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Happy Friday the 13th!

It’s Friday the 13th! For some people it’s a time to pull the covers over your head and pray a satellite doesn’t fall on your house. For others, it’s a day of adventure and maybe even luck.

13Triskaidekaphobia is a fear of the number 13. There is controversy about how 13 became unlucky. Some relate it to the Biblical “Last Supper” where Judas, the betrayer of Jesus, was the 13th man at the table, though anyone could have taken that number. However, there is evidence that it has roots outside of Christianity. Norse mythology has a number of traditions that discourage 13. Some count Loki (a true troublemaker) as the 13th god. In another tale, Norna-Gest, the uninvited norns show up at his birthday celebration, increasing the number of guests from 10 to 13. They curse a babe and bad things happen.

Whatever the reason, 13 holds some power over some people. For us at F. N. Weird Entertainment 13 is a magical number. We love the weird and any excuse to celebrate it is fine with us.

The Austin Horror Society is celebrating Friday the 13th with a special viewing of Friday the 13th, part 3 in 3D! Our own Saul Ravencraft will be on hand to tell fortunes and spread a little weirdness.

How will you celebrate today?

Sherwood Forest Faire 2015

Our paranormal performance artist, Chris Walden, will be part of the festivities of Sherwood Forest Faire this year. He’ll be providing behind the scenes support for the Merlin show and be doing traditional storytelling throughout the Faire.

The Faire runs each weekend from February 7th through March 29th with an extra day on March 20th, during Spring Break.

Halloween all year round

THE ADDAMS FAMILY

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about Halloween. It’s our favorite time of the year because it’s a time when we seem a little more normal. Just as ghosts don’t pack it in November 1 and Bigfoot doesn’t hibernate for 11 months out of the year, our thirst for the weird doesn’t evaporate when the candy goes on sale. (Note to self: the candy is about to go on sale.)

I know a number of people who are cosplayers.  They spend an extraordinary amount of time finding and altering clothing and accessories (which may include swords and futuristic weaponry) to create the perfect look. They absolutely glow when they put these things on and people recognize their awesomeness.

There are also friends in groups such as the SCA, Steampunk and other sorts of alternative communities where people live out the other person who lives inside of them. A number of people are deeply involved in Live Action Role Playing (LARP) and others just chill with a little bit of old-school role-play games like Dungeons and Dragons (or GURPS is pretty fun).

Of course, my friends in the Austin Horror Society are always looking for new (and classic) thrills and chills. Filmmaker and author friends like Gabrielle Faust spend all of their time crafting strange and wonderful worlds for us to explore.

Yes, tomorrow, Halloween will have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to go away until next year. You may be one of those people who carries it in your heart all year round. You may be one who revels as much in the ghosts of Christmas as others do in the carols. If so, then I toast you. You are a kindred spirit and a part of my own personal Addams family. I love you all!

First ever predictions

It’s that time, when one year rolls over to another. 2013 fades into the past and 2014 looms into our future. In the video above you’ll see The Amazing Criswell’s immortal introduction to Plan 9 From Outer Space. Criswell was something else! He read minds and he made the most amazing predictions.

Criswell’s predictions are a matter of record. Yet I find them so inspiring that I have decided to, for the first time ever, make my own predictions for 2014. A small, green sage once said “Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.” So, let me gaze into my crystal ball and see what I see.

Chris_Walden-headshotI would like to do this as a dramatic video, but there wasn’t time to set that up this time. (Maybe next year!) Simply imagine me dramatically proclaiming:

I predict there will be more and more discoveries about the “fall out” from the Fukushima disaster. People will be affected but it will be difficult to prove the connection and the controversy will go on for some time.

I predict there will be an incredible breakthrough in energy that will promise to make electricity more available and cheaper. I sense the nature of the discovery will have something to do with batteries or energy storage.

I predict there will be a movement to repeal  the twenty-second amendment to the U. S. Constitution that limits the terms of the President in preparation to allow President Obama a 3rd term. There will be little progress in 2014, though it will get some attention.

I predict that Miley Sirus will have legal trouble as she continues to project her “bad girl” image. She will be changed as a result.

I predict there will be an announcement of the most expensive film ever produced.

I predict continued progress in legalizing gay marriage with more states joining on. There will also be more news about gay divorces and a television producer will propose a reality program about a gay divorce court.

I predict that locations that have previously suffered from drought will experience an over-abundance of rain.

I predict the government will attempt to prosecute a company for making its Internet services too secure.

That’s all that comes to me now. I’m pretty new to this. Maybe next year there will be more.

Happy New Year everyone!

Web site blowed up… New site emerging from the ashes.

Photograph of nuclear explosion in the desert
Artistic interpretation of what happened to the web site.

Over the holiday there were some technical events that blew up the web site. Recovery was possible, but this also seemed like an opportunity to rebuild from scratch and make the site more useful.

It’s the new year, which is a time of rebuilding. For the past several years I’ve been working on transforming myself and my approach to entertainment. I’ve moved away from doing everything for laughs and toward creating a place of genuine fantasy based on all the things that have interested me throughout my life: tales of the strange, legends of myth and magic. I began my collection of bizarre artifacts. I hosted a paranormal talk show for several years (archive coming). I met people who were ghost hunters, vampires, werewolves and those who love them.

It’s been a wild ride and a lot of fun. Now I want to share it all. It’s time to take the amazing tales I’ve uncovered and share them with you. It’s time to show you that your mind is an amazing thing and that we are each as great a wizard as any we’ve read about. I want to share the joy, the wonder andyesthe laughter that is wrapped in every “what if” thought we’ve ever had. Some do this through books. Some do it through movies or TV. I still love creating live experiences, so I have taken on the title of “Paranormal Performance Artist,” wrapping my background as an actor, writer, and magician together.

This makes 2014 my grandest adventure. People didn’t know that The Twilight Zone and Buffy the Vampire Slayer were fun until they experienced them. So, now it’s time to help people experience the world of live, paranormal entertainment. It’s going to be a blast!