Sunday, November 30, 2014

Virtue and Vice

"In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice." - The Marquis de Sade

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Xmas Movie Night

Being as I'm a huge nerd about movies, in my lair, every night is movie night. Seriously, I watch at least one movie every night over dinner (Ah, the joys of being single!) Anyway, as it would seem the season of that "other holiday" has arrived, I decided that before I wrestle it into submission, brutally murder it with a candy cane, then bury it in my crawlspace, I should at least try to welcome it with welcome arms. This I did with a double feature: Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas", and Bob Clark's "Black Christmas". This too are must-sees of mine, and should be on every Halloween and Horror fans must-see list for Christmas. I've attached the trailers below. Enjoy!



Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday

"The Survival Command Center at the Pentagon has disclosed that a ghoul can be killed by a shot in the head or a heavy blow to the skull". - Night of the Living Dead

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving

Going to be taking a week off from blogging. Just wanted to say I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent."

A collection of music played on my favorite musical instrument, the pipe organ:

"Fallen Grandeur" by Midnight Syndicate: Passacaglia in C Minor, BWV 582 by Bach: Praeludium in C Minor, BWV 546 by Bach: "Grim Grinning Ghosts" as performed by Joseph Momot:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Shingle Creek Manor Haunt Video 2014

The 2014 video for the previously featured Shingle Creek Manor has been released.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Butcher of Provincetown 2014

Always look forward to seeing this guy's work every year. So cool.

The 2014 Haunt Video:
Haunt Video Commentary:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Love Manor 2014

Haven't seen much from Love Manor in a while; good to see they're still in the haunting game.





 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Shingle Creek Manor 2014

"Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world: now could I drink hot blood."
 - Hamlet, William Shakespeare

Always enjoy seeing the latest from Shingle Creek. The statues Mark creates are incredible.

 
 
 
 

Click here for  the official Shingle Creek Manor blog:

Friday, November 14, 2014

Once Upon a Time

"Jack Zipes, professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota, says he often wondered why the first edition of the tales had never been translated into English, and decided, eventually, to do it himself. “Though the Grimms kept about 100 of the tales from the first edition, they changed them a good deal. So, the versions with which most English-speaking (and German-speaking) readers are familiar are quite different from the tales in the first edition,” he told the Guardian... Rapunzel is impregnated by her prince, the evil queen in Snow White is the princess’s biological mother, plotting to murder her own child, and a hungry mother in another story is so “unhinged and desperate” that she tells her daughters: “I’ve got to kill you so I can have something to eat.” Never before published in English, the first edition of the Brothers Grimms’ tales reveals an unsanitised version of the stories that have been told at bedtime for more than 200 years."

Read the full article here:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sherwood Scare 2014

A very cool walk-thru home haunt. Really digging the use of the Old Hollywood theme.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Pumpkinrot 2014: Witch, Devil, & Ghost

Some pics of Pumpkinrot's latest haunt. Such amazing work here. Always look forward to his stuff.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Click here for more:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"I was born with the Devil in me."

Re-posting a documentary on what has to be my favorite serial killer, Dr. HH Holmes.

Monday, November 10, 2014

30 Years of Nightmares

30 years ago yesterday A Nightmare on Elm Street, one the defining moments of horror movie history, was released, and iconic boogeyman Frederick Charles "Freddy" Krueger was unleashed upon the world.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

And Hell Followed With Him

"When the Man Comes Around" by Johnny Cash:

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Rare Boris Karloff Interview

From 1963, it appears to be from German TV. Enjoy!

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Devil's Carnival: ALLELUIA Official Trailer

I loved the first "Devil's Carnival", I cannot wait to see this one!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

My First Body Suspension - Halloween Night, 2014

My Halloweens have been, for the most, part consistent: when I was young, I trick or treated. When I got older, I started Haunting. This year, on Halloween Night, I did something very different, something I had never done before, something many would label insane, idiotic, horrifying, masochistic, grisly, and pointless, while others would describe it as powerful, beautiful, a rite of passage, spiritual, artistic, and brave: I did my first body suspension.

Body suspension, for those not in the know, is the art of suspending the human body via piercings through the flesh. When most people hear about body suspension they either picture this:


"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
 
Or this:


"Hellraiser"
 
But it actually has it's origins in ancient rites of passage, such as the ceremonies practiced by the Mandan tribe along the banks of the Mississippi. The art saw a rival starting in the 1970s and 1980s, via the Modern Primitive movement started by Fakir Musafar, picking up popularity as the decades wore on. Now you can see body suspension performed anywhere from tattoo conventions to rock concerts to even some haunted attractions such as the Haunted Hoochie in Columbus, OH, or the late great House of Shock in New Orleans, LA.

Which brings me to how I decided to do body suspension. I had been aware of it for a quite a few years, but I never thought of it as something I would ever do. Truth be told, I thought it was completely freaky. The came Halloween 2013, and a performance by the Carnival of Curiosity and Chaos at Sacred Ink, the tattoo shop which owns the magazine I'm employed by. I was blown away by the whole thing, and was really impressed by the sheer spectacle of it. A few months later, having landed a job at Obscure Ink Magazine, I was one of those sent to attend the Baltimore Tattoo Convention, where I saw even more performances of body suspension, including one by internationally renowned burlesque performer and sideshow artist Marlo Marquise. After leaving the convention, I was struck with a profound sense of wonderment. This was something that I was starting to find extremely fascinating, though I still never thought I would try for myself. Some time went by, and I was informed by Sean Hughes (my boss, owner of Sacred Ink and Obscure Ink) that Marlo would be performing at this years annual Halloween party, along with Steve Truitt of Ascension Body Mod, widely regarded as one of if not the best suspension piercer in the industry, having toured the world with bands such as Jane's Addiction and acting as Dave Navarro's personal piercer; Steve would be offering suspensions to the public, I was told. It was around then that something my mind just snapped and said "Where do I sign up?"

