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Happy Birthday, Stephen King

On September 21, 1947, Stephen King was born, going on to create books that became symbols within the world of horror and Halloween costumes.

Now known as one of the godfather’s of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy, King’s books have sold more than 350 million copies. In total, King has published 50 novels, with seven penned under the name Richard Bachman, and five non-fiction books.


In addition, he has written about two hundred short stories, many gathered in nine collections of short fiction. One would be hard-pressed to find someone who has never heard of Stephen King.

Still, even with so many stories already published, King shows no sign of slowing down. The man lives, breathes, and loves writing horror novels, and now is as good as any time to look at what one can expect from King’s future.

Stephen King’s sequel to his horror novel The Shining is to be released on 24 September 2013, 36 years after the original was published, states BBC. The new novel, titled Doctor Sleep, follows Danny Torrance, the young boy in The Shining, who has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence.

After settling into a New Hampshire town, where he uses his shining power to comfort the dying, Torrance meets Abra Stone, a 12-year-old who has the brightest shining ever seen. One can assume that things spiral out of control from there, as often is the case with King’s novels.

But that’s not all for 2013: King is also releasing a second novel, one that follows his love for paperback crime novels read during his childhood. The novel is titled Joyland, and it hits markets three months earlier, in June, than Doctor Sleep.


As stated on Shelf Life, Joyland takes place in a small-town North Carolina amusement park, where college student Devin Jones arrives at the park to work as a carny for the summer, but he ends up experiencing much more than he bargained for when he confronts the legacy of a vicious murder and the fate of a dying child.

I love crime, I love mysteries and I love ghosts, said Stephen King, in a press release. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book.

If any other author denied e-publishing, their sales would tank. But this is Stephen King, the master of modern literary horror, and this kind of move only adds to his appeal.

Happy birthday, Stephen King.

Horror Films Releasing Before Halloween

While we’re still all excited about the release of John Carpenter’s Halloween, let’s look forward to the other films coming to theaters this October. (After all, we can’t all wear the same Halloween costumes  we need a wide range of hot new ideas.) Unfortunately, besides the unique exception of Halloween‘s re-release, it appears that this year lacks the usual familiar faces of iconic horror – Jason, Freddy, Chucky, Leatherface, and so forth. Not exactly a bad thing, but something to note. Regardless, I hope you have some friends who love horror as much as you, because this year’s October film release line-up has some horror gems.

 

The Unleashed October 5

With a synopsis as large as this movie has, I don’t even need to say anything. It’s a horror, it’s coming out in October, and it features possession. Truthfully, it looks only okay. Nothing spectacular.

Synopsis: Madison Kennard, a troubled woman dealing with her dark past, must venture home after an 8 year absence following her mothers death. Almost instantly after her return, Madison must cope with the haunting memories of a childhood best forgotten. Lindsay, a childhood friend of Madisons with an adventurous nature, hears of Madison’s arrival and has every intention of reconnecting a friendship once had. Bizarre and unexplainable events occur within the house after old friends come together and dabble with the infamous Ouija board. Lindsay, being all too curious of the board and its undeniable power, gives into the persuasion of an unknown entity and allows it to possess her. Madison must overpower her deepest fears and find a way to release Lindsay and abolish the presence that haunts her.

 

Frankenweenie October 5

Although not a traditional horror film meaning an adult horror film Frankenweenie brings the tale of Frankenstein to mainstream theaters, using a child-like story to tell the tale. Maybe I’m getting too old, maybe I’ve lost my childhood whimsy, but this movie looks like an instantaneous pass. However, Tim Burton is both the director and one of the six yes, six writers behind the film, so I may be passing judgment too soon. (Before one claims that I dislike the film due to its childish art direction, I would like to point out that ParaNorman managed to tell a great child-like horror story using cartoonish graphics.)

Synopsis: Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.

 

Sinister October 12

Sinister’sviral marketing has been popping up all over the Internet. From health warnings to new posters, someone is pushing this movie hard. Reading over the synopsis, though, I feel this film has a creative premise worthy of my money: found footage viewed not by the audience but by the characters, who then become haunted by supernatural horror. I’ll definitely be seeing this one.

Synopsis: Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.

 

Paranormal Activity 4 October 19

According to IMDB, the plot for Paranormal Activity 4 is currently unreleased. Yeah, okay, like anyone who’s seen the previous films couldn’t guess the next plot. Let’s see. I’m guessing it involves camera footage, an invisible demon, maybe some kids, and a husband/wife team that ends up dissolving due to one of them not believing the other about the invisible demon, with the arguments leading to one of them becoming possessed and killing the other.

Synopsis: The plot is undisclosed at this time.

