Tales from the Darkside - Halloween Episodes


I was going to make this another installment of the Triple Movie Mini-Reviews, and I may still do that later this month featuring Halloween movies. But in my efforts to keep all posts Halloween related this month, I thought I'd get more specific, and just a little bit different...

Hence came the idea to feature a favorite show as nostalgic as big hair of the 80's, Tales From The Darkside - The Halloween Episodes. To my knowledge, there are three Halloween-centric episodes, and each is excellent and completely different from one another. Let's dig in, shall we?

 Season 1 - Episode 1: Trick Or Treat
 Frankly, it never really does get better than this. Beginning the series with an episode as good as this one, is extremely difficult to live up to. George really knocked it outta the park here, and you simply couldn't ask for a more Halloween atmosphere. Begin with this one, or save it til the end (yeah, right), it truly is the best of the bunch.

Season 2 Episode 5: Halloween Candy
This episode is special because Tom Savini not only had his hands in creating the creatures for it, but he directed this one as well. Creepy undertones abound here, and you know something is coming, but you're not quite sure until the first creature appears. This would not be the last episode Tom Savini directed, be sure to check out Inside The Closet (Season 1 - Episode 8) as well, his hands are definitely in the candy bowl there too.

Season 4 - Episode 14: The Cutty Black Sow
Now I don't know that anyone would consider tales from the Darkside really scary, but this episode is the only one of the entire four seasons to actually creep me out--for real. Maybe it's because it's one of the few that has an ending that is...well not quite as favorable as one would hope. But I LOVE it because for that reason, and because it is a genuinely scary premise, and full of Halloween trickery. Not to be missed!

HONORABLE MENTION: Another favorite episode of mine is In The Cards (from Season 1 - Episode 13) it's not Halloween related, but deals (ha) with Tarot Cards. Turn down the lights, snuggle up on the couch with your favorite treats, and have yourself a Tales From The Darkside Halloween fest! I'll be back next week with more Halloween goodies for you. Stay tuned!

Internet Radio Deadair.co - The Sound of Halloween 24/7 365

My goal this month is to feature posts that are all Halloween related for the whole of October. Kicking off this month's festivities is something I think you'll really dig, and is most appropriate to get you into the Halloween spirit.

Feast your eyes (and ears!) on DeadAir.co - The Sound of Halloween an internet radio site which features spooky cool music, film clips, radio spots and even TV commercials celebrating our beloved holiday ALL YEAR LONG.

For someone who always plays music, podcasts or movies while working, I could not ask for a better addition to my collection of favorites to play. You will literally hear a little bit of everything on this site, from silly, old-timey songs to classic bits and newer music in remixes from pop to hard rock. It is truly a ton of fun, and I really hope you'll check it out.

The site plays perfectly on desktop and mobile, and there's even running titles, so you'll always know what's playing or has just been played. It even has a Halloween day countdown!

Consider contributing to this fantastic cause, the site is run solely from listener donations. Anything that is ad -free in this day and age deserves enthusiastic support. I would imagine that even the cost of one Pumpkin Spice Latte would go a long way to help.

My thanks go to Miranda from the SpookyLittleHalloween Blog for the heads up on DeadAir.co, I felt it was my duty to pass along the info to you, my dear readers. Enjoy!

Blog Series: Triple Movie Mini-Reviews #5 - Season of the Witch / Necromancy / Witch Who Came From The Sea

This installment of mini-reviews was a delight to write. All three films are favorites of mine and feature a witchy theme, but maybe not in the ways you might expect. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll notice I post a lot of what I'm watching, which just happen to be films from the 70's, and feature witchcraft in all its varying forms. Well all three below have that, and much more. So put on your pointy hats and read a spell....ha.

GEORGE A. ROMERO'S SEASON OF THE WITCH - 1972

Most will likely know about this time-capsule gem, but I really wanted to feature it here because it has grown on me over the years like a fungus...in a good way. Now certainly, it is full of questionable editing, hilariously bad dialogue and a few plot holes, but let's face it, it's from our beloved GEORGE ROMERO, so all is forgiven and enjoyed.

What I perhaps like best about the film (aside from the fabulous 1970 clothes, makeup and hair) is that our heroine just up and decides to become a witch one day, goes to a witchy shop to buy all the necessary accoutrements and abracadabra, InstaWitch! Now I know enough to realize that it doesn't really work like that, but it's fun to play along.

Enjoy it for what it is, and I can almost guarantee that if you watch it more than once, you'll be under its spell.


         NECROMANCY - 1972

1972 must indeed be the year of the witch, as this gem was released the same year as the above Season of the Witch. The lovely Pamela Franklin stars in this seventies-centric, slow-burning occult venture, along with Michael Ontkean and Orson Welles as the mysterious Mr. Cato.

There is something fascinating and highly appealing about these late 60's to late 70's occult films. It was definitely a time of exploration and perhaps just a smidge of acceptance that the world had not quite opened up to previously. These are the films I actively search out and enjoy as often as I can.

Necromancy had a recent Blu-Ray release that is still pretty pricey, but worth every penny. Until then, at the time of this post, it is available on Amazon Prime, and last I checked, on YouTube as well. Highly recommended, go check it out!

THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA - 1976

While this one might have the least to do with witchcraft, I fucking dig its weirdness, its batshit insanity and its controversial subject matter.

Millie Perkins is the true star here. Her performances in some of the film's most shocking scenes are jaw-droppingly impressive; bold, unafraid and chillingly real. Known best, of course, for her breakout role as Anne Frank in 1959, but this character could not be more different. She may well be practicing witchcraft on the viewer, as we are unable to take our eyes off her.

