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10 Days of Halloween – Story Time

Welcome to the 10 Days of Halloween – Day 2. Join in the fun, little demons. Halloween is for everyone, not just the kids. Why can’t us adults (or demons) have fun too?

As I mentioned in Day 1, things may be different this year. But it won’t stop us from celebrating the spooky day of Halloween. There are plenty of activities you can do – creepy, scary, spooky and fun!! Today, I bring you Story Time! OH YES.

I am thrilled to feature an amazing author – Ian J. Middleton. I picked up book 1 in his four part Vantage Point series—and the rest is history. I had read them all in no time. I love the raw fear that trickled down my spine as I devoured every word.

Today, I read to you from ‘No Escape’ – the first in the four part series. Grab a stiff cocktail, dig into that Halloween candy in the closet (you can always buy more), curl up on the couch, and prepare to have Demon Julie reach a cold hand through your insides. OH YES.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Please, grab yourself a copy of this devilish delight today!

You are in for a treat! You can get the four box set (Kindle) NOW!

I NEED my four box set NOW!

Take a visit to Ian’s site here.

Did you miss out on Day 1 of the 10 Days of Halloween? Don’t cry. It’s still here. Stay tuned for more spooky fun!

10 Days of Halloween

Things might be a little different this year. But it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the spooky day of Halloween. Why should the kids have all the fun? Us adults (or demons) like a good little trick or treat too.

What are your plans?

Parties and trick or treating aside, there are plenty of other deliciously dark things we can do!

Today, we talk about makeup! Yes. Creepy makeup is easy and fun to do. And the reactions are to die for. Doing creepy makeup is simple and doesn’t cost much. After all, a demon has to watch her budget.

Step one is to pick a look. With the internet, this is easy. Pinterest is a good source for ideas, or you simply use Google. Go on, search away, come up with at least three ideas.

Here’s some looks I’ve done in the past….

Once you pick out your look, you need a simple set of tools. This is my basic (cheap) toolkit. If you have a Halloween themed store near you, check it out. I found some great stuff at Halloween Alley. Shopper’s Drug Mart often carries special Halloween items. Any store with a cosmetic area will have some good, basic, inexpensive stuff (brushes, sponges, palettes).

(1) Base creams – white, black, red. I always keep white, black and red cream base. This can go all over your face, or used to accent.

(2) Palette – I’ve been reusing an old palette full of shadows and creams. I mix and match—an eyeshadow can be used for creating shadows on your face. A lip gloss can be used to emulate blood or make thick, glossy eyebrows. Have some fun, play around a little.

(3) Brush Set & Sponge – a simple sponge is cheap. I buy them by the bagful at Super Store. Don’t throw away those old brush sets—repurpose them for creepy makeup time.

(4) Mascara & Liner – I love to mascara my eyelashes at the end. Liner is perfect to draw lines or darken around the eyes. I love Urban Decay (Sephora) as one stick lasts a long time, and this brand offers lots of glimmer options.

The creepy-photo-idea you chose to follow is a guide only. Your face is shaped differently than the person in the photo, and your look will be your own unique creation. Be free and expressive. Go with the flow.

STEP 1 – BASE: The first step is to do your base. Most of mine have been white. A simple sponge and base color do the trick. Make it as smooth as possible, but don’t fuss. Then, take a larger brush, swipe it through a flesh coloured blush, and pat/dab/brush over the white to bring out a little flesh colour.

STEP 2 – EYES: Next, I usually move on to the eyes. I make small additions to mock the shape I want and effect I want. I just play around while taking regular looks at the photo.

STEP 3 – FACE: When the eyes look almost done, try adding to the other parts of the face. Look at the photo, start with the areas that have the most makeup featured. Add a stroke, look back at the picture, add a stroke, look back at the picture…you get the point. Play with this! If you want to try something different than in the photo do it!

STEP 4 – FINAL TOUCHES: I usually put final touches on the eyes, revisit any areas I want to bring out more, then end with the lips.

Go out and look for ideas! Then post your photo ideas below! Come back on Halloween and share your final look.

And STAY TUNED here for more tips on specific creepy makeup looks. If there’s something you want to be featured, mention it in the comments.

Stay creepy, my little demons.

Pushing Yourself into New Realms

Hello my little demons! How is your Halloween month?

Now that you’re here, with Demon Julie, it just got better! Why? Because I have a Halloween treat for you. Yes. A dark, delicious delight.

When I set up Killers And Demons, I was writing dark crime, thus ‘Killers’. My vision was to branch into horror, thus ‘Demons’. Well, I am thrilled to announce that it has happened sooner than expected. Sometimes in life, when something presents itself, you just need to dig your claws into it and go for it. When I saw a particular call for submissions for a horror anthology, something tingled in my gut. My whole body clenched with excitement. I didn’t know if I was ready, I didn’t know if I could do it, but I knew I had to try. And, my little demons, failure is not doing something and getting a less than desired outcome. Failure is not trying at all.

So – I thrust my entire being into writing the darkest piece of fiction that has ever come out of me (I think, but some might say my dark crime is just as evil). For days on end I thought of nothing else as my creation formed itself from somewhere within me. I would wake up in the night thinking about it. I would get up early and plunge myself into it. Day after day, I was filled with turmoil in creating the best horror story I could for the particular anthology. If I didn’t try, and I mean – if I didn’t try at 200% (or more), then I’d be a disappointed demon – in myself.

Once I released it, I let it go. I thought about it a lot. I allowed myself to think about it and to dream of being in the anthology. But I also moved my focus into my other work and the universe take the story where it was meant to go.

When I found out that my story was indeed to belong in this anthology, I don’t think I even believed it at first. I think I read the email over and over until I realized – yes – my story made it.

After reading the other stories in the book, I am honoured to be part of this amazing creation. And, I am here to tell you that you should TREAT YOURSELF to a copy now! It is a truly indulgent Halloween treat for you. After all, why should the kids have all the fun?

To get your pre-order in, and have your very own copy dropped your way on Oct 19, check out all the juicy details here: https://www.devilsrockpublishing.com/theotherside

To join in the celebration with me, Demon Julie, on Oct 19, RSVP to the to the invitation to a truly horrifying celebration that will be sure to chill your bones. You don’t want to miss out on a chance to ask Daniel Willcocks, a modern horror king, your questions about his creation. You might even get your spine prickled with a creepy reading by Demon Julie. Bring a cocktail, and raise your glass to pushing limits and doing things that simultaneously terrify and excite!

The next time your nerves tingle, your pores bleed sweat, and your stomach clenches in response to something you REALLY want to do, but you have a mound of self-doubt over, think of Demon Julie taking a deep breath and plunging into a new world of story telling. If I can do it, so can you. Take a deep breath and do it (and then come back here and share your story in the comments)!!!

Lots of love from Demon Julie xxxooo

Story Time – Series Three Wrap Up

Hello my little demons!

I can’t believe that three series of story time have been recorded and shared.

This last one was just as delightful as the first two. I fall in love with every dark story that I choose to read to you, thus, it always seems like I won’t find more stories that I love just as much, but I do.

This last series featured some dark delights. If you missed any of them, simply scroll down a little. Be warned, these stories will chill your bones and keep you up at night. So, before you indulge, poor a stiff drink and curl up in a blanket. Then let Demon Julie come into your bedroom and tell you a terrifying tale, or two.

Stay tuned for a more story time coming soon!

Since it is Halloween month, I am on the hunt for Halloween themed stories, or stories of ghosts, gouls and the like. If you have a story that you would like read, please comment below or contact me! All that is required is that I get permission from the author to read his/her work.

Until next time…

Scariest Serial Killers – Episode 3

Welcome, fellow demons, to episode three of the Scariest Serial Killers.

Today, we take a look at Charles Ng. There’s a lot to know about Charles, and you can read all about his run ins with the law (automatic weapons, explosives, etc.) I am going to focus on the most disturbing tidbits that I came across.

First off – he was hiding in Fish Creek Park in Calgary, AB, Canada. Yes. Fish Creek Park. I said it. Since I am born and raised in Calgary, there is sure to be at least one other person that will read this and be shocked. He was hiding in a lean to in one of the most beautiful nature parks in our lovely city. Oh yes. You could have been out for a nature stroll and walked right by him, thinking to yourself he was just a poor, unfortunate homeless guy who found a place to rest.

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You think that’s scary? Get this. He was only caught because of an urge to steal something. Due to his condition – Kleptomania – he could not resist this burning desire. He went into a store, stole a can of salmon, got caught in the act, and shot a security guard. Once captured, they figured out who he was. Over a can of salmon. Clearly it was the sickness of needing to steel and not the item itself.

The mere fact that he made his way across the border and this far up north, then hid for months unnoticed while families frolicked near by is enough to send a chill up my spine.

