DB Magazine - Ep.003

A trio of terrors on film, water, and perhaps a noose. Mind your words dear listener.


DB Magazine - Ep.002

Stories thrice. One of space, one of times long past, and one of a house best left unvisited.


[Blog Post] - Five Steps to Writing Every Day

It’s true. Every writer worth their salt usually writes every day. It keeps the gears turning, stories being worked on, and generally serves to improve your writing skill. For those just starting, however, getting into the habit can be challenging. Here’s our ultimate guide to kicking literary ass in in your spare hours...


DB Magazine - Ep.001

Get ready for the first installment of our horror fiction podcast. Join us on this eerily quiet night, for tales of scoundrels, disease, and unholy childhood memories. Tonight's trio of stories begins our catalog of aural nightmares


"T is for Talk" Horror Filmmaking at its Finest

First off, if you haven't seen "T is for Talk," give it a look now. It's only four-ish minutes. Seen it yet? Good. Now let's chat.

This short was one of the many entries for The ABC's of Death anthology film. It was beat out by Lee Hardcastle's T is For Toilet, which is also a fantastic short. Talk, on the other hand, is a nightmare of its own.

We're immediately thrown into the tension. Six people stand in a row, sweating in anticipation of something dreadful soon to come. We don't know who any of these people are, where they are, or why any of this is taking place. We're quick to realize, that they are in fact bound to their standing position, playing a demented game of Red Light Green Light. An intimidating LED sign displays "Talk," and our characters must speak to prolong their fate. Soon, in a moment of pure horror and realization, we come to understand that mistakes are not taken lightly – a mechanism reveals itself and smashes in the heads of those who talk or make noise out of line.

So, what is it exactly that makes this short so unsettling? Aside from the obvious shock and gore moments?


[News] - "Sounds of the Night" Horror Soundtrack Album

"Sounds of the Night" features 13 tracks to play on dark, lonely nights. Many of these pieces were created as scoring for MrCreepyPasta's recordings, and various other audio productions. Cut the lights, and let the darkness bleed into your mind, as the storm rages on. Oh, and of course, it’s licensed under Creative Commons!

I had a great deal of fun working on this album, it's definitely a throwback to a lot of my favorite horror films. You'll get a bit of a John–Carpenter–esque feeling with some tracks, some are more contemporary, some are in a middle-ground. When putting this together, I definitely wanted to emulate those feelings. So in a way, there's a sense of nostalgia in this album. You'll find a good deal of variety, and hopefully something to set the mood for any unsettling occasion.

“Sounds of the Night” releases April 5th, but you can pre-order it here!


[Blog Post] - Fear

Image by Ken McMillan Licensed under CC-BY

It’s something a lot of us experience every day in one form or another. Fear is something we have for a reason. It protects us from harm, helps us to think forward, and ultimately (in a healthy situation) pushes us forwards through difficult times. True, many see fear in a negative light, if only because it’s so closely related to stress. But, I want to take a little dip into the good kind of fear, and why I’m so fascinated with it. It has a lot to do with my creative work, doesn’t it?

With plenty of exceptions, fear is something we become accustomed to as a child. When many of us were younger, we feared something that’s now considered irrational. The monster hiding in the closet. The cellar creep. That thing that hides in the dark corners of Grampy’s barn. Fear is a vivid experience at a young age, or at least, it was for me. I can’t be sure, but I think the first frightening story I ever heard was the classic “Jack and the Beanstalk“ fairy tale. I was so young, I couldn’t tell you much about it, except the giant terrified me. The part in which jack narrowly escapes the giant as he rushes down the beanstalk held me so tight in suspense, and I loved it! At that age though, the fear aspect of it never stuck with me. By the end of the whole story, little me could go to bed safely with the knowledge that Jack and his family lived happily ever after. My attitude changed though.

When I was only a couple years into gradeschool, we moved house. In turn, I was thrown into a fresh environment, where everything seemed big and new. Around Halloween time, our teacher pulled out a book that would soon become the start of my inspiration: “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.“ I remember she read us the story “Clinkity-Clink,“ and although I wasn’t too happy about the sudden jump-scare, I found myself pulled in. I wanted more. That very night my parents took me to the library, where I checked out all three books (and plenty of others, like John Bellairs, Goosebumps, pretty much the whole folklore section.)

Unlike Jack and the Beanstalk though, my experience with these books weren’t so positive. I remember and waking up in the middle of the night crying, unable to get Stephen Gammell’s haunting illustrations out of my mind’s eye, the stories constantly running through my head. But, I got over it. Well, maybe. The sad truth is, that those books still frighten me to this day. Whenever I get an itch to look them over again, they take me back to when I was a child. Had I read them for the first time now, I probably wouldn’t have had the same reaction. It’s like the fear stayed with me, though. The intense feelings burned themselves into my mind, and they reappear when the memories return.