#NGHW News: Episode 148

Hello, my Horror Fiends!

This week I’m filling in for your favorite news reporter Adelise since she will be gone for a few weeks. Nicole Kurtz is this week’s guest judge. She is the publisher of Mocha Memoirs Press.   The contest for our horror contestants this week was to write a horror story about an original monster of their creation. The stories this week were fantastic. With just a little tweaking, these stories could be perfect.

Nicole Kurtz is this week’s guest judge. She is from Mocha Memoirs Press. She has brought great personality to the judging of this contest and I can honestly agree with her choices this week.

Nicole’s top three favorites this week, in no particular order, were:

The Guardian – Naching T Kassa. The judges loved the originality of the story. The poem as well was just beautiful. They did think that the story ran a little long.

Whiskey Noir – Daphne Strasert. They loved the story, it was scary and gritty, noir done right. The judges did wish that the main character kicked butt without depending on the guy.

Nightmarescape – Jonathan Fortin. They thought the story was beautiful and poignant. It was very imaginative and a great adventure. The voice wasn’t as much loved because they didn’t like the person. But, to be fair, first person is great when done right.

Another top contender was Jess Landry – Nessling. They loved the main character and the tree monster. It didn’t quite make the top three, but it was amazing.

All of the contestants this week got a breakdown of their strengths with their writing from previous contests as well as their weaknesses.  They received advice on how to further their writing by digging deeper, taking these critiques, and pushing it out into their writing. It can be hard to take critiques but if you can learn to take them and mold them into something great.

The countdown has begun! This was the last challenge before the semi-finals. All nine contestants did such an amazing job this year. This boot camp was horrendously hard and I am so proud of each and every one of them. The top nine contestants are as follows:

Ninth Place – Jacee Martinez

Eighth Place – Fien Gots

Seventh Place – Adele Marie Park

Sixth Place – Sumiko Saulson

Fifth Place – Harry Husbands

Fourth Place – Jess Landry

DRUMROLL PLEASE: The top three contestants who will be moving on to the semi-finals to battle it out for a published novel through Crystal Lake Publishing are:

The top three, in no particular order, are: Naching T Casa, Jonathan Fortin, Daphne Strassert!

Great job writers. I have loved each and every submission you guys have worked on. It’s been a hard year and I can honestly say that this years contestants did phenomenal.

Until next time, stay scared!

  • Kenzie

 

 

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#NGHW News: Episode 147

 

Hello, my Horror Fiends!

This week I’m filling in for your favorite news reporter Adelise since she will be gone for a few weeks. This weeks contest was to create an audio-drama that was no shorter than five minutes but no longer than six minutes. This week’s contestants did a pretty good job. The judges loved the entries this week with a few hiccups. The main issue was that the contestants put visual cues in their audio-dramas. But, you can’t see anything in an audio-drama so it made no sense to add visual elements to this challenge. There were a few contestants that didn’t quite make it the five minutes and a few that ran over time. I actually fangirled this episode because I absolutely love audio-dramas and the cheesiness that goes along with the acting. With that being said, let’s get down to it!

This week’s guest judge was Frank H. Woodward, award winning writer, director, and producer. His top three favorite audio-dramas were:

#3: Fiend Gotts – “Soul bird” was great because the 2 strangers were talking and it felt intimate. He didn’t like how the story ended right as it was getting good.

#2: Harry Husbands – “Turn up & Die” loved the setting for local hangout for the actors who played victims in horror films as well as thought the satire was great. But he didn’t care for the ending because it was stereotypical and the strength would rely on visual gags but it is an audio-drama.

#1: Jonathan Fortin – “Consumption.” was a story in the audio realm with identifiable characters and classic radio in every way.

The top six contestants this week, in no particular order, were:

JONATHAN FORTIN
HARRY HUSBANDS
NACHING KASSA
JESS LANDRY
SUMIKO SAULSON
DAPHNE STRASERT

The top three were:

Harry Husbands – “Turn Up and Die”

Jonathan Fortin – “Consumption.”

Daphne Strasert – “Secondhand Heart.”

THE WINNER THIS WEEK IS Daphne Strasert – “Secondhand Heart.”

