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It's not often you see Kickstarter news on HorrorTalk. This is not because we don't support independent artists (a quick look at our reviews and news pieces, you would clearly see that's not the case), it's more of the sheer amount of projects out there. If we were to post every Kickstarter announcement we received, that's all we would be doing. But every once in a while, a project comes along that demands to be shared, and Midnight Syndicate's is one such project.

If you aren't familiar with Midnight Syndicate, it's a musical group that has been around almost two decades, putting out fantastic CD after CD that are soundtracks to our blackened, horror-loving souls. The men behind the music, composers Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka, are the ones responsible for taking listeners on journeys to haunted castles, abandoned towns, twisted carnivals, and more.

Now they are looking to raise funds to do a live show. Or, rather, experience.

From the press release:
After seventeen studio albums, including three horror movie scores and a motion picture of their own, Gothic Halloween Horror music composers Midnight Syndicate have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a multimedia concert experience. Entitled MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE LIVE! the Halloween horror-themed show will feature a unique blend of live Midnight Syndicate music, original films, music videos, and live theatre.

"We want it to be a feast for the eyes as much as the ears," said Gavin Goszka, "a unique show that is not only a Midnight Syndicate concert but also something that stands on its own as a great horror multimedia experience." In order create the visual elements of the show, the band is teaming up with of veterans from the special FX, film, and haunted house industries. The initial group includes special FX legend Robert Kurtzman (Creature Corps, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, KNB EFX), director Gary Jones (XENA, AXE GIANT), David "House" Greathouse (FACEOFF, Mushroomhead), Jason Carter (BABYLON 5, THE DEAD MATTER), Beki Ingram (FACEOFF), and Jason Blaszczak of Screamline Studios (Rob Zombie's AMERICAN NIGHTMARE). "Because of the style of our music and our ties to the film, roleplaying game, and haunted house industries we're in the perfect position to put together a unique show that blends the best of these different worlds," said Edward Douglas. "It's a project almost two decades in the making. We want to bring your nightmares to life," added Gavin Goszka.

"We've always been our own label and distributor with little commercial radio airplay, so it's really been the fans' support over these past seventeen years that has allowed Midnight Syndicate to continue to grow. They really are the best fans in the world," said Edward Douglas. "This live concert is something that our fans have been asking us to do for many years. The Kickstarter campaign is giving us the opportunity to involve them from the beginning and allowing us to take this exciting next step together."

Perks for pledging to the cause range from postcards and stickers to dinner with Gavin Goszka and Edward Douglas, and everything in between. You can get involved by heading over to the project and picking your level:

Midnight Syndicate Links: Official Site | Facebook | Twitter | Kickstarter Page










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He's the puppet master. You don't see him, but he pulls the strings that gets things done. He's the silent partner. He's black ops. If you notice his presence, it's the last thing you'll notice — because now you're dead. He's the shadow you thought you saw in that dark alleyway. You can have a conversation with him, and when you turn around to offer him a cup of coffee, he's already gone.
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