October 2015 archive

6’+ Episode 162 (The 2015 Halloween Special) is Up!

To quote the description given at the new listing: “Happy Halloween! Strange Jason is spending the holiday with a special guest: EK THE GHOUL from PHANTOM CREEP THEATRE! These two will have plenty of time to party, as it seems Jason is cursed to live the same Halloween over and over again! Will MONSTERMATT PATTERSON …

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Halloween, Kava Kon Style

Some might frown at people carving anything other than a pumpkin to make a Jack O’Lanterns, but I think it’s perfectly acceptable. There are some amazing watermelon carvings out there and the whole carving tradition originally involved turnips. So pineapple Tiki O’Lanterns are fine in my book. Especially when they are accompanied by creepy music …

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Sounds to Scare By: Sinister Sounds

Sinister Sounds Official Site Gothic Nightmares, Sinister Sounds Records 2015 Scott Karan has been very busy since he released Dark Ride back in 2012. 2014 saw the release of his spooky single Happily Ever After, which made excellent use of soft music to create feelings of dread and mystery. That year was also when he …

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Music to Haunt By: The Dark Rift

Music For Haunts Official Site The Dark Rift, Music For Haunts Recordings 2015 Another year has passed and the time has come for a new collection of Chris Thomas’ themes from various haunted attractions around the country. The Dark Rift brings us selections from Evermore Adventure Park, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride and Albany Haunt …

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Music to Haunt By: Nightmare Chronicles

Michael Hedstrom Official Site Nightmare Chronicles, Hedstorm Productions 2014 I think it’s safe to say I have been waiting for Nightmare Chronicles almost as long as Michael Hedstrom has. It was in the works for years and premise of was just too good to miss out on. An album which explores several different horror concepts …

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Costume Crazyness 2015

The only thing cooler than this zombie werewolf costume is the actual concept of a zombie werewolf. Can you imagine a movie that starts off as a standard zombie apocalypse film, only for one of the zombies to turn into a werewolf when the moon is full? Come to think of it, it might even …

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Music to Haunt By: The Incredible Dark Carnival

Sam Haynes Official Site The Incredible Dark Carnival, Haunt Music 2015 If you’re like me, the idea of a haunted circus leaves you cold. I’ve had to review albums based on the concept so many times that I am completely out of ideas. But at the same time I can’t blame any artist for choosing …

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Music to Haunt By: Jeannie Novak

Jeannie Novak Official Site Horrorshow: The Complete Collection, Self-release 2013 Jeannie Novak is a woman of many talents. She writes books, develops video games and is a photographer in addition to her talents as a composer and performer. In fact, she’s been playing since age five and composing since she was twelve years old! She’s …

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Music to Haunt By and Sounds to Scare By: The Return

There’s so much going on in the world of spooky ambient music. Nox Arcana just unleashed Gothic and Darkmood is currently hard at work on When Time Ends (which will feature a more “cinematic” feel). Midnight Syndicate is preparing to release a Christmas album while Grave Tone Productions is also hard at work on new …

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6’+ Episode 161 is Up!

To quote the description given at the new listing: “Who’s that behind that mask? It’s 6ftplus! On an all-covers episode, we play cuts from CREEPSVILLE ’13, a tribute to FORBIDDEN DIMENSION. There’s also music from ZOMBIE GHOST TRAIN, HAUNTED GEORGE, THE NEBULAS, THE YOUNG WEREWOLVES. One of the dangers of trick or treating reveals itself …

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The Pumpkin Dance

You might have already seen the famous video of a man in a pumpkin mask dancing to the theme from Ghostbusters. Perhaps you saw one of the remixes or parodies. If you have not and are wondering just what in the world I am talking about, here’s the infamous video courtesy of KXVO 10:00 News: …

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It Came From Wikipedia VIII

Have you ever wondered why Chris Sarandon’s vampire character in Fright Night is sometimes seen eating apples? It’s because he decided his character liked to cleanse his palate and had some fruit bat DNA! The history of glow sticks is very fascinating. I am surprised how they neglected to mention how unused glow sticks have …

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Still More Vile Verses

Google Books is home to many a public domain poem. The image illustrating this article is from a poem called “Jack-o’-Lantern’s Story” and it is followed by another simply called “Halloween.” Please don’t confuse them with “Jack-O’-Lantern” by John Banister Tabb or “Halloween” by A.T. Frost. I’m also found of “Hallowe’en Happenings,” “A Halloween Memory” …

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Fear For Your Ears VI

Remember Popcorn Horror? It turns out they have a wonderful selection of free horror stories called Campfire Tales. Since I’m promoting audio linked to past articles, those interested in Hammer Chillers can listen to samples at the official Hammer Bandcamp page and H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror can be streamed in full on Spotify! The …

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Oddity Archive: The Sounds of Halloween

One of my favorite web review series is Ben Minnotte’s Oddity Archive. I love his looks at various audio visual oddities and how his theme music sounds like something from a giallo movie. Where else could you learn about failed video formats, obscure broadcasting standards and the like from a guy behind a cardboard box? …

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It Came From Amazon VII

There now exists a book full of VHS box art for cult films and I have never been more excited. The gimmick of making it the size of an old VHS case is nice and all, but I really want a coffee table book version. If that first entry makes little sense to you, I …

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