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FREAKSHOW DESIGNS & SIDESHOW SAUCES

FREAKSHOW DESIGNS & SIDESHOW SAUCES

FREAKSHOW DESIGNS out of Orlando Florida. Take note. Why do I bring this name to your attention? Because you need to know and remember this name!
FREAKSHOW DESIGNS is the collaboration of the husband and wife team of Matt Allen and Angie Calabrese. About three years ago, I first met these two horror-loving love birds online, and we instantly hit off. I soon found out of their own contributions to the horror world and, as a matter of fact, discovered that I had been admiring their work online before I even knew it was theirs. The items I’m talking about are incredible hand-crafted lamps. Each lamp is unique, and they even make them to order. At first, Angie was known among friends of mine “The Lamp Lady”. Everyone knew who you meant when you said it.
I asked Angie Calabrese for a bit of background on FREAKSHOW DESIGNS, and this is what she had to say:
Freakshow Designs was born 3 years ago. Our first show was Spooky Empire in the spring of 2014. Starting out with 22 skull lamps, we really didn't know if people would be interested in our stuff. We ended up selling out, which prompted us to vend that following October. One week before our horror-themed wedding. Products include skull lamps, hand painted Xmas ornaments, replicas of Freddy gloves and the Audrey II. New ideas are constantly on the horizon and I'm sure we'll be doing more. Cons we've vended [at] include Walker Stalker and Spooky Empire. In the future, we plan on Bay of Blood in Tampa, and once we get our hearse on the road, any con that will have us! Our lamps are on display at Artegon mall inside Gods and Monsters Orlando as well as Coffee Shop of Horrors. Our website is now open! We can also be found on Facebook. It's our pleasure to do custom jobs as well. Inspiration comes from our love of horror. But mostly we feel there's not enough year-round decor for horror fans available in stores. We love our friends in the horror community and hope to branch out as far as we can.
Most recently, Matt “The Mad Scientist” Allen, has brought to life a new creature – or, to be exact, several new creatures: SIDESHOW SAUCES! That's right, Matt loaded his laboratory with the freshest of vegetables, spices, and a lot of HOT STUFF to bring his specialty horror-themed hot sauce flavors to the world.
As of now, they offer the following flavors:
Sideshow Sauces - Bearded Lady-500x500
Blended with fresh, organic, Georgia peaches, tangy and fresh grated ginger, and blazing hot Habanero peppers.
Sideshow Sauces - Bubba the Redneck Werewolf-500x500
Straight out of Cracker County! Bubba likes his wings HOT with a touch of the ole Bourbon. This sauce gives you all the flavor a fun loving werewolf could ever need! Check out everything Bubba at
www.bubbatheredneckwerewolf.com.
Sideshow Sauces - Java Lava-500x500
Infused with Coffee Shop of Horror's "My Little Cuban Friend". This mix of Chipotle, Habanero, and Coffee gives you the heat you want with a KICK! Say HELLO to my little friend!!! Check out www.coffeeshopofhorrors.com or some AWESOME COFFEE!!!
Sideshow Sauces - Key Lime-500x500
Her song will bring your taste buds to the depths of HELL! Fresh, organic Key Lime juice, blended with Serrano peppers and a couple Scotch Bonnets thrown in for a little extra HEAT. Give your taste buds some heat with the one of a kind tang of Key Lime.
Sideshow Sauces - Tom's Slaughterhouse-500x500
A secret family recipe available in hot, medium, and mild.
Sideshow Sauces - Vamp Slayer-500x500
A recipe from Van Helsing himself, used to defend
against vampires. Fresh Roasted Organic Garlic blended with Organic Red Chili Peppers. The perfect combination to keep those blood suckers away from your neck!
Last, but certainly no less delicious than the others, is Tortured Souls Jalapeno Hot Sauce. Yes, you read that right: Tortured Souls, a sauce named after your favorite horror website, House of Tortured Souls. And is it made with actual tortured souls? Only Matt knows for sure.
A blend of fresh, organic Jalapenos and organic Tomatillos. Just enough heat to torture any soul to its core. Visit our friends at www.houseoftorturedsouls.com for everything HORROR!
It was just a few short months ago Matt and Angie approached me about using House of Tortured Souls on one of their sauces, and last week I received the finished product – complete with killer label artwork – in the mail! It actually brought a small tear to this old man’s eyes. When they first asked if I’d care to join in, “HELL YEAH” was my response. I was honored. Then I found out that two weeks ago at their sauce-tasting event at Coffee Shop of Horror, the reviews were incredible! The favorite? Why House of Tortured Souls, the jalapeño and tomatillo sauce, of course! In case it’s not obvious, this is a huge personal source of pride for me – and for HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS – and we thank FREAKSHOW DESIGNS for allowing us to be a part of something this special!
As I mentioned before, I have now known FREAKSHOW DESIGNS personally for three years, but what I didn’t mention is that we have never even met in person! We have tried making plans, but often times life gets in the way. Still, we have assured each other that one day it will happen! Perhaps we may even combine House of Tortured Souls and FREAKSHOW DESIGN somewhere on the road and vend together. Who knows what the future holds?
Matt and Angie bust their asses to bring us new and creative products to the horror world, and whatever is next, I assure you, will be more than worth the wait!
Now, get on over to WWW.FREAKSHOW-DESIGN.COM, order some hot sauces, feel the burn, and tell them I sent ya!!
Matt Allen, the Devil, and Angie Calabrese
Congratulations, Matt and Angie, we love you both!
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RECIPES: Spirited Halloween Beverages

