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Twisted Tuesdays: Candle Cove

by Tracy Vanity

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A classic creepypasta you might have heard already but worth posting in case you haven’t. It’s a personal favorite of mine. I love a good ole’ internet urban legend!

Back in the early 70’s there was a children’s TV show called “Candle Cove.” It aired on a local station in a small town in the U.S. The show was random with spooky, scary skeletons and dolls and a very creepy pirate as the host. The show scared every child who watched it. Some people still have nightmares about it to this day. Especially one episode in particular which ended with all the characters screaming.

Fast-forward to 2009 to an internet forum about local television nostalgia. Someone posts about their memories of “Candle Cove” and how weird it was. Other members chime in and say they remember it too and that it freaked them out as kids. One member describes a particularly disturbing episode. Here is the full thread courtesy of www.ichorfalls.com:

Candle Cove

by admin on Mar.15, 2009, under By Kris Straub

NetNostalgia Forum – Television (local)

Skyshale033
Subject: Candle Cove local kid’s show?
Does anyone remember this kid’s show? It was called Candle Cove and I must have been 6 or 7. I never found reference to it anywhere so I think it was on a local station around 1971 or 1972. I lived in Ironton at the time. I don’t remember which station, but I do remember it was on at a weird time, like 4:00 PM.

mike_painter65
Subject: Re: Candle Cove local kid’s show?
it seems really familiar to me…..i grew up outside of ashland and was 9 yrs old in 72. candle cove…was it about pirates? i remember a pirate marionete at the mouth of a cave talking to a little girl

Skyshale033
Subject: Re: Candle Cove local kid’s show?
YES! Okay I’m not crazy! I remember Pirate Percy. I was always kind of scared of him. He looked like he was built from parts of other dolls, real low-budget. His head was an old porcelain baby doll, looked like an antique that didn’t belong on the body. I don’t remember what station this was! I don’t think it was WTSF though.

Jaren_2005
Subject: Re: Candle Cove local kid’s show?
Sorry to ressurect this old thread but I know exactly what show you mean, Skyshale. I think Candle Cove ran for only a couple months in ’71, not ’72. I was 12 and I watched it a few times with my brother. It was channel 58, whatever station that was. My mom would let me switch to it after the news. Let me see what I remember.

It took place in Candle cove, and it was about a little girl who imagined herself to be friends with pirates. The pirate ship was called the Laughingstock, and Pirate Percy wasn’t a very good pirate because he got scared too easily. And there was calliope music constantly playing. Don’t remember the girl’s name. Janice or Jade or something. Think it was Janice.

Skyshale033
Subject: Re: Candle Cove local kid’s show?
Thank you Jaren!!! Memories flooded back when you mentioned the Laughingstock and channel 58. I remember the bow of the ship was a wooden smiling face, with the lower jaw submerged. It looked like it was swallowing the sea and it had that awful Ed Wynn voice and laugh. I especially remember how jarring it was when they switched from the wooden/plastic model, to the foam puppet version of the head that talked.

mike_painter65
Subject: Re: Candle Cove local kid’s show?
ha ha i remember now too. ;) do you remember this part skyshale: “you have…to go…INSIDE.”

Skyshale033
Subject: Re: Candle Cove local kid’s show?
Ugh mike, I got a chill reading that. Yes I remember. That’s what the ship always told Percy when there was a spooky place he had to go in, like a cave or a dark room where the treasure was. And the camera would push in on Laughingstock’s face with each pause. YOU HAVE… TO GO… INSIDE. With his two eyes askew and that flopping foam jaw and the fishing line that opened and closed it. Ugh. It just looked so cheap and awful.

You guys remember the villain? He had a face that was just a handlebar mustache above really tall, narrow teeth.

kevin_hart
Subject: Re: Candle Cove local kid’s show?
i honestly, honestly thought the villain was pirate percy. i was about 5 when this show was on. nightmare fuel.

Jaren_2005
Subject: Re: Candle Cove local kid’s show?
That wasn’t the villain, the puppet with the mustache. That was the villain’s sidekick, Horace Horrible. He had a monocle too, but it was on top of the mustache. I used to think that meant he had only one eye.

But yeah, the villain was another marionette. The Skin-Taker. I can’t believe what they let us watch back then.

kevin_hart
Subject: Re: Candle Cove local kid’s show?
jesus h. christ, the skin taker. what kind of a kids show were we watching? i seriously could not look at the screen when the skin taker showed up. he just descended out of nowhere on his strings, just a dirty skeleton wearing that brown top hat and cape. and his glass eyes that were too big for his skull. christ almighty.

