2017-10-28 – Night Shift DTLA

nightshiftbanner

 

 

Starting a new job can be exciting, but rather stressful. I’m wearing overalls, shifting boxes around in a grimy packing warehouse with the manager breathing down my neck. Clearly, it’s not been his week – not our fault, mind, but he surely is taking it out on us, screaming in our faces, showering us in his spit. Missing shipments, employees disappearing, the place is in disarray and it would apparently come down to us to sort out the mess. I swear, these jobs through temp agencies, you can find yourself in some weird situations. Read More

2017-10-27 – Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre – Urban Death

urbandeath8banner

 

It’s not exactly a place that will make you look twice – in fact, most passerby won’t even grant it a single glance. No one who hasn’t gone beyond the doors of ZJU could ever tell what goes down inside. But those in the know could tell you that what lies behind that unassuming facade is a home for bizarre, daring and wholly original theatre. The connoisseur’s choice for dark and horrific delights, a black box where anything can happen. A large crowd had gathered outside for the latest incarnation of Urban Death, and the air was buzzing with excitement. Not long after, we were handed the world’s most useless flashlight, and were ushered inside. Read More

2017-10-26 – The 17th Door – Locked Up

17thdoor7

 

A prison guard with a face only a blind mother could love is working the crowd lining up to be incarcerated in the Perpetuum Penitentiary. In tow, a chained up inmate, orange jumpsuit, and in dire need of some orthodontics. Stuck between chainlink fencing, clouds of smoke envelop us, the green glow from the 17th Door logo filtering through. A cattle prod is waved in my face, an electric spark briefly illuminating the glee in the guard’s eyes. Read More

2017-10-26 – Escapade Games – Zoe

zoe

 

Alright – the secret’s out. I had never done an escape room before. I’m not too sure why either, it’s not that I don’t like a well put together puzzle. Maybe it’s these (often true?) claims that the puzzles can present a disconnect to the story, just collecting and putting together random codes and keys. Or, more likely, being the sociable beast that I am, it might be because escape rooming is an inherent group activity, and you can’t just show up by yourself and figure it out solo. No matter – I had been hearing so much praise about Zoe, and along with its horror theme, it was a no brainer that I had to give this room the dubious honor of popping my escape room cherry. Read More

2017-10-25 – CreepLA – LORE

creep4

 

That thin line between reality and make belief. Humankind has a habit of dealing with its own darker side by embellishing the raw facts and creating elaborate fantasies, in an attempt to make reality more bearable. Behind every morbid tale or horrific fantasy, there is a seed of truth, however deeply buried. It is these grains, the origins of our gruesome stories, that Lore attempts to dig up. Read More

2017-10-21/29 – Drunken Devil – Night of 1,000 Devils / Deviled Eggs: Bayou Edition

drunkendevil10

 

It doesn’t always have to be hellish demons, dark delights and the occasional splatter of blood. Sometimes, we really do enjoy just having a night out and getting a drink. But, I ask of you, you fine, fine reader of my ventures into the dark – why not combine the two? Seems like a companionship made in, well, hell, I suppose. Luckily, Drunken Devil is on the case. Read More

2017-10-21 – The Sudden Loneliness Gift – Misere

slg misere header

 

Three thirty in the afternoon. I’m sat down, enjoying the sun at a picnic bench in a residential neighbourhood when a woman sits next to me. We smile at each other, and let the silence linger for a little while. I close my eyes, listen to the birds chirping, feel the sun’s warmth on my face. “Hey, how was school?” I tell her it was fine, nothing special. Just, school, you know? We chit chat for a bit longer, and then start walking. “I know how hard it has been since your mother’s accident, but, you have been so brave. You get that from her, you know?” Read More