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Midsummer Scream, the largest Halloween and horror fan convention in the world, returns to Southern California August 3-4 for a monstrous weekend of thrills, chills, and haunting fun. For the first time, Midsummer Scream will occupy the entire Long Beach Convention Center, doubling the show’s size for 2019.

Tickets for Midsummer Scream 2019 are now on sale at including single-day General Admission passes, as well as the very popular limited-edition Gold Bat Weekend Pass, which enables guests to access the show floor, Hall of Shadows, and other areas of Midsummer Scream an hour early each day before the convention opens to the general public; front of line priority access to panel presentations and attractions throughout the venue; a collectible lanyard and credential; and a Gold Bat 2019 enamel pin.

Midsummer Scream is expected to draw over 30,000 fans of all things macabre to Long Beach, where they will find a greatly-expanded show floor featuring more than 350 unique vendors, Paranormal Pixie’s children’s activity area with Buster Balloon, a wide variety of live entertainment performances, and exciting celebrity appearances including the queen of Halloween, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark).

This year, Midsummer Scream celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, complete with a must-see panel presentation that includes Disney Legends Bob Gurr and Tony Baxter, vendors on the show floor in the Corridor of Creepy Creeps selling Mansion-inspired merchandise, and a Saturday night party, the Grim Grinning Gala, which promises to be the swingingest wake anywhere for both the living and the disembodied, complete with a movie screening of The Haunted Mansionwith live commentary by the film’s director, Rob Minkoff, and Producer, Don Hahn. Happy Haunts that materialize in costume Saturday night are invited to participate in the Grim Grinning Gala’s contest with a $500 prize being awarded to the ghost with the most creativity! Tickets to the Haunted Mansion Gala is $20 and can be bought on the website while supplies last. (Note: Party admission already included with Gold Bat Pass.)

Deemed the “gateway to the Halloween season” by fans, Midsummer Scream will host presentations from many of Southern California’s major haunt attractions, including Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, and Knott’s Scary Farm, as they offer guests exclusive sneak peeks at what terrors they have in store this coming October across the Southland.

Read the whole article on –> SoCalthrills and SEE YOU IN THE MAYHEM! (I’ll be rooted firmly in the fresh earth under booth 1149 )


Just uploaded Chapter 3 of my vampire comedy fantasy tale to Wattpad. Check it out –>  

The Journals of a Vampire scribe



06 by BlackMalcerta (I added the horns to better fit the character in my story.) -cm

Tacked another 1435 words onto this one this morning, my dudes. I’m on chapter 7, so if you’ve hoped on board, you’re not too far behind me. Anyone get a chance to read it yet? It’s my first full-length, first person story so let me know your thoughts. Gracias. -z

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1298 words pecked into my first-person Vampire comedy this morning. That’s some pretty solid maneuvering for me; about twice what I typically write at a time. This one is about this young, goofball vampire (early twenties) whose basically chick repellent – before and after death – and suddenly finds himself in the midst of a beautiful, charismatic, human blond around his age and can’t for the life of him figure out why she’s paying him any mind. There’s a catch, of course. And one bigger than he even thought possible, as he just found out today. This world I’ve built for the story is one filled with “prets” (perternatural creatures) who have recently come out of hiding and have been given free reign by the state laws of Washington, basically making the whole state a monster-roaming habitat. Things are starting to get a little out of hand on the streets of Spokane, but what lies ahead makes the debauchery now look like a kegger compared to the festival of gore ahead. Keep your eyes out for more insight into this wacky new story. And feel free to ask questions if you’re interested. Also, checkout for my current published work and new ones soon to come. \m/ -z 

This photo, tho… Am I write? Heh. Puns are the best. Seriously, tho. Decrepit walls; a decaying stairwell; shadows so thick their darkness is cold to the touch…and the incessant, frantic pecking of keys telling a story so vile the words yellow and stiffen the pages to brittle, scratchy sheets that smell of ink and age. They lie scattered over the rotting wooden casket of the floor below, blanketing the dead under it with a sick telling of their demise; a story told through the eyes of the sadistic villain who buried them there. -Clack- clackclack-clack -clackclack- clackclack… -z

