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Horror’s pop cultural resurgence in comic books (did it ever really go away?) continues pace and, over the last few years, witches – not zombies – have been front and center in that renaissance.
Back in late October, Image Comics released Black Magick #1, the first issue of a new monthly series from industry favourites, writer Greg Rucka, and illustrator Nicola Scott. Although perfectly timed for the Halloween season, the comic didn’t make this particular column. I almost feel like I need to apologize to you readers because believe me, that particular issue made waves. Bot did it! And I’ve been making quick work of my monthly Black Magick Wednesday runs ever since.
Follow me after the jump for the low-down and the importance of Black Magick #5 – out today!
In 1990, the National Film Board of Canada sponsored The Burning Times by director Donna Read. It is a documentary on the witch hunts of Europe that led to the torture and death of many people, often women, and makes the case that violence against women and mistrust of women’s power today are echoes of those horrific times. Halloween is a fun time of year for silliness, fun, costumes, and horror for entertainment; The Burning Times calls out a period of real-life horror, tells the story of women in those times, and seeks to inspire a world where women’s voices come into fruition, are heard, and are fully valued. The Burning Times is part two of Donna Read’s trilogy on women and spirituality. Goddess Remembered was the first and Full Circle followed.
Something evil this way comes, and on last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful” we saw just how easily evil spirits can enter a home. How will Vanessa and her friends keep the witches from attacking again when the magic of voodoo is used against them? All we do know, my little pennies, is that Inspector Rusk won’t give up until he finds the person responsible for the bloody massacres. Read the rest of this entry
What is to become of our dear Miss Ives? On last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful,” Vanessa told Ethan the reason she draws the scorpion symbol in blood and about her meeting, Joan, the witch of the moors. Is Vanessa doomed to be the object of an eternal satanic quest? Maybe Lyle can find the answers in the Verbis Diablo. Read the rest of this entry
Vanessa Ives needs help and on last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful,” the battle began in earnest with the devious Madame Kali. What does Vanessa draw on the floor of her chambers? How does this protect her? On this episode, my little pennies, we meet an ally, but is she strong enough to help our dear Miss Ives? Follow me to the door of the Cut Wife to learn the answer. Read the rest of this entry
What frightens you the most, my little pennies? Is it the monster dressed in sheep’s clothing? The one you are unable to banish? On last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful,” Madame Kali used the devil’s language to hound our dear, poor Miss Ives. She is a witch in the service of Satan. Caliban meets his bride. Will it be love or fright at first sight? Grab your relics and follow me down that dark and shadowed cobbled path to the British Museum. Read the rest of this entry
When last we walked the dark and dangerous cobbled streets of London in season one, Miss Ives had survived the dark voyager that attempted to possess her. The devil has failed, thanks to the gentlemen who risked their lives to protect Miss Ives. But, evil never rests and a new enemy threatens to seek her ruin. “Penny Dreadful” has returned for a second season and with its return, our nightmares renew. Read the rest of this entry
It’s so much fun expecting a baby, what with the shopping for little booties and preparing the baby’s room, a new mom-to-be is practically glowing with expectations. But when that little bundle of joy growing inside her is from Hell, she might want to rethink those birth announcements to friends and family. Rosemary’s Baby was birthed in the late sixties and we haven’t recovered since. Read the rest of this entry