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Cleveland’s Witchcraft Museum?

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Looking for something a little off the beaten path. Maybe something to set the mood for Halloween? Cleveland has its very own museum of witchcraft, the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magik. The museum is the collection of author Raymond Buckland and has been opened in New York and New Orleans before finding its home here in Cleveland.

They say:

 The Buckland Museum of Witchcraft & Magick is located in Cleveland’s historic Tremont neighborhood. 2676 W 14th St, Cleveland, OH 44113.  Summer hours are Tuesday: 5pm – 7 pm, Thursday:5pm – 7 pm, Friday: 5pm – 8pm, Saturday: 12pm – 8 pm. If you can’t make it during those hours please email bucklandmuseum@gmail.com for an appointment. Admission is $5.

Cosmos – 38 Years Old Friday!

Cosmos was an award winning science documentary series created by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan and Steven Soter. It first aired on September 28, 1980. The final episode of Cosmos, Sagan dealt with mankind’s potential annihilation in nuclear fire, the precariousness of reason, mankind’s death in an apoplexy of nuclear fire, and the awesome choice before us. For all of its now nostalgic cold war language, the problem still exists. The doomsday machine of thermonuclear weapons still sit in there American and Russian silos, submarine fleets still prowl, and the threat of nuclear winter now stands proven. All of those weapons, or even just a few of them could trigger the stratospheric smoke of our burning cities, ending agriculture and humanity in an hour of fire an terror.  For your enjoyment, Cosmos, A Personal Voyage, Ep. 13, “Who Speaks for Earth,” found on youtube:

Cosmos – 38 Years Old Friday!

Cosmos was an award winning science documentary series created by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan and Steven Soter. It first aired on September 28, 1980. The series dealt with the Earth’s precious rarity in the universe and the mutual death struggle between the United States and Russia. It dealt with the story of the Earth’s creation, humanity’s struggle to the path of reason, and potentially, mankind’s death in an apoplexy of nuclear fire. For your enjoyment, Cosmos, A Personal Voyage, Ep. 1, found on youtube:

Tomorrow, Ep. 13, “Who Speaks for Earth?”

Flaming River Con This Saturday!

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Ready for Cleveland’s first  LGBTQIA+ comic book convention? Panels include “Out of the Closet and into the Costume: A History of Queer Comix,” “Cartoons 4 Change: the history of LGBTQ Editorial Cartoons,” and “Fear the Queers! A Discussion of LGBTQ+ Representation in Horror.” Guests include Marvel ‘Iceman’ writer, and FRC headliner, Sina Grace.

The say:

Join us for the Midwest’s first LGBTQIA+ geek convention!

With vendors, art, comics, books, zines, podcasts, panels, and workshops this is your destination for everything queer and geek.

This is a family friendly event! Free entry, suggested donation of $5.

When: September 22, 2018
Where: Westshore Uniterian Universalist Church at 20401 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River, OH 44116
Time: 10am-6pm

Meet Kyth, The Taker

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Kyth The Taker
Jonathan L. Howard
Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 1st 2017 by Air and Nothingness Press
www.aanpress.com

“Kyth liked tiled floors the way other people liked venomous snakes.” With that, we enter the world of Kyth, not a thief, but a taker. She is a mercenary finder of things and solver of problems with an eye for detail and a well-earned experience with traps, like the ones hidden by tiles. Structures talk to Kyth through that experience. She has an almost supernatural ability to divine the creator’s intentions, be he a dying tyrant or bargain-minded priest, and unravel his tomb, tower or temple.

For fans of classic sword and sorcery like Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, or even role-playing gamers with their own hard-won experience, these stories are a delight. The three tales don’t really interconnect aside from Kyth, and we learn little about her. There is a backstory unsaid there that begs more tales. What we do have are “The Beautiful Corridor,” “The Shuttered Temple,” and “The Silent Castle.” Each structure comes with its own purpose and challenges for Kyth to unravel. “The Beautiful Corridor” is the humorous story, but the second two are darker in different ways. “The Shuttered Temple” is as psychologically and philosophically dangerous as it is destructive, and perhaps the most fiendish sort of trap about which I have ever read. “The Silent Castle” is a sort of magical cautionary tale with deadly consequences.

At the end of 112 pages, the reader is left with a Kyth-shaped hole in their life and an urge to urge Jonathan L. Howard for more. This book, like all the books from Air and Nothingness Press, is a jewel-like tiny treasure. They specialize in translations reproduced in hand-made letterpress editions. You will want to share it and handle it, but with a print run limited to just 100 copies, you might be best served locking it away behind fiendish traps. An afterword by the author helps place these stories in context and explain why this is all there is. But rest assured, if Kyth has found Howard before, she may yet be his muse again.