Dark Attraction & Funhouse Enthusiasts: DARK TIMES.

Below is a summary of the articles and reports that have appeared in DARK TIMES, which features much more than can be detailed here. Issues 1—60 were called Barrel O' Fun. This page has been made possible with the kind assistance of DAFE.
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Dark Attraction & Funhouse Enthusiasts
P.O Box 484
Vienna, Ohio
44473-0484
USA

Website: http://www.dafe.org

BARREL O’ FUN 1.

BoF001[Magazine Vol.1/No.1: Winter 2001. 22x28cm – 8 Pages – 6 B&W photos and illustrations]. At the beginning of the 20th century the amusement industry was still in its infancy. Today, over 100 years after the creation of the funhouse, the 21st century brings with it the Darkride And Funhouse Enthusiasts, an organisation dedicated to a segment of that industry which remains largely overlooked. Chapter Points: Welcome! Over 100 members strong! Pennsylvania’s funhouses and walk-throughs (detailing- Waldameer Park’s Pirate’s Cove and Whacky Shack, Kennywood’s Noah’s Ark, Williams Grove’s Allotria, Bushkill’s Barl of Fun, etc.). Wanted! Funni-Frite auction. Classified ads. Amusement Industry Expo. Owen Trailer Inc – a brief history. Paramount’s Kings Island transforms Phantom Theater. News and rumors. [Back cover: Patent from the past “Funhouse Barrel” applied for 1907 / granted 1908]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF002[Magazine Vol.1/No.2: Spring 2001. 22x28cm – 8 Pages – 8 B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: Oklahoma City Project becoming a reality +Eagle Park’s Pretzel cars purchased. Membership update. Down South? (Tom Gore’s travels). The “Ticket” (“E” Ticket magazine information). The Whacky Shack of Joyland in Kansas. Readers’ memories +an amusing skeleton story and Cedar Point’s “Flight to Mars”. DAFE logo contest. News and rumors (includes- Rye Playland’s Old Mill, Sally Corporation’s Ghost Blasters ride, New Funni-Frite’s portable Showboat funhouse, Six Flags World of Adventure promises a new darkride, Disney’s SuperStar Limo, and Knoebels’ Haunted Mansion walk-through invitation). Classified ads. [Back cover: Patent from the past “Illusion Apparatus” (suspended ‘pleasure railways’ gondola) 1902]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF003[Magazine Vol.1/No.3: Summer 2001. 22x28cm – 9 Pages – 8 B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: First DAFE event is a success! Kennywood DAFE event (report). End of summer picnic invitation. The haunted houses of Fujikyu Highland Park (detailing- “Zora” the dark / shooting coaster, “Haunted House” dark / audio experience, and “Isolation Hospital” live-actor / horror walk-through). The good ole days at Arnolds Park’s Funhouse. Merchandise. DAFE logo contest. For your library (Doug Higley’s “Scary Dark Rides” and Tim O’Brien’s “The Amusement Park Guide”). The Oklahoma City Project update +the Edmonton Project. News and rumors (+Paramount’s Kings Island’s Tomb Raider, and Paramount’s Kings Island Scooby Doo darkride speculation). Classified ads. [Back cover: Patent from the past “Illusion Apparatus” (‘Old Mill’ variation) applied for 1905 / granted 1906]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF004[Magazine Vol.1/No.4: Fall 2001. 22x28cm – 8 Pages – 6 B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: 9/11 dedication. Members’ survey. Logo contest. Paramount’s Kings Island’s Phantom Theater. Tilthouse – a slanted view of the world (+mystery shacks). Book offers (Doug Higley’s “Scary Dark Rides” and Tim O’Brien’s “Amusement Park Guide” publications discount). Oklahoma City Project update. Darkride misadventures (a reader’s stories relating to Seaside Heights’ darkride and Asbury Park’s Oriental darkride). Niagara Falls’ “The Haunted House” and “Nightmares Fear Factory”. Merchandise. News and rumors (+Paramount’s Kings Island’s Tomb Raider details). Wanted! [Back cover: Patent from the past “Trick House” (the first known version of the tilt house) applied for 1904 / granted 1905]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF005[Magazine Vol.2/No.1: Winter 2002. 22x28cm – 12 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: 2002 DAFE events announced (IX Indoor Amusement Park in Ohio, etc.). Return your DAFE survey. Upcoming articles (images request). Remembering Freedomland in New York 1960-1964 (featuring- “Earthquake” darkride, “Casa-Loca Magnetic House” slanted house, “Mine Caverns” mine train, “Crystal Maze” house of mirrors, “Buccaneers” darkride and “Tornado Adventure” darkride). IAAPA reports. News and rumors. Membership statistics. Logo contest (logos printed / vote now). [Front cover: Kennywood’s Tornado (Freedomland’s former Tornado Adventure). Back cover: Patent from the past “Flying Saucer” (illusion attraction) 1959]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF006[Magazine Vol.2/No.2: Spring 2002. 22x28cm – 12 Pages – 15 B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: 2001 survey results (lists- top 10 darkrides, top funhouse, top darkrides for each class, favourite attraction types, DAFE event questions). DAFE logo winner announced. Conneaut Lake Park’s Devil’s Den is one hell of a wild ride (report). Pepper’s Ghost (“Dirck’s Ghost”, A Ghost Story, Pepper’s Ghost examples, How did they do that?). A letter to the editor. News and rumors (+Indiana Beach’s Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain, Paramount’s Kings Island’s Tomb Raider, Wildwood Pier’s Castle Dracula fire, etc.). New Orleans’ annual “House of Shock” build a darkride. Trans-World Halloween, Costume and Party Show (report). Knoebels’ Haunted House +trivia. [Front cover: Dick Knoebel. Back cover: Patent from the past “Pepper’s Ghost” (morphing illusion) 1897]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF007[Magazine Vol.2/No.3: Summer 2002. 22x28cm – 12 Pages – 14 B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: DAFE website has a new look. Joys of yesteryear (Ohio’s IX Indoor Amusement Park’s “IX-Treme Scream 3D Terror Tunnel” walk-through, “Red Garter Saloon”, “Infernal Combustion”, “Mardi Gras”, “Das Fun Haus” funhouses and “The Lost Mine” darkride reports). Erieview’s “Fright Zone” restoration. Paramount’s Kings Island’s Tomb Raider – the Ride. Adventures for Wish Kids (charity). Ripley’s Haunted Adventure (Texas). News and rumors. Remembering Euclid Beach Park’s Laff-in-the-Dark. Eerie weekend (Erieview Park for Fright Zone, Waldameer Park for Whacky Shack and Pirate’s Cove, and Conneaut Lake Park for the Devil’s Den). [Front cover: Scenes from Fright Zone. Back cover: Patent from the past “Amusement Device” (darkride revolving tunnel) 1931]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF008[Magazine Vol.2/No.4: Fall 2002. 22x28cm – 12 Pages – 15 B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: Paramount’s Kings Island’s Phantom Theater – pharewell (singer Hilda Bovine is retired to make way for Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle). Remembering Nu-Pike in California (+Laffing Sal, Laff-in-the-Dark and Elmer McCurdy – a real, dead outlaw). Beech Bend Amusement Park (detailing- Pretzel darkride, “Voyage A’ La Lune” darkride, Schwarzkopf’s “Flight To Mars”, and Funni-Frite’s “Voodoo Trail” walk-through). News and rumors. The Funhouse at Bakken. LeSourdsville Lake’s “Infernal Combustion” funhouse. [Front cover: Phantom Theater’s Phantom. Back cover: Patent from the past “Doombuggy” (people mover) applied for 1968 / granted 1971]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF009[Magazine Vol.3/No.1: Winter 2003. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors. Events. Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster. The Spee-Lunker Cave (a 4-page feature about Six Flags Over Texas’ water darkride – 1960s version). The Phoenix Phall Phun Phest. The House of Shock. IAAPA reports. Disney’s Haunted Mansion tour. Orlando’s attractions (with- Spiderman, The Cat In The Hat, Jurassic Park, Men In Black Alien Attack, E.T., Earthquake, It’s a Small World, Peter Pan, Winnie the Pooh, Buzz Lightyear, Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, The Great Movie Ride, Dinosaur, El Rio del Tiempo, Space Ship Earth, Journey -with Figment, Skull Kingdom, etc.). [Front cover: Sally Corp’s John Wood (left) and Drew Hunter (right) with Curse of Tutankhamen characters. Back cover: Patent from the past “Pretzel Ride” 1929]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF010[Magazine Vol.3/No.2: Spring 2003. 