I recently saw some pictures (and a video) taken at a wildlife refuge of a full-grown lion, tiger and bear who were raised together. They have completely bonded with one another and eat, sleep and play together. As you can tell by the picture below, it’s pretty amazing. These are animals that would never, ever, interact with each other in the wild, who wouldn’t even know of the others’ existence.

They had been the “property” as cubs of a drug gang and, when the police busted the gang, they called the refuge to see if they would take the cubs, which had been abused. The refuge workers initially thought about separating the threesome since they’re different species, etc. but when they saw how the animals had taken to each other, left them together. It was the right move.

It’s been said animals love humans unconditionally, and even though they may be completely different, they react that way to other animals as well, depending on the conditions. If only people could be as accepting and tolerant.

In my novel, Blood of the Daxas, being released in print format this weekend, some of my characters are animals. The late, great Andre Norton wrote many stories concerning animals bonding with humans (Beast Master, Moon of Three Rings, Catseye) in either emotional or psychic terms. That’s always been an interest of mine and, as a result, I’ve created the dragon, Wyverna, Queen of the Daxas, who can thought-commune with the human Gifted One, Toria.

Toria doesn’t realize she possesses such a mental power until the dragon makes contact. As a result, Toria’s life will change forever. For she finds the dragon isn’t some rampaging monster but an advanced, intelligent, and caring being.

There’s also Timen-Lu, a Beast-Witch, who can control animals and birds of all kinds including her “brother,” the mountain cat, Kanta the kazak (a definite nod or homage to Andre Norton, I admit) and her three starhawk companions, Pala, Sedon, and Yarin. Being a practitioner of the “Inner Eye,” Timen-Lu can, once she has psychically connected to her animal charges, “see” through their eyes.

My wife and I have cats and our lives wouldn’t be complete without them. They bring a lot of joy to our lives. We’re all creatures of the same world and need to coexist peacefully. Both animals and humans.

In Blood of the Daxas, it’s the decisions of both the human and animal characters that move the action forward and reach a common resolution.

The book launch event for Blood of the Daxas is tomorrow, December 6, 2pm, at Rickert and Beagle Books in Dormont, PA. Thank you all for your interest and support!


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In a previous post, I talked about some of the very frightening and very odd (a cursed wash rag?) creatures of Japanese mythology. Well, Japan hasn’t cornered the market on strange beasties, let me tell you.

One of the strangest I’ve come across is the papstesel, from Italian legend. This creature is as chimerical as they come, having the body of a human woman and the head of a donkey. One arm is an elephant’s trunk and one leg ends hoofed like a cow while the other is taloned like a bird. It has a snake for a tail and the face of an old man in the middle of its back.

Pretty gruesome-sounding, isn’t it? What were these guys smoking when they dreamed this thing up? Interestingly, according to the website, http://www.mythicalcreatureslist.com/mythical-creature/Papstesel, the papstesel figures in German literature as well, being referenced at one point by Martin Luther during one of his speeches against the church.

I found the papstesel when I was researching Italian mythology for my novel, Warriors of the Light. Setting part of the story in Venice, Italy, I wanted something other than the usual Greco-Roman pantheon of gods, goddesses, and monsters. When the papstesel popped up in my search, I had to make use of it mainly because it’s so bizarre.

I couldn’t find a whole lot of information on it except it is a water denizen so, as most creative people are wont to do, I used some artistic license. My papstesel is a representative of the creatures of the Mystic Realm. He/She can speak both through the donkey mouth and through the old man on its back. It appears from the sea to strike a bargain with one of my magical human characters back in 15th century Venice.

Originally I had planned on only using the papstesel in one scene but have beefed up its role somewhat in an additional scene. It was fun to include such a wild-looking creature in the story and, who knows, it could appear again. Characters, after all, have a way of taking on lives of their own.

Check out a picture of the papstesel on the following website: http://illischainsecho.tumblr.com/post/25697197241/fyeahmythologicalcreatures-the-papstesel


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I’m not a very brave person although I have whitewater rafted 3 times and taken a hot air balloon ride. And enjoyed all of them immensely. However, when I want to participate in an adventure outside the realm of reality, I write about it. I live it vicariously. Taking a ride on a dragon. Check. Fighting mythological creatures. Check. Confronting extraterrestrials. Check. I can do that, as long as it’s accomplished through the characters of my stories.