Skyshale033
Subject: Re: Candle Cove local kid’s show?
Wasn’t his top hat and cloak all sewn up crazily? Was that supposed to be children’s skin??

mike_painter65
Subject: Re: Candle Cove local kid’s show?
yeah i think so. rememer his mouth didn’t open and close, his jaw just slid back and foth. i remember the little girl said “why does your mouth move like that” and the skin-taker didn’t look at the girl but at the camera and said “TO GRIND YOUR SKIN”

Skyshale033
Subject: Re: Candle Cove local kid’s show?
I’m so relieved that other people remember this terrible show!

I used to have this awful memory, a bad dream I had where the opening jingle ended, the show faded in from black, and all the characters were there, but the camera was just cutting to each of their faces, and they were just screaming, and the puppets and marionettes were flailing spastically, and just all screaming, screaming. The girl was just moaning and crying like she had been through hours of this. I woke up many times from that nightmare. I used to wet the bed when I had it.

kevin_hart
Subject: Re: Candle Cove local kid’s show?
i don’t think that was a dream. i remember that. i remember that was an episode.

Skyshale033
Subject: Re: Candle Cove local kid’s show?
No no no, not possible. There was no plot or anything, I mean literally just standing in place crying and screaming for the whole show.

kevin_hart
Subject: Re: Candle Cove local kid’s show?
maybe i’m manufacturing the memory because you said that, but i swear to god i remember seeing what you described. they just screamed.

Jaren_2005
Subject: Re: Candle Cove local kid’s show?
Oh God. Yes. The little girl, Janice, I remember seeing her shake. And the Skin-Taker screaming through his gnashing teeth, his jaw careening so wildly I thought it would come off its wire hinges. I turned it off and it was the last time I watched. I ran to tell my brother and we didn’t have the courage to turn it back on.

mike_painter65
Subject: Re: Candle Cove local kid’s show?
i visited my mom today at the nursing home. i asked her about when i was littel in the early 70s, when i was 8 or 9 and if she remebered a kid’s show, candle cove. she said she was suprised i could remember that and i asked why, and she said “because i used to think it was so strange that you said ‘i’m gona go watch candle cove now mom’ and then you would tune the tv to static and juts watch dead air for 30 minutes. you had a big imagination with your little pirate show.”

I have located that episode of “Candle Cove.” I do not take any responsibility for what watching this video will do to your psyche…

Happy Twisted Tuesday Bizarros!

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Weekly Weird Art: Xue Wang

By Sam Reeve

Chinese-born artist Xue Wang started out by earning a BA and MA in fashion before transitioning to painting. Her work, featuring doll-like figures, may at first appear to be cute, but is often twisted and unsettling.

Xue’s latest solo show, titled Time Off For Good Behavior, kicks off today at the Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, California.

You can find out more about Xue and her work by visiting her website.

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Twisted Tuesdays: Shit That Creeped You Out As A Kid

by Tracy Vanity

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I asked the Bizarro staff to tell me what shit scared them when they were lil’ demons. Their answers were quite entertaining and random. It shows you that even the most imaginative, fucked up minds can get creeped out by E.T.!

Tracy: Hey Bizarro clan, were there any TV characters, films, toys, etc. that creeped you out when you were little?

Michael Allen Rose (Patron Saint of Sporks & author of Party Wolves in my Skull): Weirdly enough, there was a segment on Sesame Street where Maria would do an impression of Charlie Chaplin from his old silent films. I don’t know if this was because of the gender-confusion, or because of the silence of the character on the screen, but something about those segments sent me crying to my room in terror. (This was when I was very small). I imagine it was just a combination of the unfamiliar things I mentioned above that just creeped me out to a point of incoherent gibbering. :P

Sam Reeve (Pirate, Bizarro editor, X-Mas annihilator, Empress of Awesome, & Weekly Weird Art Curator): I hated ET, thought it was a scary movie.

Cameron Pierce (Exorcist, Elephant Beetle Enthusiast, & author of Die You Doughnut Bastards): The Gate.

CV Hunt (Lucid Dream Alchemist, Jewel Thief, & author of How to Kill Yourself): I had a hard time sleeping at night when I was a kid because of Freddy Kruger.

Rob Harris (Griffin Wrangler & Professional Cheese Sprayer): Watership Down had some terrifying parts in it.



