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31 Nightmares 2017: The 13th

Alright, horror lovers!

It’s Friday the 13th!

So we’re doing a little something special to close this week of “behind the scenes” talk.

We’ve done many tributes to those we lost this year. Today I’d like to honor someone that’s still here and very much a force at work in the horror genre. His name is Mr. Tom Savini if you’re familiar with his work, then you know exactly why we’re talking about him today.

Tom has a lot of experience in the film industry from being behind the camera directing, to his fascinating work with special effects, and even some acting sprinkled here and there.

His name has come up so many times this year amongst friends and we still continue to be enamored with this man’s work. Tom has a special effect academy that you can access through his website if you’re interested in getting into the field. Even if you’re not interested in the field, it’s worth checking out.


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31 Nightmares 2017: The 9th

This week we’ll be grazing over all things “Behind the Scenes” within the horror genre.

Surely the blood and bones of this genre is the people whose names you rarely hear. The set people, the crews, the special effects teams, the concept artists (wink), the stunt departments, the writers, and sometimes even the people behind the camera, barely get recognition at all.

These are just some of the many overlooked.

With that said,

I’d like to dedicate this week to

John Bernecker

and all those that worked with him.


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One of the reasons I love following Greg Nicotero on social media (aside from the fact that I’ve been a nerdy fan of his since forever, and he was a friend to the man behind the reason this 31Nightmares thing got started) is he posts a lot of really interesting behind the scenes treasures from the movies and TV he’s worked on.

One of the coolest bits of all that this year (for me) was this:

Mr. Nicotero went into detail about all the wonderfully talented people it took to bring this zombie concept to life. & Might I say, what a freakishly gorgeous sight it is!


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31 Nightmares 2017: The 4th

We started on a more somber note. It’s been a somber year, in more than just the genre. We’ve had a lot of losses. There is, however, an up-swing in all this.

The IT remake broke records, and surely raked in some big bucks for Mr. Stephen King. Horror is hitting another wave of creativity right now. The proof is in the lineups, and the projects slated to release in the next few months.

We are a force to be reckoned with, and the mainstream knows it.

We will continue to highlight those working within the genre this week, but I was told by someone close to me, you may want to hear from me as well.

I do, after all, work in this genre from time to time and it has been considered my specialty.

My best advice to someone looking to get into this industry on more full-time terms is simply to “take the leap.”

Trust yourself.

Work as hard as you possibly can toward your goals.

Don’t take in or entertain negativity.

And most importantly, a gem from one of my mentors:

Don’t burn your bridges.

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Author’s Notes: Tomorrow we begin our tradition of artworks inspired by nightmares in loving memory of Mr. Wes Craven.


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31 Nightmares 2016: The 10th

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You’ve heard me speak of Grayson here on CardCastles before. In fact, his work has been highlighted here enough times that it can be found within the archives. If you didn’t know of his extensive list of gifts within the horror genre, today with the blessing of his beautiful wife Ra, I get to show them to you.

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Masters of Horror

As you know this year’s 31 Nightmares has been dedicated to him along with Wes. Soon you’ll see why I think he is just as worthy to hold this place with Wes—someone you all know I respected and admired deeply.

Many may not know Grayson had a background in film. Those gifts and tips and tricks clearly didn’t disappear through the years as he kept them alive through his writing within the genre.

Here is a short Grayson made a few years back to highlight his short story (one of my favorites) The Eater.

The Eater, like many of the works here this October, was inspired by a nightmare. Something Wes believed very heavily in doing was recording his dreams and nightmares. Our friend knew of this trick and knew how to spin it into a sort of horrific fairy tale.

Grayson also produced the eerily wonderful soundtrack to this short.

Friend, you are deeply missed.

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31 Nightmares 2016: The 7th

It appears there’s been a tear through our world here. Another radio transmission has been discovered in the clouds…

I’m not sure yet if this is a positive change or a negative one. A single fact remains. We will never be the same again. I wonder if she will return?


It is my pleasure to finally introduce you to Nightmares. I promise you will see more from her in the future. This is simply her “greeting” to you all. What a proper time to finally get in touch with her as well, during our 31 Nightmares.

There is so much more to come.

In Loving Memory of

Wes Craven and Grayson Queen


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