KIDNAPPED BLOG/ Chris Ringler: Once Upon A Time On Halloween

halogokidnappednotdateOnce Upon A Time On Halloween

By Chris Ringler

HalloweenThere’s something primal about Halloween. It reaches not just back to our youth but to the youth of the human race. It reaches back to a time when the darkness held within it a dangerous world we could barely imagine. A time when we felt the presence of the dead all around us and felt compelled to honor and appease them lest they take their mischief out on us. Much has changed over the passing of hundreds of generations but the dark heart of Halloween remains the same – an appreciation that in one way or another the dead are amongst us and that mischief is at hand on Halloween.

It’s been a very, very long time since I have been trick or treating but I can still feel the effects that the holiday had on my childhood. I can still remember the skeleton costume my mom made out of some blue jeans I had, or the plastic Spider Man costume I had that I both loved and hated at the same time. I remember the adventures my friends and I had as we went on an epic quest for as much candy as would fill a pillow case, never quite reaching our goal but happy-halloween-house-wallpaperalready planning for the next year. I even remember the sorrow I felt at knowing I had gotten too old to trick or treat. Halloween is a time for children to free their imaginations, a night where the monsters are out from under the beds and stalking through the night. A time for adventure and exploration and a healthy fear of a very big world. This is a holiday for children, yes, but not just for children. Not at all. For many, too many, Halloween is something that adults need to put behind them to, well, be adults. We, well, we know better.

The best part of Halloween, our modern version of it, is that it embraces both children and adults. For kids it’s a time to dress like your favorite hero, monster, cartoon, profession, or anything your heart desires. For adults it’s a time to either craft a magic holiday for your kids or to revel in the mystery and fun of the season for yourself. And it trick or treatIS truly a season, though, perhaps too LONG of one. Let’s just admit it, putting Halloween stuff out the first week of September is ridiculous. There’s a reason we get burned out on the holidays – we celebrate them for too long, and Halloween is part of that. Keep it to Mid-September at the earliest, when the haunts open. THAT is when the season really starts. Yeesh, I adore Halloween but even I get a little sick of seeing the decorations for two months just to see it all pulled down and gone the day following the holiday. Heck, if you want to lose that ‘holiday spirit’, just work in retail, it’ll ruin it in no time.Back to Haunt Season though, the time when haunted attractions open up leading into the Halloween season. Haunt Season is the thing that makes the modern Halloween something really special for adults because it lets us experience a horror movie live and we get to tell the tale afterward. The best haunts remember to craft a credible story that suspends your disbelief long enough to imagine you may actually be in danger. The best haunts create an atmosphere of danger without being dangerous. The best haunts mix animatronics and people to create a sense of dread and horror. The best haunts are not a fear grindhouse, churning out stale ideas and half-hearted scares because it’s a good way to make some money, no, the best haunts are a thrill ride that stays with you long after you have experienced them. Too many modern haunts rely on gore, jump scares, and ‘extreme’ horror without building tension or dread. We have all been to mediocre and bad haunts. How many though have you been to that stick with you? That you remember fondly? THAT should be the standard, shouldn’t it? A haunt that people talk about, reminisce over, and that they look forward to experiencing again. And it’s funny because if you go to enough mediocre haunts you start to think that it must be some sort of 640x480_2544_Trick_or_treating_2d_cartoon_picture_image_digital_artarcane science behind a good haunt. It isn’t. It’s remembering the basics of horror and what makes horror work – story, suspense, dread, laughter, fear, and pay off. You have to ramp things up to a climax and pay off in a way that makes the person feel like they actually survived something scary. THAT is what makes a great haunt.

For some though Halloween isn’t about kids or haunts, it’s all about the party. THE PARTY! WOO! Sadly, most parties consist of sleazy, or offending store bought costumes, cheap beer, and people standing around talking about their jobs. Yeesh! Where’s the fun? The scares? The, uh…less cheap beer? We can take a cue from kids when it comes to our parties – we need more fun. I get it, we’re older – most of us – and a fun night is a night away from kids, and work, and darn it cheap beer can still be refreshing, I guess. But maybe Martha Stewart has something in the notion of creating an atmosphere for the party. Maybe she’s right that there should be themed food and drink. Maybe we AREN’T too old for games. And maybe, JUST MAYBE we could try a little harder on a costume. I mean, we can’t do better than wearing a mask of a political figure or wearing some sexed-up version of a television or movie icon? Really? For real, do we really need a sexy Michael Myers? Can you REALLY make Freddy Krueger, a child killer, sexy? Just saying. Halloween is one night, a night about having fun and cutting loose (safely kids, remember to do it safely!) so why not really go for it? Why not dance, and sing, and eat food and candy and just have some darn fun for a change, like we did when we were kids?

