We’ve reached another end to our nightmares. Will they be back again? We’ll just have to wait and see. We’ve had some hurdles but it’s all been worth it.
Enjoy this short video message as a token of my appreciation.
First and foremost we would like to thank our very supportive family members that helped make some of this possible. To our friends, thank you for rooting for this event even when our hearts weren’t in it at certain points this year.
To the horror lovers:
None of this would be possible without you!! You clammered for this event’s return until we gave in.
To our Twitter Family and #TWDFamily members – we appreciate your overwhelming kindness & interaction with us. You’ve helped drive some horror fans our way and we are forever grateful to all of you for that!!
To our guests Michael Patrick and Bill Friday – We thank you for your courage to share and your wonderful contributions to the event this year.
To our mentors, your advice has been priceless at times when we desperately needed it.
& Last but most certainly not least, thank all of you reading that have shared these on social media, cheered us on, and just generally made this event more fun for us to host.
We love all of you.
Snapping Turtle Arts
This has been Day 31
~In Loving Memory of~
Wes Craven, Grayson Queen, John Bernecker, George Romero, and Tobe Hooper.
This weekend we are wrapping up our journey into the surreal. We’ve traveled along many roads of tribute, and the unexplored. We’ve nodded towards the greats while highlighting the up-&-comers. This coming week we’ll be celebrating the last bits of our event in a sort of horror stew. We look forward to doing it all with you.
This week we’ll be grazing over all things “Behind the Scenes” within the horror genre.
Surely the blood and bones of this genre is the people whose names you rarely hear. The set people, the crews, the special effects teams, the concept artists (wink), the stunt departments, the writers, and sometimes even the people behind the camera, barely get recognition at all.
One of the reasons I love following Greg Nicotero on social media (aside from the fact that I’ve been a nerdy fan of his since forever, and he was a friend to the man behind the reason this 31Nightmares thing got started) is he posts a lot of really interesting behind the scenes treasures from the movies and TV he’s worked on.
One of the coolest bits of all that this year (for me) was this:
We started on a more somber note. It’s been a somber year, in more than just the genre. We’ve had a lot of losses. There is, however, an up-swing in all this.
The IT remake broke records, and surely raked in some big bucks for Mr. Stephen King. Horror is hitting another wave of creativity right now. The proof is in the lineups, and the projects slated to release in the next few months.
We are a force to be reckoned with, and the mainstream knows it.
We will continue to highlight those working within the genre this week, but I was told by someone close to me, you may want to hear from me as well.
I do, after all, work in this genre from time to time and it has been considered my specialty.
My best advice to someone looking to get into this industry on more full-time terms is simply to “take the leap.”
Work as hard as you possibly can toward your goals.
Don’t take in or entertain negativity.
And most importantly, a gem from one of my mentors:
Don’t burn your bridges.
Fun fact: This banner is one of a set designed specifically for #31Nightmares. Each one is a tribute or reference to a classic or iconic horror film.
Author’s Notes: Tomorrow we begin our tradition of artworks inspired by nightmares in loving memory of Mr. Wes Craven.
“Before you know it October is here. CardCastles has morphed and changed a lot in the last five years. What was once just my little wonderland come-to-life is now a team, a community, and a growing company’s merge. You will see some of those changes in the near future, but for now on this glorious fall first day of October, let’s kick off this celebratory tradition.
I am proud to say this is the third year of #31Nightmares. This is solely due to reader demand. We get messages year ‘round now looking forward to this event so we aim to dream up each year better than the last.
This year we will be talking about horror in video games, movies, television, and its influence on some music. We will also be exploring horror in sound, both in special effects, and soundtracks. There will be art, there will be writing. There will be tributes to many we lost in recent years that helped pave the way and even create new lanes for this genre.
We are glad to be doing it all with you for another year this 2017 and we hope you will stick around for all 31 days/nights.
Welcome to 31Nightmares 2017!“
For those of you new to the site or just plain new to this series,
This week during our opener, we will be diving into recent creations in the horror genre that have been stirring buzz in both video games and television.
One game this year that has stood out to us during my work with many different levels and mediums of the genre was The Evil Within 2.
We own the first installment in our collection here at home. My other half has beaten it to shreds. I’ve yet to go far in the campaign myself due to a busy schedule this year, but I certainly liked what I saw so far. This sequel looks promising and I have to admit I thought it was a genius marketing idea to drop the game on Friday the 13th this year in October. The bits of imagery in the story trailer featured below could remind you of something straight out of your nightmares.