Wednesday, January 15, 2020

I saw Loon Lake...

I recently had the immense pleasure of discovering a wonderful, atmospheric chiller entitled, "Loon Lake". 

Directed by Ansel Faraj, who co-wrote with Nathan Wilson, "Loon Lake" brings to mind ghostly, puritanical cinema of the past, combining elements of "Let's Scare Jessica to Death"; "Witchfinder General"; "Mark of the Devil"; "Blood on Satan's Claw"; and "Night of Dark Shadows", but with a pronounced, character-study slant.

The story concerns Louis Olson, portrayed by the aforementioned Wilson, who heads to Minnesota for some peace and quiet, though more so to cope with his wife (Sierra Schermerhorn)'s death.

In wandering the vicinity of Loon Lake, Louis discovers a disturbing history (based, I might add, on a genuine legend), where a young woman named Mary Jane Terlinden, played by Kelly Kitko (who's also one of the film's producers) was beheaded in 1880, due to her child-of-nature (witchy) ways. In truth, her murder was prompted by the lust-ridden Pastor Owen Janson, portrayed by "Dark Shadows'" David Selby.

Selby also plays Janson's descendant, Emery, a kind man who does his best to thwart Louis' suspicion that he has stirred Mary Jane's specter by crossing her grave three times.

Through his ordeal, Louis has visions of his blood-soaked wife, while befriending a young woman named Gracie (Brittany Benjamin). Though affection mounts between the two, Louis' fears interfere, leading to a surreal and unsettling climax. 

On the surface, "Loon Lake" may strike one as a traditional ghost story, but it's so much more, intertwining concepts of acceptance and prejudice, faith and doubt, cowardice and courage. 

These concepts work due the film's cogent direction and script, Christopher Lange's lush photography, Bill Wandel's moving score, and the across-the-board, quality performances, with Wilson granting an identifiable guise, which separates this entry from those run-of-the-mill, over-the-top horror films. Kitko's performance is also remarkable: a powerful mix of pathos and mystical sensuality. (It's hard to pull one's eyes off her; she's truly that magnetic.)

Selby is also in top form, giving two of the best performances of his career, and that's saying a lot, considering his impeccable queue. Kathryn Leigh Scott, also of "Dark Shadows" fame, cameos as the Pastor's wife, giving one of the flashback segments a sentimental yet intense ambiance.

It's rare that I have an immediate hankering to revisit a film after viewing it, but "Loon Lake" is so well executed, so meticulously constructed in its subtle approach, that I'll be plunging in again this evening. 

"Loon Lake" is available through Amazon Prime. I urge my readers to check it out. I promise, you will not be disappointed. 

Monday, January 13, 2020


From the Bugs and Elmer to Mickey and Garfield, you supplied limitless, character designs and cheerful animation for audiences to enjoy.

So many fantastic figures and their films benefited from your dexterous touch, including "Alvin and the Chimpmunks"; "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"; "Augie Doggie"; "Heathcliff"; "The Cat in the Hat"; "Popeye the Sailor"; "Tom and Jerry"; "Yogi's Gang"; "She-Ra"; "Mister T"; "The Hair Bear Bunch"; "The Great Grape Ape"; "Baggy Pants and the Nitwits"; "The Super 6"; and "The Plastic Man Comedy/ Adventure Show".

You left a generation a hefty heap of honest humor and quality fun, Mr. Givens, with more avid fans waiting in the wings, destined to delight in your colorful creations. 


Hello, "bizarrechats" readers! 

I'm posting on behalf my friend, Susan (Suz) Simmons, who's not only one of the prettiest women I know, but one of the most spiritual.

Susan is, in fact, a Crystal Reiki Master and for new clients, she can administer her techniques at a distance, at the reasonable price of $20 for 30 minutes. Yes, quite a bargain!!!

If interested in Susan's services (and for the sake of asking any questions regarding her procedures), email her at or feel free to call her at 903-263-2710.

I have full faith in Susan's abilities and endorse her services (and sincerity) to the fullest extent. 

Sunday, January 12, 2020


The new year kicks off with another Airship 27 Podcast, in which publishers Ron Fortier and Rob Davis cover their 2019 releases: an astounding, prolific year in review!!!

Among the titles featured is my novel, "The Persona Vol 2: Green-Fleshed Fiends". Hearing Ron and Rob's comments made me pretty darn proud, and they were most gracious to grant special credit to artists, Kevin Broden and Chris Rawdings who made my adventure all the more special. 

In addition to the 2019 round-up, Ron and Rob comment on where the New Pulp genre is headed, as well as 2020's intended releases. Yes, there's lots of cool, New Pulp stuff in store, not only in printed form, but through trusty ol' Radio Archives.

Listen and watch at

Friday, January 10, 2020


As one may infer from my prior posts, Adarkah Ianqu knows how to capture the darkest elements of the (in)human condition. Sometimes, his electronic sounds simply warn us; more often they escort us toward our doom. 

Scripta Manent is no exception to this sad but profound rule and consists of five, jarring journeys. 

The initial segment, "rat race" ("ratatat edit") represents a realm that many do enter, characterized by the pushing-and-pulling torment that life often grants, though in this instance not so much in any frantic fashion, but more so through the symbolic clamps and chains one adorns. (We are our own captors, after all.)

This painful acceptance is enhanced by "toy vagrancy": a track that invokes syrupy disenchantment, but also a mechanized alteration of one's mind. Quack science has intervened and made one a cog in the intellectuals' great, sick machine. (We are what they say. We do what they want us to do.)

For the vain attempt to escape one's situation, Ianqu then offers "the blood mystery", the third and arguably most unsettling segment of his epic script. In its presented "skyless edit", one ponders why such mercurial, motivating fluid fills humanity if it's only to be drained by the dictatorial suppression one has ordered.

As the answer remains evasive, one embarks on Ianqu's fourth track, "ambiance for anthropophagus": a derisive composition that hurls one toward the most primal bases, but was humanity ever meant to waddle in mud? It's the higher echelons that God intended his children to to roam, but no matter how high the ambitions, they crash and burn time and again, sinking into one's "deepest or blameless" recesses.

It's through this final track that one comes to dig far under the dirt and grim without cause or consequence. Nothingness is life and the need for survival, a matter of wretched, hollow rote. 

The truths of Ianqu's sermon cannot be ignored, but if one does wish to deter them (to sprout beyond one's imprisonment), one must first listen.

The informative script awaits at

Monday, January 6, 2020


You made monumental, science-fiction history by starring in four of the original "Planet of the Apes" adventures for your diligent spouse, Arthur P. Jacobs: "Beneath", "Escape from", "Conquest of" and "Battle for", playing a mutant, a compassionate, human scientist and Caesar's mate, Lisa.

You also occupied "The Careless Years", "A Girl Can Tell", "The Monte Carlo Story", "Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation", "Walk Like a Dragon", "Huckleberry Finn '74" and such television series as "Bonanza", "Quincy", "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour", "Thriller", "Climax!" and "The Twilight Zone".

Your arresting aura was always recognizable, no matter the disguise, and your performances empathetic and touching throughout. 

May your kind soul now grace dear Heaven, while your legacy continues to grow upon this Earth.