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

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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.

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