Weird Jon

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Christma(dnes)s IX

Reading ghost stories during the Christmas season is an old British tradition. But I think reading scary stories is just as valid. “Nackles” by Donald Westlake tells of a nasty counterpart to Santa Claus and “The Naughty Ones” by Lake Lopez also deals with things that are neither holly nor jolly. If you want more, …

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Thanksgiving Kong

The internet is filled with people who fondly remember watching various King Kong and Godzilla movies during Thanksgiving break. It’s been that way for awhile, too. I remember being intrigued by references to such marathons on various websites and newsgroups back in the late 90’s. I had been able to piece together that the tradition …

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The Grickle Halloween Collection

Graham Annable has had quite the career. He’s drawn comics, animated numerous short films, co-directed a major motion picture and inspired the Puzzle Agent video game franchise. One of those comics is the wildly popular grickle series. Said series has spawned several animated short films and many of them involve horror and Halloween. I was …

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Solvao Solar Spotlights

Those who know me in real life are often surprised at just how little I decorate for Halloween. That’s mainly because I live in an apartment complex and we don’t get any trick-or-treaters. I put up a decoration or two so I can keep my tradition of decorating each year but that’s about it. I …

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Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils II

It’s been many years since the last collection of free pumpkin carving stencils was posted here. So you’d think it would be a piece of cake to come up with a new batch, right? Wrong! I even tried hitting Google Books to see if I could find any vintage examples. Although the “stencil” I found …

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Music to Haunt By: Dark Rave Volume 1

Virgil Franklin Official Site Dark Rave Volume 1, Lame Duck Digital 2018 Some of you might have heard about Dark Rave Volume 1 thanks to the streaming preview tracks on his new website, but I learned about it a different way. I had been talking with Virgil Franklin last year about my review of Halloween …

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Sounds to Scare By: Pepperhead Studios

Pepperhead Studios Official Site Haunted 2016, self-release 2016 Pepperhead Studios is the creation of musician Jeremy dePrisco and it’s more than a place where people can record their work. It’s also the name he asked me to use when I noted one of his albums in an article last year. He’s best known for his …

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Music to Haunt By: Icky Ichabod

Icky Ichabod Official Site Halloween Music, self-release 2009 The Haunted Organ, self-release 2016 Darkscape, self-release 2016 Hall of Mysteries, self-release 2016 Kevin J Gardner created his “Icky Ichabod” identity in 2009 but had been involved in music long before then. His compositions have been heard in numerous radio spots, films and television shows. But being …

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Music to Haunt By: Morbus Tenebris

Morbus Tenebris Official Site Shadows On The Wall, self-release 2018 You might remember Benjamin Fouché as the man behind Spookinite Valley. This year marks his debut novel, Shadows On The Wall. This year also marks his musical debut with a tie-in album for the novel under his side project, Morbus Tenebris. It’s a story of …

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Music to Haunt By: ExPsyle

ExPsyle Official Site Collection of Creepy, ExPsyle Music 2014 Music Box Melodies, ExPsyle Music 2013 ExPsyle (pronounced “Exile”) is a composer who has been creating music since 2013. She creates royalty free music since she recognizes how independent game developers, filmmakers, YouTube channels, etc. might not have enough money to license music or commission custom …

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Music to Haunt By: Vampyre – Symphonies From the Crypt

Midnight Syndicate Official Site Vampyre – Symphonies From the Crypt, Entity Productions 2002 Midnight Syndicate is currently performing in their live “Conspiracy of Shadows” show at Cedar Point’s “HalloWeekends” event. Not only will they be performing several shows every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 28th, but you can meet them afterward to take pictures …

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Music to Haunt By: Audio Zombie

Audio Zombie Official Site Centralia, Audio Zombie Sound 2014 Penumbra, Audio Zombie Sound 2015 Audio Zombie has made a huge impression on the haunted attraction industry since its debut in 2010. If you go to any forum devoted to haunted attractions and look up discussions about the best audio for use in haunts, Audio Zombie …

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Music to Haunt By: Verne Langdon

Verne Langdon Official Site (Label) The Phantom of the Organ/The Vampyre at the Harpsichord, Electric Lemon Records 2000 (Original release dates: 1972 and 1974) Verne Langdon had practically done it all before passing away in 2011. He had worked in television and movies, he ran a wrestling gym and created countless monster masks for the …

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

It’s been a big year for news in the world of haunting ambiance. Midnight Syndicate has a new live show at Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends event called “Conspiracy of Shadows.” Performances will happen every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October 28th and guests get to meet the group after the show! Although Jerry Vayne has joined …

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Vile Verses VII

Alfred Tennyson’s “The Kraken” is not only a great poem, but it is believed by some to have influenced H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu.” Tennyson also wrote moody works like “All Things Will Die” and “Song (A spirit haunts the year’s last hours).” Let’s return to the high seas with George Guyon’s marvelous untitled …

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Speed of the Living Dead

Arguments about whether “fast” zombies or the traditional shambling undead are scarier usually bring up the same few points. Proponents of running zombies often note how slow zombies would be easy to evade once the initial shock of seeing wore off. Traditionalists will then point out how you can’t run forever and the dead will …

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