One such adventure is available now. My new fantasy/steampunk novel, Blood of the Daxas, is now available in Kindle format. If you decide to participate in this great, magical adventure yourselves, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it.

Many thanks in advance!


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This close to Halloween, I thought I’d dwell on monsters for this post. I’ve always been drawn to bizarre and dangerous creatures of the imagination–vampires, werewolves, extraterrestrials. You name it and if they are part of the science fiction, fantasy, horror and supernatural canons, so much the better.

However, I once read an article which stated the most frightening monsters are those that are the most human-like. Giant insects, rampaging dinosaurs, deadly viruses, killer tomatoes–yeah, those are all scary but, the point of the article was, basically, the more the menace looks like us, the more frightening it is. Because those kinds of monsters remind us of ourselves. Or a darker version of ourselves.

I tend to agree with that. The Blob was horrifying. The cursed, mobile tree of “From Hell It Came” was scary (albeit goofy). Godzilla and King Kong made you scream in terror. But those monsters which have more human qualities or appearances that exist in the dark tend to be the most interesting to me, as well as the most frightening.

Take zombies, for example. I may have ranted here before how I’m not a big fan of zombies, although I’m writing what I call an “alternative zombie” novel. Go figure. But most, if not all, zombies can’t talk, they can’t reason, they just shamble or (these days) run around eating people. Yawn. Imagine, though, if a zombie could talk, make plans, try to outwit you by its intelligence. The idea of a monster being on our intellectual and creative levels (or beyond) is far more interesting than just a slobbering beast. Although slobbering beasts are fun once in a while too.

An example is from the recent remake of The Time Machine starring Guy Pierce. In H.G. Wells’ book and the in 1960 movie version, the morlocks were just primitive, ape-like creatures although driven by a hive-like mind. Sort of like ants. In the 2002 version of The Time Machine, there are “uber-morlocks,” who are intelligent, can speak, and direct their bestial minions. Jeremy Irons played such a morlock in the movie and it really added a whole other level of complexity and interest to it. Of course, it’s Jeremy Irons, so any role he plays is bound to be good. He looked great too, with long white hair, pale skin, and piercing blue eyes. Yikes.

What’s more scary–the creatures in the Alien movies or the Predators? That’s a toss-up, I admit, but I vote for the Predators, again because they look more human-like, at least their bodies. Their faces–ugh. Remember when Charlton Heston’s character, Taylor, said his first words to his ape captors? Their reaction? See what I mean?

Of course, there are human monsters as well. Serial killers, child molesters, terrorists, etc. They’re compelling when used as fictional characters in novels and short stories, I admit, but to me, they’re way too real, brutal and disgusting. They’re in the news all the time, unfortunately. Give me a fantasy or supernatural monster (human or otherwise) any time. They’re not real. Or are they?

In both my novels, I’ve created monsters of all types. The Sixth Precept, being an urban-fantasy, has many Japanese mythological creatures running amok. Using artistic license, I’ve changed some of the attributes described to them to create more human-like characters. And, I’ve created a human-canine hybrid called a shadow-tracker, which, although it’s like a werewolf, can talk and think for itself. And, in the end, it can change and evolve.

In my upcoming fantasy novel, Blood of the Daxas, a dragon is one of my main characters. But, again, this is a dragon that is intelligent and can communicate. That’s been done before, I realize, but I’ve added a couple of different abilities to this dragon, one of which I hope comes as a surprise to the readers.

The ebook release of Blood of the Daxas is scheduled for next Thursday, November 6. I’ll post more info next week.



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A couple of recent experiences has moved me to return to discussing “real” magic. One was a trip to southern Colorado and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The other took place much closer to home.

Earlier today, I was sitting in the dogwood meadow of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden (www.pittsburghbotanicgarden.org/). No one else was around, the sky was a light gray overcast. A slight breeze blew through the surrounding trees, some of whose leaves had turned their fall colors. Beautiful, peaceful spot.

I’m not a very religious person but I knew there was a presence there, a power, an unseen, mystical resonance that was all-encompassing. Even though the sun was mostly obscured and there was a slight chill in the air, I felt as if I was in another world.

It was real magic.

