Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

As you may have heard from me either on Facebook or Twitter, I’ll be part of an awesome Milwaukee event call Horror-o-Rama! I’ll be reading from my book Washington County Paranormal: A Wisconsin Legend Tripand talking to folks about Wisconsin Sickness! Also, another paranormal group, P.I.M. will be guiding a post event investigation guests can go along on (while I’ll be at home, sleeping, because that’s how I roll).

Here’s excerpts from the official press release from Rockabilly Girl Productions! -J. Nathan Couch

Underground Collaborative Gets Horrific Makeover for Horror-O-Rama


MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (May 03, 2013) – The Underground Collaborative, in the lower level of the Shops of Grand Avenue at 161W. Wisconsin Avenue will be home to Milwaukee’s first annual Horror-O-Rama, produced by Rockabilly Girl Productions, Ltd. A not-so-mini horror festival, Horror-O-Rama will feature international burlesque star Francesca Alfresca, horror stars Deadgar Winter & Dr. Ivan Cryptosis, Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee, Lumpy of AngryYoung Men, Ltd., music by Savini Effect, horror art, Bloody Mary bar, vendors, Party Girls Pinups, costume contest and much more! Whether you’re a classic horror movie fan or a Walking Dead fanatic there will be something for you here. Horror-O-Rama is from 6p-10p Friday May 3 followed by a paranormal investigation from 10:30p-12a. Extra fee and sign up required to walk along on the investigation. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at HERE or for $15 at the door.

Horror-O-Rama is from 6p-10p Friday May 3rd in the Underground Collaborative, located in the lower level of the Shops of Grand Avenue at 161 W. Wisconsin Avenue downstairs from TJ Maxx. Guests may come and go during the event hours once tickets are purchased or shown at the door. A paranormal investigation of the Underground Collaborative and the empty suite next door will be performed by Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee from 10:30pm-12am following Horror-O-Rama. Guests with Horror-O-Rama tickets may sign up to walk along with the investigation. Sign up will be first come first serve during Horror-O-Rama and is capped at 20 people. There will be a nominal fee of $5 per person and participants will be asked to sign a liability release. If you wish to participate in the walk along it is also recommended you bring your own flashlight. In addition to performances there will be screenings, presentations, vendor booths, zombie Zumba, a horror themed art show, costumed art model(s), and costume contest at 9p. A more specific schedule of performances will be posted on the Horror-O-Rama Facebook event page and on Brownpapertickets.com at least one week prior to the event. Schedules will also be posted throughout the venue during the event.

Horror-O-Rama is the brain child of Alice Wilson-Stuart, actress and event producer in the Milwaukee theatre community since 1994. Wilson-Stuart is best known for her premiere silent movie style comedic theatre troupe The M.U.T.E.S. founded in 2009. Rockabilly Girl Productions, Ltd. Is Wilson- Stuart’s newly founded company that will produce each of her theatrical, entertainment & art events. An avid horror fan, Wilson-Stuart believes there is a void in Milwaukee for an off season horror event. With the increasing popularity of TV shows like The Walking Dead and Grimm & local events like Night of the Living: the puppet show, she believes now is the time to fill that void and Horror-O-Rama is perfect to to do just that.

For more information about Horror-O-Rama or Rockabilly Girl Productions, Ltd. contact Alice Wilson-Stuart atrockinredhead52@gmail.com or (414) 430.0507. Visit the Horror-O-Rama Facebook event page and follow us on Twitter @BlueHawaii2013 & @Bobosnakes. For more information about The Underground Collaborative visit www.ucmke.org & follow the UC on Twitter @theucmke, @StudioKristelle & @MilwaukeeComedy.





Friday, March 15th, 2013

I’ll be reading in Milwaukee this May. There will also be girls in pasties, rock bands, improv acts, and lots of other things more interesting than me! -J.Nathan Couch.



Why Journalism’s a Joke These Days: Wisconsin Sickness and the Girl Scouts

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

If you’ve not heard about Stacy Hintz, the West Bend mom who was fired from her position as a Girl Scouts troop leader over her involvement with her husband Charlie’s website Wisconsin Sickness, then you’ve probably been in a coma for the last several days. I’m not going to waste time writing down all the gory details. Every news source in Milwaukee and Madison has covered it, and the story’s gone international now thanks to HuffPost and the UK’s Daily Mail.

