Archive for December 16th, 2005

A Psalm in Darkness

Catch of a lifetime

‘Ghost Whisperer’ creator experiences supernatural

From The Hollywood Reporter:

John Gray, the creator/executive producer of CBS’ Ghost Whisperer, had no experiences with the supernatural – that is, until he was in the midst of shooting the pilot for the spooky freshman drama.

Gray was just getting settled into a new home in New York when he, his fiancee and his daughter began hearing noises in the house – such as the sounds of furniture moving around in the attic or someone walking up and down stairs. Lights would turn on at random, and in one instance, an entire set of puzzle pieces overturned by itself, Gray said.

Cthulhu declines Canadian politics

As the Canadian visitors have probably noticed, I don’t post much about Canadian politics. But after seeing this story I might have to pay more attention. From Vive le Canada:

Conservative leader Stephen Harper stunned media representatives at a Tuesday morning press conference with his statement that he had renounced God and Jesus as, respectively, his Lord and Saviour and intended to form a pact with Satan.

Harper told media representatives that the decision had been ‘difficult’ because he, God and Jesus ‘were on pretty close terms for a long time’ adding ‘but, there is no room for sentiment in politics.’

The Conservative leader justified his decision by indicating that ‘God just hasn’t been doing a whole heck of a lot for Team Harper lately. I mean, here we are losing an election to a government that makes a Columbian drug cartel look like choirboys and does anyone see God anywhere lending a helping hand?’

Harper indicated he started to consider the Team Harper shake-up shortly after aides informed him that Satan, rather than God, was the source of all earthly wealth and power. The Conservative leader used hockey metaphors to illustrate his points, indicating that to win a game ‘all team members have to show up willing to go the full sixty minutes. Lately neither God or Jesus has shown much interest in getting off the bench and putting a few in the net for Team Harper, so I decided it was time send them down to the minors and put Satan in at center for the power play’.


‘Great Cthulhu’, spokes-god for ‘The Great Old Ones’ arose from his horror-shrouded city of R’lyeh deep beneath the Pacific waves to briefly meet with media representatives on Wednesday afternoon.

Cthulhu confirmed that Harper had approached the ‘The Great Old Ones’ with an offer for what he termed a ‘win-win strategic alliance.’

The monstrous entity told reporters that the Conservative deal offered up of the populace of Quebec for consumption or eternal enslavement by the malignant incarnations of evil in return for ‘The Great Old Ones’ support of Conservative candidates in Ontario. Cthulhu indicated the offer ‘was certainly tempting’ but added that ‘a firm agreement had not been reached.’

‘In all honesty’ Cthulhu told members of the media ‘slumbering for uncounted aeons in the watery depths of the Pacific or the blackness beyond the edges of the universe really has a mellowing affect. Sure, in my younger years, I was as hepped up as the next demonic being at the thought of exterminating humanity and casting a veil of eternal darkness over the world. These days though, I’m content to put in a day of golf with Loki, Baal and some other friends and spend a quiet evening at home.

Regardless of the outcome, I hope the pact with Satan does not lead to a change in the Canadian national anthem, one of the finest.

Stephen King in the news

Horror author Stephen King is in the news in Maine newspapers for two very different reasons.

From The Bangor Daily News:

BANGOR – Author Stephen King has decorated his West Broadway home for Christmas, and the focus of his front porch now is a large, 1960s-style peace sign in colored Christmas lights.

Strung between the porch pillars at the top of the front steps, the retro peace sign is “just a decoration,” according to Julie Eugley, King’s personal assistant.


The King family usually is away for most of the holiday season, spending time at their Florida mansion. This year is a little different, and the Kings, Stephen and his wife, Tabitha, have been in Bangor since November.

“Usually they don’t decorate for Christmas because they’re not here very long,” Eugley said.

King is a well-known Democrat and has spoken out against the war in Iraq and the Bush administration, but the peace symbol is not specifically representative of his political beliefs, his assistant said.

During U.S. Sen. John Edwards’ September 2004 campaign stop in Orono, King called the Bush administration “the most dangerous and unpleasant bunch we’ve had since the Nixon years.”

Entire article well worth the click.

Then there’s this story in the Morning Sentinel of Blethen:

WATERVILLE — On Wednesday, Stephen King stepped in to help a 3-year-old girl who was badly injured in a Tuesday car accident in Waterville.

When family members wanted to move Rylee Lagucki from a hospital in Portland to one in Bangor, the horror novelist donated $2,800 to cover the cost of the ambulance trip, including the cost of a critical-care team that rode with her all the way.

Rylee’s family had wanted the girl to be near her mother, 22-year-old Stephanie Lagucki of Waterville, who was also critically wounded in the crash. Lagucki is in Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

“A social worker from Bangor taking care of Stephanie helped us,” said Laura Mathieu of Oakland, Lagucki’s cousin. “She pulled some strings, and Stephen King made a significant donation. It’s amazing — this man (King) we don’t even know. It’s phenomenal for someone to do that.”

Let us keep the family in our thoughts.

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Friday vampire cat blogging

Be careful of the hypnotic eyes of the vampire cat.

Hat tip to PhillyGal for the photo.

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