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What Are Familiars According To Western Demonology

Familiar is a word that starts gaining popularity among new comers in witchery and the paranormal. The popularization of the word comes from pop culture but it has a quite ancient meaning.

Familiars, What Are They? 

You may have heard of the term “familiar spirits” in paranormal shows like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina or Supernatural, but this word is also mentioned nine times in The Bible. The first mention of this phrase is found in Leviticus 19:31

“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.” 

King James’ Bible
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The Autopsy Of Jane Doe

The Puritan Torture Of Jane Doe

When watching a horror period movie, I wonder if the torture they use is true to the time. I’m a medieval history nerd, and here is my conclusion on the matter.

Before The Puritan torture of Jane Doe let’s make something clear:

SPOILER ALERT is in effect! Movies are dissected, and plots revealed.
MATURE AUDIENCE: Subjects of violence, torture, sex, and gore are part of this article.
TRIGGERS: Abuse, Torture, PTSD, Mental Illness.

Consider yourself warned!

Official IMDb Synopsis of The Autopsy of Jane Doe

A team of father and son coroners investigate the death of a beautiful ‘Jane Doe’. As they aim to ascertain who she is and how she died they find an increasingly bizarre sequence of clues.

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Tremors

They Killed Burt Gummer

Biters, it’s time for an aftershock. Quite a few months back, I did a review on the 90’s cult classic Tremors.

*** SPOILER ALERT! ***

It’s All About Burt Gummer

This article will not be a film review on the sequels but more of a tribute to the film’s breakout character Burt Gummer.

If this intro has not tipped my hand already, major spoiler alert for Tremors Shrieker Island.

Last night I queued up Netflix and saw a new tremors film had come out, so naturally, I had to watch it. This film hit all the familiar beats I know and love from this franchise, but it also did something I never expected and shook me to my core. They killed Burt Gummer.

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Antique Film

The Ups And Downs Of Found-Footage

My favorite horror movie genre is found footage. It’s like I can’t get enough of that style, and I know what many people think, it’s cheap, and it’s cheesy and bad. But, many underrated movies are gaining popularity in the genre. Here are some!

The Found Footage Debate

Many of us believe that the found footage style began with The Blair Witch Project in 1999. Then you have those who argue that Cannibal Holocaust from 1980 is the first of its kind. However, maybe some of us were wrong. The ups and downs of found-footage started in the new millennium for sure!

*** Before we go any further, let’s remind ourselves of a great tool to avoid trauma while watching horror movies: Does The Dog Die ***

While Cannibal Holocaust was part found footage, it wasn’t all found footage. However, maybe they were the first to exploit the marketing method of asking their actors to hide to reinforce the “true story” part. The director was also dragged to court and had to pay a fee for animal cruelty.

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Music

Ten Second Songs Now Anthony Vincent

The BooTube Expert, James Vaughan, is back with a new artist he wants to showcase. It is worth it!

Enough Rest

Alright, Biters GBM is back after a little needed R&R. Before all of us writers jump back into writing, I thought I’d warm back up by showcasing another of my favorite musical YouTubers. 

Today I’m putting the GBM spotlight on Anthony Vincent and his channel Ten Second Songs.

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Grim Reaper - Credit to the artist

Did You Know Death Was An Angel

We often associate Death with the Grim Reaper or a dark silhouette. However, its origin and appearance are quite different than we know, and the name is Azrael.

The Origin of Death

Did you know Death was an angel? Having a being the representative of Death is part of many cultures, but here we are focusing on Death’s relatively old portrayal. It is part of Islam, Jewish, and Catholic faiths.

In Norse, the goddess Hel is the Underworld ruler and is, by definition, Death. In Greek as well as Roman mythology, Thanatos is the one to bring Death upon humans. Those are the bearer of the end of life and the beginning of the afterlife.

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Angel Demon Wings

The Devil’s Landing On Earth

If you grew up Catholic, you must well know the story where Archangel Michael defeated the Devil, and he fell from Heaven. But, where exactly did he land? Satan created Hell following his fall. The answer might surprise you.

The Fall Of All Falls

As part of the Abrahamic religions, Satan or the Devil often uses seduction to induce a sinful response from humans. The Devil is part of almost all religions throughout history. But the one we are addressing comes from not only Catholicism and Christianity, but also Islam as well as Judaism. The Devil’s landing on Earth, is it real?

The Devil is a fallen angel, but when angelic one of the most precious ones to God. He was his favorite and most beautiful angel and ‘son’ at the time. Despite his rebellion against God when he refused to bow to Adam, the Devil lived.

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The Assent — 2020

The Assent Demons On Netflix

This week we’re sharing our favorite horror movie. Mine is quite underrated and a demonic delight.

The Official Summary of The Assent

The Assent demons on Netflix has a summary and it’s quite intriguing.

After a series of disturbing supernatural events in his home, Joel, a young widowed father, comes to suspect that his young son may be possessed.

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Slasher Season 1 The Executioner

A Slasher Series That Keeps On Giving

Right now, the interior of the house is safer than the outside. So, a Slasher series seems in order.

The Slasher Intro

A Slasher series that keeps on giving through an anthology of stories that is unique and old at the same time.

All is in the delivery of the story, right? Well, this Canadian show is quite a treat and currently plays on Shudder and Netflix.

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Christopher Pike Author Books

Christopher Pike’s “THE MIDNIGHT CLUB” Series Adaptation Happening!

