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Guignol: A Tale of Escalating Horror

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Horror Made

CfjiiEFUUAIHyeEYou know what’s a terrifying time in life? Middle School. Middle School is awful for pretty much every human on the planet. You’re in that horribly awkward phase of life where you’re hitting puberty and start to become self aware enough to start asking, “Who am I?” and “How do I fit into this world?”

Well, imagine being back in that nebulous bubble of reality for a minute. Imagine starting life in a new school with a massive amount of new students and trying and fit in but filing miserably. You end up feeling adrift in a swarm of people who seem to know more about everything than you ever will.

And then someone notices you. They actually talk to you, and you become friends. But friendship turns into peer pressure. Maybe for us that pressure meant trading Pokemon cards you actually liked because your friend wanted Lapris so badly, or maybe that…

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August 4, 2016 at 11:26 am

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VISTA BLUE to DEBUT LIVE at International Pop Overthrow +++

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At long last! VISTA BLUE has arrived! All the way from America!

As-previously-mentioned on Screen Door Revolution, Vista Blue will make their triumphant live debut at the International Pop Overthrow on Friday, May 6th, at The End in Nashville.
Tvistapearshe event marks the release of the Loblaws/Vista Blue split CD. Both bands feature New Orleans/Nashville punk musician Mike Patton (also of pop-punk bands The Robinsons and Sally Stitches). Vista Blue is rounded out by recent additions Mark Crowley and veteran drummer Reese Chism. You can read a bit more about the band at Faster and Louder.
International Pop Overthrow is an annual traveling power pop festival that takes place in more than 15 cities each year, including Liverpool, Stockholm, Austin, Toronto, and others.
Vista Blue have a slate of new releases lined up through the summer, starting with another baseball-themed EP in June, followed by a CD through Radiant Radish in July collecting all 20 Vista Blue baseball songs for the first time. An Olympics-themed EP will be out in August, and a horror-themed release is planned for October. Check out Vista Blue’s recent single, “Jamie Lee,” which pays tribute to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

Vista Blue also recently issued a split with PEARS, which is still available here.

DON’T MISS: the live debut of Vista Blue, Friday, May 6th 2016 at the International Pop Overthrow in Nashville. Showtime is 7:30. Vista Blue is scheduled to perform at 11:15pm.

Meanwhile, in New Orleans…

I recently covered the store opening party at Crescent City Comics‘ new location on Calhoun Street for Bleeding Cool, featuring photos by Nathan Tucker and Greg Morris. There’s also a pretty amazing time-lapse video of the store ceiling going up. Click through to continue reading…



Crescent City Comics
staffers (Left to Right): Alex Rooney, Leo McGovern, DB Wells, Store Owner Les Arceneaux, Richard O’Brien, Justin Colomb : Saturday, April 16th 2016.

I ended up with a sweet sack of vintage 1990s Ghost Rider comics (including the legendary glow-in-the-dark issue, which was the first glow-in-the-dark cover ever published by Marvel Comics). Average cost of acquisition: $2.50.

Ghost Rider Back Issues

The dream of the 90s is alive in New Orleans.

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Every Body Count

PICTURED: Every issue of BODY COUNT ‘Zine released to date (as of March 2016).

The DIY ‘Zine, which is released in conjunction with the Body Count Podcast, recently released its sixth issue. Body Count is co-hosted by Mike Patton (notably also a member of the pop punk bands The Loblaws, Vista Blue, and The Robinsons, and author of The Horror Movie Society). Issue 6 features Circus of the Dead, Stressed to Kill, Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, and lots more.

I make a guest cameo appearance in the “Change the Past” feature, discussing the implications of time travel and possible future roles for James Franco. HORROR AT EVERY TURN! Get your copy here.

Episode 67 of the Body Count Podcast is available now, discussing Bound to Vengeance, Berkshire County, and Last Shift. Listen here.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Body Count also recently re-released a lost classic episode from days of yore: Episode 5, which shines the spotlight on the Leprechaun series.

We also recently took a look at the latest releases from Vista Blue, including their Halloween-inspired single, “Jamie Lee.” Read more here.

Meanwhile, over at GUIGNOL HQ, we are having a spring sale:: all copies of Guignol – A Tale of Escalating Horror at our webstore are marked 20% OFF + NO coupon codes required. How ’bout that? Offer good thru March 31, 2016.




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March 17, 2016 at 1:45 pm

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GUIGNOL Supports Women in Horror Month #WiHM7

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Women in Horror Month 7

GUIGNOL is proud to support Women in Horror Month 7 #WiHM7. Women in Horror Month is celebrates the achievements of all women across the world of horror, observed annually during the month of February.

We’re showing our support by shining the spotlight on some of the creative women whose contributions have made Guignol possible with a look at The Women Behind GUIGNOL – A Tale of Escalating Horror. Read more right here.