 

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D October 26

While I disagree with the current 3D trend running deep in Hollywood’s veins, I’m interested in seeing how these visual elements play out in Silent Hill: Revelation.

Synopsis: When her father disappears, Heather Mason is drawn into a strange and terrifying alternate reality that holds answers to the horrific nightmares that have plagued her since childhood.

SUBURBIA GETS SCARY

This Friday our favorite little tribute is taking back the big screen once again, but this time she’s rocking Hollywood as a blonde bomb shell! That is right people, Jennifer Lawrence is back! Friday marks the much anticipated release of director Mark Tonderai The House at the End of the Street.

The film features Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieroit and Elisabeth Shue and tells the story of a mother daughter pair who move to a new town looking for a new start. What they find is a terror that they never could have imagined….

But seriously guys, why is it always the last house on the street that has some ungodly horror residing within? We here at frightcatalog are trying to figure out what is behind Hollywood’s big obsession with the last house.  Think about all the movies that involve a house and being at the end of a street!

What about all the houses in the middle? Or the first house on the street? Or a house on a Cul De Sac?! Don’t any of people living in those houses get to have terrifying, dark histories?  We certainly think so! In fact, every Halloween it seems that those modest houses in America’s suburbs are always the ones that come up BIG with the decorations.

So this October Frightcatalog is initiating a call to arms! Let your FREAK FLAG FLY and let’s take back the scary! Let’s take back the morbid and the terrifying! No longer will we sit idly by and allow all of the last houses out there to corner the market on fear. We want you to give it all you got this year and decorate your house!

Post your pictures on our Facebook page or in the comment section! Let’s make suburbia get scary!
And don’t forget to check out frightcatalog.com for some awesome decorations. We offer hundreds of spooky skeletons, inflatable giants and haunting specters to polish off all Halloween tributes! Like this inflatable Staypuff marshmallow man! We Know Dan Aykroyd would approve!

Fright filled Festivities

BOO!


A workplace debate exploded today over what was the best and most exciting amusement park Halloween event in the US. Words were said, hair was pulled, blood was drawn and splattered against the walls. Finally a truce was called. Instead of ripping each other to shreds we decided to let you, the members of our extended Fright Family decide!
We are taking a poll here people! Which is your favorite? Post pictures of all your Halloween fun in our comment section. We’ll choose the best pics and post them on the frightcatalog facebook page!

Cedar Point: Sandusky OH
Starting this Friday the frightful fun begins in Ohio! A great part of celebrating Halloween at Cedar Point is that it is accessible for everyone. There is a day time parade for kids and mascots of their favorite cartoon characters are all over the park! Plus this ghoulish attraction boasts 10 Haunted houses and numerous nighttime attractions.

Bush Gardens: Williamsburg, Tampa, and San Antonio
Each location offers something devilishly different! If your headed down to Virginia you had better bring your running shoes. The park in Wiliamsburg offers scare zones, gruesome showcases and spooky specters that wander throughout the park. There is also an option for the younger thrill seekers- the Forest of Fun filled with Sesame Street characters!

Tampa boasts several terrifying haunted houses including: Circus of Superstition, Blood Asylum, and the Zombie Mortuary.
Last but not least the Howl-O-Scream that takes place in San Antonio is one that will delight the whole family. Child friendly shows make the day an easy, fun filled adventure while ghoulish creatures haunt the park past 6 pm.

Fright Fest at Six Flags New England:
All of New England should be heading out to CT this October to check out the newest Fright Fest spectacular! The day is filled with activities for all the family! These include a Ghoulish Game show, a Trick or Treat Trail and a Midnight Mansion Slightly Spooky Daytime Tour! The adult fun begins at 6 pm when the park is overrun with creatures from the darkest corner of our imagination!

Universal Studios- Orlando Florida
This year’s Halloween Horror Nights promises to be one of the scariest yet with the addition of several new Haunted houses including AMC’s The Walking Dead: Dead inside. There is also a selection of several spooky shows like Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure. Finally to top off the terrifying experience there are legions of creatures crawling all over the park.

Don’t forget to post your pictures in our comment section!!! The people who have the scariest, happiest, or funniest pictures will be featured on our sight.

And don’t forget to check out frigthcatalog and all the awesome costumes we have available, like this terrifying clown costume!


John Carpenter’s Halloween Returns to Theaters

Are you sitting down? You better be, because I have news that may just knock you off your feet. This October, John Carpenter’s Halloween, featuring the original mask that spawned so many other Michael Myers masks, is getting a nationwide theatrical re-release. That’s right – evil comes home, again.

This will be the biggest run the film has had since shocking audiences in 1978, and makes for the perfect early kick off to next year’s 35th Anniversary celebration [of the film], states ShockTilYouDrop.com.

