Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Deathscribe Deadline Approaches...try a horror prompt to get you going!

So still have two weeks to get your spooky on.  Plenty of time to wrestle your inner demons onto the page and add spooky sound effects.

There are a wealth of writing tools on ye olde internet to get you started.  I like using prompts sometimes to get me going.  You can find a TON of horror prompt idea generators in cyberspace.  I also enjoy using photos or paintings as prompts.  Find a creepy photo of a desolate barn or something and then imagine the horrors that lie within.

Monday, July 29, 2013


From the ashes, we return...

WildClaw in the Wild is back this Sunday, August 4, around the fire at 3031.  July's reading of Dr. Seward's Dracula was a smashing success, if you couldn't make it out for that one, you can't miss this month's installment.  This time we're reading My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer by Brian Watkins.  And folks, this chilling tale ain't for the faint of heart.  In one hand you'll have your beer or munchies; in the other you'll have the hand or wrist of your companion.  Squeeze wisely.

The WILDCLAW IN THE WILD series takes place on the first Sunday evening of the months of July, August, and September.  (For you calendar-deprived souls and ghouls, that's July 7, August 4, and September 1).

Each reading begins at 7:30pm at 3031 (3031 N. Honore); doors open at 7:00pm and there will be a special musical guest each month performing before and after the reading.  Suggested donation $5.

August 4
by Brian Watkins
directed by Casey Cunningham
Featuring Baize Buzan, Sarah Gitenstein, and Dennis Frymire
Trapped on the plains of a dead-end Colorado town, Sarah cares for her bedridden mother while her rebellious younger sister Hannah waits on truckers at a local greasy spoon. Both sisters dream of the day they can escape their humdrum lives.  Taking the form of two interlocking monologues, Sarah and Hannah divulge the secrets of their past and their hopes for the future, and a haunting act of violence that will change their lives forever.
Musical guest Jessie Fisher!

BRIAN WATKINS is a Brooklyn-based playwright whose plays have been produced and developed with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Flea Theater, Lesser America, Horse Trade Theatre, b. swibel presents, New York International Fringe Festival, Wide Eyed Productions, Terra Firma Theatre, Little Theatre of the Rockies, and Route 66, among others. Plays include General Store (selected by 2012 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference; O’Neill semifinalist), My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer, a forest a chorus a harvest, The Bison of Kiowa, High Plains, which premiered to critical acclaim at the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival and will have its UK premiere in August in Underbelly's programme at the Edinburgh Fringe. Current commissions with Aruba Productions (Bklyn) and a feature film in development for b. swibel presents (Bway's Xanadu, HBO's upcoming series "Big Dead Place"). He is a staff writer for Curator Magazine and a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Final Weekend of Barsotti's FACING ANGELA

Don't miss your chance to see Angela in action this weekend!  WildClaw literary manager Scott T. Barsotti's play, FACING ANGELA, closes this weekend at the Athenaeum Theatre.  Performances Thursday thru Saturday evening, 8pm and Sunday at 2pm.  Featuring makeup by the Claw's fearless leader Aly Renee Amidei and performance by casting mistress Casey Cunningham.  FOUR MORE.  Don't miss. 
Photo and graphic design by the Ruckus

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Factory Theatre's 'Namosaur Opens Friday!

Friday is opening for the newest show by The Factory Theatre, 'Namosaur! Conceived as a cross between Aliens and Apocalypse Now, the show catapults us into the middle of enemy territory on the eve of the Tet Lunar New Year, shepherding Agent Weaver and Professor Chaldarhallohapzrd on a mysterious misson. With the VC behind every bush, and their own superiors keeping everything on a maddening "need to know" basis, the elite Fox company is about to learn the true meaning of fear, and discover their philosophy that "it's the shit you don't see that gets ya," has never been more wrong.

This roller-coaster action comedy features WildClaw company member Ele Matelan, as well as the work of previous WC collaborators Eric Roach, Allison Cain, Manny Tamayo and Matt Engle, 'Namosaur runs July 26th through August 31st with performances at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3pm on Sundays.

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Corpse Flower's bloom is simply to die for, with a smell to match!

Hey there, boo-tanical fans, here's a spooktacular sight for you: the United States Botanic Garden's corpse  flower is finally in bloom!

A native of Sumatra (where all the best flora and fauna come from), the corpse flower, or titan arum, has an irregular blooming cycle--it may not bloom for several decades, no matter how much you beg. Once open, the flower emits a stench like a decaying animal, which attracts the dung beetles and flesh flies that pollinate it. That's bringing a whole new meaning to the term, "fatal attraction!"
titan arumtit
titan arum
titan arum

The flower bloomed Sunday afternoon, and will remain in open for 24 to 48 hours before it goes back to pushing up the daisies, so steal a peek at the United States Botanic Garden's webcam before it "crocuses!"

Friday, July 19, 2013

Get Out of My Brain, Javier Botet!

Captain of the "Lemons to Lemonade" Team in my book, Javier Botet has transformed Marfan Syndrome from a liability into a career-making super-power.  Dig the creepy screen test footage for MAMA (a film which Lady Morlock references every time she threatens to toss Baby Morlock out the window.)

Great stuff, but it was the truly fantastic REC, (see it instead of the American remake Quarantine), that thoroughly freaked me out and got me cheering this fellow as Mr. Morlock's second-favorite Marfan-sufferer of all time.

And my second-favorite creepy skitter-et as well.  The first place prize goes to WildClaw's Ele Matelan as Dread, the flayed lady in Kill Me.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

WildClaw Blood Radio Podcast is relaunched!

I know, it has taken forever, after fits and starts, and we have heard you, good people, we have heard, we are very please to bring back out Blood Radio podcast.

I am pleased to say that this first episode of our relaunched Blood Radio Podcast does include part one of Deathscribe 2011.  We will have more coming your was soon.

WildClaw Blood Radio Podcast