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!

 

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Dare to Dream: A Tribute to Wes Craven

“Who is your favorite famous person?”

It is a question many teachers ask around the first month of school in an attempt to get to know you. I was in first grade when that question got thrown my way. The other kids all said names I heard on the TV every day, but didn’t care much about. Shyness that sometimes consumed me started to creep up. It was my turn.

“Wes Craven,” I said. All the kids laughed and whispered things about me. I knew it wasn’t the popular answer, but I didn’t care. It was the truth. None of the other kids knew who he was, but I certainly did. I could’ve written a book about him already. At a time in my life when I felt so very alone, he was my hero.

Nightmare on Elm Street was the first horror movie I had ever seen. Right then and there, a lifelong horror fan was born. I became fascinated with mostly everything the genre had to offer. At five years old, I read, researched, watched, and learned. (Yes, I was a strange kid, you need not remind me.) My knowledge on film production, direction, writing, and special effects began to grow. 

Many people didn’t and still don’t know Wes was also a gifted writer. When I first heard him speak about it, I soaked up everything he had to say.

A seed was planted. I realized I wanted to do something in this field. Every time Wes came out with a new movie, from that point on, I would almost “take notes”, because I recognized him as a brilliant man with a special talent for what makes us scared. I remember an interview he gave a while back where he said he would write down his dreams, especially the bad ones. The next day I started keeping a “Dream Journal” complete with illustrations.

The list of influences he’s had on my work is extensive and detailed. I could go on for days about the genius of this man.

So I will.

Throughout the month of October I will be paying tribute to Wes by creating one horror-inspired something every day up to (and including) Halloween. The horror art series I was already planning for October will be worked into this. It will be titled: 31 Nightmares.

Some of my favorite Wes projects:

  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • The People Under the Stairs
  • The Last House on the Left
  • Nightmare on Elm Street 4
  • Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
  • Scream
  • Scream 2
  • Cursed
  • Red Eye
  • …and just about every interview or documentary he was ever involved in. He is very interesting to just sit back and listen to. 

Wes Craven’s full filmography can be found here: Full Filmography and Credits

 

In Loving Memory of Wes Craven
Photo of Wes from his official Twitter page. Collage by Daydreams.
 
 

To all of my horror fans out there reading this, I’m there with you. This one hurts. We lost the Godfather of Horror, but I have no doubt, a lot of us will make him proud.

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!

Sleepy Sundays: I’ll Light a Candle for You (Part 2)

Heart Light Heart Light

This is a “card castle” in its truest form. If you’re not sure what I mean, perhaps you should read how CardCastles got its name. I purposely left this image untouched, grainy, and blurry because it reflects how I feel about all of this right now, yet it is still a striking visual that conveys the message. This will probably be one of my most somber Sleepy Sundays posts to date.


It is with much sadness and a dreadfully heavy heart, I relay this message here. A dear friend to so many of us has passed on. For those of you that know of Stories That Must Not Die, our team family there now has a hole in it. It’s a considerable space that will never be replaced. We are all still in shock and trying to make sense of it, but more importantly – another friend is in need.

I’d like to take this time out to pause from my normal storytelling and ask all of you reading that know Rara, please shower her with your love and support. Even if you don’t know her, and you’re a friend of mine – consider writing a short letter of condolence. Let her know she is loved and people are thinking about her.

Rara’s Mailing Address:

Radhika Jaini WF0124
CIW LA 249 UP
16756 Chino-Corona Road
Corona, CA  92880

I’ve aligned this remembrance today with a tribute I did for my mother in 2013 titled: I’ll Light a Candle for You

It seemed all too appropriate for this time coinciding with Mother’s Day. Like these two dedications suggest, please consider lighting a candle for Dave today as well.

This is my favorite picture of Rara and Dave. Image courtesy of The Queen Creative.

This Sleepy Sundays post is dedicated to the monumentally talented, Grayson Queen and my mom.

Sleepy Sundays: Glide

GlideGlide

Perspective is a gift some of us share more easily in writing rather than art. It’s rare I get to show you two different versions of a piece – so allow me to dazzle you with your own point of view. If you analyze both of these renders closely, you’ll see so many differences in the tones and colors of each.

(Click images to view larger versions)

Glide (original)Glide

Ultimately, I chose the blue for this week’s post because it fit the feel and mood of a theme I’m trying to capture this month. Which do you like better? Why?

Do you wish you could fly?

Have an artsy Sunday!