A Trilogy of Alice Cooper Songs About Domestic Abuse

Alice Cooper -- the guy in greasepaint who regularly snuggles with a giant snake and decapitates himself onstage during live performances -- has long been a champion of women. For starters, he was one of the founding fathers of androgyny in music. While Little Richard was in touch with his feminine side in the 1950s and David Bowie perfected gender bending in the '70s, Vincent ...

Love and Universal Monsters

Inside the beating heart of every horror fan is a closet romantic, armchair psychologist, or misanthrope with a glimmer of idealism left in their soul. While horror on the Silver Screen stretches back to silent film era, Universal Studios gave rise to "the monster" as a sympathetic -- and often tragically romantic -- figure. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, there's no better time ...

A Guide to Writing Bad Erotic Fiction

I've always had a love of words and genre-based fiction. One genre I haven't delved into is erotica. In the spirit of experimentation, I'm trying my sticky, cramped-up hand at it. But I don't want to write just any erotica. Certainly not the pablum peddled in best-sellers and most appreciated when read aloud by the late, great Gilbert Gottfried. Nope. I want to write bad ...

A Misanthrope’s Guide to the Clean Girl Aesthetic

I keep seeing this Clean Girl aesthetic everywhere online, accompanied by a litany of Clean Girl “rules” to follow. I dunno. It sounds pretty insulting to everyone else. Like you’re just a Dirty Skank if you’re not a Clean Girl. Why not just call it, “Basic Bitch, Fresh Out of the Shower”? Essentially, the Clean Girl aesthetic takes the "no-makeup makeup look" to obnoxious levels, ...

Requiem for Pee Wee Herman

I didn't know the late, great Paul Reubens personally, but like a lot of '80s and '90s kids, I'm count myself lucky that Pee Wee Herman was part of my childhood. When Paul Reubens passed away at the age of 70 on July 31st, 2023, the news came as a shock to countless fans and even some of his friends. He'd kept his six-year battle with ...

Retro Horror Review: The Monster Club

An anthology of stories within a story, The Monster Club was a movie I'd seen countless times on late night public access television as a kid. I recently conjured up the 1981 film via that necromancer's delight known as Tubi. Initially, I was worried that, once the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia were removed, it would be a hot pile of schlock that should have ...

In Defense of Halloween III: Season of the Witch

As a devout fan of the genre, I've often found myself defending some of my choices of horror movies. Despite being a "genre of the people," horror snobs sometimes sneer down their noses at certain flicks for one reason or another. One such film that gets a lot of flack is Halloween III: Season of the Witch.  Released in 1982, this unfairly maligned, redheaded stepchild of ...

The Ethics of AI

Disclaimer: This blog post was written by a living, breathing writer with years of experience honing their craft. But I'm sure some AI app is going to scrape this blog and attempt to recycle it elsewhere. Eat me.  In recent months, artificial intelligence (AI) and the ethics of its usage has become a hot topic among professionals and recreational dabblers alike. From Lensa AI generated art ...

Is Rolling Stone Turning Tabloid Trash?

Once heralded as the pinnacle of music journalism, Rolling Stone appears to have become little more than a tabloid rag. Within the past year, Rolling Stone has published two high-profile stories where interviewees have claimed that their words were taken out of context in order to support a sensationalist narrative pedaled by the publication. In turn, it's potentially cast a shadow on the magazine's credibility. Rolling Stone's ...

The Batman: A Review & Watch-Along Snark

Let's cut to the chase. (As one does after enduring a movie with a three-hour runtime.) I didn't hate The Batman, the latest entry in the never-ending parade of films focused on DC's Caped Crusader. However, I didn't love it. I'll rundown the high and low points of the film, along with a final verdict. And then, if you're so inclined to watch the film yourself ...