View Full Version : Hauntworld Magazine is coming and here is a peak...

07-01-2008, 11:19 PM
The new Hauntworld Magazine is coming and coming fast...

HERE IS THE DEAL ladies and gentlemen... someone said we don't have the best magazine, we don't have the most words, we can't lay out a magazine better than others, or whatever...

WELL THE BUCK STOPS RIGHT HERE... I'm here to SHOW you baby that no one and I mean NO ONE is going to lay down a challenge like that and get away with it. This is what I LIVE FOR!!!!!

This ENTIRE magazine is being laid out by Brainstorm Studios, from PAGE ONE to PAGE whatever...

This will be the single best graphic looking magazine the industry has ever seen... I am putting all my idea's everything into this magazine. The hammer is coming down!

Not only that but we're going to grow this magazine outside the haunt industry, I'm sending out over 2,000 FREE magazines to all sorts of extra industries to get them to subscribe to Hauntworld Magazine. Our plan is to grow this magazine to 5,000 PAID, YES PAID, YES PAID SUBSCRIBERS!


This magazine will feature over 13 different haunted houses from around the country... no magazine has ever done that before! The top 13 list will be revealed, all sorts of awesome articles on the way just in time for the haunt season.


Subscribe today at www.hauntedhousesupplies.com

The Joker


07-01-2008, 11:22 PM

Here is another!!!


07-01-2008, 11:24 PM




07-01-2008, 11:24 PM
I feel a tyler praise fest is right around the corner>< lol

07-01-2008, 11:26 PM
Okay since you said that one more page just for Tyler.


07-01-2008, 11:30 PM
It's nice to see you show a sense of humor!

07-02-2008, 04:12 AM
Looks really nice

07-02-2008, 05:54 AM
I bet you right now Tyler has just S##t all over himself. Larry don't do this to him. Hes young and don't know how to control himself. Shane

07-02-2008, 06:08 AM
Oh Lord! He even included the Kings Island haunt. Tyler really will be busting a nut.

07-02-2008, 06:16 AM
Why don't you guys give Tyler a break? If you guys had haunts like the Darkness and put out a haunt magazine maybe he'd be praising you! Your posts were funny I admit, but you made your point....:)


07-02-2008, 06:19 AM
My only request it that you stop putting text over the graphics. It makes it really hard to read sometimes.

07-02-2008, 06:57 AM
You know guys...it's really sad that this board has fallen to the depths of mocking young guys for their opinions. That's what we need to do here is make as many new up and commers as we can feel uncomfortable. Maybe if we try hard enough we can run them out of haunting altogether. Seriously...can nobdoy agree with Larry anymore without being attacked? That's stupid. Can we all just grow up and agree to disagree here. Everyone seems so fed up with hearing about the Leonard v. Larry stuff. Everytime it comes up people say "oh, here it goes again" but some many seem eager to start a new Shane v. Larry debate. Let it go. And stop beating up on people because of their opinions. If I want to agree with Larry some of the time or EVERY time you have no business telling me that I'm right or wrong to do so. You can disagree, but you don't have a right to just beat people down for the way they think. It's like grade school again and the bullies are out for lunch money. You guys should absolutely be ashamed of yourselves.

07-02-2008, 07:28 AM
Just be me but I feel Kip is talking directly to me. Kip dude I have nothing aginst you. Just come out and say directly to me that you want me to shut up and go away. Oh yes Kevin LMAO stay out of this I know what your thinking. Shane

07-02-2008, 09:25 AM
Let me say again... this topic once again hijacked. This topic is about the new magazine! Yes have fun but man o man c'mon!

Talk about the magazine on this thread!

And Kip you and I will never agree on anything, so you have nothing to fear right? LOL Just kidding!


07-02-2008, 09:25 AM
So what do you people think about the new magazine pages? Do you like them or what? Larry

07-02-2008, 09:41 AM
I think they look pretty cool, Brainstorm always does good work!


07-02-2008, 10:06 AM
So what do you people think about the new magazine pages? Do you like them or what? Larry

I agree with Barry's comment above, putting graphics behind text along with the colored backgrounds and white text makes things hard to read. I understand that it seems to be the current trend to have very graphically-intense print and web publications but I miss the days of clear, black-on-white text with the pictures around it (or vice versa).

As for the content itself, it looks like I'd like to take more of a look at that, it might be time to subscribe again.

07-02-2008, 11:57 AM
The magazine will be 100% color this time around, and features many haunts...

Want to send out a heads up to Noah for the great article on all the haunts in the Ohio/Michigan area.

