King of Cameos

 

large creepshowNot only is Stephen King a prolific writer with fifty novels and hundreds of short stories to his credit. His non-fiction, columns, essays, poetry, and comics garner praise, and he additionally writes screenplays. He’s even made cameos in some of the adaptations of his stories and books.

His first published novel, “Carrie,” also became his first to be adapted to a film in 1976. Stanley Kubrick famously changed “The Shining” in 1980. “Stand By Me,” “Misery,” “Shawshank Redemption,” and “The Green Mile” became major motion pictures, while “Salem’s Lot” (twice), “It,” “The Tommyknockers,” “The Stand,” “The Langoliers,” “Storm of the Century,” “Rose Red,” and “Bag of Bones” became made for television miniseries. Stephen King created television series, too, including “Golden Years” (1991), “The Dead Zone” (2002-2007), “Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital” (2004), “Nightmares and Dreamscapes” (2006), “Haven” (2010), and “Under the Dome” (2013).

Of the over twenty adaptations of his works for film or television, Stephen King appeared in many. Also, he acted in a couple of established tv show episodes. Follows is a list of his appearances on silver and small screen:

Creep Show                       (1982 movie)                      starred in “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill”

Maximum Overdrive      (1986 movie)                      uncredited appearance as man at cash point

Creep Show 2                    (1987 movie)                      played a truck driver in “The Hitchhiker”

Pet Semetary                    (1989 movie)                      played a minister

The Golden Years            (1991 tv)                              played a bus driver

Sleepwalkers                     (1992 movie)                      played a cemetery caretaker

The Stand                            (1994 tv miniseries)         played Teddy Weizak

The Langoliers                   (1995 tv miniseries)         played Tom Holby

Thinner                               (1996 movie)                      played Dr. Bangor

The Shining                         (1997 tv miniseries)         played the band leader

Storm of the Century     (1999 tv miniseries)         appeared as lawyer in ad and a reporter on a broken tv

Frazier                                  (2000 tv series episode “Mary Christmas”)                          played Brian

The Simpsons                    (2000 tv series episode titled “Insane Clown Poppy”)      “played” himself

Rose Red                             (2002 tv miniseries)         uncredited appearance as pizza delivery guy

Kingdom Hospital             (2004 tv episode finale) played Johnny B. Goode

Fever Pitch                         (2005 movie)                      himself throwing out first pitch at a Red Sox Game

Gotham Café                     (2005 movie)                      Mr. Ring

Diary of the Dead             (2007 movie voiceover) news reader

Sons of Anarchy                               (2010 tv episode “Caregiver”) played Richard Bachman

Stephen King is scheduled to appear on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on 11 September, 2015. He and his wife Tabitha also acted in George Romero’s 1981 “Knight Riders,” portraying Hoagieman and his wife.

Said Mr. King, “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” Stephen King lives by this motto. His considerable talent is supplemented by dedication to his craft and a desire to experience life in his own creative way, be it through participating in the band “Rock Bottom Remainders,” acting, writing, or private pursuits.

Article: Tattoo Boo: HALLOWEEN INK

A very festive sleeve
A very festive sleeve

The machine hums and whines as it draws blood; a rivulet trickling from the wicked grin of a smiling Jack o lantern. He presses until she winces. He pauses to wipe. She stretches, adjusts. “Do you need a break?” he asks. “No, please, I can’t wait to see it!” she gushes, closing her eyes to accept the temporary discomfort for a permanent change.

Tattoo artist Chris “Blick” Blickenderfer, owner of American Tattoo in Verona, Pennsylvania, helps fans of the season transform their bodies into art. Using skin as canvas, he projects visions onto bodies.

Halloween is a major theme for ink.

Tattoos featuring skulls are a staple in the industry, including vibrant Mexican-inspired designs reminiscent of Dia de Los Muertos celebrations. As a fan of H.R. Giger, Blick has incorporated bio-techno aspects into his designs as well as allowing earthly remains to peek through organics and other foliage.

Haunting scenes enacted across a back or along an arm, nods to favorite horror movies, and genre books get creative juices flowing. It is hard to get him to choose a favorite. “I’m very critical of my work,” Blick admits. “Some of my favorites include a quintessential Halloween scene, a portrait of Reagan from The Exorcist, and a flamboyant Headless Horseman.