RECIPES: Spirited Halloween Beverages

By John Roisland
As the Halloween weekend rapidly approaches, many a party will be had and much holiday spirits will be consumed. There are many out there for the connoisseur to savor. Some are sweet and some are sour, but all are always creative with keeping the holiday in mind!
So if you’re hosting or heading to a Halloween coven – er, party – here’re a few ideas for you to mix in your cauldron!

Axe Murderer

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. amaretto
  • 1 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. grenadine
  • 1 oz. rum, light
  • 1 oz. Southern Comfort
  • 1 oz. tequila, light
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 splash 7-Up
  • Pineapple juice to top
  • Ice cubes

Mixing Instructions

  1. 1. Pour spirits in collins glass.
  2. 2. Add some ice.
  3. 3. Top with pineapple juice.
  4. 4. Enjoy!

Brain Hemorrhage

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp grenadine
  • 1 tsp Irish cream
  • 1 oz peach schnapps

Mixing Instructions

  1. 1. Pour the peach schnapps.
  2. 2. Slowly add Irish cream but do not mix! The creme will clump together and settle at the bottom of the schnapps, giving the appearance of an internal organ.
  3. 3. Pour the grenadine over the creme for additional disgusting appearance.
  4. 4. Enjoy!

Sleepy Hollow

Ingredients

  • 1/4 oz. Irish cream
  • 3/4 oz. pumpkin liqueur (Bols Pumpkin Smash)
  • 1 oz. vodka, spiced (Skyy)
  • 1 piece (Brachs Mellowcreme Candy Pumpkins) candy
  • Ice cubes

Mixing Instructions

  1. 1. Combine spirits in cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. 2. Shake well.
  3. 3. Strain into glass.
  4. 4. With a warm knife, slice a slit into the bottom side of the pumpkin candy.
  5. 5. Place candy on rim of glass.
  6. 6. Enjoy!

Vampire

Ingredients

  • 1 oz chambord raspberry liqueur
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • Ice cubes

Mixing Instructions

  1. 1. Combine all in cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. 2. Shake well.
  3. 3. Serve as shots in a highball glass.
  4. 4. Enjoy!

Vampire's Kiss

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz dry gin
  • 1 tblsp tequila
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 2 oz tomato juice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Ice cubes

Mixing Instructions

  1. 1. Combine all in cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. 2. Shake well.
  3. 3. Strain over ice in an old fashioned glass.
  4. 4. Enjoy!

Witches’ Brew

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vodka (chilled)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle chilled lemon-lime flavored soda or ginger ale
  • 3 cups pineapple juice (chilled)
  • 1 (6 ounce) package lime gelatin
  • Ice cubes

Mixing Instructions

  1. 1. Place gelatin in punch bowl.
  2. 2. Dissolve with hot water, stirring well.
  3. 3. After gelatin is dissolved, add the rest of the ingredients.
  4. 4. Add ice.
  5. 5. Enjoy!