Bradley Sands (Space Travel Agent & author of TV Snorted My Brain):
Books with “true” ghost stories kept me awake at night, but I couldn’t stop reading them. I think there was an anthology of true spooky stories that freaked me out more than the rest called The Crystal Skull (or something like that), but I can’t find out any info about it. Also, a TV movie called The Haunted scared me, particularly this scene:

Eric Hendrixson (Chief of the Cannibal Unicorn Division & Bread Boss): Cereal with milk. I had no problem with milk or dry cereal, but when you put them together, they turned into something strange and disturbing.

Also, I thought they built public monuments wherever someone famous died and that they made the statues by pouring concrete over the corpses, so the body was still inside the monument. Since I was in Europe, there were monuments all over the place.

Also Fantasia.



Kevin Shamel (resident zombie slayer, T-Rex tamer, googly eye connoisseur, and author of Island of the Super People):
Sleestaks on Land of the Lost freaked me out when I was little. And a couple of the monsters on this old Japanese mecha show. There was also a book about a pond with this huge shadowy ancient thing that wanted to eat swimming kids that my teacher read when I was in first or second grade that kept me out of water for a long time. (it was a huge old turtle)

Jeff Burk (moonshine maker, neon ninja, & author of Cripple Wolf): The 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It just always filled me with unease. I know Wonka and the Oompa-Loompas wanted to violently violate those kids and eat the corpses.

Carlton Mellick III (wizard, Part-Time Czar, Spaghetti Yeti behaviorologist, & author of Cuddly Holocaust, Hammer Wives, Apeshit, and Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland to name a few of his many, many awesome books): This for some reason creeped me out when I was 5 years old:

Nice answers guys! So how about the rest of you Bizarros? What creeped you out as a kid?

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Twisted Tuesdays: You Chose Wrong!

by Tracy Vanity

I love tumblr! Whatever niche you’re into, be it birds with arms or William Shatner’s package, there’s a tumblr for it. My favorite tumblr by far is You Chose Wrong which is a tumblr dedicated to deaths in Choose Your Own Adventure books! Here are 9 of my favorite Choose Your Own Adventure ways to die:

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If you love Choose Your Own Adventure books and don’t already have a copy of Ocean of Lard, get it! It’s a beautifully fucked-up Bizarro homage to these classic books:


Twisted Tuesdays: Gumbyman’s Youtube Descent into Madness

by Tracy Vanity

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The following is a 1:40:12 second video of a man, who calls himself “TheNewStoryteller,” sitting in a room reading Thomas the Tank Engine and Tug books, while dressed in a Gumby costume. The best part of this video is the audio.

It’s impossible to understand a word he’s saying because he’s speaking in this weird, indiscernible, deep, Buffalo Bill voice the entire duration of the video. It’s one of the most horrifyingly hypnotic youtube videos I’ve ever seen in my life.

The sounds he makes of the trains chugging…I burst into hysterical laughter every time he does that. Although I haven’t sat and watched the entire video, I find myself going back to it from time to time and just allowing Gumby’s voice to play in the background. I’m listening to Gumby read as I type this post…

But the story doesn’t end there. If you look at TheNewStoryteller’s youtube page, you will know the true meaning of madness. Not only does he currently have 2,068 videos dedicated to Thomas the Tank Engine, but most of the videos are over an hour long. Some are even over 4 hours long!

In his earlier videos, TheNewStoryTeller spoke in a relatively normal voice and seemed to just be a Thomas the Tank Engine enthusiast but the videos started getting longer and uploaded more frequently and his voice morphed into that unsettling muffling sound.

As if Thomas wasn’t creepy enough on his own, I will never view him the same ever again. And I teach kindergarten so I have to see that smug, creepy train face every day since he has embedded his fascist totalitarian agenda into the minds of my students.

If you have a lot of time to creep yourself out, browse through TheNewStoryteller’s youtube page. I am now a subscriber/cult member.

Bonus material:
Ok, I’m spending way too much time googling Thomas the Tank Engine, but I came across this unsettling little post from a parent whose kid started screaming when he saw an episode of the show, the real one not the Gumby version:

“We bought him the DVD thinking he would love it. We read the Thomas books and he never has a problem with them. The second he sees them in motion though, it’s like all the secrets of hell have been revealed to him. He starts shaking his head in disbelief shouting “No! No! No!” He slowly backs up and startles at their every move on screen, then he runs out of the room in a panic.”

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