Friday, September 30, 2022

The Lights Are Up

Large orange C9 bulbs with small orange, green, and purple string lights.

Shudder: The Ghoul Log

It returns tomorrow.

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Thanks, Wren!


New trailer for this Netflix series.  Looks wonderful.

Thanks, Mike!

Signs Of [Halloween] Life

Looked out the window last night and saw some green and purple lights strung along the hedges of a house at the end of the block.  Got that excited feeling realizing It was coming.  Was thinking I'd be the first house with lights up as I'm going to hang them after work today.  So this is a very promising sign.  

Please, Neighborhood, go crazy this year.
Pretty please.

Now Playing: Zum Greifen Nah

A beautiful track by Bersarin Quartett.

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Hey, Kid. Wanna See Something Cool?

Image by Creep Your Socks Off.

Thursday, September 29, 2022


I wouldn't buy it, but I absolutely would take a few shots.

New York- Pumking Whiskey is the latest innovation from the award winning distillers at Southern Tier. Everything pumpkin spice lovers crave, crossed with what flavored whiskey drinkers expect. Add Pumking Whiskey to the list of the hottest shots in the country!

Mezcal And Me

And the worm...

I've recently gotten into the distilled alcoholic agave beverage Mezcal.  I mentioned this fact to my cool neighbor who lives across the street (as we often ask each other "Drinking anything good lately?") and he said he was going to see if he had any in the house, as he was sure he had an old bottle.  He mentioned it might have a worm in it.   

Now, growing up as a boy, you always heard about a worm in a bottle of booze.  Heard it was in a certain kind of booze.  I heard it was Tequila.  But Mezcal (Tequila's smokey smooth brother) is where that worm resides.  Sloshing around in the cool tincture... slosh slosh slosh (ripping off Bradbury's THE JAR here).  We'd all say "I'd drink it!  I'd eat the worm!"

So later that day I hear a knock at my door, and my neighbor is standing out there. Holding a bottle.  I laugh and let him in and he holds up the bottle and says, "You have to drink the worm!"  And I say "I WILL! I've wanted to my entire life! I'm a MAAA....."  ...and then I see the worm.  The size of a human pinky.  I was expecting a small meal worm to make me feel manly.  We used to feed those to our reptiles as kids and you get really used to them.  So swallowing one in a shot of Mezcal seemed feasible (but still unsettling).  

But a plump juicy maguey worm is another story.  My neighbor saw the look of horror and said "Aw, Come on!  Just swallow half of it!"  That's half the size of a human pinky.  I retorted "Why haven't YOU yet if it's so easy?!!"  We laughed and then he left the bottle with me.  To ruminate. 

No way.  No how.

Trick 'R Treat Theatrical Promo


Images by Sean Lee.

The Weeping Glass

Pittsburgh's Original Oddities & Curiosities Shop...

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022


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The Home Haunt

Out of my weakness and my melancholy,
As he is very potent with such spirits,
Abuses me to damn me. I’ll have grounds
More relative than this. The play’s the thing
Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.

I love finding photos like the below.  It captures the absurdity of it all.  The stage.  Theater.  Building a tiny world.  A gloomy one with shadows and the macabre.  With promises of a treat somewhere within.  Come on up and get it.  

Image by Josie Flatt.

Now Playing: In The Room Where You Sleep

By Dead Man's Bones.

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Autumn Jack

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Now Playing: The Junk Yard

Pretty sweet track off of the Halloween Ends soundtrack from John Carpenter and the boys.

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Final Trailer: Halloween Ends

I shall reluctantly watch every second of this (probably twice).

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Thanks, Sara!

Now Playing: Chromospheric Activity

By Martin Stürtzer.

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Now Watching: Scream (Tribute)

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Monday, September 26, 2022

Sponsored By Smith's Grove Sanitarium

Everyone should enter.  First prize is a clown mask!

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Thanks, Mike!


Now Playing: This Is Where I Disappear

By God Body Disconnect.

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Ghosts In The Garden

More of these fine spirits from York Gardens.  I really REALLY would love to try my hand at this.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

There Be Stalks

Corn stalks are up.  

Next weekend - the lights.

Memento Mori

Image from archaeologyart.

Trailer: The Watcher

A while back I posted a story about a family moving into a new home in New Jersey and receiving some mega chilling letters in the mail.  Creepy stuff from someone called The Watcher.  Here's an excerpt from one of those letters:

Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested? Better for me. Was your old house too small for the growing family? Or was it greed to bring me your children? Once I know their names I will call to them and draw them to me.

No one was ever implicated, and the letters eventually stopped.  Naturally they made a movie out of it.  I would have preferred a tasteful documentary about the actual events, to see what has been distorted over the years as the internet embraced it.  Worried they sassed it up too much, as it appears to have about five modern horror movies crammed into it.  But I will definitely give it a watch.  And maybe this will lead to a Netflix documentary on the actual case.

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Now Playing: Signal Lost

By Tineidae.

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Party City Halloween 2022

For me, the Halloween shopping season starts when I visit Party City.  I wasn't disappointed.  Lots of neat stuff and reasonably priced.  Their fog juice was TEN DOLLARS CHEAPER THAN SPIRIT HALLOWEEN'S JUICE(S)!

And the cooler weather really helped.

Now Playing: Burning Witches

By Ben Chatwin (from a terrific album).

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Friday, September 23, 2022

The Wrenfield

Wanted to feature a drink invented by loyal blog reader (and exceptional Haunter) Revenant Manor.  During the aforementioned visit from Wren, we were anxious to make this namesake spirit.  Happy to report it's quite phenomenal.  And also happy to report that I found not just any blood orange, but a Dracula blood orange (Oh, Wholefoods, I both love and hate you).

Revenant Manor left the recipe below in a blog comment on an earlier post.  This man has a gift for booze reviews and for making really tasty cocktails.

He wrote:

The following is a take on the old-fashioned that will surely inspire the purists to break out their torches and pitchforks, or if they are on the other side of the grass, spin in their graves. (I am OK with this)


-2 ounces Graverobber Unholy Rye Whiskey
-2 or 3 dashes black walnut bitters
-¼ ounce Not-So-Simple™ syrup (**see below)
-1 blood orange wedge (plus, additional for garnish, if desired)
-1 Luxardo cherry (plus, additional for garnish, if desired)
-Truly Massive Ice Ball

Concoct the drink (and enrage The Traditionalists):

-Add Not-So-Simple™ and black walnut bitters to a rocks glass
-Rim glass with blood orange wedge, then add blood orange wedge and Luxardo cherry
-Muddle into a bloody pulpy mess (pause to admire this crime scene and aroma)
-Add Truly Massive Ice Ball
-Pour Graverobber Unholy Rye over ice, and stir gently (preferably with a skull-head cocktail skewer to truly enhance the flavor)

** Garnish with additional orange peel and / or Luxardo cherry (also preferably with a skull-head cocktail skewer to make it look totally metal)

Not-So Simple Syrup™:

-1 cup sugar
-1 cup water
-2 whole cloves
-1 star anise
-1 strip blood orange peel (and / or zest of same)
You know the drill; combine, boil, etc...after all, it's just simple syrup with extra goodies ;)

We used regular Rye Whiskey, and not the grave varietal.
Jack O damage may or may not be related to the cocktails.