Monday, January 2, 2017

A look back, a look forward, and there's something under the couch...

2016 was a crazy year on a ton of levels. Not only for the site here, but also for myself personally. A lot of things accomplished, and a lot of things not so much fully realized. But, before I get to all of that, you may want to get a little comfy. Grab a drink and and relax, I'll just hang out here for a few, go on.

Seriously, go on, it's okay.

We okay? No? Okay...take your time.

Back? Ah, okay, good. Let's get this going, shall we?

First thing's first. Some of you likely noticed, things have changed as far as the staff around here. No longer is Alex a member of the team, her life has become very busy and while she still attends a lot of the events we do, it's under different circumstances and that's cool.

Carrie and I have also decided to mostly part ways, this is both in our personal lives as well as with our blogs. Will we do things together in the future? I have no doubt on that, but it won't be nearly as much as in the past. We're still friends and all, but just needed to go our own ways for a variety of reasons.

As for the rest, the team is pretty much the same! So, not much change on that front, other than Fil's apparent extended role in things during the months of Sept and October for Haunt Tour. That's pretty cool actually, and a very welcome change to things I think.

Still, the team is pretty thin these days and leaves myself mostly on point for a lot of the events and trips that the Kverse site covers. That proved to be a pretty big challenge in 2016 and I've learned quite a few things from that. A lot of things didn't get fully finished, or even started, and my apologies for that immensely. Not only to you guys, but also the events and businesses I go to. Going to have to work on that more going forward.

So just where are things going? Great question!

 I have no fuckin' idea. 

The point of this whole thing here was to chronicle the weird happenings in my life and the industries and events I care about/are a part of. Somewhere along the line I think that maybe that was missed a little and figuring out just what I want out of this, as well as my own life, has taken a surprising amount of time. Who knew? Top that off with living on my own for the first time in a long while and a whole lot of other changes with me and it's been one crazy as hell year.

Oh, yeah...there's no denying that.

I've been without food, close to losing a place to live, and a whole host of other things. The most obvious, my transition that started earlier this year and continues to go at a good clip! Hoping the other stuff stablizes a bit, I do like to eat, really, it's a great thing.

Where things go from here? I have no real idea. I'm starting to get a feel for my little adopted city that is Pittsburgh, and I'm farther along with my own personal journey. What impact those things will have in the future is unknown. However, the name of the site is Kitsuneverse and that means everything that's going on in my little world, right? So expect some more "off topic" things to pop up.

Though, can they really be off topic? I'm not even sure what's real anymore! Help!

Anyway....I also plan to do some reorganizing to the site as a whole too, but we'll see if I get to that or not. I probably will, and likely much later than planned, but it will happen!

Enough rambling, I could go on forever about things here right now if I let myself, so I'll just stop. Stay tuned, going to get things back on track and headed in new directions for this year and where we end up? Nobody knows, but it's gonna be one helluva ride!

Oh, and what's under the couch? A cat. Yep, that's right.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

[HT2016] Halfway Update for Haunt Tour 2016

Well, four weeks (technically 5) through this year's tour and things have been pretty interesting so far this year. Hit quite a few locations that I haven't been to in a few years, and even a totally new event that just started this year. All in all, the quality has been exceptional at almost every haunt that myself, and the rest of the team, has managed to get to.

It's been a crazy, nearly 2,000 mile journey across Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio so far, and while only 9 haunts have been visited, it's still be quite the adventure on a lot of levels. Sharing some of the experiences with members of the team I don't get so see much, has been a really fun thing to do as well. 

I've absolutely loved seeing all the new and creative ways that the teams behind these creations have come up with to become even more amazing than they already were. Huge love to them for keeping on what they do and coming up with such insane new things all the time.

However, that said, it's with a heavy heart that I have to say that last weekend was the last for Haunt Tour 2016. Due to circumstances out of my control, I just can't finish out the final few weeks. I may be able to get to a local place or two, but those haunts in Cincinnati, Long Island, and possibly Baltimore will have to wait for another time. I really wish it wasn't the case, but life just won't allow for such right now.