22x28cm – 16 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors +Six Flags Over Georgia’s Monster Plantation to be transformed into Scooby-Doo(?), etc. DAFE 2003 survey results (favourite attractions, top ten darkrides, top ten walk-throughs, +feedback, suggestions and comments). Islands of Adventure’s Halloween Horror Nights and Walt Disney World and the 999 Happy Haunts Ball report. Trans-World Halloween, Costume and Party Show (a 3-page feature). Adrian Fisher – maze maker (interview). Bell’s Phantasmagoria (a 5-page feature). [Front cover: An alien prop at the Trans-World Halloween, Costume and Party Show. Back cover: Patent from the past “Mirror Maze” (mirror maze improvement) 1895]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF011[Magazine Vol.3/No.3: Summer 2003. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors. Books (“Cincinnati’s Coney Island” by Charles J. Jacques and “The Amusement Park Guide” by Tim O’Brien). Events 2003 (reports- Niagara Falls’ Ghostblasters, Circus World Funhouse, Haunted House, Dracula’s Haunted Castle, House of Frankenstein, Ripley’s Moving 4D Theater, etc. Knoebels’ Haunted Mansion. Beech Bend’s Haunted House. Guntown Mountain’s Haunted House (Funni-Frite walk-through), and Big Mike’s Mystery House). The House of Shock (update). Rainforest River Adventure Ride. Come on Over! – Palisades Park. Wonderland Park’s “Fantastic Journey” darkride. Laffing Sal (+various other parks’ Laffing Sals). [Front cover: “Fantastic Journey” skull prop. Back cover: Patent from the past “Amusement Device” (funhouse ‘sugar bowl’) 1909]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF012[Magazine Vol.3/No.4: Fall 2003. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors. “Scream In The Dark” (a 5-page feature about Rick Murphy’s home-built darkride – nuts and bolts, floor and track, connectors and posts, the facade, the ride vehicle, paint and lighting, scenery, props and effects, cost and timescale). Dungeon of Terror (Tom Gore’s self-made darkride in Oklahoma). Randy Skalos and the Haunt on Williams Street (Ohio). The Grand Opening of Stillwalk Manor (New Jersey). Marvel Adventure City (features- The Incredible Hulk Encounter and Spiderman Ultimate Ride). Interview with Leonard Pickel (the founder and editor of “Haunted Attraction Magazine”). 1961 advertisement (Bill Tracy’s Outdoor Dimensional Display Co). [Front cover: Scream In The Dark (floor plan). Back cover: Patent from the past “Amusement Apparatus” (The Great Coal Mine) 1902]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF013[Magazine Vol.4/No.1: Winter 2004. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors. Halloween events (+Cedar Point’s “Halloweekends”, Kennywood’s “Phantom Fright Nights”, Six Flags Worlds of Adventure’s “Frightfest,” and Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s “Howl-o-Scream”). A behind-the-scenes tour of Walt Disney World’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (report). IAAPA reports. Universal Studios’ Revenge of the Mummy (features the coming attraction +things to know and spoilers). Amazing Chicago (funhouse and mirror maze review). Oktoberfest 2003 (includes- Fahrt Zur Hölle, Shocker, Gaudi Hüttn, and Der Grosse Irrgarten). Interview with Drew Hunter (design director of Sally Corp). [Front cover: The Hollywood Tower Hotel. Back cover: Patent from the past “A Trip to Hell” (elevator illusion improvement) 1912]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF014[Magazine Vol.4/No.2: Spring 2004. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors. Coming events. Books (“The Amusement Parks of New Jersey” by Jim Futrell, “Kennywood” by Dave Hahner and “Scary Dark Rides” by Doug Higley). Survey results. Paramount’s Kings Dominion’s “Scooby-Doo Haunted Mansion”. Euclid Beach Park’s “Surprise House”. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s “Mystery Spot”. Doorway to Hell? – the mystery and controversy surrounding the 1984 fire in Six Flags Great Adventure’s Haunted Castle. Blackpool Pleasure Beach (+Alice ride, Valhalla, River Caves, Ghost Train, Gold Mine, Haunted Crypt, Pasaje del Terror, Magic Mountain, Trauma Towers, Noah’s Ark, Impossible, etc.). Interview with Larry Kirchner (owner of Halloween Productions Inc). [Front cover: A skeleton from Paramount’s Kings Dominion’s Scooby-Doo Haunted Mansion. Back cover: Patent from the past “Shaker Bridge” (funhouse stunt) applied for 1907 / granted 1908]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF015[Magazine Vol.4/No.3: Summer 2004. 22x28cm – 32 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors. Garfield’s Nightmare. Kennywood’s dark side (a 21-page feature: +Ye Old Mill, Pavilion of Fun, House of Trouble, Laughing Gallery, House of Mystery, Daffy Dilla, Old Mill Rapids Gorge, Hilarity Hall, Tilt House, Tumble Inn, Fairyland Floats, Bug House, Tour of the World, Mysterious Knockout, Tut’s Tomb, Laff-in-the-Dark, Fun on the Farm, Noah’s Ark, The Old Haunted Castle at 13 Spook Street, Daffy Klub, Enchanted Forest, Zoomerang, Safari, Tornado, Ghost Ship, Le Cachot, Hardheaded Harold’s Horrendously Humorous Haunted Hideaway, Gold Rusher and Exterminator). Interview with Tom Spackman Jr. (Indiana Beach). [Front cover: Jon, Garfield and Frankenweenie(?) Back cover: Patent from the past “Fun on the Farm” (funhouse) 1926]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF016[Magazine Vol.4/No.4: Fall 2004. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors. Cooper Stadium Funhouse. Golden Ticket Awards (top darkrides list). Mystery Spot Polka? (Brave Combo’s lyrics from their album “Polkas For A Gloomy World”). New York Journey (DAFE’s joint trip with the National Amusement Park Historical Association / NAPHA to Martin’s Fantasy Island, Seabreeze and Sylvan Beach). Six Flags Over Georgia’s Tales of the Okefenokee – rise and demise (a 4-page feature). Dollywood’s Blazing Fury (a 3-page feature detailing the ride’s system, experience, maintenance and safety). “Haunted Barrel Works” at Centreville Amusement Park in Canada. Interview with John Wood (Chairman and CEO of Sally Corp). [Front cover: Blazing Fury’s fire-fighter and damsel scene. Back cover: Patent from the past “Human Pool Table” (funhouse stunt) 1911]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF017[Magazine Vol.5/No.1: Winter 2005. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors (4-pages +Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s “Curse of DarKastle”). Knoebels’ Phoenix Phall Phunfest report. Kennywood Fright Nights (report +TerrorVision 3D, Creepers Crypt, Mortem Manor, Kennyville Cemetery and Fort Despair). DAFE’s HorrOrlando event (a 7-page feature including behind the scenes at Sally Corp, and the darkrides of Universal and Disney). Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride (a 4-page feature about Universal Studios’ new ride, +behind the scenes, facts and trivia). Skull Kingdom report (walk-through attraction in Orlando). 2004 IAAPA trade show (gallery). [Front cover: Davy Crockett’s Tall Tales Interactive Outpost. Back cover: Patent from the past “Bluebeard’s Castle” (funhouse) applied for 1927 / granted 1929]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF018[Magazine Vol.5/No.2: Spring 2005. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors +Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s “Curse of DarKastle” update. 2005 survey results. Reviews (‘Cleveland Parks’ book +Big Scream TV! and Extinct Attractions Club’s DVD “The Haunted Mansion Story”). Storyland in Glen New Hampshire (+Voyage to the Moon, Professor Bigglestep’s Loopy Lab and Los Bravos Silver Mine). Heritage in New Hampshire. Balboa Fun Zone’s Scary Dark Ride (funhouse). Trans-World Halloween, Costume and Party Show (a 3-page feature). Out of the Dark (detailing the darkride of now-defunct Lakeview Amusement Park in Royersford Pennsylvania). Interview with Richard Knoebel (of Knoebels’ Grove). [Front cover: Voyage to the Moon. Back cover: Patent from the past “Noah’s Ark” (rocking funhouse) applied for 1920 / granted 1921]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF019[Magazine Vol.5/No.3: Summer 2005. