Monthly Archives: September 2011

Dr. Sleep: Stephen King Announces Sequel to The Shining

Unless you absolutely have no taste in horror, you have heard of, seen, or read The Shining, one of Stephen Kings most popular of novels. Hell, even if you’ve read the book or watched the movie, lets just go ahead and revisit the scary axe scene, because its simply that good:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TVooUHN7j4

Sends shivers up my spine. Anyway, Stephen King, the proclaimed master of horror, announced on September 26, 2011, that he is creating a sequel to The Shining, titled Dr. Sleep. The story follows Danny Torrance, the five-year-old from The Shining, now in his 40s. Danny uses his extraordinary powers to help terminally ill patients easily pass away, and that’s all we know so far.

Here’s Stephen reading an excerpt from the novel-in-work:

Obviously, the novel is still in the writing/editing process, so we can only wait and hope it lives up to its predecessors success. Stephen King has delivered so many bestselling novels by now that one more should not be an issue. We’ll just have to wait and see!

How To Tell If You Are Becoming An Undead

The zombie apocalypse is going to happen. Theres no point denying it. To ensure that you’re mentally prepared, we created this trusty list of zombie symptoms.

First, lets look at what is not a zombie: a Wal-Mart shopper.

He wants to eat your sales.

There he is all of his wide-mouthed glory spewing into the world worse than an open wound. Somewhere inside that tanned, leathery bag of skin, past those fabulously white short-shorts, is a heartbeat that clings to life like a man falling over a cliff.

This, on the other hand, is the undead:

Very similar, but the dead body gives it away.

Note: With Halloween being so close, keep an eye on those individuals wearing zombie costumes. Zombies are cunning, mindless creatures, who could easily utilize Halloween’s allowance of undead paraphernalia as an opportunity to strike. One minute you’re handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, then those trick-or-treaters are running off with your hands.

Here are some signs and symptoms one may experience during his or her transformation into an undead abomination:

Eye crusties.

Lesions.

Facial gross stuff.

Poor taste in music.

Consumption of human flesh.

And racism.

If you see someone showing any of these signs or symptoms, be careful – you may be dealing with a zombie, or a total douchebag.

Humans Have Invisible Stripes

Blaschkos lines, also known as the Lines of Blaschko, are invisible lines that run all along a humans body. Your face, head, back, arms, legs right now, as you read these words are covered with these invisible lines, which come in all sorts of shapes, patterns, and designs. (These are not Halloween costumes – this is as real as it gets.)

Your back, for example, is covered with V shaped lines, much like the one observed in this photo:

blaschkos lines

Typically, your chest, stomach, and sides have S shaped lines, while your head is covered in wavy patterns of Blaschkos lines. However, some individuals simply have blobs or patches, not lines. Since the lines or blobs are usually invisible, there is no definite way to determine what kind of patterns your Blaschkos lines follow. You just have to hope you have something awesome.

There are skin conditions and disorders that cause the lines to be visible. Again, the actual patterns and lines that become visible can vary greatly. Some individuals have intense cases, so their body actually looks striped like a zebra or tiger. There are others who only have a few spots on their ankle, arm, or shin. (If I had my way, I would have some visible lines. It would be like a tattoo unique just for me.)

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Typical line patterns.

No one has yet to figure out why these lines form, or what purpose they serve. Alfred Blaschko, the man that discovered the lines in 1901, proposed that the lines had an embryonic origin, but he could not elaborate any further. He simply discovered them, proved through numerous clinical trials that the lines were there, and then left it for someone else to figure out possibly due to a lack of technical advancement.

Blaschkos lines

Variations of line patterns.

If you know someone that has visible lines, let us know what they think.

Keanu Reeves: Because Why The Hell Not?

Since we had discussed Nicolas Cages vampirism yesterday, it only seems fit to disprove a similar rumor that revolves around Keanu Reeves.

The Internet is an eternal rumor mill that can easily alter one’s life, either for better or worse. Glenn Beck, for example, was the receiver of the Internets attention when this question was brought forward: Did Glenn Beck rape and murder a young girl in 1990? So many individuals began to Google this question that Glenn Beck murder was the #1 search suggestion for anyone typing in Glenn Beck.

