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You’ll have nightmares for a year to come. Every night since I looked at that thing I’ve had ‘em, that’s why I hate it – sure I do – and don’t want it around. Put it back where it came from and let it freeze for another twenty million years. I had some swell nightmares – that it wasn’t made like we are – which is obvious – but of a different kind of flesh that it can really control. That it can change its shape, and look like a man – and wait to kill and eat -

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Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell (1938)

The place stank. A queer, mingled stench that only the ice buried cabins of an Antarctic camp know, compounded of reeking human sweat, and the heavy, fish oil stench of melted seal blubber. An overtone of liniment combated the musty smell of sweat-and-snow-drenched furs. The acrid odor of burnt cooking fat, and the animal, not-unpleasant smell of dogs, diluted by time, hung in the air. 

Lingering odors of machine oil contrasted sharply with the taint of harness dressing and leather. Yet, somehow, through all that reek of human beings and their associates - dogs, machines and cooking - came another taint. It was a queer, neck-ruffling thing, a faintest suggestion of an odor alien among the smells of industry and life. And it was a lifesmell. But it came from the thing that lay bound with cord and tarpaulin on the table, dripping slowly, methodically onto the heavy planks, dank and gaunt under the unshielded glare of the electric light. 


This friday I have another great story from the golden age of science fiction. John Campbell was an excellent writer, but he was even more influential as an editor. It was due to his influence that science fiction grew beyond its pulp roots and became a real literature of ideas.

‘Who Goes There’ is a very creepy story that was eventually adapted into 'The Thing’ by John Carpenter.

Just when I thought I couldn’t be any more excited for the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of John Carpenter’s The Thing, Scream Factory has announced even more extras that will be included - including a new interview with Carpenter! Check out the full list below.

The film has received a new 2K scan of the Inter-positive supervised by director of photography Dean Cundey, along with 4.1 audio from the original 70MM Six Track Dolby Stereo soundtrack. Paul Shipper designed the new artwork.

The 1982 classic is directed by John Carpenter and stars Kurt Russel. Bill Lancaster (The Bad News Bears) wrote the script, based on John W. Campbell, Jr.’s novella Who Goes There?.

Read on for the updated list of special features.

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B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #146 by Duncan Fegredo

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #146
Mike Mignola (W), John Arcudi (W), Laurence Campbell (A), Dave Stewart ©, and Duncan Fegredo (Cover)
On sale Oct 19
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Ongoing
The BPRD faces heavy fatalities as western states are laid waste in the battle with the embodiment of cosmic evil, the Ogdru Jahad. The only hope to destroy the beast may be the unholy plan of the little demon girl Varvara.