Good job!


damon carson
07-02-2008, 12:16 PM
Looks nice! Youve got me worried with the Deliverance bit though! LOL! Maybe Shane would like some of that action! Ha! New and improved magazine laid out by Brainstorm. Transworld coming to St. Louis. The Darkness going to be the main and haunt for the convention. Dont give him a heart attack Larry! LOL!

Jolly Pumpkin
07-02-2008, 12:18 PM
Thanks Larry. I had fun writing it. I know as I type right now people are gonna complain about why I didn't include some haunts, but I think the ones that are covered people will really enjoy reading about. If I wanted to talk about everything it would end up being a 30 page article and I think covering 20 haunts is good enough. If I get the opportunity I would love to write a part 2 if the response for part one is good enough. There are so many great haunts in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana that it's hard to write an article covering only 20. But I think the article came out looking incredible and really showcases some incredible haunts.

07-02-2008, 12:38 PM
I would say that the magazine looks like an advertisement for a website for the magazine. White text on top of dark, multicolored backgrounds. Pictures layered and blended over each other. Magazines are about conveying information, and if that information gets cluttered up and hidden by clever but needless graphic tricks, then the magazine becomes worthless to the potential reader. Many fledgeling graphic designers fall into this trap of too much art and fancy tricks in their magazine designs. The designs that have been shown would work nicely as ads in a magazine but would tend to get confusing as a whole magazine. Speaking of ads, the ads that are shown are getting lost in the clutter. Somebody who is putting an ad in a magazine wants that ad to stand out and be noticed, not have it lost in the murk of overbearing clutter. Remember the K.I.S.S. principle.

07-02-2008, 12:45 PM
This is probably a bad example because the article which I'm showing you is a story of 10 different haunts all in one story... so yeah it will be somewhat cluttered. Nothing you can do about that... it is one mans trip through 10 haunts, and we want all 10 to stand out from the rest that is why it is being done this way.

Plus you have to remember these are smaller images than a real full sized page...keep that in mind.


Patti Ludwinski
07-02-2008, 12:54 PM
Thank you for writing. Your talents are always appreciated and wanted here. Would love to read more of your articles in the future!

07-02-2008, 12:55 PM
Larry, that sounds like an excuse for bad page design. A good magazine designer could have done the same stories with less clutter and used less ink, thereby saving some money. Brainstorm is a good design group for what they do, but magazine design is a different animal.

07-02-2008, 01:19 PM
I don't agree with on what you just said not even for a minute!!! It is just a difference of opinion! However I do take all opinions serious, otherwise I would never change the magazine, the content or the layout.

I do not agree with what you said about Brainstorm's layout because I think it looks awesome! However this particular article is about 10 haunts, not one, so yes we want the haunts to stick out from each other that is our design choice, maybe you don't like it but I do. I think most if not everyone will like it once they see it on the page and if not maybe we'll change it down the road.

As for Barry's comments I see what hes saying... this is why I post stuff I want feedback whether or not I agree or no is beside the point. But I do appreciate you taking the time out to offer your comments.


07-02-2008, 02:10 PM
LMAO, LMAO, LMAO I cant help it!!!! This is a damn Soap Opra!! Just like Dallas! But this time the new show will me called St. Louis. You will have Larry as JR and poor Patti aka Sue Ellen watching her mans back all the while someones in the Shadows! Then you got the baby of the Ewing bunch Bobby aka baby Tyler always looking up to big brother knowing all along hes doing wrong. Then you got Nut aka Jock Ewing the Daddy the voice of reason. And so on and so on. I have just fell out of my chair laughing! Actually I pissed in my pants!!!!!!! Funny Funny Shit its a Soap here people plain and simple!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shane

07-02-2008, 02:31 PM
Larry, One suggestion I would make is to put a box around every ad. Without it, the info/photos in the ad tend to blend in with the copy and photos in the articles.

I know a lot of designers think the latest thing is to do away with the boxes, but they were used for many decades for a good reason. Just my two cents.

07-02-2008, 02:34 PM
My opinion comes from my 20 years experience as a magazine designer and Art Director for a successful magazine publishing group. I see no flow in the articles. I see headlines hidden by the clutter. I see text that is difficult to read. I see ads that can't be differentiated from the stories. The style of design used is fine for the web or one sheet posters, but is problematic for printed publications. I'm not picking on just you, ALL of the haunt related magazines suffer from this bad design work. Try this, look at the large successful media (tv film) magazines and see how they design. Readability is the key.

p.s. The word you wanted in the headline of this posting is peek not peak. The copy editor in me.

07-02-2008, 02:39 PM
Whoops! Thanks Larry

07-02-2008, 02:50 PM

How is this page?


