Man Plans,

God laughs.

How true this Yiddish proverb is at times. I have lost almost an entire year to health and other issues. I have not created anything of note since March. Halloween, my most favorite of holidays, passed with me crouched behind locked doors, the porch light dark, only a Halloween welcome mat and a lone, un-carved pumpkin evidence of celebration. The bags of candy, bought in wishful enthusiasm, traveled to work with me November 1.

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Halloween Post-It sketches during mini-breaks at work.

I did, however, manage to make the above Bat Droppings in the days leading up to Halloween. Unfortunately, my new studio is only a half-realized effort down in the new basement, so real work likely won’t start until December.

With luck, Chaos will ignore me for a time, and let me find the creative groove again.

I hope you all had a spooky Halloween and felt the true chilly warmth of the season!

Happy Haunts.

Small Monsters.

Video production update: preparing to shoot.

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Scarecrows at midnight.

One night, while I was fooling around with bits of stuff, small monsters began to assemble themselves. Before I realized what was happening, I was outnumbered.

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Halloween engagement

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Halloween Night.

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The long view. 

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And, like the Morning After, the video project crawls toward its end, not daring to look back.

Happy haunts!

 


 

Kansas City’s Haunted Attraction,The Beast, Adopts Dark Oak’s Aracni-apes.

Now, there is another reason to fear “The Beast.”

This Halloween, two new monsters will be lurking in the huge haunted attraction known as The Beast. Having taken care of them for a year, I can tell you, they are always hungry.

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The Aracni-ape is an instinct-driven hunter. This breed likes to hang from trees, feigning death to lure in prey that get too curious.

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This playing ‘possum breed can be found in forests, swamps, and caves, any habitat that provides concealment for its drop-down ambush tactics. That includes old buildings.

I hate to see them go, but care & feeding of these guys was getting problematic. I’m sure the staff at The Beast are better suited to care for these little monsters. After all, they have been looking after their pet ‘gators and Medusa, the world’s largest anaconda in captivity, for years. What a happy home The Beast will make for the aracni-apes.

The second breed, shown below, is the more deadly of the two. It prefers to stalk its prey.

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The deadly dasher.

Should you visit any of the other Full Moon Productions haunted attractions, keep in mind, these creatures could be in any of them. There is no guarantee they will stay in The Beast.  Watch out for them in The Edge of Hell, The Chambers of Poe, or in the Macabre Cinema attractions.

**The aracni-apes are the intellectual property of Dark Oak Creations.

Happy haunts!

 

Wayans Walks Through Hell

I found this video of Marlon Wayans, of Scary Movie 1 &2 fame, touring Kansas City’s world famous haunted house attractions. I wonder if he would do it again?

It must be difficult doing an interview while walking through all the scares, trying to be cool and chatty.

I’m not sure if this haunted walk was through The Edge of Hell or The Beast, or a bit of both. Full Moon Productions  has two other haunted attractions in the KC West Bottoms, Macabre Cinema, and The Chambers of Edgar Allen Poe. Check them out at Full Moon Productions.

I have been inspired! Back to work. Now, where has Igor gotten off too? Probably sleeping in the bog, again. Man, good help is hard to find.

Happy haunting.