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Dec 05 2017

Christma(dnes)s VIII

The photograph illustrating this article is the work of Jessie Tarbox Beals, who also created the image used in last year’s installment of “Christma(dnes)s.” It was fascinating to read up on her career in photography. I had no idea she was the very first woman to be hired as a staff photographer by an American …

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Nov 23 2017

Vintage Thanksgiving Insanity

As I noted last year, several Halloween traditions were once associated with Thanksgiving in America. I first noticed this when I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn back in high school and was completely mystified by the part where children were clearly trick or treating in November. When I noticed how several old magazine articles …

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Nov 02 2017

Daytona of the Dead

I finally found the video I mentioned all the way back in 2011! I also rediscovered the bit in which Pontius and Steve-O originally debuted the characterizations they use in “Daytona of the Dead.” You can enjoy both videos thanks to WildboyzVidz: I don’t know if I’ll have any material for Day of the Dead …

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Oct 31 2017

Music to Haunt By: Halloween

Virgil Franklin Official Site Halloween, Lame Duck Digital 2015 How on Earth did I miss out on reviewing Virgil Franklin’s Halloween when it came out in 2015? It’s gets even more bizarre when you factor in how I actually plugged it in my review of his big comeback album! But I can either spend my …

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Oct 30 2017

Music to Haunt By: Pumpkin On Your Stereo

Sam Haynes Official Site Pumpkin On Your Stereo, Haunt Music 2017 Sam Haynes has been as busy as ever. Something Wicked and Something Wicked II both came out in 2016, with the Bandcamp release of the former having some exclusive bonus tracks. But those who already bought their copy elsewhere can get the same tracks …

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Oct 29 2017

Music to Haunt By: The Haunting

Darkmood Official Site The Haunting, Notic Reign Records 2016 The album description for The Haunting bills itself as “one of the scariest albums of all time.” This is a very bold claim and there’s no shortage of things making promises as being “the scariest” and failing to deliver. Which category does it belong in? Let’s …

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Oct 28 2017

Music to Haunt By: Zombies!!! Official Board Game Soundtrack

Midnight Syndicate Official Site Zombies!!! Official Board Game Soundtrack, Linfaldia Records 2016 To say Twilight Creations had a hit on its hands when it released the board game Zombies!!! would be a gross understatement. It’s spawned numerous editions, expansions and sequels (along with numerous bags of plastic figures). So their tapping Midnight Syndicate to come …

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Oct 27 2017

Music to Haunt By: Dying Within

Grave Tone Productions Official Site Dying Within, B@Home Wreckordings 2017 It’s been awhile since I last reviewed one of Grave Tone Productions’ albums, so let’s catch up on their releases. 2015 saw the release of their kid friendly single “Jack the Jack O’ Lantern” and the debut of their short film Who’s There? on YouTube. …

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Oct 26 2017

Music to Haunt By: Horror Trilogy

Dulcet Jones Official Site Horror Trilogy Part One, Green Cottage Music 2017 Horror Trilogy Part Two, Green Cottage Music 2017 Horror Trilogy Part Three, Green Cottage Music 2017 Horror Trilogy, Green Cottage Music 2017 Horror Trilogy is one of the more unique releases I’ve seen in the world of scary ambient music. The “album” is …

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Oct 25 2017

Music to Haunt By: Mark Harvey

Mark Harvey Official Site Pumpkinland, Nobody Records 1999 Pumpkinland II, Nobody Records 2000 Pumpkinland III, Nobody Records 2001 The late 90’s were a very important time in the development of modern haunted attraction music. Midnight Syndicate had settled into the style which made them famous in 1998 and Michael Hedstrom entered the scene in 1999. …

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Oct 24 2017

Music to Haunt By: The Return

So what’s new in the world of spooky ambient music? Jerry Vayne released Blackmoon Asylum has been unleashed and World of Fright (whose work has appeared on our podcast many times) released his first album earlier this year. Both Shadow’s Symphony and Prelude to a Nightmare are working on new material while the second part …

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Oct 23 2017

Fear For Your Ears VIII

The Owl Field is a company specializing in binaural audio (3D sound) and their free story “Overnight” makes things even more immersive by making you the star! The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets have created a radio play which ties into their Lovecraftian science fiction RPG Spaceship Zero and I highly recommend it. The website …

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Oct 22 2017

Make Your Own Spooky Sound Effects II

It’s been a few years since I last discussed how to make custom sound effects and I have been spending that time seeking out more sound effect ideas. Speaking of last year, remember how I noted how one could imitate a cricket using only your mouth? Fred Newman’s MouthSounds has detailed directions on doing so …

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Oct 21 2017

Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Wheat Beer

One of my October traditions is trying at least one new pumpkin or “spooky” beer each year. My discovery for 2017 is a pumpkin ale from the MillerCoors owned Blue Moon Brewing Company. The company has been making pumpkin beer since 1995, so I’m assuming the “limited release” notice on the label is a reference …

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Oct 20 2017

Wormtown Pumpkin Ale

You’re probably wondering about the “Wormtown” part of this beer’s name. A Massachusetts disc jockey by the name of L.B. Worm came up with it in the 1970’s while working at WCUW in Worcester. Although it was intended as a reference to the area’s (then) massive underground music scene, it eventually become a nickname for …

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Oct 19 2017

First Parish Haunted House

Location: 75 Great Road, Bedford, MA 01730 (Directions) Dates/Times: Oct 20 from 6:00 – 9:30 pm, Oct 21 5:30 – 9:30 pm (10:30 am – 1:30 pm kid friendly) (Dates/Times and prices subject to change as years go by) Admission: $10 per adult, $10 per child (ages 3-14) and $8 per senior citizen. Parents’ and …

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