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HorrorAddicts.net 113, Mark Slade

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Horror Addicts Episode# 113

Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

mark slade | anguisette | the witches

Find all articles and interviews at: http://www.horroraddicts.net

187 days till halloween

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Come meet us at BayCon 2015!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2015 by Emerian Rich

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Come meet Emerian Rich, H.E. Roulo, Laurel Anne Hill,

J. Malcolm Stewart, Loren Rhoads, Sumiko Saulson, and Lillian Csernica at

BayCon 2015

May 22nd-24th

Hyatt Regency

Santa Clara, CA

Program details coming soon, but don’t wait to buy your tickets.

We will be having a big HorrorAddicts.net BOF and

release party for our book:

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Don’t miss the door prizes, favors, and your chance to see all these amazing horror personalities together in one place! :)

Books will be on hand for signing and purchase.

The San Francisco Dungeon a Horror Addicts Dream Attraction

Posted in News with tags , , , , on April 13, 2015 by Emerian Rich

dungeon copyYou ever think to yourself, “Where can I go to get roughed up by the locals, sold to an angry ship captain, and put on trial for being a little loose at the local pub?” Well, I’ve got just the place for you. The San Francisco Dungeon is a great attraction to soothe your weary soul. For those of us who live in the Bay Area, it’s a godsend for out-of-town family members who always want us to take them “down to the pier” as it is an entertaining way to fulfill the tourist requirement.

This horror attraction is  a mix of Dicken’s Faire-like live performances, a Stephen King-led history lesson, and all that was really cool about the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney before they commercialized it Depp-style. With nine live shows, awesome sets, and even a boat ride, this fun adventure is a highly interactive thrill for even the most morbid of tastes. What’s more, there is enough true history seeped in, that your “norm” friends will find in interesting as well.

PiggottNoTextOn my trek into the dark, I took along two of my horror-loving friends and we all had a great time. Cam was locked in a jail cell, Ari was spooked by the Alcatraz ghost, and I was put on trial for doing some sort of lewd dance on a saloon bar the night before. The actors played their parts well and the group you travel with is small enough to give that really intimate feeling that you are trapped in a horror film and may not make it out alive. By using realistic props, sound effects, and interactive chair mechanisms, the Dungeon has done a really great job of making you feel in the moment.

This was the first time I’ve ever been to a Merlin Entertainments attraction, and I must say it made me want to try others. For those of you not in the San Francisco area, they have other Dungeon locations. In fact, the San Francisco installation is the first in the US, but ninth in the world. Other Dungeon locations can be found in Amsterdam, Berlin, Blackpool Tower, Edinburgh, Hamburg, London, Warwick Castle, and York, all using local history to take you on a journey through time.

CourtNoTextSan Francisco’s attraction is centered around the Barbary Coast, a notoriously rugged and wild part of our city alive in the 19th century known for its dance halls, saloons, and brothels. Each of the live performances at the Dungeon centers around a unseemly character and what they are after, whether it be gold, morbid scientific achievement, or selling the visitors as slaves. My favorite show was the final act where you are told of a ghost and then by using sound, light, and actor magic, you feel as if you are witnessing a poltergeist. Although all the shows were great, the Alcatraz actor we had was beyond entertaining. Scary, real, and so close, we really did think he might kill us.

After the show, I was afforded the special opportunity to speak with Matt Gunther, the Performance Supervisor and ask about the talent portion of the experience and how long they are trained. “Each actor learns two shows in three days to a week,” Matt said. “Once they have them down, they expand to learn other parts.”  The show I watched had only one woman involved, but the parts are interchangeable. “Miss Piggott is the only role that is exclusively female,” said Marketing Coordinator, Jesse Russell. “All of the other roles are interchangeable. That’s one of the many exciting aspects of the Dungeon. All of our professional actors bring a unique flair to the characters, so you’ll never see the same set of shows twice.” This makes me want to go back and witness a whole new set of experiences.

Lates1NoTextSpeaking of new experiences, the Dungeon has an April-only show called Death by Chocolate.  Jesse went on to say, “Death by Chocolate is our April event which features a new character named Cordelia. She’s based on Cordelia Botkin who came to notoriety in the 1890’s for giving poisoned chocolate to the wife of a man with whom she had a sordid affair.” If you miss the April show, don’t despair. They have another top secret special coming in June 2015 that will run through the summer starring a special guest from one of their European dungeons. The Dungeon is a permanent installation on the wharf, but their shows are constantly changing.  And what about our favorite time of year? Well, Jesse assured me, “The two weeks leading up to Halloween we plan to increase the scare factor during our night time shows.”

You might be wondering who created such an awesome place and how the stories all came together. The sets were created by Daniels Wood Land, who you might know from the Animal Planet television show Redwood Kings. The Paso Robles, California based company used rescued wood for the creation of the sets with some of the wood salvaged from World War II Japanese Internment Camps. As for the scripts, they were spearheaded by Dungeons Creative Director, Kieron Smith. The scripts were heavily researched using  information from historical societies and books on the city’s history.

I asked Performance Supervisor, Matt Gunther, what makes the Dungeon so unique. “What makes the Dungeon great is, we’re on that knife’s edge of comedy and scary.”

Not only is the attraction great fun, but it also seems the employees love it too. Everyone from the front greeter to the giftshop staff seemed into it, engaged, and ready to riff off the spooky theme. Samantha Villegas, Duty Manager, said, “I love the dungeon, it’s my heart and soul.” And I believe it. Who wouldn’t want to work in such an awesome place?

