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COMING SOON: AMC’s The Walking Dead 100th Episode Contest

COMING SOON: AMC’s The Walking Dead 100th Episode Contest

The Walking Dead’s 100th episode will begin season 8 on October 22, 2017! It’s hard to believe that after 7 years, October 22nd will only be the one hundredth episode. But as long as it takes for a new season to come on, and the mid-season break does take up a lot of time. On Sunday, September 10th, during the return of Fear the Walking Dead, there will be an exclusive sneak peak into this special occasion. Take a look at this video that the folks at AMC put together of the best scenes of the last 99 episodes.
Season 8 of The Walking Dead will be the beginning of the war between Negan and The Saviors and our man Rick and everyone else! The season premieres are in generally pretty thrilling, and since this is the 100th episode, I imagine they have some very special treats for their fans.
Come join our The Walking Dead Facebook group. As always, we will be having a group chat during the episode. Since you are already going to be screaming at your TV, crying, and laughing, so why not join the fun with like-minded fellow DeadHeads.
Just yesterday AMC announced that they are holding a contest where the winner (one extremely lucky fan) will be flown to see the special and sit in for a 2-hour filming of The Talking Dead. The winner will even get a photo with the entire cast! Oh MAN! Just think of it. You would be up close and personal with the crew of The Walking Dead! :O (I think I truly would become one of the walking dead as I’m fairly certain I would die a million times over if I won!)
Here is the link to enter this amazing and generous contest. Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
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COMING SOON: American Horror Story: Cult (5 September 2017)

COMING SOON: American Horror Story: Cult (5 September 2017)

A Look At American Horror Story: Cult

Okay, okay, okay – American Horror Story: Cult is coming! So, with this last trailer they have released, I have put together that a political figure (with shady past, looks like she murdered someone) has a fear of clowns, someone a tad upset over the murder is out for revenge and royal pisses in her fruit loops!
I had to blurt that our first. Many of my fellow AHS fans having been wondering if the clowns in the sneak peeks were a representation of the circus act going on in the White House. I say YEP, but they do pull off the clown plot in the story.
For example, this poster could easily be seen as all the red states and a lone blue in the mix. And I did pick up on the hints of a hive-like cult suggestion from that poster of the female clown with skull open and a bee hive where a brain should be and the beehive pattern of the background. In one of the trailers, a mass of bees fly out the mouth of the clown at center of circle.

And the symbol, sometimes it is unclear as to how many sides it has, could easily be the Pentagon (maybe Sarah works there), but it’s sometimes shown in the trailers more as symbol of beehive.
From the commercials, it seems more put together than “Roanoke”, and with much more Evan Peters (for that fact alone, you have my full attention ;-)), so already more people are interested in this season! I do not have Coulrophobia personally but tons do, so this season will certainly keep many peeking at the TV screen from under a blanket while holding tightly onto their teddy bear. An absolutely brilliant move by Ryan Murphy and Brad Fulchak! Fans did, after all, shout out their disappointment in “Roanoke”.
I, myself, was not a fan of the show until the trailer for season 5. Lady Gaga walking down a creepy hotel hallway as a Countess had me hooked! I’m not even a fan of Lady Gaga, but that scene was absolutely perfect, and I was dying to see if she pulled the role off as she appeared to be perfect for it. I soon after started a Facebook group for the show Fans of AHS. We have group chat during the airing of each show, and all mention of that episode is kept in the chat until two days after because our friends across the pond do not get to watch the same day as those of us in the US. I was thrilled for the most part, the ending of that season did disappoint me, and I was ‘meh’ for several scenes, but I did binge shortly after starting the group. I loved “Murder House” and “Coven” was pretty good as well. “Asylum” and “Freak Show”, however, could not capture my attention. I do love Twisty though. 🙂 I will speak more of him in an upcoming clown article I have planned for House of Tortured Souls. I quickly discovered I am in love with Evan Peters! I am aware that so are thousands of others, but I will warn you I am a big gal and stubborn AF.
For the most part, I love American Horror Story. We certainly needed a horror show, and we most definitely needed one that switched it up every season. I am LOVING the clowns in the trailers. They look phenomenal (and appear to be scary as hell – especially for those with a fear of clowns), and their cult dances set up the anticipation nicely, and I have my finger crossed that they pull it off smoothly and AHS: Cult be my new favorite season. 🙂
American Horror Story: Cult premieres on 5 September 2017, so get your snacks and security blanket ready – and happy viewing!
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URBAN LEGENDS: Slender Man

URBAN LEGENDS: Slender Man

slinderman-playground / Fair use doctrine.No matter how many stories you have heard or photos you have seen, Slender Man is a fictional character. Mind you, he is a very popular monster, but he crept out of the mind of Eric Knudsen aka Victor Surge as recently as 2009. The black and white photos you have seen are edited. Very good Photoshopped pictures.
Slender Man is, of course, an amazing creature and a gripping, frightful man. I love the enthusiasm people have when they tell their Slender Man experiences! He was such a brilliant creation! He lurks; therefore. I love him!
As the name suggests, Slender Man is extremely tall and very slim. He has a blank face, wears a black suit, and sometimes even has tentacles coming out his back. Sometimes he is portrayed as having unusually long fingers that he can uncoil and use like tentacles. Slender Man kidnaps and traumatizes people – usually children. He appears in one of two ways. He may creep up, or he may suddenly appear in the distance. Slender Man, of course, is mute, seeing as to how he usually has no mouth. Neither does he have a nose or eyes for that matter. He has a completely blank face; nothing there but skin.
He is popular enough to have his own video games: Slender: The Eight Pages and Slender: The Arrival. Slender Man pops up in Minecraft as well.
There are some pretty good Slender Man sightings on YouTube, some not so good. Here is my favorite.

There are even some pretty creepy costumes of him! (I am an affiliate for halloweencostumes) Check out the Slender Man costumes here.
~~ Keep on creeping 😉
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Artist of the Month – August 2017: RF Pangborn