In addition, Compass International Pictures, Trancas International Films, Screenvision, and HalloweenMovies.com collaborated to create a one sheet for this October’s U.S. theatrical re-release of John Carpenter’s 1978 masterpiece, Halloween, states HalloweenMovies.com. The poster, designed by artist Austin Hinderliter, presents the ultimate evil in shadow and autumnal oranges, perfect for the October season.


Starting today, a list of participating theaters can be found at HalloweenOnScreen. At the time of writing, no theaters are listed on the website, though one can expect theaters to be added throughout the day. Here’s to hoping one of those theaters is located near me.

With this kind of news, it’s definitely starting to feel like Halloween.

Perfect Pumpkin Seeds

Attention! Attention! It is OFFICIALLY 47 days until Halloween! That means that within the coming month the leaves will be falling, the air will be chilling and apples and pumpkins will be getting picked for juicy pies and scary jack-o-lanterns.

Now, to be a member of the fright catalog family a love of all things Halloween is a must! We try to incorporate an element of the spooky, ghoulish and terrifying into every aspect of our lives, including our diets!

And what is the ultimate Halloween treat? PUMPKIN SEEDS OF COURSE

Here are a few of our favorite Pumpkin seeds recipes. They are fun, easy to follow and best of all CHEAP!

1.  Sweet and Spicy Seeds!

1 egg white
1/4 cup natural cane sugar
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup fresh pumpkin seeds

To begin, preheat the oven to 375.
Then mix the cane sugar, egg white, cayenne pepper
and sea salt a mixing bowl.
Add seeds and toss so that they are coated
thoroughly.
Put in the oven on a baking tray for 12 min
or until golden brown.

THE BEST PART OF THIS RECIPE IS THAT THE DIRECTIONS ARE THE APPLY TO THE NEXT TWO SNACKS AS WELL! for the following two just repeat the steps above, exchanging the ingredients.

2. Curried Pumpkin Seeds
1 egg white
2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh pumpkin seeds

3. Original Pumpkin Seeds
1 cup of fresh pumpkin seeds
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon of salt

We hope these goodies get you into the holiday mood, and remember if you are looking to carve pumpkins and make some delicious pumpkin seed treats, check out some of our great pumpkin products! Like these scary pumpkin teeth!

 And remember:
Happy Haunting!

 

 

Zombie Free, Residential

Friday Friday Friday! In just two days, Retribution, the fifth installment of the EPIC Resident Evil series hits US theaters!

Which got us to thinking about the upcoming apocalypse scheduled for December of this year. What if our demise is something like the T-virus? What would be a good way to survive a zombie infestation?

Surly movies offer a great deal of education on the subject.
For example, there is always the example of going to a military compound set by those brilliant characters in 28 Days Later. Then again, who wants to hang out with a bunch of stiff army types when they can just go to their favorite bar? The thirstier people out there might take a note out of Shawn of the Dead instead. But this begs the question- where is the best place to whether a zombie invasion?

Our top five places are:

1. An uninhabited island- preferably not of the desert variety, but instead one where it would be possible to grow and harvest crops.

2. A tree top cabin- This solution could work in any climate. An approach like this offers protection from the skies- you will be able to see your attackers before they see you! Plus, depending on the volume of zombies in your immediate area, a tree fort will allow for occasional scavenging, hunting and water collecting.

3. A boat- Clearly, the most logical vessel to choose if you decided to take to the ocean would be a wind powered boat. Although cruising under power can be a lot more convenient and faster, you wouldn’t want to risk infection while you’re pumping diesel at the marina. Add in some fishing poles and a sea water purifier and sailing should be smooth.

4. An Oil Rig- The good thing about an oil rig that a boat doesn’t offer is the opportunity to stay put in one place. However when food runs low or if a mutation allows the undead to take to the water- mobility wins out.

5. An Empty Prison- Think about it- for all the security there is to keep people in, there is also an equal amount of protection to keep people (or zombies) out. Turn the prison yard into a little garden and you’ll be all set.

Then again Bill Murray might have just had the best idea, if you can’t beat em, join em! That’s what his character did in Zombieland!

If you decided to take the Murray approach, check out some of the awesome Zombie costumes and masks we have a fright catalog! Like this Zombie Costume

Halloween and Space Exploration

Three weeks ago today, NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on the Red Planet. There was joy; there were tears. There were handshakes and high-fives all over the globe. And, here at FrightCatalog, there was Halloween. What would Halloween look like on Mars?, we wondered. Dusty? Cold? Extraterrestrial?

Then, we settled on this adjective: it would be extraordinary. Imagine Mars witches free-floating on broomsticks, or bubbling cauldron props nestled inside craters. Think about freeze-dried, pumpkin-shaped candy. On Mars, would “scary” exist, or would it be absorbed by the atmosphere?

