Did Dracula really transmit the plague? The history of bloodsuckers and their diseases

Julia Kasper Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: julia.kasper (at) tepapa (dot) govt (dot) nz Download PDF “Diseases have spawn one of the most enduring and widespread monster myths in civilisation.” (Dowling, 2016) Vampires are some of the most persistent and best-known creatures in the western world. Different cultures haveContinue reading “Did Dracula really transmit the plague? The history of bloodsuckers and their diseases”

Entomophagy and future foodstuff: a saga of sinister locusts in The Swarm

Muzafar Riyaz Division of Taxonomy & Biodiversity, Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Email: bhatmuzaffar471 (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF The Swarm (La Nuée) is a 2020 French horror film later released by Netflix worldwide on 06 August 2021 (except in France, China and Spain). The film was directed by JustContinue reading “Entomophagy and future foodstuff: a saga of sinister locusts in The Swarm”

Killer plants and fungi in horror cinema

Luciano L. Rasia División Paleontología Vertebrados, Museo de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina. Email: lucianorasia (at) hotmail (dot) com Download PDF As recently addressed (Rasia, 2020), animals have been the focus of horror films since the very beginning of the genre, with more than 400 films about killer animals to date. That is not theContinue reading “Killer plants and fungi in horror cinema”

An eldritch anecdote of death’s-head hawkmoth from The Silence of the Lambs

Muzafar Riyaz Division of Taxonomy & Biodiversity, Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Email: bhatmuzaffar471 (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF The Silence of the Lambs (1991) is an American psychological horror film that was reconstructed from a 1988 novel by Thomas Harris. The film was directed by Jonathan Demme and writtenContinue reading “An eldritch anecdote of death’s-head hawkmoth from The Silence of the Lambs”

Short note on recent sightings of Rodan in Godzilla Singular Point

Henry Nathaniel Thomas University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Email: h.thomas (at) berkeley (dot) edu Download PDF Since the time I wrote a previous Journal of Geek Studies article on the giant pterosaur kaiju Rodan (Thomas, 2020), another piece of media featuring the character has aired: the anime series Godzilla Singular Point by the studiosContinue reading “Short note on recent sightings of Rodan in Godzilla Singular Point”

Using How to Train Your Dragon to teach about endangered species, the scientific method, and popularization of science

Matheus C. Drago Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. E-mail: matheusdrago96 (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF How to Train Your Dragon (2010) is one of DreamWorks’ most famous movies and is set on the fictional Berk, a place where fighting between Vikings and dragons is pretty common.Continue reading “Using How to Train Your Dragon to teach about endangered species, the scientific method, and popularization of science”

Cultural lepidopterology in modern Japan: butterflies as spiritual insects in the Akihabara Culture

Hideto Hoshina Faculty of Education, University of Fukui, Fukui City, 910-8507 Japan. Email: hhoshina (at) f-edu.u-fukui (dot) ac (dot) jp Download PDF Butterflies are one of the most popular insects because they have diversified and colorful wings. They were probably the first insects to be collected purely for their beauty (Preston-Mafham, 2004). In the WesternContinue reading “Cultural lepidopterology in modern Japan: butterflies as spiritual insects in the Akihabara Culture”

Shadows of stained glass: an analytical look at animated horror

Nalin Bhardwaj University of California, San Diego, CA, USA. Email: nalinbhardwaj (at) nibnalin (dot) me Download PDF One of my favorite “things of beauty” are stained glass windows. By themselves, they contain intricate works of art with vivid color palettes that overlay silhouettes of the outside world. They’re like a dreamy, imaginative capture of theContinue reading “Shadows of stained glass: an analytical look at animated horror”

The One Born of Fire: a pterosaurological analysis of Rodan

Henry N. Thomas University of California, Berkeley, USA. Email: h.thomas (at) berkeley (dot) edu Download PDF Rodan is a giant monster, or kaiju, created by Toho Studios (Tokyo, Japan). First appearing in 1956 in its own movie (aptly named Rodan), the monster has since become strongly associated with the Godzilla franchise (Fig. 1). Rodan hasContinue reading “The One Born of Fire: a pterosaurological analysis of Rodan”

Killer animals in films: reality vs fiction

Luciano L. Rasia División Paleontología Vertebrados, Museo de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina. Email: lucianorasia (at) fcnym (dot) unlp (dot) edu (dot) ar Download PDF Among horror, drama, action, and sci-fi films, the subgenre of killer animals has been exploited since the very beginnings of cinema (e.g., The Sea Beast from 1926, and King KongContinue reading “Killer animals in films: reality vs fiction”