Visit The Kretcher Motel In The Horror Anthology ‘Forever Vacancy’!

In literature, the horror anthology is one of my favorite things. In particular I enjoy the buffet like quality that a horror anthology can offer. Case in point, Forever Darkness where we are introduced to The Kretcher Motel. A seedy type of establishment that one would do well to avoid when visiting Atlanta . Certainly there are those who are drawn to the special…amenities…that the Kretcher Motel offers. Those lost souls down on their luck or those seeking souls as a matter of fact.

The Kretcher offers cheap rates because the motel has a unique hunger. As does its proprietor, the beautiful and equally dangerous Sybline Kretcher. Quick to lend a helpful hand as well as manipulating guests, letting them find their deserved punishments. Moreover the proprietor in some cases even offers redemption. Yes, indeed, Sybline has been tending to the motel since the early 1960’s…but she has been around for a lot longer than that. A lot longer than you might imagine.
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Sybline Kretcher as well as the Kretcher Motel are the two constants in the new horror anthology from Colors in Darkness. Forever Vacancy collects 13 diverse stories, ranging from hauntings to the wickedly humorous. All manner of characters find their way to the run down Kretcher Motel and their tales are the perfect fit for an anthology. Having said that I will add that I’m rather fond of the format in general. In addition to books I have similarly thrilled to those horror anthology in film and TV format however few they might be in number. A few of my favorites being 1972’s Tales from the Crypt, 1982’s Creepshow, and 2007’s Trick ‘r Treat of course.

Are you a fan of Creepshow? You might want to take a moment and listen to when we covered it on the Saturday Frights podcast!

With 13 different styles of stories presented in Forever Vacancy a few naturally stand out. While it all comes down to a matter of taste, I found Karma Suture by Tawanna Sullivan, The Honeymoon Suite: Jacob’s Reunion by Sumiko Saulson, and A Devil Of A Deal by David O’Hanlon to really shine amongst the other fine stories presented.

With Karma Suture, we are introduced to a location scout named Stephanie. Actually she has desires to be an actress but has taken a position with her ex-boyfriend, helping him on a film he is producing. For Stephanie the Kretcher Motel offers a bit of comeuppance for those that have wronged her…or she feels have wronged her.

A Devil Of A Deal I found to be the most fun. David O’Hanlon has crafted a rowdy as well as bawdy leading man. Or fallen angel in the case of Mr. Scratch. A raconteur who finds himself mixed up with a young woman who is being extorted by an unsavory character. There are all manner of surprises for Mr. Scratch and the reader. By the time you finish the story you just might find you have Sympathy for the Devil…or devils in this case.

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The Honeymoon Suite: Jacob’s Reunion is hands down the most moving of the stories. In it we learn of the grief of Jess whose love Jacob was killed in a train-car collision. Deep feelings of survivor’s guilt due to not joining Jacob to attend his class reunion haunt Jess. But can forgiveness be found in a place like the Kretcher Motel?

While this anthology collection from Colors in Darkness is the first to feature Sybline Kretcher and her motel. I can only hope that we will be given new chances to…temporarily…visit that establishment. The setting is absolutely perfect and if you too are a fan of the horror anthology I highly suggest you pick it up. You can grab your copy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble in addition to the Colors in Darkness website.

I would also like to thank author David O’Hanlon. As he was the one who contacted me on the Saturday Frights Facebook page, asking if I would be interested in reviewing Forever Vacancy. Furthermore we were both delighted to learn that we had something in common beyond our love of horror. As a result of providing my mailing address we learned that we live in the same neck of the woods, a mere ten minutes away from each other in fact!

With Forever Vacancy being such a great horror anthology. Is it too much to hope for a television adaptation in the near future?


Additionally I believe I have fond the perfect actress to play the role of Sybline Kretcher!
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Fan Transforms 1958 Stereo Unit Into Derry From Stephen King’s It

1986’s It wasn’t my first brush with Stephen King’s work. That honor of course went to a few film adaptations like 1980’s The Shining as well as 1983’s The Dead Zone. Having said that however, It was one of the first books I read of Stephen King. The first two being his early short story collections Night Shift and Skeleton Crew. I recall vividly in fact my Junior High School teacher praising It and finding the paperback for sale that very afternoon, at a local supermarket.
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For the next three days I could NOT put the book down. Not during class nor for that matter on the way home on the bus. Furthermore even eating dinner, you could find my nose planted firmly in the engrossing novel. While I am and always shall be a Stephen King fan – no book has captured my attention so much so like It. Until the publication of 2013’s Joyland that is!

Read: Check out my review of Joyland

When I was growing up – almost to the point of High School. We weren’t fortunate enough to have a bathroom with a shower. So for most of my young life I washed my hair in the bathroom sink. An act that I admit I was quite hesitant to do after reading King’s book…for fear of looking into the drain and finding something looking back at me!

Read: Speaking of fear – check out this vintage American Express commercial to see what scared Stephen King

Imagine my surprise and delight when the other day I stumbled across the lavish work of Kassiopeya. Who took it upon herself to craft a magnificent piece of artwork entitled Welcome to Derry. This was done by converting a 1958 stereo unit into the facade of the bright and sunlit town of Derry. As well as when the cabinet doors are opened, presenting the dark and festering domain of Pennywise.

