Chapter 1 & 2 Halloween 2007-2008
THE LEGEND OF THE MORTUARY… Over a century and a half ago, Dr. Ravencroft, a twisted mortician, was trying to embalm his latest client and realizes the body is in the process of transforming into a vampire. This is where it all started. He experimented with the body, removing the life rejuvenating fluids. He transfused the fluids with various living and dead matter creating many forms of undead creatures. And finally, feeling he had found the secret to everlasting life, he experimented his living self… Now he needs an endless supply of life-giving blood to continue his ghastly experiments to extend his own life.
This man was a nameless, ruthless, serial killer who’s preyed on unsuspecting souls throughout old New Orleans in the late 1890s. Being one of the first men to be executed in the electric chair, his experience was ghastly. The generator was charged with the 10,000 volts, which was assumed to be adequate to induce quick unconsciousness and cardiac arrest. The chair had already been thoroughly tested; a horse had been successfully electrocuted the day before. Current was passed through the prisoner for 13 seconds. The power was turned off and he was declared dead by the coroner. However, witnesses noticed he was still breathing. The Warden called out, “Have the current turned on again, quick — no delay.” In the second attempt, he was shocked with 20,000 volts. Blood vessels under the skin ruptured and bled and some witnesses erroneously claimed his body caught fire. An awful odor began to permeate the death chamber, and then, as though to cap the climax of this fearful sight, it was seen that the hair under and around the electrode on the head and the flesh under and around the electrode at the base of the spine was singeing. The stench was unbearable. He was known only as the nameless John Doe in prison until after his electric chair execution, when a prison guard spitefully renamed him Shocka Con on his death certificate.
Upon arrival at the Mortuary, Shocka Con was Ravencroft’s first successful attempt at human dead corpse reanimation using vampire’s blood. The doctor found the name fitting for his reborn monster. However, the doctor did not care for Shocka’s disrespectful tongue, and had it removed. Undaunted, Shocka continues to torment his maker, spitting guttural curses, and demonic growls through a caged mouth while doomed to an electric chair for his immortal eternity.
Chapter 3 Halloween 2009
Blood… the secret to immortality. Many have entered the dark hallways of The Mortuary, to never be seen again. What secrets does it hold? Some believe that the rumored experiments of dismemberment and bloodletting continue to this day in mass serial killing fashion by a secret society of morticians known as the “Collectors.” Tall top hats in Edwardian clothing, looking somewhat out of their time, ghoulishly happy to see you is how a few lucky ones have described them. Surgical precision they say, but without anesthetic. Some say they are ancient. Some say they experiment with fear… One thing is for sure, if you meet one of them, RUN!
Mysteriously, the mansion had a new life! It’s once decaying walls reflect its former glory … but how? The abandoned mortuary seems to have taken on a life of its own.
H.P. Lovecraft once wrote “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear.” An adrenaline filled emotion caused by impending danger, evil, pain.
Considered the butcher of the secret society of morticians called the Collectors, Dr Trauma leads their quest to discover new and exciting ways to exploit his victim’s fears. Psychological and physical experiments capture the essence of what is feared most. Fear is the mind-killer. Through pain and phobias, Dr Trauma experiments in fear, taking your screams to whole new extremes.
Most individuals might think that they are suffering from irrational fears, but they are powerless to override their initial panic reaction when faced with the doctor’s sadomasochistic Hell.
Bloody flesh, along with more discernible human remains, are his calling card. Utilizing an assortment of tools built exclusively for the dismemberment of his patients, Dr Trauma specializes in what you fear most. The Doctor is IN-SANE!
Chapter 4 Halloween 2010
The master had gathered a magnificent collection of sirens to assist in his dark mission. “Vampir Vixens” he calls them. Beings who subsist by feeding on the life essence of living creatures, regardless of compassion and mercy. These are bloodsucking demons is as old as man himself. Tales of supernatural beings consuming the flesh and blood of the living have been found in nearly every culture around the world for many centuries. These seductive creatures are real. They gather their prey with cunning efficiency to serve the master.