The team who brought us The Haunting of Bly Manor are going to be making a series spawned from Christopher Pike’s book The Midnight Club!

Breakdown

Now if the The Haunting of Bly Manor sounds familiar, it is because it is the follow up to the amazing series The Haunting of Hill House which was a smash hit for Netflix back in 2018 and both myself—Kendra Hale, and Alexa Wayne have done articles for the Series and for the book by Shirley Jackson which started it all.

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Drag Me To Hell

Drag Me To Hell Not Boredom

Going through Netflix, Prime Video, and Shudder in these quarantine times is common. I found a movie it’s been a while I wanted to watch. What a mistake!

Drag Me To Hell Original Summary

Drag me to Hell not boredom yet here’s the summary!

When loan officer Christine Brown refuses an old lady an extension on her loan, the lady places a curse of the Lamia upon Christine.

Once cursed, Christine’s life is turned into a living nightmare.

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The Exorcist Series

The Exorcist After The Exorcist

As a horror movie fan, the movie The Exorcist always made my top three. When the series announced its debut, I waited, and now the power of Netflix compels me!

The Exorcist Series Original Summary

The Exorcist after The Exorcist summary below!

The Rance family is haunted by a powerful demonic presence in their house. Supernatural events keep happening until two priests join forces to defeat evil forces. — Google

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Satanic Panic - Fangoria - Shudder Original - 2019

A Satanic Panic Worth Watching

My love for horror goes way back. I think I preferred horror to any other genre. So, I subscribe to Shudder and watch the first movie that popped up Satanic Panic!

Satanic Panic Original Summary

A satanic panic worth watching read the summary!

A pizza delivery girl at the end of her financial rope has to fight for her life, and her tips, when her last order of the night turns out to be high society Satanists in need of a virgin sacrifice. — IMDb.

Satanic Panic – Official Trailer – Fangoria & Shudder – 2019
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As Above So Below — 2014 Movie — Netflix

As Above So Below Be Careful

“As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…” — Hermes Trismegistus

As Above So Below Original Summary

As above so below be careful…

Archaeologist Scarlett Marlowe has devoted her whole life to finding one of history’s greatest treasures: Flamel’s Philosopher’s Stone. According to legend, the artifact can grant eternal life and turn any metal into gold.

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The Haunting of Hill House by Netflix

The Haunting of Hill House

This modern reimagining of the Shirley Jackson novel follows siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country. Now adults, they are forced back together in the face of tragedy and must finally confront the ghosts of their past. — GOOGLE

IN THE BEGINNING

Welcome back readers and sorry for the pause. With all the chaos going on in our world, let me say that I hope that the one reading this is safe and that all in their life is peaceful as it can be in this time.

I was going to do another Goosebumps or Animorphs run on an article but The Haunting of Hill House was one that I had just finished and since that wholly fits in with Gothic Bite Magazine, that is the one I shall give you for food of thought.

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Netflix — Hemlock Grove

When Werewolves Find Hemlock Grove

Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of watching the horror series Hemlock Grove based on the literary work of Brian McGreevy. It is a three-season series that has the viewer wonder where the story might end and which answer might surface.

Find Hemlock Grove

What to say about this unique series? Well, when werewolves find Hemlock Grove anything can happen!

Based on the book by Brian McGreevy and executively produced by acclaimed horror master Eli Roth (Hostel,) this Netflix original series revolves around the peculiar residents—and killer creatures—of Hemlock Grove.

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Netflix — The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Sabrina Is Back On Netflix With Chilling Adventures

In the 90s and 00s, the series of Sabrina The Teenage Witch was one of the rare cute shows I watch. I had a taste for dark series, as you would guess. Now, Netflix brought back Sabrina from the dead in a unique way.

The Original Sabrina The Teenage Witch Summary

Sabrina Is Back On Netflix With Chilling Adventures, but first, here is the original blurb of the show!

Sabrina Spellman is a teenager with magical powers who comes from a long line of witches. Until going away to college, she lived with her wacky aunts, who would teach her to use her witchcraft wisely, and Salem, the talking black cat, who always has a scheme up his paw.

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The Witcher - Netflix - Season 1

Netflix’s The Witcher Invades Small Screens

Not too long ago, a new fantasy series hit our small screen. The Witcher, based on the work of Andrzej Sapkowski, is now part of the Netflix family! From an obsessive fantasy fan, here are my thoughts.

The Witcher

SPOILER ALERT is in effect! Movies and Series are dissected, and plots revealed.
MATURE AUDIENCE: Subjects of violence, torture, sex, and gore are part of this article.
TRIGGERS: Depression, Language, PTSD, ‘Racism.’
Consider yourself warned!

Now, Netflix‘s The Witcher invades small screens!

The Witcher is a fantasy series of novels and short stories written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The series revolves around the titular “witcher”, Geralt of Rivia.

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Dracula by Netflix

Dracula Is Alive Again On Netflix

January 10th, the day I was born, and when my mother didn’t know yet, I would be attracted to vampires and their legends. On January 9th, my husband and I decided to watch Netflix’s Dracula. It was entirely unexpected.

Official Dracula Summary

Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to meet a new client and finalise the sale of a stately house in London, but finds himself trapped in a terrifying maze-like castle of undead brides with a vampire Count whose ambition is to conquer the world. — BBC One | Netflix

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