13 Days of Halloween Strangeness: Day 1 – Jason Pell

Halloween 13 - Jason Pell

It’s that time of year again! Strange Kid has stuffed all the Halloween goody bags full of candy, roadkill and low caliber explosives…DANG he knows how to party! We’ve invited some of our friends over to the clubhouse to share their Halloween memories, so pull up a beanbag chair and listen to today’s horrific tales from…Jason Pell.

Jason_PellJason, welcome to the clubhouse! Does everyone here know Jason? If not: interwebs, meet Jason. He is the man behind the fantastic Zombie Highway, Suicide 5 and Woody & the Noble comic books. Jason can also generally be found stalking residential neighborhoods in his creepy black murder van. Oh, I’m sorry…I forgot to use the word “allegedly”. *Wink-wink* Anyway, let’s fire this puppy up, shall we?

What’s your best Halloween memory?

JASON PELL: I don’t have any particularly interesting Halloween memories that come to mind, but I enjoy sharing Halloween with my own kids immensely…Oh! Now that I’m older and have children of my own, the other kids seem to accept me as harmless when they come knocking. Trusting little turkeys. It’s not until they get home do they realize I’ve stuck a copy of Zombie Highway or Woody & the Noble in their candy bag. I’m not out to rot their teeth…can’t say the same about their cute, little brains.

What are your top 5 movies (or TV episodes) to watch leading up to Halloween?

JP: The build up for Halloween is always the best part of it. Some of my favorite Halloween movies or shows have nothing to do with the Holiday, but are just an excuse for me to be self-indulgent. And the list goes something like this…


1. In the Mouth of Madness (Aw c’mon! Carpenter doing Lovecraft! It’s like the Reese’s Cup of horror movies.)
2. Cabin in the Woods
3. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
4. Trick’r Treat
5. Night of the Demons (Lipstick and mammary glands are NOT the Reese’s Cup of sex scenes. Nice try, though.)

The dead have returned from the grave—including all the A-through-C-list celebrities, of course—who would you pick to eat your delicious brain?

JP: William Hickey would have a good chance of eating my brains without too much of a struggle. That man was terrifying but always mesmerizing…wait, he’s dead. That sounds in bad taste. Then I’d go with A.J. Bowen because he too can be creepy but seems like he’d be a considerate brain eater. That…that doesn’t mean I want him to die! This topic is out of hand.

Gotcha journalism at its best. Well played, clubhouse. Very sneaky.

Artwork by Jason Pell
Artwork by Jason Pell
What are 5 songs that need to be on your Halloween playlist?

JP: I’m only going to partially answer this question because I’m still angry about the “Gotcha” question from before.

I’ll stick with the bands I’d play at my Halloween party—because when I rock the house, it rocks longer than five songs.

1. The Cure – ’cause I’m deep.
2. Tricky – ’cause I have range.
3. Alanis Morissette – to get butts moving and to show my fun sense of irony.
4. Garbage – to keep those butts moving but now peppered with angst.
5. Public Enemy – for my one friend in the corner. I’m really glad he came and I want him to feel as comfortable as possible.

Now you’re telling me this isn’t a party? And it’s just me by myself…I’m not trying to impress anyone? *sigh*

6. Counting Crows – ’cause I’m sensitive and no one showed up at my party.

You cross an old gypsy woman (why would you do that?!) and she curses you to turn into _________ every night. What monster/beastie/other would you choose to spend your nights as?

Zombie-Highway-GNJP: When I cross old gypsy women, which I do cross many old women just hoping they be of the gypsy blood, I try to drop a hint or two about the splendid curse of the “Were-Bonobo.” I would have all the grace and mobility of a Chimpanzee and not be a target of all the fat-shaming that poor species tends to get. I hope for a future where that kind of thing doesn’t exist.

Our resident troublemaker, Strange Kid, wants to take you out on the town on Halloween—what kind of mischief would you kids get into? (Hint: bring bail money, whatever your response may be…)

JP: How many non-disclosure agreements can we get printed and signed by your readers? Strange Kid and me? We gots plans. And when I say “gots,” it’s serious. Believe it.

Written by John MacLeod

Dubbed "The Dorkmaster General" in his home territory of western Massachusetts, John has what some would call an "unhealthy obsession" with comics, horror movies and geek culture. He is a staff writer and editor for the web site Zombie Zone News, and is a freelance editor for his own imprint, Surfin' Dead Enterprises. In his spare time, he breeds free-range chupacabras to sell for ludicrous amounts of cash.

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