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“Skittles Shriekers” Coming This Halloween Season With Hidden Sour Skittles in Every Bag


A few years back, “Zombie Skittles” hit store shelves for Halloween, with candies tasting like “rotten zombie” randomly mixed into each bag. In other words, you didn’t know if you were about to taste the rainbow or, well, human flesh… until it was too late. A similar gimmick is being put to use this coming Halloween season with “Skittles Shriekers,” we’ve learned.

Once again, the spooky-themed bags of candy will be filled with both normal-tasting Skittles and unpleasant variants that are randomly inserted, in this case *super sour* Skittles.

The packaging promises, “Some are so SOUR they will make you SHRIEK!

The sour candies will look the same as the non-sour ones, so again you won’t know what you’re biting into until you start biting. Look for these in stores on the road to Halloween.

See more HERE


The Horror Writers Association has made the difficult decision to shift StokerCon™ 2021 from an in-person event to a virtual platform during its originally scheduled May 20 to 23 dates. With the ongoing pandemic, the emergence of viral variants, and the broad range of travel obstacles around the world, we have deemed this to be the safest, most responsible way to hold the event.

Please go here for more details.

Regarding Refunds and Future Registrations: 
With StokerCon™ moving to a virtual event, and our Denver event at The Curtis moving to 2022, we are offering the below options in regards to your registration. Please follow the procedures below to ensure any refunds or registration rollovers are properly handled.
Please allow up to 2 weeks for all requests to be processed. If you have any questions not answered in this or the previous email, please contact Please do NOT request a refund or rollover via email, however, as there’s no guarantee requests made outside of the below methods will be acted on in a timely manner.
If you have already emailed about a refund, you will still need to follow the steps below so we can guarantee your requests are handled properly.

Option 1: Full Refund
If you would like a full refund of your StokerCon™ 2021 registration, please do so via Eventbrite by following these steps:

  1. Log in to
  2. Go to “Tickets” in your account. Select the ticket you want a refund for.
  3. Click “Request a refund”.
  4. Review your details and select a refund reason.
  5. Select a refund method ($USD only).
  6. Click “Continue”.
  7. Review your details and click “Submit request.”
  8. Please allow 2 weeks for your refund request to be processed.
For those who made reservations at The Curtis Hotel, all StokerCon™ reservations will be canceled by the hotel. You don’t need to contact them to cancel, though you may do so if you wish to make changes other than cancellation or to obtain confirmation.

Please note that, if you request a full refund and still wish to attend StokerCon™ 2022, you will need to register for that event again when registration opens. All refunded registrations will be canceled.

Option 2: Rollover your registration to StokerCon™ Denver 2022

If you wish to rollover your StokerCon™ 2021 registration to the 2022 event scheduled at The Curtis in Denver, you don’t need to do anything. All active registrations will automatically be transferred to the 2022 event when the registration for that event opens this summer.

If you paid a rate higher than the Early Bird Registration rate, the difference will be refunded to you. This will occur for all active registrations and you do not need to file a request.

For those who made reservations at The Curtis Hotel, all StokerCon™ reservations will be canceled by the hotel. You don’t need to contact them to cancel, though you may do so if you wish to make changes other than cancellation or to obtain confirmation. You will need to make a new reservation at The Curtis for StokerCon™ 2022 unless you contact the hotel and have your reservation date changed.

Option 3: StokerCon™ 2021 Virtual Convention Registration

Our registration portal for the virtual event is not yet active. To keep the confusion at a minimum, registration for the virtual event will be handled completely separately from all current StokerCon™ registrations. If you wish to attend the virtual event, you will need to register for that and pay any fees separately, even if you plan to rollover your StokerCon 2021 registration to the 2022 event.

We thank you all for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you online this summer, and in person again next year.



by Rob Caprilozzi

See the trailer HERE

A brand new Evil Dead game is on the way courtesy of Saber Interactive and Boss Team Games. Announced last night at The Game Awards ceremony, Evil Dead: The Game is a co-op and PvP multiplayer title in development for PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Not only will the game feature Ash and plenty of Deadites but the trailer gives us a glimpse of characters all across the Evil Dead timeline including Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) from Ash vs. Evil Dead, Lord Arthur (Marcus Gilbert) from Army of Darkness, and Scott (Richard DeManincor) from Evil Dead.

Boss Team Games is working in collaboration with Renaissance Pictures, Studiocanal, Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), and Lionsgate to create the game. The game has sights and sounds inspired by the films The Evil DeadEvil Dead II: Dead by Dawn, and Army of Darkness, as well as the STARZ original Ash vs Evil Dead television series.

“I’m excited to be strapping on the chainsaw one more time,” said Bruce Campbell, who has given life to Ashley J. Williams across multiple films and the recent STARZ original “Ash vs Evil Dead” television series. “Boss Team and Saber Interactive are planning a huge immersive dealio, and I knew I had to come back. You’ll be able to step into my shoes and kick some Deadite ass!”

Players can work together as a team of four survivors, exploring, looting, crafting, managing your fear, and finding key artifacts to seal the breach between worlds. In addition to being the hero’s, players are also able to take control of the powerful Kandarian Demon to hunt Ash and his friends while possessing Deadites, the environment, and even the survivors themselves as you seek to swallow their souls.



The internet’s scariest alternate reality game: The devil in New Jersey

by Susan Leighton

The devil is in New Jersey or at least that is what a scary new internet alternate reality game wants you to believe.

The devil has a residence and apparently, it’s in New Jersey. This past weekend, social media has been hooked on a scary new alternate reality game. We even tried it.

A mysterious post featuring a 908-area code telephone number has been making the rounds on Facebook. Random scraps of paper have been left all over various parts of the Garden State encouraging people to call it.

Most of the responses have ranged from people thinking that if you dial the digits you will get a call like in The Ring saying you have seven days to live to others cracking jokes about what could possibly happen. However, in reality, it is the beginning of a scavenger hunt of sorts.

After you call the number, you will hear a busy signal. That fades and then the next thing that happens is a man (who sounds an awful lot like Jeffrey Combs) comes on the line and asks the following eerie question, “Who is the grey man hungry for human flesh?”

This query references the notorious serial killer, Albert Fish a.k.a. “The Brooklyn Vampire.” If you aren’t familiar with his tale, it is a chilling and gruesome one. Fish, who was also known as “The Gray Man,” was a psychopath who lured unsuspecting children to their deaths and then cannibalized them. His life was made into a movie in 2007 starring Patrick Bauchau as the sadomasochistic murderer.

Once you answer correctly via text message, you will be prompted with a video link which takes you here. The film that plays is filled with ancient cartoons and footage of Valentine’s Day cards. Pay close attention to the end of the dialogue because listeners will be asked another question.

Okay, this one is tricky and took some research. It involves a man named Toby Rasputin who is a patient at the Trenton Psychiatric Hospital. He escapes the facility and then hotwires an old pick-up truck. Heading out to County Route 579, the voice asks what is the speed limit so that the fugitive can elude capture and make it to his destination undetected. 65 m.p.h. would be the answer.

Some astute players noticed that in a particular social media post, which can be found at this link, the person behind it is employed at The Basement Escape Room. Which has everyone wondering if this is an inventive advertising campaign for an upcoming virtual event?

If it is, then hats off to the marketing department at The Basement because this is inspired. Check out the following video which is a nice introduction to this haunting ARG.


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