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Call it Synthwave, Darksynth, Darkwave or Retrowave, but you know it when you hear it – that sinister pulsing buzz that powered a generation of horror and science fiction. 

Here are 13 tracks throbbing with electronic menace to set the mood for your Halloween party.

Halloween Theme – John Carpenter

The master who defined the genre.

Stranger Things Theme – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

The song that brought the genre back.

Ripped Apart in the Dark – Terrortron

1983 – Main Theme – Sinoia Caves

Star Eater – Daniel Deluxe

Dana’s Vision – Zombie Werewolves

Haunted (Hunted) – Mega Drive

Ripper – GosT

Unface – The Hunt

Fear – Megahit

Wraith– Lazerpunk

Motorcycle Cop – Power Glove

Roadkill – Kn1ght

Click here to get my book ‘COLD SPELL: The Halloween Curse of Winterhill’, a spooky adventure filled with ’80s vibes.

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Happy New Year!


What I’m up to

We traditionally kick off the New Year by listening to Blues music (post-holiday blues) while we take down our Christmas tree and decorations. I found the perfect song for it this year, too: Going Down by Freddie King.

As always, we competed to find the Christmas Pickle*.

*Legend has it that the Christmas Pickle tradition comes from Germany. A pickle was hung in the Christmas tree and the observant child that found it received an extra gift from Santa and a year of good fortune. Apparently that’s bogus, but that doesn’t stop my wife and I from our yearly contest.

I am ‘The Observant Child’ of 2021!

I also combined my two holiday loves, Eggnog Lattes and Boozy Eggnog, for a homemade boozy eggnog latte. It was magnificent, and I am desperately searching for more eggnog as all the stores flip their stocks over to…I dunno, 4th of July stuff?

What I’m watching

I really enjoyed ‘Sweet Home’ and ‘Alice in Borderland’ on Netflix, but felt that they both went off the rails towards the end. They’re based on manga, which probably explains the difficulty in adaptation.

We’ve also started watching ‘Search Party’, and we’re hooked.

What I’m playing

I ran a holiday themed one-shot for my virtual roleplaying group and wrapped up the first story arc for our game. Tonight I’m kicking off the next leg of the journey, and as always I’ve included some riddles and puzzles.

Here’s one of each for you (answers are at the end of the post):

RIDDLE:


Where can you find roads without cars, forests without trees and cities without houses?


PUZZLE:

Which Letter Do You Miss?
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What I’m working on

Speaking of superhero stuff, I’ve begun outlining a new novel. The ‘high concept’ central to the story prevents it from coinciding with the story universe established in ‘From the Barrel of a Gun’ and ‘Criterion’, but it promises to be just as dark. Fans of my horror work should enjoy it.

I’m in talks with a publisher about a game project that I can’t wait to dive into, and I am nearly done writing for a VR Horror project that should wrap up soon.

The next collection that I have planned will gather my stories set in the Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft.

I am looking forward to being a guest on some of my favorite podcasts soon – I’ll post links when those are up.



The State of the Books


I am pleasantly surprised that people are still digging into my holiday book, WE BLEED RED & GREEN: 12 Chilling Tales for Christmas.

Not only that, but WE BLEED ORANGE & BLACK: 31 Fun-sized Tales for Halloween is going strong. It just hit 50 reviews on Amazon, which is a huge milestone for me.

I’m also happy to announce that the audiobook versions for each are now available. The audiobook for my first collection, BETWEEN THE TEETH, should be available soon.  

That’s all for now. I hope to share more exciting news and fun giveaways with you next time.


The answer to the riddle: ‘On a map’
 
The answer to the puzzle: ‘E’, all these letters have a long E sounds.

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X-mas Wrap-up and Huge Giveaway

Happy Holidays!

The best part of 2020 is almost here – the end!

Speaking of gifts, here are two custom ornaments that Samantha Nielsen (aka Samsospooky) made patterned after my holiday books. They will haunt my tree for years to come.

My collection WE BLEED RED & GREEN is still free until Christmas Eve, don’t forget to grab a copy!

Reviews continue to roll in as the Christmas Spirit draws nigh. I especially enjoyed this article at HorrorFuel.com.

PODCASTS

Every year we put out our Christmas Specials, and even though they were virtual this year it was a great boost to my holiday spirits.

Part One of The Six Demon Bag 2020 Christmas Special is up (Part Two drops next week), and we’ve also posted a winter themed episode of Put Up Your Spooks. Click on the pictures to listen!

CHRISTMAS MAGIC

My family checked out the Holiday Road immersive drive-thru light show in Calabasas.

Fun Fact #1: Calabasas, site of the ‘Biggest Loser Ranch’ near Malibu, Ca, was the original location of the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. I was lucky enough to be there both years before they moved to Griffith Park.

