Posted on December 16, 2014
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Ghost stories aren’t just for Halloween…

An Orlando tradition for 17 years, Dickens by Candlelight is the perfect paranormal performance this Holiday Season. This unique and intimate iteration of the classic tale of goodwill towards men is a must see experience.

Told entirely in Dickens’ own words (except for one word and a little bit of improv), the transformative tale of Ebenezer Scrooge is brought to life by three very talented actors (John DiDonna, Morgan Russell and Monica Long Tamborello). In a cozy tea room-like setting, the action takes place around the audience instead of on a central stage. During the 90-minute presentation and several costume changes, the talented trio tackles the majority of Charles Dickens’ classic characters along with a few others “filled in” by audience members.

Dickens by Candlelight in Orlando

Dickens by Candlelight in Orlando

Taking place in two venues this year, the touching tale is told over tea (an amazing cinnamon herbal blend) and homemade cookies at the Lowndes Shakespeare Theater for regular performances or in-between dinner courses during a special engagement at Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Shows. Guests arriving at the Lowndes Theater in time for the pre-show are treated to the tradition of wassailing in the courtyard.

Dickens by Candlelight in Orlando

Dickens by Candlelight will delight and engage anyone attending. While the spirts of Christmas Past, Present and Future were able to work their wonders in one magical night, patrons still have several opportunities to experience this unique and touching tale.

Dickens by Candlelight in Orlando

Remaining Performances (see also www.dickensbycandlelight.com for details):


Lowndes Shakespeare Theater Tickets $35
Friday December 19 at 7:30 pm
Sunday December 21 at 4 & 7:30 pm
Monday December 22 at 7:30

Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows
Wednesday December 17 at 8 pm
Thursday December 18 at 8pm


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Posted on December 12, 2014
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Nestled among the historic narrow streets of America’s oldest city rests a green two story 1800’s unassuming home. However, this is no ordinary home, for lurking within are hundreds of bizarre oddities and exhibits that make up Wolf’s Museum of Mystery. From 1800’s skull caps of executed criminals to a mummified falcon that hailing from around 330 B.C – Wolf’s is the perfect diversion from the typical tourist traps that dot the ancient city’s downtown district.

Wolf's Museum of Mystery

Wolf's Museum of Mystery

Almost every room in the 7 gallery Victorian building boasts eclectic displays and rare artifacts. Some rooms are given completely to themed displays. The second floor given to a more haunt theme like the bedroom dedicated to Lizzie Borden, the horror theater-including an Exorcist themed bathroom, and the Alien Autopsy room.

Wolf's Museum of Mystery

Wolf's Museum of Mystery

Wolf's Museum of Mystery

I visited the Museum and had the opportunity to chat with former lawyer and owner Wolfgang Von Mertz.

Wolf's Museum of Mystery

How did the collecting begin?



I am the youngest of eight kids – seven brothers – and all of them had collections of sorts and I suppose it began with their hand me downs.  Usually things that were broken or modest or the newness had worn off. I still have an Alaskan War mask that was my oldest brothers who parted it to another brother who eventually gave it to me.  It hangs in the entryway and is one of the few things not for sale.


Your Museum/home is in a historic building at the heart of the Nation’s oldest city – any history about the site that you can share?



We live in a Victorian wood two story built in 1890.  It is one of only two remaining original structures on our street.  We have been told of the original owner being seen in the upstairs but have not seen her ourselves. However we have heard on two separate occasions a distinctive female voice at night say “hello?” And not ghostly whispering but a full bodied voice to the point we thought someone from a ghost tour or a museum patron was locked in.

Both times we searched and found nothing.  

Mary’s apparition was more popular with the former tenants who before departing in 2011 left old pennies over every door well and window sill and her portrait hanging in what is now the gallery – presumably for our use.  

The city itself is known as one of the most haunted in the United States.

Wolf's Museum of Mystery

Wolf's Museum of Mystery

Do you have a favorite room in the museum?

Probably my favorite room is Lizzie Borden’s Bloody Boudoir.  I started that room with nothing and was able to acquire some significant artifacts including her personally used beaded purse; a local newspaper from the day of the murders found in the Borden house; a whorehouse round bed and a Victorian era female skeleton.   The story has always been a big interest of mine and to make a permanent themed display with all the crime exhibits showcased was a lot of fun.  We also sleep in that room!

Wolf's Museum of Mystery

Any particular artifacts in your collection that you favor?


My Ceremonial used full size Chockwe Mask in the voodoo room.  It came from the tribe themselves and few of this scale exist to western private collections.   As an adorer of African Art, it is the finest example I have ever seen in a museum or otherwise.

Wolf's Museum of Mystery

What’s next for Wolf’s Museum of Mystery?

Wolf’s Museum of Mystery – the feature film - A horror film’s final scenes were filmed here in February to be released next Halloween and the producer and director are working with me to write a film based on this guy who runs an oddity shop in a historic tourist town after collecting some of the darkest items which can be found on the planet – big stretch right !?    But when he opens his shop and attempts to make a profit by showcasing them – things begin to go bump in the night and no one knows if it is the evil items themselves doing the killing – or the twisted husband and wife curators.   Hoping with the fancy cameras used to make the Hobbit – that we can get a visual beauty akin to House of 1000 Corpses.  But it’s in the infancy contest phases now. 

