Jul 15 2017

Burnt Offerings

This is why you need to use a thermometer every time you bake Sculpey.

Last night I finished this specimen off and put it in my dedicated polymer clay toaster oven for a final baking.  Unfortunately, I relied on my previous temperature readings and didn’t check if there was a hot spot inside the oven.  There was, and this is the result.

The translucent clay teeth actually scorched, not only disfiguring the piece but producing some nasty toxic compounds in the process.  The high heat index also darkened the previously baked main body, making the join between it and the newer upper body painfully obvious.

It’s not a totally disaster, but I wanted to finish this off with some color washes to bring out the details.  Now it’s going to need a full paint job. 

Update:  Thanks for the kind words.  One thing I did want to mention is that the bubblegum pink “gums” would be considerably toned down once they were washed and drybrushed.  Heh.

This article originally appeared at Propnomicon.

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Jul 14 2017

The Reality of Things in Jars

The talented Britta Miller is no stranger to these pages. Beyond producing some choice Mythos artifacts she also happens to work in an actual museum filled with shelves of preserved biological specimens. Ms. Miller was kind enough to share some insights based on that experience.

Thought I’d drop an email on the subject of Things In Jars, as I have been working for the past 1 1/2 years in the Holy Grail of Things In Jars, a museum specimen collection.

It’s pretty glorious.

Since Things In Jars is a popular prop making project, I thought I’d share some observations from my time spent among the ghastly dead. I have yet to make any pickled things props, but perhaps anyone setting out for realistic “museum specimen” props could get some use out of it.

Most everything is stored in 70% ethanol. The primary color of alcohol with things in it for a long time is golden yellow, from dissolved fat. New alcohol is clear, but the longer something is in a jar, and the “meatier” it is, the darker yellow the alcohol ends up, even shading almost to orange with blobs of fat floating on the surface. Never green, despite how popular it is in prop making. I suppose a case could be made for alien biology, but neon green preserving fluid always looks more “sci fi B movie” than convincing. 

An aside to this is a preserving fluid not as widely used now called “Bouin’s solution” which is almost neon green-yellow and stains horribly. Cracked open a jar of things in Bouin’s solution without realizing that’s what it was, and the stain didn’t come out of my fingers for a couple days.

Aside from large gallon jars with plastic screw tops, the primary sort of storage vessel is canning jars with rubber gaskets–often the kind with the logos right on them. (also, never metal screw tops). Keeps a much better seal–and never sealed over with wax, like I see often in prop making (good for props to keep evaporation down, but in an actual specimen collection you need access to everything to add/use/study specimens, and unsealing/resealing would be a major time suck) Alternately, the collection used to be housed in glass jars with glass tops (antiques, now) before being modernized to the rubber-gasket variety.

Some interesting observations on color: Naturally, things fade after being preserved, but they fade pretty specifically. Bright colors go quick–reds and yellows end up dulled to brownish/whitish. Greys/browns/whites and patterns tend to stay visible, unless something is poorly preserved/left in the light for too long, then it’ll fade almost to nothing. Green is an interesting one–due to the nature of how green coloration works, it simply doesn’t exist in preserved specimens. Preserve a bright green frog or snake, and it winds up a dusty blue color, which is actually quite attractive.

In life, these are brilliant green tree frogs.

Also, tags! Tags are never stuck to the outside of jars, they’d eventually wear off/fade to nothing. They’re typed–or handwritten, on the oldest specimens–in waterproof ink on regular old paper and dropped right in the jars. Even things collected in the 20s or before have their original hand-written tags in the jars, still legible. And individual specimens within the jar have their catalog numbers tied right on them. In a museum you can have a hundred of a single species in one jar. This actually was somewhat of a surprise the first time I was in the collection, my main exposure to Things In Jars previous to this having been film/displays where a single specimen is arranged nicely for display–here, jars are often packed full of dozens of individuals. It’s a striking effect, in a completely different way. In the case of really tiny things, like tadpoles or larval newts, individuals tend to be stored with their catalog number in a vial, stuffed with cotton, in the main jar. 

This is probably all information readily available elsewhere on the internet, but I thought I’d share anyway.
 
I’ll leave you with this lovely alligator heart in a jar.
 

This article originally appeared at Propnomicon.

