Some theme park news for your Tuesday!

For more awesome theme park news, check out Screamscape.  Because they freakin’ rock.  Great theme park news from all around…

For more awesome theme park news, check out Screamscape.  Because they freakin’ rock.  Great theme park news from all around the US, and even some international goodness.  That’s where I stole borrowed all this news from.

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Have we seen the last of the beloved Big Bad Wolf?

Busch Gardens Williamsburg: WTF Busch Gardens?  Current rumors are going around that the park’s second oldest roller coaster, The Big Bad Wolf, is due to be taken down sometime soon.  For a lot of kids (including myself and my brother), The Big Bad Wolf was their first “adult roller coaster,” and, despite its age and lack of updates in quite a few years, had become as much a part of the park as their oldest roller coaster, The Loch Noss Monster, which just celebrated its thirtieth anniversary.

For those unfamiliar with The Big Bad Wolf, it’s probably one of the oldest suspended coasters in the country, and the premise is that you are playing the wolf, swinging through an old European village (built specifically for this ride).  Ideally, though this ride can be enjoyed at all times of day, riding it at night, while you swing through the village before taking a steep dive towards a large river, is really where it’s at.  I love this roller coaster, and I’d be pretty devastated to see it go.  Unfortunately, because the coaster was built specifically to take advantage of the landscape of the park, it’s not like someone else can buy it and put it someplace else.  My vote, Busch Gardens?  It’s time to bring it into the 21st century – the old village could use some updates (and maybe some gory scenes of wolf carnage?), and the ride itself could use a new paintjob.  This year is the Wolf’s 25th anniversary, but it looks like nothing will be done to celebrate.  For shame.

More after the jump.

Pauloween Horror Nights: Pumpkin Rot!

What’s your favorite holiday of the year? If you said Christmas, you’re wrong.  Christmas is lame!  We here at IoM…

One of Pumpkin Rot's Pumpkin Sentinels
One of Pumpkin Rot's Pumpkin Sentinels

What’s your favorite holiday of the year?

If you said Christmas, you’re wrong.  Christmas is lame!  We here at IoM KNOW what your favorite holiday is, and it’s most certainly Pauloween or, as it’s more commonly known, Halloween!

October 31st is a pretty big deal ‘round these parts, where we already indulge in the creepiness on a weekly basis, but when the leaves turn orange the temperature drops below 70, that chill in the air isn’t just the weather – it’s the start of a magical month that culminates in a holiday in which children wears masks in order to blend in with the undead walking our streets.

We’ve got some pretty big plans coming up this Pauloween, including an in-depth look and review of this year’s Universal Studios Orlando: Halloween Horror Nights.  And before you start saying it’s too early to start talking about Halloween, let me just refer you to my friend Rot.

See that graphic above?  That’s just one of hundreds of creations that he’s put together over the years.  This man knows how to do Halloween right!  Check out more of my thoughts and more of his awesome creations after the jump!

Interview with Nox Arcana’s Joseph Vargo!

There’s no better mood music for people like me, who like the spooky, than the TEN albums released by the…

Blackthorn Asylum, from Nox Arcana
Blackthorn Asylum, the new album from Nox Arcana

There’s no better mood music for people like me, who like the spooky, than the TEN albums released by the awesome Nox Arcana.  Consisting of two guys, Joseph Vargo and William Piotrowski, the band has been together less than five years, and in that short time, have managed to become THE definitive creators of spooky music in time for everyone’s favorite holiday, PAULOWEEN (Joseph, give me a call – think that would make a great album title – ha!).  Speaking of Joseph Vargo … in time for Nox Arcana’s upcoming ELEVENTH studio album, we sat down with Vargo to talk about all things Nox Arcana – the new album, the books, the art, and…hidden puzzles in the artwork?

Here’s a little bit about Vargo:

Joseph Vargo, composer, founder and producer of Nox Arcana, is also an internationally acclaimed gothic fantasy artist and writer. His artwork graces the covers of numerous magazines, books, and cds. He began his own publishing company, Monolith Graphics, in 1991, which is now a world leading producer of gothic and dark-themed products. In 1998 and 1999, Vargo produced and directed the gothic-themed albums, Born of the Night and Realm of Shadows. In addition to music, Vargo has created various artistic and literary projects including Tales from the Dark Tower and The Gothic Tarot. His artbook, Born of the Night: The Gothic Fantasy Artwork of Joseph Vargo, features a collection of over 100 paintings and illustrations from about 1988 to 2005. Vargo’s latest book, The Legend of Darklore Manor and Other Tales of Terror, contains 13 sinister stories including the novella that chronicles the grim history of the haunted mansion that inspired Nox Arcana’s debut album.

Click the picture of Nox Arcana below to read our interview with Nox Arcana’s JOSEPH VARGO!  Trust us…you don’t want to miss this one!

Click here for our interview with Nox Arcana's Joseph Vargo!
Click here for our interview with Nox Arcana's Joseph Vargo!

Hell to the yes! New Nox Arcana!

I came across the band Nox Arcana on something like their ninth studio album, Grimm Tales.  Don’t know who Nox…

Blackthorn Asylum
Blackthorn Asylum, the new album from Nox Arcana

I came across the band Nox Arcana on something like their ninth studio album, Grimm Tales.  Don’t know who Nox Arcana is?  Have you ever been to a Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights or a Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream (or whatever your area does for Pauloween) and wondered what that cool, creepy music is they have playing throughout the park that sets you on edge, even when you’re not walking through a haunted house?  That’s Nox Arcana.

Nox Arcana was formed in 2003 by Joseph Vargo and William Pitrowski and since, they’ve released TEN ALBUMS!  Their music is very gothic in tone, and the perfect thing to get you in the mood to read a scary novel, have a Pauloween party, or write your own tales from the macabre (I listen to them frequently when writing).  Each of their albums has had a different theme, like Darklore Manor (haunted houses), Carnival of Lost Souls (dark carnival), Grimm Tales (my personal favorite), and their most recent, Phantoms of the High Seas.  Great, great stuff to put you in a spooky mood.

Read about their newest CD, Blackthorn Asylum, after the jump!