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The Gift of Christmas Fear

December 3rd, 2015 by Cobwebs

Sam Haynes has released a collection of music inspired by Christmas horror movies such as Silent Night, Deadly Night and Christmas Evil

For this CD we took old familiar christmas music and mixed it with horror score orchestral music and even some electronic beats. The result is sure to give you the winter chills and would be perfect for a christmas themed horror movie or dark attraction. All of our music is podcast friendly so producers can use it any way they like too.

From now until December 13, the album is free/pay what you want at Bandcamp. Perfect stuff to play in the background whilst trimming the tree.

(via Cult of the Great Pumpkin)

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Secret Santa Can Still Suck It

December 2nd, 2015 by Cobwebs

Wrapping PaperLong-time blog readers will remember the Secret Santa Can Suck It virtual fake gift swap from years past, and darned if we aren’t going to do it again.

It’s fun, easy, and completely free to participate: Between now and December 10, leave a comment on this post or email me saying that you want to be part of the swap. On the 11th I’ll tell you who your assigned “giftee” is, and some time before December 23 you post on your blog about what you would have gotten that person if you had money and, y’know, cared. Send me the link or, if you don’t have a blog, let me know and you can arrange to have your “gift” posted here.

On December 24 I’ll post a list of everybody’s entries so we can all marvel at each other’s good taste. It’s a silly, fun way to take a short break from holiday stress, plus we can all discover new blogs we might not otherwise find. The more people who participate the more entertaining the gift list will be, so put your inner Scrooge in a corner and join in!


(Image from now-defunct business Jingle Balls)

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Trivia Tuesday

December 1st, 2015 by Cobwebs

  1. The horror anthology series Tales from the Crypt featured a Christmas-themed episode in which a greedy woman makes the mistake of murdering her husband while an escaped mental patient dressed in a Santa Claus costume is on the loose. What was the episode’s title?
    A) “Silent Night, Deadly Night”
    B) “Scary Christmas”
    C) “Slay Bells Ring”
    D) “Christmas Evil”
    E) “And All Through the House”
  2. Jack Skellington sends the trick-or-treating trio Lock, Shock, and Barrel out to bring Santa Claus back to Halloween Town. Which other holiday icon do they accidentally kidnap first?
  3. Even The Addams Family had a Christmas episode. In “Christmas with the Addams Family,” a grouchy neighbor tells Wednesday and Pugsley that there is no Santa Claus, leading this family member to dress up as Santa but accidentally get stuck in the chimney.
    A) Gomez
    B) Cousin Itt
    C) Uncle Fester
    D) Lurch
    E) Grandpa Squint
  4. Who accuses a visiting ghost of being nothing more than an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, or a fragment of an underdone potato?
  5. Befana is a Santa-like character depicted as a broomstick-riding old lady who leaves candy and presents for good children and coal or garlic for naughty ones. Which country does she call home?
    A) Portugal
    B) Spain
    C) Bolivia
    D) Italy
    E) Mexico
  6. When the Grinch is sneaking around Whoville trying to steal Christmas, he is briefly interrupted by this little girl, who is no more than two.
  7. Since 2005, Doctor Who has had a special episode premiering on Christmas every year. The first one, “The Christmas Invasion,” saw the Doctor and Rose battling which scary alien race?
    A) Sycorax
    B) Cybermen
    C) Racnoss
    D) Judoon
    E) Raxacoricofallapatorians
  8. In Norse mythology, the goddess Frigg extracted a promise from everything in the nine worlds to cause no harm to her son Balder. She overlooked a single plant, which, of course, is what Loki used to kill him. What is this plant, which luckily for the sake of this trivia theme happens to have Christmas associations?
  9. The comedy Scrooged involves Bill Murray as a cynical TV programming executive who’s coordinating a live production of A Christmas Carol. Which famous Olympic gymnast portrays Tiny Tim?
    A) Mary Lou Retton
    B) Olga Korbut
    C) Nadia Comaneci
    D) Cathy Rigby
    E) Kerri Strug
  10. In Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather, the Auditors of Reality try to eliminate Discworld’s Santa Claus analogue because he doesn’t fit their view of the universe. Which cat-loving character takes over the Hogfather’s job in his absence?

(Answers below the fold)

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