Monday, October 28

Dr. Gangrene's Halloween Classic Films List on 4 Letter Nerd



The folks over at the 4 Letter Nerd website asked me to do a list of classic films available streaming from Netflix, as a Halloween viewing guide for their readers. Check it out - some fun stuff on Netflix right now!!

http://www.fourletternerd.com/dr-gangrene-presents-10-classic-horror-movies-on-netflix/

 

Friday, October 25

New movie Son of Ghostman looks terrific!

Sometimes social media is a real pain in the ass, but other times it can be a terrific thing. The latter happened yesterday, as I sent out an innocuous twitter post (a tweet, to use the correct term - a term I kinda hate, though) saying "Halloween is just a week away!"

I really wasn't expecting much if anything in response, was merely espousing my love of the season, when to my surprise came the following response:

"@drgangrene: Halloween is just a week away!" And the perfect horror host companion piece... vimeo.com/ondemand/sonofghostman

That TWEET (ugh) came from Kurt Edward Larson, who is is promotion mode for his new movie, SON OF GHOSTMAN, available soon. I followed the link, not really knowing what to expect, and was pleased to find a trailer for a new film that looks fantastic. From Kurt's website, sonofghostman.com, here is the official Synopsis:



synopsis

Denny McNamara has been recently dumped, he’s unemployed, and his older brother Harold is threatening to sell the house Denny rents. By all accounts, he’s a loser.

Motivated by his childhood hero, a local celebrity Horror Host named Ghostman, Denny decides to throw on some makeup and become the Son of Ghostman. Thing is, Denny isn’t exactly suited for the role, but his car-crash inducing videos go viral, and he must decide what and where his future lies.
Complicating matters is the arrival of neighborhood sweetheart, Claire, and her nephew, Zack. Unbeknownst to Claire, Zack quickly becomes a key part of the Son of Ghostman production team, something she surely wouldn’t allow having promised his Mother he’d attend college.

In the midst of it all, the current local Horror Host, a leather-pants wearing, sexy vampire named Count Dracool, is close to having his show picked up by the national cable outlet, Weird & Wild. But when the execs of Weird & Wild see the social networking statistics of Son of Ghostman, they start to question which Horror Host should go national, inciting Count Dracool to try and uncover the secret identity of Son of Ghostman.

Denny must find a way to thwart his high school nemesis, help navigate the college-bound Zack down a path of happiness, win Claire’s affection, and ultimately, figure out his own life.

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I've posted the trailer below. Check it out and look for Son of Ghostman soon. It promises to be a fun-filled, heartwarming film that is a loving tribute to classic horror hosts of yeaterday and those carrying on the tradition today. Available at their website, streaming on Vimeo, and on DVD.

For more info: Kurt Edward Larson
@kurtedwardl
http://sonofghostman.com
http://vimeo.com/ondemand/sonofghostman



Tuesday, October 22

New short story published in COMFORT FOODS anthology

Spooky greetings, folks!

October is here - it's my favorite time of the year, and I've been making the most of it! Decorating the house to the hilt (yeaah, I'm THAT guy, the one in the neighborhood that goes all out with the home haunt), watching lots of spooky movies, and getting out to as many haunted attractions as possible. Along with all of the holiday festivities I have been busy writing, too. Working on finishing up my Thirteen for 13 series as well as some non-fiction works. In fact, one of my most recent tales, RETRIEVAL SERVICE, was just published in the anthology COMFORT FOODS.


 Available at AMAZON here

Edited by Nikki Nelson-Hicks, this anthology features 13 stories from the Nashville writer's group. Nikki put a call out on Facebook for more entries, so I submitted my most recent story. I wasn't actually a member of the Nashville writer's group - In fact I joined just so I could submit this story. But regardless, it's my first printed work and I'm happy to see it in print!

So Happy Halloween to all of you, and may your jack o'lanterns always burn bright!!

Wednesday, October 16

Coming Soon - Memoirs of the Mysterious

Coming soon, a new horror anthology comic hosted by yours ghouly, the Physician of Fright, Dr. Gangrene. It is by Joe Badon (who did the cover art) and is called MEMOIRS OF THE MYSTERIOUS. More details soon!! Stay tuned!



Wednesday, October 9

Audio Play - The Cask of Amontillado, starring Mark Redfield and John Astin!


Just in time for the Halloween season, the Poe Forevermore Radio Theater presents THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO - available for a mere $1.99 at CD Baby:

http://cdbaby.com/cd/markredfield2

THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO stars John Astin as Montresor and Mark Redfield as Fortunato. The play was adapted from Poe's short story and directed by Tony Tsendeas.

Poe Forevermore Radio Theater brings you adaptations of contemporary and classic tales of mystery, horror and the imagination. The series is produced and hosted by its creator Mark Redfield.
Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" was published in November 1846, in Godey's Lady's Book. This performance of Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" was recorded before a live audience on June 22nd, 2013 at Westminster Hall Burial Grounds, in Baltimore, Maryland, where Edgar Allan Poe is buried.