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors (4 pages). Curse of DarKastle (review of Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s new darkride). Dungeon of Terror (a 6-page feature- DAFE’s Rick Davis discusses the creation of Tom Gore’s self-made darkride in Oklahoma). The Legend of the Bricktown Dungeon (“The Dungeon Haunted Ride in 3D” in Oklahoma). Would you like to sleep in the Dungeon of Terror? (event proposal). The Ohio State Fair’s darkrides and funhouses. Ads from the past (Federal Construction Co 1905 flyer promoting their “Katzenjammer Castle”). Out of the Dark (detailing Santa Monica’s Ocean Park Pier and the “Spooks”, “Toonerville”, “Davy Jones Locker”, and other darkrides). [Front cover: Curse of DarKastle. Back cover: Patent from the past “Laff-in-the-Dark” (ride) applied for 1930 / granted 1932]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF020[Magazine Vol.5/No.4: Fall 2005. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors +a new Conneaut Lake Park book is published. Wizard Quest (Wisconsin Dells’ interactive adventure). DAFE visits Keansburg Amusement Park’s Spook House, Jenkinson’s Beach Boardwalk’s Fun House, Casino Pier’s Stillwalk Manor and The Centrifuge, and Funtown Pier’s Hollowgraves Haunted Manor. “Davy Crockett’s Tall Tales” and “Haunted Adventure” reports. The Haunts of Lake George New York (+Alien Encounter Museum, Dr Morbid’s Haunted House and House of Frankenstein Wax Museum). Remembering Mountain Park’s Pirate’s Den. Interview with Tom Gore (darkride creator). [Front cover: House of Frankenstein Wax Museum’s Monster. Back cover: Patent from the past “Funhouse Barrel and Slide” (improvement) 1938]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF021[Magazine Vol.6/No.1: Winter 2006. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors +Hersheypark’s “Reese’s Xtreme Cup Challenge” fact sheet. Upcoming events. IAAPA – a vendor’s perspective. HallowBoo! (4 pages concerning Idlewild’s Halloween event). The Ghost Ship (a 6-page feature detailing Kennywood’s lost darkride). Remembering Ponchartrain Beach and their Haunted House. Interview with Mark McDonough (owner of Creative Visions). Ads from the past (Allan Herschell Amusement Rides – 1961 flyer promoting the “Hollingsworth Dark Ride”, etc.). [Front cover: Kennywood’s The Ghost Ship. Back cover: Patent from the past “Passenger Carrying Car” (lie-down, electric shock-inflicting darkride vehicle) applied for 1925 / granted 1930]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF022[Magazine Vol.6/No.2: Spring 2006. 22x28cm – 28 Pages – Colour cover – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors. Survey results (top 10 darkrides, walk-throughs, etc.). 1966 Funni-Frite advert (“The THING that made Farmer Fannie laugh was… The Contented Cows”). The Alpine Sleighs (a comprehensive 16-page feature detailing AstroWorld’s Alpine Sleigh Ride, +interviews with ride personnel and a full page blueprint). Star Trek – The Experience (a 2-page report about Las Vegas’ interactive attraction). Out of the Dark (a brief look at Bertrand Island’s “The Haunted House”). Interview with DAFE Director – Rick Davis. [Front cover: Alpine Sleigh Ride concept art. Back cover: Patent from the past “Amusement Vehicle Apparatus” (Alpine Sleigh car) applied for 1959 / granted 1961]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF023[Magazine Vol.6/No.3: Summer 2006. 22x28cm – 28 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors +Dollywood’s Mystery Mine. Holiday World’s “Gobbler Getaway” media event. DAFE and the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain (RCCGB) compete in a game of baseball. Beech Bend’s Kentucky Rumbler media event. Hersheypark’s “Reese’s Xtreme Cup Challenge” media event. DAFE visits Funland (Delaware) for their Haunted Mansion, and Trimper’s Rides (Maryland) for Aladin’s / Aladdin’s Lamp, Haunted House, Pirate’s Cove and Morbid Manor. Evolution of Goforth Brothers Inc “Flight Thru Space” ride system. Remembering Peony Park’s Haunted House (a 4-page feature). Kentucky’s Joyland Park’s Pretzel. Interview with Dan Faupel (designer / artist for Creative Visions). [Front cover: “Hot Wheels Harry” from Peony Park’s Haunted House. Back cover: Patent from the past “Venture Ride Manufacturing Suspended Darkride” 1976]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF024[Magazine Vol.6/No.4: Fall 2006. 22x28cm – 28 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors. DAFE’s beginnings (a 3-page overview). Disneyland and Universal Studios (a member’s report). Wildwood New Jersey (10 pages / DAFE’s visit to Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, Playland’s Castaway Cove, Storybook Land and Morey’s Piers +the past / present darkrides- The Golden Nugget, Dr Blood’s House of Horrors, Castle Dracula, Dante’s Dungeon, Den of Lost Thieves, Zombie World, The Pirates of Wildwood, etc.). Farewell to Ohio’s Erieview Park (a 5-page history +DAFE’s last day event and the “Fright Zone” darkride). Spotlight on the “Wonderland” pavilion from defunct Capitol Beach Park in Nebraska). Interview with Don Woodward (Erieview’s general manager). [Front cover: Fright Zone’s torture scene. Back cover: Patent from the past “Vortex Tunnel” (stationary variant) applied for 1937 / granted 1940]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF025[Magazine Vol.7/No.1: Winter 2007. 22x28cm – 28 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors. The Erieview auction. Why build a darkride? (The Dungeon Haunted Ride in 3D – Oklahoma City). Building The House of Shock Dark Ride – formerly of New Orleans. Ads from the past (Pretzel Amusement Ride Co). A license to haunt (a home haunter’s tale). The Sinister Shadows Story of York, Pennsylvania. Home haunts gallery. Dark Mystery (“Ye Mill Chutes” ride – location unknown). Interview with Ben Armstrong (co-owner of Netherworld in Atlanta, Georgia). [Front cover: Beth Giffen sits in a burned darkride car formerly of Eagle Park in Oklahoma. Back cover: Patent from the past “Cyclorama” (single-rail suspended-gondola ride) 1905]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF026[Magazine Vol.7/No.2: Spring 2007. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors. Gavel falls on Skull Kingdom (The Orlando walk-through is auctioned). “Dark Ride” movie review. 2007 survey results. Phantasmagoria remembered (a 4-page history and description of Bell’s darkride). Ripley’s haunt story (a 5-page feature about Ripley’s Haunted Adventure). Ads from the past (Animated Display Creators, Inc. 1966). Out of the Dark (Tolchester Beach / Maryland’s Bay Front Playground). Dark Mystery (“Ye Mill Chutes” mystery from Vol.7/No.1 solved). Interview with Tim O’Brien (Ripley’s Entertainment). [Front cover: Phantasmagoria art. Back cover: Patent from the past “Amusement House” (funhouse structure) 1926]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF027[Magazine Vol.7/No.3: Summer 2007. 22x28cm – 32 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors +Wizarding World of Harry Potter and The Simpsons ride. Monster belt buckles (merchandise). Twilight Theater music review. DAFE’s pre-Halloween event (planned). Members’ marriage. The Great Smoky Mountain Haunted Mystery Tour (16 pages / DAFE visits- Gatlinburg for “Mysterious Mansion”, “Amazing Mirror Maze”, “Hauntings”, “Earthquake – The Ride” and “Ripley’s Haunted Adventure”, and Dollywood for “Mystery Mine”, etc.). Dark Mystery (unidentified darkride cars). Out of the Dark (Riverside Park in Massachusetts +House of Splinters, Laff-in-the-Dark & Mirthquake). Interview with Bill Criscione (owner of Sandusky’s Ghostly Manor). [Front cover: Mysterious Mansion. Back cover: Patent from the past “Mirror Maze” (improvement) 1893]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF028[Magazine Vol.7/No.4: Fall 2007. 