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Oct 032022
 

Cover art for The Book at Dernier, The Zombie Mishape, and It Came Back

October is here, and that means it’s time to celebrate ghosts, ghouls, and every manner of spooky thing with a new Celebrating All Things Spooky month!

So let’s get into the sales, the contest, and what you can expect to see this year.

Sales

I’ve got a special promotion to kick off the spooky season. From now until Friday, you can get a free ebook copy of The Zombie Mishap, my comedy novella about two scientists who accidentally create a zombie and set out to stop it before anyone finds out. Since it’s a comedy, it’s on the lighter side of things, so consider checking it out even if horror isn’t usually your thing!

Meanwhile, ebook copies of The Book at Dernier and It Came Back will be on sale for $0.99 each for the rest of October. These two are both horror novellas, with The Book at Dernier being cosmic horror about a scholar investigating a strange incident in a small town and It Came Back dealing with the supernatural curse of a demon stalking its victims in dreams.

Remember, the free promotion of The Zombie Mishap will last through this Friday, October 7, while The Book at Dernier and It Came Back will be on sale through October 31.

Contest

Between now and Halloween, you also have a chance to win a prize at the end of the month just by leaving comments and interacting! The contest rules are slightly different than they were last year, so be sure to read them carefully.

Prizes:

  • Not It: Spookiest Edition (gift sent through Steam)
  • Silent Hill 4: The Room (gift sent through GOG)
  • Resident Evil Village (gift sent through Steam)
  • Dead Age (Steam code)
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location (Steam code)
  • Lakeview Cabin Collection (Steam code)
  • eBook copy of The Book at Dernier
  • eBook copy of It Came Back
  • $15 sent through PayPal
  • You pick a game for me to review!

If you choose the review option, your chosen game must be something I either own or is easily obtainable, which you can discuss with me beforehand. It must be a single game, not a collection (although the chosen game can be part of a collection). I will start playing it in November.

Rules

  • No purchase is necessary.
  • Only comments and retweets made between October 3, 2022 at 12:00 PM EST and October 31, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST will be counted.
  • 1 non-spam, non-anonymous comment on any Celebrating All Things Spooky blog post = 1 point.
  • Retweeting any Celebrating All Things Spooky tweet from me = 1 point.
  • You must use an email address or website URL (or include another way of contacting you) in your comment so I can contact you if you win.
  • The top 3 point earners will win prizes.
  • The person with the most points will get their first pick of the prizes. The person with the second most points will pick second, and the person with the third most points will pick third.
  • In the event of a tie, tied winners will be contacted at the same time. A tie for third place will allow for more than 3 winners. If tied winners choose the same prize, duplicate prizes will be possible.
  • The winner will be contacted by November 2, 2022.

Content

I’ve got an exciting lineup of spooky game reviews planned, so here’s hoping you learn about some new horror games you might have overlooked.

Like in our mystery game celebration earlier this year, I’ll leave open the possibility of having a non-themed post once a week in case some especially exciting news comes out in October (like if Capcom wanted to announce a new Ace Attorney game, just saying).

Now it’s time to begin our month-long celebration of games and other media that are spooky, creepy, or otherwise fitting for October! Do you plan to play any special games for Halloween this October?

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Oct 012021
 

Happy October!

You know what that means, another month of spooky games in honor of Halloween, with 2021’s Celebrating All Things Spooky celebration! I’ve also got a few special promotions and announcements lined up this year.

Sales and Promotions

Once again, my horror novellas The Book at Dernier and It Came Back will be on sale for $0.99 for the entire month of October.

Not only that, but my comedy/horror novella The Zombie Mishap will be FREE this weekend to kick off the spooky season! You’ll have from October 2 at 3:00 AM ET to October 3 at 2:59 PM ET to pick up The Zombie Mishap for free.

Announcements

You might recall that I wrote the script for a short horror visual novel called Not It, which is available for free from itch.io.

Not It has been revamped with new backgrounds, CGs, voice acting, and more as Not It: Spookiest Edition! It will be available to purchase from Steam on October 12.

Contest

And now let’s discuss this year’s Celebrating All Things Spooky contest! The rules are slightly different than they were last year, so be sure to read them carefully.