07-02-2008, 04:15 PM
I like the last page the best, I can see all the text. Can't wait for it to show up in the mail box.

07-02-2008, 07:19 PM
It's not a bad design, but there several elements that could be changed for legibility and ease of printing.

White text on a process black background - This is begging for trouble and is a design element that should be used sparingly. Your printer has to do perfect registration on all the plates for this to look and read well. If the CMYK colors are off register by a half dot or more, the white text will look blurry with colored edges and become hard to read. This assumes that you want people to actually read the magazine and not just look at the pretty pictures.

Rag left type - Studies have shown that rag left type is not good for large blocks of text. It slows readers down and can confuse them. It is best used for captions, headers and cut lines. If the designer wants to follow the line of the spindle, justify the text on both sides with the left following the line of the spindle.

Eye lines and text flow - The three text blocks look choppy with no flow for the eye. Move the cut line to the right hand page where that horizontal text box is and put all the text in the remaining two blocks by extending the left hand page block of text up to the top. Because of the way magazines open up, people naturally look at the right hand page first. This means that the cut line will do its job catching the reader's interest. The reader will then notice the large face looking at them on the left hand page which will pull their eyes to that left hand page and the beginning of the text. The placement of the other pictures as they are, will help draw the eye up and to the right where the rest of the text is. BTW, it helps to caption pictures.

I hope this critique and explanation of some magazine design rules will help in future issues of Hauntworld.

07-02-2008, 07:29 PM
Wow I am really impressed! Shane

07-02-2008, 07:35 PM
Very nice Infoam!

07-02-2008, 07:40 PM
cant wait! looks good larry

07-03-2008, 11:14 AM
This magazine might be slightly delayed... this is taking longer than I expected.

I want this to be the single greatest looking magazine ever and I have a lot of ideas and they are just taking longer than I expected. But it is still rolling.

Here is another page...


07-03-2008, 11:37 AM
Maybe while you're at it you could send me the backissue I ordered with my subscription!

07-03-2008, 11:59 AM
We process over 5000 orders a year through our store www.hauntedhousesupplies.com (http://www.hauntedhousesupplies.com)

If we missed you somehow send me a private email with your address, what you ordered and we'll look into it asap.


07-05-2008, 03:52 AM

I'm sorry to say the magazine will for sure be delayed. WHY?

Well because I'm getting all sorts of new artwork made, all sorts of new sections designed and layed out that we never had before. I know most of you realize I have a lot of idea's and I am very creative... but I've never really applied any of that to the magazine.

Well now I am...

Once I get one done, the future issues will be easier, cheaper and faster for us to produce. There is just so much going into this magazine I can't even tell you.

I have spent the WHOLE ENTIRE FREAKING DAY on the 4th working on this magazne...and is what 5am and I'm STILL NOT DONE!

I have sent something like 8 emails to Brainstorm of articles I wrote, idea's, layouts, ads and everything else I need.

It will get done but it won't be done next week I can tell you that.

It will go out soon! But from this magazine on the future will be awesome... this magazine will set the standard by which ANY OTHER MAGAZINE will ONLY HOPE to achieve that I can promise you!

I can't say yet how many pages it will be but it might hit the 100 mark, still no sure! I'll let you know when everything is done!


07-05-2008, 07:19 AM
Did you say that you were mailing out free copies to non subscribers? I don't have a subscription? But after seeing this mag, I think I might. It looks really cool, nice job Larry and Brainstorm. -Tyler

07-05-2008, 07:34 AM
Did you say that you were mailing out free copies to non subscribers? I don't have a subscription? But after seeing this mag, I think I might. It looks really cool, nice job Larry and Brainstorm. -Tyler

a free trial version would be excellent. doubt that would happen though. i need to subscribe to it myself still. looking good larry.

07-05-2008, 01:18 PM
No I am not mailing out free copies... what I was saying is that we're mailing out bunch of free copies to amusement parks, ren fairs and stuff trying to bring in new industries to our subscription base.


07-05-2008, 01:26 PM
Shame on you after all Tyler is your biggest fan!!!! He backs everything you say and compliments everthing you do! You should atleast give him a free copy or two even if their old ones. Tyler I am sorry this is the best I can do hope this helps. Shane

07-05-2008, 08:22 PM
Larry, everything's lookin good on the mag. I'm gonna have to get a copy of that now.

07-06-2008, 12:53 AM
I'm thinking by Tuesday or Wed we should be able to get this to the printer.

I'm hoping!


Jolly Pumpkin
07-06-2008, 10:03 AM
Larry please check your email. It's about the article and very important. I can't wait to check out the next issue of Hauntworld Magazine. It looks like it's going to be the best designed magazine to date.