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PCR #292. (Vol. 6, No. 43) This edition is for the week of October 24--20, 2005.
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 by Matt Drinnenberg
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Yepper. Here it is, one of the more fun of special days, The perfect opportunity to don that Batman Cowl, Frankenstein Mask, or Vampire Teeth and go door to door dressed that way holding out a bag or, in my case massive XXL Pillow Case, expecting something for nothing other than saying "trick or treat" and basically having your way all over the neighborhood.

And while I dont condone it in any sense, for those who fail to pony up the sugar, you will feel duty to rely on the trick part of the equation and show your disappointment in the most honorable of means, and either egg or TP the house. At least that was the punishment they got back in the 60's and 70's when that was also my gig. Fortunately there werent that many in my side of town whose houses were served breakfeast at midnight, or help for its next trip to the john.

Now it's any entirely different thing. The wifey and I used to go out and party on Halloween, sometimes actually dressing up in costume, but now that the kids in town know that this is the place to get the heaping handfull, I don't dare not show up and break their little hearts. It's really kind of funny....like a tradition. All year long the kids in the neighborhood wave to me and say Hi. And I wave back, say Hi, and think to myself "Yeah, you know who I am. You know I'm the candy dude and you think that will get you another heaping handfull of candy come Halloween night.....well, okay. Maybe it will."

On Halloween I always get a couple of repeat visitors who SWEAR upon interogation that they hadnt been here yet. I give the old brow beat and say "Are you sure". It's kind of become a game. I do my thing, we all laugh. I tell them its cool and give them a little more. Last year, I remember some kids coming to the door and I had stepped into the kitchen. I heard one of them say something like "they must be busy, lets go" and the other kid say "no way, this guys gives a ton of candy". yes, as in school, life shows its important to pay attention.

Yeah, I guess what it boils down to is that I just gotta be the big kahuna on this day. And if your lucky, you live somewhere in the Blackstone Valley of Massachusetts and can hit my place. And I'll look forward to giving you the biggest handfull of candy I can grab.

Happy Halloween everybody.

Want to take the time to recognize the birthday of one of the best drummers, and nicest guys, I ever had the chance to meet, and that's Corey Castellano, who turns 42 this week.

Happy Birthday, Core. You rock, even without a drum kit.

Would like to take the time to offer to any and all who would like to participate the chance to be published online on my Masters of Horror site.

For quite a while I've been contemplating having a section of original fiction based on the Frankenstein monster, Dracula, and/or the Wolfman, and any and all principles that were in the classic universal horror films of the 30's and 40's.

There really is no restriction or constraint on originality other than the perameter of including my beloved monster friends.

This invitation goes out not only to the CFB troupe, but readers as well!

And while I'm at it, if you are a manic monster lover like myself, I'd be interested in hearing how your love affair with these classic icons began. These also will be placed for all to see on MOH. For me, it all started with the original Frankenstein with Boris Karloff, followed closely by the discovery of a certain magazine called Famous Monsters of Filmland.

It's all for fun, and any and all age groups can participate. Just be sure I have your name and age, as I may group these by age if enough people submit stories. No pressure, just thought this would be fun.

And remember...at Masters of Horror, it's Halloween EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!!!

Till next time, take care and God bless,

And for goodness sake....be careful this Halloween.


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