The plan at the moment is to continue working on the past reviews that I need to finish and get out and then that'll be that. With so much going on, it's really all I can do. To those haunts I have been to, thanks so much for letting me check out your awesome creations this year, and apologies for not getting the material out sooner, it is coming.

Stay tuned for more details concerning the site coming in the near future.

Friday, September 30, 2016

[HT2016] Haunt Tour 2016 Week 3 Preview!

Things are still trucking along here, and week three of Haunt Tour 2016 is upon us. This time around, headed to Philadelphia to check out Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary along with Fright Factory. Once more, I'll be joined by our review team member, +Filip Muncan for this trip and looking forward to meeting back up with him for this one.

Terror Behind the Walls has a couple of new additions for this year, and I have no clue what Fright Factory has in store for us either. There's just no knowing with those guys over there, and having been a couple years since our last visit, should be quite interesting to see what they have up their sleeves.

Why only two? Well, sometimes scheduling just doesn't work and while I did reach out to some others, I just didn't hear back in time. So, once again it'll be another double shot weekend. I'm not overly minding that so far since there's plenty of time in the season and the line up so far is looking really awesome.

As far as the other reviews that haven't been published, they are coming! This past week was really hard on me with the day job, and I just couldn't get time to finish things up to the point where they're ready to go. I'm hoping that next week I'll have the reviews from Wells Township Haunted House and Bloodview ready to go along with this weekend's.

Speaking of that, there's a lot of video that I have to get out there from events and I promise that I'll do my best to get that all edited and out sometime next week too.

For now? Hitting the road once more. So, keep it here and of course for all the live updates, you can follow us on your social network of choice. Can find that info under the About section.

Until next time...stay safe, and pleasant nightmares!

Friday, September 23, 2016

[HT2016] Haunt Tour 2016 Week 2 Preview!

Well, it's time to hit the road again once more after taking a weekend off. That happened for a variety of reasons, and while things aren't totally settled, I'm getting a little antsy and need to get back out there to hit a few places up. Haunts make the fox happy and that's what'll happen!

Anyway, this week, the official Week 2 of Haunt Tour 2016, finds me headed to a couple of haunts in Ohio. The first on the list is Bloodview Haunted House in Broadview Heights, just outside of Cleveland. Not only is the one of my favorite all time attractions, but they won the Best Overall Haunt award back in 2013. I can't wait to see what improvements and changes they've made since the past visit.

One big time winner would be enough for the weekend, right? Well, I thought so too until an opening appeared on the schedule and we decided to slide Wells Township Haunted House into the mix.

Last year was our first visit, and they impressed us so much that they too managed to snag the Best Overall Haunt category for 2015 tour. Craziness how that even became a thing, but it did and I'm so excited to be going back and seeing just what they've cooked up for this year.

So, while there might be a couple of other surprises that come along, those are the two haunts that I know will be hit and both of them are so good they've taken top honors before. This year we'll have hit all three of the best haunts that we've visited over the past years in the first two weekends! That's just not right on so many levels, but it's soooo good.

Additionally, I'm really looking forward to having our PR manager, and scare actor, Maddie with us during the Bloodview visit too! There could be a surprise guest making it for that one as well, but I'm not 100% if they'll be able to make it. If they can? Wow. In that same light, I'm not sure if anyone will be joining me for the Wells Township trip, but I'm hoping that another haunt industry professional and close friend will be able to.

In other news, I'm still working on getting the video reviews up from Week 1, and I hope those will be out soon, just taking a bit more time than I'd like but things are settling enough to where those should be finished up and ready go in the next couple of days. There's also been some changes to the list of haunts that we're going to be hitting this year, a few notable places falling off but some really kick ass ones getting added too. I'll have more on that soon!

And there ya have it, it's another crazy 450+ mile trip over two days in search of the insanity and there's a lot that I'm looking forward to capturing on this one, just what that is? Well, you'll have to stay tuned. Right now it's time to hit the road, just remember...

Sweet Screams and Pleasant Nightmares!