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Jul 13 2017

Quick and Easy Fetal Specimen

What would a mad scientist’s lab be without some creepy preserved specimens? This project recreates the look of a diaphonized exhibit using a cheap toy dinosaur skeleton and some basic craft supplies. It’s not movie quality, but from a foot away the finished specimen looks awesome.  Not too shabby for something that costs around $2 to make. 

You’ll need the following:

– Toy dinosaur skeleton. I used one from this set available on Amazon. They’re less than $6 for a dozen, with free shipping for Prime members.

– Black cabochons. These are the plastic hemispheres you find mounted in cheap jewelry. Once again I went through Amazon, ordering a package of 500 cabochons in various sizes. Enough critter eyes for a lifetime! You can find slightly cheaper sets on Ebay, but they usually have to be shipped from China.

– Craft paint.  I used white, pink, and deep red craft acrylics.

– Rubber cement.

– Gloves.  You’ll be dipping the plastic dinosaur into near-boiling water.  To protect your hands I’d suggest both a pair of latex or nitrile medical gloves and some cheap work gloves to insulate your hands. 

We start off with this basic plastic dinosaur.  It’s pretty cheesy, but the sculpt has a surprising amount of detail.

You’ll be reshaping the toy figure into the fetal position.  The easiest way to evenly heat the parts you’re bending is to dip them into a measuring cup full of water heated to boiling in the microwave.  The plastic becomes rubbery and flexible at around 160 degrees Fahrenheit. That gives you about five minutes of working time as the water slowly cools off.

Keep in mind THIS STUFF IS HOT.  REALLY HOT.  THIRD DEGREE BURN HOT.  To protect your hands put on the medical gloves and then don the work gloves.  The outer gloves will help insulate your hands from the heat, while the inner layer prevents any hot water from coming in contact with your skin.  It’s reasonably safe if you have a modicum of common sense.

In a second container you’ll need cold water, preferably with a few ice cubes.  Dip the dinosaur into the hot water and bend the limbs into shape.  Then plunge the toy into the cold water and the plastic will instantly set.  To lever the feet and hands into position you may need to use a pair of pliers.  Work on one limb at a time and you can bend the skeleton into almost any shape you want.

Here’s what the toy will look like once you’re done.

Now we need to take care of the surface finish.  The eyes are a pair of black cabochons set into the figure’s existing eye sockets with hot glue.  The entire figure was then painted white, followed by washes of pink and red.  Don’t worry too much about the quality of the paintjob, since…

…we’re going to cover the figure in rubber cement.  The result is a transparent fleshy layer that adds a ton of visual interest.  Just brush on the cement, allow it to dry, and then repeat the process until you’re happy with the effect.  In the belly area I hot glued some bits of scrap latex to suggest internal organs and then applied a thick layer of rubber cement to build up a distended abdomen. 

And there you have it.  Drop the critter into a jar of colored water and you have a great bookshelf display.  In the finished specimen up at the top of the page I added two drops of green food coloring.  The floating particulates are a sprinkle of garlic powder.  It gives the fluid a nice grungy appearance as well as being an anti-bacterial agent.

This article originally appeared at Propnomicon.

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Jun 18 2017

Coming Soon…..It Rises From The Tomb

You have been warned.

Jun 17 2017

Free RPG Day Is Here!

It’s time for our annual unofficial (in addition be being unauthorized and unsanctioned) celebration of Free RPG Day! So once you’re finished supporting your friendly local game store, be sure to check these out:

You might remember Chill as “that horror RPG with the book of adventures hosted by Elvira.” Although that book isn’t available for free online, you can snag a Quick Start adventure and various other freebies online.

The legendary article “Tucker’s Kobolds” is now available as a free download. In it you can learn how some strategy and clever traps can make an enemy best known as easy cannon fodder for new players into a challenging nightmare for experienced players. Speaking of traps, the Amazon previews for Grimtooth’s Traps and Grimtooth’s Traps Fore have some nasty traps which can be used with any RPG system. But their flexibility can also make things challenging for anyone running a game. Grimtooth’s traps may all have ratings to show how lethal they are, but how do you translate that into damage rolls? Figuring out the amount of damage the crossbow in the first linked trap can deal out is pretty easy, but how much extra damage should be factored in for slamming into the wall and getting shot at point-blank range? Thankfully there are other free resources which can be used to help resolve such issues. Hitting up USENET archives using Google Groups or a newsreader service can be helpful. But since we’re discussing stuff from Amazon right now, Castle Oldskull: The Book of Dungeon Traps might help with calculating damage and Random Encounters Volume 4 has some great trap advice. The other free previews for the Castle Oldskull and Random Encounters series are highly recommended, as are the ones for entries in the Kobold Guide series of books.

