Welcome to Frighten Me! Today, we’re proud to present the super talented winner of The Next Great Horror Writer Contest, Jonathan Fortin. Horroraddicts.net has just released Jonathan’s newest work, eHorror Bites 4: Requiem in Frost and it’s a terrific blend of Black Metal and Zombie horror. Here’s an excerpt:
Requiem in Frost
By Jonathan Fortin
“Bet it’s haunted,” I said, watching the frostbitten trees pass us by through the window.
“It’s not haunted.” Mom kept her eyes on the road, which was slippery from ice. “Honestly, the worst thing we might have to deal with is faulty plumbing.”
“I’d take haunted over faulty plumbing any day,” I said. “It’s a spooky house outside of town. It better be haunted.”
Mom and I had been stuck in the car together all day and I couldn’t wait to get out. I had a feeling Mom couldn’t wait to get…
*catchup: book reading, night’s knights, severina, ankh, halloween store, craft store, spencer, hot topic, goths in the 90s, where have all the ankhs gone? elder goth, mall employees, retail people, zany brainy
*darkvein manor: by emerian rich with cleo de milo concept by e.m. markoff, rish outfield-ives, kadirah wade-hazel, pete lutz-jay and henry, emerian rich-clara and cleo, naching t. kassa- dr. francistein, james seo-heath, kirk warrington-fabio, theme music-valentine wolf
*ghastly games: haunted hunt, daphne, night terrors, bloody mary, #dontsayhername
1.) The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Offers Scare-Fans a Backstage Look with Dark Hour: A Look Behind the Screams
Tickets Available for October 11, 18, 25 and 31, 2019
[Long Beach, CA] – The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Southern California’s most terrifyingly authentic haunt, will once again resurrect the legendary ghost stories from the infamously haunted ship September 26 – November 2, 2019. Returning to the 10th annual Dark Harbor by popular demand, the wickedly exclusive backstage experience Dark Hour – A Look Behind the Screams! offers thrill seekers and haunt enthusiasts a special inside glimpse into the spine-chilling event.
On select nights, brave fans are invited to mingle with the signature monsters of Dark Harbor for photo ops and conversation while indulging in devilishly delicious hors d’oeuvres, meat selections, and spellbinding specialty cocktails are available for purchase. Attendees are invited to go beyond the regular guest experience and enter the ghostly realm of the creature creators during a Q&A session with the producer of Dark Harbor for insight into fan-favorite mazes, lead monsters, and world-famous ghost stories.
Following the VIP cocktail hour, a private escort will lead Dark Hour guests to an exclusive patio to witness a behind the scenes viewing of the Dark Harbor opening ceremony. Upon watching the ceremony from a monsters view, attendees can test their fears with Evil Express passes to all six mazes including the newest maze, Rogue. This hauntingly terrific ticket is only offered on select nights, October 11, 18, 25, and 31, from 5:30 – 6:45 pm, Dark Harbor opening ceremony starts at 7:00pm. Dark Hour tickets are for guests 21+ only and are priced at $180 per person. Very limited tickets are available per night, and thrill-seekers are encouraged to purchase tickets before they run out.
A Dark Hour – A Look Behind the Screams ticket includes:
GA + Evil Express Admission into Dark Harbor event and all mazes
Admission into Dark Hour from 5:30 – 6:45 pm
All Main Cast Photo Opportunity
Hors d’oeuvres & Body of Meat to Enjoy
Q&A Session with Producer of Event
Behind the Scenes viewing of opening ceremony
The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor is celebrating a decade of freakish fun with more frights than ever before and an all-new maze for the 2019 season. General admission ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, Evil Express, Dark Hour, Ultimate Scream, and hotel packages available. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor.
