HorrorAddicts.net 110, Season Finale, Halloween Special

Horror Addicts Episode# 110

Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

Co-Host: Camellia Rains

Intro Music by: Cancer Killing Gemini


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Season Finale / Halloween Special

emily goodwin, midnight syndicate, miss misery, best in blood

i make love to halloween, events, phantom of the paradise, brian depalma, halloween trivia, artistic license, emerian rich, lilith’s love, dan shaurette, strigoaie the romanian witch, marc vale, morbid meals, zombie yoga, zombie apocalypse, midnight syndicate, cedar point, halloweekends, the dead matter, parlormuse, robot monkey arm, crystal connor, band poll, jeremiah donaldson, david watson, zombies, the calling, apparitions, the woman in black, the haunting, the walking dead, best in blood, ed pope, the herd, grimfest, miss misery, last doorway show, creepy kofy movie time, movie massacre show, forgotten tales, women of horror, welcome to my darkside, monster of golden gate, writers workshop, horror addicts guide to life, disease, m. f. wahl, angela estes, the green eyed monster, mike robinson, patricia santos, the ghost sisters and the girl in hallway b, puzzleman, christopher alan broadstone, j. t. evans, free fiction friday, special guest, emily goodwin, contagion, contagious, the walking dead, the guardian legacy series, mermaid horror, stay, all i need, beyond the sea, bloopers



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Axe Giant: The Wrath Of Paul Bunyan

Axe+Giant-the-Wrath-of-Paul-Bunyan-CDWhen you think of horror in music there is one name that should come to mind first: Midnight Syndicate. Midnight Syndicate has been making dark gothic soundtracks for the imagination since 1997. Their music is the kind of mood music you hear in many haunted houses around Halloween and on movie soundtracks such as The Dead Matter and The Rage. Their latest horror soundtrack is for the film Axe Giant: The Wrath Of Paul Bunyan.

For most movies, the soundtrack is something that adds a little atmosphere to the movie and you don’t think about it much. In the case of Axe Giant, the musical soundtrack overpowers the movie and that’s not a bad thing. The movie is a slasher picture about a group of teenagers in a scared straight type camp in the woods being hunted down by folk legend Paul Bunyan. The movie may have a simple premise but the soundtrack is complex and tells a much more compelling story.

There are 15 songs on this soundtrack and from the first two songs you know your listening to a masterpiece. The first song is Axe Giant’s main title which uses a full orchestra to give the impression of an angry giant walking through a forest and sets up a mood of impending doom. While hearing this song I could see in my head, Paul Bunyan making his way past towering pines on his way to kill unsuspecting campers. I fell in love with this soundtrack from this one song and thought the whole soundtrack would sound like that but then the second track blew me away.

Midnight SyndicateTrack two is called “Minnesota 1894”. This one really showed the diversity of this album going from the dark mood of  the first song and changing the direction to a more laid back folksy sound. This song is complete with banjo and a sweeping sound that made me think of a group of people around a campfire, telling tall tales without any words being spoken. The music says it all.

The third song is “Babe’s Grave” and once again the mood of the album changes. This song has a Native American feel to it. With the  use of drums and wood instruments, it gives the feeling of a quiet graveyard and builds to a scary sounding finish. The fourth song is the “S.T.U.M.P. Medley” which continues what the third song starts, adding horns and sounding like a marching song  becoming more powerful as it goes along.

The next song is “Bunyan at Babe’s Grave.” This song reminds you that this is a horror soundtrack and leads you to believe this ride is about to get much scarier. The rest of the songs build on what the first five started and tell a great tale of terror through the use of what must have been hundreds of different musical instruments.  The album ends with an acoustic song and the only one with lyrics, called “The Ballad of Paul Bunyan.” I loved the story this song gives and it was a great ending to a masterpiece.

I’ve listened to a lot of Midnight Syndicate’s albums over the years and I think this one may be their best work. When I saw the title I thought it wouldn’t be good, but the opening of the first song proved me wrong. The only bad thing is that it made me want to see the movie. While the movie was fun to watch, the story doesn’t come close to the story that comes through in the music. Without the use of words, this soundtrack tells a scary story that no movie can duplicate. I think it would be interesting  if someone made a silent horror movie set to Midnight Syndicate’s music because they know how horror sounds.