But Amazon isn’t the only resource online for help with tabletop gaming. The Exemplary DM Podcast offers a range of great advice and Frugal GM has a wealth of money and time-saving tips. D&D Plot Hooks, Encounters, and Concepts also has a ton of great advice, including a way to use dice to create maps! RPGMapShare.com also has plenty of map-related goodies for you.

Although there aren’t any free downloads from Erang this time around, you can stream his lengthy compilations of his original gaming music over at his Erang Dungeon Synth channel:

Individual tracks can be streamed over at his official Bandcamp page, including his recent foray into cyberpunk and horror music Anti Future (which differs with his usual fantasy work). Those who prefer to download music will find some free alternatives to Erang over at Dungeon Synth if they do a little digging.

The Castle Ravenloft board game has a lot going for it. It’s a fun way to introduce people to the idea of playing Dungeons & Dragons since it’s based on the 4th Edition rules and even allows for solo gaming if you want to play but can’t get a group together. But some grow to find it repetitive and others find the rules to be confusing. Thankfully you can find free expansions and alternate rules made by fans! If Hunt for the Fiend or Crypts and Creepers aren’t to your liking, you can find plenty of other expansions online. You can also find fan expansions for Arkham Horror and resources on solo gaming!

What’s better than a free In Dark Alleys adventure complete with Quick Start rules and characters you don’t need to roll up the stats for? Having the official guide to playing the game in adventureless mode as well!

Moving on to the sci-fi side of things, its nature as a Creative Commons RPG means there’s plenty of free resources for Eclipse Phase out there. Resources also abound for the decidedly non-CC newest edition of Shadowrun. Terra/Sol Games also has lots of free stuff available for its science fiction role-playing games (along with stuff for their other game genres).

Those with a taste for darkness and superheroes should check out Godlike and Wild Talents. Prefer pulps? Then be sure to check out the Spirit of the Century system reference document and some fan-made freebies for Savage Worlds!

Let’s ease back into fantasy with the free preview of Chronica: Age of Exploration, which combines fantasy with actual history! Beyond the Wall and Other Adventures bills itself as a “zero-prep” RPG which can be played in a single afternoon and Basic Fantasy prides itself on being light on rules. While we’re on the subject of basic games, Spellcraft & Swordplay has a free basic version available. You should look into Dark Dungeons or Mazes & Minotaurs if you want something just a bit more advanced. Snagging Blood & Bronze is also recommended.

Happy Free RPG Day!

As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. We make no guarantees about the future availability of the material listed above, so get them while you can. Blah blah blah…

Jun 07 2017

Free RPG Day Is Coming!

Free RPG Day is on June 17th this year, and oh are you in for a treat! Here’s a look at some of the gaming goodies you can snag:

Borderhounds
Dungeon Crawl Classics
TimeWatch/13th Age
Runequest
Starfinder
Torg Eternity
Through The Breach
Familiars of Terra
Robert E. Howards’ Conan

In addition to the various kinds of dice, you can also get a dice cup, status tokens, gaming paper, a Cthulhu Mythos soundset and a Pathfinder Adventures card!

To find out more about the event and see if any retailers near you are participating, check out the official Free RPG Day website. No game stores in your area? Don’t fret, as we’ll be posting our annual collection of free gaming downloads on the big day as part of our unofficial celebration of the event!

May 25 2017

Steve Wang

Self-taught artist and sculptor Steve Wang was born in 1966, but moved with his family from Taiwan to the United States in 1975. Thanks to exposure to Halloween (which was largely unknown in Taiwan at the time), he quickly became enamored with both collecting and making masks. Factor in a love of tokusatsu shows like Ultraman and Kamen Rider and it should come as no surprise he later decided to try his hand at making his own movies. The first of these amateur efforts was his 1984 Super 8mm short Kung Fu Rascals: Monster Beach Party, which he later made a feature length sequel of sorts to in the 90’s. Given the incomplete nature of his professional credits in online sources, it’s hard to say what film was Wang’s first. His first job for a major motion picture appears to have been working as a painter and effects technician for the 1986 Invaders from Mars remake. This led to his working on many other films in the late 80’s, including The Monster Squad, Deepstar Six and Evil Dead II. His most famous work from that period can be seen in Predator. Many people don’t know how the film started off with a completely different look for the titular creature ,which had to be abandoned due to it not looking good as a costume. Stan Winston’s team, which included Steve Wang, was tasked with creating the iconic look which fans know and love today. In addition to his design work, Wang also sculpted various elements of the costume and was responsible for the costume’s paint scheme. Winston said the paint job was the most important part of the costume and Wang was given the assignment after he won first place in the monster suit category for Screaming Mad George’s second annual costume contest in 1987. Considering how the judges included special effects legends like Dick Smith and Rick Baker, this says a lot about Steve Wang’s talents. Naturally, this was only one of the many awards he would collect over the years.

