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What’s In A Name?

As I noted in the most recent installment of the “Horror Trivia” series, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was originally going to be called “The Brain of Frankenstein.” It’s hard to imagine audiences going to a film with such a title and expecting a comedy. I imagine many would write it off as yet another …

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Tricks and Treats IX

If the above lantern strikes your fancy, you can learn how to make one in Volume 14 of School Arts magazine. While we’re on the subject of vintage reading material, let’s check out The Anchora of Delta Gamma to learn about a haunted attraction from 1968 called the “Mystic Mansion.” The October 1985 issue of …

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It Came From Amazon X

The Horror Crossover Encyclopedia by Robert E. Wronski Jr. looks like an amazing reference guide for the numerous crossovers and inside jokes in works of horror. It’s a shame he apparently also tries to argue they all take place in the same universe! Jeff Rovin arguably had more success connecting various Universal monster movies in …

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It Came From Wikipedia XI

Many think of countries like America, Britain, Japan and Italy when asked to name countries known for producing lots of horror movies. But there’s one other country which also deserves to be on that list: Cambodia. Not only is there an entire Wikipedia article about the sizable number of Cambodian horror movies, there’s also a …

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Absolute Dice Halloween

I’ve only just recently dipped my toes back into the world of games and boy do I have some catching up to do! One of the things I missed out on was a line of games called “Absolute Dice.” Then again, that might also be because the game seems to be more popular in the …

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Castle of Horror Trivia

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was originally going to be called “The Brain of Frankenstein” and was also supposed to feature appearances by Kharis the Mummy and Alucard, the son of Dracula! Anyone who has seen Son of Dracula will find that idea particularly baffling. Have you ever wondered why Michael Myers is sometimes referred …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Hang-Ten Hangmen

The Hang-Ten Hangmen Official Facebook Live at the Shameful Tiki, Rocket Rod Productions 2011 This is Boss!, Dionysus Records 2018 Surprise! Once again Dionysus Records has once again convinced me to do an extra installment of the Freaky Tiki Surf-ari. The label’s upcoming vinyl (and digital download) release of This is Boss! The lack of …

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The Edge of Time

The basics of aging paper are absurdly simple- use tea to stain the fibers and allow the sheet to dry. Like many others, I learned that method in grade school and have been using it with minor variations for decades. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it does a reasonably good job of reproducing the browning …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Zombie Surf Camp

Zombie Surf Camp Official Site Zombie Surf Camp, self-release 2009 Halloween 2010 Live, self-release 2010 Not much is known about Zombie Surf Camp. The basic details are that the band formed in 2005 in San Diego, California and its members consist of: Moon Zoggy: Vox, synth and theremin Resin A. Gain: Bass, vox and piano …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Hawaiian Spotlighters

Hawaiian Spotlighters Official Site (Label) Mauna Kea Breeze, Dionysus Records 2017 (Original release date: 1964) You may recall how I briefly brought up this album last year as a preview of sorts for the 2018 Freaky Tiki Surf-ari. Mauna Kea Breeze might not have a single shred of a horror connection but it’s still worth …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Dawn “Sophista-Tiki” Frasier

2018 marks the second time the Freaky Tiki Surf-ari will get to spotlight someone in the Tiki scene who’s finally getting wider recognition for their contributions to said scene. Last time was for a musician who was part of the original rise of Tiki culture and this time marks an artist who was part of …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Krektones

The Krektones Official Site The Krektones, Family Night Records 2012 Megaladon, Family Night Records 2014 Hailing from North Carolina, the Krektones were founded in 2009 by artist and musician Jason Krekel. The Krektones consist of: Jason Krekel: Guitar Henry Westmoreland: Trumpet and saxophone Dave Gay: Bass guitar Lance Wille: Drums Mr. Krekel has performed in …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Swinging Sounds From Beyond The Nether Regions

Creepxotica Official Site Swinging Sounds From Beyond The Nether Regions, Dionysus Records 2017 Creepxotica Featuring Rachel DeShon, Dionysus Records 2017 2017 was a busy year for the Creepy Creeps’ side project Creepxotica. Not only did they release Swinging Sounds From Beyond The Nether Regions on vinyl and digital download, but they also released Creepxotica Featuring …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Return

“Delayed. Decayed. But never afraid…” I hope you don’t mind my quoting Strange Jason, but it just fit this situation too perfectly! It’s taken me a bit longer than expected, but the Freaky Tiki Surf-ari is finally here. Here’s a look at last year’s installments if you need something to hold you over while waiting …

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Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Black & Green Dice

One thing I noticed while researching my article about Q Workshop’s “Halloween” and “Bloodsucker” dice sets was just how many licensed dice sets they produced for big name role-playing games. With official dice sets for Pathfinder, Numenera, Fudge, etc., it’d probably be easier for me to list the major RPGs Q Workshop doesn’t produce dice …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: 6’+ Episode 234 is Up!

To quote the description given at the new listing: “It’s time to get away from it all with the annual Freaky Tiki Surf-Ari. Swim up to the bar while we play tracks from ZOMBIE SURF CAMP, CREEPXOTICA, ASIMOV COCKTAIL, KAVA KON and more. Monstermatt Patterson’s grass skirt catches fire as he tries to hula in …

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