2.) Spooks and Spirits Presents: “Monster Movies for Music” at the Historic Observatory Theater on Oct. 20
Experience Live Music Performances, Special Screening of Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses, Horror Artists, Zombie Flash Mob, Monster Make-up Demonization’s, Silent Auctions, Surprises & More Benefiting MusiCares
[San Diego, CA] – Ghouls, ghosts, and goblins 18+ are invited to “scare for a care” this October with the first-ever “Spooks and Spirits Presents: Monster Movies for Music” on Sunday, October 20. Jam-packed with frightful-fun all night long, San Diego’s Observatory Theater will be overcome by the Halloween spirit with Zombie Flash Mobs, a special movie screening, live music performances, Halloween costume contests, silent auctions benefiting MusiCares, and much more still to be announced. Tickets are available now at www.monstermoviesformusic.com.
“As a fan of horror films and someone who has leaned on music to survive this thing we call life, it’s my honor to organize an event that can make a true difference for music people in times of need,” shared Steve C. Rowin, Founder of Spooks and Spirits. “I hope this event will not only bring the music and haunt communities together, but that it will also inspire all of SoCal to enjoy the seasonal festivities, have a few scares, and give back to those in need.”
The inaugural Monster Movies for Music will ooze with spooky themed activities including monster make-up demonstrations with Christopher Olsen of Backstage Artist SD, horror art showcases, and a horror fan silent auction. Face your fears and sleep with one eye open after watching the classic cult movie Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses or dance along with the living-dead during the San Diego Thriller Zombie Flash Mob.
Don your creepiest Halloween costume and enjoy live music performances including popular Rob Zombie tribute band “Zombiewood.” Event-goers are encouraged to arrive in their finest “Captain Spaulding” attire as San Diego’s newest horror Halloween event attempts to set a record for most people dressed as the notorious Rob Zombie character. More devilish details and sinister surprises are still to be announced.
3.) 3rd Annual Haunted Little Tokyo Returns to Downtown Los Angeles
This October, enjoy month-long frightful-fun with pumpkin patches, Halloween-themed films, trick-or-treating, a costume contest and block party
Little Tokyo will transform into Haunted Little Tokyo for the third year on select nights throughout the month of October with more spooktacular fun than ever before. Ghouls, ghosts, and goblins of all ages are dared to experience Little Tokyo like never before during the month-long Halloween festivities ranging from a family-friendly pumpkin patch, live entertainment and spooky sounds, interactive ghostly games, free Halloween movie screenings, ‘haunted’ walking tours, and all culminating in a frightfully fun block party and costume contest.
Go Little Tokyo invites thrill seekers of all ages to join in the bone-chilling fun as the heart of Downtown LA oozes with spooky themed-activities, evenings of unforgettable family-friendly entertainment and special events throughout the frightful season. On Saturday, October 26, bring your friends to downtown Los Angeles’ biggest Halloween block party and costume contest and stay for the local food vendors, music, and games. Monsters and Halloween fear junkies are encouraged to slither into their best costumes and mingle with monsters.
San Francisco Bay Area residents
can hear author Jonathan Fortin read Requiem in FrostLIVE
Wednesday, October 2nd @7 p.m.
at the San Mateo Public Library
Other guests will include Emerian Rich, Trinity Adler,
Loren Rhoads, E.M. Markoff, Laurel Anne Hill,
Ben Monroe, R.L. Merrill, Mercy Hollow,
Sumiko Saulson, and J. Malcolm Stewart.
Navigate a Spine-Chilling Journey of Chaos & Dread in Dark Harbor’s NEWEST MAZE
Sink to Never-Before-Seen Depths of the Historically Haunted Ship, including Door 13 & the Boiler Room
Test the Waters with 23 Nights of Terror September 26 – November 2
Brace for impact as The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor releases a storm of fear like no other in the all-new maze: Rogue. Dark Harbor’s newest maze will take guests through the frightening voyage that nearly changed history. Sparking the creation of the Hollywood blockbuster The Poseidon Adventure, the 95-foot wall of blackness sent waves of panic through the marine community and re-defined science as we know it.All who dare will grasp for air as they plummet with fear, clinging to survival in the newest, spine-chilling maze.
