Monster of the Week: The Siren

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John William Waterhouse, The Siren, 1900

The Siren (1900) by John William Waterhouse

Temptation can take many forms, but the fear of being seduced by the song of a siren has haunted mankind for millennia. From a secluded island home, Sirens enthrall passing sailors with their supernatural song. Their voices cast doom on those who hear their call.

Their song, though irresistibly sweet, was no less sad than sweet, and lapped both body and soul in a fatal lethargy, the forerunner of death and corruption.”
-Walter Copland Perry Continue reading

Pele: Hawaii Fire Goddess

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Pele by Arthur Johnsen

In Hawaiʻi, the name Pele evokes images of molten lava, flame, and boiling oceans. Pele is a powerful and volatile creator, known as Pelehonuamea (“Pele of the sacred land”) and ka wahine ʻai honua (“the woman who devours the land”). Through her destructive power, Pele is responsible for creating and shaping the landscape of the Hawaiian Islands in an ongoing cycle of devastation and regeneration. Continue reading

Monster of the Week: The Rougarou

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What was a loup-garou? Oh, well, it was the most terrible thing in the world. Sometimes it was a wolf, and sometimes it was a man, or a woman either, whichever it felt like in its wicked heart. And always it could take your heart out, and then you died, because you could not breathe without your heart.
—Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards, Marie (1894)

Rougarou-SwampFrom deep within the murky bayous of Louisiana comes the legend of the dire lycanthropic creature known as the Rougarou. Rougaroux are found in French-speaking areas of North America such as Québec, but most particularly in Cajun Acadiana (in and around New Orleans), where its legend has proliferated from those of the werewolf-like loup-garou of medieval France—loup is the French word for wolf, and garou is a French word similar in meaning to werewolf. Cajun lore uses the terms loup-garou and rougarou interchangeably. A major difference between the Rougarou and the creature we more commonly think of as a werewolf is that the Rougarou has agency over its transformation, and maintains the consciousness and intelligence of its human form throughout that change. Continue reading

Supernatural S13E17 Review: The Thing

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Dean Sandy Sam Supernatural The Thing“The Thing” reminds us that monsters come in all forms on Supernatural. Director John Showalter and writer Davy Perez create a Lovecraftian horror story replete with hooded figures, a deceptive threat, and an interdimensional rift. Oh, and did we mention, there’s tentacles? Supernatural’s “The Thing” takes a side trip into Men of Letters history, while former British Man of Letters Ketch takes one for the team. Continue reading

Supernatural S13E16 Review: Scoobynatural

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Fred Dean phantom Supernatural ScoobynaturalSupernatural reminds viewers why it remains one of the most innovative shows on television with the highly anticipated crossover episode “Scoobynatural.” Season 13 has already given fans an interesting new character, the return of several beloved cast members, and a celebrated Wayward Daughters backdoor pilot. But wait, there’s more! “Scoobynatural” is all we could hope for with a fun meta theme, excellent character integration, and a clever storyline. Continue reading

ScoobyNatural Trailer Released for Supernatural and Scooby-Doo Crossover

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Sam and Dean Winchester drive the Impala animated

At least Sam and Dean don’t have to drive the Mystery Machine

Zoinks! It’s finally here. On Thursday, March 29, Supernatural will have its first crossover episode. No, it’s not with Arrow or iZombie, or even The 100, despite Season 13’s foray into a post-apocalyptic world.  Hold the phone! Supernatural will crossover with your favorite childhood show, Scooby-Doo, in an episode called “Scoobynatural.” Continue reading

Supernatural S13E15 Review: A Most Holy Man

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Sam Dean Supernatural A Most Holy ManIn the Season 13 Supernatural episode “A Most Holy Man,” the Winchesters get involved in the trade of illegal religious artifacts and organized crime. Sam and Dean remain focused on opening a portal to the Apocalypse Universe to rescue their mother and Jack. “A Most Holy Man” was written by showrunners Andrew Dabb and Robert Singer, who pay homage to ’40s noir movies. The episode was directed by Amanda Tapping, who, as well as having played the angel administrator Naomi in Season 8, has become a regular director for the Supernatural series. Supernatural creates something fun and different in “A Most Holy Man” by referencing Hollywood crime dramas of the past. Continue reading