T-Shirt Design “Fighting for Freedom”


I’ve got a new t-shirt design up for sale on teepublic.com for the next 72(ish) hours. Based on the title card for the old G.I. Joe cartoon from the 80’s and S.H.I.E.L.D. from the Marvel comics/films this seemed like something that needed to exist in the world…”S.H.I.E.L.D is the codename for the World Security Council’s daring, highly trained special mission force. It’s purpose, to defend human freedom against HYDRA – a ruthless, terrorist organization determined to rule the world.”

And it can be yours for just $14(plus shipping and such) for the next few days…

2015 Valentine’s Day


This year’s valentine turned into a comic strip rather than a card and since we’ve been watching Babylon 5 (re-watch for me, first time for her) it seemed like a fun idea…

Video of “The Statement of Randolph Carter” LIVE at the HPLFF-LA 2012

For the audio file of this performance please visit us here:http://wp.me/p1ROyS-14

Short Film – Total Party Kill

Well, here it is – my directorial debut – one of the films that screened last night at the 2013 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival-LA. It is a tale of dice and monsters… Enjoy! 

An Audio Drama & A Short Film

This weekend is the forth annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival-LA (Sept 27-29) taking place at the historic (and beautifully Art Deco) Warner Grand Theatre in downtown San Pedro, CA. I am very excited that Macabre Fantasy Radio Theater has been asked back to the festival. This Friday night we will be performing another classic weird tale in the style of “Old Time Radio”, and one of my favorite of Lovecraft’s works, The TempleSet during WWI our story follows the tragic adventures of the doomed crew of a German submarine as they face madness and death below the sea.

Then, Saturday afternoon, is the World Premiere of a short film that I directed (my first) called Total Party KillIt tells the tale of a group of friends playing a table-top RPG as the world of the game crosses into the reality of the players. Watch the trailer!

If you are able and so inclined please Buy Tickets and join us this weekend! Also, if you can’t attend in person you can purchase a “There In Spirit” pass that will give you access to the LiveStream (watch our “radio” show!) as well as the Short Films! 


Stagecraft Final – Tragical History of Dr. Faustus

I recently completed a stagecraft class wherein we had to design a set from a play of our own choosing and then build a model of it in 1/4″ scale for an in-class presentation. I chose to work from Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus and designed a set for the doctor’s study. I also chose to reset the location of the conjuring to his study – hence the pentagram and so forth…and the Necronomicon was just for my own entertainment…ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Holy New Post, Batman!

Wow, it’s been over a year since the last post… A lot has happened since then.

I’ve been working on various projects that I will update on as they’re ready. But I wanted to share a new project that I’ve been working on. For the last year or so I’ve been working on setting up an audio drama in the style of “old time radio”. I am now happy to inform you that my little show, Macabre Fantasy Radio Theater, is launching this month with a LIVE PERFORMANCE at the upcoming H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival (Sept. 28-30, Warner Grand in San Pedro, CA). We will be performing an original adaptation of Lovecraft‘s “The Statement of Randolph Carter” as though it had been produced for radio in the 1930’s.

If you are so inclined please join us at the festival – FRIDAY NIGHT – for our performance! And then come back the next day for even more eldritch horrors!!
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/252928

And follow Macabre Fantasy online through the following links:

H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival (L.A.) 2011 – Poster Art

I recently finished work on the poster art for this year’s HPLFF that will be held in San Pedro at the historic Warner Grand theater. My friend, Aaron Vanek (writer, filmmaker, and resident professional booze-hound), who ran last year’s Los Angeles HPLFF is back at the helm with what is shaping up to be another fantastic run of Mythos inspired cinema.

For the poster Aaron wanted two things: 1) a 1930’s movie poster style & 2) Cthulhu attacking a Los Angeles landmark.

With those two points of direction (1930’s, big scary monster) the first thing I thought of was the classic King Kong poster.

And knowing that the festival would be held at the Warner Grand I figured why not have Cthulhu attacking the theater.

I did a quick thumbnail to give Aaron an idea of what I had in mind…

and with his apporval began work on the final drawing.

First, I did a quick sculpt of what I wanted Cthulhu to look like so I would have something to work from.

This was the first draft of the poster. Much more pulpy and violent than what we ended up with…

After a few more tweaks and edits and a little over a week of not much sleep I took the final painted image and got it professionally scanned.

The original art is sitting on a shelf in my living room right now. I have yet to come up with a suitable bit of text for the sign that poor sandwich-board guy is wearing but I plan to fill that in with something cool…

And the final, with festival text and such…

Tickets to the festival are available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/169287

Hope to see you at the festival!

