Cthulhu, Zombie & Mummy, Oh My! Our Second Wave of Horror Wax Warmers!

We are very pleased to announce our terrifying second wave of wax warmers! The Scent of Cthulhu, Zombie Apocalypse and Mummy Dearest are currently being produced! They will be available in November, but you can pre-order them now! Just add scented wax and, hey, we have that now, too!

cthulhu (1)The Scent of Cthulhu:  This wax warmer was inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos. Warm your favorite wax scent on top of this slumbering behemoth of doom. But be careful not to awaken him. For if you call, he will come!

Zombie Apocalypse:zombie (1) Waiting on that Zombie Apocalypse that we all know is coming? Tide yourself over with this great zombie wax warmer. Want to know why our zombie is the perfect warmer? He always has wax on his brain! 

 

 

mummyMummy Dearest: Mummy lovers will come completely unraveled with this mummy design wax warmer! Melt your favorite wax in your own petrified pharaoh without the hassle of an Egyptian curse! 

 

 

monster melts 1-1Monster Melts Series 1: The Graveyard Gang: Haunt your favorite wax warmer with these monstrous melts. Create a spine chilling aura of pleasing fragrance at the witch’s hour or any time of day. Store in a cool place. Halloween Forevermore recommends storing the pack in the refrigerator about 30 min to 1 hour prior to use. Under these conditions, wax shapes will firm so that breakage and disfigurement will be avoided when they are popped out of the pack for use.

Article: Wearing the Dead

wtd2Death. When the Reaper performs his duty, many survivors seek to fill a gulf in their lives. They immortalize their loved ones, hold on to memories. Some even fashion the loved ones’ remains into art.

This infatuation with preserving memories is embedded within our cultures. Cemeteries and eulogies serve as testimonies. The Victorians famously kept hair and crafted intricate works of art including everything from braided watch bands to broaches. They posed the deceased for post-mortem photographs and wore the images in over-sized lockets.

These days, the ashes of a loved one can be compressed into gemstones and diamonds to create jewelry. Such transformations cost between $3,000 to over $30,000 dollars. Watches specially designed around such a diamond mark time for the grieving. Custom-made broaches or pendants can hold ashes, some crafted into intricate shapes. Children can find comfort carrying bits of their departed loved ones housed within stuffed animals. Fingerprints can be retrieved from a body and crafted into dog tags, keychains, and more. Companies include human remains in the crafting of beads for bracelets and necklaces, colors customized to suit the personalities of the departed or the taste of the bereaved.
Instead of remaining in the cemetery, the dearly departed have left visible marks on their loved ones. Many people use their bodies to convey loving remembrances of their departed, transforming their bodies into memorials with tattoos. From initials and names to miniature footprints and portraits, people carry their grief in this personal way.

wtd1Many immortalize their deceased loved ones with tattoos. College student Dylan Black’s ankle bears her mother’s initials surrounded by angel wings. At least once a week, Chris Blick at American Tattoos in Verona, Pennsylvania captures likenesses in portraiture on clients’ skin. Talented tattoo artist Rich Ware at Altered Images Tattoo in Maine tells of one client who carried his father’s ashes with him everywhere. Ware incorporated some of the ashes into the black ink, and now the client carries his father within his own skin. The tattoo depicts a four-armed alien hanging from a cross before Stonehenge. Said Ware, “The alien is a nod to Frank Frazetta.”

In these ways, people cleverly preserve special memories of important people and carry them tangibly, all in an attempt to thereby deal with mortality and loss.

Article: Poltergeists

Poltergeist MovieLittle Heather O’Rourke’s “They’re heeeeeeere,” in Poltergeist is one of the most memorable lines in horror film history.

Characteristics of poltergeist activity include flying objects, unexplained noises, disgusting smells, disembodied voices, opening and closing of doors, and miscellaneous electrical disturbances. In rare cases, victims experience physical assaults.

The term poltergeist, meaning “noisy spirit,” was first used in print by German theologian Martin Luther (1483 – 1546). He considered them the work of the Devil, and until the 19th century, poltergeist activity was blamed on the devil, demons, or witches. When spiritualism came into vogue, poltergeists were associated with mediumship. A popular recent theory connects poltergeist activity with unconscious psychokinesis on the part of a human agent, usually a child or teenager with repressed emotions such as anger, stress, or sexual tension. Whether the person causes the manifestations or is only a magnet for unruly spirit entities is unclear.

poltergeist1Poltergeist type disturbances have been reported since Roman times. German author Jacob Grimm wrote in his 1835 book, Teutonic Mythology, about a case in 355 C.E. in the town of Bingen-am-Rhein, where loud noises and raps were heard, and people were pulled from their beds. Catholic Archdeacon of Brecknock, Giraldus Cambrensis, cited in his Itinerarium Cambriae an incident of ‘unclean spirits’ in the Pembrokeshire, Wales, home of one Stephen Wyrriot, in 1188. These spirits threw dirt and other objects, ripped clothes, and spoke of the secrets of people who were present.