They feed on fear, desiring extreme violence and carnage, often aroused in the heat of the hunt, leading to uncontrolled slaughter. It’s the price of eternal life, namely the incessant need for blood…
Chapter 5 Halloween 2011
They say mirrors are the windows to your soul. The Collectors have discovered a portal to the Netherworld. You see, they had created a method of capturing your soul through the use of these mirrors with reflections of light, images of flesh, and a legendary chant if you dare…
The truth, as they say, is far stranger than fiction… In the late 1700’s, Mary was a master of the black arts and had a reputation of having mysteriously lost her child. She was driven insane by this fact and thus has often been associated with the bloody disappearance of children.
The legend claims that the evil woman can be summoned by chanting “Bloody Mary” three times into a mirror anywhere from in a darkened room, lit only by a candle. She is said to appear in a mirror when her name is called.
Consider it a test of courage and bravery, as it is said that if Mary is summoned from the mirror, she will kill the summoner in an extremely violent way, such as ripping their face off, scratching their eyes out, cutting their head off, driving them insane, bringing them into the mirror with her, causing serious injury or death. Some think if she doesn’t kill the one who had summoned her then she will haunt them for the rest of their days.
So turn out the lights, light a candle, stand and look into the mirror, chanting slowly…
“Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary”
Beware the gaze of the undead Doll, She had no life, no heartbeat at all. And if you see her in your stare, Be sure you scream, if you dare!
The Doll is the daughter of Master Ravencroft and Mary. Stillborn at birth, the doctor experimented on his freshly deceased daughter, nourishing her undead body until fully grown. After years of unsuccessfully reanimating his daughter, she was buried along with her “children,” a hand-made collection of dolls.
The undead fluids continued to thrive in the corpse, preserving her state for many years underground until one day, she awoke. She screeched in demonic anger and broke through the wooden coffin, clawing her way to the surface. Gasping for her breath and enraged for being buried undead by her father, vengeance drove her to her new quest.
Men who you cross her path are viciously attacked. Women are disemboweled and stitched up into her new collection of porcelain dolls.
Many are stunned in horror after realizing the Doll’s true, evil nature. Though her heart never beat, she is a living doll.
Chapter 6 Halloween 2012
Ladies and gentlemen…. and victims of all ages…Welcome to the dark fantastic… This is Cirque Du Fear… The bloodiest show on earth.
You’ve entered, the sideshow most sinister, circus of the bizarre. Stroll along the midway and behold acts from the far reaches of the globe at the Cirque Macabre. Cast your eyes upon monstrous creatures of the night; cruel oddities of nature; and of course, the twisted laughter of clowns, clowns, and more clowns.
Experience the Dark Theater, a mysterious Vaudeville stage of ancient magic and mystery, hidden from the eyes of the outside world; where master magicians gather to chant sinister incantations, unleashing ancient horrors to haunt the realm of the living every Halloween.
Speak with the gypsy fortune teller and learn of things yet to come… but be warned there is a price. She is surrounded by the cries of wolves and protected by the moonlight curse of the LYCAN. You’ll have no future.
You’ll discover vampires who dwell deep within forbidden crypts; lost souls who are trapped between this world and the next; zombie corpses caught between the realms of the living and the dead, forsaken and cursed to forever thirst for blood.
Marvel in awe and dismay at jaw dropping, death defying acts of fear where you’ll teeter on the edge of survival. Games of chance await you where you’ll face Death himself.
Cirque du Fear had come to The Mortuary, a place where restless spirits echo in the dead of night. The Cirque’s Ringmaster has died tragically in an unexpected sideshow accident. Our resident Master Magician of the macabre, Dr. Terminus, needed a victim… I mean volunteer for his latest act. Little did he know he would end up in… shall we say… pieces? Witnesses say that after his death, they heard the undeniable laughter of a sadistic clown. Being here in New Orleans, where better to bring the Ring Master’s corpse than The Mortuary for preparation and funeral services. His minions gather to pay their “last respects.” Unfortunately for you, Master Ravencroft has more sinister plans for the creatures of the Cirque du Fear!
Allow me to introduce our new Ring Master, the Minister of the Macabre, Wrathbone the Clown!
