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On the 200-year birthday of Frankenstein is it time to worry about the story becoming real?

Chris Corbett | Posted 07.18.2016 | Green
Chris Corbett

It was a dark and stormy night two hundred years ago this June when Frankenstein was first animated in a Swiss chateau by the 18 year old Mary Shelly....

From Broken Brains to Frankenstein: A Walt Whitman Birthday Listicle

Kevin S. Weiner | Posted 05.31.2016 | Science
Kevin S. Weiner

Walt Whitman was born on this day in 1819. His lifespan overlapped with a period in neuroscience history that laid the foundation for today's exciting time of brain exploration. Though he would likely roll over in his grave at the word listicle, here are three ways Whitman is historically linked to the brain.

A Night's Ascension Into Enchantment

Ali Z. Hussain | Posted 05.09.2016 | Religion
Ali Z. Hussain

The fate of our times is characterized by rationalization and intellectualization, and, above all, by the 'disenchantment of the world.' Precisely the...

The Syracuse Ticket: Trump a Speaker With a Speaker

Will Bower | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Will Bower

With Speaker Paul Ryan's recent announcement of his hesitancy to support Donald Trump -- occurring just as we're entering Veepstakes season -- I find myself eager to play yenta, ready to make a perfect match between the Donald and a certain other Speaker of note.

Trump is the GOP's Frankenstein Monster

Rob Taub | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
Rob Taub

The GOP is a fire burning out of control, yet its powers that be are consumed with the effect rather than the cause. Smoldering for years, the rank a...

Everything To Fear Including Fear Itself

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Allen Schmertzler

For everyone that boldly states we must not give in to terrorists by living in fear, I agree. For every person that continues to move about in locations that draw crowds seeking leisure, companionship, and community with intent to stretch their middle finger in defiance to terror I applaud.

Halloween and My Fight With a Pirate

Al DeLuise | Posted 11.02.2015 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

Growing up, Christmas had been the only holiday where my family really decorated the house. Birthdays might warrant a 'Happy Birthday' banner strung ...

On the Dark Side: Friday Night Frights

Paola K Amaras | Posted 10.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

Halloween is the perfect night to watch scary movies. In fact the entire month of October lends itself to noir, sci-fi, horror, and all sorts of scary...

Discovered in Dreams

Gordon Javna | Posted 10.29.2015 | Weird News
Gordon Javna

Have you ever had a great idea come to you in a dream? These people have, according to the trivia book Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Attack of the Fact...

Mysterious Traveler: Frankenstein's Castle, Darmstadt, Germany

Corey Schjoth | Posted 10.07.2015 | Weird News
Corey Schjoth

The Frankenstein family died out in 1602. The castle fell into ruin in the 19th century and, along with many ruined castles of Germany, became inspiration for poets, authors, and artists traveling through the country during the Romantic area.

Sweet Painting Lady: Ciara McAvoy Resurrects the Art of the Movie Poster

Alex Simon | Posted 05.27.2016 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

"Art is not just a part of my life. It IS my life. It gives me breath. We are eternally entwined." This is the mantra of Scottish artist Ciara McAvoy, a painter renowned for her stunning oil work

Camp David, President Obama, and the Refusal to Acknowledge History and Reality

Matthew Hoh | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

Courting Arab leaders precisely as they undermine U.S. objectives gets it almost exactly backward. America's failures, under both Barack Obama and George W. Bush, stem from its unwillingness to break with allies taking actions that will result in disaster.

Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron -- The End Is Nigh

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.01.2016 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

These feel like cinematic end times -- not in terms of Hollywood movies (that horse is already out of the barn), but in the pack-mentality, "hey, it's good enough" approach of critics to the colossus that bestrides summer movies, otherwise known as the Marvel Universe.

Pumpkinstein!

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 10.14.2014 | Weird News

If buying a pumpkin, cutting it open and carving it into a jack o'lantern is too much work -- or if your best efforts are scary for all the wrong reas...

13 Dark And Stormy Books

Oyster Books | Posted 09.06.2014 | Books
Oyster Books

Psychosis, codependence, grief. Deviants, tempests, feuding lovers. We think the only thing better than a rum & ginger beer is sipping it while reading a Dark & Stormy book. Added bonus: unlike the rum, we bet you'll never run out of pages.

So U and More: Conversations with Neal Schon, Judas Priest's Rob Halford and Edgar Winter

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.05.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Neal Schon: "Journey is more about well-crafted songs and well recorded and produced songs, and I think that what I enjoy about my solo songs is that I'm sort of more of a painter with a blank canvas and a bunch of paints and materials to work with and I kind of throw everything on there and see how it lands."

The Power of Old Books

Tom Morris | Posted 08.30.2014 | Books
Tom Morris

If you read what everyone else is reading, you'll be thinking what everyone else is thinking, and that may lead to your doing what everyone else is doing.

The Real Zombies: Outworn Institutions That Parasitize Change

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

What might be underneath the recent public fascination with a zombie apocalypse? To some extent, the recurring rise of the zombie reflects our fear of the shadow side of unreflective technological progress.

Perfection Is So Overrated

Donald D'Haene | Posted 07.20.2014 | Arts
Donald D'Haene

Perfection is so overrated and boring. Call me twisted but during my quarter century in theatre, I loved it when things went wrong.

9 Film Franchises That Made It To 9 Installments

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 05.09.2014 | Entertainment

Many film franchises carry on and on and on, well past presumed sell-by dates. These franchises rake in millions and sometimes billions of dollars, mo...

Here's The Real Reason Gravity Was Such a Great Movie

Galanty Miller | Posted 06.08.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

No, the reason I liked Gravity is because it was short. The entire movie clocks in at 85 minutes. I pressed the "play" button on my DVD remote. And an hour-and-a-half later I was back at my job as Jaden Smith's personal assistant.

Showtime's Psychosexual Drama Gets Bloody

Posted 03.27.2014 | TV

Showtime's new psychosexual horror thriller "Penny Dreadful" hasn't even premiered yet, but it has us excited and incredibly creeped out. The new s...

Frankenstein Meets the Bible

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

Although the Talmud may have spoke about Golems, Isaiah spoke about 'wearying' the people with 'frankincense.' The full verse reads as follows: 'You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings, nor honored me with your sacrifices.'

'I, Frankenstein' Movie Writers Clearly Never Read 'Frankenstein'

Posted 01.23.2014 | Books

Well, it looks like the movie writers of the upcoming film "I, Frankenstein" never actually cracked Mary Shelley's Frankenstein open while writing the...

Bone-chilling Books to Curl Up With: Lynn Shepherd's A Fatal Likeness

Brandy L. Schillace | Posted 02.17.2014 | Books
Brandy L. Schillace

On dark evenings like these, I want nothing more than a good book, but you won't catch me reading about Rudolph. In the classic Christmas tradition of bonny old England, I consider this a season for hauntings.