BOYTOONS MAGAZINE #202 – The Halloween Issue! A post a day – Day 13

Happy Halloween my friends!!!

Ah!  Day 13!  What a great number to end my latest posting spree upon, AND to have coincide with my annual Halloween issue! LOL!  Hopefully you lovely people all have some wonderful and spooktacular things planned for this weekend. Fraser and I are touring local HAUNTED HOUSES… not real ones, mind you… haunted houses put on by neighbors. People get really creative and it’s always a blast to see what they’ve done and encourage their efforts.

Also, this year I decided to cook up an official “Halloween Class Comics character”.  Meet Jacko, the Halloweener!!!  LOL!  Be sure to snag up his wallpaper for your computers at the end of this issue!

And now, without further delay, here is my TOP 10 Halloween TRICKS and TREATS of 2010 – in no particular order, but all horrifyingly fun nevertheless. Enjoy dear friends!!

#1 – The Walking Dead!

Because dreams really can come true, The Walking Dead premieres on Halloween night! Zombies are invading and the series depicts the survivors of a zombie invasion who have to deal — violently — with some very gnarly undead. (AMC, Sundays, 10 p.m.).  Oh my God!  I am SO HOOKED – and I haven’t even watched a single episode yet! But really – they had me at “Zombies”!

#2  – “The Horror in Dunwich Hall” by Johnny Murdoc

If you like sexy College Guys and scary monsters, then you are going to LOVE Johnny Murdoc’s “The Horror in Dunwich Hall”.  Johnny is the writer and co-creator of the Class Comics title “Crash Course” and with Dunwhich, he proves once again that he is a superb author. Can anyone say TENTACLES?? SUH-WEET!  And the sex scenes are scorching!  This is a fabulous read that will get you horny and freaked out all at once!

There are two options for reading The Horror in Dunwich Hall. You can read a barebones version online or, for a mere $2.00US, you can download a high-resolution, print-ready PDF of the story, complete with design and stylish typesetting by Murdoc himself.

“I get that there’s an entire genre of porn dedicated to tentacles wrapping around things and penetrating them. Whatever gets your rocks off, right? But a real life tentacle, with suckers and everything, wrapped around your real life dick? Horrifying.”

#3 – Jezza Smilez

Okay. Seriously, folks.  It should not be legal to be this hot!  LOL!  But if the only Halloween-themed thing you do this Season is use your eyes to devour this delicious photo of artist Jezza Smilez in his Halloween getup, you’ll be that much happier for it. Man oh man, he looks like he could be a character in my Zahn series. HA! HA! HA!

Check out Jezza’s blog if you haven’t already, because the boy isn’t only beautiful, he’s super talented as well!

#4 – Ghostbusters 1 & 2 AND the new Ghostbusters video game.

According to the Wikipedia (so you know it’s absolutely true!), they (whoever “they” are) are making a third Ghostbusters film due out in 2012.  WICKED!  Recently Fraser picked up the new Ghostbusters video game for the Xbox 360, and watching him play has reminded me of just how much I loved the original films and how long it’s been since I last saw them.  Promptly, I set out to the local Best Buy and picked up the Ghostbusters 1 & 2 double feature gift set. Both films for a very low price, a super cool “making of the films” booklet and a great way to revisit a couple of super fun films from my childhood.

As for the Ghostbusters game, Fraser LOVES it (in fact he’s playing it right now!).  “It’s like being in a Ghostbusters film” he keeps telling me.  Maybe I’ll have to give it a shot myself at some point.  The animation looks amazing and the voices are all provided by the original movie cast!  Who you ganna call?

#5 – DEAD SET

One word – AMAZING!  I first discovered this fantastic zombie/end of the world mini series thanks to my dear friend Reikro (and I will be eternally grateful to him for this!!). Dead Set is a critically acclaimed BAFTA-nominated horror drama created by English writer Charlie Brooker. The series is set in the Big Brother house, and was first aired on E4 on 27 October 2008. The five episodes, aired over five consecutive nights, chronicle a zombie outbreak that strands the housemates and production staff inside the house, which quickly becomes a shelter from the undead.

Dead Set is  funny in parts — hilarious really — and absolutely HORRIFIC in other parts.  We’re talking sleep with the lights on and jump at the slightest little sound kind of sleep with the lights!

Dead Set is currently only available on DVD Region 2, but now that it’s aired in North America, I am sure that we’ll be seeing a region 1 version very soon!

#6 – “A gathering of Crows” by Brian Keene

Well, you all know I think Brian Keene is a GOD amongst authors – he is EASILY my favorite author —  and it seems that every year I have to include one of his novels in my Halloween top 10… but honestly, if you have never read a Brian Keene novel and you’re a horror fan, then you are REALLY MISSING OUT!  The man is an exceptional writer, and his books are always so beautifully fleshed out and perfectly paced, they are next to impossible to put down.

His latest novel “A gathering of crows” may not necessarily reinvent the “trying to get out of dodge before something nasty that’s killing everybody in dodge kills you too” wheel, but it’s incredibly action packed and the horrific details are rich and sublime. And while an ex-Amish man may seem an unlikely protagonist for such a novel, I assure you that the wonderful character of Levi Stoltfuz is not to be trifled with.

Those of you who like to start from the beginning will want to read “ Dark Hollow” and “Ghostwalk” before “crows” as these terrific novels introduce you to Levi and, to a lesser extent, prepare you for the events that occur in “A gathering of crows”.

As night falls, five demonic, shadowy figures descend on Brinkley Springs to feed as they have for centuries, in a feast of carnage and murder. Before the night is through the town will be decimated, and terror—and blood—will run in the streets.

