Friday, October 31, 2008

Count Morbida's Monster Quiz Book: Den Of Doom

Here it is, Boils and Ghouls, what you've been waiting for! The fifth and final installment of Count Morbida's Monster Quiz Book!!

Den Of Doom

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Previous Count Morbida's Monster Quiz Book posts --

Part One

Part Two: The Bat Yard

Part Three: The Ghostly Ghastly Gallery

Part Four: The Perilous Pain Parlor

So, did anybody take the monster quizzes? How did you do?

I hope everyone enjoyed the Halloween Countdown this year. It was tough keeping up with all of the participating blogs. But it was fun. I'll probably spend most of the weekend catching up on the other blogs. And then I'll probably take a week or two off from blogging. Unless I see something that catches my eye and I have to blog about it :)

Have a ghoulishly good Halloween!!

A Night With The Jersey Devil

This is just a quick post to let you know about a free Halloween song download from Bruce Springsteen. From his website --

Dear Friends and Fans,

If you grew up in central or south Jersey, you grew up with the "Jersey Devil." Here's a little musical Halloween treat. Have fun!

Bruce Springsteen

Click here to get it.

I swear the next post will be my last one for the Halloween Countdown.

Halloween 1996


I first met my wife in March of 1996. This is our first Halloween together. I took her son trick-or-treating (he's dressed as a scarecrow) at the apartment complex I used to live at. My future wife (wearing a Cat in the Hat hat) gave out candy to all of the beggars.
Here we are at BOO at the Akron Zoo.
We visited this local house that does does a huge display for Halloween. They even have a mini haunted house in the garage that you can go thru. Sadly, I hear this year is the last year for the display because the guy is ill.
Here I am with some clown I used to work with. I had an Alice Cooper thing going on.
Trick-or-treat night at my honey's house (now our house). This is the only time my wife has put on a costume. And as you can see my make-up didn't come off easily.

Be sure to come back later today for my last post in the Halloween Countdown 2008!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

My Stuff: The Universal Horror Library

The Universal Horror Library were paperback adaptions of classic Universal monster movies published by Berkley Medallion Books in 1977. The series included --
The Mummy
The Bride of Frankenstein
The Werewolf of London
The Creature From the Black Lagoon
Dracula's Daughter
The Wolfman

I have the two books pictured above written by Carl Dreadstone (real name Ramsey Campbell). I haven't actually read them, but they look cool.

Meet The Monsters!

These are some cool ghouls I've met at various conventions over the years. If you'd like to see more plus the autographs I got from them visit here, here, here, here and here.

Sara Karloff
Basil Gogos
Forrest J. Ackerman
Bob Burns
Ben Chapman
Michael Berryman
Lisa Loring
Donnie Dunagan
Pat Priest & Butch Patrick

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween With John Williams & The Boston Pops

I did a similar post of this back in 2006 but that file is long gone. So, here's a new one.

I've been a fan of John Williams music ever since I got the Star Wars and Superman: The Movie soundtracks when I was a kid in the 70's. That lead me to seek out his work with The Boston Pops. I checked all of my CD's and found these four tracks that could be played at Halloween.

Track Listing

1. Alien (Closing Title)
2. The Music of the Night (Phantom of the Opera)
3. Theme from JAWS
4. Twilight Zone

Click the link below to download --

--> John Williams and The Boston Pops <--

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My Stuff: The Wolfman Comic Book

This is the second printing of the Wolfman Movie Classic comic book published by Dell in 1964. It has a great cover illustration of Lon Chaney, Jr. as the Wolfman. The only problem is the story doesn't match the cover. It doesn't actually feature the Wolfman!?!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Favorite Halloween Candy by Sign

I found this article at AOL Horroscopes.

Aries Candy (March 21 to April 19)
Fire signs like Aries enjoy candy with a kick, which is why you'll often see Rams reaching for a box of Red Hots. When this sign gets a chocolate craving, they'll usually reach for a bag of M&M's, since it's the only candy that can withstand the heat they're always generating. Of course, a bag of Pop Rocks is always a good choice for Aries, who simply explodes with energy.

Taurus Candy (April 20 to May 20)
Taurus likes candy that will last and last. Maybe that's why Gobstoppers are such a big hit with this crowd. Bulls also enjoy gnawing their way through a Mary Jane or two. When it comes to getting a chocolate fix, Goldenberg Peanut Chews are often the candy of choice, as they can't be gulped all at once.

Gemini Candy (May 21 to June 20)
If there's anything Gemini can't resist, it's getting two candies for the price of one. Perhaps this explains their fondness for Charms Blow Pops. If this sign yearns for a bit of chocolate, they'll usually reach for a Twix. As for hard candy, is it any wonder that these intellectual giants love Smarties?