Congrats Daphne! Third major win this season. All of the contestants did an amazing job on this challenge. It was innovating, difficult, and yet very entertaining. One thing that Emz and Heather decided this week was to give a chance to the contestants who did not win this season to submit their short stories to the upcoming HorrorAddicts anthology series, “Crescendo of Darkness”. The stories are due no later than Halloween. I will also be submitting a story for this anthology, as well. I can’t wait to read the contestants’ stories!

There is only one more round and then grand finale! Here are the points ranked:

In the lead is Daphne Strassert with 782  points.

Trailing a tad behind her is Jonathan Fortis with 757 points.

Last but not least is Naching T Kassa with 743 points.

Will someone else be able to knock one of the top three out of the running next week? Are these contestants the ones who will be able to pitch their novel for the grand finale? Make sure you keep tuned in to know what happens! It’s getting really close to the finale and I know I’m excited to see which one of our talented contestants will come out on top.

Until next time Horror Addicts, stay scared.

Kenzie

Ghastly Games Review: One Night Ultimate Werewolf

 

Good evening my Ghoulish Gamers!  In this weeks installment of Ghastly Game Reviews, I’m throwing you a review of One Night Ultimate Werewolf.  One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a party game designed to hunt down – and kill – the werewolf of the game.  It has twists and turns and leaves friends either loving or hating each other by the end of the night.  This review will go over game play, the positives and negatives of the game, and my personal opinion on it.

One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a party game – the more people playing, the more fun it is!  Someone needs to be assigned as the leader of the game.  The leader controls the night and lets the players know when they can use their roles.  Each person at the beginning of the game gets assigned a role of many. The role stays anonymous as you don’t want the other players to know what your role is.  Each role has a set of different abilities that they get to use during the night.  There are good and bad roles, but ultimately, the object of the game is to lynch the werewolf.  After everyone figures out their roles and the abilities that go with it, it is night time.  The night is when everyone will be able to use their abilities.  Everyone closes their eyes and waits for the leader to call their role out.  When their role is called, they “wake up” and complete their ability.  Once everyone’s ability is played, everyone “wakes up” at the same time to find someone murdered.  They then have to figure out who the werewolf is and vote to lynch.  If they kill too many humans, the werewolf wins.  If they lynch the werewolf, the towns people win.

There are both positives and negatives to this game.  The positive is that if you have a large group of friends, alcohol, and a night ahead of you, this game can be great fun! It is fun to turn on your friends, kill them, all the while debating with everyone on who to lynch. The negative of this game is that the fewer people you have, the less fun it is.  Also, the game is pretty short.  If you’re looking for a more immersive game, this one isn’t for you.

I think that this game can be fun with the right people.  As I said before, it is a great party game.  If your group of friends plays more tabletop-strategy horror games like Dead of Winter or Arkham Horror, then this game may not be for you.  My personal opinion is that it is a great game to play during a party or if you’re short on time but you still want to play. I personally love tabletop immersive games so this game isn’t particularly what I’m looking for in a game.

All in all, this is a great quick game to play when you’re too drunk to have any sort of in-depth strategy gaming.  Until next time my ghoulies, stay scared!

 

#NGHW News Episode #146

Hello, my Horror Fiends!

This week I’m filling in for your favorite news reporter Adelise since she will be gone for a few weeks. NGHW Episode 146 was a particularly hard episode due to a number of participants who didn’t do exactly what the judges were looking for. Don’t get me wrong, interviewing yourself and answering the questions as yourself is very difficult and this challenge has proven to be the hardest one yet! They did pull through, shining brightly in this dark, decrepit tunnel, and showed us what they’re made of.

Episode #146 brought us six semi-finalists in no particular order:

#1: Harry Husbands

#2: Adele Marie Park

#3: Jess Landry

#4: Naching T Casa

#5: Jonathan Fortin

#6: Daphne Strasert

This week’s mini-prize was cool in the sense that they will actually feel a part of the HorrorAddicts family – getting their interview published to the blog! I remember how it felt for myself being welcomed to the team so I know that this prize is surely one of the better ones.

This week’s special guest judge was Stacy Rich, HorrorAddicts.net Blog Editor.