I listened to this play on my drive in to work this morning, and it is really terrific. It is adapted from the Poe story, slightly updated but retaining all the Poe chills and charm. Mark Redfield is especially impressive as Fortunato, and it is great to hear fan favorite John Astin at work as well. A neat little Halloween treat - to find out more about Poe Forevermore Radio go to: http://poeforevermore.com

Monday, October 7

Midnight Syndicate launches Kickstarter campaign in support of MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE LIVE! multimedia Halloween horror concert.

Hey fright fans, Doc Gangrene here with some big news!
 
My good friends at Midnight Syndicate have launched a kickstarter to bring to life something I've wanted to see for years - a LIVE Midnight Syndicate concert - BUT, what they have planned is more than a simple concert - this is going to be a multimedia extravaganza.
 
 

 
 
Midnight Syndicate launches Kickstarter campaign in support of MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE LIVE! multimedia Halloween horror concert.
After seventeen studio albums, including three horror movie scores and a motion picture of their own, Gothic Halloween Horror music composers Midnight Syndicate have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a multimedia concert experience. Entitled MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE LIVE! the Halloween horror-themed show will feature a unique blend of live Midnight Syndicate music, original films, music videos, and live theatre.
"We want it to be a feast for the eyes as much as the ears," said Gavin Goszka, "a unique show that is not only a Midnight Syndicate concert but also something that stands on its own as a great horror multimedia experience." In order create the visual elements of the show, the band is teaming up with of veterans from the special FX, film, and haunted house industries. The initial group includes special FX legend Robert Kurtzman (Creature Corps, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, KNB EFX), director Gary Jones (XENA, AXE GIANT), David "House" Greathouse (FACEOFF, Mushroomhead), Jason Carter (BABYLON 5, THE DEAD MATTER), Beki Ingram (FACEOFF), and Jason Blaszczak of Screamline Studios (Rob Zombie's AMERICAN NIGHTMARE). "Because of the style of our music and our ties to the film, roleplaying game, and haunted house industries we're in the perfect position to put together a unique show that blends the best of these different worlds," said Edward Douglas. "It's a project almost two decades in the making. We want to bring your nightmares to life," added Gavin Goszka.
"We've always been our own label and distributor with little commercial radio airplay, so it's really been the fans' support over these past seventeen years that has allowed Midnight Syndicate to continue to grow. They really are the best fans in the world," said Edward Douglas. "This live concert is something that our fans have been asking us to do for many years. The Kickstarter campaign is giving us the opportunity to involve them from the beginning and allowing us to take this exciting next step together."
MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE LIVE! Kickstarter Campaign:
Midnight Syndicate Official Website: www.MidnightSyndicate.com

MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE
For almost two decades, composers Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have been known as Midnight Syndicate, creating symphonic soundtracks to imaginary films that facilitate a transcendental and adventurous escape into the secret dimensions of the mind’s eye. To many of their fans, they are Gothic music pioneers brewing a signature blend of orchestral horror music and movie-style sound effects. To others, they remain the first “haunted house band” that forever changed the Halloween music genre and became a staple of the October holiday season. And some know them as the duo that teamed up with Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast to produce the first official soundtrack to the legendary Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. Their critically-acclaimed works are reminiscent of sweeping, complex masterpieces by artists such as James Horner, Danny Elfman, Black Sabbath and King Diamond and have been featured as a part of films, television shows, video games and at haunted attractions, amusement parks, and live performances worldwide.
Midnight Syndicate’s music has become integral to setting a powerful mood at top-rated haunted attractions and amusement parks as well as at costume shops, gaming and Halloween parties and Halloween-themed cruises from Siberia and Hong Kong, to Europe and the United States. The duo has released 15 studio albums since 1997, and Douglas and Goszka’s original, work also been used at Hugh Hefner’s Halloween parties, on episodes of The Barbara Walters Special and in the drive-in film THE RAGE, Universal Studio’s Horror Nights XVIII as well as by Monday Night Football and by artists Insane Clown Posse, Three Six Mafia, Twiztid and The Misfits. In 2010, Midnight Syndicate released a full-length horror film called THE DEAD MATTER, directed, scored and co-produced by Douglas alongside special FX legend Robert Kurtzman and director/producer Gary Jones.
Midnight Syndicate continues to pursue its quest to use instrumental music to tell explicit stories full of tension, twists and turns. Most recently, the band completed the score to the grindhouse thriller AXE GIANT: THE WRATH OF PAUL BUNYAN. In summer, 2013, Midnight Syndicate released the soundtrack to that film along with MONSTERS OF LEGEND a tribute to the classic Universal, Hammer and Euro horror films that gave birth to horror cinema. MONSTERS OF LEGEND has quickly become the band's most critically-acclaimed album to date.

Wednesday, October 2

Joe Badon kickstarter - Outside the Lines

Illustrator/writer Joe Badon has a kick ass project I wanna tell you guys about that's in the final stages of its kickstarter campaign. it's called OUTSIDE THE LINES - go check it out. It's a 70 page, soft cover book that's half art prints and half sequential short stories.

Now I don't typically endorse kickstarter campaigns, but Joe's is one that's definitely worthy - check out his video and go donate if you're able!!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1857321894/outside-the-lines-art-and-short-stories-book

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