A demon on the calf
A demon on the calf

Instead of remaining in the cemetery, the dearly departed have left visible fingerprints on their loved ones. Many customers use their bodies to convey loving remembrances of their departed, their ink memorializing transformed lives. From initials and names to miniature footprints and portraits, people carry their grief in this personal way.

 

A haunted manor tattoo
A haunted manor tattoo

 

 

 

 

According to Pew Research (March, 2014), 23% of Americans in all legal age groups sport ink. For some, it is an expression of self. For others, it sets apart their beliefs. And for others, it is a celebration of their favorite things, including the Halloween season.

Artist Spotlight: Matt Deterior

Matt Deterior
Artist Matt Deterior

Extremely disenchanted with the mundane “opiates” of today’s society, Matt Deterior creates artwork as a way to reach a world he fails to connect with or comprehend. TV, video games, sports, the weather, religion, pop culture are nothing more than empty distractions. His reaction to society’s blind acceptance of these distractions are what fuel his work. Both directly and subconsciously, he is driven to create as a counteraction to these things.

“Sending my creations out and finding an audience that is able to respond to or interact with them assures me that I can connect with people on a level that’s deeper than the superficial things I encounter every day.”

The majority of his pieces are mixed media work made up of several layers of process. Space is often filled with illegible train of thought rants married with characters whose appearance varies from brutish and dark to cute and uplifting. Matt Deterior is consumed with a desire to constantly produce work. His creations have been part of well over one hundred exhhibitions internationally with works held by The Kinsey Institute, La Calaca Press, Marquis Gallery/Landfill Project and in private collections in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, and Norway. Terry M. West’s recently published novel, “What Price Gory?” features cover art by Deterior and Brooke Borel cites and includes images from his self published dark humor zine, “Save the Bed Bugs!” in her upcoming text book, “SUCK: The Tale of the Bed Bug” (University of Chicago Press). He is currently represented by Hyaena Gallery (Burbank, CA), Sev Ven Gallery (Huntington Beach, CA), and has pieces available at the American Visionary Art Museum (Baltimore, MD). In addition to creating pieces in mixed media, stained glass, and sculpture, Matt is currently laying the foundation for his performance/music project, “Programmed to Fail.” He is also chipping away on a webcomic, a few graphic novels and a children’s book. Deterior currently resides in Reading, PA with his wife and son.

Matt’s wonderfully creepy art appears in numerous places on this website (including the logo).

Visit Matt’s website!

 

Horror Comics: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Chilling Adventures of Sabriba
Chilling Adventures of Sabriba
Coming in October!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Coming in October from Archie Comics.

From the Archie website:

NEW ONGOING SERIES! Terror is born anew in this dark reimagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s origin. On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family’s past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda. Archie Comic’s latest horror sensation starts here! For TEEN+ readers.

Horror Music: Goblin

Goblin
Goblin
Perhaps the most well-known composers of horror movie soundtracks!


Goblin is an Italian progressive rock band known to many  70’s and 80’s horror movie fans. They have worked with Dario Argento on many of the Italian horror film director’s soundtracks. 

 

From the official Goblin site:

The group of Goblin was created by Claudio Simonetti and Massimo Morante. In 1973 Claudio Simonetti and Massimo Morante recorded and sung several songs with his friend / manager Giancarlo Sorbello leave for London where he contacted the engineer / producer Eddie Offord famous for having recorded many albums of Yes, Gentle Giant and Emerson Lake & Palmer, who, after listening to their music, agreed to produce their album. In 1974 became part of the group on bass and Fabio Pignatelli Carlo Bordini on drums, the name is “Oliver” and returned to London where he recorded new music with the addition of American singer Clive Haynes, known months before in a London Underground Station, together make several concerts in different schools in England. Yet Eddie Offord part on tour with Yes and no longer has time to follow and produce the group, the band returned to Italy and then thanks to the father of Claudius, Enrico Simonetti, they get a contract with the Cinevox Record. The group began recording an LP (that will come later under the name “Cherry Five”), and during the recording Cinevox proposes to Dario Argento looking for a rock band for his new film (Deep Red)… continued