The 90’s were also a busy time for Mr. Wang. 1991 saw him co-directing and providing effects for the 1991 live action manga adaptation The Guyver. This in turn led to him being approached to work on both the Japanese/American co-production Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero (which is known as Ultraman Powered in Japan) and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. But he quickly parted ways on both projects when it became clear his proposed changes would not be accepted by those in charge. Ironically, he wound up working as a painter on the infamous 1998 American Godzilla movie which used a radically altered creature design than the more traditional one he created when the project was going to be directed by Jan de Bont. Wang returned for Guyver 2: Dark Hero, this time being the only one in the director’s chair and having more say over the film’s story in addition to his editing, producing and working on creature effects for the film. Speaking of directing, he also directed the cult martial arts classic Drive and an episode of Power Rangers Lost Galaxy during this time.

The next two decades saw him lending his talents to films like Reign of Fire, Hellboy, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and Underworld: Evolution (among many others). But he wasn’t only limited to work on feature films. In 2002 he offered a line of “Biomorph” masks directly to the public and wrote for (in addition to directing and producing) the television series Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight from 2008 to 2010. He co-founded Alliance Studio with Eddie Yang and said studio has often made statues for Blizzard Entertainment over the years. Alliance Studio was also involved in the making of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, so you had better believe Steve Wang had a hand in the “Knightmare” creature seen in the film. Wang has also been known to appear in educational videos for the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, as seen on said school’s official YouTube channel:

He’s also lectured at the Cinema Makeup School and, as the following video from Radd Titan shows, he often appears on the convention circuit as well:

Given his numerous talents, I’m sure it won’t be too long before he gets involved in another project. Until then, we can visit his official Instagram account and read up on his past works. I had to skip over a ton of things in order to keep this article from getting to long, such as his acting roles, so clicking on that last link is highly recommended. Sadly the Internet Movie Database entry for him is far from complete. For example, it currently fails to note how he designed the monster in Dragon Blue and I would love to get some definitive verification he was actually involved in Jushin Thunder Liger: Fist of Thunder. One gets the feeling this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Bibliography:

Interview with Artist and Creature Creator, Steve Wang – ArtsBeatLA
Off Hollywood – Steve Wang – VICE
Steve Wang – SPFX Character Creator & Master Monster Maker | Stan Winston School
An Interview with Steve Wang – AFN.org
Steve Wang – Creature Creator – About | Facebook
Original Predator Design – Jean-Claude Van Damme As A Giant Fly?
First Person Monster Blog: Part 45: The Saga of THE PREDATOR, Part 1
GODZILLA Unmade: The History of Jan De Bont’s Unproduced TriStar Film – Part 1 of 4
Steve Wang – Wikipedia
KC Interview with Steve Wang – KamenConnection
Biography – Alliance Studio

May 19 2017

6’+ Episode 204 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“Are you ghoul enough for this ghoulish episode? We think so. It’s wall-to-wall ghouls, as we’ll hear ghoul music from THE PRETTY GHOULS, RUNNING FROM DAYLIGHT, THE LIVING CORPSES and more. Monstermatt Patterson’s jokes are so putrid, they confuse a pack of ghouls into thinking he’s lunch in the MONSTERMATT MINUTE, and Kraig Khaos slices and dices up a fresh KILLER KUT.”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

May 07 2017

Free Zombie Music V

It’s Zombie Awareness Month and I have 13 freshly dug tracks for you. There’s a little something for everyone, all arranged in no particular order. There’s also a lot of zombie-related love songs this time around, so be prepared for stuff even mushier than brains. Be sure to click on the link on the left for the free download and the one on the right for the artist’s official website:

