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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Monster Mash Semifinals: Cerberus vs. Manticore

Cerberus Cerberus is the hellhound that guards the land of Hades, the Greek underworld, similar to Garm from Norse mythology.  He was originally portrayed as having fifty to one hundred heads, but this was later changed to three heads in later depictions.  With Cerberus guarding Hades, new spirits were allowed to enter the land of Read More…

Monster Mash Round 1: Big Foot vs. Cerberus

Big Foot Big Foot is a term used for creatures belonging to a race known as Sasquatches.  The earliest legends of Big Foot date back to 1860 in the Cascade Mountain range near present day Spokane, Washington.  This area through the years have had numerous stories and sightings over the years of hominid, ape-like creatures.  Read More…

Monster Mash Round 1: El Cucuy vs. Cthulhu

El Cucuy El Cucuy is the Mexican version of the boogie man, recently featured in the television show Grimm.  In the Latin American culture, parents use the name El Cucuy to scare their children to prevent them from misbehaving.  This ghost-spirit is believed to kidnap poorly behaved children and devour them, not leaving a trace Read More…

Monster Mash Round 1: Werewolf vs. Bunyip

Monster Mash round 1 Werewolf  vs. Bunyip Werewolf Werewolves are not quite as prevalent in legend and in pop culture as vampires, but they are not far behind.  They made it into the Twilight movies and True Blood.  According to legend, people become werewolves when being bit by another werewolf or having been cursed.   Read More…

Monster Mash Round 1: Zombie vs. Manticore

Zombies Zombies have become ultra-popular in today’s culture, possibly exceeding vampires.  One of the highest rated shows on Television is AMC’s The Walking Dead, and there have been a myriad of movies and novels written about them.  The traditional zombie is a slow moving, stumbling creature that is awfully fond of eating the brains of Read More…

The Last Ride: The Story Behind the Story

I am not a big fan of serial killer stories because they are so overdone in modern fiction.  Serial killer stories tend to be generic, and the killers themselves tend to be not remotely believable.  If popular fiction reflected real society, every third person living in the United States would be a serial killer.  The Read More…

The Last Ride by Carl Alves

This is my story The Last Ride, which first appeared in Demon Minds magazine. THE LAST RIDE By Carl Alves “So where ya heading, partner?” Tim Meade asked from the driver’s side of his worn Dodge Durango. “North,” the hitchhiker replied. Tim had picked him up a mile down the road.  “Don’t say much do Read More…

Two For Eternity – World War II

This will be my last blog post on the time periods I wrote about in my novel Two For Eternity.  Originally I wasn’t going to include a section in Two For Eternity that was so close to modern day, since the last twenty chapters or so take place in present time, but the Nazi regime Read More…

Two For Eternity – The Spanish Inquisition

This is probably becoming a repeating theme here, writing about shortcomings in the Catholic Church’s long history.  1478 to 1834 marked a vicious and bloody period in both Spain and the Church’s history.  Instituted in 1478 by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella as a way of uniting the country in a bloody purge against Jews, Read More…