Monday, October 31, 2011

ALCATRAZ

ALCATRAZ - The haunted ruins of Alcatraz Prison sit on a small island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. During the 30s and 40s it was a tough prison depicted in the films Dark Passage and The Last Gangster. The locale’s popularity endures today with recent films such as The Rock and X Men: The Last Stand. There are many ghost stories both past and present. Unexplained eerie clanging sounds have been heard from vacant cells and hallways along with intense raw and cold sensations that emanate from some areas. In the 40s one prisoner screamed all night about a creature with glowing eyes that was killing him. The next day guards found the man strangled to death in the cell. At head count guards recorded one too many prisoners and claimed to see the dead convict in line with the other inmates for a second before he vanished.






Monday, October 17, 2011

THE TELL-TALE HEART

The Tell-Tale Heart and Other WritingsThe Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings by Edgar Allan Poe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

TELL-TALE HEART – We’ve probably all read one of Poe’s masterpieces. If you haven’t, then the Halloween season is a perfect time to do so. The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings by Edgar Allan Poe is chockfull of mystery, horror, prose and poetry. The Tell-Tale Heart (Poe’s best work) describes the obsessive thoughts of a maniacal paranoid violent criminal in the florid effusive language of the day. In The Black Cat, the narrator imagines a slight by his favorite pet cat and is overcome with perverseness, rage and violence; when he’s under the influence of alcohol. All of Poe’s works are in the public domain; available across the internet, he is the father of American fiction.

View all my reviews

Thursday, October 13, 2011

WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE

WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE - Sarah Winchester left behind a seven story mansion known as the Winchester Mystery House.  It’s now in the middle of San Jose, what was once Santa Clara valley orchard farmland.  In 1884 she began with a nearly unlimited renovation budget paid for by the several millions left behind by her late husband.  William Winchester was the heir to the estate of the famous Winchester repeating rifle.  Based on the consultation of a spiritualist, Sarah lived in the midst of nearly forty years of construction.  In her community she endured public scrutiny, engaged in bizarre behavior and believed in occult reasons for her bad luck.  She was convinced her torment was caused by the influence of spirits of the dead; due to their deaths caused by Winchester’s rifles.  The pictures and description don’t do the house justice, the scale is overwhelming and the house is something to see firsthand.  It’s the ultimate Halloween haunted house!  











WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE vid clip

Sunday, October 9, 2011

PET SEMATARY



PET SEMATARY – Pet Sematary by Stephen King is essentially a tale of soured ground; characters and plot unfold from that vantage. Early on, the author introduces several tension building aspects related to the cemetery: a busy highway, a rambunctious boy, a dead cat, a narrator neighbor (steeped in local history) and an Indian burial ground. The title references a graveyard for puppies and kitties of local boys and girls, reduced to road kill by speeding traffic. Who doesn’t remember a mock pet burial from childhood; where Fluffy was buried in a shoe box in the backyard? Pet Sematary is King at his best; a fast paced page turner with mystery, suspense and macabre.

Pet Sematary by Stephen King


 PET SEMATARY (1 of 3) - Stephen King (Radio Drama)... https://chadschimke.blogspot.com/2011/10/pet-sematary-1-of-3-stephen-king-radio.html













PET SEMATARY

Pet SemataryPet Sematary by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

PET SEMATARY – Pet Sematary by Stephen King is essentially a tale of soured ground; characters and plot unfold from that vantage. Early on, the author introduces several tension building aspects related to the cemetery: a busy highway, a rambunctious boy, a dead cat, a narrator neighbor (steeped in local history) and an Indian burial ground. The title references a graveyard for puppies and kitties of local boys and girls, reduced to road kill by speeding traffic. Who doesn’t remember a mock pet burial from childhood; where Fluffy was buried in a shoe box in the backyard? Pet Sematary is King at his best; a fast paced page turner with mystery, suspense and macabre.
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
View all my reviews

PET SEMATARY (1 of 3) - Stephen King (Radio Drama)

Pet Sematary by Stepen King PDF

null

null

Pet Sematary Trailer (1989)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

OKTOBERFEST


oktoberfest –  The video clip and pictures come from San Francisco Oktoberfest located at Pier 48.  Oktoberfest traditionally ends the first Sunday of October.  Trachten is traditional Bavarian clothing.  There were delicious foods such as bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels and streusel.  Check out the website (www.oktoberfestbythebay.com) to go to the festival next year and don’t forget to wear your lederhosen!




VIDEO CLIP OKTOBERFEST