“War of the Zombies”Creepersin
“Zombie of Love”Family Ghosts
“Zombie Girl”The Feejee Mermaids
“Zombie for Your Love”The Hungry Onions
“Zombies on my back”The Wild Zombies
“zombie heart (acoustic demo)”Cynthia Lin
“Zombie”Crude Caress
“Little Zombie”Izzy Von Scarecrow
“Prix Zombie”Horror Deluxe
“Zombie Prom”Ghoul Patrol
“Go Go Zombie”Under A Nightmare
“Drinking Trioxin”Under A Nightmare
“Zombie Boogie”Mad Tea

As always, Ray O’Bannon is offering free printable CD sleeves and tons of other zombie goodies for you to enjoy. If you burn this compilation to a disc, I highly recommend using one of his sleeves to store it in. You can even print out the image illustrating this article and glue it onto the sleeve if you want to!

Special thanks to the CDC for offering the open source image (and to Bob Hobbs for creating it)!

As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. We make no guarantees about the future availability of the tracks listed above, so get them while you can. Blah blah blah…

May 06 2017

It’s Free Comic Book Day!

Free Comic Book Day 2017 is finally here! The only problem is how we can’t seem to directly link to cover art images from the official Free Comic Book Day Facebook page anymore. Please don’t let such a small setback spoil your enjoyment of this small selection of the many titles that will be available at participating comic book retailers:

I Hate Image – Image Comics
Rick and Morty – Oni Press
Doctor Who – Titan Comics
Lady Mechanika – Benitez Productions see last year
Buffy: The High School Years – Dark Horse Comics
Colorful Monsters – Drawn & Quarterly
The Incal – Humanoids Publishing
Attack On Titan – Kodansha Comics
Spill Night – First Second

Yes, that last comic is indeed related to Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland’s Spill Zone and, no, this isn’t the only bonus we have for you! We also found a Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter motion comic which ties into the hilarious television series on Adult Swim:

Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter: Joe-Rigins (like the series which spawned it) has plenty of adult content, so please keep that in mind before clicking “Play.” Thankfully you don’t have to be familiar with the series in order to enjoy the comic. There’s much love for PFFR at GdL16, so you had better believe there’s plenty of anticipation here over its second season starting on May 22nd.

Our promotion of the show, along with our promoting Free Comic Book Day, is done on an unofficial (in addition to being unauthorized, and unsanctioned) basis. Here’s hoping you have a very…

Happy Free Comic Book Day!

As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. Blah blah blah…

May 05 2017

El Santo de Mayo 2017!

Back in 1992, Southern Culture On The Skids released a vinyl EP called Santo! Sings on the now long defunct Zontar Records, in both black and transparent yellow pressings. The latter are very rare, so consider yourself lucky if you have one. If you don’t have either version, you can still enjoy the album’s only Santo-related track “Viva Del Santo!” Not only was the album released with additional material and new cover as Santo Swings by Estrus Records, but you can listen to its official upload thanks to the Southern Culture On The Skids topic on YouTube:

You can also listen to the other tracks on the album through the topic link, along with many of their other albums! Speaking of albums, how about that cover art? Whoever did it clearly loved Mexican horror cinema and Mexican lobby cards for such films. They simply couldn’t resist putting in German Robles’ Count Karol de Lavud (Duval the Vampire) character in there despite his having never appeared in a movie with El Santo. Please feel free to add your own comments about the characters on the cover art below (or if you have any information about El Hijo del Santo’s seeming return to the ring).

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Happy Cinco de Mayo!

May 01 2017

6’+ Episode 203 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“Head west and go psycho! Six Foot Plus comes back with mostly psychobilly music and a splash of southern blood, with a brand new song from GHOULTOWN. Plus, hear tracks from SUGAR PUFF DEMONS, AS DIABATZ, garage rockers THE MAD DOCTORS and more. Plus, Monstermatt Patterson goes wreckin’ in the MONSTERMATT MINUTE!”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Apr 23 2017

Free Comic Book Day is Coming!

Free Comic Book Day 2017 is going to be on May 6th this year, so make sure to set a reminder for yourself! We’ll be posting one on said day, along with a look at titles of interest and a bonus surprise.

For more details, simply head on over to Free Comic Book Day’s official website and Facebook page.

Apr 22 2017

Record Store Day Is Here!

