Category Archives: Coffin Hop

#CoffinHop Pumpkinpalooza Down!

Yeah, today was supposed to be the Pumpkinpalooza fandango over at my sister’s house. A truckload of prime Jack-O-lannern materials, kids running in the streets, blood raining from the skies, demons feeding on the souls of virgins, dogs and cats living together… MASS HYSTERIA! Unfortunately, The Koj (#1 son) seems to have had a relapse of stomach flu from last week and heaved up a plate of cinnamon waffles on the floor, as kids are wont to do this close to All Hallow’s Candy Reaping.

We may get to these pathetic muhrfuhhrs later in the evening…

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…in which case I’ll post some pics tomorrow.  For now, enjoy the annual posting of the GREATEST JACK O’LANNERN VIDEO EVER MADE… (This guy even inspired a character in my novel HOT SINATRA)

NOT SUITABLE FOR THE SQUEAMISH (lots of Halloween gore) OR THE SENSITIVE OF HEARING (those opposed to excessive profanity)

First up, the all-time classic. I base most of my life on this one short piece of fackin’ beauty. I give you, once again:

The Jack-Chop.


And the “sequel” Just Take One.

#CoffinHop LiveTweet – BLACKENSTEIN!

Round about an hour and forty-five until the #CoffinHop movie night livetweet of the 1973 Blaxploitation classic BLACKENSTEIN!


One of the venerated traaditions of #CoffinHop here on is the Movie Night LiveTweet, which goes back to the EyecraveDVD days, when we used to have our 24 hour bad moviemarathon. Some of the flicks have included The absolutely amazeballs  Crow: Wicked Prayer (also picked by Scotty Phillips), Paul Naschy’s excellent Night of the Werewolf, classic horror-satire The Stuff, Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla, Jessica Alba dance epic Honey, and the soul-shattering existential terror that is The Notebook. Last year we checked out the bazonkerfest Beyond The Black Rainbow and got completely lit on Ron Burgundy scotch whiskey. Scott Phillips (@ScottPhillipsNM) picked this year’s selection out of his leopard-skin pillbox pimpin’ hat, and he’ll be joining me, along with the madman of the andes, or whatever the hell parts unknown he may be from, our old pal Ramone! (@VivaRamone) and anyone else who cares to join in. Basically, we’re going to get stupid, watch this here bad movie, and talk all kinds of hilarious shit about it via twitter.

So settle in, get some popcorn on the pop, grab a forty and your sense of humor and appreciation for camp blaxploitation and let’s turn this mutha out. Catch me on the twitterz at @AxelHow , look for the hashtags #Coffinhop and #Blackenstein and, for ease of access, here’s the damn movie in all its glorious bad mammajam so you can play along:

And remember, to stop this mutha takes one bad brotha!



The most wonderful time of the year! CLICK THE PIC for the COFFIN HOP LIST!

What, pray tell, is a Coffin Hop? You may well ask…

COFFIN HOP is a week long celebration of all things Horror. All things Literary. All things Hippity-Hoppity.

In short, it is a grand exultation of the Indie Horror Writing Community.

In more expansive terms, it is the week of October 24th – 31st, wherein a collective of sometimes hundreds of Independent Horror Writers, Artists and other Connoisseurs get together to make magic, share their wares, brighten the Autumnal Darkness and make you, the readers and visitors, a whole lot happier. This year there are more than 75 entrants (down a little from last year, but what we lack in quantity, we sure as hell make up for in quality) each of whom is offering up prizes, contests, freak shows, pumpkin carving contests, and all manner of craziness… all in the name of that most hallowed of eves. Click to go to the COFFINHOP.COM main page, where you will find an easily clickable list of everyone involved, kind of a HUB OF EXTREME MAGNIFICENCE, if you will… and visit back here as often as you can, as I am planning on having many tricks and treats over the next week.

For instance:

Saturday is MOVIE NIGHT! Drunken livetweeting with Scott S. Phillips (B-movie guru, author and filmmaker of Gimme Skelter and Stink of Flesh),  Viva Ramone! and anyone else who wants to get involved. We’ll be watching the classic 70’s horror-blaxploitation classic BLACKENSTEIN: THE BLACK FRANKENSTEIN, and watching it via YouTube so as to maximize the potential of many people watching the same bad movie at the same bad time.

Sunday is PumpkinPalooza!  Come back for a look at some badass Jack-O-Lantern craziness, including the yearly posting of the GREATEST HALLOWEEN VIDEO EVER MADE.

Tuesday is DEAD POETRY JAM! come back and comment with your work and one lucky Hopper will win not one, not two, but three incredible eBook collections of horror-themed poetry – Michelle Scalise’s The Manufacturer of Sorrow, Tom Picirilli’s Forgiving Judas, and Night Shade Vol. 1, put out by fellow Hoppers Katie M. John and Little Bird Publishing House (it also happens to feature a couple of my own dark poems.) I’ll also be talking about our own Kintsugi Poets Society, who may drop by with a few choice nuggets of poetic excellence.

Monday and Wednesday look for features and reviews on a couple of books by fellow hoppers.

And Friday, on the Very Big Day, I’ll be announcing a Grand Prize Winner for comments on AxelHow.Com throughout the week (the mystery swag bag… including an autographed copy of my Ellis Award-nominated and in no way horror-ific novel HOT SINATRA) and the Winner of the 2013 COFFIN HOP REAPER AWARD for Best Hopper (Author-Participant)

So stay tuned!

And, here’s an extra prize of ONE eBook copy of COFFIN HOP: DEATH BY DRIVE-IN for doing some silly shiznit and following internetz instructions:


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AND DON’T FORGET: The COFFIN HOP: DEATH BY DRIVE-IN anthology, which I spent two years putting together, is full of some of the greatest writers around, spinning Drive-In movie-inspired tales of terror and tittilation, and all proceeds go to the global literacy charity