It was like the powerful sense I got when visiting Stonehenge and Avebury Circle in England and sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon at twilight. More recently, I felt the same sort of supernatural force, if you will, at the Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde in Colorado and the Native American ruins at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. The landscape of that part of the country is so defining, so monumental, so elemental, that it takes the breath away. And, despite civilization’s encroachment, its brutal and ruthless intrusion, the magic still exists there. I could feel it all around me.

Oh, I know the idea of magic being displaced by non-belief and modern culture has been batted around countless times before. And I certainly can’t write as eloquently as John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, Rachel Carson, or Tony Hillerman when they describe their natural worlds. Yet, here’s how I felt

Simplistic as it sounds, what I’m saying is one’s mind has to be kept open, the smart-phones put away, the preconceptions buried. You have to turn yourself into a “receiver” in order to detect and pick up on the forces of nature, the cosmos, the supernatural, of magic, whatever you want to call it.

It’s all there. I’m not saying we should all abandon our lives and “go back to nature” but there’s absolutely a place for every one of us to think and feel like we’re really a part of the energy that holds everything together. We all just have to find it and those places are closer than you think. Humankind hasn’t destroyed everything yet.

In my novel, The Sixth Precept (www.amazon.com/The-Sixth-Precept-Larry-Ivkovich/dp/0615554245), medieval Japan evokes spiritual and supernatural elements with its religions, myth, and culture. I tried to get that as correct as I could, to bring out those mystical forces, to make them characters in the book themselves.

In my upcoming new novel, Blood of the Daxas (inkfish1.wix.com/larryivkovichbooks), the secondary world of the Imperium is attuned to magic, its lands soaked in it. There exists different kinds of magic in this world and different kinds of magic-wielders–magic of the mind, of nature, of religion, of blood.

But a new “magic” has arisen to challenge those–technology. In an ultimate battle, which of those types of magic will survive?


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Space Angel: An E-“Motionless” Outer Space Adventure

Those of us of a certain age remember the primitively-done but beloved animated series,Clutch Cargo (1959). But even some of that boomer demographic don’t recall the show, Space Angel (1962-1964), created by Dik Darley. Produced by the same production company as Clutch, Space Angel employed similar art techniques and film “technology” as well.

In this age of ubiquitous CGI and four-star animation, both Clutch Cargo and Space Angel stand out for their utterly low-budget simplicity. But we older sci-fi geeks who do remember hold the latter show close to our hearts.

Because of budget constraints, Cambria Productions created Clutch Cargo utilizing a process they referred to as “Synchro-Vox.” This allowed actual human mouths to be superimposed on still drawings of the show’s characters. The only “animation” was the moving lips! Cardboard cutouts were shuffled around sometimes to give the effect of movement but Clutch was just a still image in search of motion.

So too Space Angel but with some differences: this show was made with an improved coloring process which blended the real speaker’s lips into the cartoon face more seamlessly. There was animated eye movement and the space ships appeared to be cruising through the solar system. The drawings themselves, done by comic-book artist Alex Toth in one of his earliest high-profile animation gigs, were much more realistic than those in Clutch Cargo, not cartoonish at all. And the spaceship, Starduster, was absolutely terrific-looking!

Space Angel, aka Scott McCloud, was an agent for the EBI (Earth Bureau of Investigation). He and his teammates, Professor Mace, Crystal (Mace’s daughter and potential love interest for Scott) and Taurus, a Scottish mechanic, based their operations out of the space station Evening Star. In very short, five to six-minute episodes (a whole show being 4 or 5 of these), Scott would fight evil and corruption of the interstellar kind.

Space Angel

These short segments actually contained a lot of story elements with each episode ending in a cliff-hanger. The characters were stereotyped but appealing–a lot of friendly bantering was carried on between Scott and Taurus (“You old space goat!”) and Crystal was depicted as an intelligent and daring crew member. Although her flirting skills were strictly out of the forties (“Scott McCloud!”, “Hmmphh!”, “Now, you apologize.”). Hey, even the original Star Trek didn’t always get that right.

The villains were bad, bad, bad and always sinister-looking. One female baddie was obviously modeled after the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, complete with skyscraper-tall hat! Apparently “Space Angel” was Scott’s code name for the EBI but it was never explained why he wore an eyepatch. He looked very cool though and always saved the day.

