Putting the “Eek” in Geek Year-Round

There are plenty of sites dedicated to the hardcore horror fan or the hardcore geek, but what about that sweet spot in the middle for the geeks who like their pop culture a little bit darker? All Hallows Geek is dedicated to that section of the venn diagram where geeky and creepy intersect.  It shines the light on the darker side of pop culture and does it’s best to carry on the spirit of Halloween 365 days a year.

About the Geek

Hi, I’m Mike and I’m the All Hallows Geek.  I’m not totally sure how or why it started, but I’ve always been attracted to the darker things in life.  My mom once suggested it was because I almost died as a baby; but whatever the reason, the dark, the macabre and the Halloween holiday have found their way into nearly every aspect of my being.

Growing up I longed for the start of autumn.  There was something magical about the season and the month’s leading to Halloween that captivated me.  Halloween was a big deal in our household and beyond just trick or treating, my family and I would haunt our yard by decorating it to look like a graveyard.  This meant Halloween lasted for the entire month of October and it was something I enjoyed doing well into my teens.

Mike Wilton Halloween 83 & 89 and his haunted yard

As I got older that magic I felt on Halloween night manifested itself year round.  As a teenager, I became interested in the occult and would often spend my lunch hour in the school library researching anything and everything I could find on the internet about pagans, witches, and the like.  Later in high school, I penned my first and only movie script for a slasher film in the vein of Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and the other teen slashers that were popular at the time.  It was called “A Night Like This” and was inspired by the Cure song of the same name.  Some friends and I filmed part of the script, but the only thing that was ever completed was the script and its soundtrack.

After high school, I toyed with a variety of career paths and after picking up a copy of Tom Savini’s Grande Illusions: The Art and Technique of Special Make-Up Effects off eBay almost went into special effects makeup but was turned off once I saw the cost of schooling.  I also spent one season working at Knott’s Scary Farm as a monster in the now defunct Tales from the Crypt maze, Tales from the Inquisition.

Since then my love for Halloween and all things dark have manifested in a number of ways; from throwing elaborate Halloween parties, to collecting knick-knacks of black cats and witches, or my growing collection of Halloween children’s books.

 

Mike Wilton with LEGO Dracula, LEGO Mummy and his headshot

As for the geek?  Well, that part has always been there.  I was the weird kid who did impersonations of cartoon characters and grew up on Saturday morning cartoons, Nintendo, LEGO and Marvel comics.  Today I still do voices, watch cartoons, build LEGO, read the occasional comic, and yep, I still play video games.  So with all these loves needing an outlet, from television and movies to video games, toys, and all things Halloween, All Hallows Geek is my home on the internet to put the “Eek” in geek.

 

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