My Book Is Coming….

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 in Best of the Best, Books, CONTESTS & GIVEAWAYS, Indie Horror, Published Works | 0 comments

A cold wind ushers in, warning of the horror that lurks in the cobwebbed corners of our world. A black fate has befallen us all. My book is being unleashed very soon by Blue Juice Publications. It has been a long and grueling labor of love but in under a month it will at last hit bookshelves everywhere.


A small town is ruined by black rain, and two police officers find themselves face to face with the creatures lurking in the flooded streets. In the Wild West, an aging gunslinger returns to his favorite brothel, only to encounter a fathomless black tar that’s devouring everyone within. Paramedics find a remedy for a zombie virus outbreak — but can the survivors come to terms with their cannibalism? Former high-school sweethearts reconnect for the anniversary of a murder. Two deceased movie legends come back as avenging angels, tracking demons through haunted canyons. 

These stories and more fill Growing Dark, a collection of my darkest short stories. Some have been previously published in magazines such as Spinetingler as well as in anthologies by Post Mortem Press, Dark Moon Books, Wicked East Press and more, while others are being published here for the very first time. Plus, it is already getting some great reviews…

“Triana has a voice unmatched by other writers in his field. His short stories pack more punch than your average novel. Beware of this man’s words, for they are dangerous and contagious.”
—Max Booth III, author of Toxicity

“Triana’s work really brings the thunder!”
—Jon Mikl Thor, musician, bodybuilder and actor (Rock N’ Roll Nightmare, Zombie Nightmare)

“Kristopher Triana is one of the last, true badasses.”
—Tim Morse, drummer of Anal Cunt

“Kris Triana is bound to give the big boys of horror a run for their money! Whether it’s ‘quiet’ horror with a slow build or something incredibly extreme, Triana writes characters you care about, fleshing them out so well that you’ll cringe when he suddenly pulls the rug out from under you and viciously flays them alive. Seeing his name attached to any story guarantees you’re in for a great, ghoulish read!”

—Matt Kurtz, author of Monkey’s Box of Horrors

A macabre collection of lurking dread and bloodcurdling terror, ranging from otherworldly evils to very human nightmares, this powerful collection is sure to keep you sleeping with the lights on.

Stayed tuned for an actual release date as well as your chance to win a free autographed copy!

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ROCKIN’ BEYOND THE NIGHTMARE: An interview with Jon Mikl Thor, the Rock Warrior

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 in 80's Horror, CONTESTS & GIVEAWAYS, Interviews & Guest Posts, Music | 20 comments



The Rock Warrior THOR has always shaken the very halls of Valhalla with inspiring anthemic Metal as powerful as the enchanted warhammer Mjolnir itself!

Bodybuilding champion, heavy metal icon, producer/star of such horror gems including the legendary Rock N’ Roll Nightmare, and explosive performer (blowing up hot water bottles, bending steel, and having cinder blocks broken over his chest are all in a night’s work)… THOR is an immensely powerful figure and it is an honor to have him join us at the Tavern! THOR will be a guest of honor on Friday September 27th at our Cult Film Fest, and on Saturday he will be performing LIVE at 80s in the Park. Tickets are still on sale — this show is not to be missed!!


Do you accept the challenge?

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Posted on Sep 21, 2013 in 80's Horror, CONTESTS & GIVEAWAYS, Interviews & Guest Posts | 20 comments

An interview with Ted Prior, star of The Deadliest Prey — and one extremely rare giveaway!



The blonde hair. The bulging muscles. The thousand-mile stare.

Ted Prior is no stranger to cult cinema.


Multi-talented as an actor, filmmaker, model, musician and FX artist, Ted has lent his skills to screen and stage since his youth. He is beloved by cult cinema fans for his roles in Troma productions, his sci-fi buddy flick with David Carradine, and most of all, his collaborations with his director brother David A. Prior.

Together, the Prior brothers have created some cult and camp favorites, including Killer Workout, Sledgehammer, Born Killer, Raw Nerve and Raw Justice.