#7 – “Snow” by Ronald Malfi

I like variety in my authors, but all the books I read have to be well written and contain strong and beautifully fleshed out characters. I was browsing the horror section at my local Chapters store a few months back, and happened upon “Snow” by Ronald Malfi, quite by accident.  I admit, the cover caught my eye.  I wasn’t familiar with Malfi’s work, but the book description on the back cover convinced me to buy it.

I will never play in the snow again!!! (O-o)

This novel is set in the dead of winter.  You actually feel frozen to the bone reading this.  Malfi’s ability to set the scene and to weave heart-stopping suspense is incredible.  The originality of his creatures is quite impressive and incredibly scary. They are frightening and oddly captivating all at once.

But I think what I loved best about “Snow” is it’s endearing cast of wonderful characters.  You’ve known them all at some point in your life, that’s how real these people feel.  Sure you don’t know who’s gonna make it from one chapter to the next, but that’s why it all works so well.  When these people die – and trust me, a whack-load of them do – you will feel heartbroken.

When a group of travelers have their flight canceled due to bad weather, they rent a car and begin a treacherous journey home. They find themselves stranded in a seemingly deserted town. However, there’s something alive in the snow…and it’s hungry!

#8 – SUPERNATURAL

Those of you who found season 5 of Supernatural to be about as cheerful as season 3 of Millennium (UGH!), raise your hands! Look, I am all for end of the world, grand apocalypse stories, but the hunky brother duo of Sam and Dean work best when they find a little time for humor amidst their monster/spook hunting.

Season 5 was originally slated as the final year of Supernatural, but the powers that be at the CW decided that they wanted the show back for a sixth season.  And so far, so good! Last week’s “Live Free or Twihard” was a refreshing take on Vampires.  God knows that Vampires need to stop being so frikkin’ sappy, and Sam and Deans’ bloodsuckers are the kind I like best – the SCARY kind.

So far, Supernatural season 6 has been quite good and promises some really wicked episodes in the months ahead.  And hey, even if the whole theme of the show isn’t your thing, Sam and Dean are really, REALLY easy on the eyes, and make each episode that much easier to watch!

Supernatural Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 are currently available on DVD, and a great way to catch up on all the fun! Alternatively you can get Seasons 1 – 4 on DVD in one great priced bundle from Amazon!

#9 – DEATH TROOPERS!

Oh yeah baby – Zombies and Star Wars in one book!!!  WICKED! Look, the truth is that I have yet to read Death Troopers.  I’ve been waiting for the paperback edition to come out, but now that it has, I can’t wait to dig in.

“When the Imperial prison barge Purge—temporary home to five hundred of the galaxy’s most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels, and thieves—breaks down in a distant part of space, its only hope appears to lie with a Star Destroyer found drifting and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party from the Purge is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back—bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that within hours nearly all aboard the Purge die in ways too hideous to imagine.

And death is only the beginning.

The Purge’s half-dozen survivors will do whatever it takes to stay alive. But nothing can prepare them for what lies waiting aboard the Star Destroyer. For the dead are rising: soulless, unstoppable, and unspeakably hungry.”

This is a stand alone SW tale by Joe Schreiber, so it doesn’t require that you read a billion other books to get up to speed. The reviews for this have been really good, and really – zombies and the Star Wars universe – what else do you need to know?  It’s available in hard cover or as a paperback!  Pick your poison!

#10 – Sexy Halloween Costumes

Looking at the very sexy Jezza Smilez all done up as a gorgeous cave man made me realize that one of my favorite parts of the Season are the costumes. Most folks like to keep things modest, but occasionally, those with big guns and washboard abs AND the guts to show them off can really get sexy keeping the Halloween spirit in mind!

Fraser discovered 3 Wishes, this terrific adult costumes website.  They have something for everyone, and a lot of very sexy choices. Show as much skin, or as little as you like!

I think you’ll all agree that while most of the outfits are an excuse to parade around mainly nekkid, they are still beautifully put together and will make your eyeballs pop out of their sockets.

Who knows, maybe next year, I’ll actually have the courage to try get one of them for myself.  I especially like the Fire marshal outfit…  Then again, October in Vancouver is pretty chilly.  That’s one costume choice I might live to regret!  LOL!

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Have a wonderful Halloween, boys and girls. Have fun, be safe, and thanks for reading.  I’ll see you again very soon!
Hugz + kisses,
Patrick XOXOX

Jacko the Halloweener, © Copyright & TM 2010, Patrick Fillion / Class Comics Inc.  All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. haha have your wallpaper as mine for awhile <3

    thanks Patrick <3
    and i watched dead set when it came out in the uk, was great watching davina as a zombie haha <3

  2. Ahh yes. Dead Set. I haven’t watched that in ages. It’s weird, I’m not a big fan of horror, I won’t go and spend money to see or buy a horror movie, yet I am strangely drawn to watch if something comes up on television.

    The Walking Dead looks like it’ll be good though. I hope it won’t be too long before it airs in the UK.

  3. Cool character you carved out there Patrick! Love his vine covering! :) I would buy the Gladiator costume..hee hee, but I will stick with my pharaoh one for now. :P Happy Halloween!

  4. Well, dammit! There goes my idea for Jack Pumpkinbutt ;-)

  5. I want one of those costumes with one of those hunks inside D:!!!!!!

    I still dont watch Dead Set but i am very hyped and excited to everything else!!!! Even the Ghostbusters xDDDDD and Jezza looks incredible hunky!

  6. Holy crap, that’s Jezza??? WANT!!! XD

  7. So nice to finally see someone who obviously appreciates redheads. After constantly hearing the cliche of “I want to meet someone tall dark and handsome” when I am “tall, pale and redhead”, it’s nice to know there are SOME out there who likes us!

  8. Hot Jack’Off O’Lantern :)

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