If you type Keanu Reeves into Google’s search bar, Keanu Reeves immortal is the third suggested search, and here’s why:

That is Paul Mounet, born in 1847, who became a doctor and a professional French actor. Mounet starred in numerous films, plays, and movies, building for himself a very prominent career as an actor. Mounet died of heart disease in 1922, but the Internet has taken upon itself to say that this fact is actually false. Mounet’s body, numerous websites claim, was never found after his death, which, combined with his resemblance to Keanu, can only mean that Mounet is actually Keanu, who is immortal. (We need to start a new line of Halloween costumes that specialize in obscure celebrity rumors.)

Right, because thats not an illogical leap at all. Two pictures look alike and people are all of sudden claiming that the individual has found the fountain of youth, forever living and aging and blessing us average humans with their immortal presence.

I’ll just leave this here:

paul mounet

And yes, Keanu does have a remarkable resistance to aging, especially for someone living in a career field as stressful as acting. One only has to look at the picture below to see how little life’s worries have affected his skin complexion. Someone needs to find his secret and inform the rest of us.

Its clearly obvious that Keanu is not an immortal being, since his skin does show small signs of aging. Unless, of course, the immortal trait is only an effect of a larger issue! But what could possibly allow one to age, yet also allow them to regain their youthfulness whenever desired? I might have to go ask vampire Nicolas Cage about that one.

eBay Seller Claims Nicolas Cage is a Vampire

On September 19, an eBay seller by the name of Jack Mord put up an auction for a photo that he claimed would prove Nicolas Cage is a vampire. The photo, which can be seen below, clearly depicts a Civil War-era individual who closely resembles the actor Nicolas Cage. (Now there’s an original idea for Halloween costumes: Vampiric Nicolas Cage.)

Personally, I believe its him and that he is some sort of walking undead/vampire, etcetera, who quickens/reinvents himself once every 75 years or so,” wrote Jack Mord on the eBay posting. “150 years from now, he might be a politician, the leader of a cult or a talk show host.

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The original photo.

The auction has since been taken down, but the photo was previously on sale for more than $1,000,000. The seller Jack Mord claimed that the photo was originally taken by Professor G.B. Smith, who, apparently, was a Confederate photographer that specialized in photographing prisoners of war during the Civil War.

My theory is that he allows himself to age to a certain point, wrote seller Jack Mord. Maybe 70, 80 or so, then the actor Nicolas Cage will die but in reality, the undead vampire Nicolas Cage will have rejuvenated himself and appeared in some other part of the world, young again, and ready to start all over.

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The actual Nicolas Cage.

Mord ended the auction by writing, Any serious potential buyer will be allowed to have a photo expert of their choice examine the original photograph before any money changes hands.

As someone who has yet to appreciate a single Nicolas Cage movie after Conair, I really, really hope that he chooses a different career path next time. One simply has to look at this compilation of movie scenes of him freaking out to see why he needs not to be a movie actor. (Caution: Lots and lots of swears.)

Run For Your Lives: A 5k Obstacle Course Race With Zombies

Combining the excitement of marathon races and zombies, Run For Your Lives is an intensely unique experience that is sure to get your blood pumping.

At the core of Run For Your Lives are the basic marathon rules. There is a start, a finish, obstacles, multiple routes that you can follow, and competing racers. However, unlike a typical marathon, there are two additional factors: zombies and flag belts.

Every runner is given a flag belt with attached flags, similar to the kind worn during flag football. These flags indicate your health. The job of the individuals dressed in zombie costumes is to snatch away those flags. When all of your flags are gone, you die, and you are disqualified from the race. But fear not there are health packages hidden throughout the course that will help keep you alive.

Completion of the race, including the twelve man-made and natural obstacles, entitles you to the post-race awards, which include:

  • One free beer.
  • Admittance into the Apocalypse Party.
  • Advanced training for the actual Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Medals signifying your survival of the race (or zombie transformation).
  • Racing bib.
  • Warwear performance tee.

The race is split between the age categories of 14 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, and 40 and older. There is also a separate military division for those truly hardcore individuals that want a real challenge. The top three men and top three women of each winning division will be invited back to play parts as the lead zombies for the next obstacle race. You can go from winning the race to destroying those that want to win.

