THE BASEMENT’S CABINET OF CURIOSITIES: The Vampire Skull

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As covered here before, Rhode Island was a hot bed of supposed vampire activity from the late 1700s all the way up to the late 1800s. I covered the cases of Mercy Brown and Sarah Tillinghast in previous blogs and in all cases, consumption, now known as tuberculosis, was thought to be the real cause. But what about the unbelievable case of the vampiric skull found in the late 1940s?

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OFF THE RACK COMICS: “Monster Hunters” by Charlton Comics

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In this entry of Off The Rack Comics I am covering yet another Charlton title. This one is Monster Hunters and it ran for eighteen issues from August of 1975 until February of 1979. This title I do remember reading regularly thanks to my grandmother, who would buy issues for her husband to read that would then be passed along to me.

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MONSTROUS MASK REVIEWS: Alien Dead 2.1 by Death Studios

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Welcome to another edition of Monstrous Mask Reviews. This time I am reviewing a mask from Death Studios, a company that has been in business for as long as I can remember. Death Studios has always been known for their quality, both in super-thick latex and paint jobs that look so good, you believe they sent you the mask used in the catalog photo.

I have been a fan of Death Studios since the 1980s, when I first ordered from them, and I have never been disappointed by anything that I received. Jeff Death, the owner, makes every mask by himself from casting to airbrushing. He is fantastic at making sure his customers are satisfied.

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MONSTROUS MASK REVIEWS: Ugly Rumor by Trick Or Treat Studios

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Welcome to my latest Monstrous Mask Review. Once again Trick Or Treat Studios is represented with another of their fine creations. The only downside of this review is that this mask is no longer available directly from Trick Or Treat Studios, though it can be found from other mask distributors who have unsold inventory and it shows up from time to time on eBay and on Amazon.

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THE BASEMENT TOY BOX: Mego’s 2-XL, The Robot With A Personality

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The year was 1978 and I was going to be turning eleven in May. I had kept seeing a commercial on television for a new toy coming out and I was so excited. It was a talking robot by one of my favorite toy companies Mego, and it was called 2-XL (as in “to excel”). This toy at the time sold for just over $50 and because it used 8-track tapes, each of which was a different topic, I honestly did not think it was something I would ever be able to have.

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BASEMENT BUSINESS REVIEW: Electric Buddhas in Portland, Maine

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We are in difficult times. I am writing this on April 24, 2020, and thanks to the coronavirus we have been in self isolation for about a month now. This has affected everyone differently. Children are being home-schooled, doctors are seeing patients through Telehealth and non-essential retail stores have been forced to close. You truly don’t know what you’ve got until it is taken away from you, almost overnight.

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