Fun Fact #2: ‘Calabasas’ is from the Spanish calabaza for ‘pumpkin’. Legend has it that in 1824, a Basque rancher spilled a wagonload of pumpkins on the road en route to Los Angeles. The following spring, hundreds of pumpkins sprouted alongside the road. The area was named Las Calabasas—the place where the pumpkins fell.

The event was delightful, but I couldn’t help but compare it to the Halloween events from this year and long ago. What winter wonderland wouldn’t be improved with a horde of zombie elves?

We bailed halfway through Netflix’s Jingle Jangle but enjoyed Hulu’s Happiest Season, and have plowed through the holiday episodes of The Great British Bake Off. There is homemade cookie dough in the freezer that we are saving for Christmas Eve.

Speaking of homemade, I ran a special homebrew one-shot RPG for my friends full of zombies, chest-bursting elves, Christmas themed puzzles and a Big Bad from a very obscure holiday horror movie (1983’s Blood Beat).

GIVEAWAYS, RAFFLES, & DEALS

The Holiday Horror Group Promotion is still going on until 12/24 and KJ’s Book Chat still has deals for fans of Urban Fantasy.

If you really want to fill the rest of your year with excitement check out the massive giveaway for The Superhero Mega Anthology.

You can join the email list for 500+ pages of superhero comics and prose, $600+ of art, posters, clothes and tons of free books.

My first superhero short story, From the Barrel of A Gun, is included. I’m also raffling off a signed copy of my follow-up superhero novel CRITERION.

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway

Now that you have enough free stuff to tide you over well into 2021 I’m going to sign off. I wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday and a happy New Year!

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! My e-book WE BLEED RED & GREEN will soon be free for a limited time on Amazon. Here is a handy picture you can hang on your fridge as a reminder:

Audiobook News

My Halloween Collection WE BLEED ORANGE & BLACK is now available, the Christmas Collection has been submitted and ‘Between The Teeth’ is in production now.

Podcasts & Interviews
 I have had some great reviews and conversations about the Christmas book, and I’d love you to check out, follow, and subscribe to these fine folks…

Angel interviewed me for the Horror Girl Problems podcast and Youtube channel. She is a contributor for Fangoria magazine, a photographer and sometimes werewolf. 
Patrick Keller runs The Big Seance podcast, your one-stop shop for all things paranormal. He loves the holidays and we always get into creepy historical weirdness.
Mike runs All Hallows Geek, a tremendous resource for the latest and spookiest news on Horror media, trends and live events. His coverage of the Haunt industry and the daily developments of this Halloween season were great. 

Hot Off the Presses

My story ‘Candy Cane’ also appears in A KRAMPUS CAROL: Gothic Blue Book IV from Burial Day Books. This collection is packed full of creepy yuletide tales by amazing authors with a gorgeous cover by Abigail Larson. 

My story ‘Salt & Stampede’ appears in Flash in a Flash’s 5th volume, Worth 1,000 Words: 101 Flash Fiction Stories by 101 Authors, which was successfully kickstarted in just 4 hours. That’s a lot of numbers.

Personal Life

I’ve managed to stay somewhat sane during quarantine by working on a variety of projects which I can’t wait to share with you.

There may be some changes to my household in the near future, we’ll see what 2021 has in store.

This is the year that I started making Egg Nog Lattes at home.

Yesterday, I ordered one at Starbucks and I received a terrible shock – they’re going to permanently discontinue Egg Nog Latte’s nationwide!

Of course, I’ll manage as long as my own Nog rations last (Note to self: throw out earthquake supplies to make room for emergency egg nog storage), but if Starbucks doesn’t give us something comparable, like Figgy Pudding Lattes, there will be trouble.

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Halloween Roundup 2020

Here is my 2020 roundup of original Halloween content

The Music Mix:   Spooky Scary Skele-tunes

The Guest Blog Posts:  

Delirium Tremens – 31 Questions from Ed Erdelac

Horror and Sons – article about the Real Ghostbusters

The Big Séance Podcast with Patrick Keller

A Singular Season – 13 Seasons of Spooky Television for October

The Podcast Spooktaculars:

 The 6 Demon Bag podcast (part 1)

The 6 Demon Bag podcast (part 2)

The 6 Demon Bag podcast (part 3) Story Episode

Put Up Your Spooks – Happy Halloween Show

SpookYou’s Frightening Nights of Halloween – A Youtube special featuring my story ‘Take One‘ read by the haunting Matt Weisgerber

H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast -featuring four of my stories (currently available only to Patreon subscribers)

All Hallow’s Geek – exclusive preview of my story ‘Haunted House – 1 Star’

The Horror Bandwagon podcast read my poem ‘The Collection’

The Gothic Action Banana Puppet Video:

Let The Bodies Hit The Floor

I was also inducted into The Samhain Society !