But the film they are most celebrated for is their 1987 one-man-army movie, Deadly Prey – a wild and ferocious underground film that is part The Deadliest Game and part First Blood. In it, an army of mercenaries who train by hunting live targets pursues an unstoppable killing machine. That killing machine is Mike Danton, and he is played perfectly by a muscle-bound and mullet-headed Ted Prior.




One reason I believe Deadly Prey is so beloved is that it is a time-capsule example of post-Vietnam War American films – particularly those that came out during the 80’s VHS boom, when indie filmmakers flooded the Mom n’ Pop video shelves with their more cost effective alternatives to big studio releases. It is one of many angry film fantasies from that era that vented the country’s frustration over the outcome of that war – films like Missing in Action, Steele Justice and of course the Rambo series.

But the other reason Deadly Prey remains one of the Prior’s brother’s most popular movies is that it never gets preachy, never takes itself too seriously, and it knows how to deliver truckloads of explosive fun even upon repeat viewings. It is over the top, ultra-violent, and shamelessly hammy.

When watching a movie like Deadly Prey, cult cinema fans can’t help but remark: “Man, they just don’t make them like this anymore.”

For twenty-seven years, that has been true. But now it’s 2013, and Mike Danton is back, baby!

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Posted on Sep 18, 2013 in CONTESTS & GIVEAWAYS | 6 comments



Want to win a DVD copy of the new horror film BOUNTY KILLER, starring Gary Busey and Beverly D’Angelo? Entering is easy!

  1. Like Tavern of Terror on facebook 
  2. Check out the killer app and leave us a comment telling us the results of your bounty hunter quiz!

One winner will be chosen at random and will get a brand new DVD copy of the movie.
Hurry! Entries must be in by 9:00pm, EST on Thursday, September 19th.



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Posted on Sep 13, 2013 in Booze, CONTESTS & GIVEAWAYS, Halloween, Lists & Countdowns | 22 comments


It’s that darkly magical time of year again: HALLOWEEN.


It may only be mid-September, but we horror fans are already starting to celebrate the Season of the Witch, and the fall beers are joining us. One of our favorites at the tavern is Big Boss Brewery’s Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Big Boss to giveaway some spooky swag this Friday the 13th! While we’d love to send you the beer itself, the fuzz won’t allow it – but don’t worry, we’re making up for it with a glorious gift set. Barware, T-shirts and stickers abound, all featuring the reaper and sickle image and spouting that Danzig style font. This beer knows how to kick it wicked.


harvest set


Last year I whipped up this Top ten List of The Best Halloween Horror Movies, showcasing my selection for the films that best embody the spirit of the holiday. I decided to repost it here for our Harvest of Horrors Giveaway. Check it out and then find out how to enter to WIN!

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Posted on Aug 31, 2013 in 80's Horror, CONTESTS & GIVEAWAYS, Interviews & Guest Posts | 3 comments



To celebrate the big festival convention we are co-hosting, 80’s in the Park, the Tavern has decided to host an 80’s week.

We’ve reached out to our favorite blogs, websites and writers to ask them to take a virtual time warp with us back to that glorious age of wall swatches and teased mullets, when ripped jeans became new and neon was everyone’s favorite color.

We came up with a top 8 list of our favorite eighties, and asked our friends at Dr. Terror’s Blog of Horrors, Shit Movie Fest, Guts and Grog, Freddy in Space and Back Online-Back On Duty to fill us in on their top 8 favorites as well.

Check out the earlier posts:
The Tavern of Terror
Shit Movie Fest
Freddy in Space
Guts and Grog
Back Online. Back on Duty

As part of this week, we have a contest going with a truly grand prize. One lucky winner will receive TWO FREE PASSES* to all three days of 80’s in the Park in Melbourne, FL – featuring a cult film fest, min-horror con, faux prom, retro arcade and multiple concerts by 80’s legends such as Quiet Riot, Warrant, Slaughter, Tommy Tutone, and more.

Each day will post a new article by one of our rad guest writers, and each day you will have another chance to enter… to the max! The more articles you check out and share, the more chances you have to win!

*Two free adult passes to 80’s in the Park, includes both days at the Pavilion and the movie festival at Cinemaworld. This prize does NOT include travel expenses, lodging or cost of any food, autographs or merchandise bought at the event.


Get stoked for

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