As the tale goes, while transporting American troops during World War II, the RMS Queen Mary became known as the Grey Ghost. During a stormy December crossing from New York to Scotland, the famed ocean liner was broadsided by a monstrous force of nature: later classified by NOAA as a “rogue wave”.
Dark Harbor attendees will roll into the tide of this historic moment by becoming fully immersed in the panic and chaos of Rogue’s impact with deafening water effects, complete darkness, floor to ceiling seafoam, and even experience the feeling of being capsized. All those aboard will hold on to dear life, as the Grey Ghost attempts to keep herself afloat.
In addition to the announcement of the all-new maze, the producers of Dark Harbor announced at Midsummer Scream, on Sunday August 4, for the first-time ever, Dark Harbor guest will have access to never-before-seen depths of the Queen Mary. In one of the newly re-imagined mazes onboard the historic ocean liner, attendees can now walk through the infamous Door 13. Dubbed one of the most haunted areas on the ship, legend has it that an 18-year old crewman was crushed to death by Door 13 in 1967, and now Dark Harbor guests can walk-thru the iconic location. Guests can also venture 6-fathoms below sea level submerged in the notorious Boiler Room to indulge in the newest secret bar offered at Dark Harbor nightly.
Southern California’s most haunted Halloween event will welcome MORE scares than ever before with the season’s most authentically frightening experience available. Dark Harbor tells the truly haunted, historic tales of the Queen Mary through the infamous spirits of Captain, Chef,Iron Master, Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry, Scary Mary, Voodoo Priestess, Ringmaster, plus hundreds of their bloodcurdling henchmen await to tempt your fate.
Live your nightmares aboard the Queen Mary with newly-intensified returning mazes Feast, B340 and Lullaby.Circus and Intrepidprove even more twisted and darker than before with new immersions and even more twisted scares for the 2019 season.
With Dark Harbor’s disturbingly creative minds, 6 mazes, 13 bars, fire shows, aerialists, sliders, Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch Sinister Swings, Panic! 4-D Experience, zombie DJs, Barrel Room Tastings, R.I.P. Lounge, and much more, Dark Harbor 2019 is certain to be a freakishly fun time.
The annual haunt opens its gates on September 26 and continues to scare those who dare on select nights through November 2. General admission ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, Evil Express, RIP Lounge Passes, Creepy Cabanas and lodging packages available. Dark Harbor is offering a 40% discount on general admission for select nights until August 5 at 11:59pm with promo code SCREAM. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor.
James: I love all of our songs! I’m really happy with “Start Again”. That was the very last song we put together for the album, and we barely got it together in time, but it turned out great. I love how it sounds, the lyrics are something I really wanted to say, and I’m so proud of us for getting it done in time. Sometimes that pressure and focus from a deadline can really inspire something good.
What singers or bands inspired you growing up?
James: I grew up in a house filled with classical music. I think being exposed to the classics still inspires a lot of how I write. Like most kids of my generation, I was all about the Michael Jackson “Thriller” album. He was just so cool. Later, the first time I saw on MTV, it changed my life. I wanted to be an electric guitar player. A little later I got into Pink Floyd (like many high school kids do) and they were a huge influence… the huge sound and sound effects, the simple melodicism of David Gilmour’s leads, the depth of the lyrics… Everything changed for me again at age 15 or so when I first heard Skinny Puppy. They were my gateway drug into all this spiky, black hard-edged music I’ve come to love.
Who are your favorite artists today?
James: I still enjoy a lot of metal. Devin Townsend is my favorite musician of all time and he’s still doing amazing work. There’s so much great new dark music happening now. I just heard a post-punk band from Berlin called the Golden Apes for the first time the other day and they were just great. An amazing voice, really dynamic songwriting. A few years ago, Michelle and I saw a post-punk band from Mexicali called Silent and they completely blew our minds. Such great music and such a powerful force onstage. There are so many older artists that are still out there doing amazing work. Gary Numan’s most recent album “Savage” is possibly his best work ever. Killing Joke’s last album is just so good too. There are so many great bands here in northern California too, in and out of the goth scene. Believe me, I could go on and on.