Episodes of Space Angel can be viewed on You Tube and are also available on DVD. Do yourself a favor and watch some of these to see just how much fun low-tech can be.


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THE OAK ISLAND MONEY PIT – Site of a Knights Templar Treasure?

Sources: The Templar Code for Dummies by Christopher Hodapp and Alice Von Kannon
and The Oak Island Money Pit web site – http://www.oakislandmoneypit.com/

One of the more interesting (and bizarre) supposed sites of the fabled Knights Templar treasure (Gold and precious stones? The Holy Grail? The Ark of the Covenant? Oh my!) is the Oak Island Money Pit.

Oak Island is located off the coast of Nova Scotia and contains a very real and strange mystery with supposed connections to not only the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail but Shakespeare and the pirates Blackbeard and Captain Kidd.

A mysterious excavation was unearthed in 1795 by three teenage boys who suspected something, like pirate treasure, was buried on the island. What was discovered by them and subsequent deeper digs over the centuries is a series of maze-like wooden platforms and side tunnels with no bottom to the pit in sight!

Several years later, another group of diggers found a stone with, initially, undecipherable symbols on it, which were later translated into “Forty Feet Below, Two Million Pounds Are Buried.” What a great incentive! Of course, nothing of the sort was found upon further digging

Later, more organized and better funded excavations dug much deeper to find horizontal shafts which became flooded with seawater. These prevented further exploration (some refer to these as clever “booby traps) until more modern and more technological means were developed. The Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institute even studied the site with no luck solving the mystery.

Although some artifacts such as gold chains and pieces of parchment have been unearthed, the bottom has never been reached. And no treasure has ever been found. But what the heck is the pit? Why was it dug? What are those crazy platforms?
Oh, yeah – it’s where the Templars (who, by some accounts, were the real discoverers of America) buried their treasure. Or where the pirates Blackbeard and Captain Kidd hid their loot. One hypothesis claims the pit contains proof that Francis Bacon really wrote the works of William Shakespeare.

The History Channel has a web site and videos on the subject which would be fun to watch. Will it shed any light on this? My money’s on the Templars. They’re much cooler than pirates!

In my crazy future history, the Knights Templar have been reborn into the 23rd Century to become the Templar Accord. Their long war with the alien Kazoran Union is at a stalemate. Both sides are equal in numbers, strength and technology. But what if the Accord could discover and resurrect certain “artifacts”, which are not myths and legends but real? Including the Baphomet? The Union would have no defense against these ancient “weapons.”

My new serial novel, The Endgame Chronicles, posted by chapter for free on the JukePop Serial website, posits that theory also. The Templar Accord, now serving a church of their own making, struggle to survive against their enemies. You can read about what happens after they discover an artifact long buried on a remote, backwater planet in an ancient tomb. They find out their “Endgame Initiative” may sound good on paper but even the best-laid plans can go horribly wrong. Yikes.

I’ve tried to capture the essence of the Knights Templar and their Code in my stories but have updated it to include female Knights and administrators (this is the 23rd century after all). No vows of poverty exist and, especially, no vows of chastity. How boring would that be?

The first chapter is available to read free without a JukePop account, but you’ll have to create an account (also free with no obligations) to read any further. Let me know what you think!


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The enduring (or, some might say, irritatingly never-ending, though I’m not one of those!) romance/mystery/general interest about the Knights Templar seems to always take on another form or interpretation in the public eye, mainly through different media. There have been numerous books and articles written about the Order as well as television episodes and movies.

I first got interested in the Knights Templar while watching the 1984 first season episode of the British series ROBIN OF SHERWOOD titled “Seven Poor Knights of Acre.” Up to that point, I may have heard of the Templars but really didn’t know that much about them. In this particular episode, a golden seal of the Templars, depicting their “logo” of two knights riding on a horse, had been stolen and, of course, the Knights think Robin and the gang are the culprits.

ROBIN OF SHERWOOD is my favorite take on the Robin Hood legend. Lasting for three seasons and combining gritty period realism with added mystical elements, the show had high production qualities and great acting. Each episode was filmed on location and looked like mini-movies with very-detailed quality.

