Where did this all start??
Well, let's see.... I remember being
years old. In the back of one of my horror comic magazines, for
there was an EIGHT FOOT TALL Frankenstein!! I gathered my money
it off. In actually a rather quick turn around, I got an
'Envelope'. They neglected to state that it was a sheet of
with an 8 foot tall PICTURE of Franky. I was a bit
disappointed. But not one to lay down and die, I came up with
idea.... At Halloween, I taped Franky to the door. When Trick or
came by and rang the bell, I *dispensed* the candy through the mail
slot with using
a kitchen glove with the fingers cut back on the palm and the glove
inside out to make it look white instead of yellow. All down the glove
magic markers to make it look like a skeleton arm with
blood. I just
thought it was neat.
But to my joy and astonishment, I still remember
the other kids SCREAM because they thought a monster had just given out
candy. In between groups, I would go out the door and collect the
left on the porch by the 'faint of heart'. I
hooked! I listened and heard the ramblings "don't go
HAUNTED" from the neighborhood kids from behind my
door. Now, most of the neighborhood didn't know me... I
working with my Dad when I was 6 1/2 in his construction/remodeling
therefore I was always either in school or working. I all but
the rest of the neighborhood. (snicker...snicker.....
Since then, monster movies, monster models,
a bit of SCI-FI,
have joyfully warped me.
As an 'adult', for the past 12+ years, I've done
various haunted houses, from decorating activity centers at a
college, to running the Good Knight Haunted Kingdom (while they were
the silly people stopped a couple years ago), did my own home haunt in
actually had the most fun ever at that point], and then in 2003 &
commercial haunt 'Goatman Hollow'.
Two acres in Hyattsville, MD, a VERY rare find in such a developed
outside of Washington, DC. Not your 'typical' haunt where
hide behind a curtain and say 'boo', but a Dark Play, completely
scripted. We used almost every technology available, from
to remote control lighting, to orchestrated music. On any night, we had
than a dozen actors. I even played two different parts myself.
(Guess I have a split personality ... who said that?) By the end
of the run of 2003, our 'head count' was on the order of 2.352
souls. (And for those reading this, Goatman Hollow 2004 was even
better!) They are a great crew, and I am honored to have worked
with them. Wherever they move to, if you have the opportunity, DON'T
MISS THE SHOW!
In 2005, I *almost* Halloween'ed myself out. I did two
haunts at the same time. I helped build Kim's Krypt in Baltimore and was a
Security person there, as well as doing the largest haunt that I had
EVER done, Dorsey's Run.
Just the haunt alone was over 3 1//2 Acres, not counting the 4 acres
for parking, or the 6 acres for "milling around." On this, not
only did I write the script (based on the legend of the local FIEND
Jacob Dorsey), but was a primary engineer, sound developer, set
builder, acting coach, web master, and wore a few other hats thrown in
for good measure. And this was all done to benefit the
Jessup Maryland Scout program. You see, virtually all of my
haunts are done to support local charities. I
would seriously appreciate it if you would give 'in the spirit of the
season' to Unicef .
In 2008, I did a little bit different type of haunt ... at the
ancient lands of Merryweather Post, in Columbia, Maryland,
The Fear Grounds (excuse the pun) sprung to life. This had two haunts,
plus a seperate area just for the kids! (And those with too weak of
hearts) Though I lost my shirt, I met some new friends,
and learned a couple of things along the way. (One thing was to
not do anything at M.P. ever again!)
I have attended Haunter's conventions, both local, and
country. Built life size props, composed music and developed entire
systems for multiple buildings & areas in my haunts. I'm also
respected enough in the industry to have given a couple of seminars as
well. Local branches of Chain stores hire me as a consultant.
But, the sound systems
are one of the greatest passions .... always adding the 'final touch'.
the absolutely GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE
Where else can one run after people with LIVE CHAIN SAWS and get paid
it? I don't drink, use drugs, or have most of the
other 'grown-ups' have. So I keep my sanity by running
with chain saws? What's wrong with that? (Grin) *ok
just so my
other friends at Goatman don't have a cow, I'll be sure to mention that
Hollow is a 'chainsaw free environment'*
But I did have fun with my chainsaw cutting down trees at least!!
Here are several of my newest toys:
Caddy: My pride and joy...
And now for the newest addition: (I truly now have my
Well, there's more to come, but it's time to crawl in the coffin....
And here's proof that you can't keep a good .... ?man? ... down: