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?

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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...

John Carpenter - "Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998" & Tour

Time to fire up the old turntable! Today, Sacred Bones Records announced the preorder for the new John Carpenter release "Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998."

Thirteen classic movie themes, originally composed by John Carpenter and newly rerecorded with his new band. The preorders are already selling out, so get on it while you can!!

And if a new John Carpenter record wasn't enough, he has also announced a new set of tour dates to support the release!! It looks like he's skipping the great state of Ohio again, so it looks like I'll be making the trek up to Detroit to catch the show.

I was fortunate enough to see his last show in Detroit, and it was absolutely amazing and fun. Read about it here.


Cleveland Haunt Club's Haunted Garage Sale 8/19

It's time for the 2nd Annual Cleveland Haunt Club Haunted Garage Sale! If you are in the Cleveland area this Saturday, August 19th, why not stop out at the Bay Village Community House in Bay Village, Ohio, and score some cool new haunt, Halloween and horror gear!

I made it to the first annual sale last year and sold 90% of my entire table in the first two hours. Tons of people, tons of vendors and tons of fun! Come on out and say hello!