Tuesday, September 29 2015 14:56

5 Essentials to Survive October (Werewolf Season) in The Midwest...

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THE ROCK FATHER is sharing #TheIndisposables in his life as part of a Schick® Xtreme3® sponsored series for Socialstars. Horns up! \m/ \m/

It's Fall, and with my favorite time of year comes some changes in habits - and, a few that are just seasonal alterations to the regular routine. Living in The Midwest, October brings a vibe that's unlike other areas of the country during this season. While the crisp air, harvest aromas and oodles of seasonal fun can be found in many parts of the U.S., it always seems that The Midwest becomes a bit darker... and a bit spookier. There's a good reason why so many horror movies are set in The Midwest, and right here in my home State of Illinois - they're rooted in reality! Michael Myers? Haddonfield, Illinois. Crystal Lake? There is one. Elm Street? Lots of 'em. POLTERGEIST III, CANDYMAN and CHILD'S PLAY? All set in Illinois. You want to survive October in The Land of Lincoln? I'll give you five essentials - but keep in mind that these are great tools to use no matter where you might roam... It's werewolf season.

Pumpkins and Other Gourds: Fact - Illinois is the #1 pumpkin-producing state in the country. It's probably why I've been pumpkin-obsessed for nearly 40 years, and since I was born in October, pumpkins and other vine-ripened gourds are among the first things that I'd ever come to know as a child. Why are pumpkins key for survival? They're multi-purpose. You can eat them... you can use them for crafting activities... they're fine decorations... and, when the monsters strike? You can weaponize a pumpkin. I'm not gonna tell you how, but there's a lot of ways you can get creative. Trust me on this.

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DEATH WALKS THE STREETS #1: The Halloween issue of the original #DWTS (the one that has nothing to do with "Dancing") is practically required reading around this time of year - especially here in The Midwest. I should know, because I wrote it! And, I wrote the book that preceded it - and both of them garnered some pretty good reviews in the press a few years back. The tagline really says it all: Vampires. Demons. Zombies. Werewolves. The Mob. It's a manual for life.


Schick® Xtreme3® Refresh Razor: Have you ever seen a hairless werewolf? No? Well, let me tell you something... YES YOU HAVE. In fact, they probably smelled great, too - and you just didn't realize it. The Schick® Xtreme3® Refresh has a refreshing scented handle for an invigorating shave - and I keep these on-hand for whenever the curse may call for it. Includes 3 blades that flex and pivot to adapt to the contours of your face (or other parts), and comfort strips with pre-shave oil and vitamin E, for a close and comfortable shave that'll make you bark at the moon! I've said too much.

Black Coffee: You want to stay alert and on your game? Folgers Black Silk is as dark as the night sky, and as smooth as Dracula's cape! I suggest making gallons of this and keeping it in a cauldron - just in-case. You could also put it in a backpack tank and wear it - kinda like those goo-shooters from GHOSTBUSTERS II.

Werewolf-shaving tunes?

Metal: I find that it's the classics that go best with the season, and it probably has to do with the fact that a great adventure needs a triumphant soundtrack. SLAYER's DECADE OF AGGRESSION is always a fine choice, but you know what goes great with werewolf shaving? AC/DC's THE RAZOR'S EDGE or JUDAS PRIEST's BRITISH STEEL!

Happy Werewolf Season!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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