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
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)
From 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
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
Season 13 of Supernatural has introduced interesting new characters while reviving some of our favorites. “Good Intentions” continues this fan service with the return of a beloved character, while focusing on the danger posed by the alternative universe Michael (Christian Keyes). Writer Meredith Glynn (“Regarding Dean,” “The Scorpion and the Frog”) and Director P.J. Pesce (“Family Feud“, “There’s Something About Mary“) touch on the gray in the black-and-white world of villains and heroes. Continue reading
In “Advanced Thanatology,” Supernatural gives us the heebie-jeebies with a tale of torture, death, and the dangers of adolescent peer pressure. It’s more than a monster hunt, with a couple of reunions to spice up the drama of Season 13. “Advanced Thanatology” reinforces what we all already knew in our hearts—the Winchesters are important to life, the multiverse, and everything. Continue reading
“Patience” focuses on the core themes we’ve seen in Supernatural for over a decade. The series may be labeled as science-fiction for award shows uncertain where to place it, but ultimately Supernatural is a family drama set against a backdrop of monsters, angels, and demons. Whether it’s the Winchesters reacting to a nephilim based on their own feelings of loss or a wraith attack revealing long-kept secrets, Supernatural is still about family. Continue reading
Genevieve Padalecki, from her website Now & Gen
Many know Genevieve Padalecki as an actress, wife, and mother. She played the beguiling demon Ruby on Seasons 4 and 5 of Supernatural and worked on the television series Wildfire and Flashforward. It was on the set of Supernatural that she met her husband, Jared Padalecki. Later, the two came to share their love with sons Tom, age 5; and Shep, age 4; and daughter Odette, who was born on March 17. Gen Padalecki has now added lifestyle maven and blogger to her accomplishments with the launch of Now & Gen. Continue reading