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31 Days of Spoooktacular: This is Thriller

I’m going to be honest right here and right up front. I didn’t “grow up” with Thriller. It’s only been in recent years that I’ve been such a huge fan of the song and the music video (the full version).

If ever there was a way to condense Halloween, and the spirit of the aforementioned, into 14 minutes, the Thriller music video would be the way to do it.

First of all, it’s directed by John Landis, the director of the best werewolf movie ever made. There is no argument to make. You can bring up Ginger Snaps and The Wolfman and Dog Soldiers or even one of the Underworld movies if you’re a goddamn lunatic who prefers leather and Kate Beckinsale to balls-to-the-wall fear, but An American Werewolf in London is the best werewolf movie ever made. Done. Period. Fullstop. Stop arguing. I’m tired of it. You can see his directorial touch in the scenes at the beginning of the music video, when Michael Jackson turns into a werewolf. John Landis equals Halloween awesome.

Second, I’m going to describe a scene to you: Zombies dance a choreographed dance around their leader who wears a black and red leather suit. This scene, which should have been ludicrous and absurd, is iconic. It has become embedded into our pop culture in a way that shrieking violins and opaque shower curtains have. Sometimes, zombies just have to dance.

Third, Vincent Price. For the 50’s and  60’s, Vincent Price was the voice of  horror. No-one is arguing with me. And, if they are, they’re just being difficult. He was the spooky voice that meant a murderer seeking vengeance was nearby or the Invisible Man’s return was close at hand. You cannot have Halloween without Vincent Price and Thriller had Vincent Price.

If you want to kick off the season right, watch the full version of Thriller.

NOW.

-D-

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Hallowed Days

In ye days of old, I did something terrific and scary and awesome to celebrate Halloween all month: I would write a short story every single day and post it on my old blog. I called it Thirty-One Days of Horror and the last time I did it, I raised the roof and brought down the house at the same time. Nowadays, I’m too old to do that and too worried about my stories wandering off of my site and onto other sites.

But I want to try something like that again. I want to do something epic. I want to do something crazy. I want people to sing songs about my Halloween Celebration. I want this to be a painful, horrible slog and I want to come out the other side changed.

I hereby promise, on an oath shaped by the very forces of Halloween itself, an oath bound up in black cats, bats, witches and pumpkins with scary faces carved in them, to write a blog entry EVERY DAY IN OCTOBER.

Thirty-one blog entries, one after the other, until Halloween’s bloodred moon rises and I, at last, can rest for the entire month of November.

I’ll come up with the some cool, kitschy name for it later.

But it’s coming.

And I promise to not drop the ball this time ON AN OATH OF HALLOWEEN ITSELF.

-D-

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I’m Your Boogeyman

I came to the shocking realization that I’ve taken a fairly passive role with Halloween this year.

As I think I’ve mentioned before, in year’s past I used to write one short story a day for the entire month of October. Since I’ve decided not to do that anymore, I’ve been writing about scary things, not actually producing scary.

It’s a very disconcerting feeling. I feel like I should be mixing it up. Writing stories about vampires, zombies, werewolves and the like. I should be trying to produce chills up spines and goosebumps and worried looks.

Instead, the bulk of what I’ve done is pointed you toward movies that might scare you.

I need to rectify this situation. I’m going to start write scary stories again. I’ve haven’t written a story in ages. Well, I haven’t finished a story in ages. So I’m going to try and write, say, two a week.

They might end up on the blog, if I deem them unpublishable. So you’ll be getting the worst of the worst. Happy Halloween!

I think this will help to beat back a general boredom I’ve been feeling lately and also get me back on track toward the whole writing thing.

Time to get to work.

Dylan Charles

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