Wolf (Howlin')

Ingredients

  • 1 oz blue curacao
  • 1/2 oz creme de menthe, white
  • 1/2 oz vodka
  • Sprite
  • Ice cubes

Mixing Instructions

  1. 1. Pour spirits in glass.
  2. 2. Add some ice.
  3. 3. Top with Sprite.
  4. 4. Enjoy!

Zombie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz creme de almond
  • 1 oz rum, light
  • 1/2 oz rum, 151 proof
  • 1 1/2 oz sweet and sour
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 1/2 oz orange juice
  • Ice cubes

Mixing Instructions

  1. 1. Combine spirits (except 151 proof rum) in cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. 2. Shake well.
  3. 3. Strain into collins glass over ice cubes.
  4. 4. Float the 151 proof rum on top.
  5. 5. Add a cherry.
  6. 6. Enjoy!
The coolest thing about Halloween drinks is that you can decorate them endlessly. Head to Dollar Tree, Party City, or Spirit Halloween and grab a handful of plastic eyeballs, skull shaped ice trays, dry ice, or even gummy worms and add them to your drinks to spook them up!
Now, get your costume on and go howl at the moon, Time Warp, and Monster Mash the night away! Just do all of us a favor, and please drink responsibly. Just because you party with the dead, you don’t need to be dead yourself. So, yeah, don't drink and drive. Just don’t.
And without further adieu, let’s get our Halloween on!
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PROFILE: Bo Hons: Confections From Hell

By John Roisland

Bo Hons - Cake Chef

Back in the mid-nineties I became friends with a guy who you swear could have been the fifth member of Danzig. Sporting long, jet-black hair, black wristbands, and ripped jeans, Bo Hons looked like a rock star, and when I first met Bo, he was, in fact, a drummer in an Annapolis, MD-based heavy metal band called Vox Humana. I was introduced to Bo by other members in the band that I knew. Bo and i quickly became very good friends, and I'm proud to say we still are to this day!

Eventually, Bo left the music industry to pursue his other passions of photography and cooking. A few years later, Bo proudly graduated from the Baltimore Culinary Arts school. During his schooling, he was kind enough to prepare for me a multi-flavored multi-colored checkerboard chocolate mousse cake that was so far beyond mere deliciousness that to this day I still tell people about it!

Through many hard years of different culinary jobs, Bo ran for the northern border and ended up in Canada. Bo created and opened his bakery called Wolfbay Cafe. Bo started off small doing small cakes for friends and families for birthdays and holidays. Through word of mouth, the size of his orders grew and so did his notoriety.

Bo's talent and passion for his baking has landed him in many competitions and is now training his own courses and classes in airbrushing for cake decorating.
Bo Hons - Human liver cake Bo Hons - Jack-o-lantern

Now it's 20 years later and Bo has long since cut his hair (as matter of fact, he's completely bald), but he somehow still looks like a rock star - in his own way. Through many hard years of different culinary jobs, Bo ran for the northern border and ended up in Canada. Bo created and opened his bakery called Wolfbay Cafe. Bo started off small doing small cakes for friends and families for birthdays and holidays. Through word of mouth, the size of his orders grew and so did his notoriety. Bo is still a proud American but resides in Alberta, Canada, where he is appropriately a huge ice hockey fan as well as a very happy family man.

Don't get the wrong impression from the pictures that I'm sharing; these are his horror creations. In addition to horror-themed confections, Bo turns his vast talents to create custom orders as well as experiments with his own culinary treats, such as special flavor of the month cheesecakes. Aside from the cake he made me while he was still studying, I've not had the pleasure of tasting his creations. I've only seen pictures of Bo's work, but it is amazing! And believe me – if it is half as good as my cake, you will be satisfied.