Here are the dates and locations for upcoming events:

  • Baltimore, October 22, 2011
  • Atlanta, March 3, 2012
  • Boston, May 5, 2012
  • Indianapolis, June 23, 2012
  • Seattle/Portland, August 4, 2012
  • San Diego/Los Angeles, October 20, 2012
  • Austin, December 15, 2012

The White City’s Murder Castle

If someone was to tell you that a man in the late 1800s built a three-story castle dedicated to kidnapping and killing people, would you believe it?

You should, because that’s what we’re talking about today.

Herman Webster Mudgett, more commonly known as Dr Henry Howard Holmes, was one of America’s first documented serial killers. Before he was known as a serial killer, though, he was a conman that specialized in swindling people out of their money. Nothing too violent, mainly just shady business transactions.

With a mustache that villainous, there’s no wonder he became a serial killer.

Herman graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. However, Herman stole bodies from the school’s laboratory, mutilated them, then claimed that the people were accidentally killed, which allowed him to collect insurance money. Gruesome yes but nothing on the scale of mass murder. Not yet, anyway.

So let’s dig into Herman’s past and see what happened:

Herman traveled to Chicago in 1886. It was there that he found Dr E.S. Holton’s drugstore. Holton was suffering from cancer, so Holton’s wife ran the drugstore. Herman received a job at the store and proved to be an outstanding employee. With Holton’s wife grieving for her husband’s pain, Herman charmed her into selling him the store; however, Herman did not have enough money to purchase the store, so he used his outstanding previous record to convince Holton’s wife to loan him money. She agreed.

Oddly, though, when Holton died of cancer, Holton’s wife disappeared. Herman told inquisitors that she was visiting relatives in California. If people continued to ask, Herman said that she loved California so much that she decided to stay out there.

Herman then built his three-story castle on a lot of land across from the drugstore. The castle’s first floor housed Herman’s relocated drugstore, while the other floors were rented out as hotel rooms.

Here’s where it gets really, really strange:

The upper floors contained over one hundred windowless rooms. A large number of doorways opened to brick walls, stairways to nowhere, or impossibly angled hallways. Some doors only opened from the outside of a room. Nearly every room had a secret entrance. Herman repeatedly fired builders and hired new ones, so only he knew the castle’s layout. (Reminds me of the Winchester Mansion.)

When the hotel was finished, Herman selected mainly female guests to stay within the rooms, some of which were his past lovers or employees. He then tortured and killed them. According to Wikipedia, Some were locked in soundproof bedrooms fitted with gas lines that let him asphyxiate them at any time. Some victims were locked in a huge soundproof bank vault near [Herman's] office where they were left to suffocate.

Truly horrifying things, but it doesn’t end there.

The deceased bodies were dropped down a chute to the basement. It was in that basement that Herman stripped flesh from bone, dissected body parts, and crafted skeletal models. Those skeletal models were then sold to medical schools. Herman’s previously connections with medical schools made it very easy for him to sell his crafted skeletal models. Herman also owned two large furnaces for cremating bodies, along with a pit of acid, bottles of poisons, and a stretching rack. These aren’t Halloween props – this guy really owned a pit of acid.

So, next time someone tells you about a three-story murder castle, tell them to back off, you already know about it.

Top Halloween Parties for 2011

Feel the bass ricochet off your bones. Let the music swim through your veins. Succumb to the energy of a costumed mob bearing down upon you in waves of movement and dancing.

Halloween parties are less than two months away, and now is the time to start planning which ones to attend. You take care of your local neighborhood parties; we’ve collected the international sensations that make people scream until late in the morning.

Great Halloween Grave Dig

Place: Pennsylvania
Date: October 15, 2011
Known as The Worlds Only Vampire Hunt, the Great Halloween Grave Dig is an adult competitive event that will have you howling with joy. Attending guests must venture through graveyards, woods, and other areas to find the events host, who is dressed as a vampire. According to the official site, the event is an adventurous mental and physical romp. The event is invite-only, with two teams winning the hunt and earning $350 per team. The Grave Diggers Ball is held after the event.

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One of the invited teams.

New Yorks Village Halloween Parade

Place: New York City 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 21st Street
Date: October 31, 2011
Started in 1973, the parade began as a neighborhood walk from house to house, inviting adults and children to join. The second year saw the Theater of the New City step in, bringing the parade to a larger scale. The parades eighth annual event saw the size of the celebration reach 100,000. Now, 30 years later, the parade draws roughly 60,000 costumed participants and 2 million spectators, making it one of the largest parades in the world. Proceed to the site to find out how to watch, volunteer, or participate in the parade.

