“Your beloved Daydreams isn’t here right now. She appears to be…all tied up. I just may get cozy here. Yes, yes…I could get used to this.”
“When I came to my head was throbbing. Didn’t quite know what to make of it all. I was frightened—and cold. She was no longer here. Maybe that protection spell I cast on the gates finally took. I’m sure it won’t ward her off for long, though.”
Well my horror-loving lovelies,
Another #31Nightmares has come to a close.
We were not so sure about doing this whole thing again this year. There is a whole fresh hell of a lot going on behind the scenes. These circumstances have made it difficult on this trip. I apologize for not keeping up our tradition of ending this thing with a video. Some personal matters kept that footage from ever being shot & uploaded.
Despite those somber notes, we hope you had fun through each of the 31 days and nights. Will we do this again next year? Well, you’ve managed to talk me into it each year again since we started back in 2015. We shall just have to wait and see.
On behalf of Snapping Turtle Arts, I would like to thank Dean Kealy, Michael Patrick, and Bill Friday for joining us and lending their magnificent talents.
To the horror lovers here and overseas
We are so appreciative of all of you. Thank you for stopping in on each day! None of this would have gone down this year without your loving support and encouragement!
To my mentors
I saw you here lurking about. 😉 It means the world to me and my little family that some of you still care. We’ll try to put on a bigger show if we go at this thing again next year.
To our friends and family
Thank you for holding our hands when times get rough.
We love you ALL!
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~In Loving Memory of~
Wes Craven, Grayson Queen, and Scott Wilson
-and so many more
One of my all-time favorite horror movies turns 30 today.
You can read my family-related tales that have to do with Child’s Play here in:
Another Walk Down Memory Lane
There are so many years worth of memories attached to movies like this one. What are some of your favorites?
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We’ve made room for another today as the horror world experienced more loss.
Although maybe not as well known as some of the previous people mentioned, this is definitely still worth highlighting.
Looking back, I find it so strange & very sad that a good number of people from Poltergeist have passed on. Perhaps there is some truth to that supposed curse.
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One of the lovely humans I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know these past few years of working in this industry is the beautiful and kind Chantal Laura Handley.
Chantal specializes in pastel art and horror icons. She sells her gorgeous artwork everywhere from Comic Con to RedBubble, and including her own website.
Here are some of my favorite pieces she’s created:
Chantal also has a countdown to Halloween of her own going on right now! Go check her out!
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Over the past few years of doing this event, I’ve had to pleasure of coming into contact with a whole new world of horror lovers and creators.
Some of those wonderful people and their creations certainly deserve mentioning today. When you get a moment, do check some of these out!
Nightmarish Conjurings is a pleasure to follow across platforms. They update often and stand out from the crowd. Check them out to see what we’re yapping about!
12 Nights of Horror
Another group of original creators that is past of an even larger network of original creators tied to all things horror.
The Slasher Radio Podcast also has a great interview from a few months back with the legendary Mr. Tony Todd that I highly recommend listening to when you have a good 30mins to spare.
They are also in the network of some of the lovely people mentioned earlier.
I first found out about Slasher Radio through my own network. We later subscribed to their podcast on iTunes and haven’t regretted it since.
OddNMacabre – Sean Kaen
Sean is really a wonderful human being and very down to earth. He shares all sorts of fun horror bits and fun facts on his Twitter page. He really is a pleasure to follow since most of his content has this sort of group interactive feel to it that makes you feel a part of the fun. He is a multi-talent and pushes horror content all year ’round.
There are SO many more, but these are all we have time to squeeze in today. These lovely, talented individuals made the cut because they all stand out in their own ways. If you would like to be featured on CardCastles during future spotlights like this one, hit up our Contact page and follow the prompts.
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Since we started this thing back in 2015, horror movie soundtracks has been a favorite topic amongst our assortment of all things creepy.
Today, we’re highlighting one of my personal favorites in the genre, Master of Horror, Mr. John Carpenter. John is quite the composer and has done some of the most iconic themes for your favorite horror films.
