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31 Nightmares: The 31st

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

31 Nightmares



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.

Scream (Fan Art by Daydreams)
Scream (Fan Art by Daydreams)
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.

The Mother
The Mother
(Click image to view larger version at the gallery.)
…and (of course) there’s a story behind this one too, but I’ll leave that one up to you.

Happy Haunts!
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.

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31 Nightmares: The 11th

Forest Dweller
Forest Dweller

One of the first “scary stories” I heard as a kid was The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Shortly after this story was told to me, I would often have nightmares featuring creatures with pumpkins for heads. This artwork was inspired by those childhood night terrors.

I used one of our old family photos previously featured here and tinkered away from there.

This has been Day 11 of

31 Nightmares

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Sleepy Sundays: The Dark Side

The Dark Side The Dark Side

Like it or not we all have a darker side. Humans are complex individuals with a mind-numbing range of emotions. Each aspect of our personalities cannot be easily explained. Sometimes unfortunate events or unsavory people can bring out the worst in us. Some of our darker sides are more aggressive, while some are simply withdrawn and full of self-loathing.

It’s important to acknowledge that darkness isn’t always filled with anger. There are times when the deepest voids and most shadowy of places can be felt while in a cave of sadness or depression. That is the feeling I was trying to channel in this piece. The character feels “locked in silence” and is clearly experiencing some stage of extreme emotional pain. I felt its “creepy feel” was perfect for this time of year with Halloween being right around the bend and all.

What is your emotional outlet?

Have a quiet Sunday!

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Sleepy Sundays: Ghastly

Ghastly Ghastly

This pattern artwork was specifically designed for Halloween décor and greeting cards. You can view purchasing options by clicking the image itself.

It’s October once again and the end of the year draws near. There’s a child-like joy that bursts out of me when Halloween comes around, but that’s no secret to you. This is my busy season so I’ll keep this week’s Sleepy Sundays post short and sweet.

Do you enjoy Halloween? Are you attending any festivities this year?

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Happy Hauntings!

Jack-o-Lantern 2010 art/photo hybridIt’s no secret that Halloween is my favorite holiday. Quite to the opposite of that, today I was a bit teary-eyed. I’m still not sure why. Maybe I’m becoming weepy in my adult years. Perhaps I always was a weepy person. Whatever the reason, when my son got on the school bus today in full costume, I held back tears. When he left, I was a blubbering mess. Maybe it’s because I’m remembering bits of my own childhood.

There’s not a distinct reason for sharing this. This blog has just somewhat become my confessional. I’ve never delved deep into my ultimate blogging goal but I’ll tell you that I’ve already achieved it. I wanted to leave some piece of my artsy side behind when I die. (Like a photo album, an old sketchbook, and a writing journal all rolled into one.) I’ll get more into that someday soon. For now, at least you can say you know.

It’s fitting I share this detail on a day full of spirits. Halloween is said to be a day where we’re most likely to contact the dead. Maybe I’ll just run into a few people I know.

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Be safe everyone, and have a very HAPPY HALLOWEEN!