All posts in "Urban Fantasy Legends"

Urban Fantasy Legends: Who Played The Wolfman Best?

By Richard Paolinelli / May 18, 2018

Recently we’ve examined the lycans in literature and cinema. There really is just one last, but most important, question to ask: Who portrayed the Wolfman the best? Lon Chaney Jr. started things off in 1941 original, Oliver Reed’s first role as the lead actor followed two decades later and Benicio Del Toro’s turn in 2010 was […]


Harry Potter Gets Hairy

By Stanley Gray / May 17, 2018

One debate I’ve encountered with increasing frequency lately strikes at the very definition of urban fantasy. I find it healthy to engage in such discussions. As with most things, literature evolves over time. Genres and sub-genres also shed vestigial organs as they adapt to the dynamic world around them. If the nature of reality is […]


Movie Review: The Curse Of The Werewolf

By Richard Paolinelli / May 14, 2018

Hammer Films cranked out a host of ghoulishly wonderful features sure to satisfy in full Technicolor horror. In 1961, Hammer released Curse of the Werewolf starring Oliver Reed and it was surprisingly good. In the film, Reed plays a tormented young man, his birth the result of his mother being raped. This, and his birth falling […]


Movie Review: The Wolfman (The 2010 remake)

By Richard Paolinelli / May 11, 2018

Seventy years after originally launching the werewolf franchise, Universal Studios released a remake of the 1941 classic, The Wolfman. The major characters were still there. Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro – who is definitely not Antonio Banderas), Sir John Talbot (Anthony Hopkins) and Gwen Conliffe (Emily Brunt). But there are some new characters introduced that make […]


Movie Review: The Wolfman (1941)

By Richard Paolinelli / May 10, 2018

As mentioned here earlier, Hollywood has embraced the legend of the Wolfman for over eight decades. Starting with Universal’s 1935 film, Werewolf of London, rarely has a decade passed without a lycan showing up in a film. While the 1935 debut of the lycans of urban fantasy was less than stellar, six years later Universal got it […]


Legends Of Urban Fantasy: The Lycans

By Richard Paolinelli / May 9, 2018

While the Vampire seems to be the most popular creature in the pantheon of urban fantasy, the Lycans mythology seems to be the oldest.   The first mention of lycanthropy, or werewolves, dates back to mid-First Century Greece. The phenomenon traveled across Europe and North America down through the centuries. But unlike the vampires, werewolves […]


No Scary Stairs For Me

By Richard Paolinelli / May 6, 2018

I was recently invited to be a part of a project you’ve no doubt heard of by now. Secret Stairs: Tribute To Urban Legend by Silver Empire. It was an amazing anthology that I am proud to have been a part of. Evidently, readers of horror and urban fantasy agreed. It spent quite some time as […]


Movie Review: Bram Stoker’s Dracula

By Richard Paolinelli / April 30, 2018

In a recent post, Legends of Urban Fantasy: The Vampire, I mentioned some of the movies about vampires made over the past century. The 1922 German silent film Nosferatu started the genre off. In 1931 Universal joined in with the classic movie, Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, here in America. The Hammer films from England brought […]


Legends Of Urban Fantasy: The Vampire

By Richard Paolinelli / April 23, 2018

We’ve been talking a lot here about Urban Fantasy in books, television and movies. So I thought it might be time for us to take a closer look at the creatures behind the stories. Let’s start with the oldest – if not the scariest – of them all: The Vampire. In modern times, the vampire […]

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