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Fire Dancers at GLFF 2011

on June 10, 2011 - 8:20am


Friday morning blog posts should be fun and get you in the mood for the weekend. I think perhaps this set of photographs might achieve that.

I've shown you pictures of homemade ghoulies and static displays from Great Lakes Fright Fest, so now it's time to give you some shots of living, dancing (and in this case, fire-taming) creatures.

After the werewolf wedding, before the haunted house opened, people were treated to a show of fire being manipulated at the end of chains, on hoops or old fashioned torches.

It was grand. Of course, I'm a sucker for fire in general and often zone out to its devilish dance of flames.

Dave the Dead even stepped up and volunteered to have fiery chains wrapped around his wrists.

I'll be putting together pictures of the werewolf wedding soon. In the meantime, I hope these images inspire some gleefully gruesome thoughts for the weekend to come.

Campground Decor at GLFF

on June 7, 2011 - 8:35am

Saturday was hot.

Humidex was over 100F.

There was only one make-and-take that lured me out into the heat, and that was to make the zombie crossing sign (above). It was so hot that the black sticker overlays were starting to stretch and melt in my hands as I tried to line them up on the yellow background.

Taking breaks in the air conditioned camper, I made a point of walking around the entire campground, taking pictures of some of my favourite displays.

Great Lakes Fright Fest 2011

on June 7, 2011 - 7:56am


I'm back from a weekend spent in Petersburg, Michigan where I attended the Great Lakes Fright Fest.

I'll be sharing photos taken around the park during my visit, but first I thought I'd post ones taken from our little piece of Halloween heaven. I was lucky enough to be invited to stay in the camper belonging to Dave the Dead, a friend and fellow artist; caretaker of The Shadow Farm.

Over the years I've seen many photographs of Dave's work, but I hadn't been fortunate to see any of his large sculptures in person. This weekend not only did I get to see them, I had them outside my front door.

Little Minions: Maurice

on June 2, 2011 - 12:35pm

Maurice
Maurice is the newest member of my little minions. He hasn't been able to tell me his story yet, but I wanted to post him on the site before I took off to go camping this weekend.

I tried to coerce him into sharing his personal tale, but he found it offensive I'd keep packing and vacuuming while he was talking.

All I've been able to glean from him is that he's an associate of Mr. Phibious T. Toadlington (though the idea of referring to the two of them as friends brings pretentious laughter from Maurice and a quick "Certainly not").

But I wonder.

He walks in quick short steps, never revealing his many legs beneath the robe. The confined cadence makes him look as though he's rising up and down on waves billowing below the cloth, bobbing stiffly like a pop bottle on the ocean.

And he has a taste for port.

Great Lakes Fright Fest - June 3, 4, 5 2011

on May 30, 2011 - 1:25pm

While all of you south of the border are finishing up your long weekend, and Canadians are dreaming of what they did last weekend, I'm looking ahead to next Friday, June 3rd. It's the annual Great Lakes Fright Fest taking place in Petersburg, Michigan at Totem Pole Park.

A large group of haunters descend on the campground, decorate their campers and tents, and spend all day Saturday sharing ideas as they participate in workshops.

The cost? Free if you're staying over at the campground (you just pay for the campground spot you rent). If you aren't camping, it's $3.50 (the cost of a fancy coffee). They just ask you bring food donations to share during potluck meals and canned goods to give to charity.

Dave the Dead wanted to have something to set apart his campground display from all the rest, so I'll be attending solely to provide him with a Canadian decorative addition, stomping around his ghouls with a hockey stick.

A Tale of Two Kitties

on May 24, 2011 - 12:39pm


You may remember a few months ago I made The Feline Oracles for someone. Well, after a mistake on my part and then some weird Bermuda Triangle voodoo done by the postal system, those little cats went on a crazy extended trip across North America. They finally made their way back home (thank goodness), but it was decided they needed two guardians to keep them safe and make sure they never are lost again.

And here are their rougher-looking kitty counterparts, paws clasped in meditation, ready to do their part.

Fright Night Remake Trailer

on May 14, 2011 - 9:18am
 


I've already expressed how I feel about horror movie remakes in the past, so I won't bore you with that again. Instead, I will simply post the trailer for the re-imagined Fright Night film.

It certainly looks darker than the original, which at the very least means they're putting their own spin on it. I do have trouble buying Colin Farrell as a vampire, but I think that's just because I'm not a huge fan of his.

As for my beloved David Tennant, get ready for a movie trailer game of Where's Waldo. Blink and you'll miss him.

A Night of "Ghost Stories" in Toronto

on May 12, 2011 - 10:33am


On Tuesday night I was treated to a live performance of Ghost Stories playing in Toronto at the Panasonic Theatre, put on by Mirvish Productions.

I think my review of the show is less about the show itself, and more about a lesson in managing expectations. Plus, I have no intention of writing spoilers for people who still hope to see it.

So what is this show exactly? Well, if you go to the website, there's little specifics but a lot of promises (and even disclaimers):

Ghost Stories has left even the most hardened of viewers gasping for breath and reaching for their coats to hide behind. Truly not for the fainthearted or those of a nervous disposition, but perfect for anyone who wants a thrilling night out they'll never forget, Ghost Stories carries an advisory age limit of 14+. Ghost Stories mixes the very best of theatre with the buzz of a thrill-ride, delivering something unforgettable. Just keep telling yourself it's only a show. You have been warned!

To add fuel to the fright-filled fire, trailers and clips shown on television are simply shots of a terrified audience: jumping, screaming, hiding their eyes, almost sitting in the laps of their neighbours.

"Think of the Children"

on May 6, 2011 - 3:05pm

As you know, I'm an advocate of specially crafted pieces, especially when it involves something unique with a flair for the macabre. Friend and fellow artist King Unicorn (EC Steiner) has a project I want to bring to your attention. It's a horror comic called Think of the Children, but it's not just a comic book. I'll get to that part in a moment. First, a synopsis:

THINK OF THE CHILDREN is a satirical horror comic about the events leading to the original Comics Code Authority. The members of the Senate Subcommittee are secret monster hunters, seeking to destroy evil children, who they believe are corrupted by the stories of EC Comics. So that the story can reach as wide an audience as possible, the creators released it as a free webcomic in February of 2011 at http://comicsmakekidsevil.com.

*Taps Mic* Is This Thing On?

on May 2, 2011 - 11:06am

Ghoul Friday works in progress

Testing. Testing.

*wipes the cobwebs off the blog*

Well hello there! That hiatus was longer than expected, wasn't it? Sometimes life demands your attention be elsewhere, and your energies need to be reserved for a specific task. Mine was health.

I've spent the last 3 months researching, learning, and changing my lifestyle in an attempt to get this poor old body happier, or at least working with me and not against me. In doing so, I've managed to drop 16 pounds and reduce the angry physical symptoms that dominated my health and well being.

I'm still working at getting healthy again, but now I feel as if I have energy to spread between working on my physical state and my creative spirit.

Sunday was spent on the simple artistic task of building armatures for future sculpts (as well as some of those faces you see above who have been nagging me for a body).

Long story short: I'm back. I won't be jumping in with daily posts just yet, but you will be seeing updates more often.

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