Included in our Women in Horror Month feature: artist & photographer Laura McCombs, whose artwork appears in Chapter 14 of Guignol Book One; artist & model Elli Diaz (our official cosplay model); and editorial assistant Brittney Hocut. Read on and view bonus galleries of their work.

And we take a look at the real-life 19th century stage actress who inspired Guignol‘s main villain.

There’s also a special offer at the end for new readers.

And, just speaking personally as a writer, I had a lot of fun writing this feature, so please do enjoy!

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NOTES from NEW ORLEANS and BEYOND:: February 2016

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A Cataclysm of AMAZING art, pop, and punk FROM NEW ORLEANS AND BEYOND!


Local creep Brett Schwaner writes:

Can You Hear That?

The RAWR of Thunder in the Distance?

SAWRUS, a new recording label based out of Austin, TX, has awakened from its Jurassic slumber with the release of Lapsed Catholic from New Orleans’ own dIRECT ATTACK.

dIRECT ATTACK is an aggressively lo-fi goth rock band featuring Jack Champagne, formerly of Kindest Lines, along with David Fransen of Dropout Prom and The Fantastic Ooze.

SAWRUS is headed by former Six Ten Split Magazine publisher Rene Gauthreaux, with the goal of issuing high-grade cassette tape editions from emerging artists.

You can also stream Lapsed Catholic from dIRECT ATTACK at their Bandcamp site, or visit

Also: be sure to check out this recent interview with dIRECT ATTACK over at Absolution NYC.

For more music, artwork, and updates, visit SAWRUS online at their Facebook page, or via their webstore for a shot at dIRECT ATTACK’s debut cassette.

AND! AND! AAAAND… for even more horror and goth rock from the New Orleans area, we here at SDR always recommend The Tomb of Nick Cage! What secrets lie within the tomb of Nick Cage? Perhaps a National Treasure Book of Secrets DVD?


Six-Fingered Serial Killers REJOICE! Vista Blue is Back!

Vista BlueCreeping out the shadows, watching you while you eat your Burger King…  Vista Blue is back with a new round of sing-along pop punk tunes! The latest offering from the Nashville-based project arrives courtesy of Mike Patton (he of The Loblaws and Robinsons fame, also the co-host of the Body Count Horror Podcast and author of The Horror Movie Society). Betsy Took My Baby Away features three songs, which you can hear over at Vista Blue’s Bandcamp site. Look for a follow-up release in March titled Jamie Lee, featuring four new songs. Vista Blue will be appearing at the Nashville stop of the International Pop Overthrow touring festival in May. Singer/songwriter Mike Patton also tipped me off to some other upcoming Vista Blue news of interest, particularly to New Orleans-area punk rock fans, but I have been sworn to silence until after the news becomes “official.” Check out more on Vista Blue over at just some punk songs.



Meanwhile, in New Orleans…

Check it out! This show flyer is amazing and terrifying, so naturally I love it…

Kill Ida Belle Flyer

Head out to the Banks Street Bar on Friday, February 26th for a chance to see New Orleans’ own Kill Ida Belle and Bad Misters, along with the first-ever live performance by The Fruit Machines. Kill Ida Belle and Bad Misters should both be pleasing to the ears of noise and indie rock fans. Check out Bad Misters’ discography to date over at their Bandcamp site, which straddles the line between indie and avant garde garage rock. Kill Ida Belle feature former members of Tom Violence!, drawing heavy inspiration from the school of Sonic Youth. Kill Ida Belle’s Chris Posner tells me that the band is presently preparing to record their follow-up to 2014’s The Debacle, which you can listen to right here. The Fruit Machines released The Wild At Heart demos in late 2015, which can be heard over at their Bandcamp space. The show at Banks St. is a FREE event. Showtime is New Orleans time (show up by 9 and don’t miss out!).

Oh, and that AMAZING flyer art? It arrives courtesy of New Orleans’ own Patrick Bailey, he of such noteworthy bands as Smiley with a Knife, LoOmis, and Meadow Flow. Bailey can currently be seen performing with Static Masks, who have a show with A Living Soundtrack scheduled for March 4 at Gasa Gasa in New Orleans (details at Static Masks’ Facebook page). You can check out more of Patrick Bailey’s artwork at his design label Strange Daisy.

And finally…

The Guignol Valentine’s Sale continues now through February 14th. Tonight, hold close the ones you love! For tonight, Death is lurking all around! Share the horrifying❤ now! Use the promo code IHEARTHORROR at checkout and save 25% on the debut installment of Guignol- A Tale of Escalating Horror, an all-new illustrated horror novel series written by yours truly. We’ve got plenty of Guignol news coming up, so stay tuned! Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for even more horror…

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CREEPING Around PARTY CITY on Saturday Night:: February 2016 Edition

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Welcome again to our on-going photo-chronicle of Saturday nights spent creeping around the City of Mandeville in search of forbidden knowledge. Sneaking around after dark is easy… if you’re a creep!

