Category Archives: Doktor

An Interview with Kathe Koja about nerve and their upcoming production of Alice

Just when we thought October could not get any better, nerve’s production of Alice graces all the remaining weekends of the month. We have been following the development of this immersive theater experience with great interest and caught several of … Continue reading

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Coffin-Building Advice from a Master Woodworker

Funerals and wakes are great parties thrown on one day the guest of honor can’t enjoy them. Master woodworker Chris Schwarz presents one way around that conundrum, sort of, in this description of a coffin-building party. Chris Schwartz is the … Continue reading

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An Encounter with Horror Writer, Editor, and Digital Soothsayer, Séphera Giron

If I found myself cast in a remake of The Wolf Man, I would hope to find Séphera Giron portraying the traveling fortune teller I encounter in the woods. She would be perfect in this role. In addition to her … Continue reading

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Ann Arbor Book Festival 2014 with David Hayes and Ken MacGregor

The Ann Arbor Book Festival resurrected its Street Fair, and Doktor Leech braved the blinding sunshine to haunt a table shared by fellow HWA members David Hayes and Ken MacGregor. Hayes, shown here arranging some of his many publications for … Continue reading

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Some Friendly Advice derived from Nerve’s “Welcome to the Rabbit Hole”

Generally good advice: if the White King asks you to play chess, think twice, but if the Red Queen invites you to dance, you should probably run. Unless you’ve encountered these royal figures during Nerve’s “Welcome to the Rabbit Hole” … Continue reading

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Skull Mask from Feral Works

Papa’s got a brand new skull… mask. This weekend at Penguicon 2014, I was wowed by many creative folks hawking their wares but the one piece I knew I had to bring home was a mask from Feral Works. I … Continue reading

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Indie Horror Movie “FOUND” Finds Distribution

Fangoria Magazine announced that Scott Schirmer’s award winning feature “Found” will receive distribution by The October People and that makes me smile a broad, toothy grin. Elsa and I watched “Found” at the IndieHorror.TV First Anniversary Party, and I’m looking … Continue reading

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“The River Through the Trees” by David Peak

Cold? Good. Snowing? Even better. Settle in for a creepy, literate ride through rural Michigan with “The River Through the Trees,” a novella by David Peak (Blood Bound Books, 2013) I’m a sucker for tales set in my home state … Continue reading

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“Mortal Coil” – 3D Printed Slinky Skull

It’s a toy! It’s high-tech! It’s prompts meditation on the fleeting nature of mortal existence! It’s “Mortal Coil,” a nifty 3D printed skull designed by Ryan Kittleson and available on Shapeways. So much to love here. “Mortal Coil” is cleverly … Continue reading

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“Sins of the Father” – My FIRST Short Horror Film now live on YouTube

“Sins of the Father,” my short horror film about an unintended victim of corporal punishment, is available for your viewing pleasure at YouTube and at the link below. Why did I make a movie when I’ve got such an soft … Continue reading

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Life Lessons from an Active Shooter Training

I am not the bad-ass in life that I am in my dreams but today, I learned that I’m not very bad-ass even in make-believe. I “survived” a two-hour scenario-based training session designed to model responses to an active shooter … Continue reading

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Skull Cake Pan from Williams-Sonoma

Note the evident glee of this shopper. Is it caused by finding a cake pan SHAPED LIKE A FREAKING SKULL or because this pan was marked down to roughly a quarter of its pre-Hallowe’en price? It even looks cool as … Continue reading

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“Zombie Blast” Energy Drink

“I’ll sleep when I’m dead” is a common enough refrain among college students, web coders and maniacally-geeked Black Friday shoppers. If sleep is not an option and you’re feeling a little “undead,” you might consider this zombie-influenced energy drink, “Zombie … Continue reading

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Creepy Art at the Ugly Mug, Ypsi and Three Corpse Circus

Gracing the lobby of the Michigan Theatre at last night’s Three Corpse Circus was a collection of creepy art. The photos here don’t do it justice but if you missed it at the screening, the work will be up all … Continue reading

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Winner of First Annual “Impy” for Short Form Cinematic Horror: “Other”

Let the joyous news be spread: “Other” by Daniel Delpurgatorio takes home the first annual “Impy,” the DailyNightmare prize for Midwest Snob Horror selected from short films screened at Three Corpse Circus. The 9″ award statue and CASH prize are … Continue reading

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Bug du Jour: Battle Cricket

“When King Abimelech made war on the Martians, he based his strategy on the one liability these swollen-headed aliens possessed: their intellects. Instead of attacking supply lines as he had with the round-bellied Venusians, he targeted their libraries. The royal … Continue reading

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Bug du Jour: Lemon Pepper Spider

“The children squealed with delight to find the hairy Wolf Spider sunning itself on the barn door. They’d been ever so hungry all summer long and harvest seemed ever so far away. They trapped it under a milk pail and … Continue reading

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Bug du Jour: “Creepy Beetle”

“Egmont woke from a dead sleep at the sound of a heavy thump. He bolted upright in bed. His ears hungry for sound detected just the normal night sounds of summer. Yet Egmont knew in his heart that something else … Continue reading

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Bug du Jour: “Common Green Darner”

Summer is the time for bugs — and bugs creep out a lot of people. I spotted this little fella on a recent walk and was struck by the coloration and the delicate structure of the wings. The InterWebs say … Continue reading

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Sipping Absinthe on Bourbon Street

I avoided the Hurricanes, but I imbibed many tasty concoctions while in New Orleans last month. In what I swear is my final post about the World Horror Convention, please permit a brief boozy retrospective: • ABSINTHE • I vividly … Continue reading

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