In order to be a good interviewer and interviewee, you need to have experience and build upon that baseline infrastructure of your skills. Not every writer is a good interviewee or interviewer, which is why this challenge really put our contestants to the test! They had to write their own interview and answer their own questions. Some of the contestants had a tongue-in-cheek way of completing this challenge by adding humor to it, others kept it completely personal to where we can see the real person behind the writer, and some had a good mixture of the two.

The judges, although impressed with how hard the contestants did try this round, were not so impressed with how none of the writers seemed to know how to write an interview. Writing an interview like you would see in a magazine is a skill that does need to be researched and learned, just like if you were writing a paper and needed to learn a specific format. But, other than that, I was truly impressed with how well this challenge went. I loved hearing the contestants interview themselves – it was comical but each contestant brought their own thing to the table.

The judges did have a few special words to say about the following contestants:

Harry Husbands: they thought that his introduction was cute. It brought a different flavor compared to the other entries. Personally, his was one of my favorites. He is classy and knows what he needs to bring to the table.

Adele Marie Park: her professionalism knows no bounds. It’s very streamlined. I love professional writers for the sole purpose that they can be creative and bring forth the most decrepit imagery from their minds, yet still, knows how to be classy.

Naching T Casa: I absolutely loved how she showcased herself as a person – not just a writer. It brought a depth to the interview that was really needed. I love when writers can break free of their characters and really hone in on themselves.

Fiend Gottes – let’s just say we never want to meet this guy in a back alleyway. His imagery is vast and we do need to stay far away from his dungeon. He is one of the scariest writers in this competition. I absolutely adore him.

All in all, everyone did pretty well and I was fangirling all over the place.

Last week, Daphne Strassert took home the prize for the past two competitions, which was a first for this season! What happened this week was that Naching T Casa won and ended the streak that Daphne Strassert had going. I adored Naching’s interview and I felt as though I personally knew her as a friend towards the end of it. My favorite line from her interview was:

“Imagine everyone has a door in their mind which separates their conscious from their unconscious. Most people keep the door closed. They don’t want to see the things which lurk on the other side. Horror writers want to see those things, want to explore them. We love that direct line to the dark side.”

Truly phenomenal, congratulations Naching!

As an update to whose in the lead, Daphne has taken over Jonathan by 24 points! She is leading the competition with 699 points in total. Right behind her is Jonathan, hot on her tail with 675 points. In third place so far is Naching, with 673. They are so close in points, it’s almost scary. I’m hot with anticipation to see who can come out on top. Rounding out the top 6 is Jess, Harry, and Sumiko. Will Naching be able to take over Jonathan in the next round? Will Jonathan be able to come out on top? There are still 2 competitions left before the finale, anything can happen!

Until next time, stay spooky!

  • Kenzie

Ghastly Games Review – Salem

By: Kenzie Kordic

Salem is a great party game in the same vein as One Night Werewolf or Vampire. I love these types of board/card games because no matter if your friends or family are into horror- they’ll be into these games. Salem is a board game where demons enraptured the minds of the town folk of Salem, making them do things that they don’t necessarily want to do, and it’s your job to stop it from happening. This review will go over the gameplay, pros and cons of buying this game compared to the dozens of others like it, and my opinion of it.

The gameplay of Salem starts out that each player gets assigned a secret role from a list. Some roles are good, others are bad like witches. It is the players of the games responsibility to find all the witches and lynch them in a number of nights. If all the witches are lynched, Salem wins. Wins the witches remain, everyone who is not a witch wins. It is a good game full of lies, deceits, traitors, and murder – my type of game.

The pros and cons of this game kind of go hand in hand. In one hand, you have a great game where you can grab all of your friends for a drunken night of scary fun. The cons are that this game is virtually like the other games of the same category. The only difference is that instead of Werewolves, murderers, and vampires, it’s witches. What the game brings to the table as far as uniqueness is that it is actually full of history and it is fun to do things that actually happened years ago.

