31 Nightmares 2016: The 13th


Has someone ever grabbed you? Did it send a shock through your system? This early concept is inspired by a nightmare where some—thing did just that.

…and it didn’t let go until I woke up.

This has been Day 13 of


Sleepy Sundays: Sentiment

Sentiment © 2016 cardcastlesinthesky.com | Snapping Turtle Publishing(Click image to view larger version.)
Sentiment © 2016 cardcastlesinthesky.com | Snapping Turtle Publishing
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There are sights and sounds we still can appreciate when it seems like chaos surrounds us.  At times this place is in the mind. A memory can take you there if you let it. The present time may seem like harmful forces are seeping in, but I have hope for otherwise.

I have hope because I see it in people everyday still. Humanity can be just as gracious and kind as it is cruel.

Summer sentiments whisper to me through warm wind and paint pictures of days long gone. Sometimes they inspire these.

Is there a mantra you’ve had this summer?

Have a peaceful Sunday!


Shattered © 2016
Shattered © 2016

You left once before.

My broken bits were left scattered.

Then I saw your true face

—and I was shattered

no more.

While creating this, I listened to this:

The Erratic Sun: Cover Reveal

I am both pleased and honored to present to you today, the cover for an outstanding recently released book by two authors who have homes in the blogosphere.

This project has been my baby for some time, while being juggled with some other wonderful things that have already come to fruition. So when Matt approached me with some ideas, I couldn’t help but take this on. Sci-Fi is a genre that certainly gets imagination whirling. Together these two authors wrote a beautiful story, that managed to flow so nicely, to where you couldn’t even tell when the writer had changed.

I’m still ecstatic that they asked lil’ ol’ me to do the cover art for this book.

Without further delay, I present to you, the fresh cover of The Erratic Sun.

The Erratic Sun (front cover)
The Erratic Sun cover art by Daydreams © 2016 Snapping Turtle Publishing | cardcastlesinthesky.com

You can find out more about these wonderful authors below:

Matthew Blashill

The Matticus Kingdom

Michael Hansen

33 Grams of Blog

The book is now available!

Click here to purchase The Erratic Sun through Amazon

Add it to your library today!




Recurring dreams or nightmares are a phenomena that hasn’t plagued this daydreamer in quite some time.

Recently, the norm shifted. I’ve been having a string of nightmares that would make some psychiatrist’s mouth water.

They take place in some dolled-up version of what used to be the dining room in my old home. I’m sitting at a dinner table with (for lack of better terms) —a bunch of dead people.

Some of the people sitting there are relatives; some friends. All of them are people that have passed on. Yet there I am, sitting amongst them, trying to start a conversation.

At first, no one sees me. No one hears me. Then a few make kind, but robotic remarks. As I sit there, trying to make sense of it, everyone’s faces and bodies start to deteriorate. Their flesh starts to decay. Everything sort of falls off, bits and pieces of them falling onto the table, into the food.

I back away from the table slowly, stumbling in shock and terror and run away screaming. As I bolt through the doorway, I enter a hall that wasn’t there before. The walls and area surrounding are dirty, dank, dreary, rusty and dripping. In the corner is a thinly set man, curled up. I gently tap him to see what’s wrong and he jumps up revealing scars and tattered clothes. He appears tortured and beaten. He is frightened beyond consolation. He screams, and I wake up.

I don’t know what it all means.

Perhaps death is weighing heavy on my mind due to loss and my own physical health decline.

Whatever it all means, I drew the man I see there last night.

Terror (original sketch)
Terror (original sketch)
Terror_color render
Terror (Digital art render. Color variation.)

Maybe if I get it all out they can rest. Maybe my mind can rest. I’d like to dig a grave for all of this inner stress. I want to sing it a requiem and be done with it. Though nightmares often aid in my work, this particular set causes me upset in my waking life.

Hopefully my pouring of emotions into the paper can aid my restless psyche. Even if it’s only a teensy bit I’ll be satisfied. Anything’s better than being haunted.

31 Nightmares: The 23rd

31 Nightmares

If you follow CardCastles on social media, you may know it’s my birthday today.

The timing couldn’t be more perfect for me to roll out a series of greeting cards/stationery concept I’ve been working on. I call it:

The Hallow’s Eve Divas® series

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I plan on adding more characters to it before the season ends. I’m gearing towards making my designs available for purchase again some time soon. Only time will tell what the future holds…

Thank you all for making this an amazing year. There have certainly been some ups and downs, but some truly remarkable things have taken place behind the scenes as well. You are seeing some of the effects all over the place. I promise it will only get better.

Thanks for riding with CardCastles for three beauteous years! & Thank you for your loving responses outside of the site about #31Nightmares so far. Your voices matter so much. You have truly made some magical dreams become reality.

I hope you enjoy these new characters. They will be added to my gallery shortly.

Happy Haunts!

This has been Day 23


31 Nightmares

Intro: 31 Nightmares

31 Nightmares
Shadow Woman
Shadow Woman

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Welcome one and all to the first of 31 days of nightmarish wonder. If you read my tribute to Wes Craven a short while back, then you’ll know this series has been in the works for a bit. —And what a way to kick it off, ’cause there’s a great story behind this one.

Shadow Woman, being an appropriate start to the series, has quite the eerie legend behind her. You see, she is not from the fictional-driven part of my mind at all, but based on a true account of some old friends of mine from back in my middle school era.

The Shadow Woman was said to be a ghost that haunted a stretch of woods way back behind a friend’s property line. There were many neighborhood teens that had stories about her and soon, it became an ongoing rumor that later floated around our school.

She was said to come out only at night and seemed to dwell in a specific area. People that saw her said she seemed to glide and was fast. You would hear something on one end of the path in front of you and then feel something behind you, and then you’d spot her. In every story I heard someone always described feeling “threatened” and like they had to instantly get out of there.

I never had a run-in with this particular being, whatever she was, but I have been close by that area and remember getting an unsettling feeling like something was telling me to stay away.

This artwork is based completely off of one of my friend’s best descriptions. My ol’ pal says it looks exactly like her.

Happy Haunts!

& Don’t forget to stay tuned through the month of October for all 31 Nightmares in the series.

31 Nightmares





~In Loving Memory of Horror Master, Wes Craven~