Pennhurst State School / Spring City, PA

Pennhurst State School / Spring City, PA

We are thrilled to announce that we will be returning to Pennhurst State School for a second Paranormal Investigation on August 3rd. This time around we will be attending a private event, which will begin with a tour of the Pennhurst Campus! We are beyond excited. After the investigation we will be staying at the Shearer Elegance Bed & Breakfast, a Victorian mansion built in 1897. Swoon…    

Shearer Elegance Bed & Breakfast / Linfield, PA

Shearer Elegance Bed & Breakfast / Linfield, PA


We are still mourning the cancellation of Camp Nightmare, which would have taken place this past Friday and Saturday. The event was cancelled on June 28th due to a lack of ticket sales. You can read about what would have been in a Fangoria interview with creator Tim Haskell. There is still hope that this event will happen someday. Below is an excerpt from the cancellation email. 

We like the idea of this event very much, and we know that what we had planned was going to knock your socks off, so we are going to recalibrate what we could have done differently so that someday we can mount Camp Nightmare and treat you to the scares you deserve.


Tickets are currently on sale for the Great Horror Campout. Two 12-hour camping experiences will takes place in Los Angeles State Historic Park on Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th, 2013. Tickets are $149 each and include overnight accommodations, dinner, continental breakfast, parking, the “Hell Hunt Experience,” horror Movies around a bonfire, roasting mashmallows, and a reusable canvas bag.

The Official Website description of the Hell Hunt Experience:

First Rule: We can change the rules. When we want, for any reason we want and without any notice. You’ll need to be listening for the camp announcements for the rule changes if you have any hope of escaping elimination. The interactive “Hell Hunt” experience will give campers whom wish for a more extreme experience a run for their money as they come face to face (and closer) with their worst nightmares in order to retrieve the items for which they are hunting. The Hell Hunt will be an extremely high-octane hunt for items that will send campers bathing in the blood of a “Pope Lick,” partaking in a sacrificial voodoo ritual, digging through road kill amongst “Beasts of Bray” and more. Campers will have to use creative thinking and problem solving to find the most coveted items. Those “Hell Hunters” who complete the task will go home with a Golden Ticket to LA’s Most Popular Halloween Attraction, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. The bearer of a Golden Ticket allows unlimited rides at LA Haunted Hayride 2013.

Will you will be attending the Great Horror Campout? Contact us to have your experience featured on The Raven & Black Cat. We want to hear all the gorey details. 


We are thrilled to announce that this June, we will be travelling to Columbus, Ohio for the 10th Annual Midwest Haunters Convention.  Our trip will begin with a Pre-Convention Bus Tour that will take us to 8 different haunted houses in 3 different states for a total of over 20 haunted attractions. The 2013 Pre-Convention Bus Tour will feature:   

Necropolis (Indianapolis, IN)

Indiana Fields of Fear (Lafayette, IN)

Fear Itself (Mishawaka, IN)

Niles Screampark (Niles, MI)

The Haunt (Grand Rapids, MI)

Phobia House (Kalamazoo, MI)

Terror Town (Toledo, OH)

Scare Fair (Lima, OH)

Our Midwest adventure continues with Haunt You To Death: An Interactive Haunting Experience presented by Shutter Productions, a tour of Unit 70 Studios, and a trip to Haunted Hoochie at Dead Acres. The journey concludes with an enormous trade show, seminars, and a masquerade party.

We will be providing our readers with in-depth coverage of our trip to the Midwest. You can expect lots of photos, haunted house reviews, exclusive interviews, trade show secrets, and more.      

Will you be attending the 2013 Midwest Haunters Convention? 

For more information, tickets prices, and travel information visit their Official Website.


Asylum Laser Tag at Indoor Extreme Sports in Long Island City, NY is a haunted house laser tag field with a moving maze. They use real semi-automatic paintball guns that are modified for laser tag, so they actually make noise when you fire. The field is an asylum themed haunted house that moves to create an ever changing environment. Friday nights from 9pm – Midnight they amp things up by adding zombies to the mix. Their weekly ZombieFest surrounds you with hoards of super zombies that reanimate 30 seconds after being shot. In between rounds you can watch zombie movies in the Asylum Lounge.

I’ve never had any desire to play Laser Tag, but I might have to check this out. A haunted house where I can shoot zombies? Count me in.


Today is the 88th Birthday of the late, great Edward Gorey.  The macabre writer and artist known for his ghoulishly illustrated books. Our personal favorites are The Gashlycrumb Tinies and The Doubtful Guest.

Celebrate his birthday by paying a visit to the Gorey Store for a vast selection of Gorey collectibles or plan a visit to his home in Yarmouth Port, MA. The Edward Gorey House has been a museum since his death in 2000 and will reopen with a new exhibit on April 18, 2013.

Visit GoreyStore.com today and use coupon code: DOODLE for 10% off orders of $35 or more.






According to Tim Haskell’s blog, Nightmare Haunted House will present a 15-hour overnight Horror Camping Experience July 12th + 13th complete with campfire dinner, overnight accomodations and horror surprises that will keep you up all night. The camp site will be located about 2 hours outside NYC in Lexington, NY. The camper deemed the sole “survivor” will win a big prize.  More details coming soon….  

Do you have what it takes to survive Camp Nightmare?

“No Electricity. No Cell Service. No one to hear you Scream.”


I love the artwork of Francesco Francavilla, but I’m particularly taken with his imaginings of Edgar Allan Poe. Just Gorgeous. Check out his Official Website to see more of his stunning art.

Francesco Francavilla

Francesco Francavilla


Warm Bodies, a zombie romantic-comedy, opens today. Just in time for Valentine’s Day. Sure… we’ll give Zombie Love a chance. Check out the trailer below.

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