My opinion of this game is a positive one – it’s fun for what it is. It isn’t unique, the gameplay is very simple, and I have a stack of five other games just like it in my game room. But, I do like it because I typically enjoy horror games that I can get my friends in on after a few glasses of wine since I’m the only horror buff in my friend group. If you loved One Night Werewolf, then you’ll love this game too. Until next time my gamers, stay scared.

Ghastly Games Review: Gloom

 

Hello my Horror Gamers!  This week’s game review is over the simple, yet stunning, card game titled Gloom.  Gloom is a two to four player card game where the objective is to kill off your own characters before other opponents have the opportunity to make your players happy.  The objective of Gloom is to make your family so unhappy and to die a gruesome death.  The game ends when one player has all of their family dead.  The player with the most negative number wins.  This review will go over how to play, some basic rules, and what my personal opinion is on it.  Hope you enjoy!

It starts off with four families, color coded by family name, and each family has different people.  There’s a family that’s similar to The Adams Family, one that seems inbred, and a few others.  Players choose a family to start out with, laying the cards face up in front of them.  The cards are clear so it is easy to lay other cards on top and still be able to see the family members.

After everyone has chosen the family they want to play with, they draw their cards, and the game starts.  Some cards have positive points, some negative points, death cards, and a few other playable cards.  The positive cards are what you want to avoid on your own family completely.  Each player gets a turn to lay down two cards.  You can choose to put a positive card on your opponent’s family so that the family member is happy and enjoying life.  You put negative cards onto your own family in order to torture them as much as you can.  As the game progresses, you will draw death cards.  Death cards have two different uses. One use is to kill off your own family member once they get a huge negative number in order to keep those points until the end of the game.  The other way to play that card is to put it on your opponents family so that their character dies with positive numbers which are subtracted at the end of the game. It is a really great way to screw over your friends.

I absolutely love this game! The first time I played it was a few years ago with a great group of people and we immediately became addicted player five games in one night.  It is a ton of fun torturing your own family and making your opponents family so happy that all they want to do is live.  I’m a pretty morbid person so I love games like this.  I give this game a ten out of ten solely because it’s a fast pace, easy to learn, and a gripping game that will keep you begging for more torture.

 

Until next time friends, stay scared.

Ghastly Games Review: Ouija Board

 

The Ouija board is a timeless board game that has been scaring people for decades.  It is a classic board game that has been portrayed in movies, books, short stories, and countless horror tales that have been passed down through the generations.  When people think of Ouija boards, they think of demons, ghosts, haunting, and a scary experience overall.  Some people absolutely refuse to have this game in their house or be in the same location as it.  This review will go over how to play it, the lore, and my personal review of the game.  Get ready to be scared.

Ouija is a very simple game to learn how to play.  You need to start off with at least two players.  NEVER play by yourself.  Playing by yourself can open yourself up to possession and other terrible outcomes.  Also, it works more efficiently if you play when it is dark outside or if it’s midnight with candles lit. To start the game, you pull the board out as well as the seeing eyeglass.  You place the board on a flat, hard surface and place the glass in the middle of the board.  The board is covered in the alphabet, numbers, YES, NO, HELLO, and GOODBYE.  From there, each player places two fingers onto the glass and move it around in circles slowly, “waking” the Ouija up.  Then you proceed to ask questions.  The object of the game is to communicate with the “other side” i.e., spirits and demons.  You ask questions and the glass will move, either spelling out answers or giving yes and no answers.  It works best if you ask simple questions as to not confuse the spirits

The lore behind the game is that basically, the religious community believes that it is the gateway to hell and has dismissed the game for decades.  They believe that playing with the game awakens malevolent spirits and opens the players up for a hunting or being possessed.  The game is being kept alive by teenagers and young adults who play it.

My take on the game: It really depends on what you believe if you get something out of the game.  If you do not believe in the Ouija board or the afterlife, or heck, spirits in general, you may find the game boring and pointless.  But, if you do believe in it, it can impact you for the rest of your life.  I, personally, do believes in ghosts as well as demons.  I have played this game numerous times but nothing has happened to me yet.  It could be a number of factors as in there are no spirits present or the people I’m playing with don’t believe so the spirits keep away.

 

All in all, I rate this game an 8/10 just because of the lore, controversy, and creepiness of it all.

 

Until next time my games, stay scared.