And of course, there is my book itself,

We Bleed Orange & Black – 31 Fun-sized Tales for Halloween.

Reviewers are saying,

“This book is a MUST READ for Halloween lovers.”

-Jamie, 5 Star Amazon Review

“I LOVED THIS COLLECTION. The stories were well-paced, distinctive, and held my attention throughout. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to keep the spooky spirit alive this year.”

– Briana Morgan Books

“Each tale is unique and transports you to a different place or time, providing the perfect escape during a Halloween season that we will likely need it most.”

-All Hallow’s Geek.com

“I absolutely loved it and it was the perfect way to kick off October! “

Lexi, Goodreads

Get your copy for 99 cents here.

I hope you had a safe and happy halloween!

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Let the bodies hit the floor

I was hanging out with my buddy (mad genius) Ryan Gerossie, eating burritos, when he told me about his dream to make a music video for the song ‘Let the Bodies Hit the Floor’, but with bananas.

Naturally, I was on board.

What began as an innocent lark transformed into a gothic action-horror epic of homemade miniatures, movie making, puppetry and bananas.

Forget pumpkins! If you truly want to celebrate Halloween this year, watch what happen when we carve up these bananas.

It started with the band
and then Dracula showed up
and banana ghosts…
and hordes of rotting banana zombies

Once you’ve filled up on action, comedy and potassium, check out the making-of video and go behind the scenes to see all of the crazy detail that went into bringing this project to life.

From Storyboard
and test shoots
set design
and movie magic!

Fans of the band Drowning Pool eventually found the video and brought it to their attention, where it enjoyed a brief moment of fame with a local radio station.

As for me and Ryan, sometimes we still get together to have burritos, reminisce and ritualistically murder bananas.

Happy Halloweenana!

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A Singular Season

October is the perfect season for horror marathons.

The two are almost synonymous. Not even Christmas, that twinkling 800-pound gorilla, can boast such round-the-clock programming. Of course, wintertime itself is a constant reminder of the year-end holidays, and there is truly no escaping all of the Christmas music, commercials, office parties, decorations, rampaging Krampi, etc.

Horror marathons are important because they set a mood, or what I like to call ‘Halloween Spirit’. Even if you can’t enjoy cascades of brilliant leaves and cozy hayrides, you can always open a portal to the moon-kissed realms on your television.

Here are 13 TV mini-series or single seasons for you to freshen up this year’s marathon.

Ultraviolet – BBC

This stylish techno-thriller is only six episodes long. It stars Idris Elba (!), with an appearance by Stephen Moyer as a vampire (!)

Hemlock Grove – Season 1

The first season of this show has werewolves, vampires, monsters, and mad-science. The cast is great (Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgard, Dougray Scott, Lili Taylor) and so is their chemistry. And it’s DARK.

Werewolf

This sleeper hit from the late 80’s was the most elusive thrill of my childhood. Every rare once in a while I’d manage to catch an episode and watch transfixed as colossal werewolves battled for dominance.

Being Human

This low-key BBC series is about a werewolf, a ghost and a vampire who share a flat. The show runs for several seasons and was adapted in America, but Season One is a strong mix of character and horror.

Juda

This Israeli production is a horror-comedy about a small time criminal who returns from a trip in Romania with new problems, powers and a terrible thirst. It’s suffers from a lower budget but makes up for it with mad-cap performances.

The Frankenstein Chronicles

Also from BBC, this mystery set in the grimdark Victorian era follows Sean Bean(!) as he tracks down the one responsible for a rash of mutilated bodies. Season One is phenomenal – fortunately it is a complete story, so you can avoid Season Two. 

The Passage

This vampire thriller only lasted one season on Fox, but the relationship between leads Mark-Paul Gosselaar and child actress Saniyya Sidney was fantastic. The secret power struggle with the psychic vampire master Jamie McShane is also great – the entire cast kills it in this one. Don’t worry about the show being cancelled – it wraps up at the end.

Dracula

This NBC adaptation starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers is bonkers in a wonderful way. It functions almost like a prequel to the story we know, re-mixing and re-contextualizing the relationships and motivations between all the classic characters.

Forever Knight

The last vampire show on this list is a 90’s gem about a vampire cop. One of the vampires from Forever Knight even made a blink-and-you’ll-miss it cameo on Buffy.

Slasher

The first season of this show was more brutal, clever and fun than I expected it to be. If you like the ‘Scream’ franchise, you’ll like season one of Slasher.

Scream

I’d also recommend MTV’s first season of Scream! A worthy addition to the franchise.

Death Note

The animated adaptation of Death Note floored me, even though I’d already read the manga. This twisty supernatural saga about dueling geniuses and death gods has a global body count.

Death Valley

MTV made a COPS style mockumentary show about an LAPD task force that handled the werewolves, vampires and zombies in the San Fernando Valley. Bizarre, gory, silly, fun.

