John Carpenter - "Christine"


Iconic horror director and composer John Carpenter's newly re-recorded theme for his classic 1983 film, Christine, set to a brand new video. But this time, the driver of the cherry red '58 Plymouth Fury isn't Arnie Cunningham...




Season Of The Pumpkin Ales




Each year, the much-anticipated pumpkin beers seem to start appearing on our local grocery store shelves a bit earlier. This year, it was mid-August...

As a self-confessed beer afficionado (snob), I have a rigid rule about my pumpkin beers in that I absolutely will not begin drinking any before September 1. The delicious pumpkin, cinnamon and spice flavors just don't taste right until you sip them on a cool evening, evoking thoughts of the crispness of the approaching Fall season.

So as soon as the calendar switched to September, I could hold out no longer and made my way to the waiting store shelves full of new and classic pumpkin beers. I perused the ever-growing selection to choose from, making mental notes on which beers have yet to face our annual "Drunken Jackos Rating Scale," a HIGHLY scientific pumpkin beer review and ranking system.

I've had many a pumpkin beer face the Drunken Jackos Rating Scale throughout the years, but one of my all-time favorites continues to be Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale. So it was the obvious choice to initiate this year's pumpkin beer season. Upon it's original review, Punkin Ale received an outstanding "4.5 out of 5 Drunken Jackos," and upon first taste now I believe it still holds up. A truly delicious way to start the season!

Be sure to check back soon, as I already have a fridge full of new pumpkin beers lined up, ready to face the dreaded Drunken Jackos Rating Scale. And as we count down the days until All Hallow's Eve, I'll be popping the caps and giving reviews from a beer-snob-slash-Halloween-fiend's point of view. Cheers, my fellow pumpkin heads!

  

Svartsinn - "September Dirge"


The first of September. The Halloween season begins now! Time to grab a pumpkin beer, get into the garage and knock out some props. Good luck, fellow haunters! We only have 60 more days...




Atrium Carceri & Cities Last Broadcast - "Black Corner Den"


I am SUPER excited about this new dark ambient collaboration between two giants of the genre!!

From the Cryo Chamber Bandcamp page:

The two bearded Swedes join forces on this collaborative album. Black Corner Den is the result of long winter studio sessions separated by the Atlantic Ocean but made possible by the internet. Lonely moments in the company of the night lamp, overlooking the messy pile of tape loops while the machines hummed and the piano played until the morning.

Exploring the opium dens at the end of the 19th century this album takes you deep into the soothing dreams of dead poets.

"The streets lay silent as the floor creeks under your bare feet. The old loft lit by a wax candle, it's light dancing over your oak desk. You grab the vial of black ink and the leather bound book as you scurry out the door into the humid night. You pass trails of fire as the lamplighter tends to the myriad lanterns adorning the bridge. A left turn leads you down a set of stone stairs where the satin clad lounge welcomes you in.

Sweet smoke lingers in here where gentlemen gather to dream about the black sea. Your booth at the far end stands prepared. A pipe, tinderbox and purple pillow for a tired head. You have a friend tonight and it calls itself the Black Corner Den."

Pär Boström’s dreamlike soundscapes combines with the careful melodies and elegant structures of Simon Heath. The perfect soundtrack for decadent nights or introverted reading sessions, preferably combined.





As an added bonus, they are doing a limited, absolutely gorgeous release on vinyl!


I don't have any dark ambient releases on vinyl, but I'm all in on this one. I can't wait to hear this release through the warm tones of my turntable.

Black Corner Den releases September 5 on Cryo Chamber.



Scarecrow Prop Sneak Peek


I finally have something of substance started for this season's haunt build! I was going to keep it under wraps, but I'm REALLY excited with the start of it, so I decided to show a little sneak peek.

I intend to build two decayed scarecrow figures to flank my cemetery gate entrance this season, both engulfed by large bunches of cornstalks. As I have it roughly sketched out, the figures will be emaciated, decayed and grotesquely twisted...

But for now, I simply have the start of the first figure, a custom painted "Harvester" scarecrow latex prophead from our friends at Closed Casket Studios. I wanted to give it a more rotten look, so I did a quick black wash near the bottom edges, around the neck rope, and flowing down from the eyes and mouth. And if you look closely, I have also added streaks of white "bird doody" at the top of the head - something that will carry over to the torso as well - giving this figure a sense of vulnerability, anguish and disrespect.

I hope to reveal the first full figure, complete with horrific name and backstory, very soon. The adrenaline is flowing and the rest of the figure will develop quickly. But because they will be positioned at the front entrance to the haunt, I intent to put a painstaking detail into each figure. So here is the start...





  

Rest In Peace, Tobe Hooper


Another horror legend has passed. Tobe Hooper, director of classics like Poltergeist and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, died Saturday at age 74. Rest in peace, Tobe.

You can read more about Hooper's passing here.

And the question that comes to my mind is that in losing two giants in the world of horror films (George Romero and now Tobe Hooper), which directors will step up and become the marquee names to lead the genre through the next generation?


Image courtesy of MovieStillsDB.com

 
And as I did with the passing of George Romero, I will sit down tonight and toast Hooper with a viewing of his 1974 masterpiece...