If you follow CardCastles and/or Snapping Turtle Arts on social media then you know we are yet again resurrecting the October tradition here of #31Nightmares.
Since we are already planning for October’s events now in August, it’s only right we picked today to launch the guest slot openings and guest submission forms. (& What a marvelous day to do it on a this strange and otherworldly Solar Eclipse Day 2017.)
If you are interested in being one of our guests during this year’s 31Nightmares,
Send in your submission form below.
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Well, it’s strange that we got here so fast, but I loved every minute of this ride with you.
Today is the final nightmare of the
and I’d like to kick it off with a little something special:
With all that’s discussed in there (and I hope you view it, because it’s not easy for me to be the one on this side of the lens. I can be a pretty shy and private person. So you know if I’m getting up here and speaking about something it’s for a specific reason.)
I want to keep horror living on. Right now, it’s not one of the most popular written-about or searched topics on the internet. I’d like to change that. I’d discuss with some of my friends here how there wasn’t much horror written about amongst bloggers either, and there’s quite a bit of fiction out there.
People like me that have worked within this genre most of their lives don’t want to see it merely fade off and die. We don’t want to see it replaced by some big budget bang box office BS that’s barren-dry of content and just aimed solely at making money. You’ve heard me speak about this here many times before, like in Why Greed Breeds Bad Writing.
Wes was someone who revived this genre again and again. He was a true writer at his core, even before a director, but he was magnificent at both. He had a heavy hand and mind in special effects and how they worked. His genius is going to be sorely, achingly missed by so many.
I only hope we can carry on his legacy. Those of us that create and write and film; we need to do it. Now is the time. Those of us that love this genre and don’t want to see it die off only to be replaced by watered down nonsense leakage; we need to act now.
That is why I’ve shared my most intimate nightmares with you.
That is why I’m sharing something even more intimate with you—a chat. A little piece, albeit imperfect, a tiny sliver of my world.
I’d like to thank everyone that read, participated, commented, liked, shared on here and on social media. Special thanks to my guests, the very talented KilledByKangaroo, and [7/9/2017 : other former guest author name & content removed for violation of CardCastles Terms]
I give you…
My final nightmare.
…and (of course) there’s a story behind this one too, but I’ll leave that one up to you.
Thank you for joining me during this event, for all of your support both inside and outside of CardCastles, and for being such a wonderful group of people that I am thankful I get to share some of the largest inspirations behind my work with.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!
This has been Day 31, the conclusion of 31 Nightmares.
The following is one of my favorite scenes in any movie—ever.
When I first dreamed up the idea of 31 Nightmares, Wes Craven and his body of profound work was the inspiration behind it. I decided to dedicate this event series as tribute to this wonderful man and all he has created in his short but meaningful time on this Earth.
This scene is from the original Nightmare On Elm Street (1984). It is one of the reasons I fell in love with these films and all they had to offer. When you watch the scene and see the transition between “reality” to the “nightmare realm” there is no doubt the hair on the back of your neck will begin to stand.
Wes understood horror better than most people. He knew what makes us scared and what buttons to push. This sequence is just one tiny example of his artistic genius.
Rest In Peace, Wes. You are greatly and deeply missed.