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Dracula’s Pellagra and Lois Lane’s Lungs: Further Gleanings From the Medical Literature

by Christopher D. McManus Silver Spring, Maryland Laypeople, many of whom are laypersons, mistakenly think that medical researchers care only about real people and their diseases. Not so. Maladies of fictional characters are the focus of a large body of medical literature. Of course, one expects some analysis of the maladies of Lear, Don Quixote, Medea, [...]

The Maker

(YouTube link) In this short film by Christopher Kezelos, a rabbit-like creature channels Dr. Frankenstein. But there’s a twist here that Mary Shelley’s work did not have. -via the Presurfer

The Late Movies: Watch Six People Get Their Hearts Ripped Out

Happy Valentine’s Day, _flossers. Instead of the usual roundup of love songs (or worse: breakup songs), I thought we’d get a little gory this year. Thus, I present you with six awesome scenes of people getting their hearts ripped out. The Simpsons In this 1992 episode titled “New Kid on the Block,” Bart falls for Laura Powers. [...]

How a Friendly Writing Contest Resulted in Three Literary Classics

These days, damp, rainy spells usually inspire us to curl up on the couch and watch an American Pickers marathon (tell me that’s not just me). But back in 1816 – also known as “The Year Without a Summer” – the results were much different. The summer was rainy and abnormal because India’s Mount Tambora (“Pompeii [...]

The science behind Frankenstein

Its one of the most popular horror novels of all time but what was the inspiration behind Frankenstein ? Mary Shelley’s iconic novel Frankenstein was …

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

It was a dark and stormy night… no, it really was. And that was the perfect setting for telling one of the scariest stories of all time. Here’s how it happened. CABIN FEVER It all started in the summer of 1816. Percy Bysshe Shelley, the famed English poet, was vacationing along the shores of Lake Geneva in [...]

Dr Grymm’s Eye Pod Victrola

It may be surprising, but that is a modified iPod, with a working dock and speaker. ”Dr. Grymm” designed the steampunk modification, and has more photos on his Flickr set. Inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, he has used a motley mix of materials (old typewriters, formed brass and steel, leather and quartz crystals) to put together a [...]

Airships and Tentacles

“QUANTUM SHOT” #584Link – by Avi Abrams There is a touch of sensuality in the pink tentacles, scarlet flowers, and protruding ship masts How can we not feature something that boasts airships, Arctic wastes, tentacles and sensuality – all at once? Impossible, I say! So here is the “Airships and Tentacles” Series by Myke Amend, combining Vernian [...]