Krystal Fancey Beck, is the artist behind The Zombified, which features her own original Horror and Halloween inspired artwork, pendants, and other goodies. Intended for the "darkly inclined", Krystal is also the creator of her own Halloween themed comic series, Hallowhaus.
Krystal was kind enough to take a bit of time to answer some SpookyCreepyCool Halloween questions. So with no further babbling, please enjoy this SpookyCreepyCool Halloween interview with...
What is your favorite memory of Halloween as a child?
The first year- or couple of years (to be honest my memory can be pretty fuzzy)- that I stopped going trick-or-treating. I stopped trick-or-treating a lot earlier than most kids, first because I'd ended up having surgery just before Halloween one year and my mom didn't want me roaming the streets at night in a fairly fresh cast. Anyhow, I remember spending the night watching a marathon of Are You Afraid of the Dark? on YTV (a Canadian TV channel)- that was probably the first year- and later renting everything from the Halloween series my local video store had to offer and spending the evening attempting to watch as many of those as possible.
What is your favorite memory of Halloween as an adult?
Honestly, it gets better every year as we get better at cramming as many thing as possible into October, making Halloween a glorious month-long celebration! I did get married over Halloween weekend in 2006, which was obviously awesome and definitely worth noting, but with all the wedding and moving stuff we didn't do much for actual-Halloween. Last year we hit a midnight screening of George Romero's Day of the Dead (one of my favorite movies), the Houston Zombie Walk, a Halloween bash at a local nightclub, and the All Hallow's Eve theme weekend at the Texas Renaissance Festival (which is also where the aforementioned wedding took place). This year we're repeating a bunch of those, plus catching a midnight screening of Lucio Fulci's Zombie, and kicked everything off at the beginning of the month with the SplatterFest horror film festival. See? Better every year!
What is your idea of the perfect Halloween? As much as I love all of the exciting events sprinkled throughout the Halloween season, I am- at heart- admittedly a bit of a shut-in. On the actual day of Halloween I just want to do a little bit of people-watching during the day to check out costumes and such, then grab a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino and head home to a big stack of horror movies and a mountain of fresh popcorn. Ideally, it'll be just cold enough to make a big blanket feel *awesome* (and I do have a badass Halloween blanket I made myself) and all of the cats will lay scattered all over the bed just *delighted* to be wearing their little Halloween costumes. Hey- this is just how it plays out in my head... in reality the cats just barely put up with their costumes long enough to get a couple pictures!
What was your favorite Halloween costume? As a kid, I was always a cat. Every year. Now, I (of course) do a good zombie, and my Hellboy (...girl?) costume is pretty great, but in the end I have to say my most favorite is my Hitchhiker (Texas Chainsaw Massacre '74) costume. It's not terribly extravagant, and I'm not sure how many people actually recognized it (come on! I live in Texas!), but he's my favorite character from my absolute favorite movie ever, so it's the one that delights me the most.
What is your favorite Halloween candy? I'd take roasted pumpkin seeds over the sugary stuff. What are some of your favorite Halloween attractions? I haven't been to many. Where I grew up was pretty isolated and there was never really anything like that within reasonable driving distance. Since moving I've been to a couple, but so far nothing too impressive, unfortunately.
What are some songs and bands that really get you into the Halloween spirit? The Misfits, Creature Feature, Calabrese, God Module, a good chunk of Alien Sex Fiend... so many more. My Halloween playlist is seriously over 19 hours long!
What are some movies that get you into the Halloween spirit? I'm a bit of a horror addict year round, but I do have a routine though October. Late September and early October start off with the simple task of watching more horror (in general), then some old black and white Universal horror, some Hammer, anything with Vincent Price. I try to rewatch some favorites- Day of the Dead, The Omen & Omen II, Re-Animator, Puppet Master, Evil Dead, etc. I try to save the most Halloween-y for last... ideally on actual Halloween- Sleepy Hollow, Mad Monster Party, Trick 'r Treat, and (of course) Halloween. Often when Halloween's over I'll repeat the list in reverse whilst sobbing hysterically into my (awesome) monster-movie popcorn bowl because I'm so upset that it's over. (I'm only half kidding...)
What are some of your favorite Halloween TV specials? Man, it's been so long... I'm pretty sure I really dug Garfield's Halloween Adventure as a kid. Who are some of your favorite artists out there doing Spooky, Creepy, Cool, type artwork? Gris Grimly, Keith Thompson, Chad Savage, Eric Pigors, etc.
What are some of your inspirations for creating your Spooky, Creepy, Cool artwork? Halloween everything, horror, anything that just drips with the ooky spooky!
Do you have anything you are working on currently that we can all look forward to? Somehow I recently managed to squeeze in a last minute custom piece for Freddy in Space & Scares for Pairs' Trick or Treat for Breast Cancer fundraiser (http://www.freddyinspace.com/2011/10/freddy-in-space-scares-for-pairs-trick.html), with the original lineart up for grabs as well.
Where can we go to see and purchase your artwork? http://www.thezombified.com http://www.etsy.com/shop/thezombified http://www.facebook.com/TheZombified
Any Spooky, Creepy, Cool parting words? Stay shamelessly spooky. Always.