Asath Reon - "Underworld Narrations"

The baleful place, unknown to men,
Where Silence screams from the Roots above.
Only Mist can see the approaching Void
Of seared Trees and burnt Soil.

Death and Life mean nothing more,
Just the Return of one forsaken Soul.

Disturbed and faceless Visions hold
The Bearer of Light who lost the Torch,
And became the Ark of the fallen World.

ABSOLUTELY fantastic ritual dark ambient from Russian artist Asath Reon. So much atmospheric darkness in each track... I just stumbled upon this artist recently, but Underworld Narrations has been on a constant rotation here at the Cemetery.

I have already decided that the track Three Times Burned and Three Times Born will be the soundtrack to this year's Halloween display. It will be the PERFECT creepy supporting soundscape to give my display that extra punch. Completely haunting and horrifying, but unbelievably atmospheric and flowing.

Do yourself a favor and check out the works of Asath Reon. Enjoy!!

HauntedWeb Monster - Best Scares of the 2021 Season

So at this point, I think I'm just going to turn this blog over to Brent at Planet Doom Haunt because he just keeps finding absolute gold.

Case in point is this gem that he just sent my way. I have watched this video repeatedly, and it literally gets funnier every time I watch it.

It's a "best scares" compilation from HauntedWeb Monster from the HauntedWeb Haunted Attraction in Memphis, Tennessee. And it features Monster's hilariously effective haunt character absolutely terrifying patrons. So simple, so effective, so gross...

"B*tch, I lost my shoe!!" Enjoy!!


Hangin' Out At Closed Casket Studios

I'm always reminded of how cool it really is to live in Ohio in regards to all things Halloween. A rich history of famous haunted attractions and a top-notch group of prop builders that all call this area home.

But having one right in your own back yard (okay, technically we now live 20 minutes apart since we both moved to new locations, but still!) is definitely one of the coolest!

This year, as things continue to get back to somewhat normal, I again got the chance to go hang out with good friend of the Cemetery, Dave Shonk at Closed Casket Studios, where we got to kick back with some special pumpkin beverages, talk about all things Halloween, and most importantly get a special sneak peek at all the new prop heads and masks to be unveiled at this year's Transworld Halloween & Attractions Show!

And now that the show is officially underway, I can show off his absolutely killer work. Thanks, Dave, for letting me come hang out and get some much-needed Halloween energy from your cool shop!

And if you happen to be in the St. Louis area, do yourself a favor and go hit Dave's booth to check out his incredible work. Closed Casket Studios is at Transworld booth #407.

(And thanks for the swag! You KNOW I'm a sucker for old Haunted Schoolhouse & Laboratory memorabilia!!)

Latex Masks From LMB Masks & Collectibles

Cemetery friend Brent from Planet Doom Haunted House sent me this link and it's too good not to share.

I had never heard of LMB Masks & Collectibles out of Los Angeles before, but one look at their Etsy page made me want to check them out further. Incredible sculpts and intricate paint details across their entire line of latex masks. Wow! I could easily see a couple of them making their way into my small collection.



Atrium Carceri & Kammarheit - "Subpulse"

A new collaboration between Atrium Carceri and Kammarheit, two of my absolute favorite dark ambient artists? SAY. NO. MORE.

Colossus, their new collaborative release on the Cryo Chamber label, is a straight masterpiece all the way through. So much rich, atmospheric ambience in each track. Enjoy!

Halloween Atmospheres: Volume IV

Who's ready for a quick jolt of pure October?? I absolutely love Witching Season Films'  Halloween Season series, and their brand new chapter is their best yet. You can sit back, press play, and instantly be transported directly into the middle of the Halloween season no mater where (or when) you are. So very good for the haunter soul!

Halloween Atmospheres: Volume 4 is the fourth part of our "Halloween Atmospheres" series. It is a compilation of spooky atmospheric visuals and music designed to set the perfect Halloween atmosphere 365 days a year. It is the ideal companion for Halloween parties, carving pumpkins, or just whenever you need a Halloween pick-me-up.

And eagle-eyed viewers should find the opening shots somewhat familiar, as it is a shot-for-shot homage to the opening sequence of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers! Someone went through ALOT of work to create this one and the end product is so, so good!



THE EVIL DEAD by Rafa Orrico

Check out this cool new screenprinted
Evil Dead poster by Rafa Orrico. Definitely a different take on a total classic, but amazing typography and an interesting interpretation of the Deadite face make this one worth snagging!

The poster, a limited-to-220 edition, is available from Mondo this Wednesday. Be quick!!


Ghost, Live in Pittsburgh 2-14-22

Seeing the band Ghost will never get old to me. Yes, they have become more mainstream, but the band continues to deliver their trademark style of pop satanism with their unique and catchy metal sound.

On Monday night, Mrs. Highbury and I spent Valentines Day with our favorite Swedes over in Pittsburgh. It was nice to get out and get to a concert again, and Ghost, along with Volbeat and Twin Temple, made for a most welcome return!

As always, Ghost put on a really great set, including an opening number from their upcoming release, Impera. Incredible lighting and pyrotechnics, confetti, elaborate costuming and super-tight musicianship made for one hell of an experience. This show marked the sixth time we’ve seen them live and each time they have put on an incredible show.

They are still out on the road on their 2022 North American Imperatour, so go check them out if they're playing a city close to you. It's worth every penny!

Enjoy some of my photos from the show...

Here is the video I shot at the start of the set. This song, Kaisarion, is from their upcoming release Impera...

And after all was said and done, I had grabbed a few Sister Imperator bucks from the confetti drop AND I caught TWO Ghost guitar picks that were thrown out at the end of the set!! I had never managed to snag a pick at any of their other shows, so I was really happy with that. I also grabbed a cool Ghost tour shirt to put an exclamation point on another amazing show and incredible evening...


Happy Valentine's Day


Happy Valentine's Day! May you get to spend it with your forever...


The October Candle

So in getting caught up on all things around, I would be remiss if I did not put this one at the top! At the end of last year, I ended up with two extra Highbury Cemetery t-shirts. (Each year, I design a haunt logo and then silkscreen a small batch of t-shirts to give away to everyone who helps put on Highbury Cemetery on Halloween night. A cool little thank you for the effort.)

I quickly decided to spread a little extra Halloween cheer by simply sending the shirts off to two fellow haunters who hung out and celebrated all October at this blog. Another cool little thank you for the effort.

And quite unexpectedly, I was surprised with a return box in the mail...

In the box was this totally killer x-ray'd hand candle, a super cool gift from The October Boy at The Deadwood Cemetery! I instantly dropped this into my permanent Halloween display area. But then I noticed a small sticker on the back of the glass jar...

Color changing!?!? Okay, you have piqued my interest. The wax is all white, so I was curious to see this thing in action.

And before I could light it up, I kind of accidentally found out how. I had it sitting on my desk and one sunny afternoon, the light must have triggered it just right because as I looked over, an internal light was changing colors, illuminating the lower portion of the glass and giving a REALLY cool glow effect on the x-ray'd hand. YES!!!

Totally awesome. Totally unexpected. Completely appreciated.

So now I have received cool return Halloween gifts from both Lady M and The October Boy. What a great way to extend the fun and friendship of All Hallows Eve.

I think I may have to print up a couple extra shirts again this year and keep a new tradition going. I'm glad the both of you enjoyed your shirts! Plenty of ideas knocking around already for the 2022 version, so stay tuned!

And PS- The October Boy, nothing goes to waste around here, so even the included creepy cloth will be going into this year's display!!


Joel Grind - "Welcome To Armageddon City"

Well, I guess it's time to get things moving now that it's somehow February. Where the heck did the last 31 days go??

I ended up taking a nice little break after the holidays, and now I'm ready to dive back into another march toward October 31st! I have quite a few things already lined up and ready to go, so let's get this started off for another year.

I have been a big fan of Joel Grind's work for a while now, first with his work with his killer thrash metal band Toxic Holocaust and then with his unique ambient/synthwave solo work.

But somehow I missed this EP released on Halloween back in 2020. A sweet collection of Carpenter/Italian horror tracks, perfect for getting into that Halloween spirit.

Even if it is only February.