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I don't know how things work as far as being able to do shipping, but if by any means you ever find yourself north of the border, do yourself a favor and look up Wolfbay Cafe. In the mean time, you can email Bo at wolfbaycafe@gmail.com and check out his  Facebook page). Tell him that John-Boy is waiting for another chocolate mousse cake, as a matter of fact a nice House of Tortured Souls birthday cake is now in order,...just sayin'! Proud of all you have achieved Bo , you have earned the named CAKE CHEF!

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Bo Hons

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John Roisland on Deadworld Zombie Sodas

John Roisland on Deadworld Zombie Sodas

By John Roisland

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In need of a change from cola? Tired of doing the Dew? Do yourself a favor and check out Deadworld Zombie Soda. Coming to you from Caprice Brands in Livonia, MI, and manufactured by Intrastate Distributors in Detroit, MI, these mad soda scientists have created a delicious monster (several, actually). The kind hearts that they are sent me a care package of a few of their flavors for me to sample, and they are FUCKING AMAZING! Sure, every major soda brand has an orange, a root beer, and a grape, but not like these tasty treats.

Zombie soda selection

A small sample of Deadworld Zombie sodas.

In addition to the standard soda flavors, Deadworld Zombie Soda offers an expansive and creative menu with flavors such as:

Black Cherry

Vanilla Root Beer

Vanilla Cream

Green Apple

Cotton Candy

And those are just a few of the delicious options Deadworld offers.

So, I made a little video of the sampling (it's also on our House of Tortured Souls YouTube page).

Keep an eye out for Deadworld Zombie Soda, as they are ripping up the convention circuit where you can try samples and purchase soda directly from them!! Find them on their homepage, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Contact them, place your order, and tell Janelle that Ii said, "Hello!"

Trust me when I say that you will NOT be let down by their product!

Oh, I haven't tried it yet, but keep an eye out for the new Deadworld Zombie potato chips brought to you by Caprice Brands and manufactured by premier chip maker Better Made Potato Chips in Detroit, MI. If they are half as good as the sodas, you'll still be thrilled.

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Welcome Back Boo-Berry!

Welcome Back Boo-Berry!

By Dixielord

BooBerry

Yeah, it's that time of the year when horror fans and cereal fans unite to welcome back the Monster cereals. Many of us grew up with Boo-Berry, Count Chocula, or Franken Berry part of our breakfast ritual. But, wait, maybe some of you reading this have been living under a giant boulder for the last 40 years or so and have never heard of monster cereal. The monster cereals collectively refer to a group of cereals first created way back in 1971 by General Mills. The cereals all had a monster theme featuring a somewhat friendlier version of well known cinematic monsters.

The first two cereals released back in 1971 were Count Chocula and Franken Berry. Count Cholcula featured a chocolate loving vampire named Count Chocula, whose catchphrase was, “I want to eat your cereal”. The cereal was chocolate flavored frosted bites with chocolate flavored marshmallows. The Count was voiced on television commercials by Larry Kenny impersonating Bela Lugosi as Dracula. Kenney is also known for being the voice of Sonny the Cuckoo Bird (He's Cuckoo for Coco Puffs!) and Lion-O from the classic Thundercats cartoon. As a trivia note, Larry is also the father of Kerri Kenney-Silver, who portrayed Deputy Trudy Weigel on Reno 911.

Also debuting in 1971 was Franken Berry, based on the Frankenstein Monster from Universal Pictures. The monster represents a more kid friendly and pink version of Karloff's monster. On commercials, Franken Berry was voiced by Bob McFadden impersonating Boris Karloff. The cereal itself was a strawberry flavored frosted cereal with strawberry flavored marshmallows. McFadden had a long career of voice acting before he sadly passed away on January 7, 2000.

Then, in 1972, the two monsters were joined by Boo-Berry, the friendliest ghost since Casper. Boo-Berry was a blueberry loving ghost who bore a resemblance to horror icon Peter Lorre. Boo-Berry cereal is a blueberry flavored cereal with marshmallows. It is believed to be the first blueberry flavored cereal ever produced. Boo-Berry was voiced in television commercials by Paul Frees. Frees did Boo-Berry's voice in the style of his lookalike Peter Lorre.