To find out more about them, go to: www.midnightsyndicate.com 

BayCon – Triskaidekaphobicon


BayCon 2013 – Triskaidekaphobicon

Emerian Rich and other HorrorAddicts.net authors will be at this year’s BayCon. BayCon is the largest science fiction, fantasy, and horror convention in the San Francisco Bay Area. The convention takes place over Memorial Day weekend, starting on Friday afternoon May 24th, and ending Monday, May 27th.

Emerian and her HorrorAddicts.net crew provided the decorations this year to get the BayCon group into the spooky, horror, mood of Chairwoman Sabre’s theme: Triskaidekaphobicon, or the fear of 13 con.

Come join Emerian and the gang at the Santa Clara Regency Hyatt for a weekend of magic, mystery, and spookiness!



  • HorrorAddicts.net Hostess, Emerian Rich
  • Most Wicked 2009, H. E. Roulo
  • Most Wicked 2011, Laurel Anne Hill
  • Best in Blood Season 1, Jeff Carlson
  • GothHaus 3 voice actor, Dario Ciriello
  • Horror Author, Jason Malcom Stewart
  • Horror Author, Jay Hartlove
  • HorrorAddicts.net friends Sandra Sadiak, Ann Wilkes, Beth Barany, Dani & Eytan Kollin, and many more.

Confirmed events are:

  • Trick or Treat Carnival for all ages
  • Live interview with HorrorAddicts.net Season 2 Best in Blood, UK author and podcaster, Mike Bennett, via Skype
  • HorrorAddicts.net Tea Party
  • A LIVE podcast recording of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  • How to make Slam Books
  • Horror readings
  • Tons of live bands
  • Art galleryha-tag
  • A movie screening of The Dead Matter by Midnight Syndicate
  • How to make Book Necklaces
  • Dealer’s Room
  • Masquerade costume contest
  • Tons of writers / readers / fan / costume panels
  • A movie screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Klingon Slave Auction
  • Dancing – Regency and Belly Dancing
  • HorrorAddicts.net Family Friendly Cereal and Horror Cartoon event
  • And much, much more…

Meet Emerian, get stamps in your Horror Passport, and send a TerrorGram! Don’t forget to pass by the HorrorAddicts.net fan table for goodies, freebies, and spooky stuff!
This is going to be the best BayCon ever!

Check programming at BayCon.org for the full schedule of events.

Midnight Syndicate – New Release “Carnival Arcane”



Gothic horror soundtrack musicians MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE will be releasing their fourteenth studio album, entitled CARNIVAL ARCANE, on August 2nd. “The theme of the new disc surrounds the Lancaster-Rigby Carnival, a shadowy, turn-of-the-century traveling circus with more than a few skeletons in its closet,” said Edward Douglas.

“The Victorian and Edwardian eras are a big source of inspiration for us. They also marked the beginning of the heyday for traveling carnivals, so that’s the time period we chose to set the disc in. We spent a lot of time researching early-20th century circuses and carnivals to ensure that the sounds and music work together to really immerse you in this world and the time period.

There’s also a big tip of the top hat to Mr. Bradbury whose work inspired many of the more horrific elements that appear in the latter half of the disc.” CARNIVAL ARCANE also features the vocal talents of Jason Carter (LORD OF THE RINGS: BATTLE FOR MIDDLE EARTH, BABYLON 5, THE DEAD MATTER) and fellow THE DEAD MATTER cast members Brian Van Camp, and Dennis Carter, Jr.

The CD will be available through the Midnight Syndicate website, Amazon, iTunes, as well as at Halloween retailers nationwide. It will also be available at select Hot Topic stores starting August 8th. Preview tracks will be made available on the band’s Facebook page and website shortly.

From the CD insert:The train smoke drifting through the pale moon light signals the arrival of the Lancaster-Rigby Carnival. In a forest clearing, these mesonoxian visitors await your arrival. Stroll along the midway and behold wonders both fantastic and macabre from every corner of the globe. And be sure to ride their one of a kind carousel for an experience you’ll never, ever forget.

— 7/14/11

About Midnight Syndicate:
Midnight Syndicate has been creating instrumental Halloween music and gothic horror fantasy soundtrack CDs for the past fourteen years. The group’s music has become a staple of the Halloween season worldwide as well as a favorite in the haunted house, amusement park, role-playing game, and gothic music industries. Whether it’s being featured at Universal Orlando’s
Halloween Horror Nights, on Monday Night Football, in an X-Box game, or being used as background music for writers like Brian Keene or Tamora Pierce, their CDs are designed to take listeners on journeys into the darkest, most fantastic corners of their imagination.