This year, the available prizes are:

  • Not It: Spookiest Edition (gift sent through Steam)
  • Alien: Isolation (gift sent through Steam)
  • Silent Hill 4: The Room (gift sent through GOG)
  • Dead Age (Steam code)
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location (Steam code)
  • Lakeview Cabin Collection (Steam code)
  • eBook copy of The Book at Dernier
  • eBook copy of It Came Back
  • $15 sent through PayPal
  • You pick a game for me to review!

If you choose the review option, your chosen game must be something I either own or is easily obtainable, which you can discuss with me beforehand. It must be a single game, not a collection (although the chosen game can be part of a collection). I will start playing it in November.

Rules:

  • No purchase is necessary.
  • Only comments made between October 1, 2021 at 12:01 AM ET and October 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET will be counted.
  • 1 non-spam, non-anonymous comment on a Celebrating All Things Spooky blog post = 1 point.
  • You must use an email address or website URL (or include another way of contacting you) in your comment so I can contact you if you win.
  • The person with the most points will get their first pick of the prizes. The person with the second most points will pick second, and so on, until all prizes have been given out.
  • The winner will be contacted by November 2, 2021.

You have between now and Halloween to leave comments, earn points, and win a fantastic prize! The month will be filled with spooky game reviews and content as usual. I hope you’ll participate!

Meanwhile, I’ve been debating about changing the name of the event in the future to better indicate its focus on dark, spooky, creepy, and/or Halloween-themed video games… but to what?

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Oct 022020
 

October is here, and so it’s time to begin our annual celebration of all things spooky, creepy, and otherwise fitting for the month of Halloween.

Celebrating All Things Spooky returns this year with a month of sales, contest opportunities, and horror game reviews!

Sales

First up, for the entire month of October, ebook copies of my horror stories The Book at Dernier and It Came Back will be on sale for $0.99 each at Amazon.

The Book at Dernier follows a scholar as his obsessive research leads him into a world of dark rituals, eldritch knowledge, and growing madness. It Came Back sees a young woman return to her childhood home, where she discovers a series of letters that recount her family’s dark secret as a demon begins to stalk her nightmares.

My other stories and my zombie comedy The Zombie Mishap are not on sale, but you can check them all out here.

Next, last October I wrote the script for a horror visual novel called Not It, set on Halloween in a small town where it is said that a serial killer’s spirit returns each Halloween to exact revenge. It’s available for free, so be sure to check it out!

I’ve worked on a handful of other horror games as well, and you can find them all here.

Contest

Moving on, it’s time for our Celebrating All Things Spooky 2020 contest!

This year, the available prizes are:

  • Two Till Midnight (gift sent through Steam)
  • Alien: Isolation (gift sent through Steam)
  • Those Who Remain (gift sent through Steam)
  • Dead Age (Steam code)
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location (Steam code)
  • Lakeview Cabin Collection (Steam code)
  • eBook copy of The Book at Dernier
  • eBook copy of It Came Back
  • $15 sent through PayPal
  • You pick a game for me to review!

If you choose the review option, your chosen game must be something either I already own or is easily obtainable, which you can discuss with me beforehand. It must be a single game, not a collection (although the chosen game can be part of a collection). I will start playing it in November.

Rules:

  • No purchase is necessary.
  • Only comments made between October 2, 2020 at 12:01 AM EST and October 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST will be counted.
  • 1 non-spam, non-anonymous comment on any blog post here = 1 point.
  • 1 non-spam, non-anonymous comment on a Celebrating All Things Spooky blog post = 2 points.
  • You must use an email address or website URL (or include another way of contacting you) in your comment so I can contact you if you win.
  • You must have at least 10 points at the end of the month to win.
  • The person with the most points will get their first pick of the prizes. The person with the second most points will pick second, and so on, until all prizes have been given out.
  • The winner will be contacted by November 2, 2020.

Remember, you have between now and Halloween to earn enough points to win a free horror game or one of the other prizes.

Reviews

And as usual, this October will be filled with horror game reviews, so check back throughout the week for 2020’s celebration of horror!

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