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Doctor Dreadful has been kicking around for the better part of a quarter century at this point - encouraging kids to experiment with all things gross & gooey. When he first hit the scene in the early 90s, he looked and sounded suspiciously like actor John Kassir (Tales From The Crypt) as he touted his line of terrifying toys produced by the late TYCO. After changing hands a few times over the years, Doctor Dreadful's wares eventually made their way to Spin Master, who's been producing them for a few years now, most recently revamping them with some disgustingly-delightful new packaging and branding - perfect for capturing the imagination of children. Released just in-time for Halloween, the refreshed assortment of Doctor Dreadful ZOMBIES toys have just hit shelves, and the folks at Spin Master sent us the Zombie Lab, Snot Shots and Parasite Lab kits to go hands-on with my budding "Mad Scientists" here at Rock Father HQ! What kind of eerie edibles could we create?

'Tis the season to be spooky, and in the spirit of all things creepy, The Rock Father™ and Entertainment Earth are giving readers a chance to win a new Funko Dorbz Pennywise figure from Stephen King's IT! As part of 31 Days of Halloween 2017, you could own this 3" version of Tim Curry's iconic clown in a form that's probably too cute to be in good taste. In fact, one might even call it adorable!

UPDATED: Submissions for Holiday Wish Guide & 31 Days of Halloween are now CLOSED.

It's August as of this writing - the heart of Back-to-School season, but here at Rock Father™ HQ sights are currently set on Halloween and Christmas... or, the "Holiday Season" in general. Truth be told, behind-the-scenes at THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine, things run months in advance, much like the editorial calendar of print mags. I've actually been working on holiday content for months, and now comes the traditional open call for submissions. Opportunities for 31 Days of Halloween, Holiday Wish Guide™ and the Rock Father™ Santa Holiday Giving Program are now available.

If you think you've heard about this one before, you're correct. Way back in 2004 - years before becoming "The Rock Father," I was working regularly in television and film, and pretty much dropped everything to focus on bringing one of my own visions to the big screen - a genre-bending crime/horror hybrid called DEATH WALKS THE STREETS (DWTS). The tagline was a big hook - "Vampires. Demons. Zombies. Werewolves. The Mob." - and what followed was a few years of absolute craziness that saw the in-development film and its two planned sequels (one was written) get coverage in major media, get nominated for a Spike Scream Award for "Most Anticipated Film" (a category sponsored by Hot Topic) and the ahead-of-their-time video "making-of" video podcasts get nominated for an Emmy, all while casting was tackled, set/costume/prop design was completed, and special FX tests were underway. Sadly, the project fell apart due to a massive storm of "circumstances beyond our control" for my co-writer and I, but the plus side is that a prequel comic book series took shape in the years that followed. 

12 years into the DWTS journey, there's still new friends discovering the DWTS world for the very first time, and in the eight years since the first comic was published, new readers have been enjoying and experiencing our stories on a weekly basis. For Halloween, we're inviting YOU to experience DEATH WALKS THE STREETS through a FREE DOWNLOAD of DWTS #0 and DWTS #1 (the Halloween issue!) via Noisetrade Books!

Published in DWTS
Friday, October 28 2016 08:00

Last-Minute Halloween... Skylanders Style!

With Halloween just three days away, and some towns doing Trick-or-Treating this weekend (ours included), time is running out to get your Halloween costumes in-order. For those undecided kids that might be fans of Activision's massively-successful SKYLANDERS games, there's several fan-favorite characters readily-available to suit-up for adventure. Spyro, Kaos, Crusher, Jetvac, Snapshot, Chop Chop, Wallop and more - available through Amazon, Party City, Walmart and more. Aside from costumes, what's really cool for a Skylanders-themed Halloween is that there's a variant figure that's been released for the new cross-platform SKYLANDERS: IMAGINATORS line - Halloween Candy Coated Chopscotch!

Sara Lovell's new family music album, YOU'VE GOT ME, has a few songs on it that could be considered worthy of a Halloween playlist, but in the midst of a record that tackles monsters, alligators, and rabbits is one song that really stands out for the season. "The Skeleton Band" is that track, perfectly fitting the spooky seasonal bill, and just in-time for Halloween, there's an animated music video to go along with it. Check it out below as part of 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine...

Published in Family Music
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