Festival of the Dead

Place: Salem, Massachusetts
Date: October 1 31, 2011
Salem, Massachusetts, infamously known for its brutal witch trials, transforms its streets every year to become one of the largest annual Halloween events. The event spans the whole month of October, with events taking place on every single day. The events range from a Vampires Masquerade Ball to the Annual Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo. The place is also littered with haunted houses, more than enough to scare you stiff!

Parade of Lost Souls

Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Date: October 29, 2011
Ditching the traditional horror and fear aspect of Halloween, the Parade of Lost Souls celebrates the burning of fear with fire. Participants have been known to bring lanterns, dress in costume, and build shrines in Grandview Park. There are loads of individuals firedancing and burning symbolic items that represent fear. If you want to celebrate Halloween with a more traditional, less horrifying party environment, this is the event for you.

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Firedancing.

Playboy Mansion

Place: Location Unknown
Date: October 28 & 29, 2011
Models painted up in body paint, mandatory sexy Halloween costumes, and completely open bars and buffets, what more could you want from a Halloween party? The Playboy Mansion has been known to throw some of the wildest, most risqu© parties ever to exist. Of course, the party better be amazing, since the tickets cost anywhere from $600 to $1,000+. You have to really, really love some sensational skin to attend these parties, or be a loaded celebrity.

2011 Gory Halloween Props

2011 Gory Halloween Props

Bust out your bloody, gory Halloween props and go wild for a whole night. Let loose those morbid thoughts of creativity that scream and ache for the burning agony of torn flesh. Broken teeth, charred flesh, torn ligaments, and so much more, all right here, are waiting for your discovery. If you want to show off your sick love for horror, these gory Halloween props make it possible.

Axe Attacked Male Prop: Every teenager horror movie has to include an appropriate amount of axed men. It is as necessary as the main female character being blonde, brave, and dumb. Thankfully, rather than create your own axed male model, we can supply you with an intensely gory prop substitute.

gory halloween props

Chained Corpse Skulls Set: After complimenting the shade of your drapes and how they accent the yellow hue of your wallpaper, people will be smitten with these hanging corpse skulls. My, my, they’ll say excitedly, will you look at those gorgeous skulls? Hanging on real metal chains that measure approximately two feet, these skulls are sure to win over any guests taste for the morbid.

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Screaming Clown Prop: Clowns are the perfect combination of horror and humor, and now this clown perfectly epitomizes the gory image of Halloween. Mount the severed clown head wherever you need a screamingly good laugh. Covered in blood, eyes bulging, this clown is ready for the spotlight!

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Barry Brains: Barry always was an intellectual snob. He told everyone that he was the smartest person alive, had the largest amount of smarts per square inch. Then someone wanted to prove just how much brains Barry had, which left Barry mounted upon that someones wall, head torn open. Now you can appreciate the brains of Barry!

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Mark of the Beast Head: This individual didn’t listen to the Do not feed the tigers sign. Highly realistic and detailed to replicate the effects of a tiger mauling, this head is perfect for showing off the carnage of nature. Display it wherever you need a bit of gory spice.

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The Ultimate Trick

Kids are always getting into trouble.

Their young, rambunctious energy leaves them vulnerable to the effects of boredom. While television and video games have helped alleviate these dull, uneventful fits of youthful boredom, they have not completely done away with them. There are still kids out there that find themselves pulling pranks or, in today’s case, trying to perform the “ultimate trick.”

And I’ve got to say, they definitely have the drive and determination to pull off this trick. Even after failing three times, these kids still return for another try. No Halloween props are involved, but it is still too astonishing for words.

Let’s watch:

Attempt #1

Ah, so the “ultimate trick” is pulling the cloth off the table while leaving the items still on the table. Easy enough, right? I’ve seen this in movies, even tried to do it myself. I never got it right, of course, but let’s see if they can pull it off.

Attempt #2

Bigger items, that’s definitely an improvement. The larger the item, the more likely it would be to stay on the table, I guess. Unfortunately, it also makes it more difficult to pull out the cloth. Nice try, though, kids. Let’s see what they do next time.

Attempt #3

So close! Man, they were so close that time. Only a little more force and they are sure to pull off the “ultimate trick.” Keep trying, kids, I believe in you!

Attempt #4

What the hell – what the hell just happened!