Chapter 7 Halloween 2013
It had then been discovered that The Mortuary was being used covertly as a test site by a Government disavowed Black Ops group. This group found that the mutated DNA of the supernatural creatures that call the Mortuary home could be used on test subjects (our guests) to create a super soldier. Vampyric fluids have been harvested and mutated to develop a new strain of super virus. “Patient Zero” was the first successful live transmigration of the virus developed, Virus Seven, that worked….? The virus kills the living subject in the infection process and then brings the dead back to life. After the awakening… Subjects are noted to have only lower brain function, seeking some human basic survival needs. However, they are faster, stronger, and fearless. As an undead soldier, the subject is virtually unstoppable. It had unexpected problems though… Awakened dead subjects exposed to Virus Seven have been found to be uncontrollable and only truly seek to spread the virus.
The infected are people whose bodies are ravaged with the virus that irrevocably and fatally transforms the host’s bodies and minds into the undead. The immediate change once awakened is a total reversion to an aggressive, feral personality type. An infected undead will attack any human (regardless of past emotional connection) with rabid ferocity, and all the strength and mobility they can muster. The infected demeanor is notably hostile, hateful, and enraged. Both the biological infection and its primal hosts spread quickly. These zombies almost universally require their brain to be destroyed before final death, and can persist intact for years without food, water, or even oxygen.
When humans experience fear or staring danger in the face, the brain’s hypothalamus is activated. It initiates a series of chemical releases and nerve cell responses that gets humans ready for the impending danger. Adrenaline is released into the blood stream, the heart rate increases, blood is pumped more quickly into the muscles and limbs. Awareness, sight and impulses all intensify and quicken. Experiencing fear now is a normal part of life. But living with chronic fear of being infected or facing the undead themselves can be both physically and emotionally debilitating. This is their advantage. They can smell your fear.
For the infected undead there is no heartbeat, no adrenaline, no fear… The reanimated corpses move freely on their own seeking only the flesh of living beings. Those who fall prey to the infected through mortal attack or simply a scratch share the same fate. The virus only wants to do what all living humans are simply wired to do — survive.
Chapter 8 Halloween 2014
A year later, The MORTUARY was being used covertly as a test site by a Government disavowed Black Ops group. This group found that the mutated DNA of the supernatural creatures that call the Mortuary home could be used on test subjects (our guests) to create a super soldier. Vampyric fluids had been harvested and mutated to develop a super virus. Unknowingly, the virus killed the living and turned them into the undead. The virus quickly spread. There was no cure.
Outnumbered by the undead, the military was devastated. The Mortuary was quickly reclaimed by the vampyric hord.
Held up in the laboratory deep within the walls of The Mortuary with virtually no hope in sight, the military scientists that remained realized that there was one almost endless resource available… the dead. In a last ditch effort to defend themselves, they began to experiment with mind control of a reanimated corpse through mechanical means… ZCYBORG.
A Zcyborg or “undead cybernetic organism,” is a being with both dead organic and biomechatronic parts, whose body contains mechanical or electrical devices and whose abilities are greater than the abilities of normal humans, even the undead. This actual process of evolving a corpse into a living Zcyborg is known as Nyctalopics.
With their first experimental success, the scientists took their creations to a most extreme state, protecting their creations with body armor and arming them with unimaginable weapons in place of their limbs. They are visibly humanoid but obviously mechanical. They have created an UNDEAD ARMY!
They found a way to use Zombies to KILL Zombies.
Chapter 9 Halloween 2015
The Mortuary then became the deadly domain of seven demented serial killers, each with their own particular tastes. All widely believed to have a direct link to the Dark Master Ravencroft, and as thus, beholden with certain “supernatural abilities.”
Serial killers may exhibit varying degrees of mental illness, which may contribute to their homicidal behavior. The primary motive of a thrill killer is to induce pain or terror in their victims, which provides stimulation and excitement for the killer. They seek the adrenaline rush provided by hunting and killing victims. But what motivates these malevolent beings?”
And Now, The Legend Continues…
Chapter 10 Halloween 2016
There is nothing scarier than what you conjure up in your own imagination.
Here, there is only your fear…. And the darkness….
Your challenge is… to find a way out!
And of course, there’s always my way…
THE LEGEND OF THE MORTUARY…