More recently, several compelling cases have been thoroughly documented.

The Bell Witch incident (so-called although no witch was involved) began in 1817 at the Bell farm in Robertson County, Tennessee, and lasted three years. The terrified family heard noises like the gnawing of giant rats, followed by whistling, laughing, and singing by a disembodied voice who reportedly identified herself as ‘Kate Batts’. Strange lights were seen outside the house, furniture was thrown around, and bed clothes were pulled off sleeping family members. Young Elizabeth was slapped, pinched, and had her hair pulled. After Elizabeth’s father, John Bell, died on Dec. 20, 1820, ‘Kate’ claimed she had poisoned him. Elizabeth married in 1821, at which time ‘Kate’ said she would return in seven years. Apparently she did, with some scratching noises and pulling off of bed covers, but after two weeks, the disturbances stopped.

PoltergeistThe Amherst Haunting took place in 1878 at the Teed cottage in Amherst, Nova Scotia. Teed’s 19-year-old niece, Esther Cox, awoke screaming one night, her eyes blood-red and popping, her body grotesquely swollen. The swelling subsided, but returned four nights later, when Esther’s bedclothes were torn from her body and thrown across the room. A doctor could find no cause for Esther’s problems, but he did witness a mysteriously puffing pillow, flying plaster, and scratching of writing on Esther’s bedroom wall: “Esther Cox you are mine to kill”. The writing quickly faded, yet the manifestations continued, with the entity who identified himself as ‘Bob’ knocking things around, levitating the family cat, and setting fires in the house. ‘Bob’ even frightened away the local clergyman who came to perform an exorcism. When Esther moved out of the house, ‘Bob’ followed her, setting fire to a barn on the farm where she was working. Poor Esther was arrested for arson and sentenced to four months in prison, but served only one. She eventually married and ‘Bob’ was never heard from again.

The poltergeist phenomenon has inspired numerous films, including: The Haunting (1963), The Amityville Horror (1979), The Changeling (1980), The Entity (1982), The Others (2001), An American Haunting (2006), When the Lights Went Out (2012), and of course the Poltergeist trilogy (1982 – 1988). Watch one the next time you have an evening free – but you had better leave the lights on!

Passing of the Dawn of the Dead Bridge

bridgedawnoftehdeadZombies infiltrated the Monroeville Mall situated east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, 22 July, 2015 to help mark the passage of a piece film history. Fans of George Romero’s 1978 “Dawn of the Dead” recognize the significance of the footbridge shambled upon during the movie. The mall itself provided not only the backdrop of the film, but much like any Gothic setting, also became something of a character itself.

“Dawn of the Dead,” the second film in George Romero’s Cult Classic trilogy, is lauded as a social commentary about the mindlessness of commercialism. It received praise, including its addition by Empire Magazine (along with its predecessor movie, “Night of the Living Dead”) as “one of the 500 greatest movies of all time.” During the four months of filming, the crew employed over 300 extras painted grey and splattered with brilliant crimson by effects artist Tom Savini.

When plans to remove the iconic item began in May, 2015, fans headed by the curator of the “Living Dead Museum” Kevin Kriess started a petition to mark its importance and preserve the bridge. They garnered several thousand signatures, and the petition influenced Monroeville Mall’s decisions.

Monroeville Mall’s spokeswoman Stacey Keating said, “The Dawn of the Dead bridge is an important piece of the mall’s history, and we understand how special it is to the loyal fans of the movie. The bridge is being removed because we’re currently undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation.”

Zombies, including actors from the original film, shambled to assist in its deconstruction and transportation to its new home. Fans can visit this cinematic reminder of Mr. Romero’s game-changing film at the Heinz History Center on Smallman Street, Pittsburgh in 2018.

Article: POSSESSION AND EXORCISM

exorcistThe belief that a person can be possessed by a spirit, ghost, demon, or deity is as old as civilization itself. Such great minds as Greek philosophers Pythagoras and Plutarch taught that demons or evil spirits could enter human bodies, causing disease.