But, it gets darker. Of course it does. I’m writing this, so, it gets darker.

Continue reading “Scariest Serial Killers – Episode 3”

Killer Writing Tip #2: Effectively Digesting Feedback

When I decided to write my first novel, I didn’t know how to do it. I didn’t know if I could do it. It was a massive, incomprehensible project looming over me. I wanted to know, needed to know, if I could do it.

Before anything else, I find the most useful thing to do is to admit that I don’t know everything. I completely, 100 % admitted to myself and anyone who asked that I didn’t know how to write the novel that I so desperately wanted to write. I had no idea where to start. The first ‘chunk’ or set of scenes was the hardest.

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This was fiction. This was ‘make belief’ laced with a high level of realism since I wanted my potential readers (if there were any out there) to get pulled into the fictional homicide investigation I was creating and become invested in the outcome.

Continue reading “Killer Writing Tip #2: Effectively Digesting Feedback”

A Modern Mix of Acid, Classic and Metal – WolfMother

My first exposure to WolfMother was during a stint in San Diego. I had time to lounge on the roof top and gorge myself in the wails of the rock gods. Somehow, I came across WolfMother. The track Violence of the Sun had me totally hooked. The lead singer – Andrew – had the rock god voice that I longed for, that I needed to be a happy, full human being. The rough rock vibe pulled me in to the acid rock, classic rock, metal concoction that I couldn’t get enough of.

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Scariest Serial Killers – Episode 2

Welcome, little demons, to episode two of the Scariest Serial Killers.

This feature will take you on a deep dive into some of the evilest minds lurching in the shadows. Serial killers are indeed a unique brand of killer. The extensive research I have done to fuel my old school detective versus serial killer series resulted in a clear identification of a set of traits, or components, that make up the breed of serial killer that I strive to capture.

This month, I’ve chosen a less talked about, yet horrifically sadistic killer — Robert Pickton, the pig farmer that lived in British Columbia. Through the lens of what composes a true serial killer, we will focus on his extensive repertoire, his ability to slip through the cracks, and his sick, twisted doings in his most sadistic fantasy.

Extensive Repertoire

Pickton became the suspect in the largest serial killer investigation in Canada. The total accounts of murder he was charged with kept creeping up, reaching twenty-seven, with another twelve later added. He later admitted to forty-nine accounts to an under-cover police officer. He complained about wanting to make it an even fifty, but he got sloppy and got caught.

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Mental Damnation – An Amazing Dark Fantasy Series

Hello my little demons!

Today I am here to share with you a fantastic Dark Fantasy series that you MUST add to your book shelf.

I am NOT usually a series reader, nor a reader of dark fantasy. Yet, this series absolutely grabbed me and pulled me into it’s dark, tantalizing vortex. I blasted through these books with ease as I was drawn to the characters, their stories, and their struggles.

Why couldn’t I put this series down?

WORLD BUILDING – The author, Konn, has an incredible talent for building imaginative worlds and describing them vividly on the page. I felt like I was there, in these amazing places, navigating along with the characters.

CHARACTERS – I was drawn to the characters, their struggles, their stories, and their emotions. I cared deeply about the main character, Krista, and wanted so much for the lovely reptilian mutation to find her way.

ART – This series is more than a set of books. Each book is a masterpiece of fiction, poetry, and hand drawn art work woven together beautifully. Konn shares his unique talents that he has poured his passion into.

Continue reading “Mental Damnation – An Amazing Dark Fantasy Series”

Story Time – Series 2 Wrap Up

Hello, my little demons.

It’s time to wrap up the second series in story time.

My demon heart is warm with delight after delivering two of story time. Instead of being tucked in by mom or dad, you get a devilishly terrifying bed time story with Demon Julie.

I loved the first series so much, I doubted there could be an equal. Yet, as I plunged into series two, the stories I had hand selected slipped their slippery claws deep into my flesh and grabbed my heart. The thrill of reading them seethed through my veins as strong as the first batch. Oh yes.

Thank you for tuning in, and thank you to the amazing authors that gave me permission to read their terrifying works of art.

If you missed out on the horrific tales that made up series two, you can still get them here.

You might want to mix a stiff cocktail before proceeding. And turn out ALL the lights.

 

Did you like this? Stay tuned for series 3….

Did you miss out on series on? Demon Julie would’t keep it from you…

Story Time – Series 1 Wrap Up