Artist of the Month – August 2017: RF Pangborn

It’s hard to believe this Mad Genius works retail by day. I cannot imagine him in any other uniform than an apron or lab coat!
Here is a brief bio: Born in Plainfield, NJ,now residing in Tampa Bay, FL, with his wife, dog and cat. 🙂 He paints in his home studio.
It took a long time for me to get an interview out of him, but I am stubborn like that. 😉 Here is our Q&A:
House of Tortured Souls: Did you go to art school or have any special training?
RF Pangborn: I’ve been a doodler my whole life. Drawing was a great form of escapism for me when I was a child. During my troubled adolescent years, one of my grade school teachers insisted my parents find an art school. I had the good fortune of living in the town next to impressionist painter Charles R. Nevad who taught privately. Huge mentor to me. After about five years of teaching me, he confides in me that my dad hasn’t paid him since the first two months. He didnt care. After his death, I swore to make art my life no matter the cost.
HoTS: Who is your favorite creep, beast, immortal bad guy?
RFP: Being raised on horror, I have so many favorites. It’s hard to pick one or the other. My first obsession as a kid was with The Wolfman.
horror-aotm-rfpangborn-leatherfaceHoTS: Do you sketch your pieces out first in lead or go straight to painting?
RFP: I do a lot of requests, which is just basically copying what you see in a photo. But for my own personal pieces, I do like to fool around with ideas and sketches beforehand. I’m also partial to throwing abstract random brush marks on the board and waiting for the images to emerge. I think Jackson Pollack referred to this sort of thing as psychoanalytical painting, and I find it to be awesome therapy.
HoTS: Do you do any art shows or set up at conventions?
RFP: I’m currently featured at Hamilton Gallerie D’art in Illinois. I’ve done a few odd shows. Most everyone is on my case about the convention scene, and I want to get into it, but time just isn’t permitting at the moment.
HoTS: What or who inspired you to do horror art?
RFP: I think the horror angle was just a natural progression since I love it. There’s a lot of drama and imaginative freedom.
HoTS: Do you have a fan page, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube?
RFP: I have had a Facebook page up since I started painting again after a 25 year hiatus. I tried branching out to a .com, but it was a year of wasted effort. Social media is where it’s at. Unfortunately, I only have enough time to really pay attention to one format right now. As you well know, it’s all I can do to remember I have an interview waiting for months in my in box… 🙂
HoTS: Are you currently working on something?
RFP: I’ve been slowly trying to wean myself into full time art, so I’m working on multiple pieces around the clock. Always busy with something over here, thank God!
horror-aotm-rfpangborn-mummyHoTS: Do you do commission pieces?
RFP: Right now, it’s the commissioned pieces that are keeping me afloat, so, yeah, I’m doing those constantly. I’m hoping that sometime soon this will open up more free time to work on some more original pieces, which is kind of why one gets into art in the first place. But request pieces help pay the bills around here so they get priority.
HoTS: I’m digging the cover piece to your album. 🙂 Where can we buy the album?
RFP: My album??? LOL, if you mean my ridiculous experimental noisecore, well here if you’ve got the stomach for it.
HoTS: What do you love to do when you are not creating horror?
RFP: I’d really love to get my hands back into filmmaking though it’s time consuming to the extreme and pisses off everyone you know to no end. I can also see myself doing more “music” in the future, but right now I’m putting everything I have into the painting.

I dug this one up, hopes he appreciates my hard work. 😉

I will leave you folks with my favorite piece Vincent Flipping Price!!!!
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TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (2 of ?)

TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (2 of ?)

RIP – The Godfather of Zombies
George A. Romero

georgeromero-zombielove / Fair use doctrine.George Romero meant so much to me personally. He created my love, my obsession with zombies. I cannot tell you my exact age when I first watched Night of the Living Dead, but it sparked the fire that is my love for horror and, more importantly, zombie stories. George A. Romero opened the door for many to follow, pushed the limits of horror further than anyone dreamed, awakened future directors and storytellers, and educated the world on the zombies (how they move, groan, react, and how people would react in a zombie apocalypse).
I’m not sure if Romero went for black and white to blend in with the classic horrors or because makeup and prosthetics aren’t what they are today. All I know that it was a genius move! Night of the Living Dead was meant to be b&w. When I first turned on the movie (in my foolish youth) I wanted to immediately change the channel, after all b&w movies are just boring (back in the 80s when everything was neon). I’m not even sure now what kept me watching, but I am ever so thankful! George Romero was such a creative intelligent fellow in his time.
Romero was one of my first articles for HoTS when a little over a year ago Mr. Romero finally received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. It blew my mind that only just now was he receiving a star! After all his movies and work?!?!? Night of the Living Dead had several sequels (almost all 10 years apart), and he made several other type of horror movies, directed much of Creepshow, and participated in many documentaries, and specials. Romero is so loved by so many that The Walking Dead has had many tribute Easter eggs to Romero.
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Romero even had a part in the zombie mode on Call of Duty: Black Ops.

George Romero left his mark and ‘infected’ so many of us. I, personally, will truly miss him.
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Artist of the Month – July 2017:  Aya Jade

Artist of the Month – July 2017: Aya Jade

I could not have picked a better AotM for July then Miss Aya. Because she is a firecracker!!! Special effects makeup has been popular for years now. Especially for cosplay and with shows like Face/Off. And this female artist certainly has skill in that department! I mean to go from this TO THIS will certainly blow a few minds and drop some jaws!!! I have some face paint left over that I WAS going to dabble with one of these days. But well SHIT!
Here is a brief bio of our lovely monster, followed by our Q&A:horror-artistofthemonth-ayajade-nun
My name is Aya, I’m a fashion and special effects artist from Wellington, New Zealand.
I’m 22 years of age and have been doing beauty makeup professionally since the age of 17 but I’m very new to the special effects community!
House of Tortured Souls: This extent of face special effects painting is pretty new and mind blowing! How many years have you been in it to get these awesome?
Aya Jade: I’ve only been doing it for a year now, but I dabbled in body painting before becoming qualified!
HoTS: Do you go to an Art School? Or have a special teacher?
AJ: I went to the Special Effects Makeup Course in Wellington last year, it is a ‘Full-on’ for a few months, learning the basics of what we need to know to be in this career path. I would love to go on to learn sculpting and molding.
HoTS: Why horror?
AJ: Horror movies and games are a favorite genre of mine and I’ve always been fascinated by the creations and transformations in them. Seeing something so grotesque in a real world is setting is intriguing but terrifying.
HoTS: What is your favorite monster?
AJ: Silent Hill creatures, they’re all so insane looking.
HoTS: Is there a special makeup or body paint you use?
AJ: I use a lot of Kryolan, Ben Nye and Mehron! They’re amazing professional SFX brands. I also Paint with Fab paint and Snazaroo.
HoTS: Do you do comic cons or any art shows?
AJ: Unfortunately we don’t have much in New Zealand but I do go to our biggest event which is Armageddon. I’m either cosplaying or doing the zombie makeup!
HoTS: Do you do ‘How to’ videos?
AJ: Yes! I’m very amateur, though, haha.
HoTS: Do you have a fan page? Instagram? Twitter? Facebook? YouTube?
AJ: All of my social medias are under the name Aya Jade. I’m on Instagram, Facebook, and YouIube.
HoTS: Are you for hire? You would total rock a wedding!
AJ: Yes, I am actually!
HoTS: What do you like to do when you are not creeping people out?
AJ: I play video games, watch my favorite TV series and movies, I’m also super passionate about animals and love hanging out at my local shelters and sanctuaries if I’m not at home with my own!
I MEAN, WHO IS NOT IN LOVE WITH AYA NOW?!?!?
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Artist of the Month – June 2017:  Matthew Zip

Artist of the Month – June 2017: Matthew Zip

Once again, this artist was introduced to me by a previous AoTM. I am thrilled to wear the Artist Interview pin! This guy has amazing talent, and the detailing will blow you away. It does take hella skill to create these sketches, but also passion and drive. And boy, does he have all of that!Creature From the Black Lagoon / Artist: Matthew Zip

A Brief Biography

Matthew Zip was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. He now lives in Houston Texas and is a tattoo and fine art artist. He has been with his lovely wife Amanda for over ten years, and they have been married for four of those. They have one son, Jacob.
Be sure to check out his website.