In Jewish tradition a doomed soul or evil spirit, called a dybbuk, can enter a person’s body, causing anguish and torment. Stories of possession and exorcism in the Holy Bible’s Old Testament include that of Saul, who was exorcised by David’s playing of his harp (1 Samuel 16: 14 – 23). Early on, people believed dybbuks could only enter the bodies of the sick. By the 16th century, this had evolved to include the bodies of sinners. The Kabbalah (Jewish mystical school of thought) contains instructions for exorcising dybbuks, some of which are still practiced today.

The New Testament relates many cases of possession that were exorcised by Jesus Christ, including:

“Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind and dumb: and he healed him. . .” (Matthew 12: 22)

“And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak . . .” (Luke 4:41)

The Roman Catholic Church recognizes signs of possession such as superhuman strength, ability to understand and speak languages unknown to the victim, levitating, knowledge of the future or other occult information, and revulsion toward sacred texts or objects. In 1614 the Church created a formal rite of exorcism, called the Rituale Romanum. Specially ordained priests cast out demons from their victims by adhering to certain rituals and pronouncing the prescribed words and prayers. This is not medieval superstition. In 1992 Roman Catholic priest and official exorcist of Vatican City, Father Gabriele Amorth, founded the International Association of Exorcists, which now boasts some 250 members from 30 countries. Its statutes were approved by the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy on June 13, 2014.

Tales of demon possession and exorcism have spawned many books and films:

ReganThe Exorcist: William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel was inspired by the 1949 case of an anonymous St. Louis, Missouri boy who exhibited signs of possession: shaking bed, bloody welts and scratches on his body, and violent behavior. When two Jesuit priests arrived to exorcise him, he physically attacked them, exhibiting amazing strength. After violent exorcisms lasting several weeks, the intervention was deemed a success. The 1973 movie starring Linda Blair as the victim and Max Von Sydow as the priest determined to save her is an Academy award winner, and one of the great horror classics.


emily roseThe Exorcism of Emily Rose:
This 2005 film starring Jennifer Carpenter and Tom Wilkinson has Father Moore (Wilkinson) performing an exorcism on Emily (Carpenter), after which the girl dies. The story mirrors the case of Anneliese Michel, a teenaged German girl who in 1975 began hearing strange voices, and experiencing seizures and demonic visions. Two Catholic priests spent 11 months exorcising Anneliese, who died of starvation and dehydration during the ordeal. The priests were found guilty of manslaughter and given suspended sentences.

The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist: In his revealing book, journalist Matt Baglio documents the training of a genuine exorcist, Father Gary of Los Altos, California, in Italy in 2005, and his subsequent early experiences with cases of possession. The book inspired a disturbing film starring Colin O’Donoghue as Michael Kovak, a young seminary student taking a course in exorcism, and Anthony Hopkins as his Jesuit mentor.

Top 13 Supernatural villains

On 13 September, 2005, Eric Kripke introduced the United States to Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester and the convoluted Supernatural world where demons and angels walk around wearing human “meat suits” and Baby is a beloved black, ’67 Impala. These monster-hunting brothers have been to Hell and back several times. They’ve met old-time gods and served as unwitting pawns in cosmic plans. Time travel, historic rewrites, and romps through a confused theology further the story lines. The reluctant heroes exchange witty dialogue while solving weekly stand-alone episodes that evolved into far-reaching plots involving Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, and absentee fathers. The special effects and makeup are slick and interesting, and the cool soundtrack introduces younger viewers to cool tunes from the 1970’s. The dark show with its humorous interludes aired on the WB and moved to The CW’s lineup. Its huge fan base inspired merchandising, comics, novels, an anime series, and a spin-off series, “Ghostfacers.” Although the series concludes 20 May, fans are calling for a continuation of the series. All of the seasons are available for purchase, and there is talk of a sequel, “Supernatural Bloodlines.”

Although the Supernatural world is populated by ghosts and creatures from urban legends, the following list includes some of the memorable longer-lived villains from the show.

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13. Leviathan. This body-hopping blackness from season 7 showed promise, but the story line resolved too easily. Dick Roman (portrayed by James Patrick Stuart) served as leader of the gooey, human-hungry creatures.