Only 617 words written this morning but that shit was fucking innntensse!! Haven’t written anything new in week or two; been putting most my free time into editing. It’s good to get back to concocting some vile and hellish circumstances. Dark sensations are so much more captivating to write and read. You can write the most poetic and uplifting verse known to man and it would pale in comparison to well written expressions of pain, as far as “captivating” goes. We’re weird like that, right? Humans? I think it’s an instinctual thing – like survival instincts. I think maybe the concept of pain is more alarming so requires greater focus. Hmmm…

Anyway, I’d been formulating a sort of “floor plan” for this short story-turned-novella I’m cooking up. I got a better feel for how I want it to go down now, but am still working on my scifi comedy, The Adventures of Dick & Rob (which I typically update more on my other blog @c0ry-c0nvoluted), so it’s just a  toss up to what I’ll get done first. In the meantime I gotta get my Christmas story on the presses, man! Supposed to get a quote for 200 copies today… I’ll keep you loons posted. Check my webpage for my current work and for what’s coming up –> \m/ -z

Seriously considering growing out the ’stache so I can be as cool as this art by TimurKhabirov @timurkhabirov

And the Christmas Day epilogue to my holiday comedy/horror is officially in the works. I don’t like to write too much at one time. Any time I do I run the risk of rambling on and creating plot holes that didn’t occur to me while I was “in the zone”. Then I end up having to erase the last few paragraphs and that’s just a waste of words. I prefer to take my time and sculpt the sentences and let the story develop carefully around the art of my craft. This makes me an odd ball in writing. 90% of all writers stick to simplicity: just telling the story. But that’s not what I love about writing. I love the craft: the word play. I love piecing together creative ways of describing or unfolding a scene through words. Anyone can tell a story. And plenty of people can tell it well. But telling it and writing it are two different crafts, and writing artistically is another in itself. Unfortunately, 95% of readers could give a hairy shit less about beautiful writing. They’re in it for the stories, and the easier a story is to read the better. It makes sense, especially from a business perspective, to simplify and make your work as reader-friendly as possible. The more people who can read it comfortably, the more people you have a chance at selling it to. But I’ve never been much for business. I’ve always been in it (life) for the art. One day I’ll likely have to compromise my craft for a shot at more dough since that’s the world we live in. But until I know I can’t do it my way, I at least gotta try staying true to me and what I love. Fingers crossed that the world is sick of the mundane and eager for unique. -z

…Edited in the penultimate chapter to my Christmas horror comedy, A Christmas Carcassing, and I think it’s ready for review. Currently, without a proper publisher, making my own way through this forest of an endeavor, I slide the chaps on over to my dad for a fresh eye and perspective. He’s something of a writer in spirit so has a keen eye for the craft. Also, the feisty old bull has a hell of a dark sense of humor so he gets my writing more than anyone in this world. I had an idea for my closing “Christmas Dinner” chapter tonight so hopefully I can get crackin’ on that soon.  Look out for this twisted, drug addled stoner comedy, kids. If all goes well, I’ll have it stinking up your shelves by early December.  Look for my current work on

And I think I’m officially one epilogue away from topping of my Christmas horror comedy novel. Finished Chapter 9 tonight (I think) with a key scene and now gotta wrap this sexy slut up with an anti-Christmas Christmas dinner. Not sure how I’m gonna do it yet, or if my boys will maintain some semblance of the Holiday spirit after what I’ve put them through, but the point is, I’m nearly done and need to start updating those who are interested a little more often. Being antisocial aaf (as-all-fuck), I realize now I don’t keep peeps in the loop often enough. So here’s the start of a new routine. We’ll see how it does me (and you). I think I’d kinda feel more accountable for staying on track if I voice my progress, so that’s what I’m gonna do. Who wants to bet I give it up in under two weeks? -z