Recession hitting horror market, toys

The economic chill is taking a swing at horror. I noticed this on Todd McFarlane’s company, McFarlane Toys, has started layoffs. Will this make an impact on the company’s horror toys? MacFarlane released the following statement:

I wish I could say that my company was somehow special or unique, and that the reality of the world had no bearing on our day to day activities. Sadly, I can’t say that.

FearNet speculates that MacFarlane’s plan to keep the sports lines going means trouble for more the company’s horror toys. Sure would be a shame. While I’m no toy collector, I have to admit I can see at least two McFarlane figures from my desk. This yummy guy is one of them.

Maybe it’s time to pick up some creepy collectibles in time for some kiddo’s holiday stocking? Right now, the company is pushing Guitar Hero action figures. I’d be more for the Twisted Christmas collection. Wouldn’t want to run into this snowman on a dark night.

‘Dead Space’ trailer banned from US

Well, not really. Actually, the trailer below simply wasn’t approved by the ESRB. Still, the short vid gives a great peek at EA’s sci fi/horror/survival videogame which was released last week (the trailer was okayed for Europe, but not the US). I’m about two hours into the XBOX version, and I’m giving Dead Space a rather zombified thumbs up. Warning: The following trailer is rather nasty.

Big thanks to Michael and Corwin

Just a quick note before my brain goes on vacation for a few days. This website was created in many ways, thanks to Mr. Reed’s class here in Seattle — by Chief Sealth High School students, Michael and Corwin (for those who didn’t know, the city of Seattle was named after Chief Sealth). You can read more about the creation process at the West Seattle Blog.

Quickly: Mr. Reed’s web design class sent a shout out for local businesses to work as clients for his web design students. In turn, they created the sites. Great job, all around. Many a Friday morning spent together. And here’s to Michael finishing System Shock. One of the creepiest first-shooter video games, ever (and precursor to Bioshock).

Someday, I know my co-op playing wife is going to want the disk back.

Closer and closer…

We’re getting closer to launching Michael and Corwin, my guru web designers, are busy putting the finishing touches on designs. The studs are doing a great job and I think everyone will be as impressed as I’ve been with their work. Great stuff ahead. In fact, I have a meeting with M&C this Friday, so check back for updates. You can check-in during the week and watch the site morph from W.I.P. to full-on web monster.

Also, I’ve nearly finished Michael Connelly’s THE POET (you can read the synopsis back at the jump). My father’s been bugging me to read this thriller for quite some time, and I have to say I’m impressed. It’s about a serial killer who targets homicide cops. Connelly, and/or his editor, has a unique style worth reading. When the prose gets rolling, you’ll find you can’t set the novel down.

What struck me as odd, was the connection between THE POET and a recent media story about the SMILEY FACE MURDERS. Talk about truth is stranger than fiction. If you get a chance, read Connelly’s synopsis and before the MSNBC article. Who knows if there is any validity to the story, but it still gave me the shivers.