The Interview

Let’s begin the interrogation!
Otis from The Devil's Rejects and House of 1,000 Corpses Otis from The Devil's Rejects and House of 1,000 Corpses / Artist: Matthew ZipHouse of Tortured Souls: How old were you when you started to draw?
Matthew Zip: I have been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil or a crayon.
HoTS: Where did you learn to draw? Did you take classes?
MZ: Myself, mostly, until I got into high school and got into a good art class there with a very supportive teacher. After high school, I continued my education and got an associates degree in fine arts. That’s where I really started to learn a lot, in college.
HoTS: When and why did you fall in love with horror art?
Matthew Zip: I’ve always been in love with the horror genre. Ever since I was a kid in the 80s, my dad would take me to video stores, and I would just stand there in the horror section and look at all the different covers. They were so beautiful and horrible at the same time, and they really captured my imagination.
HoTS: Do you draw in lead, charcoal, or the blood of innocent souls?
MZ: 😉 All of the above!
Image: Matthew Zip
My dear friend Jamie Dietz will melt when she sees this one!
HoTS: Do you have a favorite monster?
MZ: If I did it would probably be Nathan Grantham from Creepshow (“Father’s Day” story) or Chop Top from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
HoTS: Do you post in galleries anywhere or do a booth at comic cons or art shows?
MZ: I have done comic cons and art shows, no galleries as of now.
Freddy Kruger smiles in A Nightmare on Elm Street
Freddy Kruger sneers in A Nightmare on Elm Street
HoTS: Where can we find and purchase your work?
MZ: A few different ways, either through my Instagram or Facebook or you could go to my Etsy store.
Alfred Hitchcock / Artist: Matthew ZipHoTS: Where can we find and purchase your work?
Skeleton Moth from The Silence of the Lambs / Artist: Matthew ZipMZ: A few different ways, either through my Instagram or Facebook.

HoTS: Do you have any fan pages or a Twitter account so we can keep up with your work?
MZ: Yes!
My Instagram is @zip_tattooist
My Facebook is Matthew Zip Howard
Batman's The JokerHoTS: Are you working on anything right now?
MZ: I just finished up seven pieces for one person, all of them sketches and all of them classic Universal monsters.
HoTS: What are some of your past-times outside of drawing?
Regan from The Exorcist / Artist: Matthew ZipMZ: I have no real hobbies outside of art, unless you count more art is being a hobby! Haha, I do painting, sculpting, tattooing, and I’m trying to get into special-effects make up more.
Star Wars isn’t actually scary, but I am still a nerd after all and these are frocking amazing!
Yoda from Star Wars
Darth Vader from Star Wars
Boba Fett from Star Wars
Darth Maul from Star Wars
And this tribute to Snape has me in my feels!
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MOVIE REVIEW: Get Out (2017)

MOVIE REVIEW: Get Out (2017)

No seriously, GTFO!!!!
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You ain’t ready!
This may be my shortest article because I am not the type to give a movie away. But CHEESE AND RICE! 😮 Get Out is a complete MindF**k!! As mentioned in my bio, I have been exposed to horror my whole life, and I’ve been through a lot. So it is hard to get to me. This film had my eyes bulging! I, too, was like:
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I kept hearing how, “It’s not what you think”. They were stating the obvious, but I wanted to find out what ‘it’ was then! I certainly wasn’t ready! I truly am blown away that this disturbing film came from the big ole goofball Jordan Peele. I mean his scripts may be pretty dark or down right in your face at times on the show Key and Peele but this was a complete 180.
It actually does not take long to figure out something is amok in the film, but it will definitely blow your mind when all truth is exposed and you see everything going on!! The bingo game had me scratching my head until later near the end of the movie. Some of my friends didn’t get it at all until I explained it to them. #MindBlown!
And Shout Out to this guy for bringing in the comedy relief: 😉
I’ll tell ya another thing! I love hot tea! I will not being stirring my cup to get a good blend while the tea bag is in there any more! As a matter of a fact, tea bags no longer go in mugs PERIOD! Ya better pull out an infuser and dump the containments of the bag into it!! And if I’m at your house and you come out with a mug with a tea bag and a spoon in it, I’M OUT!! Deuces!
This film will keep you on the edge of your seat, and will blow your mind! Watch it immediately! Then Get The Flip Out of wherever you watched it!
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Artist of the Month – May 2017: Maxwell H. Blackheart

Artist of the Month – May 2017: Maxwell H. Blackheart

Mother’s Day is coming up. Get your mom and your baby’s momma something special this year.
No? She’s more of an ‘I Love Lucy’ kinda gal? Okay!
Or maybe clowns?
Giggles 😀 I, personally, would be thrilled to own any of those pieces. Then again, I am one twisted bitch!
Once again, a previous AotM sent me to this one. And BOY have I hit the MOTHERLOAD!!! Maxwell is flipping amazing!! There be a lot of talent in them fingers – and a lot of demented thoughts in that there brain! I love it!! Maxwell does have amazing skills and you will be thrilled to have been introduced to his work!
I’m in need of a Hall of Blackheart now!!
I was obnoxious enough to get some answers out of him! No really he was kind enough to take the time out to answer some questions and is a real down to earth fellow.
Firing away with the questions.
House of Tortured Souls: How old were you when you started to draw?
Maxwell H. Blackheart: I can remember watching my dad draw quick sketches of faces when I was about six or seven. I didn’t know how he did this so I would just watch him draw these random faces. After awhile I got motivated to try it myself. I copied what he did and liked doing it. After many more drawings I started drawing Peanuts characters and just a few years later around eight years old I was drawing Kiss band members, snakes, spiders, and severed heads. It had begun.
HoTS: What was your first piece?
MHB: My first piece that I consider worth calling it a piece of art would have been a portrait of Gene Simmons from Kiss. I was starting to use colored pencils which I love to use to this day. It’s really my favorite medium because it’s quick and enjoyable for me.
HoTS: When and why did you fall in love with horror art?
MHB: I’m not exactly sure when I did. It was just kind of the path I took. It was the road that felt right and looked interesting to explore. I guess I’d say around eight years old. Godzilla, Frankenstein, and severed heads were always a fun subject for me.
HoTS: Do you draw in lead, charcoal, or the blood of innocent souls? 😉
MHB: I draw mostly with Prismacolor pencils and ink. I also like graphite. I’ve only produced about 9 or 10 acrylic paintings but I hope to do more in the future.
HoTS: Who is your favorite immortal creep?
MHB: My favorite Immortal creep is a hard question. For some reason Rawhead Rex comes to mind. Nothing like a heavy metal looking head chomping boogie man to torture your soul with fear.
HoTS: Do you do comic cons, art shows or anything?
MHB: I would love to. I wanna meet all the nice people I hear from every single day on social media. It’s hard for me to travel at this time. For now you will have to come to me here in Spokane Washington or you can just visit my Instagram.
HoTS: Where can we find and purchase your work?
MHB: If you want to see what I have up or make a purchase, I sell originals and prints here http://www.maxblackheart.com and Etsy as well https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaxBlackHeart. T-shirts are a new item I have been selling also.
HoTS: Do you have any fan pages or twitter account so we can keep up with your work?
MHB: I mostly post my latest pieces on Instagram @maxblackheart. You can find me on Facebook and Etsy also.
HoTS: Are you working on anything right now?
MHB: I am currently working on a painting that is Alice Cooper themed, ‘Cold Ethyl’ from his song with the same title. If you love corpses or “love” corpses you’ll love this piece. Also take a listen to this song if you haven’t heard it. It’s a real toe tapper.
HoTS: What are some of your pastimes outside of drawing?
MHB: I have lots of things I do outside of my art like spending time with my family. Riding motorcycles music and photography. I also like thinking and doing things my own way. Also really good at eating steak. Medium rare please.
Y’all be sure to go follow, like, poke, pinch, share, love, put your right foot in, put your right foot out… Oh no, wait, that’s something else! Seriously go support as much as you can!
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ARTIST OF THE MONTH – APR 2017: Mélanie Khoth