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12. Metatron. He’s a bit of a weasel for an angel turned against people and Heaven. Introduced in season 7, his subtle villainy became apparent in seasons 8 and 9 when he locked the angels from Heaven. His presence is felt throughout season 10. (Portrayed by Curtis Armstrong)

Alastair
11. Alastair. Hell’s grand torturer served as secondary antagonist during the show’s second season. (Mark Ralston and Christopher Heyerdahl portrayed Alastair.)

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10. Eve. This ancient “mother of all monsters” made her displeasure known in 2011. With a kiss, she created the Alphas, or first monsters, including Dragons, shapeshifters, wendigo, kitsunes, werewolves, and vampires. (played by Julia Maxwell)

Rowena
9. Rowena. This Mother of evil shows her clever heart is black in season 10. (played by Ruth Connell)

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8. Hellhounds. Mostly invisible demonic dogs, or pit bulls from Hell, often work for Crossroad demons or collect the souls of humans whose contract expired. These nasties appear throughout the series, including a successful attack on Dean.

Naomi
7. Naomi. Sometimes, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions carried out with questionable tactics in season 8. This powerful angel served as head of Heaven’s intelligence department since before Moses floated down the Nile. (Acted by Amanda Tapping.)

First Born
6. Cain. Father of murder and direct ancestor of the Winchesters, Cain trained and headed the Knights of Hell until he fell in love and retired from mayhem. He gave Dean his Mark, which with the First Blade, provides power – at a cost. (Timothy Michael Omundson portrayed Cain.)

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5. Yellow Eyed Demon. Azazel brokered deals that set the Winchester men on a quest for revenge that lasted two and a half decades. Although they kill him at the conclusion of season two, visions of the demon haunt both Sam and Dean. (The main portrayal of the character was by Fredric Lehne.)

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4. Abaddon. In season 8, this Knight of Hell made her presence known to the Men of Letters. Trained by and endowed with powers by Lucifer, she acted as the main antagonist in season 9. (Acted by Alaina Huffman)
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3. Lilith. This big-bad came in a little package in 2008 and 2009. She was creepiest as a kid. (Adult version portrayed by Katherine Boecher. The toe-headed kid portrayed by Sierra McCormick)

Lucifer

2. Lucifer. This fallen angel uses subtle manipulation to achieve his ends. He’s mentioned throughout the early story lines, but he makes actual appearances in seasons 4, 5, and 7. (Mainly portrayed by Mark Pellegrino.)

Crowley
1. Crowley. Charming little devil has designs to take over Hell – and more. His presence is felt from Season 5 on. (Mark A. Sheppard portrays)

UP IN FLAMES: SPONTANEOUS HUMAN COMBUSTION

spontaneous human combustionI recall as a little girl watching a character in some television B-movie burst into flames, and being afraid for the longest time that it could happen to me . . .

A case of spontaneous human combustion (SHC) was reported in the August, 1745 issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. 62-year-old Italian Countess Cornelia Di Bandi Cesenate was discovered by her horrified maid one morning in 1731. All that remained of the countess was a pile of ashes, two legs still wearing silk stockings, and half her head – only steps from the bed and other furniture, which were not burned. The attending physician declared that a mysterious fire seemed to have begun in the woman’s chest, and closed the file.

French scholar Jonas Dupont documented cases of SHC in De Incendiis Corporis Spontaneis, published in 1763. Among others, Dupont recounted the story of Jean Millet, a man from Reims accused in 1725 of burning his wife, Nicole, to death. All that remained of Nicole were part of her skull and a few vertebrae. A small area of the floor was burned; everything else in the room was intact. Jean Millet was acquitted by the judges, who concluded Nicole had perished from divine fire sent to punish her for her excessive drinking.

SHC eventually found its way into popular literature. Charles Dickens used it to kill off a certain Mr. Krook in his novel, Bleak House (1853)In Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi (1883), a character named Jimmy Flinn died “of a combination of delirium tremens and spontaneous combustion”. More recently, SHC has been explored on television shows such as The X-Files, Picket Fences, Dead Like Me, and William Shatner’s Weird or What?

Sporadic cases of SHC occurred without attracting much attention, until a 67-year-old widow named Mary Hardy Reeser was found burned to death in her St. Petersburg, Florida home on July 1, 1951. All that remained of Reeser was a section of her back bone, part of her left foot, and her skull, which had shrivelled to the size of a baseball. It was suspected she had fallen asleep with a cigarette, but one medical examiner admitted that the intense heat needed to cremate her body should have destroyed the apartment, which had suffered only minor damage.

spontaneous human combustion 2On Dec. 22, 2010, 76-year-old Michael Faherty’s badly burned body was found in his Galway, Ireland home. For lack of a better explanation, coroner Dr. Ciaran McLoughlin determined Faherty’s death was caused by SHC.

