Happy Birthday, Robert Shaw – 1927 to Forever

Well, this also being Shark Week and all, I can’t think of a better clip to put up than Quint’s Indianapolis speech from Jaws (1975), not only one of the best sea monster movie of all time*, but one of the best movies of all time. Shaw’s memory of filming the scene might have been a little fuzzy, but we’ll never forget a word, never get sick of watching it, and get the same chills each time we see it.

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While you’re at it, check out our entertaining Jaws drinking game we posted about this time last year!

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Grab that first-aid kit! Too late…

*Yes, we realize great white sharks are not monsters, they’re wild animals. Kind of slips your mind while you’re watching Jaws, though… we’re guessing it would also slip your mind if you looked and saw anything resembling the above image coming at you while you were taking a swim.

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Reviews – The Spellbook of Marie Laveau: The Petit Albert, A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau

OK, to be honest, at this point I know more about the song “Marie Laveau” and the New Orléans voodoo shop (and finding a women’s t-shirt from it to wear) than I do about the actual woman. Until I can write a well-researched piece, here’s an excellent piece with two book reviews, and this piece is written by an expert, Dan Harms. It also contains a ton of helpful links.

 

Papers Falling from an Attic Window

I got back last week from a trip to the grimoires conference that also took me through Austin and New Orleans.  At the latter, I picked up a copy of Carolyn Long’s biography A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau.  That reminded me that I hadn’t finished reading The Spellbook of Marie Laveau: The Petit Albert recently released by Hadean Press, so I finished up both.

When the Spellbook was announced, I was skeptical of the claims that this book had any real ties to Marie Laveau.  Having read it now, I can say that was completely justified.  It is true that the Petit Albert has turned up in discussions of the New Orleans occult scene, but the book provides little proof of any connection to Marie Laveau or New Orleans Voudou.  (If it’s any indication of the attitude in the Crescent City itself…

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