ARTIST OF THE MONTH – APR 2017: Mélanie Khoth

I spotted our next AotM on Instagram. It was right around the time the new Ring movie was out , so her 3D art really caught my attention! And the fact that this artist is a young female, even better!!! My favorite piece and what made me really go after her was her Samora piece. OMG it is flipping AWESOME!
Image: Melanie Khoth
Mélanie Khoth is 22, lives in Paris, France, and is a Graphic Designer at BeautEastSphere.com. She was kind enough to answer a little Q&A, so let’s dive right in.
House of Tortured Souls: How old were you when you sgot into art?
Mélanie Khoth: I started drawing at a very early age, like every kid. Stickman family and my childhood heroes.
HoTS: Your talent at 3D is phenomenal! Did it take you years to get to this point?
MK: Oh merci! Less than 3 years ago (I was a physics student at this time), I first saw somewhere on Internet a post on 3D drawings, and I was like super impressed, I didn’t know that kind of drawing was possible. And of course, I wanted to try. My first 3D drawing was an Eiffel Tower. (You can see it on my Instagram page, first post I think.) I really started drawing at this time, and posted my drawings on Instagram to see my progress.
HoTS: Who is your favorite monster?
MK: Hard to choose. I’m a big horror movie fan, I watched them all. But I will choose Chucky, cute and funny (I’m 3D drawing him, so don’t miss it), or the Gremlins. Haha.
HoTS: Did you go to art school?
MK: Nope, self taught. Drawing is natural for me, I just take a pen and know what to do.
Image: Melanie Khoth
HoTS: Do you do art shows, comic cons, or sell your art anywhere?
MK: No, no, and no, but I would love to.
HoTS: Do you use pencil, charcoal, or graphite, or ink from nightmares?
MK: Colored pencils are my favorite. I also use markers and paint pens. I love colored drawings.
HoTS: Do you have a fan page, maybe on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram?
MK: You can stalk me on my Instagram page or Facebook, or Twitter, or YouTube. Just look for my name.
HoTS: Is there somewhere fans can go to purchase your art?
MK: No, sorry, not at the moment! But I’m planning to, so many people ask me for a portrait. I didn’t stop my physics studies for nothing, haha.
HoTS: How many jars of peanut butter are in your kitchen?
MK: Zero! Peanut butter is not very popular in France. I’m a Nutella person.
HoTS: What do you love to do in your spare time other than drawing?
MK: I’m a yoga girl, I like to be in weird yoga pose. Reading and watching series or movies. I also love watching movie trailers, that’s my thing. I think I watched more trailers than movie.
I will leave you guys with this cute 3D of a sweet clown. 🙂
Image: Melanie Khoth
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RECAP: TWD, S07 Finale: The Ones Who Live

RECAP: TWD, S07 Finale: The Ones Who Live

HOLY MOLY!!!!!!!!! WHAT AN ENDING!!!!!!!
Okay, so, OH MY GOD!!! Sooooo much just happened! I hope y’all were buckled in! I mean, did I say WOW?!?!?!
Let’s start off with Daryl and Dwight. What was it that stopped Daryl from stabbing Dwight right in that eye??? I mean the way he was shaking, and Tara coaching him on to do it! Why didn’t he at least beat him unconscious? So Dwight tells them the Saviors are coming to Alexandria and that he will set up an ambush. Oh yeah? Interesting!
As Dwight is leaving, Daryl tells Rick that when it is all over he will kill Dwight anyway.
We keep seeing Sasha in the dark, sweating, listening to music, and mumbling. Soon we learn what she is mumbling was her last conversation with Abe. Now back to her in Daryl’s cell and Negan compromising with her about how many of her team he will kill. He started with three but since Sasha has him ‘wrapped around her finger’, he agrees to only one. So Sasha agrees to climb into this coffin and head to Alexandria with the Saviors for an all out war. Sasha does take the suicide pill. SHIT we lost our sniper! But I understood her, she had lost so many people she loved.
Maggie has taken over! YES!!!! And she is going to take her crew to Alexandria for the war!! Hey there’s Judith!! Look at her standing on her own.
OMG, LOOOOK AT CAROL. 😮 It’s nice to see her in full Kingdom gear,and heading into war. AHA and here is Morgan (also in gear-Benjamin’s gear). Ezekiel has him one hell of a speech, and Morgan joins the crowd and heads to Alexandria.
The Scavengers show up at Alexandria, in dump truck and on bicycles. LOL. Now Jadis knocks me off the couch when she tells Michonne that she will sleep with Rick after the battle is over. GIRL, LMAO!
Look who is leading in the Saviors – our one and only Eugene!! On a damn megaphone.
Eugene says he’s trying one last time, before it is too late, for Rick and the crew to surrender. Rick nods to Tara for her to blow them (Eugene included) to smithereens. AHOH, problem there is the Scavengers double-crossed our team (unhooked the dynamite), and when the dynamite does not go off, the Scavengers turn their guns at our team while the Saviors come in.
When Negan pops open Sasha’s coffin, of course she is a Walker, and goes for Negan. OH she was so close!!! Shit! She got him knocked off that trailer, though. That was pretty nice!
Carl takes the first shot!!! LOVE that kid!!! War begins! The whole time Jadis has her gun still pointed at Rick and standing statue still. They get in an argument, Jadis shoots Rick in the side and kicks him over the scaffolding. AGAIN she is pushing him down!! WTF is up with her pushing Rick down heights like these??
Now Michonne is in a fight with a dumbass on the roof of one of the houses. This blonde Scavenger has the audacity to bash Michonne’s face into the floor of the balcony they are on and Michonne is looking pretty beat! They manage to get around so that Michonne is halfway over the railing, eye swollen shut, blood everywhere! Back to Jadis, taking Rick to Negan. Carl in on his knees again and many Saviors are standing there with Negan waiting for Rick to join them and the show begin. While Rick and Carl are knelt down, Negan tells Rick that he is going to kill Carl (even though he likes Carl) and off in the distance they hear a woman scream and see someone fall from the roof of a house. Negan finds this pleasurable, and enjoys teasing him about losing his woman. Rick tells Negan again that he will kill him. OMG, the nose to nose stare down. OMG, Rick once again, having balls as big as Negan’s!!! That made my night!!!! I thought you could not get any better than. Then Negan prepares to take our Carl with Lucille. Negan pulls back to whack Carl and TADA SHHHIIIIIVVVVVAAAAAA !!!! Shiva suddenly appears and leaps and latches onto her first victim. I was screaming and clapping and jumped off the couch!! My dogs came in to check on me and make sure everything was alright. Couldn’t be better!!!
Look who Shiva brought with her. 🙂 Carol is home!!! And so is Kung-Fu Morgan!! And look Ezekiel is also kicking ass! LOVE!!!! So much goodness happening at once! IT was so awesome!!!!
Maggie’s speech was so touching! And look she has her father’s watch. It’s so sweet!!
Rick and Carl walk to the house Michonne was on. There is a lady on the ground but it’s not Michonne. They find her in the house, pretty beat up. BUT SHE IS ALIVE!!!!! This episode gave me so many anxiety attacks!!!
As the finale ends, we see Daryl finds a wooden soldier at the gate. On the back of it reads ‘Didn’t Know’. WHO DIDN’T KNOW??? THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT???? Yeah, THANX, for yet another cliffhanger.
This has got to be the more exciting finale ever! It was so thrilling! I did not see the Scavengers double crossing the gang. I don’t know why the hell Dwight even bothered to go to Alexandria anyway. It’s not like he learned some big secret while he was there. And I also did not think the Saviors would retreat like that. Then again there was a damn tiger!!!! And a Carol!
So I will see ya (sort of) in October, folks.
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RECAP TWD: S07E15, Something They Need