Interestingly, a 2009 book by author John Paul Davis titled “Robin Hood: The Unknown Templar” makes the case that Robin was a Templar himself. I’ve not read the book but it got some good reviews saying Davis makes a compelling argument for his hypothesis. If that’s true then, couldn’t other historical and, like Robin Hood, legendary figures, also have been Knights Templar? And, if so, why would it matter?

In the big scheme of things, it wouldn’t, but being a fan of secret organizations and historical mysteries, these kind of shadowy conjectures are always at the back of my mind when I’m writing. I’m not a conspiracy theorist but I do love a good mystery, especially when it goes against the norm and shakes everything up.

There are some contemporary Templar organizations such as the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar, which is part of the Freemasons. As I mentioned in my previous post, there is some speculation the Knights Templar, in fact, became the Freemasons. Some Freemason groups, like the Grand Encampment, have divisions which include “Knights Templar” in their titled designation.

Some historical/political Freemasons included George Washington (whose George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA is a great place to visit!), Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Colin Powell and Al Gore. Would this association possibly make them Templars as well? Intriguing, isn’t it?

As a result, such conjecture, speculation, etc., in my mind, gives me some leeway and artistic license to portray the Knights Templar as having been reborn into the 23rd Century in my serial novel, THE ENDGAME CHRONICLES. Hey, why not? These futuristic Knights Templar may possess the trappings of the old guard but they don’t necessarily follow the same precepts such as poverty and celibacy. They would have adopted the technology and mores of that future culture, working within and without the “system of that time to generate great power.

And, more importantly, to try to hold on to that power.


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The Knights Templar (The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon), were religious warriors formed in 1119 after the First Crusade. Nine French knights, led by Hugues de Payens, took vows of poverty and chastity, and got together to protect pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land. After those early days, the Knights Templar grew into something else entirely–basically, a rich and powerful corporation.

The Templars have always held an interest and a fascination for many people, including me. They’ve long been a subject of discussions, books, papers, films, but after the runaway success of author Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, where the Templars were mentioned in mysterious, historical (or not) context, the Knights Templar have resurfaced as a cultural phenomena.

Though a lot is known about the Templars historically, various myths about them abound (and, let’s face it, those are a lot more fun!)–they are the keepers of the Holy Grail, they still survive today as the Freemasons, they found and hid the Ark of the Covenant, even that they discovered America! Take that Vikings!

They are given credit, in fact, for creating the modern system of banking. Ironically, taking vows of poverty, the Templars eventually became one of the richest organizations in the Old World, who could lend money and buy property with ease. It got to the point, in just a short century, that governments depended on them to help finance certain projects. That’s considered one of the reasons King Phillip IV of France and Pope Pius V orchestrated the Templars’ downfall in 1307. The “impoverished” Knights were perceived as having become too rich and powerful (although most historians figure Phillip just wanted all that loot for himself) and turning against their vows and God.

The fall of the Templars is one of the origin stories attributed to the legend of Friday the 13th. On Friday, October 13th, 1307, most of the Templars throughout France were rounded up from their various castles, commanderies, perceptories and farms. Again, most, not all, were tortured to confess to false crimes, and burned at the stake for heresy (although one legend has it some escaped to become the Freemasons and to hide their legendary treasure, though no trace of whatever that treasure is has ever been found).

The heresy crimes included the worship of a god or demon called Baphomet. This is variously described as a disembodied head (possibly of John the Baptist!) of a goat, a horned demon, a skull, a cat, etc. It’s depicted as a winged, goat-headed human in certain decks of Tarot cards.

All nonsense, of course. But what if it wasn’t? One source I read described how the apocryphal Lilith (the Biblical Adam’s supposed first wife, according to some sources, and the lover of King Solomon) transformed, through her followers neglect, into the Baphomet. How cool and creepy is that? I used that idea in my first “Knights Templar in Outer Space” story, Crusade.

In my crazy future history, the Knights Templar have been reborn into the 23rd Century to become the Templar Accord. Their long war with the alien Kazoran Union is at a stalemate. Both sides are equal in numbers, strength and technology. But what if the Accord could discover and resurrect certain “artifacts”, which are not myths and legends but real? Including the Baphomet? The Union would have no defense against these ancient “weapons.” Or so the Accord hopes.

