Maurice Keen examines medieval outlaws of history. Hereward the Wake, Fulk Fitzwarin, Eustace the Monk, William Wallace, The Tale of Gamelyn, and Robin Hood are prominent characters of focus. Early ballads of Robin Hood are reliable sources of information. Robin Hood is compared to these outlaws
In the mid 1880s, monsters and murderers inspired several novels, movies, and documentaries. The London streets provided the backdrop for classical horror.
Brian Jay Jones writes about George Lucas's film making career, covers his start at U.S.C. film school, American Graffiti, original Star War trilogy films and prequel trilogy, and Indiana Jones.
Housing development diminishes wilderness areas wild animals inhabited, resulting in frequent human and animal encounters, mountain lions and bears target homes for food. Many homes lack protection.
Robert Hough dramatizes an autobiography of Jungleland's famous tiger trainer, Mabel Stark. Dialogue scenes in the novel are fiction, but 1920's-60's circus performers and life-style is authentic.
Top bred hunting dogs are trained by national park rangers and police to help them catch cruel poachers killing elephants and rhinos for their ivory horns, paratrooping, super tech-devices help them.
Rodents damage home property and potential risks of carrying diseases. Exterminating them is expensive. Affordable methods are potential risks to cause other problems. Large rats are a major problems.
Lions and tigers physical and behavioral traits effect style of trainers, they have extraordinary ability to learn complex tricks and perform spectacular daring stunts with own kind and mixed group.
Masks popularly disguise faces in Halloween, Greek and Roman theater, and Mardi Gras type-style celebrations, spiritual beliefs ritual among North American Indians, Mexicans, Africans and India .
Fantasy tales evolved from early fairy tales. Colorful characters appeared in novels and were adapted into film. A favorite theme focused on good versus evil during Halloween and Christmas holidays.
Louisville Kentucky sanatorium was a popular tuberculosis hospital. Suffering patients haunt the place. One nurse hung herself in a room. The sanatorium is investigated by paranormal investigators.
Fleischer animated Koko the Clown with a rotoscope. Disney's Dumbo was the first feature film with an American background and watercolor background. Human cannonball is a favorite stunt in animation.
Key historical events and future Utopian societies are compelling fiction in Science fiction and fantasy time travel themes exploring various methods to journey through time in literature and film.
Haitian Voodoo and a poisonous drug converted corpses into zombies. Hollywood inspired zombie movies included mad scientists in the 30's. George Romero reinvented zombie cannibals in the 60's.
Haitian voodoo drew American interest in zombie making. Davis studied Bokor zombie powder. Pufferfish contains poisonous ingredient used in zombie making. Modern Doctors discredit many Zombie cases.
Edgar A. Poe's scary stories entertained black and white TV. Hitchcock and Serling narrated 30 minute horror TV. Color TV showed viewers bloody gore. Sci-fi horror was popular. Cable TV is uncensored.
Recent horror TV shows include witches, New Orleans voodoo, vampires, werewolves, grotesque and French ghost-like zombies. Horror TV score high ratings with re-invented classics and haunted houses.
Edgar Allan Poe, American master of horror fiction, wrote short fiction and a novel that tried to trick readers into believing they were nonfiction. Some of his six hoaxes were very successful.
New Orleans has eerie haunted mansions, taverns, and mausoleums. Voodoo priestess, Marie Laveau, mixed Roman Catholic faith with African religion. Television shows hook viewers by city's dark past.
Many haunted houses thrill people during Halloween month. Some amusement franchises haunt people yearly, and were influenced by funhouses, dark rides, wax figures, and motion picture special effects.