From the Vault: Two-Face Costume

So, this is the first post in the “From the Vault” series, basically, older projects and other things I worked on that while not being the latest projects they’re no less fun and cool. With that said…

A few months back I get a text from my friend, Graydon, asking me if I could do some Two-Face make-up for him for an event that he was going to the following weekend. He linked me to a video with some home-made but pretty effective make-up effecting the Dark Knight, Aaron Eckhart, burn victim look. Originally we were going to try for something like that but realizing that his schedule for that day did not allow for something that elaborate we ended up settling for a much simpler grease paint make-up job.

As for the costume, knowing that we would not have the time to deal with trying to get an actual split suit made for him,  I sent Graydon off to a thrift store to get a suit that fit him that I could distress and make it look like it had suffered some chemical burn accident in keeping with the Dark Knight inspired look.

I used a combination of effects on the suit, shirt and tie,  from coffee/tea dying, tearing and shredding the fabric, “controlled” burning with lighter fuel, and finally some hot wax for texture.

Check out the finished results

He came over the morning of the event for me to apply the make-up and costume and do his hair. Appropriately, I put on a couple episodes of Batman: The Animated Series featuring Two-Face for him to enjoy and to help get “in character”.

The end result, with make-up and hair, was pretty fun and I gather the costume was well received at the event he wore this to. And what little bit of Graydon, in character, I got before he left was absolutely brilliant!

Cthulhu Mythos, As Imagined By Kids

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”
— H.P. Lovecraft

So, I have the good fortune of being friends with some truly awesome people. One such awesome friend is Collen Kennedy who, among other creative musical endeavors, teaches a Children’s Choir in Canoga Park.  Each year she puts together a “retreat” day for the kids, getting together a group of people to lead the kids through a wide range of activities. This year’s retreat day (which ran last Saturday) included a Super Hero themed live game (run by Andy Ashcraft), a drum circle (run by Richard Becker) and, lastly, a drawing/painting visual arts project that I ran.

This was the second time that I have worked with these kids and led them through some kind of painting/drawing project. The group consists of about 16 kids ranging from 8-18 years of age and a wide range of experience and comfort with expression and some of the various mediums of  visual arts. Last time, not knowing the kids or their abilities I tried something kinda weird – I played a range of songs (jazz, r&B, metal…) and had the kids interpret the sounds and lyrics into pictures. I laid out a bunch of different art supplies (acrylic paint, watercolor pencils, crayons, pastel, charcoal) and some different types and colors of paper and just let them use whatever they wanted. It ended up working out very well and the kids and I had a lot of fun.

This time I wanted to try something more structured so I pitched the idea to them that since it was getting on to Halloween how ’bout drawing some monsters? And not just any monsters but creatures from the writing of H.P. Lovecraft‘s Cthulhu Mythos. Now, only two of the kids (the older ones) had any knowledge of who Lovecraft was or had read some of his stories. So, I was able to introduce the kids to these creatures pretty much fresh with no previous imagining of what these monsters look like.

I put on some creepy Lovecraft inspired music and over the course of about and hour I told them synopsis versions of three of Lovecraft’s tales (The Shadow Out of Time, At the Mountains of Madness, The Call of Cthulhu) getting quickly through the set up and on to the descriptions of the monsters.

I hoped, and was glad to see, it work out that with general descriptions of the shapes of these monsters the kids could come up with some really wonderful interpretations adding their own imaginings to the descriptions and creating a fantastic body of eldritch artwork.

The Great Race of Yith from The Shadow Out of Time – In the bodies they inhabited on the Earth, they were tall and cone-shaped, rising to a point with four strange appendages – two terminating in claws, a third in a “trumpet” shaped organ, and the fourth, a yellow globe, ringed with eyes,  which functioned as a sensory organ.

Gallery One – The Shadow Out of Time

The Elder Things from At the Mountains of Madness – Monstrous barrel-shaped creatures with eyes on the end of each of the five points of their star-shaped heads. With five bulging ridges running vertically along torso. In furrows between ridges are wings that fold up and spread out like fans almost seven feet in length. At the base of their bodies there is a ring of tentacles.

Shoggoth from At the Mountains of Madness – A terrible, indescribable thing – a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming.

Gallery Two – At The Mountains of Madness

Great Cthulhu from The Call of Cthulhu – A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings… It represented a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind. This thing, which seemed instinct with a fearsome and unnatural malignancy, was of a somewhat bloated corpulence…

Gallery Three – The Call of Cthulhu

Here are some pics of the kids at work, thanks Colleen!

As I told the stories the kids would continue to draw and paint their monsters often incorporating more details from the stories (like the little man dreaming of the Great Race of Yith, or the Mountains of Madness and the “cube shaped things” or the Shoggoths) and frequently telling each other to “shut up and let him finish the story!”. They really got in to the fun of the horror and I certainly had a blast trying to scare them!

Now, at some point, I promise to post about non-Lovecraft related projects :)