Art Spotlight: The Witches of Francisco Goya

As we’re sharing our witchcraft episodes “What’s in a witch’s brew?” and “Hammer of the Witches,” I thought we might stop to consider the exploration of witchcraft in the paintings of Spanish romantic painter Francisco Goya (1746 – 1828). At

A True Story of Mummies and European Ghouls

The ancient Egyptians were a very alien people in many ways. Even in their own time, the complexities of Egyptian cosmology failed to travel well. Modern minds have even more difficulty with it, but science fiction provides an interesting way

Monster of the Week: The Tall Man (‘Phantasm’)

At first glance, the Tall Man might not seem all that monstrous at all.  After all, he’s just an unnaturally tall mortician with a penchant for processing human corpses into undead slave labor. Live and let live, right? But the

Trigger Warnings, the Internet and Mass Hysteria

We recently published a podcast episode about trypophobia, an Internet meme-powered visceral reaction of unease or revulsion to clustered holes — particularly when Photoshopped onto the human body. Our cover art for the episode included just such an image, which

Monster of the Week: The Mordbid Wax Sculptor

Wax has always been a suspect medium. Here in the natural world, it has long played a crucial role in anatomical depictions of soft tissue and organs. From the Renaissance onward, mouleurs captured every detail of diseased flesh to serve

Trypophobia Gallery of Pre-Existing Things

Do these clustered holes fill you with dread? Read more ›

Halloween III: Witchcraft, Androids and Great Synth

So I finally got around to watching 1981′s “Halloween III: Season of the Witch,” in large part because John Carpenter and Alan Howarth’s original soundtrack is so incredibly good. Seriously, this OST follows Carpenter and Howarth’s already exceptional collaborations on

10 Human Rituals of Pain

Can pain elevate us to a higher state of conscious? Read more ›

Retrofuturist Flashback: Surgical Robot, 1912

Robotic surgery has come a long way in recent years — and it’s certainly come a long ways since this Aug. 18, 1912 cover from France’s Le Petit Journal. The humanoid machine you see is “Mademoiselle Claire, an automaton built by

Future of the Fashionable Gas Mask

How will fashion and pollution infulence our future facial wear? As we upgrade our intrinsically cybernetic body with air filters and even oxygen masks to cope with failing air quality, will we put a bit of sparkle into the presentation?

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