Midnight Syndicate – www.MidnightSyndicate.com

Midnight Syndicate on Facebook – www.Facebook.com/MidnightSyndicate

Midnight Syndicate Films’ The Dead Matterwww.TheDeadMatter.com

Inside Horror Music with Midnight Syndicate

Midnight Syndicate has been creating instrumental Halloween music and gothic horror fantasy soundtrack CDs for the past thirteen years.   The group’s music has become a staple of the Halloween season worldwide as well as a favorite in the haunted house, amusement park, role-playing game, and gothic music industries.   From Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights and Hugh Hefner’s Halloween parties to Monday Night Football, X-Box games, the classic Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, and Barbara Walters specials, their CDs are designed to take listeners on a journey into the darkest corners of their imagination.

Sin: Thank you for taking the time to speak with us. I want to say first, FABULOUS work. You guys have been part of many really cool things. Before we get to that, how did Midnight Syndicate start?

MS: I had this idea for a band that would create “soundtracks to imaginary films” by blending instrumental music and sound effects.  I always enjoyed instrumental music as I felt that it left  interpretation completely up to the listener and really sparked the imagination.  Take that and add sound effects reminiscent of the radio dramas of the 30s and 40s or a really good horror film and you got a formula for transporting a listener to a world of their own creation.  I’m a huge horror movie, high fantasy, and supernatural buff  so almost every creative project I’ve ever done tends to head down a darker path.  Midnight Syndicate was no exception.   Gavin joined me as my writing partner on “Born of the Night” (our second disc) and we’ve been writing music together ever since.   We just celebrated the 13th Anniversary of our first disc so we’ve been doing a lot of looking back this past year.  It’s been a great journey so far.

Sin: Where do you take inspiration from?

MS: Horror movies, roleplaying games like “Dungeons & Dragons,” and “Call of Cthulhu,” history (especially the Victorian era), horror artwork, and stories of the supernatural.   For me, I have to add EC Comics, Twilight Zone, and Stephen King to that list.  I get a lot of inspiration from those stories.  

Sin: You guys are often known as “Halloween music” or “Haunted House music.” Are you comfortable with that and what genre would you say you think Midnight Syndicate fits in?

MS: We are.  We’ve made a mark in those areas and are proud of that.   When we were first starting out, there really wasn’t anyone else doing anything like this.  Fans of Halloween and Haunted house designers had a choice between a bunch of cheap recycled sound effect tapes from the 70s and Monster Mash-type party compilations.   We changed that by producing effective dark atmospheric discs that focused on the music as much as the sounds.   Quality too and taking a lot of time to get it as good as possible was and always has been a staple of what we do.  I think people appreciated that.   When you are the first to do something (as we were for haunted houses, Halloween retail, and roleplaying games) a lot of doors and opportunities can open for you.   Granted, the fact that we weren’t easily classifiable made it impossible for us to get a record or distribution deal (lots of rejection letters) but we combatted that by starting our own label and distributor, Entity Productions and that’s worked out pretty well for us.

Sin: You have worked with/provided tracks to many other artists over the years: Three-Six Mafia, Twiztid, The Misfits, King Diamond… is there a favorite piece that resulted from any collaboration with other artists or their using your compositions?

MS:  It has to be Three-Six Mafia’s rap track “Wolf Wolf.”  Ironically, I experimented with a vampire-themed rap track on our self-titled debut called “Premonitions of a Killer.”   The music was based on a musical theme I had written for the vampire character Vellich from the original 1995 version of “The Dead Matter” film.  I turned that musical theme into a rap track with vampire-themed lyrics written and performed by some friends of mine that went by the name Dark Side.  To hear a legendary rap act like Three Six Mafia take one of my songs  and turn it into a kick ass rap track was surreal.   To this day, that track is special to me on many levels.

Sin: Last year, AOL put out a list of the Top 10 Best Halloween CDs of all time. Three of these were Midnight Syndicate releases. That’s quite an achievement considering all of the Halloween and gothic-themed music that’s out. What is your reaction to that?