Rarely, a victim of SHC survives. On May 25, 1985, 19-year-old non-smoker Paul Hayes suddenly ignited as he walked down a street in London, England. He fell to the ground certain he was dying. Miraculously, the fire subsided and Hayes stumbled to the LondonHospital, where he was treated for unexplained burns to his hands, forearms, neck, and face.

So apparently spontaneous human combustion exists, but what causes it? There are several theories: alcoholism; the burning of body fat, known as the wick effect; a buildup of static electricity; short-circuiting of electrical fields within the human body; peaks in Earth’s geomagnetic field; an explosive combination of chemicals resulting from poor diet; and of course the old standard, divine intervention.

In other words, there is to date no satisfactory explanation for this rare – but terrifying –phenomenon. Just pray it doesn’t happen to you.

Article: The Original Penny Dreadfuls

spring heeled jackLong before the current television show hijacked the name, a penny dreadful was one in a series of cheap and popular stories produced in 19th century Britain. They were sold for one cent – hence the name – usually in 8 (and later, 16) page weekly or monthly installments. Primarily aimed at young, working class men, these illustrated stories with colorful covers generally involved supernatural entities, criminals, detectives, pirates, or some sort of romantic adventure.

Some of the stories were reprints of Gothic thrillers such as Matthew Gregory Lewis’ The Monk, and Horace Walpole’s The Castle of OtrantoOthers were original works inspired by criminal biographies and death-cell confessions. Some of the titles have been reprinted as collections or novels, or portrayed on stage or screen.

–  The Flying Dutchman; Or the Demon Ship. Written by Thomas Preskett Prest and published in 1839, this tale based on the legend of the ghost pirate ship doomed to sail the oceans forever was one of the earliest of the penny dreadfuls.

Varney the Vampire–  Varney the Vampire: or the Feast of Blood. This novel is alternately attributed to James Malcolm Rymer and Thomas Preskett Prest. Published between 1845 and 1847, its over 800 pages concerns the persecution of the Bannerworth family by Sir Francis Varney, a vampire with a taste for the young Flora Bannerworth’s blood.

– The String of Pearls: A Romance. Also attributed to the prolific Rymer and Prest, this story was published between 1846 and 1847 and introduces Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street.Todd is a barber in 1785 London who murders his customers and turns their remains into meat pies, sold at his partner in crime’s rather dubious pie shop. (You may recall him from Tim Burton’s 2007 musical film Sweeney Todd, starring Johnny Depp.)

Sweeney Todd– The Mysteries of London: This series was begun in 1844 by George William McArthur Reynolds and later continued by various other authors. It tells a tale of depravity and squalor, exposing inequality and injustice towards the poor in the London slums. Notable characters include Richard Markham and Eliza Sydney, and a serial killer/body snatcher called The Resurrection Man.

– Black Bess or The Knight of the Road is a heavily fictionalized account of the life and death of the infamous English highwayman Dick Turpin, as written by Edward Viles. Black Bess was named for Dick Turpin’s horse on which Turpin allegedly rode the 200 miles between York and London in a single night. It was published as a serial between 1866 and 1868.

– The Boys of EnglandEdwin J. Brett’s magazine exemplifies the new focus of penny dreadfuls on exciting, but healthy fiction for boys. It was an instant success, and ran from 1866 to 1899.

Between 1830 and 1850, there were up to 100 publishers of penny fiction. By the 1890’s, however, penny dreadfuls were being challenged by periodicals priced at only one half-penny.

These were followed by the more substantial tuppenny (two penny) dreadfuls, and short, sensational novels such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which sold for a shilling. The penny dreadful was gradually replaced between the world wars by the modern horror genre and the more easily read and highly illustrated comic book.

HARRY HOUDINI: MAGICIAN AND MORE

harry-houdini.1Ehrich Weisz was born March 24, 1874, in Budapest, Hungary. As a small boy he immigrated with his family to Appleton, Wisconsin, where he later claimed to have been born (on April 6, for some reason). By the age of 11 he was performing rope tricks, and could pick any lock presented to him. His dream was to become a stage magician.

When he reached the age of consent Weisz changed his name to Harry Houdini, taking the name from the famous French magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin and throwing on an extra ‘i’. He performed magic tricks and escape acts initially with a friend and later with his own brother Theodore, billing their act ‘The Houdini Brothers’.