22x28cm – 28 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors +Astrid Lindgren’s World (Sweden) Vi På Saltkråkan. Goodbye to Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove +Allotria and Dante’s Inferno. Book reviews. “Flight to Mars” – a rite of passage (a 2-page feature). Playland-Not-at-the-Beach (new amusement park museum in San Francisco). Kennywood’s Gold Rusher bites the (gold) dust. DAFE visits Ghostly Manor Thrill Center and the XD 3D Theater in Sandusky. DAFE visits Mystery Hill / tilthouse (Marblehead, Ohio). Cedar Point’s Halloweekends. Dark Mystery (“Mystic Temple” location unknown). Hillside Park’s Toonerville Trolley. Dogs and Darkrides? Interview with Jerome Gibas (Kennywood’s general manager). [Front cover: Gold Rusher’s old miner and spider. Back cover: Patent from the past “Spiral Slide and Helical Barrel” (funhouse barrel variant) applied for 1907 / granted 1908]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF029[Magazine Vol.8/No.1: Winter 2008. 22x28cm – 28 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors +Kennywood’s Ghostwood Estate. Darkrides documentary. Bell’s Phantasmagoria. Kennywood’s Phantom Fright Nights (+Death Valley, Villa of the Vampire, Mortem Manor, Captain Skully’s Curse in 3D, Kennyville Cemetery, Fort Despair, Gory Park and Gold Rusher area update). IAAPA 2008 (a 6 page report). Future Theme Park Leaders Association (pre-professional theme park management group). Terror in Orlando (Mayhem Manor and 3D Funhouse). Adventures in SantaLand (Tom Gore’s festive ride). Hershey Park’s “Death Valley”, “Laugh Land” and “Whoops” attractions. Interview with Kevin McCurdy (creator of the “Haunted Mansion” at Bowdoin Park, New York). [Front cover: SantaLand scene. Back cover: Patent from the past “Rattling Floor Panel” applied for 1921 / granted 1923]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF030[Magazine Vol.8/No.2: Spring 2008. 22x28cm – 28 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors (7 pages +Legoland California’s “Land of Adventure”). Survey results. DAFE visits Niagara Falls (for- Ghost Blasters, House of Frankenstein, Wax museum(s), Nightmares, and Screamers). Japan darkrides and walk-throughs guide (part 1 +The Funhouse at Hanayashiki, Bikkiri House, The Thirteen Doors, Zombie Paradise, Mystery Zone, etc.). Ads from the past (Animated Display Creators, Inc. 1966). Darkride-themed motorcycles. Savin Rock’s Laff in the Dark, Bluebeard’s Castle, Noah’s Ark and Death Valley funhouses. Interview with Patrick Konopelski (haunt owner). [Front cover: “Adventure Lagoon” at Hirakata Park. Back cover: Patent from the past “Amusement Apparatus” (rotating foot-disks) 1906]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF031[Magazine Vol.8/No.3: Summer 2008. 22x28cm – 32 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors (5 pages +RIP “King Kong”). Bill Cassidy 1914-2008. Six Flags Great Adventure’s Dark Knight coaster. DAFE visits Knoebels (+Flying Turns and Haunted Mansion walk-throughs). Kennywood’s Ghostwood Estate media day. Hard Rock Park (a 9-page feature +“Nights In White Satin” reviews and trivia). Japan darkrides and walk-throughs guide (part 2 +Tokyo Disneyland, Yomiuriland, Nasu Highland, Tobu Zoo, Universal Studios, Nara Dreamland, Hirakata Park, Parque España and Nagashima Spaland). Old Orchard Beach’s “Noah’s Ark”, “Coal Mine” and “Tons of Fun” funhouse. Interview with Eric Princz (owner of Creative Design and Engineering). Kennywood’s Gold Rusher for Oklahoma! [Front cover: William Franklin Cassidy. Back cover: Patent from the past “Pleasure Railway” (modification) 1890]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF032[Magazine Vol.8/No.4: Fall 2008. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors (6 pages +a statement by Carol Hill Albert co-owner of Astroland, Hard Rock Park closes, etc.). DAFE works Waldameer Park’s Whacky Shack and Pirate’s Cove. The End of Coney Island? Myrtle Beach Pavilion – one last visit (4 pages +Haunted Hotel and Treasure Hunt). Japan darkrides and walk-throughs guide (part 3 +Higashiyama Zoo, Fuji-Q Highlands, Hakkeijima Sea Paradise and Cosmoworld). Ads from the past (Outdoor Dimensional Display Co. 1963). Dark Mystery (Animated Display Creators’ “Fun-House” art). Interview with Steve Gorman (Waldameer Park’s general manager). [Front cover: “Dante’s Inferno” at Coney Island. Back cover: Patent from the past “Funhouse Device” (undulating walkway) applied for 1904 / granted 1905]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF033[Magazine Vol.9/No.1: Winter 2009. 22x28cm – 28 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors (3 pages +RIP Karl Bacon 1910-2008). Orlando Florida 2008 (+Cypress Gardens’ last day, Universal Studios’ “Disaster!”, “The Simpsons”, etc.). IAAPA 2009 (an 8-page feature about what’s new +a Walt Disney World visit). Walt Disney World’s often overlooked darkrides (3 pages- The Seas with Nemo and Friends, The Great Movie Ride, and Snow White’s Scary Adventures). MagiQuest at Funplex (East Hanover, New Jersey). Spooky Visions (members’ artwork). Remembering the Haunted House at Riverview Park Des Moines, Iowa (+an interview with former general manager Bill Kooker). A haunted Knoebels wedding. Morey’s Piers’ “Golden Nugget” to be removed. [Front cover: LifeFormations’ “Horse and Cowboy” display. Back cover: Patent from the past “Optical Illusions Apparatus” (Pepper’s Ghost variant) 1877]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF034[Magazine Vol.9/No.2: Spring 2009. 22x28cm – 28 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors (6 pages +Kennywood’s Mary Lou Rosemeyer honoured, and farewell to Morey’s Piers’ Golden Nugget). Survey results. A conversation with John Murdy (9 pages / part 1- DAFE interviews the creative director of Universal Studios Hollywood). 1966 Funni-Frite advert (“The THING that made Farmer Fannie laugh was… The Contented Cows”). SAW – The Ride at England’s Thorpe Park (3 pages +a review). The Katzenjammer Castle walk-through funhouse (2 pages about Katzenjammer Castles worldwide). Interview with Mark Cline (attractions’ owner, creator, designer, etc.). [Front cover: Katzenjammer Castle. Back cover: Patent from the past “Scenic Railway” (darkride falling-bridge effect +illusion) 1908]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF035[Magazine Vol.9/No.3: Summer 2009. 22x28cm – 28 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors. Virginia darkride lovers’ event (Busch Gardens- The Curse of DarKastle and Escape from Pompeii. Virginia Beach- Captain Cline’s Pirate Adventure, Nightmare Mansion, 3D Funhouse and Mirror Maze. Natural Bridge- Professor Cline’s Monster Museum and Dinosaur Kingdom +Foamhenge and the Enchanted Castle Studios / props store). A conversation with John Murdy (12 pages / part 2- DAFE interviews the creative director of Universal Studios Hollywood). Hong Kong Disneyland’s expansion +Mystic Manor news. [Front cover: “Nightmare Mansion” at Virginia Beach. Back cover: Patent from the past “Optical Illusions Device” (mirror maze) applied for 1892 / granted 1893]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF036[Magazine Vol.9/No.4: Fall 2009. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors (5 pages of darkrides headlines). “Conventional” wisdom (an insight into IAAPA, Trans-world’s Halloween Attractions Show, Haunt Con, National Haunter’s Convention, Midwest Haunter’s Convention and the Great Lakes Fright Fest). Castle Blood (4 pages about the Beallsville, Pennsylvania attraction). Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride (Pennsylvania). How to make a professional looking night-sky illusion (tips). Ads from the past (Unique Design Inc. 1974). Remembering Glen Echo Park +the Midway Funhouse. Interview with Bobbie Weiner (Hollywood make-up artist and entrepreneur). [Front cover: Castle Blood scene. Back cover: Patent from the past “Amusement Apparatus” (‘magic carpet’ conveyor) applied for 1916 / granted 1917]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF037[Magazine Vol.10/No.1: Winter 2010. 22x28cm – 28 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors. Haunted Mansion is 40 years old (a 3-page report about Disney’s celebratory event). D-23 convention (the ultimate Disney fan experience). IAAPA 2009 (6 pages reporting on the Las Vegas convention). Bill Tracy – a life in the dark (a 9-page feature celebrating the life and achievements of industry genius William Thomas Tracy 1916-1974). Dark Mystery (Bug House and Laffing Sal – location not known). Interview with Juniper Jairala (Universal Studios’ ride and show engineer). [Front cover: Bill Tracy shown in a 1961 advertisement. Back cover: Patent from the past “Funhouse Device” (ocean wave walkway – improvement) applied for 1923 / granted 1925]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF038[Magazine Vol.10/No.2: Spring 2010. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors (6 pages +Universal Orlando all set for Wizarding World of Harry Potter grand opening). Survey results. The anatomy of “Nights in White Satin” (4 pages detailing the darkride that operated at Hard Rock Park). Virtual attractions (3 pages showcasing Jeff Skinner’s 3D computer recreations including the Pirates of the Caribbean ride). Diversified Amusement Company’s “French Frolics Mystery Ride” (haunted swing variant). Interview with Jeffrey Siebert (Schlitterbahn Waterparks and former marketing manager for Paramount’s Kings Island). [Front cover: Nights in White Satin. Back cover: Patent from the past “Passenger Vehicle” (It’s a Small World boat)]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF039[Magazine Vol.10/No.3: Summer 2010. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors (5 pages of worldwide news). Morey’s Piers’ Ghost Ship (unveiling event / report). National Haunter’s Convention (report from Valley Forge, Pennsylvania). Shady Brook Farms (Yardley, Pennsylvania). Waldameer Park’s Whacky Shack turns 40 years old. DAFE picnic at the Davis “Museum” (members visit Sue and Rick Davis’ home). Dark Mystery (“Funhouse” unknown location, and Barrel O’ Fun vol.10 / No.1 “Bug House” mystery solved!). Interview with Rich Hill (designer for Sally Corporation). DAFE discounts and offers. [Front cover: Morey’s Piers’ Ghost Ship – the Ignis Fatuus. Back cover: Patent from the past “Amusement Ride Car” (Disneyland’s Alice in Wonderland ride vehicle) applied for 1959 / granted 1960]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF040[Magazine Vol.10/No.4: Fall 2010. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors (5 pages +Morey’s Piers’ former Golden Nugget to become Knoebels’ Black Diamond). The Goatman Hollow Dark Experience (Riverdale, Maryland). DAFE’s event at New Jersey’s Casino Pier (+Stillwalk Manor). ScareHouse (part 1 / detailing the Pittsburgh haunt attraction +an interview with creator Scott Simmons). Remembering Crystal Beach Park’s Laff in the Dark. Out of the Dark (the “Spooks” darkride at Ocean Park Amusement Pier in Santa Monica, California). Interview with Scott Simmons (ScareHouse producer). [Front cover: DAFE celebrates ten years of Keeping Members in the Dark. Back cover: Patent from the past “Funhouse Apparatus” (convex [or] concave revolving platform) applied for 1907 / granted 1910]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF041[Magazine Vol.11/No.1: Winter 2011. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors. Theme Park and Attractions Management class. IAAPA 2010 (4 pages of darkride booths +news). IAAPA event at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (a 3-page report from Islands of Adventure). DAFE event at Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion (a 4-page report from Wappingers Falls, New York). ScareHouse (part 2 / DAFE visits the Pittsburgh haunt attraction). Dark Mystery (question concerning the 1929 movie “Woman from Hell” starring Dee Renaud). Interview with Jim M. Melonic (founder and owner of J.M.M. Studios in New Jersey). Ads from the past (Pretzel Amusement Ride Co. 1961). [Front cover: Hogwarts at Islands of Adventure. Back cover: Patent from the past “Funhouse Apparatus” (travelling fan/blower) 1923]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF042[Magazine Vol.11/No.2: Spring 2011. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors (4 pages). Survey results (top 10 darkrides, walk-throughs, etc.). Indiana Beach (a 4-page feature +Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain, Den of Lost Thieves and Dr Frankenstein’s Haunted Castle). Greetings from Texas Y’all (a 3-page feature +Six Flags Over Texas- Yosemite Sam’s Gold River Adventure. Ripley’s- Mirror Maze. Sandy Lake Amusement Park-Pretzel. Schlitterbahn-Congo River Expedition. Six Flags Fiesta Texas- Scooby Doo’s Ghost Blaster, etc.). Memories of Long Beach Pike California. Interview with Ed Douglas (of Midnight Syndicate – horror soundtrack creators). [Front cover: Dr Frankenstein’s Haunted Castle scene. Back cover: Patent from the past “Funhouse Stairway” (Jacob’s ladder modification) applied for 1901 / granted 1902]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF043[Magazine Vol.11/No.3: Summer 2011. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors. The making of Knoebels’ Black Diamond (a 3-page feature concerning the much-anticipated darkride). Camden Park’s Haunted House. National Haunter’s Convention +haunt tour (a 5-page report +gallery). ScareHouse ScareCamp – Pittsburgh scare-actor training and production seminar. Dark Mystery (1920s walk-through Funhouse(?) location not known). Ads from the past (A.K. Brill’s Ghost Ride). Life in the Dark (Goldie Page – haunt owner). [Front cover: National Haunter’s Convention display. Back cover: Patent from the past “Amusement Device” (ornamental funhouse crawl-through?) applied for 1924 / granted 1925]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF044[Magazine Vol.11/No.4: Fall 2011. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors (3 pages +Knoebels’ flood). Frights a Beach (4 pages- DAFE’s Indiana Beach event report). Kennywood’s Noah’s Ark – 75th anniversary. The Golden Nugget (Hunt’s Pier, New Jersey 1970s >> Knoebels). Sylvan Beach (New York) Laffland and other upstate adventures (+Black Hole Haunted House and Frankenstein’s House of Wax). Opening day at Walt Disney World’s “Star Tours – The Adventure Continues” (a 4-page feature and ride review). Dark Mystery (funhouse with face facade / location not known). Interview #2 with Ed Douglas (of Midnight Syndicate – horror soundtrack creators). [Front cover: Kennywood’s Noah’s Ark – then, and now. Back cover: Patent from the past “Rotatably Supporting A Playground Tread Barrel” applied for 1968 / granted 1970]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF045[Magazine Vol.12/No.1: Winter 2012. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors. IAAPA 2011 report. IAAPA Star Tours event (at Disney Studios, California). Dorney Park’s Zombie Invasion (event report). Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights 21. Darkrides of the United Kingdom’s north west (+New Brighton. Wilkie’s Palace Amusements. Southport’s Peter Pan Playground and Pleasureland. Ocean Beach Rhyl. Morecambe Pleasure Park. Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, Coral Island arcade and Pleasure Beach). Out of the Dark (Seabreeze’s Goofy House). Interview with Ricky Dick (Castle Blood Productions). [Front cover: Disney’s all-new Star Tours ride with C-3PO. Back cover: Patent from the past “Rotary Action Maze” applied for 1906 / granted 1907]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF046[Magazine Vol.12/No.2: Spring 2012. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors +Alton Towers’ Nemesis Sub-Terra and a review of Leonard Kinsey’s book “The Dark Side of Disney”. Survey results. Ads from the past (A.K. Brill’s Ghost Ride). The Topsy-Turvey House at the 1900 Paris Exposition (a 3-page feature). Tower of Terror at Disney’s California Adventure. Dark Mystery (Fun House / location not known). Interview with Ron Schneider (AKA, EPCOT Center’s Dreamfinder Prime). [Front cover: Dreamfinder, Ron Schneider (left) and Figment (right). Back cover: Patent from the past “Optical Illusion Building or Edifice” (upside-down house) 1900]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF047[Magazine Vol.12/No.3: Summer 2012. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors +the projects of Mark Cline. Haunted Monster Museum fire. National Haunter’s Convention (a 4-page feature). Great Lakes Frightfest in Petersburg, Michigan. Midwest Haunter’s Convention (a 3-page feature). Out of the Dark (La Marcus Adna Thompson’s Scenic Railway indoor scene and Dragon Gorge facade). Dealing with darkride damage – an insight into tackling vandalism. Interview with Linda Barnicott (artist who paints scenes of western Pennsylvania amusement parks). [Front cover: National Haunter’s Convention character captures a DAFE member. Back cover: Patent from the past “Pleasure Railway” (L.A. Thompson) applied for 1905 / granted 1906]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF048[Magazine Vol.12/No.4: Fall 2012. