On The Road To MHC...

It's finally here! I've got the wheels pointed south toward Columbus and it's time to whoop it up with my fellow haunters at the Midwest Haunters Convention! The bags are packed, the Masquerade Ball costume is done and the Charnel House CDs are packed. I'm ready to go.

Time to head out. The two hour drive to Columbus from the Cemetery (okay, not including the inevitable construction delays, because it IS Ohio!) should go smoothly with the playlist that I have all queued up and ready to jam.

See everyone in Columbus in a couple of hours! If you aren't going to MHC, stop back early next week for my full wrap-up. And no matter what you are doing, everyone be sure to have a most excellent long weekend.

Take it away, Mr. Danzig...

Charnel House - "L'Appel Du Vide"

With mere hours to spare before heading out to the Midwest Haunters Convention, my new Charnel House CD, "L'Appel Du Vide" is finished! 3 tracks of "haunt ambient" audio, perfect for a home haunt or haunted house scene setting.

This release is my first foray into the world of music composition and represents my first steps into learning to create this specific style of audio. I had discovered the dark ambient genre about 8 years ago, fell in love with it, began using it in my annual yard haunt display and finally decided late last year that I wanted to try my hand at creating my own haunt-specific version it.

This version of "L'Appel Du Vide" is a limited, hand-numbered "2018 Midwest Haunters Convention" edition of 20 and comes with a hand-numbered CD and silkscreened Charnel House patch, housed in a hand-numbered gatefold sleeve. Every facet of this release, from the creation of the logo, photography and sleeve art, to the silkscreened patch and the hand-stamped and numbered Memorex CD-R was produced in-house here at the Cemetery. Super DIY all the way!

And for anyone lucky enough to be at the Midwest Haunters Convention this weekend in Columbus, Ohio, find me on the tradeshow floor and I'll give you a copy of the CD!

I hope to see you there!

The Return of the Living Dead - Original Film Score

So here I am, sick as a damn dog, trying desperately to finish my costume for the Midwest Haunters Convention Masquerade Ball. Which is this Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio. I've known about if for a solid 6 or 7 months, yet, here I am again, hammering away at the last minute with only 3 more nights to work on it.

But in my defense, I work really well under pressure and on a tight deadline. And I have an insanely cool film score to drive me along...

Oh, Trash! You minx!!

Time to burn that midnight oil! I have a few more projects to finish up before I head south on Friday morning. I hope to meet up with a few of you at this year's MHC, and hey, let's have a beer or two!

Introducing "Charnel House" - My New Haunt Audio Project

Standing at the shadowed precipice, the pulsing call beckons from deep within
the darkness. The cold Autumn winds howl and brittle fallen leaves coil at your feet,
pulling you ever further into the void…


For anyone who visits this blog with any frequency, you'll know that I tend to post a lot of music. Any kind of music that has an influence on my Halloween season, and more accurately, an influence on my Halloween yard haunt display. 

Over the past 7 or 8 years, I have discovered (and fallen in love with) the dark ambient genre. Ever since, it has been the go-to audio for use in my display each Halloween night. From Aphex Twin, Jeff Greinke and Lull, to Kammarheit, Svartsinn and Lustmord, I find that the discordant drones of this genre fit perfectly into my display, as it sits just in the background and supports the ghastly visuals presented across the front yard, never taking over the focus with any recognizable sound (versus, say, the instantly recognizable piano notes of John Carpenter's masterpiece, Halloween).

About a year ago, I started thinking about the creation of this style of music. I was very interested in the sounds used and eventually very curious about how to create them myself. I began to research audio software and how I could learn to use it. I have no formal musical education, outside of jackhammering on an old bass guitar in a fun punk band many years ago, but I knew exactly the sound I was looking for.

Fast forward to the start of 2018, and I took the plunge. I was deeply inspired as I set about learning how to "compose" my own ambient audio. I didn't yet know how to assemble it, but I fumbled through the process, even going as far as experimenting with my first field recordings.

As I continued to gather and create different clips and sounds, I began to refine my first test audio track. I walked a fine line adhering to my vision of creating ambient audio that spanned the dark ambient genre and the spirit of Halloween.

Eventually, I settled on the term "haunt ambient." Dark ambient-inspired soundtrack audio that could be used in yard haunt and haunted house scenes that would create a feeling of menace and unease, that would support horrifying visual scenery and add to the total fright experience of an effective Halloween display.

I had been working feverishly on my first track these last few weeks, trying desperately to have a completed piece for release just before last week's appearance on Haunter's Hangout, but I wasn't quite ready in time. And I REALLY didn't want to put something out that I wasn't 100% happy with, so I continued to keep it under wraps.


So after a few more days of putting the final touches on it, I'm SUPER excited to finally release the first haunt ambient track from Charnel House. It's called "The Call Of The Void" and I think it really nails the sound I was looking for.

Please take a listen and let me know what you think. I'd love to get feedback, either good or bad. I've always been one who can handle good constructive criticism.

I know that this is only my first step in learning how to do this whole thing, and I know that my sound will continue to develop, mature and improve as I work on the next tracks.

And speaking of next tracks, for anyone going to this year's Midwest Haunters Convention in Columbus, Ohio, please come find me. I will be giving away 20 limited-edition, hand-numbered 3-track CDs. I've been working on finishing two more tracks to add to "The Call Of The Void" as well as full art and a few extra goodies for my first official release. DIY-style, with everything done here at the Cemetery. I can't wait to share it with you!!

In looking over at the calendar as I sit and type this, I realize I now have less than 2 weeks to get it all done, so I really have to burn the midnight oil.

I hope you enjoy this first track and I hope to see you all at the Midwest Haunters Convention on May 25!!


Haunters Hangout - Here We Go Again. Again!

So whatcha doin' this Thursday night?? How about come hang out with me and some other amazing haunters during this week's live episode of Haunters Hangout! And did I mention that you could win a slew of amazing prizes!?!?

See everyone this Thursday night at 9pm. Watch for the live link on the Haunters Hangout Facebook page. Simply watch the live show on the YouTube link and post some questions for me and the rest of the guests on the Haunters Hangout Facebook page, and you'll be eligible to win some seriously cool haunter prizes.

Thursday night. Be there or be square!

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - "Mind Crawler"

This very well may be the greatest music video ever created. Ever. And damn if the song doesn't kill it, too.