Outside of the monster cereal gig, Frees had an interesting career in voice acting. He provided the voice of Boris Badenov in the popular Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons. He also provided English dubbing for the legendary Toshiro Mifune in the film Midway. Frees also dubbed Tony Curtis in Some Like it Hot (his female voice), and Humphrey Bogart in The Harder They Fall. Bogart was suffering from throat cancer and had to be redubbed to be heard. Off screen, Frees also provided may voices for the attractions as Disney theme parks such as Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion.

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Everyone remembers the original three monsters (well maybe not that guy under the boulder), but not so many remember the fourth monster. “What? There was another monster cereal?” Well yes, actually two more. In 1974, buoyed by the popularity of Boo-Berry, Franken Berry, and Count Cocula, General Mills added Fruit Brute to the pack. Fruit Brute's mascot was a child friendly version of a werewolf. Fruit Brute was a mixture of fruit flavored corn cereal, and lime flavored marshmallows. Yes, lime flavored marshmallows. Honestly, I'm not sure how I feel about this. Lime belongs in mixed drinks, not kid cereals. Kids may have felt the same way as Fruit Brute was the first of the monster line to be discontinued in 1982. It was briefly reintroduced in 2013 for a Halloween special, but is not available now. Original boxes of Fruit Brute cereal are considered collectibles.

General Mills tried again in 1987, introducing Fruity Yummy Mummy. Yummy Mummy was basically a reintroduction of Fruit Brute cereal with vanilla marshmallows instead of lime and an Egyptian mummy as the mascot. Sadly for fans of the Egyptian undead, Yummy Mummy soon went the way of Fruit Brute and was discontinued in 1992. It, along with Fruit Brute, received a short curtain call in 2013, but, alas, it is no longer available.

Over the years since their introduction, they have faced some controversy but they have survived. It kind of makes sense that parents might complain about a kids cereal based on movie monsters. However, the controversies were stranger than you might imagine. Apparently the original run of Franken Berry had a food coloring that wasn't digestible by the human body. The dye was harmless, but passing though a kid's intestine had the unfortunate side effect of causing the stool to turn bright pink. It looked a little too much like the kids were passing blood for the comfort of parents. The dye was quickly replaced.

To add to the controversy, it's possible this whole event was just an urban legend. The Internet is mixed on whether this really happened or not. It's wide spread enough that Stephen King referenced it in his book Cujo and its movie adaptation. If you remember your parents freaking out, or perhaps a rushed visit to the Emergency Room after a diet of Franken Berry back in the early 70s, please let me know. It would be nice to confirm it.

The Count had a bit of controversy himself. It wasn't, as far as we know stool-related, although there's no proof it doesn't turn your stool brown. Instead, there were concerns about the sugar content of the cereal. Parents, under the misguided belief that health was more important than sugary fun, complained. Thus, Count Chocula was briefly pulled and the caloric content was slightly reduced.

Through all this, Boo-Berry has remained pretty much controversy free. While supposedly eating too much Boo-Berry, or any berry cereal can discolor your poo, it has never caused hysteria. Seeing blue or green in the toilet apparently isn't quite as fright inducing as red or pink.

The three originals - Boo-Berry, Count Chocula, and Franken Berry - are still going strong. They are still produced and sold though only during the Halloween season. They might be a bit harder to find, but they are available. The boxes have been redesigned with new artwork, but the three monsters are still out there haunting our breakfasts.

So go out while the season is right, and grab yourself a box or a dozen. Whatever your favorite, Boo-Berry, Count Chocula, or Franken Berry, they are available now. Enjoy the hell out of them because once Halloween is gone, so are the monster cereals. And while we enjoy our monster cereal and the Halloween season, let's all have a moment of silence for those monsters no longer with us. Fruit Brute and Yummy Mummy, you are gone but not forgotten. Okay, maybe outside of us horror nerds, you are forgotten, but hopefully you will make another Halloween appearance in the future.

Lastly, I'd like to give a shout out to my friend Stevie, who is no longer with us but truly will never be forgotten, and he loved his monster cereal. RIP my friend.

Posted by Allen Alberson in FOOD AND DRINK, IN THE SPOTLIGHT, PRODUCT REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments