Friday, October 17, 2014

Witches In Fiction: Crafting Blooming Howls (Plus a Giveaway!)


For this magical party I crafted words into a poem,
which was inspired by the following:

1. The episode of Bewitched about Tabitha and a polka dot elephant


2. The conjoined twins from American Horror Story: Freak Show


3. The photo of model Dovima with Elephants


4. The song Elephant Elephant by Evelyn Evelyn



Tabitha and the Elephants

Tabitha went to the animal park to see the famous pachyderm pair,
And she thought them being tied at each other's side wasn't fair
So she twitched and separated the two
But when she saw that made them blue,
She twitched them back together again
Realizing that way they'd always have a friend
Then she flew through the rest of the park,
Pairing animals like Noah for his Ark.


Tabitha's mom, Samantha, is my favorite fictional witch.


Who's your favorite fictional witch?

Comment with your answer and email address,
to be entered to win a virtual bucket of ebooks!
Spooky ones, of course!

Winner will be picked randomly
and announced on October 30th.

[I'm still looking for ebook donations too.
Authors, if interested, please email me!
I'll donate $1 to Scares That Care for each.]

Friday, October 10, 2014

Help make CINDY a reality


 Cindy is a foster child (read: maid, unpaid personal assistant, emotional punching bag).
Her “family” are reality TV superstars who make the Kardashians look warm and fuzzy.
Her Fairy Godmother has a drug problem and her handsome Prince is over twice her age.

Though this isn't a horror series, that definitely sounds like a scary tale to me.

Plus it's created by Larry Wilson, 
the co-creator of Beetlejuice and The Addams Family,
so you know it's going to be awesome!

Speaking of awesome,
if you donate even just $1 to the Kickstarter campaign,
you can enter to win one of these posters here!


Beetlejuice poster will be signed by Larry Wilson.
Addams Family poster will be signed by Larry Wilson & Caroline Thompson.
Edward Scissorhands and NBC posters will be signed by Caroline Thompson,
who's the screenwriter of both fabulous films.

Take a gander at all the other great perks here!

P.S. Since I ♥ strange art and this month is all about books,
I must also mention Last Gasp's Kickstarter campaign here!

Friday, October 3, 2014

October Events

October is going to be All About Books
and I propose a Book Bucket Challenge!


This challenge is for ebook Authors.

You can do one of the following:

A. Donate a horror ebook to the virtual bucket

B. Donate a dollar to Scares That Care here

If you do A, I'll do B, so STC benefits either way!
You're welcome to do a guest post on your book(s) too.
If you're interested, please email me!

One lucky follower will win the virtual bucket of ebooks!

How do you enter?
By commenting on my post for this event on the 17th:

Party details here!

The winner will be announced on the 30th,
in my post for this event:

P(oe)arty details here!

Speaking of Poe,
I WON THE POE PRICE HALLOWEEN CONTEST! :D
So I get to spend Halloween weekend at The Poe Museum
with Vincent Price's daughter, Victoria Price!


Info on the two fab nights of festivities here!

I'll also be having lunch with Victoria
AND going on a walking tour with her and a guide
to visit all of the historic Poe locales in Richmond!

I'm so grateful for this awesome opportunity
and I can't wait to share it with all of you!
I'm planning to interview Victoria too,
so please comment with questions for her!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A toast to Marilyn Burns

May 7, 1949 - August 5, 2014

Marilyn Burns played Sally Hardesty in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Perhaps the number one Scream Queen of all-time. 
Seeing the film at the drive-in twice, first in the Summer of 1975 
and then again in the Summer of 1981 was quite an experience.
Her memorable, intense, emotionally exhausting performance 
is one of the greatest in horror film history.
And everything I've ever read about her, says she was sweet and kind to her fans.
She will not be forgotten.


This post was written by Conrad Widener
and is the last ghost toast of Spectember.


Stay tuned for a big announcement soon!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A toast to my favorite Host

Cassandra Peterson AKA Elvira,
in celebration of her birthday!


And one to her pal Richard Kiel AKA Eegah!
Who sadly left this realm on the 10th,
just three days before his birthday.


I also want to toast my favorite Ghost Hunter,
Sharon Day of Ghost Hunting Theories,
whose birthday is also today!


Her and Elvira have another thing in common.
They both have one tattoo, on their shoulder.
Sharon has a lovely leaf, as you can see,
which represents Autumn.

And Elvira has the tat she sported in her first film,
which she got on the A&E show Epic Ink tonight!


Now I'll end this with a fitting song for Spectember!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monster Monday: The Sleeping Room


This is a Gothic, psychological tale of Victorian revenge.
About a young call girl named Blue, drawn to Brighton - 
compelled to find out the truth behind her family history.
Discovering a hidden chamber within a Regency house whilst with a client,
a terrifying supernatural force is unleashed, infiltrating her psyche.
This monster from her families past seems hell-bent on claiming her future.
And nobody will escape its power unless a score for a heinous felony is settled.


The film is due out on DVD and VOD in the UK and the US in early 2015,
but the production company is raising funds for print and advertising now.
You can donate to their campaign, which ends in just three days, here!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A toast to Madeleine Collinson

July 22, 1952 - August 14, 2014

All the movie going years of my pre-teen and teen years were a lot of fun,
but 1964 and 1972 were extra special.
In the Summer of 1964, I saw my first Godzilla film on the big screen,
and my love of Hammer horror deepened with a re-release double bill of Curse of Frankenstein and Horror of Dracula, and new Hammer like The Evil of Frankenstein,
Curse of the Mummy's Tomb and The Gorgon.
It was also the final Summer before I started school and experienced real horror,
like the first day of kindergarten. The Summer of 1972 was special,
because it was my last Summer before starting 7th grade and high school.
The high school years were still carefree, 
but as they progressed they became more complicated.
It was the Summer I was introduced on the big screen to the Spanish Wolf Man, 
Paul Naschy, and more Hammer horror, and the Collinson twins, Mary and Madeleine,
in the outstanding Twins of Evil.


Twins of Evil was also the first film I saw that had nudity in it.
Even without the nude scenes, Madeleine Collinson's performance (Mary is equally great) 
was seared into my memory forever, and for my two cents,
she is one of the best cinematic female vampires of all time.
I kept waiting to see her in another horror film, but it wasn't to be,
and Twins of Evil, was, in fact, her final film.
I never met her and didn't know her personally,
but Madeleine Collinson lingered in my memory long after that night at the drive-in.
She was part of the carefree times and wistful innocence.
The elusive silver screen goddess I loved from afar.
May her journey and stay in the great beyond be one of peace.


This post was written by Conrad Widener.

It's Spectember!
Join us every week this month for a toast
to a favorite female star who's now a ghost
forever haunting our hearts.