This website, NASA’s Solar System Exploration, features numerous videos of the historic landing, as well as images of Curiosity on Mars.

This Halloween, if you’re looking for a costume that is in line with current events, consider an astronaut costume from FrightCatalog.com. We have a great selection of costumes and accessories that will help you dream big – and, possibly, shoot for the moon (or Mars.)

Finally, we should keep in mind that Halloween and space exploration are not all that different. Both the holiday and the act of exploration are occasions to celebrate what is “beyond” us. Whether it’s the tale of Stingy Jack, which inspired the festive carvings of jack-o’-lanterns, or the landing the Curiosity rover, one of whose missions is to answer the question of whether life ever existed on Mars, both Halloween and space exploration are part of traditions that attempt to answer age-old questions.

Don’t Be Afraid of the

 

We know, we know: It’s still August, and you’re busy soaking up the last beach rays until next year. Halloween might not be at the forefront of your mind, but it is in ours  and it’s less than ninety days away!

In preparation for the holiday, we want to discuss a topic most people shy away from: phobias. People don’t usually like talking about what makes them sweat  or itch, or vomit, or generally feel lousy — and we understand that. Here, in this blog post, our goal is to expose the most common phobias, as well as let you in on a few phobias of our own. Some of our phobias include a fear of vampires, instigated by a late-night viewing of 30 Days of Night on FX.

First, though, is a list of common phobias experienced by people living in the United States. This list was originally written by Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor, on March 28, 2011.

10. The Dentist

9. Dogs

8. Flying

7. Thunder and Lightning

6. The Dark

5. Heights

4. Other People

3. Scary Spaces

2. Creepy Crawlies (Bugs!)

1. Snakes

If you want to encourage your fears – or face them – we have “Dr. Killer Driller” (dentist) costumes, snake and bug props, and plenty of mood-setters to transform an ordinary space into something frightful. All are available at www.frightcatalog.com.

Now, for the (potentially) self-deprecating part of this post: our phobias. Although not compiled in list form (who can truly rate their phobias using a numerical system?), they are as follows: running out of skim milk before breakfast; ordering the wrong kind of coffee at Dunkin Donuts; the abolishment of National Cat Day (October 29, super-close to Halloween!); and, finally, getting stuck in rush hour traffic during a thunderstorm. One of us FrightCatalogers is also fearful of numbers 10, 8, 7, 5, occasionally 4, 3, 2, and 1 from Bryner’s list.

So, what does this mean? It means, first of all, that adopting a dog is, perhaps, not a terrible idea. Secondly, it means that Halloween a night which used to be known for its pranks and mischief might not be so scary. Halloween is about FUN, candy, haunted houses, hayrides, and corn mazes. It’s about loving the thrill of the scare and daring yourself to, however hesitantly, ask yourself this: What truly frightens you?

To Have and to Hold (Or Horrify): 10 Reasons to Tie the Knot During the Halloween Season

Top 10 Reasons to Have a Halloween-Themed Wedding

 

1. It is perfectly acceptable to dress like Tim Burton’s Jack and Sally in front of your parents.

2. Instead of dancing to Dion/Carey/Houston/Boyz II Men power ballads during your first dance, jam to The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Time Warp. Watch your guests shriek with delight as they join in on the chorus’s signature line: Let’s do. The time warp. Again!

3. Pumpkin carving contests. Think about all the pumpkin seeds you’ll collect, which you can turn into frightfully delicious snacks to take on your Halloween honeymoon!

4. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes instead of formal attire. Pro: Guests are free to choose how spooky or risqu they will be. Con: See Pro. To save yourself (and your friends and family) from a potentially embarrassing situation, send out some Costume Rules with your wedding invitations.

5. It is a well-known fact that couples who have fun together are happier in both the short-term and the long-term. What holiday is more fun than Halloween?

6. You can use candy corn as tabletop confetti. You can eat candy corn.

7. Unless you live in an extremely hot climate, you can expect lower temperatures and fewer bugs! in October. Your veil will not act as a makeshift mosquito net.

8. The increased availability of pumpkin liquor, pumpkin beer (if you haven’t already, check out Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Pumpking Ale), and hard cider.

9. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is scheduled for release on October 26, 2012. See it on your honeymoon or at your bachelor/ette party. Extra points will be given if you don a Heather Mason-style haircut.

10. FrightCatalog.com has many party supplies in stock for your Halloween wedding, including: glittery haunted house centerpieces, pumpkin-and-bat shaped confetti, inflatable cauldron coolers, Fangtastic invitations, skull pathway lights, and skeleton-and-spider detailed wreaths.

Frightfully forever yours,

FrightCatalog.com