To be honest, for me 2014 has been a year of pushing my personal limits. I'm slowly losing the shyness that has plagued me most of my life, and I'm achieving a lot of personal firsts: starting college, getting a proper job as a professional writer, going on my first date, travelling further from home than I ever have... this was a year of accomplishments. I believe that in life you need to be willing to push yourself to your limits, if for no other reason to know what your limits are. I knew what I was undertaking was something pretty extreme, something most people would never do, which really just made it more appealing. I wanted to see if I could actually do this. I  told myself that after all the emotional agony I've gone through, and all the dangerous, horrible situations I've encountered that threatened my freedom, my sanity, and my life, that if I was able to face all of those and come stronger on the other side, that I could I do this. And so began the countdown.

I originally thought the suspension was to happen on November 1st, the night of the party, but Steve thought it would be better, since this my first time doing suspension, if I did this one without a huge crowd around me. So my suspension was rescheduled for Halloween Night; appropriate, in retrospect. I was surprisingly calm leading up the big night. Even on Halloween itself, I wasn't worried or nervous. That all changed when Steve and Marlo arrived at the shop. I chatted with them for a while, making polite, albeit nervous, conversation, all while a cold sweat built on my forehead.

This was about to happen. But I'd said I was going to do it, and I refused to back out now.

I went into the piercing booth, where I removed my shirt and Steve began marking my back, finding the right spot to put the hooks in. After finding the right spots, I lay down on the piercing table. Steve instructed me to take a deep breath, and on the exhale he pierced me the first hook. I won't lie, it did hurt, but not nearly as much as you'd think. In fact, it was pretty easy. Still, it was, to use the technical term, a Fuck You Piercing:


Me, just after the hooks were put in.
 
After resting for a while, allowing the pain from the piercing to wear off, I got up, drank some water, and went to the rig installed for suspensions, where Steve was waiting to hook me up to the rig. Once I was attached, Sean put on some music for me to help get psyched up ("Pussy Liquor", by Rob Zombie), Marlo took me by the hands, and it began. I slowly began to walk back and forth, while Steve began to pull up on the ropes. At that point, I was in more physical pain than I had ever been in before. I felt like I was being torn apart, and that the hooks would rip through my skin at any moment. I began to panic just a bit, and I was starting to think I wouldn't be able to do it. Sean and Marlo gave me a quick pep talk, and there were shouts of support and "You can do it!" from the rest of the crew at the shop. I nodded, my head, took a deep breath, and gritted my teeth. It was now or never. With that, Steve hoisted me up, and I let loose a long, agonized scream. I had done it.


The suspension begins.
 
Marlo walks me through the suspension.
 
My friends cheered, and it dawned on me that I was now two feet off the ground. After hanging in the air for a while, Steve let me down, and I was led back to the piercing booth where the hooks were removed and my wounds cleaned. I got dressed, took a sigh of relief. It was over. I had done it, I didn't think I could, but I did. I had done what many would not, could not, and found myself stronger because. I also learned a new respect for the art of suspension, and the guts it takes to do this sort of thing. Would I do it again? Yes I would.


“Blood!...Blood!... That's a good thing! A ghost who bleeds is less dangerous!” About to have the hooks removed.
 
The Unholy Two: Me and Steve the following night.
 
Special thanks to Steve for doing the suspension, to Sean and Marlo for pep-talking me through the most intense part of the suspension, and to everyone who showed their support by being there. You guys were awesome! And now, without any further ado, here is the video of my suspension:

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

XI.V.MMXIV

Remember, remember, the Fifth of November
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
 


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November

"No! Please! Say Halloween isn't over! Please!"
Sadly, Specters, Halloween has come and gone. I'm glad to say I had a great one this year, between journeying to Arizona to be with my friend Sharon, getting to do a bit of haunting via decorating for the Halloween party, doing my first body suspension (!), and attending what is no doubt the greatest Halloween party I have ever been to, courtesy of Sacred Ink Tattoos in Indiana, PA. There is much to tell you all in the coming days, so keep your eyes peeled for some very exciting stuff!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Masqued

"If I am the Phantom it is because man's hate has made me so!" - Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera. Photo taken on October 31st, 2014.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Day of the Dead

Well, by some miracle I survived the Halloween party. More details later.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Feliz Dia de los Muertos

And Happy Post-Halloween to all of you, Specters! I hope your haunts were popular with the ToTs, and that Mother Nature didn't give you problems with the weather. For me, Halloween is not over yet, as I will be attending the Sacred Ink Halloween Bash, in Indiana, PA. I'm sure it's going to be a blast. I spent the week leading up to the party decorating the shop, and you can bet there WILL be pictures, and hopefully some video. I will be in costume as my character, "Prof. Emelius T. Dread, Ringmaster of Merrick & Dread's Carnival of Darkness!" and I will be taking pics of the costume to share with you all. In the meantime, I hope you all can relax and breath, and enjoy the post-Halloween glow. You've earned it.