Houdini married Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahner in 1894. He dumped his brother and began performing with his wife as ‘The Houdinis’.

Houdini’s early acts included the ‘Needle Trick’ (in which he would swallow dozens of needles and threads, then regurgitate them with the needles neatly threaded), and the ‘Challenge Act’ (where he would escape from any pair of handcuffs produced by the audience). He later perfected his famous ‘Chinese Water Torture Cell,’ ‘Straight Jacket,’ and ‘Buried Alive’ escapes – among others.

houdinimilkcanpromoFollowing the death of his beloved mother in 1913, Houdini visited numerous spirit mediums and attended séances in hopes of communicating with her. Ultimately unsuccessful, he became convinced that mediums were scam artists taking advantage of the vulnerability of the bereaved. For the rest of his life he would campaign to expose and discredit them as frauds, famously debunking the well-known medium Mina Crandon, known to the public as Margery.

houdini 2As his fame grew, Houdini ventured into an assortment of activities. In 1901, he made a 10-minute experimental film entitled, Wonderful Adventures of the Famous Houdini in Paris. He would later make five movies between 1918 and 1923, and even create his own film company, The Houdini Production Corporation.

In 1917, Houdini became president of the Society of American Magicians, a position he held until his death in 1926.

Houdini published numerous books on magic and related topics which are still read today. In 1920, he published Miracle Mongers and Their Methods, an exposé of the tricks and cheats used by mediums, fortune tellers and others with alleged paranormal abilities. On May 19, 1926, he testified before the U.S. Congress in support of a bill that would outlaw fortune-telling in Washington, D.C. (Alas, the bill didn’t pass.)

On Oct. 22, 1926, McGillUniversity student J. Gordon Whitehead tested the magician’s claim of extraordinarily firm muscles by punching him several times in the stomach while visiting him backstage in Montreal. The blows may have injured Houdini, or aggravated a previous condition. Either way, he performed his next two shows in severe pain before finally going to the hospital in Detroit. He died of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix on Oct. 31. Despite his

skepticism Houdini made a pact with his wife before his death, promising to communicate with her

from beyond the grave if it was possible.

Beatrice ‘Bess’ Houdini conducted séances every Halloween for the next 10 years in hopes of receiving a message from her husband, but to no avail. There are still numerous Houdini séances held on Halloween every year in various locations around the world. The official Houdini séance is held on Oct. 31 at the HoudiniMuseum in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

CAR NEX: THE SERIES Unleashed on May 8th!

car_nex_book_cover_by_terrymwest-d7mydl9Car Nex (short for Carnivore from the Nexus) might be author Terry M. West’s best known tale. Since re-releasing the short story in 2013 (it was originally published in 1997) it has been read by thousands of horror fiction fans.

Car Nex concerns Adam Campbell, a Southern family man who, in a small town called Pleasant Storm on a hot September night in 1965, calls forth a demon from an ancient tome that he has found among his family heirlooms. At first, the words of the dark book make no sense to Adam. But as he studies it, he begins to understand the symbols and he is compelled to invoke an incantation that releases something on the small quiet town that can be described as an unstoppable whirlwind of talons and fangs.

The Car Nex has crossed over into several of Terry’s tales, and he decided to create a short story series based on Car Nex.

“It is a shared world series with looser reins than most,” Terry confides. “The authors own their stories and I give them permission to use my monster. It is a creative marriage, but the stories belong to the contributors.”

evilonedover copyCar Nex: The Evil One by E.R. Robin Dover will be the first non-West Car Nex story published. It debuts on May 8th on Amazon. The synopsis: Aldo Capello, the mayor of New York city, is threatened by an underground terrorist group that he has been secretly financing in an effort to keep New York safe. With a wide scale terrorist attack looming, Capello summons a creature of hell to destroy his enemies. The Car Nex has been unleashed, and it is ready to take Manhattan!

It is the first of many to come.
“I have reached out to some fantastic authors, and the story pitches have been terrific,” West explains. “Basically, I am encouraging the contributors to tell a story with my monster in their voice and/or fiction universe. The stories don’t necessarily tie together, but they are all inspired by my story. I hope to eventually publish an omnibus of stories.  I will be announcing further tales soon and believe me, creature feature horror fans are going to love these!”

CAR NEX: THE SERIES has a Facebook page you can follow to keep up with all of the details:
https://www.facebook.com/carnexseries