Hangin' at Closed Casket Studios, 2019

For the past two years, I posted this exact same thing. I have the amazing luck of living five minutes away from Closed Casket Studios, so I get the chance to go hang out with Dave, drink a few beers, talk about everything Halloween, and check out all the new pieces he has rolling out this year. There are definitely worse ways to spend a Friday night!

This year the post comes a bit later than usual, as I skipped the Transworld show with them in March. I usually go over just before the show and post up some teasers as we're headed due west to St. Louis. There's been a lot going on over in my neck of the woods this year, so I'm behind, but there are still some really cool new sculpts and pieces creeping out from Dave's basement.

If you missed the Transworld show, you can still check out his new work at the upcoming Midwest Haunters Convention in Chicago this June. And if you're there, be sure to tell him that I sent you. You won't get anything special or anything, but at least I'll know that someone is still reading this blog...

And if you're going to miss both shows, just sit back and check out the photos below. You can always visit his site and pick up any of his pieces there! Enjoy!

Does this mask make me look fat?

And then finally the man himself. Proudly displaying his major award, the 2019 Transworld Vendor Excellence Award. Well deserved, my friend!!


ASHTORETH - "Rite II-Fire" Video

A wisp of smoke where Spirit hides
wills the fire to refine and cleanse that of old

The new video from Belgian artist, ASHTORETH. A wonderfully dark soundscape for a dreary, cold and wet morning...

"The Dead Don't Die" Trailer

A dark comedy zombie film. Directed by Jim Jarmusch. Iggy Pop as a zombie. Tom Waits. Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloƫ Sevigny and a samurai-sword wielding Tilda Swinton. And that supporting cast. Are you kidding me!?

Sign. Me. Up.

Hellripper - "All Hail The Goat"

It can't be dark ambient all the time. I still need my thrash metal, and Scottish ripper James McBain's project Hellripper is just the fix. "All Hail The Goat" is the first track off his latest release, and it absolutely, positively rips...

The Order Of The Thinned Veil, 2019

I freely admit to my love and adoration of the art of Sam Heimer. Is there any artist whose vintage-styled illustrations better encapsulate all things Halloween??

Three years ago, I took a chance on a new collaborative project between him and fellow Halloween artist, Jason McKittrick. The project was called The Order Of The Thinned Veil, a year-long celebration of all things Halloween. Upon subscribing to one of three levels, new Order members received amazing packages filled with illustrations and sculpted figures, along with a plethora of other cool Halloween ephemera. You even got a package of pumpkin seeds to grow your own in time to carve for the 31st!

I was instantly hooked. It was such a fun project to keep the Halloween feeling going throughout the whole year.

I jumped on last year's subscription, and it was even better than the previous year's offering. My Heimer collection of illustrations and McKittrick collection of sculpted figures continues to grow and I am fully hooked on the Order!

And now is your chance to join me! It was announced today that the 2019 Order Of The Thinned Veil subscriptions are now up and ready to order. Three levels to match your level of dedication (and wallet).

I CAN NOT recommend this fun project enough! So many cool little touches make this a mandatory Halloween fan's addition. Cool Halloween tchotchkes and even cooler Halloween art.

Our Halloween season starts today! Get over to the Order Of The Thinned Veil page, check out all the cool stuff and subscribe! How can you not!?!?


Council Of Nine - "Circle Of The Sun"

Feel yourself enveloped by the deepening darkness and despair. I absolutely love, love, love this dark ambient track from Council of Nine!