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Michael Housel
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Time Travel Time #12: Back to the Future
Sooner or later, I was obliged to acknowledge Robert Zemeckis' "Back to the Future" for "Time Travel Time", but considering its vast popularity, what more could be said on the subject?  On the other hand, like so many iconic sagas, its fame eclipses its sig...
Sooner or later, I was obliged to acknowledge Robert Zemeckis' "Back to the Future" for "Time Travel Time", but considering its vast popularity, what more could be said on the subject?  On the other hand, like so many iconi...
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Collectible Time #29: Dragon Pre-painted Guardians of the Galaxy Models (Rocket Raccoon, Groot and Star-lord)
I'm on a huge "Guardians of the Galaxy" kick, thanks to Z&Z Hobbies' offerings of the Dragon pre-painted, resin character kits.  The detail on these is beyond what the photos convey, and the figures need only minor attachment. (There are also unassembled, v...
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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY 2015!!!
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY FROM DEAR OL' DARTH VADER AND ME!!!
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Collection Recommendation #3: Korg 70,000 B.C.
"Neanderthal Man left no written records of his history, just some tools and burial mounds. This story is based upon the assumptions and theories drawn from those artifacts. It might have happened in 70,000 B.C..." Such is Burgess Meredith's unpretentious d...
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Cinema Retro: Issue #32 (2015)
I want to give a nod to the latest issue of Cinema Retro. Alas, it's been hit-and-miss with my catching past issues, but I lucked out and found #32, Vol 11: a treat for any Dino De Laurentiis fan. It includes in-depth articles on two Dino productions: "King...
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RIP CHRISTOPHER LEE
Just learned of Sir Christopher Lee's passing. I'm rather numb to say the least. I (and his massive fan base) will certainly savor his many characterizations. His legend will live on in his movies, his performances to be enjoyed for generations to come.
Just learned of Sir Christopher Lee's passing. I'm rather numb to say the least. I (and his massive fan base) will certainly savor his many characterizations. His legend will live on in his movies, his performances to...
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RIP PATRICK MACNEE...
RIP Patrick Macnee... You made John Steed one of my favorite heroes and "The Avengers" one of my favorite television shows. In each of your portrayals, you redefined the term "suave". I am forever grateful for your influence and gracious presence. God bless...
RIP Patrick Macnee... You made John Steed one of my favorite heroes and "The Avengers" one of my favorite television shows. In each of your portrayals, you redefined the term "suave". I am forever grateful for your influe...
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SUMMER COMMENCES 2015!!!
SUMMER IS HERE AND THE SWAMP THING IS A-BLOOMIN'!!! WISHING EVERYONE A SWELL, SWELTERING SEASON!!!
SUMMER IS HERE AND THE SWAMP THING IS A-BLOOMIN'!!! WISHING EVERYONE A SWELL, SWELTERING SEASON!!!
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Collectible Time #28: Gary Shipman Captain Marvel/Shazam! and Rocketeer Prints, plus Funko Rocketeer figure
Landed a trio of new superhero additions for my collection: two of which are Gary Shipman art pieces... The first entry is a sizzling 11" x 17" tribute to Captain Marvel--the original Captain "Shazam!" Marvel, that is.  DC recently renamed the "big, red che...
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Collectible Time #27: 31" Luke and Han in Stormtrooper Guise
Came across these two, jumbo (31" tall) "Star Wars" figures at Toys"R"Us Express: a tad overpriced, in my opinion, but in that I hadn't seen them available in person before (and didn't felt so compelled to mail-order them), I boldly made the move. In essenc...
Came across these two, jumbo (31" tall) "Star Wars" figures at Toys"R"Us Express: a tad overpriced, in my opinion, but in that I hadn't seen them available in person before (and didn't felt so compelled to mail-order them), I...
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I saw Jurassic World...
May I be frank with you, folks? When it comes to an impeccable dinosaur trilogy, I find Eugene Lourie's "Beast from 20,000 Fathoms," "The Giant Behemoth" and "Gorgo" to be as good as it gets. Yep, I'm that kind of old-school guy.  Now, with that being said,...
May I be frank with you, folks? When it comes to an impeccable dinosaur trilogy, I find Eugene Lourie's "Beast from 20,000 Fathoms," "The Giant Behemoth" and "Gorgo" to be as good as it gets. Yep, I'm that kind of old-school ...
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An Alternate Reality #6: Alphaville
Pseudo-science is the new religion; self-proclaimed intellectualism, our saving grace...deceitful politicians, our gods. Our actions are monitored, our thoughts and expressions harnessed. It's a nice, safe world, with equality for all, or so the high-brows ...
Pseudo-science is the new religion; self-proclaimed intellectualism, our saving grace...deceitful politicians, our gods. Our actions are monitored, our thoughts and expressions harnessed. It's a nice, safe world, with equalit...
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Examiner with the NJ Department of Education
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    Examiner II, 1996 - present
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An admirer of all things weird and eclectic...
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Hello, my name is Michael F. Housel.  I enjoy horror, fantasy and science-fiction movies and literature. I write on the side and as a youngster produced anthologies featuring my short stories. Also, my yarns have been published in small-press magazines.
 
In October 2014, Damnation Books published my surreal novel, "Flask of Eyes".  "Flask" stems from my love of "Twilight Zone", Ray Bradbury yarns, superheroes, as well as classic film and literary monsters. On the horizon from Damnation is "The Hyde Seed": my homage to Robert Louis Stevenson's demented tale of duality, with a hardy dash of "Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits" tossed in for good measure.
 
Additionally, much to my wife, Donna's dismay, I am an avid collector of horror, fantasy and science-fiction memorabilia: a kind of Forry Ackerman Jr, in this regard. Yep, I have all sorts of movie-connected oddities around the house and hold them all very dear to my heart.
 
Feel free to browse my posts for my comments on collectibles, movies and the stories I've concocted. Please comment if you desire. I'd be honored to converse with you.
 
 
 
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    Journalism/Communications, 1982 - 1987
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