Submissions for DEATHSCRIBE 2014, the 7th Annual Festival of Horror Radio Plays, are now OPEN.
See the DEATHSCRIBE page for submission info and guidelines, and start jotting down those nightmares, creepers!
Well, boils and ghouls, spring is here, in technicality, if not in spirit. Ah, springtime: when the birds sing, the bees buzz, the gardens bloom, and WildClaw’s fancies turn…and toss…and wake up screaming, yet again.
But WildClaw, you ask, what could possibly be frightening about spring, the season of hope? Of regeneration? When we break free from Old Man Winter’s cold, dead hands and Mother Nature comes roaring back to life?
Well, you sweet, summer children, I could remind you that for every anime-eyed foal taking his first steps, there is a wolf whose adult teeth have grown in. OR I could mention that for every daffodil poking its way out of the earth, there’s also a grasping, decomposing hand we wish would stay content pushing up the daisies. Never mind the fact that a newly-thawed rushing brook is cold comfort to the campers that have stumbled across it for the third time.
But instead, I’ll ask you to mark your calendars for our next holiday treat, Risen: A WildClaw Easter Special. Easter Sunday, our One Night Only event features shorts by Aly Renee Amidei and Shawn Pfautsch, a sneak preview of the locally-produced apocalyptic zombie epic Chrysalis, a staged reading of Troll 2, and A Very Special Announcement from your fiends at WildClaw.
We hope you’ll join us April 20th at 7 p.m. in Strawdog Theatre’s Hugen Hall. Tickets are ten dollars in advance, twelve at the door, and you can buy them RIGHT HERE…
We are pleased to be returning to C2E2 Chicago Comic Convention for the third time to drop some wisdom on you. This time we will be talking about horror and comedy. Should be an interesting discussion!
Title: Bloody Good Fun: Exploring Comedy Within the Horror Genre
Time: 1:30 PM — 2:30 PM
Speakers: Aly Amidei, Matt Engle, Scott T. Barsotti, Ele Matelan, Josh Zagoren, Brian Amidei
Description: Horror and comedy are weird sisters: incisive at their best, groan-inducing at the worst, and tireless in their pursuit of THE BIG REACTION. This panel, hosted by horror experts WildClaw Theatre, peers into how the two genres use similar tactics to get a rise out of audiences.
WildClaw Blood Radio 2014 episode 1
Links of interest from the episode:
Our Fair City Podcast: http://www.ourfaircity.com
Filament Theatre: http://www.filamenttheatre.org
The Paper Machete: http://thepapermacheteshow.com
Plenty of people probably think Valentine’s Day is scary enough already. If you have someone special, you worry about everything from planning the evening to exchanging gifts. If you’re still looking for your better half, it’s easy to feel a little more alone, a little more judged, and, especially this winter? A little more like you’ve been given the cold shoulder.
That’s why WildClaw is especially excited to bring you Open Heart Surgery, a presentation of medically themed horror shorts. Let’s face it: if there’s anything modern medicine has taught us, it’s that we’re never truly alone.
This One Night Only event features never-before-produced audio dramas by company member Ele Matelan, FOUR TIME Deathscribe finalist, 2009 Bloody Axe Winning, Artistic Associate Chris Hainsworth, and newly-minted Pseudopod author Krista Soli Foster. Throw in host Josh Zagoren and a couple of bonus bits&pieces, this is a Valentine’s Day special guaranteed to keep you in stitches.
We hope you’ll join us at the beautiful Den Theatre on Friday, February 14th, at 8 p.m. Come on your own, or bring that special someone for an evening of naughty nurses, deranged doctors, and patients that lost their patience along with their minds.
Already one of my favorite online non-porn destinations. Especially for late night drives. Or for working in the crawlspace.
Alasdair thanks her personally in his outro. I think I’m jealous. But I’ll forgive any trans-atlantic uber-nerd romance that might be budding because of their nice shout-out to WildClaw.
Now’s your chance to get two doses of Lovecraft to start off your New Year! WildClaw is bringing Witch House back with a reading featuring some amazing Chicago actors and directed by Paul Holmquist. Get your tickets while you can! $15 (plus $2) for the reading at 3pm and get a half price ticket for Innsmouth later that night! that’s two shows for $30! Plus a smarty pants discussion lead by Lovecraft expert and WildClaw associate Kenneth Hite! Call the Athenaeum Box Office at 773-935-6875 or buy your ticket to the reading online: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9870917 then use the code SUPERLOVE to get a $15 ticket to the January 4th performance of The Shadow Over Innsmouth!
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dreams in the Witch House
Adapted by Charley Sherman*
Directed by Paul Holmquist
“Lovecraft’s naturally daffy plot is treated with the utmost seriousness and menace by director Shade Murray and his cast and that’s why it works. Which is not to say that the play doesn’t have a great deal of humor. In fact it’s screamingly hilarious, particularly scenes involving the two Marsh siblings, Barnabus (Bob Kruse) and Millicent (Mary Jo Bolduc) who are clearly as bizarre as the rest of Innsmouth but make incredibly implausible attempts to seem normal.
It should be emphasized that the comedy here is NOT campy but rather fully integrated into the very well constructed atmosphere of tension and dread.”
“… this is a very satisfying piece of horror theatre.”
-Rory Leahy- Centerstage.com http://centerstagechicago.com/theatre/shows/15110.html#review
“It is a cerebral horror story and a fine introduction to the Lovecraft mythos.”
-Elizabeth Ocon- Terror from Beyond the Daves http://terrordaves.com/2013/12/19/review-wildclaw-theatre-presents-h-p-lovecrafts-the-shadow-over-innsmouth/
“Aly Renee Amidei’s makeup and mask design are stellar”
-Zack Freeman- New City http://newcitystage.com/2013/12/20/review-the-secret-over-innsmouthwildclaw-theatre/
“…The Shadow over Innsmouth is probably the best adaptation I’ve ever seen of a Lovecraft story to another format. It is definitely worth your money and your time.”
Seems only fitting to highlight the work of Liam at Upon A Midnight, who uses leather to craft fantasmagorical artwork and masks that can help transform any space or face into something that would make most of us feel at home.
You can Browse his handiwork at uponamidnight.com/portfolio.html…
or just contact Liam (William Damon) via his Etsy shop to inquire about purchases or custom work.