7. Land of the Dead (2005; dir. George Romero) – You know those indie rock guys who love a band when they’re all obscure and lo-fi and then turn on that same band when they get enough money to go into the studio and up their production value and gain in popularity? I hate those […]

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8. Evil Dead II (1987; dir. Sam Raimi) – If Charlie Chaplin had ever decided to make a horror movie (and I’m excluding Monsieur Verdoux), it would probably have been a lot like Evil Dead II. Of course, this is part of a trilogy, and while the first Evil Dead has the unique charm of […]

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9. Dead Alive (1992; dir. Peter Jackson; original title: Braindead) – Part of the appeal of Zombie movies is often their ability to mix horror and humor, so that you’re both laughing and cringing simultaneously, though if you’re ever seen Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive, you’ll probably find that despite a number of laughs, you’re mostly […]

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Hands down October is my favorite month of the year. The reasons are simple: the weather gets cooler, but not too cold to bear, and there’s Halloween, which means I have a reason to indulge in one of life’s great pleasures: scary movies. October 1st, I started what I plan to be an all month […]

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01

Oct

Creeper

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Creeper is back again. He’s in the studio behind her. Alex can feel his presence even before he opens his mouth to speak. His presence is singular, unique, different from the men in the carpenters union that rent space in the building. He brings a coldness to the room, discomfort, and has since the first […]

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06

Jul

The Centipede

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I just walked into the downstairs bathroom (or powder room as my wife calls it) and discovered a centipede on the wall. I stood a moment and stared at it. Should I kill it? I wondered. Or let it be? For the most part, I don’t have an issue with letting bugs in my house […]

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The finish line is in sight, but my legs are buckling. My knees are sagging inward. My mind’s gone all foggy. Are there typos? Maybe. Even as an editing professional, it’s difficult to guarantee I haven’t spelled anything wrong in a 250 page document I wrote myself. Especially when I continue to make changes. Is […]

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This is going to be one of those days. It started that way: my daughter sitting in the upstairs hallway whining that she wants to go downstairs. That’s what I woke to. I brought her into the bathroom to use the potty and she didn’t want to go because there was already pee in the […]

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Last Sunday, the family and I went for a picnic. A former coworker with whom I had started working at my current position recently reconnected with me through Facebook. We’d always gotten along well in the time we worked together, but when she left for greener pastures and I stayed here, we lost touch. It happens, of […]

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19

May

The Anti-Science Brigade

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Yesterday, I saw a Facebook post regarding the recent developments in the study of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In case you haven’t heard, researchers have identified that it’s not excess stomach acid backing up into the esophagus that’s the culprit but an inflammatory response to the secretion of proteins called cytokines. It’s no secret that […]

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