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors +a review of Ron Schneider’s book “From Dreamer to Dreamfinder”. Gillian’s Wonderland Pier (New Jersey) new Haunted House. Kenny-Wild weekend (6 pages reporting on DAFE’s event at Kennywood and Idlewild +a “Confusion Hill” trivia quiz). A Sally Darkride – how we do it in five acts (a 4-page insight). Behind the scenes – artistic black light creations and decor +portable darkrides are a hazard to their workers. DAFE discounts. [Front cover: Inside Idlewild’s Confusion Hill. Back cover: Patent from the past “Illusion Apparatus” (Haunted Swing) 1893]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF049[Magazine Vol.13/No.1: Winter 2013. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors +Coney Island’s Spook-A-Rama to be rebuilt, and Universal Orlando announce “Transformers: The Ride”. Hurricane Sandy damage/losses news +New Jersey’s Casino Pier to be rebuilt. Morey’s Fears – Terror on the Boardwalk (American Coaster Enthusiasts and DAFE event at Morey’s Piers New Jersey). Kennywood Holiday Lights +Christmas Ghostwood Estate. Castle Blood – A Haunt for All Seasons (Monessen, Pennsylvania). Haunting Australia – The “Hollywood Horrors” walk-through in Sydney. IAAPA 2012 reports. Dark Mystery (identify this former Bozo the Clown). [Front cover: Casketta (Danielle Bowten) welcomes you to the new Castle Blood. Back cover: Patent from the past “Maze” (indoor maze of many doors and stunts) 1896]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF050[Magazine Vol.13/No.2: Spring 2013. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors +Tony Baxter’s (Disney Imagineer) retirement and Huss Park Attractions’ “Explorer” ride concept. Survey results. Ads from the past (Messmore & Damon Inc. Specialists in fiber-glass, and Funni-Frite “Hilbilly Village” / “Hillbilly Village”). Beech Bend’s new Haunted House (a 6-page feature). Disney’s Toy Story Mania report. A Sally Darkride II – how we do it in five acts (a 6-page insight). Out of the Dark (being “Bozo the Clown”). Miss Lilly’s Seance Parlor (a 2-page feature). [Front cover: Sally Corporation “Graveyard Entrance” set element. Back cover: Patent from the past “Amusement Structure” (John A. Miller Magic Carpet-style slide improvement) applied for 1920 / granted 1921]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF051[Magazine Vol.13/No.3: Summer 2013. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors +Universal Studios Hollywood “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and “Transformers: The Ride-3D”. Knoebels’ opening day 2013 (a 3-page report). National Haunter’s Convention (a 5-page feature). Great Lakes FrightFest. The Midwest Haunter’s Convention (a 5-page report). Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s new Wallace & Gromit’s Thrill-O-Matic. Behind the scenes – A Shot in the Dark? Ads from the past (Teo Zacchini-Zacchini Machine Shop). [Front cover: Nevermore Productions’ Haunter’s Convention set design. Back cover: Patent from the past “Roundabout” (Gaston Lacomme funhouse ‘Joy Wheel’ / ‘Sugar Bowl’ improvement) 1907]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF052[Magazine Vol.13/No.4: Fall 2013. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Many B&W photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors +a review of Rolly Crump’s audio CD “More Cute Stories…” 13 memories of 13 years of DAFE (a 2-page feature). Dark developments at Conneaut Lake Park – The Devil’s Den and Hostile Hotel. The Tanya Regan Haunt Rating System. Ads from the past (BBB Industries’ transportable “Big Bad Barrel” 1964). Take a walk on the Wildwood side (2 pages). Spook-A-Rama’s return (a 2-page interview with D.J. Vourderis). A Sally Darkride III – how we do it in five acts (a 2-page insight). Out of the Dark (Boji Bay Funhouse Pavilion). Behind the scenes – A Salute to the Travelling Showman. DAFE discounts. [Front cover: Entrance to one of Cedar Point’s “Scare Zones” during Halloweekends. Back cover: Patent from the past “Amusement Ride” (John N. Bartlett’s Barrel-Illusion / darkride device) applied for 1932 / granted 1937]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF053[Magazine Vol.14/No.1: Winter 2014. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many colour photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors (6 pages: +Raven Sun Creative and Maurer Söhne’s “Saturn V” darkride). IAAPA 2013 convention report. My life as Spidora (Spidora: illusion depicting a woman with the body of a spider). Legends – A Haunting in Old Town (4 pages: including an interview with Archibald Ashdown, the proprietor of Ashdown & Sons undertakers). The Mine of Lost Souls (a 2-page insight into Canobie Lake Park’s darkride). The Great Humbug Adventure (a report on the Santa’s Village darkride). Fun Pier’s Castle of Frankenstein (from 1973 to 1976). DAFE discounts. [Front cover: John Wood, CEO of Sally Corp. (who was recently inducted into the IAAPA Hall of Fame). Back cover: Patent from the past “Amusement Device” (James Gwinnett’s rotating/tilting movie theatre platform to accentuate on-screen images, e.g. an aircraft banking or boat listing) applied for 1928 / granted 1931]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF054[Magazine Vol.14/No.2: Spring 2014. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many colour photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors (6 pages: +Universal Orlando’s Harry Potter and Idlewild’s Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood). Survey results. Secrets of the Mountain (4 pages: Canada’s Wonderland’s “Wonder Mountain’s Guardian” facts +interviews with Triotech’s Christian Martin and Canada’s Wonderland’s Dave Phillips). Ads from the past (“Let Funni-Frite put new life in your funhouse or dark ride” with Charm’in Charles, Falling Barrels, Boiling Cannibal, Baboon, Humpty Dumpty, and Spooky’s Coffin). The Dark Frontier – The Early Years (6 pages / part I: Frontier City USA’s ‘89er Ghost Mine). DAFE discounts. [Front cover: Disney’s Magic Kingdom’s “Haunted Mansion” – named DAFE members’ favourite darkride of any type. Back cover: Patent from the past “Contrivance for Amusement and Entertainment” (Elbrige Gatewood’s walk-through water tunnel centrifuge) applied for 1938 / granted 1942]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF055[Magazine Vol.14/No.3: Summer 2014. 22x28cm – 28 Pages – Many colour photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors (5 pages: +Knott’s Berry Farm opens the updated Calico Mine Ride, Astroland’s restored Rocket Ship finds a new home, and an insight into Disney’s “it’s a small world” attractions worldwide). Conneaut Lake Park – maintaining their Devil’s Den and Hostile Hostel. Is the Jersey Shore restored following Hurricane Sandy? (2 pages). The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (3 pages: Disney’s new darkride is reviewed +the Disney “Magic Band” experience is spotlighted). Midwest Haunter’s Convention (a 4-page report). Great Lakes Frightfest (1 page on the event). National Haunter’s Convention (a 7-page report). DAFE discounts. [Front cover: Ed Edmunds of Distortions Unlimited has things well in-hand at the Midwest Haunter’s Convention. Back cover: Patent from the past “Amusing Apparatus” (John P. Biddle’s milling / mine-themed darkride) applied for 1901 / granted 1902]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF056[Magazine Vol.14/No.4: Fall 2014. 