It might not be the third Saturday in April, but it’s still Record Store Day! So here’s our annual unofficial (in addition to being unauthorized and unsanctioned) celebration of the event. Whether you don’t have a participating store in your area or just want some more goodies after you get back from the local record store, we have a wonderful selection of stuff for you. Let’s start with some suggested vinyl purchases:

Thee Corsairs/The Fink Bombs
The Mad Doctors
Lee Rosevere
Buio Mondo
Brand New Hate
Lycanthia and Atten Ash
Dr Loomis and the Freakies
The Dahmers
Raygun Cowboys
Contessa & The Squires
X Ray Cat Trio
Drakula

Although many of these are listed with a price given in non-American currency, you can click on “Buy Now” to get the option to pay in your currency of choice. Supplies are limited for most of these, so act fast and buy while you still can!

You can always name your own price for this next batch of albums if you don’t like any of the above prices. If you like metal, be sure to check out the doom metal greatness that is Second Grave and the thrash stylings of Ape X and The Neanderthal Death Squad. The Wastedeads have an entire live concert available as a single track while Protector 101 is offering a rare look at his early works in the traditional multiple track format. Horror of 59 has two albums for you and Graveface Records has a fantastic sampler album. Similarly, Intravenous Magazine is offering numerous compilation albums. If you only know of Robby Bloodshed from his time with Bad Whoremoans, then you need to check out his solo work! Some artist have anticipated how many will choose to buy their work for nothing and have made additional offers in order to tempt them into actually giving them money. The Phantom Operators are donating half of their profits to the Fender Music Foundation and Stuart J Attic has pledged to give any dollar amount paid for this album to legal aid for families who have had their homes foreclosed. So open your heart along with your wallet.

But there are options for those who don’t have any cash to spare. Dragula might be long gone, but you can still snag some of their music for free. The Dead RocksOne Million Dollar Surf Band is available on the The Internet Archive. They also have a greatest hits album from Jonathan Coulton. The Apes Party mixes surf and punk while Motor City Madness has plenty of garage punk goodness for you. Cyco Sanchez Supergroup has a massive live album available for free on Bandcamp while Cooter and the Crawlies only have a small sampler. Other such sample EPs are available from Midnight Zombie Alligator and Beastmen.

Happy Record Store Day!

As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. Blah blah blah…

Apr 16 2017

The 8th Annual GdL16 Easter Egg Hunt

Look what hopped down the bunny trail! It’s the latest version of the Gravedigger’s Local 16 Easter Egg Hunt! There’s only one article with a secret “Easter egg” noted in it this year, but it’s well hidden. Is is something old? Something new? Did we decide to play up the “Easter” in “Easter Island?” You’ll have to look through all of the following links to find out. Let the hunting begin!

Sudden Chillers
Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Space Fezcapade
Music to Haunt By: When Time Ends
The Mission Creeps, FRIGHT NIGHT CREEP OUT
Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Maritime Mysteries
Alexandre Desplat, GODZILLA: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
Monster Mania: Music From The Classic Godzilla Films (1954-1995)
Music to Haunt By: Cellblock
Midnight Syndicate, CHRISTMAS: A GHOSTLY GATHERING
Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Alika Lyman Group
Midnight Syndicate, AXE GIANT: THE WRATH OF PAUL BUNYAN: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

Happy Easter!

Apr 10 2017

Record Store Day Is Coming!

Record Store Day is scheduled for April 22nd this year and there’s plenty of interesting stuff to be found in the 2017 selection. There a vinyl releases for the soundtracks to The Dark Crystal, Blade Runner, Star Wars: A New Hope, and even a reissue of the audio adventure Doctor Who and the Pescatons with bonus sound effects tracks! That Doctor Who story is also by the man responsible for The Slide, so there’s an additional reason for GdL16 readers to be interested. Even the regional releases have cool stuff like Lost in Space: Title Themes from Irwin Allen’s Hit TV Series and White Zombie’s Gods on Voodoo Moon on vinyl. Don’t forget, this is only a small taste of all the releases available on the big day!

You might have noticed how Record Store Day isn’t on the 15th like those familiar with the event would normally expect. According to the official Record Store Day Facebook page, this was due to the 15th falling on a weekend associated with Easter and travel in many countries and the event should go back to its normal schedule. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out a handy hint about saving money!

You can learn much more about Record Store Day at its official website, which has everything from the full list of
Record Store Day releases to a list of all of the participating stores. Gravedigger’s Local 16 will be celebrating with our own unofficial (in addition to being unauthorized and unsanctioned) selection of freebies and vinyl LPs you can pick up once you get back from your local store. So make sure to come back here once you get back from your local record store!

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