Friday, August 31, 2018

Roger's Gardens Halloween 2018

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Primitive Pig Folk Art

Beautiful folk art here...

The Etsy shop here.

Instagram here.

Ministry Of Masks

Click here for the Etsy shop.

It's Coming....The Skeleton Key Blog Returns

September 1st brings the return of an annual blog favorite:  K.O.'s THE SKELETON KEY blog.  Really looking forward to it.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Interview: Artist Rob Cobasky

Click below for a great interview...

The Cobasky Witch


Friday, August 24, 2018

Death Waltz And Mondo Releasing Halloween III

Click below for details (very neat video in the article):

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

I approve of the Halloween setting for the new Scary Stories film...

Stella Michaels (Colletti) is a young girl still haunted by her mother’s disappearance on Halloween night — an incident that she suspects her father knows more about than he lets on. Years later, Stella and her friends are involved in a Halloween prank gone wrong. But are they really at fault, or was it the work of a vengeful spirit — a female ghost who uses her scary stories to come after the teens when they begin to investigate the disappearance of several children?

Click below for the story...


Now Playing: CHURCH Music

The Verge of Somnolence by Raison D'Etre.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Now Playing: Vampyre

The best track I've heard in 2018...Vampyre by Redshift. 

Click below to listen (and it really gets going at the three minute mark [but wait for it!]):

Oriental Trading Company

I always make a point to check out the annual Halloween offerings from this company and I was surprised to find so many crazy low prices.  Like the below five foot tall prop is EIGHTEEN BUCKS...slashed from fifty bucks.  Nuts.

It'd be fun to make a dirtied-up scarecrow with this thing.

Click below for their prop pages:

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Now Playing: Bloom

Late in the year, New Orleans still has its hot days. In the slave quarters, they blossomed like the giant, stinking carrion-flowers that grow in humid jungles. Their ravaged abdomens swelled and burst like red-black petals, a jubilee of rot. Their putrescent fluids pooled on the concrete floor and in the hollows of their disintegrating bodies.

Poppy Z. Brite, Exquisite Corpse

Click below:

Trailer: Bad Times At The El Royale

Monday, August 20, 2018

Now Playing: Standing At The Cemetery Gates

Charnel House is a new audio project from the Highbury Cemetery yard haunt. One decayed foot in the grave of dark ambient, the other in the grave of the season of Halloween. I wanted to explore and create ambient soundtracks for yard haunts and haunted houses that would create a feeling of menace and unease, that would support horrifying visual scenery and add to the total fright experience of a ghastly Halloween haunt display.

Click below:

Now Playing: Progeny

From Cosmic Ground:

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Englund Pitching Freddy

"If I had an Eli Roth budget I would have cast different actors to play Freddy for every potential victim,” Englund said. “Because Freddy is only alive in the imagination of his future victim. They would talk about it at a slumber party or in a locker room at school, or on the bus going home. All we know about this Fred Krueger is he wears a hat, wears a red and green striped sweater and has a clawed hand. That’s the specifics. So it could be a red and green cardigan for one Freddy. It could be an old tattered baseball cap for another Freddy. Freddy could be tall, he could be short, he could be overweight, he could be muscular. Every one of the victims could have a different Freddy they imagined. And you could haunt them with that Freddy.”

“And then at the end, it would be the ultimate victim and we see Freddy peel [his face] open and maybe it’s yours truly revealed. And it’s the essence of Freddy.”

I think I love Robert Englund.
And I definitely LOVE this concept for bringing Freddy back.

The article below...

Joseph-Rob Cobasky: Specimen

It was one of those things they keep in a jar in the tent of a sideshow on the outskirts of a little, drowsy town. One of those pale things drifting in alcohol plasma, forever dreaming and circling, with its peeled, dead eyes staring at you and never seeing you.

Ray Bradbury, The Jar

Man, this guy just never stops with the insane and amazingly cool designs and concepts...

Saturday, August 18, 2018

More Joseph-Rob Cobasky

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Halloweekend USA

Saw this on Instagram and it instantly chapped my posterior.  The proposition is to OFFICIALLY/NATIONALLY move Halloween to the last Saturday in October via petitions and awareness.

Probably will never happen, but nowadays, who knows?  And a quick internet search revealed that this has been a years-long debate with more articles supporting the move than opposing it.

Imagine altering an ancient holiday's calendar date because you find it inconvenient for your fun.  Imagine claiming to love a holiday, and then wanting to change it to serve you.

Though there's something appealing about setting up my Haunt on October 31st for a handful of hardcore trick-or-treaters and their parents who reject this crazy notion.  And then turning the porch light off on that last Saturday in October.

Here's the site:

Thursday, August 16, 2018

I Can't Wait For This

I might just be looking more forward to this score than the actual film.
Can't believe there will be a new HALLOWEEN soundtrack.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Trailer: The Bray Road Beast

Looking extremely forward to the next documentary from Small Town Monsters.

Click below:

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Dr. Dingledong

Had a weird Halloween memory pop into my head.
Back when I was in something like seventh grade, and I guess approaching one of the last years a kid goes trick-or-treating, a bunch of us decided to go out as a pack.  We figured we'd meet up at my house, so a small horde of us quickly formed and my parents insisted on a group photo.  I previously mentioned that my costumes back in those days were LITERALLY last-minute.

I was Trash Bag.  A stupid trash bag....just some holes for my legs, arms, and head.  Really dumb.  One of the guys was dressed as a girl.  Pretty funny and an impressive makeup job.  The odd thing about this guy was that he had almost no sense of humor and a very short fuse.  So any comment or funny goof from any of us about his costume was met with instant anger and short-tempered shouts like "GETOFF!"

Which brings me to Dr. Dingledong.

One of the kids showed up wearing a curly wig, rainbow suspenders, and some bright clothing.  This guy was pretty funny every other day of the year, so this was quite the scream seeing him like this.  And imagine Robin Williams if he were really short and kinda stocky, and had a voice that sounded like he was a chain smoker.  And then imagine this being in the form of a ten or eleven year old kid.

So we're all getting ready for this stupid group photo and my dad asks this short kid what he's supposed to be.  In his scratchy almost-Wolfman-Jack kinda voice, he blurts "DOCTOR DINGLEDONG!"  Man, we all howled.  And it turns out that Dr. Dingledong had a thing for pretty girls.  So he plopped down next to the kid dressed as an [angry] girl and his hand slowly started to creep towards her [angry] knee.

We're all frozen for the photo and the Girl shouts "COME ON! DON'T TOUCH ME! GET OFF!!!" and stands up after shoving the kid.  Dr. Dingledong apologizes and we all form again for the group photo.  Dr. Dingledong slowly turns to his right to face the Girl.  And then slowly starts to lean in... lips puckered.  Another fit of anger and shoving and shouting.  With the rest of us howling.

I have no idea if a photo was ever snapped, but one of these days I'm going to get the old photo album from my parents' house and find that photo if it exists.

Here's to Dr. Dingledong.

Image source.

Now Playing: Friday's Child