RECAP TWD: S07E15, Something They Need

WELP, Tara’s secret lasted like a week. LOL. Seriously, how long was she back in Alexandria? I have another question…with that many in the boat on their way to Oceanside, who is left guarding Alexandria? Who is watching Judith?
Speaking of watching, thank God Gregory was around to protect Maggie while she dug up the blueberry bush!! Right? ROFL!! Did anyone ever believe that Gregory could hold his own? That he ever killed a Walker? HA. Gregory went from having a complete Shane to complete Eugene! Hell at least Eugene has killed Walkers. He even managed to kill some in a completely bad-ass manner! Remember the firetruck hose? Gregory doesn’t seemed to have taken the point of some of his residents pointing out they never believed he could handle a Walker. So he’s going on a little trip huh? #ByeGregory
Okay, back to the Oceanside SeaWalkers!! Walkers covered in seaweed and barnacles, looking like they just step off the set of the new Pirates of the Caribbean!
HOLD UP! Check out Daryl speaking again! Well barking commands. And check out Enid with a gun. 😮
I’m now shipping LaTonya with Gregory!!! Where the hell is Heath? Why hasn’t Tara explained the key card she picked up at where it appears Heath got in a vehicle – or was taken?
Sasha being held captive now. Who did not see this coming? This David guy sneaks into her cell and attempts to rape Sasha. Negan sneaks up and shut that shit down! Negan kills him because ‘that shit ain’t cool’ Negan talks to Sasha about recruiting her, I mean come on, he just saved you from being raped right. Sasha calls Rick Negan’s bitch DAYUM! (I saw that as her,protecting him, removing herself from that equation.)
Negan leaves the knife that he killed RapeyDavey with and mentions the choices she has: She can kill herself or she can kill the Walker. Sasha takes out David, in pitch darkness, because that’s what badasses do! Sasha tells Negan she will join. (Again, I do not believe she has given up, and is plotting.) She asks Eugene to bring her a weapon so she can end herself. I believe she was hoping he would bring her something that he would have to open the door to hand her, and she would escape. Instead, he brings her the suicide pill. Is that even a real suicide pill? Remember when he made it, I said it probably just give you gas or something. But dammit it all to hell, Eugene!
Back at Alexandria the crew sees Rosita has made it back. And she brought a visitor. I KNEW IT WASN’T DARYL!!!
Daryl was ready to kick Dwight’s ass.
I have known for a long ass time, probably the whole time, that Dwight would break away from Negan or plot against him to bring him down. I could tell in his body language and his story! Which makes it all the more interesting of a twist!! Can wait to see what he does first on this adventure.
Next week is the Season Finale folks! So, so sad!!
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RECAP TWD: S07E14: The Other Side

RECAP TWD: S07E14: The Other Side

Hey, did anyone miss Gregory? LOL And still another episode where he was not taken out! I’m starting to hope that it is Simon that does it! Also I’d like to note that it appears to me that Simon is just toying with him over this whole taste in booze. And I do hope this is some kind of trap: Simon giving Gregory a pass to the brothel?
I think what stood out to me the most in the episode was Jesus coming out. I was very interested that he chose to tell Maggie. He is working on a strong bond with her. I was wondering, though, if something is coming up where that information being told will be useful.
Sasha grabbed my feels more then once this episode. She was preparing to never see these guys again, as this mission would certainly seal her fate. The crew has became her family and she wanted to take in as much of them as possible before leaving out on the mission to kill Negan.
The Saviors come roaring up to The Hilltop. We have a lot of people hiding there. The Saviors have not come to look for Daryl, who does go hide but stays poised and ready to stab someone. The Saviours came to take their doctor, the brother of the one Negan just throw into the fire pit. And in return Simon gives Gregory a giant case of aspirin. Really?
Before Daryl and Maggie leave the storm cellar, Daryl breaks down and starts crying and apologizes to Maggie for getting Glenn killed. Maggie tells him it is not his fault and that she does not – did not – blame him. A huge weight is lifted from Daryl.
Sasha and Rosita get out of The Hilltop safely through a tunnel Sasha made.
On their journey, Rosita still has that chip on her shoulder. At one point while they are checking out a car to hotwire, the necklace Sasha now wears in dangling down, Rosita sees it and tells Sasha she made it for Abe. Finally, when they are set up in a building across from The Sanctuary, Rosita lets down her wall, and talks to Sasha about men (learning different lessons and from different men), and about loving Abe. Negan finally comes out of the compound but Eugene’s big mullet keeps getting in the way, she cannot take the shot. When Negan goes back in, Eugene is heard over the walkie talkie that the girls have that Negan will be occupied for a while. Well, thanks for the heads up there, pal! Change of plans, they ARE going inside! But first let’s save Eugene and get him out of here…maybe not! Now I am wondering about that! Is he, indeed, comfortable in his new role or is he intelling and working on his own plan, or is he still just doing what cowards do best? And then our girl Sasha prevents Rosita from coming with her. Interesting call!
Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter – The Walking Dead / Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Did you guys spy Eugene’s pal hanging out of his pocket? 🙂 I pondered something else right there at the end of the episode. It shows the silhouette of a man with a bow, everyone is shouting Daryl came to help the girls, but what if that is Dwight?? AND that leds me to wonder if he will turn her in or conspire with her???? And while we are on the topic of “I SPY”, did anyone else notice that Daryl has washed his greasy hair and has on a fresh outfit, WITH SLEEVES. 😮 😮 😮
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon – The Walking Dead / Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
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TWD Recap: S07E13, Bury Me Here

