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I don't think Hal Johnson is a very unusual sort of a guy. He's just -- well, the average American citizen and family man, the kind that are the backbone of the nation. I admire him and like him. I like his attitude. Until, that is, he gets behind the wheel of an automobile. At that point he changes. He changes from a careful, considerate citizen—to a menace.

–"Driven to Kill," 1948 driver's safety film.
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The End / Bibliography

Below is a fairly complete list of all the books, stories, and poems talked about in The Big Book of Monsters and in this blog over the last nine months. The only works omitted are 1. those mentioned merely in other (ho hum!) lists, and 2. the occasional recent book that snuck in among all these old ones.





I’m not telling you you should read every text listed below—I sure haven’t! If you do, though,

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“A shameful fact about humanity is that some people can be so ugly that no one will be friends with them. It is shameful that humans can be so cruel, and it is shameful that humans can be so ugly.”
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“...beneath the temple of Emesa there is a system of special sewers wherein the human blood rejoins the plasma of certain animals. Through these sewers, coiling into broiling corkscrews whose circles diminish the further they descend to the depths of the earth, the blood of those sacrificed according to the needful rites will find its way back to the geological seams, the congealed cracks of chaos. This pure blood, thinned and refined by the rituals, and rendered acceptable to the god of the underworld, splashes the groaning deities of Erebus, whose breath finally purifies it.”
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Hal Johnson Dan wrote: "what do you think of the hunger games so far it's very different then the movie isn't it"

I'm enjoying it so far, although I admit I haven't seen the movie. One movie it is a lot like: BATTLE ROYALE WHAT!!?!


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Dan Friedman what do you think of the hunger games so far it's very different then the movie isn't it


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