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The Very Real Horrors of Wine Country and How You Can Help

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In the northern California counties of Sonoma and Napa during the late hours of October 8, 2017, while people slept in their beds, a very real monster of fire, smoke, and devastation was born, which to this date has claimed over forty lives (with dozens more missing and presumed dead), destroyed entire communities (over 5,700 structures and 213,000 acres have burned to the ground, with thousands of residents and their animals displaced), and reduced to ash the valley in which I was raised, leaving only one house standing: ironically, my family’s former home and the one in which I grew up.

The sheer devastation and ferocity of the Santa Rosa fires cannot be overstated, and the result has been likened to the literal effects of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The Tubbs Fire alone, fueled by 70-mile-per-hour winds, traveled ten miles in less than six hours, engulfing nearly everything in its path, from private residences to priceless landmarks, causing an estimated $4.6 billion in damage. Some residents made heroic stands (77-year-old Peter Lang chose to let his own residence burn in a successful bid to instead save over 1,000 exotic animals from perishing in the fires that ravaged Safari West Wildlife Preserve). Others were heartbreaking (trapped married couple Armando and Carmen Berriz sought refuge in their pool from the blaze, breaking the water’s surface only to gulp smoky air; she died in his arms). Others still were trapped and burned to death in their homes, some of which I knew.

And still the fires rage.

Santa Rosa Fires Drone Video by Douglas Thron October 10, 2017:

Live Stream TV News:

https://youtu.be/E7RwqWdorbI

You’ve more than likely visited this once idyllic region of rolling hills, majestic oaks and vineyards, either in person or through cinema (Wes Craven shot Scream there, as did Jim Gillespie a portion of I Know What You Did Last Summer). Notables in the horror community call it their childhood home, from Halloween 6 writer Daniel Farrands, who graduated from Santa Rosa High School, to Scream Queen short filmmaker turned Los Angeles resident Elisabeth Fies and many more. And, like me, they too know those who have been affected by what is the worst fire in the history of the state of California, and perhaps so do you.

So, how can you help? Below you’ll find a link to Santa Rosa newspaper The Press Democrat for a list of resources, and we humbly and strongly urge you to do so. So many have lost so much, resources are stretched hopelessly thin, and they desperately need your help.

Thousands of people are displaced and in need of help this week and in the days to come. Here’s where you can volunteer, donate, and support fire victims and their pets.

How to help: Volunteer and/or donate food, supplies, and money to support Sonoma County fire victims: pressdemocrat.com.

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Michael C. Hall Buried in Stephen King’s Pet Sematary

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Now here’s an audio book we can REALLY get behind! Entertainment Weekly is reporting that former “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall will be narrating the first ever unabridged recording of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. Sometime’s audio is better!

Readers have been asking for this audiobook for a very long time,” Stephen King said in a statement. “I know the listening experience will be worth the wait with Michael as narrator.

We’re thrilled to finally bring Pet Sematary to King’s audiobook fans,” Simon & Schuster Audio president and publisher Chris Lynch added. “Michael C. Hall is a perfect match for this timeless story, which has long deserved an unabridged production.

The unabridged audiobook of Pet Sematary will be released by Simon & Schuster Audio on March 27. Speaking of Hall… you know he would make a pretty friggin’ good casting choice to play Victor Pascow in the upcoming Pet Sematary remake. Just sayin’.

BUY IT NOW!

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Saw-inspired Game Play With Me Sets a Trap on Steam

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Saw fans have a lot to be happy about right now. In addition to Jigsaw being teased for Dead by Daylight, a new Saw-themed game called Play With Me has launched on Steam, and although it’s not officially connected with the franchise in any way, developer Airem promised that they created a videogame which looks and plays as though it were made by Jigsaw himself. As you can tell from the trailer and screenshots, the production values and overall quality of Play With Me appear to be considerably higher than most other indie horror games released on Steam, and you’ll probably be very happy to see that Airem took the time and effort to create stylized hand drawn environments rather than using purchased assets from the Unity Store.

The killer behind the sinister traps in Play With Me is known as the Illusion, with the player taking control of investigative journalist Robert Hawk as he tries to fight his way through a series of sick and twisted obstacles created by the lunatic. The voice acting in the trailer was a little cheesy, although we see at 1:09 that the player will be tasked with using a kitchen knife to cut open a dead body (presumably to retrieve an item hidden in the cadaver’s stomach), which is not an image you’ll be forgetting anytime soon.

IQ Publishing are offering a 15% discount off Play With Me for those who purchase the game before January 24, so Saw fans might want to mark that deadline in their calendars and purchase it from Steam before the time is up. After all, it can’t be worse than Konami’s awful official Saw videogames.

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New God of War Story Trailer Calls to You

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This morning, Sony unleashed a new trailer for God of War 4, the upcoming continuation of the story of Kratos. Full of rich, vibrant, and epic imagery, the trailer expands on the dynamics we’ll be seeing at play in this game, mainly the struggle of Kratos being a father and choosing how, and when, to reveal his Godliness to his son, Atreus. All of this takes place as they embark on a journey to fulfill the last wishes of Kratos’ late wife, who wished for her ashes to be spread in a distant location.

Directed by Cory Barlog, God of War 4 will be the first entry in the franchise to not feature Terrence C. Carson as the voice of Kratos. Rather, that responsibility has now fallen upon Christopher Judge (Dead Space: Aftermath, Reaper), who also provided the motion capture for the character.

A Playstation 4 exclusive, God of War 4 will be coming to the console on April 20 this year.

Synopsis:
Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfill a deeply personal quest.

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