This week, we’re heading over to Party City! Hooray! Party time! Break out the nipple shields!


I will admit to having not walked around Party City in many years.  The first thing that struck me is that the “party” being shilled at Party City these days is something out of a Stanley Kubrick film. These masks are on every aisle, and available in every color. It definitely feels like I’ve stumbled upon something sinister, or at the very least, kinky…


Easter Fun is afoot! Lots of FUN colors to celebrate the Death and Resurrection of that Wascally Wabbit!


Don’t wait! Stock up on creepy masksanime hair today! Pretend you’re starring as Goku in Stanley Kubrick’s Dragonball Z!


36 SPRINGS! WOW! What a deal!


COLORS! COLORS! COLORS! Every aisle at Party City is a horrifying pastel nightmare!


A tower of eye patches for your convenience! Meanwhile, Spongebob is always lurking, never far…

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Jessica is 21 & Legal! Let’s Get Wild! Don’t forget to bring plenty of Eyes Wide Shut masks!


Flash forward several years, and we’re sick of that incorrigible party girl Jessica. Bon Voyage! Good riddance! Voyage, by the way, is the original title of Celine’s Journey to the End of the Night, a masterwork of nihilistic French fiction. I wonder if Jessica has ever read it?


Coffin Gift Box & Transformers Mask! A somewhat unexpected pairing… this was the only Transformers mask on the shelf, and in fact the lone Transformers item spotted in the entire store during my visit. It seems to have been randomly stashed next to this lovely, thoughtful Coffin Gift Box.


New business attire that I will be wearing to the office on Monday.


Thanks for visiting Party City! Nyaaaaah!

But don’t go anywhere, the party is just getting started, creeps!

Party City After-Party at KMart!!!


That’s right! We have returned once again to KMart, where dreams come true! Mandeville is a magical place, bountiful in strip malls as far as thy eye can see. KMart is just across a beautiful, sprawling parking lot from Party City. The locals refer to it as “The Miracle Mile.” Okay, maybe it’s just me who calls it that. Let’s get this after party started! ABOVE: The KMart Bed! Who knows how many children have been conceived on it?

As we enter KMart, “Fox on the Run” begins to play over the store speakers. I close my eyes and let the moment wash over me…


Star Wars Water! Purified, from Jubb Jubb Springs! But does it taste like Jar Jar? Here’s hoping we’re never desperate enough to have to find out!


The neon/pastel nightmare begun at Party City continues at KMart! No spatula, nor cutlery set is safe, apparently…


Hairy Sasquatch Valentine’s! What an amazing thing it is that we live in an age of such convenience! Just imagine living a century ago, at a time when you couldn’t just bust out on Saturday night, wild, careless, and free, and head over to KMart and browse Hairy Sasquatch Valentine’s at your leisure. I think about how destitute and unfulfilling life must have been back then, and I am grateful for the gift of modernity.


Purr-fect Together Valentine’s Buddies! Best Friends! Strictly platonic! Friend-Zoned Forever and Ever!


“The Dirtiest Shelf at the Dirtiest KMart.” HD Glasses, alone and untouched for years on the sterile shelves of KMart. A vintage 2004 offering!


Monster Figure Pack! All of your kids’ occult favorites are here! Sign their souls over to Satan with this FUN assortment! This one caught my eye because it seems to include the world’s first-ever Sack-head Killer action figure for kids…



The LOGO Board Game! All of your multinational corporate favorites are here! Old El Paso!! BMW! Windows! V8! And many, many more! But where’s the Brawndo logo? We are seriously like 5 minutes away from living in Idiocracy


I’m with you, Grumpy! Let’s get out of here! I hate cuddly forest creatures, too!

That’s all for now, freaks!

We are still running our Valentine’s Sale over at Guignol HQ, now thru February 14th. Enter the lovely promo code IHEARTHORROR and Save 25% when you order the heart-warming debut of my all-new on-going Halloween horror series, Guignol – A Tale of Escalating Horror. What’s Your Favorite Holiday?

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January 31, 2016 at 12:00 pm


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Guignol Valentine's Special

Lovely News to Warm Your Long, Lonely HORRIFYING Winter Nights! 

Dear Fiends! Because I love you more than words could ever express, we are running a limited time offer over at GUIGNOL HQ.

Enter Promo Code IHEARTHORROR now through February 14th at the Guignol Webstore and SAVE 25% OFF your order!

Fall head over heels for the debut of the year’s most terrifying new illustrated Halloween horror saga — featuring 350 pages of content and 50 full color illustrations — the perfect token of affection for that special scary someone in your life, or for yourself, if you’re alone and horrifying!

This is a LIMITED TIME OFFER, good through February 14th only!

As always, please remember that GUIGNOL is Recommended for Mature Readers!


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January 28, 2016 at 10:00 am