Oct 31, 2013

Halloween 2013 - Pt III

“And I tell you, it was way, way out in the middle of nowhere. Weren’t no road or path for miles around and yet there they were. Masks and pumpkins and scraps of cloth floating in the breeze. And all of them standing and hanging and waiting in this clearing, like some sort of ritual thing. Like an offering to some unholy god. And then, as the sun went down over that hill, it was like someone held a matchstick up to the gasoline clouds and the sky turned this fiery orange. And at the same time, this horrible ringing sound started in my ears and then the leaves on the ground rose up like a tornado in slow motion and just sort of hovered there in midair. And all of them ghost things hanging from the bare branches turned around and faced me with their hollow eyes in their flat white faces and I was gone. I ain't never run so fast in my life."

Halloween 2013 - Pt II

A small tribute to the 1990s Nickelodeon horror anthology 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?'. Music by me.

Click here to see the original opening sequence.

Halloween 2013 - Pt. I

They call her 'Sister Slipper' and 'The Ghost of Fever Hospital'. Every night, she'd be sent out to check on the patients in only her dressing gown and slippers. Except that one night, she never came back. You can still see her sometimes, wandering the hospital grounds, searching for candles and lanterns to guide her through the dark...

Oct 7, 2013


I was planning on making a celebratory 1st of October post, but it appears that the date has snuck up on me and slipped by unnoticed, so this is a little late. Feels strange that it's less than a month until Halloween and I'm not working furiously on props and preparing for the big day. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm scaling back a lot this year. I have this weird constantly-lingering guilt about not doing much propwork or blogging, but otherwise it's been a nice and (mostly) relaxing 10 months.

I'm currently halfway through a two-week school holiday, which has been pretty busy so far. We decided to give my bedroom a complete makeover - painting over the weird blue walls, tearing up the worn and paintstained carpet, shifting and getting rid of furniture... It's brighter now and feels much more clean and spacious. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves...

I also did an interview with the awesome Damian of the awesome 'Misadventures of the HalloweeNut' blog several weeks ago as part of his '13 Days of Halloween' series. It was heaps of fun and got published on his blog a few days ago. Click below to check it out:

A huge thanks to Damian - it was fantastic to be a part of this.

Jul 20, 2013


Sorry about the lack of activity lately. The blog's been pretty quiet since Halloween last year and is probably going to stay that way for a while. It's not that I've been keeping secrets - I just haven't done any prop-work since The Backs. Still not quite sure what's happening this Halloween. I know I'm not going to be doing any sort of public display. I've got a short video planned that I'd like to get started on soon, and hopefully by Halloween I'll have one or two props built and photographed to accompany it in some sort of disjointed blog post. Can't really guarantee anything at the moment.

One thing I do have to show for my absence is 'If It Were Stine' - a Tumblr blog I set up several weeks ago. I have a special place in my heart for R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series, and I thought it would be fun to turn some of my favorite horror films into Goosebumps covers. Well, the first one came out much better than expected and I decided to set up a blog. Tumblr is rife with fan-made posters, movie barcodes and cinematography palettes, so I figured my Photoshop experiments would fit right in.

Click here to check it out: If It Were Stine

May 28, 2013


Was getting sick of the old blog design so decided to give The House Of Marrow another makeover.

I decided to go for a sparse black&white look. While it took some serious custom CSS to get the static sidebar working on all browsers, I'm really happy with how it's come out. Since the normal archive widget wouldn't fit anymore, I've created a new Archive page, and an About page to go with it. The Archive is still under construction (it's takes ages to code all those links), and I'll probably be forever updating the music/movie lists in the About page, but I figure this design will be here to stay for a while.

P.S. Click here to see the horrid orange and green design I had back in 2010... you've been warned.

May 2, 2013

The Backs 2013

Down the bank and through the trees
Where dead leaves whisper in the breeze
Where flowers die in earth bone dry
Is where the cabin sits

 An orange flicker in the gloom
As grim and lonely as a tomb
And far from light and far from sight
Is where the cabin stays

Up the earthen path unpaved
Past pumpkins carved with faces grave
And logs and bricks and skulls on sticks
Is where the cabin waits




We're Halfway to Hallowe'en.