halloween_haunted_houseMore than anything else Halloween, and all holidays to be honest, are opportunities to create our own traditions. Chances to take the tried and true and to make them our own. Whether it’s trick or treating and scary stories with the kids or it’s a haunted attraction tour, or an over the top Halloween bash with friends this is one of those holidays that we can put a stamp on. Our OWN stamp. Halloween can be so magical, so powerful for those of us that celebrate it because it takes us back to being a kid again and captures a piece of that wonder for a world that still seemed scary but which had candy for those of us brave enough to venture out into the night. The Halloween season is a time for movie marathons, for ghost stories, for experimenting with make-up kits, for checking out the store displays, and for re-living, if just for a little while, a time in our lives when we didn’t worry over work and bills and relationships. It’s a time to think about the people we have all lost, and to wish them well on their journey as the veil between their world and ours is at its thinnest. We never want to live our lives in the past, regretting that we had to age but we do want to cherish the memories and that sense that we can, in some small way, go back to our youth. A time when movie monsters were real and we loved them because they were. Halloween is ours, however we celebrate it. Let’s just make sure we DO celebrate it this year.

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66dc1104709eb6e7c4ceff10214070f5Chris Ringler was raised in Linden, Michigan, a where he lived and attended school. He fell in love with writing as a teenager when he started writing short stories and began working on fanzines with friends. In 1999 BACK FROM NOTHING, a short story collection was published by University Editions. Since that time Chris has been published in BARE BONE and CTHULHU SEX MAGAZINE, received Honorable Mention in THE YEAR’S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR twice, was voted Best in Blood on HORRORADDICTS.COM, and has been working on his writing and art.

Chris has written and published nine books which range from horror and dark fiction to fairy tales.

Chris is a writer, artist, weirdo, and was the creator of many events in the Flint area such as the Flint Horror Convention.

SITE – .www.meepsheep.com
BLOG www.grimringler.wordpress.com

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KIDNAPPED BLOG/ Chris Ringler: Something In The Water

halogokidnappednotdateSOMETHING IN THE WATER

By Chris Ringler

First it was one, then two, then three and by the end of the night there were thirteen little bodies washed ashore, their pale peace a startling reminder of the brutal life existed outside of this paradise. The day was overcast and there was no one to witness the landing of the children. No one to welcome them. No one to mourn them. The winds were moderate, the air was cool, but the sky was filled with clouds that warned that the sun would not be making an appearance any time soon. With no sun the tourists stayed away and with no tourists the food vendors stayed away and with no food vendors even the gulls stayed away. The children were alone on the beach, together and alone.

They had come dressed for war. Their clothes torn and burned; faded and small. The oldest of them was ten, the youngest was four. They came bearing no luggage. They had no identification. Lying with the children was a small a black teddy bear with no head held tightly in the grip of a little girl with dark hair and a deep bruise around her throat. The sun rose on the bodies and no one came. The sun rose higher and no one came. The sun finally reached the top of the sky and no one came. The sun stood silent watch over the children for a time before slowly receding and falling and all the while no one came. There were none to bear witness. None to give forgiveness. None to save their souls.

There was nothing but the water.

But the water did not leave the children.

The water did not abandon them.

The water kissed their wounds.

The water caressed their prone bodies.

The water held their hands and whispered that Hush everything would be all right.

Everything would be all right.

By midnight the water had had enough. The sea could bear no more. The children were but three hundred feet from a major roadway and no one, not one person, had noticed the horror that lay on the beach. Not one person had taken their minds away from themselves long enough to give tears to the tragedy that lay in the sand. The water that had risen around the children began to bubble and slowly the mouths of each child opened and in rushed the water, filling each of them with the whispers of the sea.

Rise.

Awake.

Come back to me.

Come back to Mother.

Come back to your first Mother.

Your only Mother.

Come back.

The children stirred.

The children rose.