Despite some odd editing choices, there is a lot to take in and process with this film, but I highly encourage you to go along for the ride. It will be anything but boring.

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And so ends this installment of mini-reviews. As always, I hope you have enjoyed them and maybe have a few "new" films to watch. I've already been thinking about Halloween season, and what movies to watch and review. It will be a little tricky, as horror fans are mighty savvy, but I'll do my best. Stay tuned!

Re-Vamping the Etsy Shop With More Occult, Paranormal & Supernatural Books


It's certainly no new news that I am a devout horror fan, and that I started LaCreeperie because of my love of horror. But since things are changing with my business, and I'm still trying to get my foot in the door with a writing career, I thought I'd do some rearranging and finessing of the Etsy Shop.

As I've said previously, I will continue to keep the Etsy Shop open for the duration while I explore other income avenues. And since the lovely Adeline of L'Entresort acquired half of my inventory (nearly ALL the horror books) it was the perfect time to reassess what works and what could use some improvement within the Etsy Shop.

The biggest change you will see in the coming months is I will be growing the Occult/Metaphysical and Paranormal/Supernatural categories by A LOT. I have always had a great interest in these types of books, but was so focused on creating my niche in the Horror world, that I didn't give as much attention to these other categories in the shops. Also increasing will be the Non-Fiction section, as well as the Classics/Pop Culture category.

But never fear! I will always, always be on the lookout for choice Horror/Halloween Books for you, because really, how can I resist? I hope you will enjoy these few changes, and will find some titles to add to your own bookshelves. Sadly, I know I will lose some customers who, for whatever reason, do not want to shop on Etsy. Them's the breaks...but if you haven't previously bought anything via Etsy, you can always checkout as a guest, and they offer the same payment options as my website.

Lastly, I will be removing the Vinyl Records category at the end of the month FOR GOOD. The time for vinyl selling has passed for me, so I'm keeping the focus on books for the time being. This will not only give me more storage space, but will cut costs on shipping materials.

Thank you, as always to my devoted 5 or 6 readers here. You are the main reason I keep this blog going! Also because, you know, I'm trying to act like a writer. Until next week--oh, speaking of that--I have finally settled on the perfect blog schedule, once a week on Fridays. It seems to be a really good fit, and easy to keep up with for both you and me. Huzzah!

How To Safely Remove Stickers From Book Covers

Heads up book lovers! Today I'd like to share with you a way to remove those nasty price/store stickers from your precious book covers--WITHOUT DAMAGING THEM! 

I know, I know, I've done it too, plenty of times, and ruined an otherwise great looking cover all in the name of either impatience, ignorance or sheer stubbornness thinking I could remove it carefully without peeling a part of the cover picture overlay off. Well, no more of that I say...read on!

                                                       THE TOOLS:

1. Lighter fluid (yes, I know, it sounds terrifying, but TRUST ME). It works amazingly well, and it's CHEAP.

2. Exact-O Knife (or tweezers would work great too)

3. A soft, absorbent cloth or paper towel

4. Q-tips (optional)


STEP 1:
First off, you'll want to be doing this on a flat surface, with plenty of light to see the fluid/glue residue.




Saturate the sticker with lighter fluid CAREFULLY, it will come out of the spout very quickly--so watch it. Make sure you get the whole sticker thoroughly wet with fluid. The fluid will start to run/bleed quickly--don't panic, it's ok--wipe off excess with your cloth or paper towel. Fluid will immediately start to soak into the sticker, then begin to evaporate.





STEP 2:
When the fluid has nearly 'dried' (10-15 seconds), take your Exact-O knife (or tweezers, knife, fingernail) and gently pry up a corner or edge of the sticker to see if it will come off easily.

If it looks like the sticker won't come off cleanly or very easily--no worries--do step #1 again. Re-saturate, and wait for fluid to evaporate. Now sticker should come off really easily and cleanly. Repeat process again for extra stubborn stickers. 

STEP 3:
Depending on the type of glue, the kind of paper and what kind of cover you have (matte and textured or glossy) there may be a little glue left behind. This is where the Q-Tips come in handy. Put some fluid on either your cloth/towel or Q-tip and rub in a circular motion to remove any stubborn glue or bits of sticker left behind. Most all stickers I have found come off without this step, but I've added it here because there are so many variables; how the book was stored, how old the book/sticker is, paper and glue types, etc.

Now. If you see what looks like an 'oil spot' or residue from the fluid on the cover DON'T PANIC this WILL evaporate in a short time. Unlike alcohol, lighter fluid won't remove any color or texture from the paper. And unlike GooGone, it won't leave a nasty, smelly, oily residue that you'll be stuck with forever. Just let the cover sit for a bit, and it will return to it's original state.




                                                                                                                                There, now wasn't that slick and easy? Hope this helps, and now you won't be deterred from buying any books that have stickers all over them--you can restore them (and it's actually kind of fun!).

RELATED TIPS:

Sharpie/Permanent Ink: Alcohol works well for Sharpie marks and grease pencil, but be careful--as stated earlier, it can/will remove color from the cover if you rub too hard. Use a Q-tip and work small areas at a time.

Stubborn Stickers: So far, the only type of cover/sticker I have had trouble removing is on covers that are matte and old. Generally, only the top layer of the sticker seems to come off, despite several attempts of removal without damage. The result looks something like this:


I hope this tutorial has helped you, it's actually kind of fun to watch your sticker-laden covers become sticker-free! Also, this method works just as well for record album covers too. Huzzah!