SanFrancisco0328151503Although the Dungeon will by far be the horror addicts favorite attraction, Merlin Entertainments is the second largest attractions company in the world. In addition to the Dungeons, they operate Legoland, Madame Tussauds, and Sea Life Aquariums. In San Francisco, Madame Tussauds just happens to be right next door, and if you’re taking your non-horror visitors there, they will get a kick out of posing with the famous stars. Whether you want to pose with great presidents of the past like Washington and Lincoln, sit next to Rosa Parks on the bus, jam out with Hendrix, or pose with the great croon master, Tony Bennett, this is the place for you. Other figures range from music stars, to movie stars, and even royalty.

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For the horror addict, you will be creeped out by how life-like the statues are and even get to pose with Dr. Horrible if you wish. You’ll also be thrilled by seeing heads on stakes and a life-size figure of Madame Tussaud with what looks like a bloody head on her table. This attraction is sure to inspire some creepy stories of dolls coming to life like the mannequins in The Twilight Zone’s “After Hours” episode.

Our live reactions of the Dungeon can be heard on HorrorAddicts.net episode #113, coming April 25th.

Have you been to one of the Dungeons? Let us know what you thought and any creepy experiences you’ve had by commenting below or emailing horroraddicts@gmail.com.

 

HorrorAddicts.net 112, Horror Addicts Guide to Life

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Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

writer’s workshop winner | lacuna coil | frankenstein: the true story

Find all articles and interviews at: http://www.horroraddicts.net

 

201 days till halloween

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Horror Addicts Guide to Life – Available now!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2015 by Emerian Rich

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Available now! 

Cover art by: Masloski Carmen

Editor: David Watson

Do you love the horror genre? Do you look at horror as a lifestyle? Do the “norms” not understand your love of the macabre?

Despair no longer, my friend, for within your grasp is a book written by those who look at horror as a way of life, just like you. This is your guide to living a horrifying existence. Featuring interviews with Midnight Syndicate, Valentine Wolfe, and The Gothic Tea Society.

Authors: Kristin Battestella, Mimielle, Emerian Rich, Dan Shaurette, Steven Rose Jr., Garth von Buchholz, H.E. Roulo, Sparky Lee Anderson, Mary Abshire, Chantal Boudreau, Jeff Carlson, Catt Dahman, Dean Farnell, Sandra Harris, Willo Hausman, Laurel Anne Hill, Sapphire Neal, James Newman, Loren Rhoads, Chris Ringler, Jessica Robinson, Eden Royce, Sumiko Saulson, Patricia Santos Marcantonio, J. Malcolm Stewart, Stoneslide Corrective, Mimi A.Williams, and Ron Vitale. With art by Carmen Masloski and Lnoir.

 

Free Fiction Friday: Dark Soul by Emerian Rich

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on April 3, 2015 by Emerian Rich

punkprintThis is a throw back… reaching into the writing crypt for my very first publication credit. A poem of my youth that can still make me feel like I did back then. I’ve since realized, this is a symptom of our age. For many of us Dark Souls… we’ve had to come a long way to be comfortable with ourselves. For some of us, the path was to much to bear and we miss you dearly. For others, they are still trying to drown themselves in poison to be able to function in our world. For us rare few who have seen it to the other side, stay strong!

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Dark Soul

By: Emerian Rich

If the world was as dark as my soul…

But it isn’t, I’m isolated.

 

What a powdered, pink mother

Gives birth to is all her

Fear of death.

 

But we aren’t scared anymore, are we?

 

A childhood of fear has turned into

Hopelessness,

Helplessness,

Finally, fearlessness.

 

We are strong aren’t we?

We are jaded and mean.

We are heartless and rude.

 

Sometimes I cry at the things I’ve done,

For loving myself,

For doing what I want.

 

Where do I go to get rid of the guilt

From that house with the white picket fence?

 

I try to drown it in all types of poison.

Torture to my body and soul.

 

But there’s no hope at last

I’m dying from it.

The guilt of my mother’s past.

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If you have poetry to share with us, please send it to: horroraddicts@gmail.com

SUBMISSION CALL: Once Upon a Scream

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on April 2, 2015 by Emerian Rich

SUBMISSION CALL: ONCE UPON A SCREAM
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“Happily ever after” is for children. This book prefers to evoke the grim warnings of our oldest fables. We are seeking frightening fairytales, fables, and folklore. We want to feature your own new tales or new takes on old classics. Stories of seelie and unseelie alike. Are the things that go bump in the night there to help or harm us?

Submitted stories should deal with fairies or fairy tale settings, and must also be considered horror, evoking a classic fear and dread reminiscent of the fables of old. If you are submitting a new take on a classic fairy tale, the original story and characters must be in the public domain. The setting can be our world in the past, present, or future, or a fictional setting, or the exploration of both. Stories must be Gothic, Horror, Steampunk, Gaslamp Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Horror Romance, or have a horror element of some kind.

Manuscripts Format:

  1. Font either Courier or Times New Roman.
  2. Double spaced, font size 11 or 12 point.
  3. Your manuscript must be in either DOC or RTF format.
  4. 1st page header to state: author name, mailing address, email address, and word count.
  5. Following pages header to state: author name, story name, and page number.
  6. In the body of the email, give us:
    1. 100 words or less bio about you.
    2. One sentence explaining the story attached. Your elevator pitch.
  7. In the subject of the email state: ONCE UPON A SCREAM/Author Name/Story Title
  8. Send to: horroraddicts@gmail.com

No previously printed work and no simultaneous submissions.

Deadline: October 31st, 2015, 11:59pm PST
Length: 2,000-8,000 words, ideal length 5,000
Payment:$5.00 USD + digital contributor copy
Return time: Final decisions will not be made until AFTER the submission close date (10/31/15). You should expect a return within 3 months of the submission close date. If you do not receive an email stating your manuscript was received within two weeks of submission, please send a polite query to: horroraddicts@gmail.com

For any other questions, please send an email to:horroraddicts@gmail.com

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