TWD Recap: S07E13, Bury Me Here

Okay, it was brought to my attention that I never finished and submitted last week’s recap (:O), which is pretty wild because that was one awesome episode. So, without further ado, let’s get in there!
OOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMGGGGGGGG! So much jawdropping in one episode. I came to realize that we do not drop our jaws as much during action scenes as much as we do at statements or at scenes that are a single, simple action, such as a hand shake or a YOU HURT JERRY, YOU BASTARD!”. Speaking of Jerry, omg the look on his face. He didn’t even have to give a Rick promise for me to see that he will get back to the Savior and end him!!! Sometimes silence drops our jaw and bulges our eyes! I was on the edge of my seat throughout this whole episode, and I had no intention of being there. LOL! As I have mentioned before, I run a group chat during the show in my TWD group on Facebook because, as TWD fans, we are often screaming at the TV and beating up or crying into the throw pillows, so it’s refreshing to yell to like-minded folk. Click here to join us.
Was anyone else asking their television what was up with one damn crate loaded onto the truck?!?! I could tell it wasn’t going to be a good reason by the look on everyone’s faces and how few words were spoken, but damn I am pissed at the reason! Benjamin’s death stirred up A LOT! And there were a lot of beasts awoken in this episode: Richard’s evilness, Morgan’s craziness, and a Savior’s softness. We also saw that it woke up a few more – Carol, Ezekiel, and Jerry – and gave us promise of their beastly actions in the future.
The episode began with a new character (to us) approaching King Ezekiel about problems in the garden. They have weevils! This is hard news to take. They rely on produce a lot. That’s how they have been keeping the Saviors at bay, not to mention keeping them fed inside the Kingdom. They cannot afford this. The lady suggests burning the crop. That is, in these circumstances, the best way to get rid of the weevils. I took it to be very symbolical, and there was quite a bit about REBIRTH in this episode (as I mentioned before, many beasts are awakening). And Shiva gives a slight roar as if to agree, and new lady leaves us, talking about pissing herself. LOL. So the Kingdom is Peepee Pants City. HA.
Now about Richard… His future didn’t look so good when he decided not to like Carol, anyway. LOL. That’s just a bad choice. I did feel his pain and his frustration. It did not look like anything would ever be done about Negan and The Saviors. He, too, had lost his family and was living in misery, but along the way he took a few wrong turns! Looks like at least two from where I’m standing. So Richard comes up with this brilliant plan, sets up a road block that points to a grave with a sign that reads, ‘Bury me here’. The crew didn’t know who was supposed to be buried there, so they just saw it as such a pity, figuring there was a Walker roaming around the area that was intended for that grave. But while everyone is investigating this road block, Richard hides a cantaloupe. The reason for this is to make their delivery late and short! As soon as they pull up Gavin (the Savior’s ‘drop off’ leader) yells at them. He then demands they turn over their weapons. Which led to another one of my eye bulging scenes, and all of our buddies raise their weapons. A screaming match and some scuffling and my Jerry gets hit!!  HELL TO THE NAW!
I was hoping shit would get shut down right then and there, but Ezekiel (bugeyed and nasals flared) calms the crowd. Everyone turns over their weapons, but them looks! Jerry, especially, was shooting laser beams out of his eyes. Y’all really messed up! HELL, even Daniel (y’all remember the ‘Knight’ looking for his horse way back when Morgan was looking for his Carol) had a ‘Oh no, you didn’t’ look for them. Doesn’t it look like he’s ready to slay some dragons?
Jarad (long hair asshole) thinks it’s all funny. Your mistake. So we come to Gavin discovering one melon short. That’s my new line, “He’s one melon short of a drop off”. And here is what Richard had in his head: since he and Jarad had a scuffle and both hate each other, it would appear that Richard would be the one he takes out “as a lesson”. But Jarad does something no one saw coming and shoots Benjamin. Morgan’s student. Carol’s spy.
You could not have sealed your fate any worse than that!!! The team bring wounded Benjamin to Carol’s house – apparently because hers was the quickest to get to, and she had some medical training from Herschel, but I see more reasons Ezekiel chose her house. Benjamin dies on Carol’s dining room table. The same table where Carol recently served her beloved Daryl. Morgan finishes Benjamin off with a knife in the skull. Double whammy. Then Morgan goes off and goes bat shit! We see him screaming at people that are not there, spinning around, and squaring up ready to fight his demons if they were to pop out of his head! Well Morgan is back!! Of course, after his mad fit, he confronts Richard, who explains to him that it was supposed to be him that died, and that it was to wake Morgan up and bring him back around. Richard, you get an A+ honey.
So the crew head back with one damn melon. Gavin learns of Benjamin’s fate, and we see a peek at some human feelings in him. Gavin sends Jarad walking back to The Sanctuary, and then Morgan, realizing Richard is not coming clean, releases his beast! Morgan kills Richard with his bare hands while everyone (both sides) stands there eyes wide and mouths opened. Only Ezekiel was shouting at Morgan, but even that wasn’t full force. Morgan tells them what Richard did. And all is finished…except Richard’s body is just lying there on the street. Morgan will come back and drag his body off to that grave.
Yep, lessoned learned, thanx Richard. Now Morgan tells Carol everything. He tells her about Negan and who Negan had killed. That did it! Carol’s break is over! She packed up and we see her heading off. We will find out later if she went to The Hilltop or straight back to Alexandria. I personally am excited to learn what Carol has became during her break. No one will know until shit hits the fan again (as it is certain to). I cannot wait to see the look on Carol’s face when she finds out Negan cooked spaghetti for Rick. HAHAHAHA! Carol is going to kill Negan with spaghetti, you wait and see! LOL I’m just tickled pissless that my Carol is back!

And DAMN!!! That was some awesome Walker kill with a street sign. Was that One Way also symbolic? Probably!
The episode ends showing Ezekiel replanting the garden, with the help of Benjamin’s little brother – once again a symbolic statement about rebirth – and Ezekiel is ready. 🙂
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INTERVIEW: Up and Coming Horror Author: James Dermond

INTERVIEW: Up and Coming Horror Author: James Dermond

I came across this author while networking on twitter. He gave me the link to his book on Amazon. I peeped in and was quickly lost in his wording! James has the magical ability to snap you up and throw you right into the scene! You truly feel like you are right there! At some points you will even feel like that what is happening in the book at that moment is in fact happening to you!
James Dermond is originally from the Detroit suburbs but has lived in Colorado for over 10 years. He has never been married and has no children.
House of Tortured Souls: Tell us about Doorways to the Unseen.
James Dermond: Doorways to the Unseen: 6 Tales of Terror and Suspense is a collection of six short horror stories. The Doorways to the Unseen short story collection published before Halloween last year is the first volume in what will be an annual series. Doorways to the Unseen Volume 2 (six new short stories) will be published in September 2017, again right before Halloween. An audio book of Volume 1 will be released before Volume 2 is made available as an ebook and paperback.
HoTS: Where can someone purchase the book?
JD: Doorways to the Unseen is available as an ebook and paperback on Amazon and also on Barnes & Noble Nook. An ebook only is available on Kobo and Smashwords as well.
HoTS: Have you written anything prior?
JD: No, Doorways to the Unseen is my first book. I have four more books for release this year: the 2nd volume of Doorways to the Unseen as well as three books in a trilogy. The audio book of Doorways to the Unseen Volume 1 is the fifth product my publishing company is releasing in 2017.
HoTS: Who inspired (or coached) you to write?
JD: A number of famous horror authors, such as H.P. Lovecraft, Clive Barker, Stephen King, Clark Ashton Smith, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, and William Hope Hodgson. I have never had a writing coach or taken a creative writing class.
HoTS: When did you fall in love with horror?
JD: When I was growing up in Detroit back in the 1980s, I would religiously watch the Creature Double Feature on local Channel TV 20 every Saturday afternoon. I must have seen nearly every low budget or obscure horror movie from the 1970s over the years I was in grade school and high school. I also read some classic horror stories in the grade school library such as H.P. Lovecraft, “The Outsider” and “The Dunwich Horror”.

HoTS: Who is your favorite monster?
JD: Probably something from H.P. Lovecraft: Yog-Sothoth?
HoTS: Do you have a fan page or special Twitter account?
JD: Yes.
HoTS: Anything in the making?
JD: A trilogy about witches! The three part story is my re-imagining of the Salem Witch Trials from the 1600s.
HoTS: What do you do when you are not frightening your readers?
JD: I run another business and also teach classes online, so I am very busy. The self-publishing company is my third endeavor.
HoTS: Do you have any advice for those interested in writing horror?
JD: Write EVERY day.
You guys be on the look out for the first book of the witch trilogy, The Hanged Witch, coming some time in early summer. 🙂
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RECAP TWD: S07E12, Say Yes