22x28cm – 28 Pages – Many colour photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors (5 pages: +Conneaut Lake Park latest, Hersheypark’s Laff Trakk news, Sally Corporation’s Justice League: Battle For Metropolis news, “Historic Amusement Parks of Baltimore” book review, etc.). Conneaut Lake Park TV Show (3 pages: filming Travel Channel’s “Mission: Amusement” reality television show). From Ghost to Coast (5 pages: DAFE tours Lake Compounce’s Ghost Hunt, and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park’s Spook-A-Rama, etc.). Sights and Sideshows (2 pages: DAFE visits the Coney Island Circus Sideshow and Museum). The Dark Frontier – Modern Times (6 pages / part II: Frontier City USA’s ‘89er Ghost Mine > Quick Draw +Jesse James’ TreasureQuest Caverns, Phineas Phryte’s Undertaker Express, and Loco Longhorn’s Great Escape! alternative ride concepts). Keansburg Comeback – part I (2 pages: Seaside Park’s Hollowgraves Haunted Manor). DAFE discounts. [Front cover: Hollowgraves Haunted Manor. Back cover: Patent from the past “Cyclorama” (J.H. Fitch and C.H. Graham’s suspended ride / cycloramic presentation) 1905]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF057[Magazine Vol.15/No.1: Winter 2015. 22x28cm – 28 Pages – Many colour photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors (3 pages: +behind-the-scenes of Six Flags’ Battle For Metropolis 4D darkride, Sally Corporation’s House of Nightmares, Triotech’s Voyage to the Iron Reef news, etc.). Midnight Syndicate Live! (2 pages). Lake Eerie Weekend (5 pages: members visit the Lake Eerie Fearfest, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Ghostly Manor, and experience the Haunted Hydro opening night). IAAPA 2014 (8 pages: the latest darkride innovations’ news from the Florida convention). A Sally Darkride IV – how we do it in five acts (a 2-page insight). Dark Frontier – Frontier City USA’s other attractions (2 pages / part III: ?Mystery Shack?, Devil’s Den, Cimarron River Ride / Lost River Ride, and the OTC-X1). “Otis T. Carr: Ride Builder or Con Man?” (the saga of the OTC-X1 spacecraft). DAFE discounts. [Front cover: Battle For Metropolis 4D is unveiled at IAAPA. Back cover: Patent from the past “Amusement Device” (O.T. Carr’s ‘spaceship’) 1959]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF058[Magazine Vol.15/No.2: Spring 2015. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Many colour photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors (3 pages: +Guntown Mountain’s Haunted Hotel facelift, Kennywood’s Noah’s Ark changes, Triotech’s “Zombi” darkride for Turkey, etc.). Ads from the past (Unique Design Inc.). Conneaut Lake Park’s Devil’s Den upgrade (2 pages: +latest park news). Adventure Rooms Canada (member’s review). Pennsylvania Ride Safety Seminar (3 pages: Rick Davis attends the three-day event). A Brief History of the Pennsylvania Haunted Attraction Inspection and Registration Process (a 1-page insight). Geauga Lake Park’s Funhouse (2 pages). South Korea’s Lotte World (a 4-page review: +the Pharaoh’s Fury darkride, Dragons Wild Shooting ride, Tomb of Horror Death to Escape walk-through, The Adventures of Sindbad boat ride, the 3D Desperados II shooting game, and The Haunted House 3D horror theatre). [Front cover: Lotte World’s Tomb of Horror. Back cover: Patent from the past “Passenger Conveyance” (William S. Van Sant’s people-mover) 1910]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF059[Magazine Vol.15/No.3: Summer 2015. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many colour photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors – including Sally Corporation’s “House of Nightmares” at Gröna Lund, Allen’s Haunted Hayrides “Tavern of Terror”, Margate’s Dreamland reopening, and Six Flags Mexico’s “Ghostbusters” attraction. TransWorld’s Halloween and Attractions Show report. Justice League: Battle For Metropolis – Six Flags’ media day (a 4-page report from Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis +the two rides compared). Mini National Haunter’s Convention +an in-depth look at Castle Blood’s theatrical style. Great Lakes Frightfest – The End of an Era +Eddie Munster / Butch Patrick signs autographs. Pirate Sails… – members tour behind-the-scenes of Waldameer Park’s Whacky Shack and Pirate’s Cove. …And Devils Tails – members visit Conneaut Lake Park +Tom Broadfoot is recognised for his dedication to the Devil’s Den. [Front cover: Props from TransWorld’s show floor. Back cover: Patent from the past “Cascade Tumble” (Robert J. Carson and Edward D. Cundell’s funhouse-style waterslide attraction) applied for 1901 / granted 1902]. [visit DAFE]

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BoF060[Magazine Vol.15/No.4: Fall 2015. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many colour photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors – the latest news from the haunt industry +this is the final issue of Barrel O’ Fun… …and there is no more Darkride and Funhouse Enthusiasts! Essentials of Haunt Acting – Sarah ‘Whiplash’ Black discusses Castle Blood’s recruitment process. Howl-O-Scream – Busch Gardens Williamsburg (a 3-page feature). A Peek at Mysterious Mansion – Gatlinburg’s ‘oldest and scariest haunted house’. Camden Park’s Haunted House Pretzel Ride. Munich Oktoberfest (a 6-page feature). A Sally Darkride V – how we do it in five acts (a 3-page insight). Ads from the past (Pretzel’s new 2-story “double decker” dark ride). DAFE discounts. [Front cover: “Born in the dark. Lived in the dark. Faded into the dark: RIP Darkride And Funhouse Enthusiasts 2000–2015.” Back cover: Patent from the past “Funhouse Barrel” applied for 1907 / granted 1908]. [visit DAFE]

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DarkTimes61[Magazine Vol.16/No.1: Winter 2016. 22x28cm – 28 Pages – Many colour photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors – what’s new and what’s rumoured in the dark attractions industry +Conneaut Lake Park latest, The Walking Dead “Battle for Survival” darkride concept, Kennywood’s Noah’s Ark transformation, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open at Universal Studios Hollywood. Kennywood’s Phantom Fright Nights – report. Knoebels’ Phoenix Phall Phunfest report +Rick Knoebel and Stacy Ososkie are interviewed. Elysburg Haunted House – report. Crystal Beach Amusement Park’s Laff in the Dark, Fun House and Magic Carpet. “Death Valley or Magic Carpet” Philadelphia Toboggan Company ride advertisement fliers from 1938 (4 pages). IAAPA Convention 2015 show report – a first-timer’s viewpoint (4 pages). DAFE discounts. [Front cover: Sally Corporation props at IAAPA 2015. Back cover: Patent from the past “Amusement Apparatus” (Hyla Fredrick Maynes’ Magic Carpet ride) applied for 1916 / granted 1917]. [visit DAFE]

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DarkTimes62[Magazine Vol.16/No.2: Spring 2016. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Many colour photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors – what’s new and what’s rumoured in the dark attractions industry +Drew Hunter designs the new “Dark Times” and “DAFE” logos, Universal Orlando Resort’s “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” press release, and “Holiday of the Dead” film review. Thirteen Advancements – Chris Handa details the modern advancement and technological leaps that have directly impacted dark attractions. A Visit To Pennhurst Asylum – One of America’s Scariest Haunted Attractions. “A (Bogey) Man for all Seasons” – Ricky Dick of Castle Blood and Krazy Kim Yates of Kim’s Krypt Haunted Mill discuss the planning and execution of their off-season shows. Kennywood – Remodelers of the Last Ark (Part 1: a feature detailing Kennywood’s Noah’s Ark from 1936 > modern upgrades > changes for the 80th year). The Laughing Man – Rick Davis identifies the man who provided the laughter/78RPM record that ballyhooed Kennywood’s dark attractions during the 1940s. DAFE discounts. [Front cover: Laili and Gravely MacCabre having a Merry Cryptmas at Castle Blood. Back cover: Patent from the past “Pleasure Device” (William Richard Inshaw’s Shaking Stairway funhouse stunt) applied for 1901 / granted 1902]. [visit DAFE]

