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.

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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.

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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, 10/8, 10/9, 10/12 & 10/13. 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 and Paperback

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

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31 Questions with…

I sat down with Ed Erdelac over at the Delirium Tremens blog and answered 31 questions about all things Halloween.

Learn about my favorite monster, the most dangerous candy, the safest pandemic costume, and more!

Of course, we also talk about my book ‘We Bleed Orange & Black – 31 Fun-sized tales for Halloween’, which is available now!

While you’re there, be sure to check out Ed’s many books and offerings.

Ed has been crowned as one of the great writers of the New Pulp tradition, and I second that coronation. If you like action, Ed’s got you covered from the wild Weird West to the seedy streets of 1970’s Harlem.

The Books of Edward M. Erdelac

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The Samhain Society

I am proud to announce that I have been inducted into The Samhain Society.

The ceremony was as wonderful as it was bizarre. A black cat stirred a pumpkin spice latte with its tail. We dissected candy corns by color and sculpted the pieces into three homunculi. Autumn leaves were smoked, wax lips were kissed, and fates revealed in the toss of glistening pumpkin guts.  I felt right at home.

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The Samhain Society is a group of Halloween and horror content creators working together to grow our followings and the Halloween community. Together we ask and answer each other’s blogging/vlogging questions, receive feedback on our work, share each other’s latest posts/videos and, most of all, share our love of Halloween, horror and all things spooky!

You can follow The Samhain Society on Facebook and Instagram.


I’m looking forward to spreading the Halloween spirit with them all year round!

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My New Halloween Book

WE BLEED ORANGE AND BLACK

31 Fun-Sized Tales for Halloween

is available Now!

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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 it now!


Kindle: 99 cents

Print: $5.50

Kindle Unlimited: Free

Free Giveaway –

10/7, 10/8, 10/9 and 10/12, 10/13

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With Great Power…

My story ‘Primum Nil Nocere’ has won the Reedsy contest for ‘Superpowers’. I had a lot of fun writing this one. My character Dr. Albright works as a guidance counselor for children with superpowers, and he uses his wisdom and abilities to change the course of their entire lives.

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Dr. Albright accomplishes his job by diving deep into the real world complexities, ramifications and drawbacks of different superpowers. This is one of my favorite nerdy obsessions, which I trace all the way back to the Official Handbooks of the Marvel Universe. These were among the first comic books I ever owned, and their detailed lists of character aliases, powers, strengths and weaknesses definitely shaped my love for the genre.

I believe that engaging deeply with the concept of superpowers can open up new angles for story telling. If you only had one crummy power, how could you make the most of it? If you had no powers at all, how might you use your superhuman foe’s strength against them?

If you like your superhero stories with a side of nitty-gritty (and a heaping helping of dark and gritty) you will dig my novel CRITERION. You can buy it or try it here.

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Gods of Wrath

Hey superhero fans,

It’s going to be a while until the next movie hits the big screen, One Punch Man is on hiatus, even My Hero Academia is on break until the Rugby World Cup is over.

That’s good, because you’ll have time to catch up on The Pantheon Saga from C.C. Ekeke! Right now you can jump in with book 1 (on sale for 99 cents!) and work up to book 4, Gods of Wrath, which is now a #1 new release!

 

Not all heroes wear capes and uniforms…
…or see themselves becoming the villain.

As his sophomore year wraps up, Hugo Malalou—aka Aegis—is living his best life. He’s working with Lady Liberty to protect San Miguel, acing all his classes, and casually dating three insanely hot girls.

Until one routine night patrol nearly gets him killed.

Before long, he’s pulled into a dangerous pursuit that isolates him from his friends, while his list of enemies keeps growing. And when he becomes the city’s last defense against an all-powerful adversary, he’ll find himself in the fight of his life.

Quinn partners with Hugo to expose Paxton-Brandt’s unethical research on superhumans. But the multinational’s scorched-earth response leaves everyone she loves caught in the blast radius. Can she prevail and topple Paxton-Brandt or is this another example of Too Big To Fail?

Meanwhile, Greyson begins his crusade to purge the world of superheroes. But his first target proves to be more than his match in power and purpose. And when a specter from his past makes their presence felt, Greyson’s mission might end before it even starts.

Grab your copy of Gods of Wrath, Book Four of The Pantheon Saga!

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Halloween Roundup 2019

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Here is my Halloween Roundup of original content for 2019

The Music Mix:   Hip Hop Halloween

The guest blog post:  From Thailand to Hell

The Six Demon Bag Podcast Spooktaculars:

 The 6 Demon Bag podcast (part 1)

The 6 Demon Bag podcast (part 2)

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And finally, my book Between the Teeth

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That’s all the treats for this year. Have a Happy Hallowe’en!

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