

  • The 100
  • American Horror Story
  • Arrow
  • Atlantis
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Bitten
  • Constantine
  • Continuum
  • Da Vinci’s Demons
  • Defiance
  • Doctor Who
  • Dominion
  • Extant (just renewed for season two, despite no one watching it)
  • Falling Skies
  • The Flash
  • From Dusk to Dawn
  • Game of Thrones
  • Gotham
  • Grimm
  • Haven
  • Helix
  • Hemlock Grove
  • iZombie
  • The Last Ship
  • The Leftovers
  • Lost Girl
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Once Upon a Time
  • The Originals
  • Orphan Black
  • Outlander
  • Penny Dreadful
  • Resurrection
  • Salem
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • The Strain
  • Supernatural
  • Teen Wolf
  • Under the Dome
  • The Walking Dead
  • Witches of East End
  • Z Nation

Forty-two. Fortytwo. And that’s not counting the cartoons.

Of these, I regularly watch seven: American Horror Story, Doctor Who, Falling Skies, The Flash, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Sleepy Hollow and The Strain.

I’ve heard good things about Arrow, Defiance and Orphan Black, among others. I’m intrigued by Once Upon a Time and will get around to Game of Thrones one of these days.

But there are literally dozens of genre shows I’ve never seen and will never see. And while I admit it’s a stupid thing to complain about, I honestly think it’s all a bit much. Even the relatively narrow fanbase for such programming is fractured six ways from Smallville. We all live in our own personal fantasy worlds, and those with whom we once might have shared our enthusiasm are a universe away.

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31 Monsters Between The Screams #9

October 9th, 2014 No comments


Oh, sure, it’s all smiles now, but wait ’til Mother meets the new maids.

31 Monsters Between The Screams #8

October 8th, 2014 No comments


It’s terrible for his skin, but Baragon loves sunbathing.