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All images courtesy of Kassiopeya.


To say that Kassiopeya lovingly included scores of detail from the 1986 novel itself is an understatement. I’ve rarely seen such a work of art that has taken my very breath away as Welcome to Derry has. Don’t take my word for it – gaze on this small sampling yourself.


As I’ve already mentioned, the artist made sure to include the dangers below Derry.


Of the project itself, Kassiopeya has said of it:
“My Derry – including its underground world of the sewers – is now integrated in that furniture. The novel, with all its references to Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Fifties has merged into a whole with that furniture, and has become part of it. The surface represents the romantic sight of a Derry street bathed in the golden light of a late summer day. Only when you flip open the cabinet door you do see what is underneath: The sewage pipes way down below… in the green glowing light of the deadlights.”

I implore you fans of It to immediately follow the link to Kassiopeya’s website – there you will find so many more photos of Welcome to Derry. Now if you will excuse me I believe I must revisit Derry myself by rereading the book once again!

On the other hand I suppose I could go ahead and watch the 1990 miniseries for It

Footprints

Sinister Tales of Terror Ep. 15 (Footprints)

Hello there, dear listeners. It has come time once more to venture down into the Vault for one of my Sinister Tales of Terror! I am unaware of how the weather might be treating you. However here at the Vault there is a rather nasty snow storm brewing. Which is why I have chosen a tale that I call ‘Footprints’.

With such delightfully horrid weather howling outside these walls. I can assure the best place to be as a matter of fact is beside myself. In front of the roaring fire. Moreover it might even chase away the chills of the story I have to share with you today.

Footprints is a true tale, an incident that occurred in Haddonfield. Many, many years ago during a similar snow storm. In fact we have John Ives to thank for sending me an electronic missive, requesting such a tale.

I want to take a moment and thank The Retroist once again for that charming, moreover vintage artwork for the broadcast. I must assume that he was becoming rather embarrassed over the previous artwork, eh? It is not as if Victor Sage can deliver a radio broadcast properly. To say nothing of supplying the appropriate artwork for my radio program, eh? Heh, heh.

Now I beg of you to extinguish your electric lights. Lean in closer to the soothing glow of your personal radio. As I begin this broadcast for my Sinister Tales of Terror…

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Covers

Sinister Tales of Terror Ep. 14 (Covers)

Hello there, dear listeners. It has come time once more to venture down into the Vault for one of my Sinister Tales of Terror! I realize that many of you that listen to my radio broadcasts might in fact do so before bed. So from my tome for this week I have selected “Covers” as the tale to tantalize or terrorize you with.

We have a rather fetching new addition to the vault. It is as a matter of fact the reason I had to cancel the last broadcast. I was far too busy constructing a fireplace. To better read from my collection of stories of course.
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This story was submitted by Warren McCloud of Goodland, Florida . Furthermore this tale is presented in a different style than our other offerings. Think of it as my having the pleasure of whispering sweet nothings in your ear. Heh. Regardless of the change you can be rest assured that it still will give you frights.

This also marks a return to a shorter broadcast. McCloud’s tale gets straight to the point. Like a dagger to the heart, eh?

I want to take a moment and thank The Retroist once again for that charming, moreover vintage artwork for the broadcast. I naturally must assume that he was mortified by the ‘art’ that Victor was creating for the radio show.

Now I beg of you to extinguish your electric lights. Lean in closer to the soothing glow of your personal radio. As I begin this broadcast for my Sinister Tales of Terror…

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Sinister Tales of Terror Ep. 13 (The Hidebehinds)

Hello there, dear listeners. It has come time once more to venture down into the Vault for one of my Sinister Tales of Terror! I realize that many of you that are hearing my broadcasts are nature lovers. I felt for this episode The Hidebehinds would fit the bill.

In addition to the story, I have included a little local flavor, no extra charge of course. I am nothing if not committed to providing you loyal fright fanatics your moneys worth. Heh, heh, heh.

Our offering for this go around was submitted by Linda Dunsmore. As a matter of fact you should look on The Hidebehinds as a cautionary tale. Furthermore I do cherish the thought that you might listen to this broadcast while out for a walk. Heh.

In addition, much like last week’s broadcast from the Vault. Our story is a little longer than some of the previous tales. I am well aware that many of you prefer the quick touch of fear or you like to get straight to the point. I remind you that I am more than willing to share your very own scary story on the air. You need merely contact me at the Facebooks. Projectionist at the Haunted Drive-In.

By the way, did you notice we have a new bit of art for the show? This was donated to use by none other than The Retroist himself. Perhaps he grew tired of that…doodle…that Victor came up with, eh?

Finally, I believe you will be able to find my broadcasts on the iTunes any day now. It has been submitted to the iTunes Radio Network. Sage informs me that it is being reviewed…to be sure that it is not too frightening for listeners I have no doubt!

Now I beg of you to extinguish your electric lights. Lean in closer to the soothing glow of your personal radio. As I begin this broadcast for my Sinister Tales of Terror…


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Good luck as you leave the Vault. Keep an eye on The Hidebehinds won’t you?


The Hidebehinds