Google “Stacy Hintz Girl Scouts” and you get bombarded with various takes on the controversy. Many written by “professional journalists.” I’ve read dozens of articles about Stacy and the Scouts, and it reminds me why I didn’t pursue my journalism degree beyond the Associate level. Modern journalism (in America anyway) is an absolute joke. Journalism is intended to be a balanced, unbiased, presentation of facts: nothing more, nothing less. Almost every single story I’ve read, watched, or heard regarding this issue has been slanted one way or the other.  One source completely demonizes Stacy. The next makes her look like a martyr for the alternative scene.

This is the paragraph where I’m going to make everything you just read seem irrelevant by writing a completely biased view of this whole mess by defending Stacy, Charlie, and Wisconsin Sickness from those articles slanted against them. The only different is I’m not presenting this post as journalism. This post is an opinion piece and nothing more.

If you follow this site on Facebook or Twitter you likely know I’m a regular contributor at Wisconsin Sickness. In fact, one of the articles I wrote for them a couple of weeks ago is a footnote in this strange saga, simply because one paragraph jokes about porn and fireworks (though none of the news articles mention M-80s or bottle rockets).

What most of you don’t know is why I write Wisconsin Sickness. I assume most of you think I draw a paycheck. Hardly. I write there because Stacy and Charlie are wonderful people who have done nothing but support and promote my upcoming book every chance they’ve gotten.

Charlie Hintz’s company Mental Shed Studios is solely responsible for this website and all the amazing graphics. Charlie learned about my book early on, back when I only had a Facebook page with 6 likes and a clip-art profile picture. He volunteered his design services, free of charge, simply because he was excited about my project and wanted to see it become a reality. I should point out I was a complete stranger to him at that point.

Charlie’s generosity and enthusiasm for my idea removed a HUGE obstacle for me. He not only provided me with a legitimate online home for my creative project (which I couldn’t have afforded otherwise) but he also got me excited about my own ideas. The least I could do is help him out by writing for Wisconsin Sickness. If you’ve heard Stacy defend Wisconsin Sickness by saying it’s a site dedicated to promote Wisconsin art, you can believe her. While I’m hesitant to call a book about ghost and monster sightings art, this project may have never gained the momentum it has without them.

I’ve also been in their home. Their house is no Satanic temple filled-to-bursting with skulls, pentagrams, and naked women. It contains them, two kids, and lots of love. You can bet your life they’ll be listed in the acknowledgments of my book when its printed later this year.

I understand why some people are freaking out. Not everyone loves loud music, femme fatals, and ghosts (all cornerstones of Wisconsin Sickness) and not everyone wants someone who does around their kids. I’m not getting into if the Girl Scouts had a valid reason to remove Stacy as troop leader. Everyone else on the Internet is already exploring that angle. What I really want to do is assure you Charlie and Stacy are good, amazing people. If you’ve seen or read anything contrary to that, it’s pure lies, or at the very least, the product of a judgmental and poorly informed journalist.  If Wisconsin Sickness upsets you, just don’t look at it. Thank you for your time.

-J. Nathan Couch


The Book As Of Now

Monday, November 7th, 2011

When I first decided to write this book I wasn’t sure if there was enough content out there. Though I had lived in the county since 2007, I had heard very little about the local legends and haunts. So, I made the scope of the book very broad. If it was paranormal and it happened in Washington County, I would consider putting it in the book.

Now that I’m nearing the 100 page mark of the first draft the book is taking shape. As everything sits at the moment, Washington County Paranormal will be a sort of legend tripper’s guide. The focus of the book will be businesses or public places. Locations that I can publish directions to without betraying the privacy of any individual. Of course, the book will be much more than a collection of a couple of paragraphs, a map, and some vague driving directions. A full essay on each location will proceed these travel aids, of course. This will be a book you read first, and use after.

However this leaves me with an interesting problem. So many people have sent me information regarding haunted homes. The wonderful woman I met at the West Bend Community Memorial Library who told me about the ghost who lifted an overturned lawn-mower from off her. The young lady who’s home was haunted by the spirit of a crying infant. The man who’s home was haunted by poltergeists that loved playing with his child’s toys.  These are stories that I want to include, that should be included. What to do? I’m considering an essay in which I condense these “haunted house” stories, or if there is room, an entire “Directions Not Included” chapter in back devoted to haunted houses.

One thing is certain, though. I enjoy hearing about all of these paranormal experiences immensely, whether they be at a business, a county park, or a private residence. Do continue to share your experiences with me. While I can’t guarantee it will be used in the book, I can guarantee that I am honored to receive it, and thrilled to read it.

P.S. I’ve been taken on as contributing writer at Wisconsin Sickness. My first article is up. They sent me down to Milwaukee to review The M.U.T.E.S. and Angry Young Men, LTD’s “Night of the Living Dead: The Puppet Show.” You can read the review here.

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