Halloween Countdown 2017: Drawlloween2017 Catchup!

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Halloween Countdown 2017: FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH!!!

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Well, how could I let the ULTIMATE Friday the 13th go by without posting my hellacious pic of getting choked by Kane Hodder? He’s one of the biggest, baddest dudes in the horror industry and an amazing example of getting through tough times. Bullied and tormented as a kid, he grew up to be a powerhouse of a stuntman only to be burnt severely in a stunt mishap that nearly killed him. The entire story of his long and excruciating recovery, the emotional and physical damage it caused, his fight to break back into the industry and the success of landing the role of Jason Vorhees, is all told in his book, Unmasked–True Life Story of the World’s Most Prolific Cinematic Killer.
He’s another hero of mine–the amazing Kane Hodder! Happy Friday the 13th, everybody!!!!
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Halloween Countdown 2017: A Boatload o’ Target Pics!

 

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You can “BOOP”!

Friends, I go to one of two Targets in my area EVERY day. No, I’m not driving there on a special trip; it’s simply that my daily morning errands always end right at a Target. So,I’m able to really keep up with what’s shakin’ in their Halloween department, or “Booporium”, this year.

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HAlloween Countdown 2017: RIP, Basil Gogos.

Well,I didn’t intend to have this be part of the countdown, but this man was a master of capturing horror and should be included wherever people are making tributes to classic monsters.

Basil Gogos,American illustrator best known for his portraits of movie monsters  on the covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine in the 1960s and 1970s, has died, aged 78.
His art on the covers of Famous Monsters  portrayed many, of not most, of the classic horror monsters and creatures  such as  Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, King Kong, Godzilla,Frankenstein’s Monster, The Bride of Frankenstein,The Phantom of the Opera, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and now-legendary horror actors including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff,  Lon Chaney, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Vincent Price.

What a master of color and mood. He could instill dread simply with a monster portrait’s color tone. His portraits are so unusual because they feature their subjects in often unconventional colored light sources. Gogos also strove to portray these characters as both frightening and sympathetic.

I had the pleasure of seeing his work at a couple of horror-related cons but never had a chance to talk to him. What a missed opportunity.

I shall now leave you with some of my favorites of his work. Enjoy.