The UnAnimated

I sure haven’t written very much lately, have I? I’ve been putting most of my current thoughts and ideas into the book I’ve been writing instead of this blog. Even though I finished the first draft about a month ago and haven’t yet begun the process of re-writing, I’ve been memorializing things in my re-write notes. The fourth section of Read More …

Seasonal Holidays

While watching a news segment discussing making Election Day a federal holiday, I got to thinking about holidays. Hallmark Traditions Several years ago, I stopped celebrating all holidays except for Halloween. Naturally, as a haunter, I care a lot about Halloween. But all of the other holidays are rather meaningless to me. When I started thinking about the long list Read More …

Necrophilia Corpses – Set 1 (of 4) (NSFW)

The first pair of my necrophilia corpses is now complete. I haven’t given these guys names, yet. I think I might wait until the full set is complete before I decide which names to assign to which corpses. YouTube Tutorial By no means did I invent this method of corpsing. I learned this from Allen Hopps at Stiltbeast Studios. But Read More …

Grumpy Old Man Rant – Halloween Edition

Even before I was a haunter, I was a horror fanatic. I have always held a special place in my heart (or in the void where my heart should be) for Halloween. The Gaelic, Pagan, and Christian traditions that ultimately contributed to the formation of All Hallows’ Eve may have had nothing to do with modern horror as we know Read More …

Memento Mori and #InstagramFilteredLife

Walking Amongst Dead Things From time to time, I enjoy a nighttime stroll through graveyards. And now that I live very close to a very large cemetery, I’m hoping to make it a more routine tradition. Obviously, late night strolls through graveyards conjure very fantastical images (ghosts and zombies) in the mind of a haunter such as myself. But these Read More …

Near-Life Experiences

For the second time in 14 months, I’ve come remarkably close to death. This time, at a haunt of all places. Return to Fear Just a mere week after declaring that I was no longer interested in haunt acting, I done gone and haunt acted. I wanted to hang out with Bones and Morgan as I did the week before, Read More …

Feelings on the Haunt Industry and Haunt Season

I love being a haunter. I’m passionate about my craft. But my feelings toward the haunt industry and the haunt season have changed quite a bit over this past year. Haunt Acting I don’t think I ever want to perform at a haunted house attraction again. Don’t get me wrong – it was fun the first time I did it. Read More …

The Stars at Night

I’ve just returned from yet another trip to my favorite campsite in Nicolet National Forest. It was likely my final visit to the campsite as I prepare to move far away from Wisconsin. Part of me will miss hiking around in that forest and swimming in Butternut Lake. But part of me will not miss it. Final Visit? Even if Read More …

The Trouble with Proving the Paranormal and Supernatural

As a professional haunter and horror enthusiast, I like to include creepy and allegedly haunted destinations in my travels whenever possible. Some recent examples include Black Horse Lake in Montana (allegedly haunted by a hitchhiker), Bowlin’s “The Thing”, a number of ghost towns and abandoned buildings (most recently including a tour of an abandoned sanitarium at night), and other various Read More …

Urbex – Dakota Ghost Towns and Abandoned Buildings

I spent last week driving around North and South Dakota, checking out abandoned buildings in ghost towns. This was a quintessential “gothic nomad” trip insofar as that moniker is concerned. The only way a trip could be more representative of that name is if I was touring medieval castles in eastern Europe. (And that trip will happen soon enough…) This Read More …