RECAP TWD: S07E12, Say Yes

The couple that slays together stays together!! LOL A member of the Walking Dead group I run (J.R. Hamby) said that in chat during the episode! Our chats are always a riot! You fans should join the group anyway, because we are having a big giveaway in there right now! Check it out over at The Walking Dead Heads Unite.
Well, Rick and Michonne had a Honeymoon! Rick rose up several times! They were mixing Bisquick like they were Maggie and Glenn, and I KNEW when they fell through the roof, they would end up giggling and rolling around on the floor some more. Funny thing, though, that they dropped onto a mattress!Why didn’t they think to throw that in the truck, too. I bet they will go back for it. But, HOLY MOLEY, they found the motherload of all food supplies. Chili Mac and Cheese TOGATHER!
Why were there so many soldiers at this carnival? Or was that a carnival sat up at a National Guard Post? Interesting, but however it were to be, they were so lucky to find this spot! This will feed the crew for a long time, and they were able to gather many weapons.
It was hilarious how Rick assigned eight Walkers to Michonne, while he takes out 1. LOL Well, he didn’t see that Walker through the windshield… because he was camouflaged. OH, I’m so funny. LOL
The scenes of them getting behind the gates and killing Walkers were excellent. There have been lots of puns for that. Whack-A-Walker is my favorite. 🙂 As killer as that was, however, the Automatic Walker was fantastic! The Walker that walked right into the spikes and got stuck there, his gun, hanging on his side gets a spike through the trigger guard or something, and every move the Walker makes, the gun fires away. LOL Bullets every direction!
The deer makes it to the carnival. Who knew they liked ferris wheels? Rick climbs the ferris wheel, at first he was going to take out the deer, but Walkers were getting too close to the deer. If Rick shot the deer, the Walkers would get to it before he could. Then Rick falls AGAIN, only this time there’s no mattress to soften his fall, just that hard ground. Plus, he lost his grip on his pistol, and it landed a good bit away. So, by the time Rick crawls to it, Walkers are too close for comfort. Michonne saw the fall and ran over to help him. When Michonne gets there, however, what she sees is a gang of Walkers eating something. Michonne did not know the deer came in the carnival, but she could hear Rick shooting and the clicks of his gun as it dry fires.
Michonne stands there stunned, dropping her katana as her face registers shock and tears well up in her eyes. Then here comes Rick climbing out from underneath a downed ride.
Music-icon-editReunited, and it feels so good!Music-icon-edit
The thought of losing Rick really tore up Michonne.
Rick sees that, pulls over the van (did you catch the phoenix on the side of it? #RiseUp), and tells her that she COULD go on without him if he died and that she would make a great leader. And he goes on to say that all of them need to get to the point that they would be fine if their loved ones die; they are all disposable and must do whatever it takes to create future for their children.
Many scenes were like deja vu:
Walker-small-iconWalkers surrounding car, like Merle’s and like Aaron and Daryl
Walker-small-iconFalling through the roof, like at the grocery store (Rick and Michonne falling head over heels for each other)
Walker-small-iconThe deer !!! CARL get back in the house!!
Aww, we finally get to see Judith again. Look at that hair! And she’s still a quite baby. Tara asking Judith for advice was cute though. I imagine Judith is going to blow all of our hair back!
Well, that big ass chip on Rosita’s shoulder is way out of proportion. She is a walking time bomb. And she is snapping at everyone. Most just blow her off, some tell her what time it really is, not that she pays them any mind! But Father Gabriel really know how to put someone in their place, in Rosita’s case, make them roll their eyes. So Rosita heads off to the Hilltop. She finds Sasha at Abe’s grave. Sasha, thinking Rosita came to spend some time at Abe’s grave (me and most everyone did too), apologizes and goes to leave. Rosita is there to see her though. And she brought Sasha a big ole gift (:)) and a proposition. Sasha agrees! Well this should be interesting.
Hey, we get to see The Scavengers again. 🙂 Jadas is not happy. ‘Not enough’. OH these people’s form of speech. They are driving me nuts. And here we are with Jadas and Rick staring each other down again. These two love each other… in a pycho kinda way. But 60…well 40 guns in not enough. Rick and the crew must find more. I could have saved Rick the trip. I knew that wouldn’t be enough. Jadas did say ‘a lot’.
And at the end of the episode, Tara tells Rick she has something to tell him. It better be that Judith took her first step.
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ARTIST OF THE MONTH – MAR 2017: Don England

ARTIST OF THE MONTH – MAR 2017: Don England

I found out our next AotM by a previous AotM Cory Newman (you remember the badass tattooist) He actually pointed the finger to a few horror artists, many will be AotM in months to come. Don England does most of his sketches only with pencil and ink alone, and they turn out incredible! He has a truly amazing skill and horror is perfect for black and white sketches.
Here is our Q&A:
House of Tortured Souls: How old were you when you started to draw?
Don England: I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember. My mother was an artist and taught me many techniques in drawing when I was a little kid. Spider-Man was my favorite thing to draw when I was younger.
HoTS: Did you take art courses?
DE: I took basic art classes in school and then in my late 20s I took a few classes at a local art store to learn watercolor and a few other things. But that’s about it.
HoTS: When and why did you fall in love with horror art?
DE: Well, I’ve loved horror films since I was a little kid. Back in grade school I would watch Sir Graves on the local station. He would play a variety of horror films ranging from the Universal monsters to the Hammer films. Eventually we got cable and then a VCR and they opened me up to an entirely new world of horror I had never seen. So for whatever reason horror became a passion for me either watching or talking about it. So it just became natural for me to start drawing what I would see on the screen.
HoTS: Who is your favorite immortal creep?
DE: Werewolves were always my favorite. Curse of the Werewolf was the first werewolf movie I had seen but An American Werewolf in London is the movie that blew my mind. l watched it when I was in 6th grade and I’ve never been the same since! I like the idea of the inner beast coming out.
HoTS: Tell us about your featured pieces.
DE: Nosferatu, a piece that took me awhile to finish because I didn’t think it was looking correct. By the time I finished it I personally think it’s one of the best I’ve done.
Artist of the Month, Mar 2017, Don England, Nosferatu
Artist of the Month, Mar 2017, Don England, Horror Collage
DE: Horror Montage, was a piece I worked on for a long time, a lot of erasing and rearranging. It’s the piece that got me noticed.
DE: The Night Pieces cover is one of my personal favorites. Gary Reed, who was putting out the book, gave me a brief idea of what he wanted and this is what came of it. It’s different for my usual stuff and I think that’s why I like it.
Artist of the Month, Mar 2017, Don England, Night Pieces
Artist of the Month, Mar 2017, Don England, Pan's Labyrinth
DE: The Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth is such a great looking character. I was really pleased with the way it come out.
DE: An American Werewolf In London, I had this piece planned for a long time.. I wanted to do something more that just a couple images from the movie. Once I finally got moving on it I was very happy with the final results.
Artist of the Month, Mar 2017, Don England, An American Werewolf in London
HoTS: Do you do comic cons or art shows anywhere?
DE: I’ve been setting up all comic and horror cons for nearly 25 years. When I started, it was to promote Lethal Lita, the comic I was working on at the time. After a few years of local comic cons I started setting up at horror cons and now I’m at 12-15 conventions a year, mostly in the mid-west. Cinema Wasteland, Monsterpalooza, Horror Hound, and Motor City Comic Con are a few of my regular shows.
HoTS: Where can we find and purchase your work?
DE: You can see me at the conventions but you can also go to donaldengland.com for prints, original art and shirts. I also post on Facebook and Instagram almost daily with sketches and finished pieces that are for sale. If interested in commissions you can message me with your request.
HoTS: Do you have a fanpage or twitter etc where we can keep up with your work?
DE: I’m on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I post the most on Facebook where I have a personal page and a fan page. Both pages are open to anyone wanting to see my work.
HoTS: What was your first piece?
DE: Hmmm, I’m going to guess Batman or Spider-Man.
HoTS: What is your favorite pastime outside of drawing?
DE: Hanging out with the wife and kids!
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TWD RECAP: S07E11, Hostiles and Calamities

