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All Hallows Eve has arrived, and with it comes the end of this year’s spooky season festivities. This is normally the part where I’d indulge in an apologetic post-mortem, but I think this year’s countdown did well enough considering the personal distractions which accompanied it. A big thanks to all you fiends and friends who […]

When I embarked on AT’s first Halloween Countdown, I used to this day to commemorate Maura’s and my second wedding anniversary. This post commemorates our fourteenth. Time goes by so rapidly, but the love is eternal. Recommended listening:

Because I am old and jaded and the old bag of tricks doesn’t cut it for me anymore, I have to find my horrific thrills from fresher venues — like running a search for “Halloween” on the Bradford Exchange’s online portal. Let’s face it, no existential terror Lovecraft ever dreamed up could possibly compete with […]

Wish a most happy birthday to the Queen of Animals, who is not only a spooky season enthusiast but has also been putting up with my nonsense since I was a surly teenager. Recommended listening:

..and now it’s an epidemic of national proportions. (from “The Loathsome Loner” by Carl Wessler and Ricardo Villamonte in The Witching Hour #65, August-September 1976) Recommended listening:

Though I got a late start on it, I’ve finally embarked on my October playthrough of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. This will be the twenty-first year I’ve observed this annual tradition, which is a bit scary in and of itself. Akumajō Dracula X: Gekka no Yasōkyoku was one of the first games I imported […]

“What could be that scary?” you ask as you hazard a stamp and a buck forty-nine on the tantalizing offering. Four to six weeks later it arrives. The box is small, but surprisingly heavy. You grab a knife from the counter and slice open the packing tape, carefully pulling open the flaps and removing the […]

Courtesy of the “Horror and Sci-Fi” insert in the October 4, 1986 issue of Billboard comes the “HORROR/SCI-FI VID RENTAL REVIEW” chart for the preceding year. It’s an interesting period of time, personally speaking, because it reflects the brief window where my family had a functioning VCR and a rental membership at the Video Station […]

I know this text page item from The Witching Hour #54 (May 1975) sounds a little ridiculous, but I’ve done a little research…. …and it tracks. Recommended listening:

They tore down the haunted thicket this year. I know it was haunted because Maura told me it was right around the time we started dating. We were riding up the bottom end of her street and she pointed to a small patch of woods between the houses and said “I saw a ghost there […]

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