Buffy the Vampire Slayer: If a centuries-old vengeance demon like Anya (Emma Caulfield) is deathly afraid of rabbits, perhaps there’s something to learn there. Anya wears a bunny costume for Halloween in Season 4 because she’s told that the idea is to dress as “something scary.” Buffy lore has retconned Anya’s leporiphobia into having some relation to the fact that she seems to have bred and raised rabbits back in the Middle Ages when she was human (see S07E05, “Selfless”), but we don’t think she needs a reason. Continue reading
Animated films have made a resurgence in popular culture. One of the most creative forms of the medium can be found in short films. Shorts provide an opportunity for talented animators to produce imaginative films that are funny, emotional, frightening, and suspenseful. These supernatural shorts from The Animation Workshop not only have bewitching imagery, but tell engaging stories.
Supernatural gives us a riveting mid-season finale with “O Brother Where Art Thou?” Sam faces his biggest fear so he can figure out how to fix what he’s broken when the Darkness was released. In the process, he ends up getting closer to his old nemesis than he expected. While Sam gets reacquainted with the Great Deceiver, Dean gets to know the Darkness a little better. Sam and Dean aren’t the only ones concerned about the Darkness. Will the middle-management angels reinvigorate their warrior reputation?
The Krampus is a yuletide monster of Alpine lore. He is one of the helpers of St. Nicholas, seeking out naughty children on Krampusnacht, the eve of St. Nicholas’ Day (December 6). He acts as the anti-St. Nick, frightening, and sometimes punishing—or even abducting—badly behaved children.
The Krampus, whose name likely derives from krampen, the Old High German word for claw, is of mostly humanoid form, though exceptionally furry, similar to a satyr. He has large, pointy ears, a bull’s tail, and big goaty horns. The Krampus has one normal foot and one cloven hoof, but his most distinguishing characteristic may be his huge red tongue, which perpetually lolls out of his mouth. Krampus will often carry a large sack in which to haul away bad children, though sometimes a washtub, basket or other conveyance is used. Along with a sack, his accoutrements often include chains, bells, and a ruten (a birch-twig switch) or whip. Continue reading
Thanks to everyone who participated in our first-ever Caption Contest! Our prizewinner is artist and educator Eric Evinczik, who shared, “I shouldn’t have made fun of the kid in sixth grade who constantly picked his nose and had bad taste in music!”
Eric has been sent a Carver Edlund-style blank notebook of Wendigo (Supernatural #2), good for all of his monster journaling needs. Be sure to check out Eric’s new podcast with Carl Thiel, “Cobwebs & Strange,” on Western New York’s Think Twice Radio network.
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Once upon a time there was an upstart television network called The CW. Its beginnings were complicated and its name was kinda lame, but The CW network came to capture our hearts, and even our souls. Some critics like to dismiss The CW, saying that it targets younger viewers, all the stars are good looking, and that the seasons pack in a lot of episodes. We say, uh, how are those things a problem? The truth is that The CW has some of the most interesting and innovative shows on TV. The CW is a small but plucky television network. Did we say plucky? We meant awesome. There’s lots to love about The CW—it’s supernatural mythology, comic culture, and dramatic flair.
The Woman in White is a ghostly apparition who most commonly haunts roadways and thoroughfares, seeking the attention of travelers. She is a tortured spirit who has often in life been betrayed by a lover, has lost her children, or both.
Dames Blanche in France, White Ladies in the Philippines, Mulheres de Branco in Brazil, Weisse Frauen in Germany, and Witte Wieven in the Netherlands are all varieties of Women in White, as is Mexico’s La Llorona (the Weeping Woman). Continue reading
Send it to us via the contact form below to enter. One winner will be chosen to receive their very own Carver Edlund Supernatural novel notebook! These blank lined notebooks are in the style of the fictional novels by the also-fictional author Carver Edlund from Supernatural. Notebooks are 5.5″ x 8.5″ digest-size, perfect-bound paperbacks. 214 pages. These extremely limited collector’s books are unavailable for sale. You won’t find one anywhere else!
Entries must be received by midnight on Halloween (October 31, 2015). The winner will be posted here, along with a link to their site if desired.
Winner must reply to notification email with a shipping address (and choice of book—The Benders, Scarecrow, Wendigo, or Route 666) before December 1, 2015. Prize will be mailed via USPS. Contest void where prohibited. You may enter as often as once per day until Halloween.
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In Supernatural, the Impala has always been a home for the Winchesters. They grew up traveling with their father in the Impala, and continue to drive around the country in the car even now. Though they may sometimes stay in crappy hotel rooms, Bobby’s house, or even take up residence in the Bunker, the Winchesters are grounded by the Impala. It’s always kept them connected to each other and to their shared past.
How many times have you asked yourself, what do I get for the mystical being that has everything? Some days you may question why you bother to be friends with monsters who merely growl at your attempts to get them the perfect gift.
For supernatural gift-giving ideas for witches, zombies, and werewolves check out the first part of this series. If you’re wracking your brain to find a gift for a cryptid, ghost, or banshee, you can stop torturing yourself. Here are some presents you can get for that special supernatural someone in your life.