TWD RECAP: S07E11, Hostiles and Calamities

GET THAT MAN SOME PICKLES!!!
We start off with Dwight panicking that Daryl is longer there. That means punishment. Dwight gets the beat down and thrown into Daryl’s old room.
Eugene has arrived at The Sanctuary! I wonder if he was paying attention to turns, railroad tracks, brooks, streams, and birds chirping, so that when he escapes (HA) he can backtrack and find his way home. LOL
While Eugene eases into his room, still clinches ass cheeks, Laura asks him what he would like to ear. Well lobster of course! And pickles?!? So Laura leaves, Eugene roams around his new room checking everything out. Clicks play on the boombox. OMG “Easy Street” and here we have a head bopping Eugene AW shit! Moving forward, Laura is showing Eugene around the Commissary and explaining how their booking works. Tada!! Big ole jar of pickles!!! Laura leads Eugene outdoors to where Negan is pondering a problem. Well Eugene’s spew of lies worked so well for him before, let’s try again! This time he is a docto.r. 🙂 Negan is not impressed with Eugene’s big words, he needed to find out how smart and useful Eugene was. So he had a little Walker quiz. Eugene came up with a genius idea to keep the walker in place while also keeping the Walker’s head safe from stabs to the head. BRAVO EUGENE! You’re getting a visit from some of Negan’s wives! Wives? Yep 🙂
What do you do when you have wine and three lovely women all to yourself? Play video games OF COURSE!! While Eugene is smooth talking the ladies, it is brutally clear one is not a Happy Camper or perhaps really loves that wine! She’s not impressed huh?! Let me blow up some surgical gloves! Still not impressed? Here’s some giant columns of foam spewing out of lab test tubes and big bang when i set these glove balloon on fire!
The girls are now convinced Eugene knows a thing or two. So Brunette and Redhead come back to Eugene’s room the next day with this sob story. Blondie is unhappy, and wants to die. Will Eugene make a pill to help her end her life? “Pump your brakes, Red.”’ HA Eugene found some street. So he calls them out, and says they want pills to kill Negan. I personally do not think that is what they were planning. I think they did/do want to take out Blondie but for other reasons. The girls end up huffing and leaving his room, calling him a coward. That’s nothing new, and Eugene agrees with them.
Next day however he is in the Commissary asking for cold pills. The lady in charge of the section, bit his head off and sent him to get in line. Eugene turns, makes a few steps to in fact get in line, then turns back around, steps back to the lady, and snaps her head off. Takes a ton of supplies, and a new friend that he names ‘Grimly Gunk’ YOU GO GIRL! He was pretty damn convincing too, this will be interesting indeed! Back in his room we see him putting together some new pills. They are probably fart pills. That would be fantastic.
Negan visits Dwight and, while door is closed, tells him Sherry is also missing. Dwight’s head is spinning, wondering what it means. Negan opens the door, asks Dwight who he is, Dwight says Negan. Negan is pleased. So he sends Dwight off to fetch his wife! Dwight goes back to their old house. Sherry WAS there but left. She left Dwight a letter with her Wedding and Engagement Rings. While Dwight fumes over the letter, he compares the handwriting to the note that was shoved under the prison door while Daryl was in there. It was in fact Sherry that set Daryl free. Now Dwight is flaming mad! When he gets back to The Sanctuary he sees the Doc again. Dwight tells him he killed Sherry. The doctor goes on to tell him how some are have too much heart, and some are heartless. Hummm.
Oh boy, time for more fireworks. Laura drags Eugene down to the furnace room where there is a crowd. All get down on one knee until Negan gestures them to rise. We see Dwight holding the famous iron in the fire. But we have no clue who is in trouble…until Negan grabs the doctor and brings him forward. Negan shows him this note he found in the doctor’s desk which looks suspiciously like the bottom of the letter Sherry left for Dwight! As Negan is about to burn the side of the doctor’s face, the doctor ‘fesses up and apologizes. Negan drops the iron, ‘That’s all you had to say, man’ but as he is turning he catches sight of Eugene up a flight. Oh yeah, I have a new doctor! So nevermind. Negan pushes the doctor into the furnace! Dwight plotted on the doctor, and told everyone he killed Sherry to save her life. We don’t know where she went, but there is hope she can get away.
So after the show, Eugene is outdoors running the smelting operation. Negan comes and before he can get the whole question (Who are you?) out of his mouth, Eugene is piping in, “I am Negan, I’ve always been Negan, I was Negan before I knew I was Negan”. Well damn!! He’s such a card! Negan trots off happy. So now we have Dwight and Eugene leaning against the railing. ‘Oh great! Now I have to apologize for biting this asshole in the junk!” So Eugene tell Dwight he’s sorry and works on buddy’ing up with him. He leaves us with, ‘I’m Eugene, you’re Dwight, we are Negan’ LUVIT!
~~Life is sweet…
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WiHM: Jamie Lee Curtis

WiHM: Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis was my first (and still my top go to) Scream Queen. She was 19 when she played the role of Laurie Strode in Halloween.
And boy did she play the hell out of the role!! The horrified faces she made, the shaky hand with the butcher knife, and that scream! She would later play that role three more times in Halloween II, Halloween H2O, and Halloween: Resurrection and had a voice role in Halloween III.
Jamie held on to the audience after Halloween with her banging body, which she took full advantage of in Trading Places, A Fish Called Wanda, and the infamous hotel scene from True Lies.
I mean isn’t the perfect damsel in distress look?
Her ability to play any type of role amazed watchers and added even more to her fans list!!Jamie is one of the incredibly talented actresses that can go from horror to family movie (Freaky Friday), back to horror, and onto your ‘typical housewife’ in a dramatic adventure.
The show Scream Queens was conceived based on her, and she, of course, has a role in it to freak the audience once more. 🙂
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WiHM: Kathy Bates

WiHM: Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates is the one and only Grand Dame of Horror.
Oh, if only Annie Wilkes (Misery) heard the cockadoodie filth coming out of Sunny Soke’s (Bad Santa 2) mouth, what a scene that would be. Kathy’s performance in Misery is talked about to this day! How did a normal looking, I dare say Plain Jane type, woman pull that off? I mean her performance was absolutely stunning! Then, she goes from dark horror to Fried Green Tomatoes and then back to another Stephen King adaption Dolores Claiborne. Holy Hell, woman!
Kathy has gone on to play roles in every genre andbalways stuns the crowd with her performance – usually as an evil bitch. 🙂 Have you seen her as the Queen of Hearts in Syfy’s Alice?
Alice — Pictured: Kathy Bates as The Queen of Hearts — Syfy Photo: James Dittiger
It is for that fact that I was floored a few months ago at the announcement that she had received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. WTF do you mean? Just now? Shouldn’t she have received that back in the early 90s?! Who is in charge of handing out these stars?
Now we can all enjoy hating her on American Horror Story, which she has been in many seasons. Of course, her performances are always spot on. She is equally amazing and comfortable in horror and/or dramatic roles. Each season of AHS she plays a completely different type of role than the last, and she nails it every time.
Kathy has turned evil stare downs into an art form. Her look alone could give a yeti sunburn, and, as I said before, looks like a completely normal person. This is why her performances so memorable.
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