You can find a sizable list for John Carpenter with some of his best titles on Spotify below
I highly recommend just letting them all shuffle play this time of year. 🙂
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On the 1st during our opener, we highlighted Kevin Yagher and his work in special effects as well as his gorgeous showcasing of some that work online.
Today we’d like to highlight someone in that same realm with an equal number of impressive accomplishments and the skills to match.
Mark Shostrom is the man I’m referring to.
& He also has a really amazing page linked below.
I’ve been like a small child in a room full of bright colors ever since I found Mark online. He shares some truly wonderful behind-the-scenes magic on a pretty regular basis. He’s worked on a good number of all the movies I’ve ever loved as well.
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Evil Dead II (1987). My in-progress rough sculpture for Henrietta’s second look, along with one of the finished heads. The initial sculpture block-out was quite symmetrical, then Sam came out for a look and suggested making it a bit lopsided. The only part I couldn’t move was the eyeball placement, otherwise #DaveKindlon’s eye animatronics would not work. I put in a few plastic teeth I had handy for placement, then later sculpted big gnarly ones. Pictured is a stunt head made of Poly Tech 1016, a really tough foam like a soccer ball that Bruce and everyone could kick the shit out of, slam the cellar door on, etc. We also made an animatronic one for the ‘hush little baby’ bit, and #BryantTausek & I made two gelatin heads for Bruce’s shotgun finale. @nealkennemore’s mom Melinda Kennemore made all the Henrietta wigs, including for the Pee-wee head. Incidentally, we called this the Pee-wee Head after Large Marge in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure since the stop-motion by Rick Catizone was going for a similar popping out effect. #markshostrom #EvilDead2 #EvilDeadII #80shorror #BehindTheScenes #FxMakeup #SFX #spfxmakeup #bts #horrorfilms #horrorhistory #horrormovies #practicaleffects #specialeffects #specialmakeupeffects #culthorror #deadbydawn #illswallowyoursoul #someonesinmyfruitcellar #henrietta #cometohenrietta #bookofthedead #deadite #necronomicon #monstersculpture #peeweehead #monsters #moviemonsters
This is one of my favorite bits of work he’s shared.
There is so much more, though! If you’re on Instagram, please consider giving him a follow. He’s really a treasure and so is his art.
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It’s been three years now since we first began this series. Now, becoming a sort of tradition backed by horror-loving demand,
When we first started this madness in 2015, we did so in tribute to man whose life has touched so many in their respective fields. That man is Mr. Wes Craven, and you can read about how this series got its start here. Since then, it has grown into much more—a gathering of us horror heads, if you will.
For now, my Snapping Turtle family would simply like to welcome you here. Don’t forget! CardCastles Terms apply here during this event as well as across all social media accounts. We’ve got some guests coming up while we waltz through each day and night. Please be kind. We don’t want to have to feed you to our guards.
If you are into the world of special effects like we are here at home, there is someone I highly recommend following that we haven’t mentioned before.
His name is Kevin Yagher
and his Instagram account can be found below.
I had already been familiar with Kevin’s work from hearing his name floated around horror circles. What I didn’t know was the sheer number of things Mr. Yagher has worked on. If you do a little digging, you’ll find out this man’s trail of past work is seriously impressive.
One of the highlights worth mentioning is recently Kevin started selling some of his work as well:
How cool is that?
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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.
If you are interested in being one of our guests during this year’s 31Nightmares,
Send in your submission form below.
31 Nightmares Tips & Guidelines
- Anything horror-related
- Presentations can be in written, photo, art, video, or music/audio format
- *Extra points if it’s inspired by a nightmare!
- CardCastles Terms in effect and apply during this event
- Send in any & all links you would like to be featured like your personal website, blog, or social media accounts.
- 31Nightmares posts automatically get shared out to CardCastles social accounts so your submission may get increased traffic, meaning free promotion for you!
- Tributes to horror legends and horror creators also very welcome.
- Most importantly, have fun with it.
- There are a limited number of slots & they fill up quickly so try to get these in soon!
We look forward to this event later this October with you all and much more this 2018.