Cancer Candy (June 21 to July 22)
Sentimental Cancer enjoys old-fashioned candy that reminds them of yesteryear. Lifesavers may conjure memories of a favorite grandparent who doled out these treats when Mom's back was turned. Crabs also have a soft spot for Baby Ruths, since they have a fondness for children. And Twizzlers probably appeal to the Moon Child's twisted sense of humor!

Leo Candy (July 23 to Aug. 22)
Is it any wonder that the most playful sign of the zodiac has a special affinity for Fun Dip? Leos also enjoy Starburst candy, since it reminds them of their own celestial radiance. When a Lion hankers for chocolate, a Kit Kat will evoke purrs of delight. It's important to note that although this sign is usually known for their generosity, this sign could let out a roar of rage if you raid their candy stash.

Virgo Candy (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)
Health-oriented Virgo isn't above shopping in the candy aisle. For those times when the Virgin is taking a purist stance toward their body, a box of Raisinettes can appease their guilty conscience. Because this sign is associated with the harvest, candy corn could have a tremendous appeal. If you really want to see this sign smile, though, just pass them a bag of sour apple Jolly Ranchers. Their bright green color evokes springtime for this nature-lover.

Libra Candy (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)
Libras have a strong sense of aesthetics, which is probably why they love Jordan Almonds, whose pretty pastels are a delight to behold. People who are born under the sign of the Scales are also hopeless romantics, so it's no wonder they enjoy SweeTarts. When it comes to chocolate, a box of Junior Mints is always welcome, since they make kissing even more delicious.

Scorpio Candy (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
Scorpio is a fan of all that's dark and shadowy, so it's not surprising that these folks stock up on candy cigarettes. They are essential props for their film noir fantasies. This sign is also a big fan of the color black, which gives them a natural love of licorice. As far as chocolate is concerned, "the darker, the better" is Scorpio's motto. Hershey's Special Dark Bars are usually rich enough to fit the bill.

Sagittarius Candy (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)
Sagittarius isn't the most materialistic sign in the world, but there are some things that these folks do collect. One of them is Pez dispensers. (These justice-lovers have a special fondness for the ones depicting superheroes.) Archers always dream of visiting distant lands, which is probably why they enjoy Mounds bars … nothing evokes swaying palm trees than that delicious coconut taste! Naturally, these jokesters adore Chuckles, too.

Capricorn Candy (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
Status-oriented Capricorn likes candy that evokes images of abundance. That's why you'll often find this sign munching a 100 Grand Bar. Boxes of Good & Plenty also win favor with the Goat. Don't let these work horses fool you, though -- they may espouse the virtues of labor, but all Capricorn really wants is a Sugar Daddy.

Aquarius Candy (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)
Water-bearers are often drawn to containers built to transport liquid, hence their fondness for those freaky wax bottles filled with syrup. When it comes to chocolate, Aquarius will invariably reach for a box of Whoppers. Describing the taste of malted milk is always a challenge for this analytical sign. Hard-to-find candy like Necco Wafers also gives this sign a kick, since they like things that are off the beaten path.

Pisces Candy (Feb. 19 to March 20)
Is it any surprise that most Pisces have an affinity for Swedish Fish? When this sign isn't munching these chewy treats, they're often sporting a pair of Wax Lips. (Pisces never outgrows their love of dress-up.) As far as chocolate is concerned, Rolo is a favorite choice, since its liquid caramel center makes a big splash with this water sign.

Do any of these candies actually match your astrological sign? I'm a Leo and I'm supposed to like Fun Dip, Starburst and Kit Kat. While I would eat any of them if they were free, the only one I would ever buy for myself is Kit Kat. I'm more of a Reese Cup/Butterfinger/Clark Bar kind of guy.

I've created a poll over in the sidebar with all of the candy from this article. You don't have to vote for your own sign, just the group of candy you like best. Hurry and vote now! Poll closes on Nov. 1st.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Universal Monster Pumpkin Carving Patterns

If you haven't carved your pumpkins yet, here's your chance to get some cool patterns (or you can save them for next year). I had a request to re-up this post from last year. Here's the Universal Studios Monsters Carving Pattern Book.

Count Morbida's Monster Quiz Book: The Perilous Pain Parlor

Part four of Count Morbida's Monster Quiz Book --

The Perilous Pain Parlor

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Previous Count Morbida's Monster Quiz Book posts --

Part One

Part Two: The Bat Yard

Part Three: The Ghostly Ghastly Gallery

Coming up next --

"The Den of Doom"