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DAFE063[Magazine Vol.16/No.3: Summer 2016. 22x28cm – 32 Pages – Many colour photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors – what’s new and what’s rumoured in the dark attractions industry +Soarin’ Around the World at Disney California Adventure, Casper’s Birthday Blast darkride for Malaysia’s Movie Animation Park Studios, ‘Dick Kinzel’ book review, Universal Orlando Resort’s Skull Island Reign of Kong and Halloween Horror Nights latest, ‘Kennywood – Behind The Screams’ book review, and The Laughing Man (an update from issue #62). Kennywood’s Noah’s Ark (a 5-page insight). Kennywood’s Noah’s Ark Timeline (a 4-page feature detailing construction and subsequent modifications 1936–2016). The original Kennywood Noah’s Ark blueprints. Details of all known Noah’s Arks and their locations worldwide. Kennywood – Remodelers of the Last Ark (Part 2: a feature celebrating the 2016 grand re-opening of Kennywood’s Noah’s Ark). Kennywood’s Noah’s Ark – A Look Behind the Scenes. Patent from the past “Amusement Device” (Edwin A. Terry’s portable ‘Noah’s Ark’ – applied for 1921 / granted 1923). Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Noah’s Ark (a 1-page insight). [Front cover: Noah’s Ark at Kennywood. Back pages: Patent from the past “Amusement Device” (Le Roy Raymond’s Noah’s Ark funhouse) applied for 1920 / granted 1921]. [visit DAFE]

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dafe064[Magazine Vol.16/No.4: Fall 2016. 22x28cm – 28 Pages – Many colour photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors – what’s new and what’s rumoured in the dark attractions industry +The Guardians of the Galaxy for Disneyland Resort, Justice League: Battle for Metropolis for Six Flags Great Adventure, The Walking Dead Breakout for Holiday Park Germany, and Chessington World of Adventures’ “Bubbleworks” props auction. Romero – The Corpse Flower/Amorphophallus Titanum at Pittsburgh’s Phipps Botanical Gardens. TransWorld’s Halloween and Attractions Show report +Haunters event at Six Flags St. Louis. Gatlinburg’s Mysterious Mansion (a 2-page insight +a behind the scenes tour and a sleepover inside the Mansion). Return to Sevier County (4 pages: DAFE visits Dollywood for a behind the scenes tour of Blazing Fury and the Mystery Mine). Ripley’s Marvelous! Mirror Maze, Moving Theater 5D and Haunted Adventure (2 pages about the three Gatlinburg attractions +a behind the scenes tour). The Tomb (report on the escape room in Pigeon Forge). Parahaunt 2016 report. Midwest Haunter’s Convention 2016 – and through the years. DAFE members’ discounts. [Front cover: Halloween Productions’ “Krampus” display at the Halloween and Attractions Show 2016. Back page: Patent from the past “Crazy House For Amusement Parks and the Like” (Richard E. Bishop’s Bluebeard’s Palace/Aladdin’s Castle-like funhouse) 1929]. [visit DAFE]

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DAFE065[Magazine Vol.17/No.1: Winter 2017. 22x28cm – 28 Pages – Many colour photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors – what’s new and what’s rumoured in the dark attractions industry +Sally Corporation’s “Five Nights At Freddy’s – The Ride” stand at IAAPA 2016, “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” for Universal Orlando, and Nintendo-themed areas slated for Universal Studios Orlando, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Japan. IAAPA Convention 2016 show report (7 pages). An October To Remember (5 pages: ‘The Blackboard and Beaker Tour’ at the Haunted Schoolhouse and Haunted Laboratory based inside the Daniel Guggenheim Airship Institute in Akron, Ohio. +reports on Knoebels’ Phoenix Phall Phunfest Preview Night, Conneaut Lake Park’s Ghost Lake, Kennywood’s Phantom Fright Nights, Castle Blood, and Rick Davis’ Grimm Manor). Daniel Guggenheim Airship Institute – a brief history. Kim’s Krypt Kampout (a 7-page insight into the event and the krazy things that happened during ‘13 Hours of Pure Terror on 62 Acres’). DAFE members’ discounts. [Front cover: The Butcher’s scene at the Horror of Menges Hill, one of the six Kim’s Krypt attractions. Back page: Patent from the past “Apparatus For Transmitting Electrical Energy” (Nikola Tesla’s Tesla Coil) applied for 1902 / renewed 1907 / granted 1914]. [visit DAFE]

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DAFE066[Magazine Vol.17/No.2: Spring 2017. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many colour photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors – what’s new and what’s rumoured in the dark attractions industry +VRstudios’ Virtual Reality experience for Knott’s Berry Farm, Pandora – The World of Avatar for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Symbolica: Palace of Fantasy to open at Efteling this summer, Identity Games’ ‘Escape Room the Game’ review, etc. Ads from the past (“It’s Fun to get Lost in… National Amusement Device’s Mirror Maze” from 1948). The Ghostly Stream – the Room Escape Divas’ podcast. Escape Rooms – how they began and their prevalence today. Escaping the Diletto Winery (review). Murfreesboro Escape Rooms (review). Exit Strategy Escape Room – Charlotte, North Carolina (review). Café de la Morte (1 page about the Café of Death dark attraction quoted from the ‘History of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition 1898’). Guests of the Castle (3 pages: a tour of Castle Blood). Find ten differences (picture puzzle). Hunting Ghosts (a 4-page report on the Ghosts N’at St. Valentine’s Day ghost hunt at the Hotel Conneaut +a visit to the Devil’s Den darkride). The Ghost of Elizabeth (2 pages: newspaper cuttings documenting the 1943 Hotel Conneaut fire, and also the back story and inconsistencies concerning the ‘Elizabeth the Bride’ legend). DAFE members’ discounts. [Front cover: Palace Games’ Houdini’s Great Escape at the 2016 Halloween and Attractions Show. Back page: Patent from the past ‘Revolving Doors Maze / Escape Rooms Attraction’ (George Ramsay Williams Lawson’s 1924 patent). ‘Find ten differences’ puzzle answers. [visit DAFE]

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[Magazine Vol.17/No.3: Summer 2017. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many colour photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors – what’s new and what’s rumoured in the dark attractions industry +Tim O’Brien joins the DAFE team, and Na’vi River Journey to set sail at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Gatlinburg Fire Reflections (a 3-page report: the November 2016 wildfire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – from a dark attractions and theme park enthusiast’s perspective). The Ghostly Stream – ‘Marketing Monday’ the Haunted Attractions Network’s podcast. Ads from the past (‘Gravity Double-Decker Dark Rides’ from the Pretzel Amusement Ride Company, 1970). Halfway to Halloween (a 4-page feature: Makeup classes, character development, props making and haunting classes at Castle Blood). TransWorld’s Halloween and Attractions Show 2017 (an 8-page report from a first-time visitors’ perspective, including a visit to City Museum in St. Louis). City Museum – St. Louis (a 2-page insight +review). DAFE members’ discounts. [Front cover: A live actor demonstrating Hallucinations Creations’ products at the 2017 Halloween and Attractions Show. Back page: Patent from the past “Amusement Walk” (Gaston Lacomme’s alternating floorboards funhouse stunt) applied for 1907 / granted 1908]. [visit DAFE]

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[Magazine Vol.17/No.4: Fall 2017. 22x28cm – 24 Pages – Many colour photos and illustrations]. Chapter Points: News and rumors – what’s new and what’s rumoured in the dark attractions industry +2018 National Haunter’s Convention dates, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s Haunted Mine Drop is open, Europa-Park’s Voletarium flying theatre is open, and Ghostbusters 5D comes to Heide Park in Germany. Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure (2 pages: Martin Palicki interviews Shanghai Disney Resort’s Creative Executive and Imagineer Luc Mayrand, about his career and the new attraction). The 2017 Midwest Haunter’s Convention (a 6-page feature from the seminar rooms, the Masquerade Ball and from the show floor). A Darkride Story – Part 1 (6 pages: Bell’s Phantasmagoria Hush-Puppy-style cars and mystery Pretzel cars to operate again in a forthcoming darkride). Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Dark Attractions (1 page: a brief description of each). DAFE members’ discounts. [Front cover: A party prop at the 2017 Midwest Haunter’s Convention. Back page: Patent from the past “Amusement Apparatus” (Alfred Pitzer’s Haunted Swing variation) applied for 1908 / granted 1909]. [visit DAFE]