October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Like a Bolt out of the Goo, inspiration can Spark at any time! So DIYers need to know where Frankie fits, Puttin' up their Crypts ...

 
... As I said this I suddenly beheld the figure of a man, at some distance, advancing towards me with superhuman speed. He bounded over the crevices in the ice, among which I had walked with caution; his stature, also, as he approached, seemed to exceed that of man. I was troubled; a mist came over my eyes, and I felt a faintness seize me, but I was quickly restored by the cold gale of the mountains. I perceived, as the shape came nearer ( sight tremendous and abhorred! ) that it was the wretch whom I had created. I trembled with rage and horror, resolving to wait his approach and then close with him in mortal combat. He approached; his countenance bespoke bitter anguish, combined with disdain and malignity, while its unearthly ugliness rendered it almost too horrible for human eyes. But I scarcely observed this; rage and hatred had at first deprived me of utterance, and I recovered only to overwhelm him with words expressive of furious detestation and contempt.

"Devil," I exclaimed, "do you dare approach me? And do not you fear the fierce vengeance of my arm wreaked on your miserable head? Begone, vile insect! Or rather, stay, that I may trample you to dust! And, oh! That I could, with the extinction of your miserable existence, restore those victims whom you have so diabolically murdered!"

"I expected this reception," said the daemon. "All men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us. You purpose to kill me. How dare you sport thus with life? Do your duty towards me, and I will do mine towards you and the rest of mankind. If you will comply with my conditions, I will leave them and you at peace; but if you refuse, I will glut the maw of death, until it be satiated with the blood of your remaining friends."
 
 
"Abhorred monster! Fiend that thou art! The tortures of hell are too mild a vengeance for thy crimes. Wretched devil! You reproach me with your creation, come on, then, that I may extinguish the spark which I so negligently bestowed."

My rage was without bounds; I sprang on him, impelled by all the feelings which can arm one being against the existence of another.

He easily eluded me and said,

"Be calm! I entreat you to hear me before you give vent to your hatred on my devoted head. Have I not suffered enough, that you seek to increase my misery? Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it. Remember, thou hast made me more powerful than thyself; my height is superior to thine, my joints more supple. But I will not be tempted to set myself in opposition to thee. I am thy creature, and I will be even mild and docile to my natural lord and king if thou wilt also perform thy part, the which thou owest me. Oh, Frankenstein, be not equitable to every other and trample upon me alone, to whom thy justice, and even thy clemency and affection, is most due. Remember that I am thy creature; I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed. Everywhere I see bliss, from which I alone am irrevocably excluded. I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend. Make me happy, and I shall again be virtuous."

"Begone! I will not hear you. There can be no community between you and me; we are enemies. Begone, or let us try our strength in a fight, in which one must fall." ...
You can read Frankenstein in its entirety over at Project Gutenberg ...
Fire, Bad!

October 29, 2011

Pepper Tree Manor - Wildomar, CA

Ever since they acquired a Farmhouse on 1+ Acres in Riverside County, brothers John & Vincent Lakatos have been tracking the Harvest Moon, anxious to sow the Weeds for their latest Open-Air Haunt! It all starts with a No-Scare Cemetery & Candy Galore - a chance for the Faint of Heart & Sweet of Tooth to forgo a potential Coronary ... The Brave, however, continue along a Rustic Trail, snaking their way through ever more elaborate Boneyards, including a semi-authentic Boot Hill peppered with wacky Epitaphs, the Eye-Popping "Chicken Coop of Dread," & a Stuffy Crypt evidently uprooted from Scary Ole England ... New for 2011 is a visit to the "Trembling Hills Sanitarium" - Funny Farm indeed!






























Photographs ©2009–2010 John & Vincent Lakatos

 
LAWN: PEPPER TREE MANOR
DATES: --
TIMES: --
LOCATION: 21390 Lemon Street - Wildomar, CA
DIRECTIONS: Take I-15 to Lake Elsinore & Exit on Railroad Canyon Rd. Head West to
 Mission Trails & Turn Left, heading South for about 2 Miles; Turn Left at
 Lemon St. & head up Lemon for 3/4 of a Mile - PTM is on your Left just
 past the School ...
BROADCAST: --
AUDIENCE: 8 & Up
ADMISSION: FREE
DONATIONS: Accepted for Improvements
CHARITIES: --
WEBSITE: http://peppertreemanorhaunt.ewebsite.com/
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/peppertreemanorhaunt
TWITTER: --
RATING:
ANY ERRORS?  UPDATES?  HELP TO KEEP HAUNTED LAWNS CURRENT: HAUNTEDLAWNS@GMAIL.COM

October 27, 2011

Blackford Haunt - Ballwin, MO

Every October, Melinda "Mel" Warner & the rest of The Warner Clan construct a nearly 1,000 Square Foot Labyrinth in their St. Louis County backyard, sometimes going to extremes to realize their Annual Themes, as the 3-Story Fa├žade for this year's Haunted Nut Hut must surely attest! Past Themes include: 2009's "Carnival of Screams," complete with Rotten Candy, a Bozo Gone Bonkers & an even Darker Barker; and 2010's "Drive-In of The Dead," showcasing such Famous Freaks of Filmland as Leatherface's Bro Naugahead, Ventriloquist Dummy Chucky McCreepy & an American Werewolf in Flannel ...
































Photographs ©2009–2010 Melinda Warner

 
LAWN: BLACKFORD HAUNT
DATES: October 31, 2012
TIMES: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm CST
LOCATION: 845 Forest Village Drive - Ballwin, MO
DIRECTIONS: --
BROADCAST: --
AUDIENCE: All Ages
ADMISSION: FREE
DONATIONS: Accepted for Improvements
CHARITIES: --
WEBSITE: http://www.blackfordhaunt.com/who.html
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pages/blackford-haunt/214548258606525
TWITTER: --
RATING:
ANY ERRORS?  UPDATES?  HELP TO KEEP HAUNTED LAWNS CURRENT: HAUNTEDLAWNS@GMAIL.COM

October 11, 2011

House Bloodthorn - Tualatin, OR

Every Thorn Has Its Rose, so to speak, and House Bloodthorn is no exception: in 2008 Guy Miller acquired a killer cache of Graveyardia lovingly fashioned by Concept Artist Robert D. Brown for his "Haunt of Miss Rose" display, which included its namesake Schoolmarmmy, the Prematurely Petrified Miss Rose ... Guy, who clearly has a good Eyeball for all things Ooky, is The Guy responsible for the EC Comics Meets Psychobilly Design of the Hauntcast Website ... In 2009, he transplanted Rob's Props to a patch of Oregon soil, dubbing it "The Resurrection of Rose" ( Does she go by Audrey? ), and post a bit of pruning, added such Eerie Embellishments as a 6.5-Foot-Tall Grim Reaper & some 86 PVC Candles ... Then, shortly after submitting his 1st Ever Video to the Haunters Video Awards, Guy was shocked to find himself the recipient of the coveted Skull Trophy for Best Yard Haunt ( Vanguard ) 2009!






























Photographs ©2009–2010 Guy Miller

 
LAWN: HOUSE BLOODTHORN
DATES: --
TIMES: --
LOCATION: Tualatin, OR
DIRECTIONS: --
BROADCAST: --
AUDIENCE: All Ages
ADMISSION: FREE
DONATIONS: --
CHARITIES: --
WEBSITE: http://www.housebloodthorn.com/
FACEBOOK: --
TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/housebloodthorn
RATING:
ANY ERRORS?  UPDATES?  HELP TO KEEP HAUNTED LAWNS CURRENT: HAUNTEDLAWNS@GMAIL.COM