What non-musical things inspire your music?
James: My songwriting tends to be autobiographical, so a lot of what’s inspired my writing has been my own life experiences. I occasionally get inspired just watching films or shows, sometimes I’ll hear a snippet of the soundtrack and think “what if they went THIS way instead of that way?” I find film soundtracks very inspiring anyway.
Is there a place where you go to be inspired?
James: Michelle and I are fortunate enough to be homeowners, and she loves working on the house. She’s making it a space where we can both be inspired to create.
What’s been the greatest achievement of your band?
James: We’re a very new band, so at this point it was just getting our first album finished in such a short time! We’ve only been a band since February 2019. In July, we did a brief tour with our friends 13th Sky, and I really wanted us to have our album finished and ready to sell for those shows. It took one hell of a lot of time and effort from everyone to get there, but we did it!
Where was the coolest place to play? Where did you enjoy yourselves the most?
James: Every show is fun in its own way! As of today, we’ve only played nine shows as a band. I think the coolest place we’ve played so far was Batcave S.F., held at the Knockout on Mission Street in San Francisco. It was wild! Lots of cool bands, drag performers, an awesome crowd… I think the most fun I’ve had at a show so far was the time we played Powerhouse Pub in Folsom on a Wednesday night. We had a decent turnout for playing late on a weeknight, and the club’s got great sound and a nice big stage which is always inspiring, and even though it was late and hot and we were all tired, we were just ON that night. Looking forward to more shows!
What are your favorite horror movies?
James: I enjoy the classics. Dracula. Frankenstein. Nosferatu. I just love the imagery and craftsmanship of those early films and what they were able to do with limited technology. Michelle showed me “Shadow of the Vampire”, a horror film about the filming of Nosferatu and I thought that was really great. I’m not into any slasher stuff, give me something atmospheric and psychological, not blood and guts. Michelle’s a huge fan of vampire films and has a massive collection. She’s also a huge fan of the Hannibal and Penny Dreadful TV series, and we’re both looking forward to the new Penny Dreadful City of Angels.
What was the scariest night of your life?
James: Maybe scary isn’t the right word, but the night I flew to New Zealand, unannounced, to ask Michelle to marry me was pretty nerve-wracking! I was so nervous she’d figure out what I was up to. But somehow I pulled off the surprise!
If you could play anywhere in the world, where would it be and who would be your opening band?
James: Anywhere and everywhere! I live for this stuff. I played in Guadalajara, Mexico as a fill-in guitarist with 13th Sky earlier this year and that was the wildest show of my life, such passionate music fans down there! I’d love to get Ashes Fallen down there as well. I also really hope we get to play in New Zealand some day so Michelle’s old friends can see her owning the stage! As for an opening act? We love it when we get to play shows with our friends. Maybe for my birthday one year I’ll set up a big show and have us and all our friends’ bands play.
What are you working on now for future release?
James: We’re pretty fully engrossed in playing live right now, but we do hope to have a new EP or single out early next year. I’m writing a few riffs here and there and thinking about which old, unfinished songs I’d like to try to explore with this band; believe me, I’ve got a ton of them! I wrote a lot of the songs on our debut album myself before we were a band, so I’m definitely looking forward to us doing more writing as a team. We’ve also been talking about putting together a proper music video for one of our songs, so watch out for that! We’ll be sharing more video footage from our live shows as well.
Final Thoughts / Anything you want to tell the listeners?
James: Go out to a show! There are so many great local, national, and international bands out in the clubs giving it their all to half-empty clubs that are struggling to keep their doors open. I love seeing shows and playing live so much and I don’t want it to die out completely.