Sleepy Sundays: The Tale of Two Mirrors

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She washed her hands and glanced over at the large mirror.

The small one behind it reflected a sinister character, if only for a mere second.

A glance. A short gaze. Yet, it felt like an eternity.

Was this her? It certainly looked like her, but somehow—different.

She didn’t move the same way.

This wasn’t her.

They shared something in common although opposite. They were mirrors of each other.

This was the first time they danced.


white-flowers-pattern.pngI decided to change things up a bit this week and give you a story to go along with my newest art. Creepier than how this story sounds, I based it off of a true events.

When was the last time you had a good scare? Are you a mirror for anyone in your life?

Have a reflective Sunday! 😉

and

May Flowers

Some Kind of Luck

clovers

I’ve never believed much in luck, but I often joke about it with friends.

“I have about as much luck as Al Bundy.”

Yet there’s been some seemingly lucky things happening around here lately. clovers

The Erratic Sun

The Erratic Sun has been published! Even better, Matticus is hosting a contest over at The Matticus Kingdom where ultimately, an autographed copy the book is the prize!

Sign up for a chance at this fantastic Sci-Fi adventure!

#StoriesBaby

Early this morning, our Stories Family welcomed a baby!

A huge Congrats to our “Don BroJo”, we are all SO happy for you and your family. After all we’ve been through together as a group and individually, moments like this make it all worth it. 🙂

Art by Glorious Mettle Trending on CardCastles!

After going over stat reports across CardCastles and its now various hubs this morning, I realized Glorious Mettle, my dear friend’s artwork is trending! She was among the most clicked on & visited this month, along with The Erratic Sun and my Dreamscape piece.

Glori’s artwork is still blowing up CardCastles social media stats! So Congrats to my gal Glorious Mettle! I wish you many art sales & lots of love!

Behind the scenes there’s been plenty of chatter of more collaborations. This only gives me a positive attitude going into spring. I’ve got plenty more up my sleeves in the coming months.

AND

Beautiful Nightmares

If you haven’t heard…

It’s confirmed. I’ll be resurrecting #31Nightmares in tribute to Wes Craven again this October.

31 Nightmares
#31 Nightmares Series
Due to popular demand, and a rewarding experience, I decided to bring this wonderful series back again for another year. One of my childhood idols, a horror film icon, found me this way, and I almost feel like I have to make him and Wes very proud this year. Expect a big celebration!

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!

 

 

31 Nightmares: The 31st

31 Nightmares

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:

Intro

 

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.

Flame
Flame
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.

Missed any?

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31 Nightmares

31 Nightmares: The 19th

31 Nightmares

Lost in a Forest
Lost in a Forest
For the 19th, I had slated a discussion about dreams and their effects. Then something amazing happened. I had one of those nearly heart-stopping, entrenching, physically draining nightmares.

& You know I just had to write about it. *& Certainly include the artwork here as part of the 31 Nightmares series. (Which by the way, thanks to you, has been getting some loving feedback.)

It was the kind of nightmare where you trust someone you shouldn’t, only to end up someplace you don’t belong. A place where you get lost. A place you fear you will never escape. I don’t mean that in just the physical sense. I’m talking about the possibility of your soul never escaping a place. It sounds like something you’d probably only read about in a story or see in some elaborate horror movie. In this nightmare, though, that concept was very real.

The woman in the painting was someone we ran across that was trapped in something called “the forest realm” and I think I’m going to work it into some more art later on down the road.

Happy Haunts!

 

This has been Day 19

of

31 Nightmares

WARNING: Bogus Accounts

Greetings, dreamers.

It has been brought to my attention that there are a few bogus accounts floating around on the internet claiming to be affiliated with/part of this site.

There are a few on Facebook, which I am not (and probably never will be) a member of, and there are a few on listed under Google +.

Some sweet crusaders have reported these sites, but some are still standing.

To clear up any confusion, all official accounts associated with CardCastles are listed below.

Special thanks to the readers that brought this to my attention. Let’s hope this eliminates any further concerns.

 

STMND Highlights: Summer’s End

It can’t be said enough that this has been a tough year for us at Stories, and generally the ‘sphere as a whole.

Much to the contrary, there is some bright clearly showing it’s face at the end of our tunnel. A wise person once told me your art never dies, because your creation lives on in the memories and stories of others. That has certainly been somewhat of our message all along, and that point has been driven home for us this year.

I am honored to take part in all this healing place does. You have all managed to move me, so deeply, with your kindness and caring for one another. People like you, that help nurture a community like ours, help restore my faith in humanity.


Here are some notable Stories from the past few months:

STMND Highlights Reading List

We Welcomed Back Rara, and I Painted a Picture ; a difficult story from my past. Paper, Paint, and Stitches, was no easier.

Alicia returned, through the magic of technology, to share some more of her beautiful words. She also expressed her thanks for the support and love sent her way.

Rara shared something the late, great, Grayson wrote to his mother. We cried and were proud to honor his memory.

After all that, we declared a win. (#letsgoletsgoletsgo) The most powerful, rallying, battle cry (or *rawr*) for stories yet.

Some pens whispered to us courtesy of the classy, soulful, and very talented, Glorious Mettle. (STMND Art! Yay!)

Grayson reminded us through Rara that If We Could…

and today Bill is sharing with us some Love, Unwitting.

We look forward to sharing the rest of the year with you. I’ll see you there during my time slot this November, when I’ll be calling on you to share your stories again!

Creepy Reads and Local Legends

Ever since I heard about this book, I’ve been interested.

This may be a local legend, but I think the book will present to be something people from all over could enjoy. 

If you’ve ever traveled anywhere up or down the east coast you may have spotted a magazine called “Weird NJ“. If you’re a New Jersey resident, chances are you’ve heard about it, or are a fan.

Author J. Pollack and Weird NJ’s Mark Moran put a large quantity of investigative work and research into this book. I’ve been lucky enough to hear some fun facts and details about the story behind the story, and let me tell you, this case will grip you right from the beginning and not let go.

Death on the Devil’s Teeth Teaser Trailer

Be sure to check this creepy summer read out on its release date coming up: July 20, 2015! I’m sure you won’t be disappointed! 

Note: Special thanks to Jesse P. Pollack himself for permission to use his tweets/images and revision of this article.

All images used in this article are the properties of their respective owners in collaboration with the book, Death on the Devil’s Teeth.

Article by: Daydreams

© 2015 CardCastlesInTheSky

For this book & more:

Author J. Pollack:
http://twitter.com/jpollackauthor

Weird NJ
http://weirdnj.com