A Quick Distraction From Your Writing – A Review Of Octobers ‘Horror Block’!

A couple weeks ago I told you about a fun little company called Horror Block which is a monthly subscription service that sends you, well, a block of horror each and every month!

It’s pretty damn cool. I had a chance to snag the October Block that is full of all kinds of neat stuff that I’m going to share with you. The typical box includes anything from toys to shirts to more. So what did they give everyone for the awesome month of October? Home to Halloween and horror? Well, some pretty neat stuff!

Of course, if we’re going to unbox one of these blocks, let’s take a look at the box itself!


Here’s what the box looks like. Horror Block logo? Check. Bloody hand print? Check. My temporary address crossed over so you crazy stalkers can’t wait outside my house or send me body parts again? Check. Sounds good!

Let’s get that bad boy open and into it’s gooey insides!


I felt that I needed to use just the right kind of knife to get this sucker open. It’s even bleeding in anticipation! Okay, it’s a small touch but I like the ‘blood’ along the tape. I think it’s fitting that they’d include it.

So, without further pausing let’s check out the inside of what you are going to wish you got in the mail this month!


What horror delivery service is going to let you in without a ‘The Walking Dead’ reference?


Dead inside or not, we need to push forward!


Ohhh Ahhh! There’s some awesome stuff going on in here. First up? A “Build Your Own Zombie”! Fitting with the Walker reference on opening the box. This little kit lets you create your own zombie with a combination of air-dry dough in four different colors. You may need to let it dry for 24 hours but the dough is reusable so there is plenty of undead fun to enjoy here!


Next up is a box of Count Zombula! I was kind of hungry for more so I was a little disappointed to find out that this isn’t actually a mini-box of cereal. It so could have been! What these actually are is a set of horror sticker cards from the ‘Cereal Killers’ line that are delivered in what clearly looks to be a cereal box. Super cheesy? Hells yea. Super awesome? HELL YEA! These are so neat I kind of don’t want to open the box…


Oh, did I mention there was a movie too? A Blu-ray edition of ‘Puppet Master’ thank you very much! I’ve actually been wanting to re-watch the film for awhile so that’s pretty great timing. Unfamiliar with it? Here’s the quick synopsis:

Alex Whittaker, played by Paul Le Mat, and three other gifted psychics are investigating rumors that the secret of life has been discovered by master puppeteer Andre Toulon. The psychics quickly discover Toulon’s secret of death in the form of five killer puppets – each one uniquely qualified for murder and mayhem. Together, they’re an army of skilled assassins, genetically programmed to guard the deadly secrets of PUPPET MASTER.


Now I had mentioned in the first post that Jason was going to be making an appearance in this month’s block and so he did! That’s right campers it’s not safe to head out to Crystal Lake as our favorite hockey mask wearing killer is on the prowl! At least, he will be on the shelf in my office in the new house.


Now as a writer you are often told to make sure you keep up on reading too. This month Horror Block has a great issue of Fangoria included in it which has an amazing interview with Wes Craven. Wes is a horror icon in his own right but I’ve met him at a couple of the Chicago horror events in the past and I have to say, Craven is a really down to Earth guy. He’s extremely well spoken and was super patient with the swarm of fans that came out to see him. Having read his book in the past I have to say that more about Craven is something no one should turn down!


We’re not done yet though! Just like his constant returning to life in the films we have Jason returning to the Block as well! This month also included a spectacular shirt with Jason on it. This is probably one of the better looks I’ve seen of the character in recent years.


So the October Horror Block? Pretty damn neat if you ask me. If this looks like a fun little afternoon from your reading or writing of the genre that you’ll want to have yourself, make sure to head over and sign up for Horror Block today!

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