Saturday, August 25, 2012

Deathscribe 2012 Directors Announced!

We here are WildClaw are very pleased to announce our lineup of Deathscribe 2012 Directors.  While we are still wading through multitudes of serial killers, demonic possessions, and loads and loads of dead babies, we are super excited to know that when we get to the final five, Deathscribe 2012 will be in fine hands with these amazing directors.  Here is the lineup.

Carolyn Hoerdemann

Brandon Bruce

Damon Kiely

Robert Kauzlaric

Kevin Theis

Alright directors, we will see you in December!  Now, back to reading these scripts.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Terror in the Aisles 12 September 14th, 2012

Quite the lineup...and who doesn't want to see Nazis from the dark side of the moon? And Frankenhooker people... Get your tickets...

Terror in the Aisles 12

The Ultimate Horror Triple Feature!

September 14, 2012


Portage Theater
4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL  60641

Doors at 7pm

7:30pm - Trailer Trash (Vintage Trailers, Short Films)

8pm - IRON SKY (Midwest Premiere!)

10pm - THE STUFF (with LARRY COHEN in Person!)
Free Autographs & Picture Taking!

Midnight - FRANKENHOOKER (with star PATTY MULLEN in PERSON!) Free Autographs & Picture Taking!

Short Films & Trailers Include:

Motivational Growth (Trailer) - Imagos Films

Short Films & Trailers Include:

"MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH" (Feature Trailer) - Imagos Films

"THE UNHOLY MANIPULATOR" - (Music Video) Product of Hate
World Premiere! (starring Ashley Laurence (lead actress in Hellraiser)with FX by Robert Kurtzman (Dusk 'Til Dawn))by James Zahn

"GIRL IN THE BLACK DRESS" (Short Film) by Jeremy Hull

"DIECONS" (Trailer) by Tommy Sigmon

"ELLIE'S HEAD" (Trailer) by Peter Fleming

Plus: Vendor Tables, Vintage Trailers,
a live charity auction for Vital Bridges (
and more!

For more info:

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Looking Back...Dreams in the Witch House in J. David's Eyes.

I came across these old blog posts while searching for pictures.  It was written by our dear departed friend, J. David Moeller.  J. David was in The Great God Pan and Dreams in the Witch House...and had he not left this world too soon...I am sure he would have been in just about every Lovecraft play we would have ever produced because he was perfect for our plays.

Well, I had no idea that he was taking these photos and writing these blog entries.  They are a wonderful look back on our second show and a tribute to a wonderful weirdo who we miss, J. David...RIP

10/16/08 Dreams in the Witch House-It Begins..
10/23/08 Dreams in the Witch House- the Accents...
10/26/08 Dreams in the Witch House- The 4th Dimension
11/2/08 Dreams in the Witch House- Rehearsal Cast Shots
11/5/08 Dreams in the Witch House- Fights
11/26/08 Dreams in the Witch House - Learning the Lines
12/15/08 Dreams in the Witch House - The Two Kesian Masons
12/25/08 Dreams in the Witch House- Biological Effects


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

WildClaw Fall Preview: Steampunk Benefit, Life of Death, Deathscribe 2012

So this thing is happening...and we are jazzed.  Tickets have gone live.  There is lots of chatter and excitement. Beer sponsored by the boys over at DryHop ChicagoKBH Media is making the Fear Box even more fearier.  Have you started picking out your outfit yet?  Do you have no idea what Dark Steampunk is?  Well fear not...soon you will be bombarded with posts and information.  Get your goggles on is going to be a swell fall for the fiends and friends of WildClaw!

Invite everyone you know.

Ms. Michaela (that is Ms. Lulu Boilermaker to you) and I checked out the most recent event thrown by the fine fellows and ladies over at Steampunk Chicago.  Great fun was had by all.  We played lawn tennis America....or maybe it was croquet?  Something with mallets.  Of course we both noticed what fine bludgeoning weapons they would make...le sigh.  I highly recommend attending their upcoming events.  You will find many like-minded souls as we did.  Their Clockwork Vaudeville evening is happening on September seems a splendid steampunk double-feature weekend to me?

Rehearsals and design meetings are well underway for The Life of Death opening in early October.  Get your tickets now.  It is going to be crazy good. 

Then the greatest gift of all comes in December....the Fifth Annual Deathscribe Festival of Horror Radio Plays at the Mayne Stage on December 3rd.  We are reading your creepy weird submissions right now and once again, we thank you from the bottoms of our filthy hearts for sharing your creative weirdness with us.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Chrysalis Kickstarter Drive...

Support our friend Sara Gorsky and her new horror film.  You will remember Sara as Bertha....the feral sexy vampire fiend from Carmilla.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Deathscribe Deadline are some ideas

So the deadline is is breathing down the back of your neck right.  A hot fetid breath.  Whenever you turn around it just disappears....but the smell and feeling linger on.

How do you make this feeling go away?  You write.  Consider it an exorcism.

Maybe you don't have an idea?  Well here are a few suggestions to get the juices flowing:

  1. Review the format...make sure you know how to write a radio play.  It is not a screenplay.  Check out the BBC writers room for more specifics.
  2. Listen to some old Deathscribes to get a feel for previous winning entries.
  3. Try one of the many writing prompt websites out there...just search "writing prompt" and you will find a jillion.  Here's one for you:  and one for horror writers:
  4. Find a newspaper article and use it...
  5. Find a picture and write the story behind it.
  6. Go sit on a park bench in a busy place...I guarantee you that you will hear something weird that will get you started.
  7. Write about something terrifying that happened to you.
  8. Write about what terrifies you about yourself...explore the inner monster.
  9. Just write.  Don't edit until it is done.  Just get ten pages out and then you can go back and do it again.
  10. Don't forget it is an audio drama!  All of the information is delivered via words and sound effects.  You need to be descriptive and SPECIFIC...and think about what is achievable.  It is very hard to communicate the sound of a person jumping off a building and splatting...unless you also add a line like "oh my god don't jump"...and then I destroy a watermelon on stage.  Without that key piece of info, it does not work.  You get me?  It is not film.  When you are done, read it out loud to someone and if they cannot follow the story, then you need to add a few things.  Also, you often need to repeat character names frequently.  Again, since it is NOT A VISUAL MEDIUM...the listener needs more info.  If you have a scene with five male might take a bit to distinguish between them.  Help them out.
  11. Have fun.  The only important requirements are that is be a radio play, no more than ten minutes (about ten pages), and that it be horror.  It can be funny, it can be scary, it can be sad, it can be uplifting, it can be disgusting.  It can be all of those things.  Send it in.  Submit.  And then come watch the results on December 3rd.  
  12. Don't give up.  If you don't get in the first time, keep trying.  If you have submitted before and are feeling discouraged, keep trying.   Keep writing.  Always keep writing.  We need your messed up little brains.

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Awakening Trailer...Very Spooky!

This seems awesome.  I love all these actors and I adore period costume spookyboots.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012