I am also going to expand and open Butch Agony’s Slaughter House Kitchen where people can actually go into it with a black and white TV playing the Texas chainsaw massacre and a few animatronic hanging corpses.  And on the first level, we plan to convert the red room into a Mayan Sacrifice Exhibit.

Overall we hope to make improvements to each of the now 14 galleries at least once every month for the next year plus.  It’s only about 60% done right now.

Wolf's Museum of Mystery

Wolf's Museum of Mystery

Wolf's Museum of Mystery

Wolf's Museum of Mystery

Wolf’s Museum of Mystery is located at 46 Charlotte St, St Augustine, FL 32084. An excellent excursion for after the haunted Halloween Season, or on any trip to the Ancient City, this collection of curiosities is open year-round.


 More information can be found at www.wolfsmuseumofmystery.com.

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Posted on December 8, 2014
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Suicide Girls is widely known for its unfiltered display of alternative beauty, with unconventionally beautiful women showing themselves off for millions of fans online.

The organization’s name comes from “Fight Club” author Chuck Palahniuk’s novel “Survivor.” Founder Missy Suicide says it’s “indicative of committing social suicide by choosing not to fit in.” Most of the photos featured on the Suicide Girls web site and in their various publications feature girls with tattoos, body piercings, and wildly colored hair – but it’s not a requirement. “It’s more about the attitude than any one particular look.”

Suicide Girls founder, Missy Suicide

Most importantly, Missy says the more than 3,000 models around the world modeling for Suicide Girls feel it’s “about choosing to live life your own way and feel confident and comfortable with your body and who you are,” an important and empowering message.

But in her latest Suicide Girls book, “Geekology,” Missy reveals there’s even more to these girls than simply being proud for posing naked in pictures. Many of these girls are true geeks at heart.

The large, hardcover book might not exactly fit in on everyone’s coffee table, but would certainly make an interesting conversation starter as a Christmas present. Its high quality glossy pages definitely make the stunning photos shine. And with so many easy-on-the-eyes girls featured inside, it’s definitely a page turner. But the text of “Geekology” (yes, there’s text too!) offers some insight into what makes these girls who they are – who they are proud to be.

The topic of “geek girls” is a hot one today. Whether it’s girls being accused of being “fake” geeks for attention or getting harassed by misogynistic men, the nerd world can be a tough one for females. “Geekology” shows that girls can be attractive and still share the same legitimate passions and loves as any guys do.

“A lot of the photo shoots on SuicideGirls are designed to show how the girls feel sexiest about themselves and a lot of the girls are into the geekier pursuits,” explained Missy. “If they have Star Trek themed sets or Star Wars themed sets, then that’s how they feel sexy and that’s how they feel comfortable.”


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Posted on December 5, 2014
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The sinister sounds of The Moon Rays return with a brand new horror themed release this year! I recently had the privilege to chat with The Moon Rays founder Scott Menching.

Please describe The Moon Rays sound/style?

The Moon-Ray’s style has always been a combination of surf and jazz like some of mancini’s stuff in the early 60′s, only a little more sinister sounding.

How did the Moon Rays get their start (when did you guys crawl from the crypt)?

In the mid 90′s when the “cocktail craze” was on Greg , Terry and myself were in a band called the Atomic Martini’s. We recorded the theme from Creature Features in 1999 and it got such good response the studio we recorded at asked us to do an album. Most of the songs on Thrills and Chills (our first recording) were songs we performed live as the Martini’s. That was the beginning. Out of the few originals on the album, one got picked up for a film called Dr. Horrors Erotic House of Idiots by Paul Scrabo. That led to a second album, The Ghouls Go West, two songs off that were used in films and the first album won best surf based album of the year in the JPF Indie awards in Ca. Over ten years we recorded a total of four albums for that studio.

Something Wicked” is the first release in six years – please tell us a bit about the project.

I wasn’t going to do another MR’s album, I thought the band had run it’s course but I started receiving some interesting emails from places like Japan and Europe saying they had heard some of our songs and were wondering when we were going to record again. We never did an album really geared to the Halloween crowd, it was always mixed with other stuff, so we talked about it and started writing again. It was about that time we met Gerry Cote from Rough Draft Studios and he wanted to back the album, so how could we say no!

(Yes, that’s Archibald Ashdown and his Twitchlings from Legends: A Haunting at Old Town on the cover!)

What drove the decision for the style of music?

A lot of it had to do with the lineup of musicians. Most of the MR’s were fans of swing and jazz as much as rock, oldies and pop. We’re all chilrden of the 60′s and have a love for the Monster boom that happened then. We all built the Aurora models, read Famous Monsters, and of course watched Creature features and Shock Theater religiously.

What’s next for the Moon Rays?

I’m not sure quite yet but I’ve always wanted to re-create a 1930′s Radio Show like Lights Out or Inner Sanctum. I think it would be fun to write music for that and have the band do the script!

