Sunday, January 31, 2010


Freak may be the moderator of this blog, but I’m the brains of this genre guarding gazette! That’s me, Bill E. Bones, the only undersized skeleton zombie willing to share a blog with Freak. Yes, I call him Freak because it suits him better than his surname. The false-bearded freak that’s pulling my strings, thinks he’s putting words in my boney jaws, but I have certain powers of mental manipulation that allow me to put one over on the mundane maniac! After all, if I can bamboozle a 150-year-old Necromancer, than Mr. Mundane should be a pushover. No, I’m not wasting my time here explaining who Zombzany the Necromancer is. I’ll let “Doc” Freak fill you in on that bloated windbag if he wants to. Back to the matters at hand – boney as they may be: I spend as much time as Freak keeping up with the latest in films, books and music, so don’t be surprised when I pipe in with my opinions on all things genre on this blog too. Keep reading, because these bad ass bones won’t give you a bum steer!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


I was hanging out at the lab late one Saturday night, and I decided to check out the listings of my local TV stations to see if there was anything on. Yes, Saturday night is the graveyard of TV programming, but when I saw the title Wolfman Mac’s Chiller Drive-In listed, I flipped to that channel faster than you can say wicked cool! I couldn’t believe my eyes! It was an actual Horror Host on broadcast TV! I’ve been a humongous fan of horror hosts since I was first exposed to The Ghoul way back in 1973 and have had to get my fix of him and other horror hosts through video tapes (and now DVDs) and streaming shows on the Internet for way too long. Wolfman Mac’s Chiller Drive-In began broadcasting in July of 2007 on public access in Detroit, but WMYD TV knew a howling good thing when they saw it and soon beamed it into homes all across Michigan and parts of Ohio! Now My Retro TV is broadcasting Wolfman Mac’s Chiller Drive-In all over the country [], including my local affiliate WMFP-DT Lawrence at 10 pm every Saturday night! Wolfman Mac, the host of this frantically paced 90-minute program, introduces the weekly B-movie at the beginning of each show, but is inevitably interrupted by one of the many other denizens of the Chiller Drive-In. Boney Bob, Mac’s business partner and a vertically challenged skeleton, is usually behind some money making scheme that requires Mac’s assistance. He’s a wicked cool character, who tawks wit a Brooklyn accent and has eyes that seem to pop out of his skull. Other regulars on the show include: Scarlett LeFever, a part-were-wolf and Mac’s current squeeze; Professor M. Balmer, a mad scientist who helps Mac out of, and sometimes into, many jams; TORG, a Martian robot and the Professors assistant; and too may others to list here. Most of the movies that are shown on the Chiller Drive-In are too horrible to be classified as “B” pictures, but Wolfman Mac spices them up with dubbed-in sound effects, inserted Boney Bob cameos and other assorted gags. To give you an idea of the “quality” of the films shown, here is a list of the films broadcast this month: Evil Brain from Outer Space, The Horrors of Spider Island, Werewolf in a Girl’s Dormitory and The She Beast. Thankfully, Wolfman Mac’s Chiller Drive-In 90-minute running time forces the projectionist to trim the films down a bit. To give you and idea of some of the howling good fun to be had, check out the video page of Wolfman Mac’s web site or watch this opening clip from Wolfman Mac’s Chiller Drive-In presentation of The Screaming Skull!. Awoooooooooooo!

Saturday, January 23, 2010


Welcome to the pages of what I hope will be many informal chats about the many virtues of the Great and Good Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. I am the self-imposed moderator of this blog, Fritz “Doc” Freakenstein. I’ve been accused many times of being a fictional character; or at the very least being an alternate personality for an otherwise normal seeming middle-aged man. I say this is a bald faced lie! If anything, Freakenstein is the driving force of my creative being and the spark that ignites the torch that shines a bright light on my many interests! I won’t often look back to past glories, but will instead concentrate on looking to current and future genre-specific projects by some of my favorite artists, writers and musicians of the many and varied media to which I am currently enamored. So, please be patient, because what at times may seem to be the babblings of a raving madman, will eventually lead to enlightenment, entertainment and encouragement to seek out, explore and engage in the wonders of the human imagination! Or as I may more frequently say: Welcome to the wicked good!