I hope you found something new on this list. If you’d also like to set the mood for October with a book, check out ‘We Bleed Orange & Black – 31 Fun-sized Tales for Halloween’.

A twisted faerie finds a lost child, a teenage werewolf sneaks out during a full moon, and a legion of monsters begins the downfall of man. Explore Halloween from Appalachia to the Arctic Circle and journey from the Old West to Mars.

This spooktacular goody bag harvests all the joys and terrors of the best night of the year. If you love air crisp as cider and scented with burning leaves, if you greet the darkness with a jack o’lantern grin, and if you yearn for the veil between worlds to grow thin, then you bleed orange & black.

Get 31 stories for .99 cents

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Spooky Scary Skele-tunes

Anyone who’s ever seen a spooky scary skeleton rattle its bones or turn a friend into a xylophone knows that they are a jazzy bunch. After 10 years I’m thrilled to get some Jazz into the mix, but it’s not all dooting horns and startling shrilly screams – you’ll find many genres in this bone-nanza.

Here are 13 spine-tingling tracks to get your guests shaking their hip bones.

The Skeleton in the Closet – Louis Armstrong

Who better to strike up the band than Satchmo?

Rattlin’ Bones – The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

I heard these guys play while packed like a crawdad in a po’boy between the sweltering ramshackle walls of Preservation Hall in New Orleans.

Spooky, Scary Skeletons – Andrew Gold

The foundation stone of the Triple S tradition.

Skeleton Fight – Mack Allen Smith

Things escalate quickly in this odd-ball 60’s jam.

Graveyard Boogie – King Flamingo

You take your chances when you bring a date to the cemetery.

Nobody Likes You (When You’re Dead) – Zombina & The Skeletones

Don’t cremate, appreciate.

I’ve Got A Bone – Dan Bull

Apparently this is a Minecraft thing, I’m probably the last one to hear it, but I’m glad I did. I love the manic energy, brilliant word play, hilarious performance, driving synth and pitch-perfect theremin.

Do the Skeleton Scat! – The Wiggles

Do the Wiggles always kick this much ass? I think I’m a Wiggles fan now.

Cumbia de los Muertos – Ozomotli

If I get a chance to show some love for LA’s hometown heroes ‘Ozomotli’ I’m taking it.

Dead Man’s Bones – Dead Man’s Bones

Did you know that Ryan Gosling had a band? Did you know they’re spooky as hell?

Graveyard’s Full – The Growlers

This band’s sound is called ‘Beach Goth’. I don’t know if that’s an oxymoron, but I like it.

‘Taint No Sin – Lee Morse

This song may seem corny, but it gives me ‘Hellraiser’ flashbacks.

Skeleton Sam – LVCRFT

And finally, a little more saxo-bone and scare-emin to close this year’s list.

Click here to get my book ‘We Bleed Orange & Black: 31 Fun-sized Tales for Halloween’, including my Top Ten Tips for Becoming a Spooky Scary Skeleton.

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Free for 3 Days

We Bleed Orange & Black is FREE for the next few days!

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We Bleed Orange & Black presents 31 fun-sized tales of Halloween from author Jeff C. Carter.

Reviewers are saying,

“This book is a MUST READ for Halloween lovers.”

-Jamie, 5 Star Amazon Review

“I LOVED THIS COLLECTION. The stories were well-paced, distinctive, and held my attention throughout. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to keep the spooky spirit alive this year.”

– Briana Morgan Books

“Each tale is unique and transports you to a different place or time, providing the perfect escape during a Halloween season that we will likely need it most.”

-All Hallow’s Geek.com

“I absolutely loved it and it was the perfect way to kick off October! “

Lexi, Goodreads

The book is free

10/7/20, 10/8/20, 10/9/20

10/12/20 & 10/13/20.

After that it’s only 99 cents! Grab your copy here

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The word is out

There’s a great review of We Bleed Orange & Black over at All Hallows Geek and my in-depth interview just popped up on The Big Seance podcast. I wanted to post those links here before the swirling newsfeeds and social media moved on.

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“the perfect collection of short stories for Halloween in quarantine.”

All Hallows Geek has become a vital source of news for me amid the constant changes and upheavals with this year’s Halloween. I highly recommend you sign up to stay updated (and enjoy reviews and long form entertainment like the live streaming concert and behind the music with Sean Keller!)

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I had an absolute blast talking with Patrick on The Big Seance podcast. He’s working hard to present a bonanza of Halloween entertainment this year and is always keeping it spooky with paranormal investigations and ghostly topics. Listen to find out what happens when fudge meets salad!

I’ll have a few more interviews and reviews to share in the coming weeks, but these two were definitely highlights!

And of course, you get the book they’re all talking about here

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Kindle $0.99

Paperback $5.50

The Amazon link is: https://bit.ly/WeBleed

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