MS: It was awesome.   Both of us were happy and humbled.  It’s great for us because as a part of the Halloween holiday there’s at least one time of the year where we can hear our music playing in bigger venues to more of the general public whether it’s Halloween radio stations like AOL and Sirius XM, amusement parks, haunted houses, stores, tv specials, or homes that decorate for trick-or-treaters.  Definitely a bonus.

Sin: Midnight Syndicate created the first original soundtrack for the Hasbro roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons and has been featured in a few other computer games as well. How did that come about? Were you excited about these projects?

MS: Absolutely.   Both Gavin and I are huge fans of Dungeons & Dragons.  To to be asked to do the first official soundtrack to a game we grew up playing (and was a influence for our work in Midnight Syndicate) was an honor.   It also let us stretch our wings a bit since the theme dictated more of an  fantasy feel than the typical horror themes we deal in.  It was a great project and working with Wizards of the Coast was awesome.   The disc did really well for us and that led to some licensing opportunities with the folks who put together the game Shadowbane and Baldur’s Gate 2: Dark Alliance for the X-Box.   As a huge fan of the Baldur’s Gate franchise it was excellent hearing our music in there.
Sin: Tell us about The Dead Matter (movie). How did you become involved with it? Did you enjoy working on it? 
MS: I did an earlier version of “The Dead Matter” back in 1995 as my first project out of college.   We were really limited by the budget so our goal was to complete it and use it to put ourselves in a position to remake it with a budget down the road.   That opportunity came about through Midnight Syndicate and Robert Kurtzman ten years later.   We shot the new “The Dead Matter” movie in 2007 and released it on DVD this past year.  It’s a supernatural thriller about this relic that can raise and control the dead (“dead matter”).  It’s got both zombies and vampires mixed in there with lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing.   Unlike Midnight Syndicate, there’s also is a bit of humor in there which audiences seem to be enjoying.   I directed and scored the film as well as co-produced it with Robert and Gary Jones.  My goal was to make a film that would entertain people and it seems like people are having a lot of fun watching it (which is the a great feeling having worked on it for so long).  The whole process was a great, tremendous experience and I’m already looking forward to the next one.

Sin: In April of this year, you came out with your first music video for Dark Legacy and then in June, your second video, for the song Lost. What made you decide to do a music video and how was making it different from other projects you have worked on (if at all)? Were you happy with how both turned out?

MS: We were really happy with how they turned out.  As far as why we did it, we just felt that it was something way past due,  it would be a great thing our 13th Anniversary, and we knew they’d make cool extras for “The Dead Matter” DVD so we did it.   After coming off “The Dead Matter,” I wasn’t interested in directing the videos so it was really David Greathouse (for “Dark Legacy”) and Andy Smoley (for “Lost” ) that came up with the concepts and executed them both.   It was quite a different experience as Gavin and I are usually right in there on everything.   But when you trust the director’s vision (like we did with Andy and Dave) it makes it easy, even fun, to just sit back and watch them do their thing.  They are both two very talented directors.   The “Dark Legacy” music video marked the first time Gavin and I had played together live on stage so that was a lot of fun.   I loved the attention to detail Dave and the Precinct 13 artists put into the scenery and his whole vision.  In “Lost” I loved all the little references that Andy and the 529 Films team dropped in there.   From the “The Dead Matter” on the theatre marquee, on the television, and on the computer, to the radio station playing all Midnight Syndicate – it’s just really, really entertaining for me to watch.  

Sin: You are the inspiration and an influence for many other artists. Who would you cite as the influences behind Midnight Syndicate?

MS:  Musically our influences are film composers like Danny Elfman, John Carpenter, Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann, Hans Zimmer, and James Horner as well as heavy metal artists like Black Sabbath and King Diamond.   I’m also influenced a bit by bands like Sisters of Mercy and Rob Zombie.   For Gavin it would be Dead Can Dance and early Genesis.   Movie sound design and the radio dramas of yesteryear have been a big influence on the Midnight Syndicate sound from the beginning.

Sin: What’s next for Midnight Syndicate?

MS: Gavin and I are at work on a brand new Midnight Syndicate CD we’ll be releasing in August of 2011.   It’s going to have a dark carnival theme with a twist.   After a year or so of post-production and handling the release of “The Dead Matter,” we’re just really excited to be getting back to making another Midnight Syndicate CD.

Find out more about Midnight Syndicate at: www.MidnightSyndicate.com