My new serial novel, The Endgame Chronicles, posted by chapter for free on the JukePop Serial website, posits that theory also. The Templar Accord, now serving a church of their own making, struggle to survive against their enemies. You can read about what happens after they discover an artifact long buried on a remote, backwater planet in an ancient tomb. They find out their “Endgame Initiative” may sound good on paper but even the best-laid plans can go horribly wrong. Yikes.

I’ve tried to capture the essence of the Knights Templar and their Code in my stories but have updated it to include female Knights and administrators (this is the 23rd century, after all). No vows of poverty exist and, especially, no vows of chastity. How boring would that be?

The first chapter is available to read free without a JukePop account, but you’ll have to create an account (also free with no obligations) to read any further. Let me know what you think!


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.Gene Autry, famous singing cowboy star of radio, television and the movies (and very successful and lucrative recorder of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”), may be the last name one thinks of when imagining adventurers of the sci-fi pulp era. If at all.

But the 1935 Saturday matinee serial, The Phantom Empire , one of Autry’s first forays into film, depicts him as exactly that. Starring as himself and singing in almost every one of the serial’s twelve episodes, Autry and his sidekicks fight evil of a futuristic, subterranean and very low-budget kind.

The opening credits for each episode identify Autry as “Radio’s Singing Cowboy.” Young costar Frankie Darro is listed next and would later portray Robbie the Robot in the classic sci-fi movie, Forbidden Planet (1956). Even younger fourteen-year old costar Betsy Ross-King is described as “World Champion Trick Horse Rider,” which, apparently, she once was although you’ll be hard pressed to find any information about her, googling or otherwise.

And finally, in the first few episodes, the “Scientific City of Murania” is also credited as if it, too, was a character in the story. Constructed as a miniature set, Murania hosted futuristic-looking buildings, painted backdrops and flashing lights. Giant elevators ascend and descend to and from the surface accompanied by a funny un-theramin-like whistling sound. Scientific indeed.

Inhabited by citizens dressed in Roman-style togas and pointy hats, Murania also boasts giant robot servants who swing hammers and open doors a lot. As an interesting sidebar, these ridiculous looking mechanical men were taken out of storage from the set of the 1933 Clark Gable/Joan Crawford musical, Dancing Lady. Which begs the question: Could >Dancing Ladyalso be an early and influential work of science fiction cinema?

As the serial unfolds (complete with such ominous episode titles as “Jaws of Jeopardy,” “Prisoner of the Ray,” and “A Queen in Chains”), Autry is co-owner of the Radio Ranch. Darro and Ross-King play siblings whose father is Autry’s partner in running the ranch.

The two kids have formed a club called “The Junior Thunder Riders” (complete with clubhouse and secret periscope). The members wear capes and what look like buckets on their heads as they ride around on horses giving voice to their motto, “To the Rescue!”

Autry and his backup musicians must perform their live radio recordings every day at 2PM or, according to their contract, will lose the ranch. Sounds like someone needed to negotiate a little harder on that point.

As a result, this insidious line item conveniently sets up several cliff-hangers revolving around whether Autry will make it back in time to perform. Of course, he always does, a lot of the time with the help of the ever resourceful Junior Thunder Riders. And Radio Ranch is always saved. Or is it?

A couple of crooked scientists and their gang discover that there are large deposits of radium buried underneath Radio Ranch. Their plot is, of course, to dig up the valuable mineral and spirit it away so they can get rich. In the meantime, in an absolutely amazing coincidence, Murania (once part of the lost civilization of Mu) and its technologically superior inhabitants also reside 20,000 feet under the surface of Autry’s ranch and is the source of the radium!

Danger and non-stop action (and singing) and a lot of running around ensue as both the scientists and Murania’s evil Queen Tika strive to either capture or kill Autry for various reasons, none of which make much sense but do advance the story, such as it is.

It’s pretty obvious that The Phantom Empire, along with other movie serials of that time, was made strictly for juveniles. If you can get past the cheesy acting, dialog, costumes, special effects and the very irritating high-pitched voice of Ms. Ross-King, it can be an enjoyable time-waster. Of course, as Gene Autry got more and more successful, he was laughing all the way to the bank, radium or not.

Just ask Rudolph.

Speaking of serials – I’ve just posted the first chapter of a science fiction/horror serial on the JukePop Serial site – it’s free to read although you do have to create an account to read beyond the first chapter. Please check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks!



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