Thirteen children stood silently on a moonless beach, their bodies bent, broken, and bloated from the ocean’s kisses. The ocean roared behind them and the children began to move slowly, deliberately, holding each other’s hands as they walked slowly towards the roadway and the cities beyond them. When the children reached the rocks they helped one another up them until they were on solid ground again beside the road. The street lights revealed thirteen children with cold, gray eyes, and white skin, holding hands and moving slowly towards the world.

They were no longer human.

They were of the sea.

They were loved.

They were angry.

Behind them the brothers and sisters of the thirteen children began to make the beach, their bodies far less human, the work of the ocean far stronger on them and their purposes far darker. One by one the children of the sea made land and began marching on humanity as the thirteen that had come first all smiled and moved forward to tell the world of the coming flood.

…c…

9.3.15

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66dc1104709eb6e7c4ceff10214070f5Chris Ringler was raised in Linden, Michigan, a where he lived and attended school. He fell in love with writing as a teenager when he started writing short stories and began working on fanzines with friends. In 1999 BACK FROM NOTHING, a short story collection was published by University Editions. Since that time Chris has been published in BARE BONE and CTHULHU SEX MAGAZINE, received Honorable Mention in THE YEAR’S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR twice, was voted Best in Blood on HORRORADDICTS.COM, and has been working on his writing and art.

Chris has written and published nine books which range from horror and dark fiction to fairy tales.

Chris is a writer, artist, weirdo, and was the creator of many events in the Flint area such as the Flint Horror Convention.

SITE – .www.meepsheep.com
BLOG www.grimringler.wordpress.com

HorrorAddicts.net 122, Dario Ciriello

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Horror Addicts Episode# 122

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Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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dario ciriello | glass android | mario bava

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Horror Addicts Guide to Life – Available now!

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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.

 

HorrorAddicts.net 111, Horror Addicts Guide to Life

Horror Addicts Episode# 111

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Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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Horror Addicts Guide to LifeDo 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

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Upcoming Events

October 13th / Monster Fest / Chesapeake Va. /  This free horror convention includes trick or treating, a costume contest and a movie marathon. Some of the special guests include: Justin Cristelli author of Caprice and Other Stories and Tony Ruggiero author of Coven and panal discussions on monsters from around the world. For more information go to: http://www.monsterfestva.com/

October 20th / Flint Horror Convention / Flint Michigan / This convention  includes appearances by Performance artist Lucifer Fulci,  Make Up artist Tom Sullivan and Paranormal Expert John E.L. Tenney and a showing of Bloody Bloody Bible Camp, Refugio 115 and other films. For more information go to: flinthorrorcon.webnode.com

October 20th / Monster Bash Movie Marathon / Ligonier PA / Included are showings of White Zombie, The Terror and The Last Man On Earth.  There will also be a live performance of the play Wait Until Dark performed by The Valley Players. For more information go to: http://www.monsterbashnews.com/monster%20bash%20movie%20marathon.html.

October 19th -21st / Dark Carnival Film Festival / Bloomington Indiana / The Sundance of horror features appearances by Michael Berryman, Joe Bob Briggs and the cast of Syfy channel’s Ghost hunters. Also there will be showings of the films Dead Friends and An Evening With My Comatose Mother. For more information go to: http://www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com/

October 19th – 21st / Macabre Faire Grim Gathering / Rockville Centre New York / Long Island’s only Horror, gothic and steampunk event includes a costume contest, a film festival, horror themed charades and performances by Dark Wave Burlesque, The Wandering Cellist and Monster Dolls. For more information go to: http://www.livingdeadmafia.com/lead-stories/50-macabre-faire-tickets.html

Flint Horror Convention Parting Words

More than anything we want to thank everyone for their support, their interest, and their trust in us as we put the convention together. It was a really rough road to go but with everyone’s support we managed to pull everything together. The convention was truly a dream come true for all of us involved and we were honored to be able to work with all the filmmakers, artists, actors, and vendors.

For one day in Flint horror movies were king and we were able to show over ten hours of indie horror shorts and features, bring this region actors and filmmakers that had never been in this area, and were able to surprise Hal Delrich of THE EVIL DEAD with a Book of the Dead birthday cake and had the convention singing ‘happy birthday’ to him, something none of us will soon forget.

As for the future we are actively discussing what comes next.
We have a few things we are working on will announce them as soon as possible but for now all we can say is there is more to come.
Much more.

 

Chris Ringler