Welcome to the Freak Show

During my trip, I felt undeserving of the title “crust punk” or “gutter punk” because I had a cushy truck with air conditioning. I was living a more comfortable life than the other punks I had met. But now that the trip is over and I’ve settled into my new temporary living conditions, I think I have earned the title. Read More …

Formal Retirement Announcement

But TransWorld wasn’t the only big thing happening this week. Before I left for St. Louis, I was comfortable enough with my funds on hand that I paid off my third and final student loan! Apart from my mortgage (which will go when I sell the house) – I am debt free! And so on Monday, I sent out 124 letters Read More …

Discovering Passions and the Haunt Industry

I used to believe that I had a lot of passions. Ultimate frisbee, hockey, microbiology, astrophysics, quantum physics, and aviation were among some of the things I would describe as being my “passions”. And for nearly five years, I convinced myself that I was passionate about being a horror fiction writer. My “Passion” for Writing For years, I had been on Read More …

Milwaukee and Madison

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t consider a trip to Milwaukee to be worthy of mentioning here. Milwaukee was my home from about 1993 until the end of 2006. I also travel there occasionally for work, since the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin is based there. But what the hell. I decided to take an impromptu trip down to Milwaukee Read More …

Dad’s Cabin – an Evil Dead II Homage

During build season at Terror on the Fox, my friend Kyle introduced me to the wonderful world of 80’s Horror B-Movies like Evil Dead, Re-Animator, and Dead Alive. Inspired both by these movies and the set construction work I was doing at Terror on the Fox, I decided to use the basement of my house to construct a miniature haunted Read More …

TransWorld’s 2016 Halloween and Attractions Show

I’ve just returned from St. Louis, Missouri where I attended my first TransWorld convention. It was a remarkable experience I had a lot of fun. I feel reinvigorated with new ideas and prospects for my future as a haunter. The Secret Handshake Unlike some trade shows, not just anyone can get a ticket to the Halloween & Attractions Show. The organizers have carefully Read More …

Terror on the Fox

Now that haunt season is over, I thought it would be fun to share my experiences and some production photos from Terror on the Fox. Joining the Crew I wanted to join the crew of a haunted house for several years. My day job had prevented me from doing so. But this summer, business slowed down enough such that I felt Read More …