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Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Mafia in Philadelphia Part 1

The Beginning Often in the shadow of the organized crime families of New York and Chicago, Philadelphia has a rich mafia history.  The Philadelphia mafia was believed to have started in 1911 when the Sicilian mafia imported Salvatore Sabella to Philadelphia to run the city’s crime rackets.  Sabella ran organized crime in the city until Read More…

Vampire Legends from around the World – United States

                    Although vampire mythology is not as well-developed in the United States as it is in other parts of the world, belief in vampires became prevalent in the northeastern part of the United States in the latter part of the eighteenth century.  Families would dig up Read More…

Turncoat by Jim Butcher

I want to preface this review by writing that I am not the biggest fan of the Dresden Files, have not read the series religiously and have only found it mildly appealing.  My biggest misgiving is that I don’t find Harry Dresden to be a particularly interesting lead character.  The author makes too much of Read More…

Movie Review – Flight

In Flight, Denzel Washington plays a hard drinking, drug using pilot.  On his ill-fated flight from Orlando to Atlanta, he starts the day off by not having slept after an evening of binge drinking, then snorts cocaine to get himself up for the flight.  On a flight that experiences heavy turbulence, he puts three small Read More…

Vampire Legends from around the World – Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe During the eighteenth century in Eastern Europe, a type of hysteria developed regarding vampires.  During this time, staking people and digging up graves of potential vampires became commonplace, even among the aristocracy.  The vampire fervor that sparked this started in 1721 in Prussia, where Peter Plogojowitz allegedly returned from the dead and asked Read More…

Vampire Legends from around the World – Western Europe

Germany The German vampires are female and take the form of an incubus.  They attack their victims at night and suck milk from the nipples of women or blood from the nipples of men and children.  In German folklore, the vampires are spirits of deceased family members or children whose mothers suffer long and painful Read More…

Vampire Legends from around the World – Australia and Asia

  Australia The aboriginals in Australia had a four foot red-haired creature with a large head and mouth with no teeth named Yara-Ma-Yha-Who.  This vampire used suckers at the end of its toes and fingers to suck the blood from its victims.  Yara-Ma-Yha-Who hid in fig trees and attacked their foes as they traveled underneath Read More…

Movie Review: Sinister

Sinister starts off with a disturbing image, grainy video footage of a family of four hanging from a tree in their backyard.  There are other such similar grisly footage of gruesome death scenes of different families.  And this is a good thing, at least in my somewhat twisted mind.  I thought the disturbing nature of Read More…

10 Questions with Benjamin Kane Ethridge

1.  Dungeon Brain is a departure from your other novels incorporating a science fiction setting.  What made you want to use that type of setting? Originally I wrote this book set after Earth’s devastation, but back then the novel was very different in scope and theme. I wrote about a quarter of it and then Read More…

Dungeon Brain by Benjamin Kane Ethridge

  Dungeon Brain is a unique dark, science fiction novel.  Exceptionally well written by Benjamin Kane Ethridge, the novel presents an interesting lead character that isn’t just one character but many.  June wakes up a captive in a nearly abandoned hospital in a war-torn world that is in many way reminiscent of Europe during World Read More…