Look for “Something Wicked” on Amazon, iTunes, CD Universe and CD Baby or visit the Moon Rays on Facebook or on their website.

A sample of one the songs from the new album can be heard here:



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Posted on December 4, 2014
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Ten Thirty One Productions has announced the return of The Great Horror Campout, which will begin touring in June 2015 beginning with two nights in Los Angeles.

On June 5th and 6th, the 12-hour interactive horror camping adventure will offer campers a full night of terrors, with tickets now on sale – just in time for the holidays.

“We are developing a night that is packed with layered interactive content to provide our campers an experience that they will never forget,” said Melissa Carbone, CEO of Ten Thirty One Productions. “This chapter will again continue to push the envelope and kill the spectator sport status quo in the live attraction space. Campers will leave feeling like they have been fully submerged in the experience for the entire night.”

The Great Horror Campout offers campers to a choice to sleep in two- or four-person tents. Campers can choose their level of engagement when they choose their activities and tent zone. The experience can be an extreme horror adventure or a more mild horror adventure based on preference. Additionally, Hellmasters from previous years will receive VIP status and many perks at all future Campouts and TTO productions.

“Our goal is to get campers to go further and further down the rabbit hole. The further they go, the more they engage, the bloodier, scarier, more challenging the experience will get,” added Carbone.

Tickets can be found at www.greathorrorcampout.com. More cities and dates will be announced in the upcoming months.

Here’s a report from the 2014 version of the Great Horror Campout, courtesy of Adam Leonard:

As my friends and I drove to Beaver Creek, OR, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect out of The Great Horror Campout. The website for the event promised a “High Octane, Very Extreme” event where “Only the Dawning Sun Will Save You”, the event even boasted a safe word(I WANT MY MOMMY) just in case the proceedings got too intense. Would I be terrified out of my mind for 12 straight hours? Or like many other events, was this another haunt that over promises?

I can happily report that The Great Horror Campout amounted to one of the most fun nights of my life. It’s not too scary, it’s creepy, but The Great Horror Campout strikes a pitch perfect balance of scares and fun. Participation is paramount, the more you participate, the more into it you are, the more fun you are going to have, and the more you are going to get out of your time there.

Here’s a list of things my friends Brett, Chas, and I experienced during our night at The Great Horror Campout:

– Brett was propositioned by a friendly Redneck who wanted him to be his “little Pooh Bear”, that same Redneck remembered Brett and proceeded to call him “Snuggle Bunny” throughout the rest of the night.

– I was covered in chunks of blood and viscera after being hugged by a humanoid creature made out of meat, and this was only 15 minutes after arriving.

– We had to put some vomit into condoms.

– I got “tongued” by a group of Purge-esque serial killers.

– We played a game with some clowns, and it ended with Chas being locked in the trunk of a car.

– We learned how many things can be bargained for using the power of dance. (Make sure you have the Goatmen show you the Goat Dance!)

– We spent waaaay to much time silently navigating a labyrinth full of Chupacabras. (Camp highlight, a must do!)

– I made it to the final round of Blood Tag, but got gunned down really quick.

– I tried not to get slapped by Cthulu, but only mostly succeeded.

– I got bound, hooded and abducted by a sketchy looking van, but I got rewarded with candy for my experience.

– We acted out famous horror movie scenes in front of the entire camp, and got doused with blood. (Brett got doused in Hershey Syrup because he was doing a scene from Psycho.)

The Great Horror Campout is one of the most macabre, surreal, hilarious things I have ever experienced. At heart it is a scavenger hunt on steroids. The Hell Hunt, as it’s called, is an action packed adventure that has you engaging in all kind of wild activities, and interacting with all kinds of horrific characters while trying to get your hands on the precious S.C.A.G. (Shit All Campers Get, which takes the form of all kinds of insidious items such as various body parts, missing children posters, satanic coins, and the aforementioned condom filled with a convincingly puke like substance) that are required to become a Hell Master.

If you are one of the lucky few to collect enough S.C.A.G. to become a Hell Master, you get a special sash and merit badge to signify your status. That sash gives you the ability to buy tickets for future campouts early, and special “perks” at said future campouts.

One last thing deserves a special note, the cast and crew for the Great Horror Campout were fantastic. The costumes are top notched, and everyone played their parts well. Of particular note are the Headmaster and his Camp Counselors. The Headmaster carries on the proceedings with equal parts charm, and vulgarity. He is a character that would be very much at home in the movie The Devil’s Rejects. The camp counselors provide some jump frights, but also did an admirable job of making sure people were taking full advantage of the evening, stepping in to help if people were looking a bit lost. The counselors also seemed to impressively remember all of us (no small feat as there were over a 100 of us in attendance). They did a really good job of remembering some interaction that they had with you earlier in the evening, which helped give a more personal experience to the whole event.

I fully recommend that if you are a fan of horror, or if you are looking for something that is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before, do yourself a favor and check out The Great Horror Campout, whether it be this the last few weekends they are running this year, or when they go on tour again next year. You’ll be glad you did.


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