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Carnival of Souls

A evening pause: For Halloween, one of best low budget spook films ever made. No blood, no gore, no boring killer. Just style and atmosphere producing a creepy experience and a sense of dread.

And it was produced and directed by Herk Harvey for an estimated $33,000!

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.


  • wayne

    har– this is the first time I ever watched it all the way through.

    an interesting short–

    Carnival of Souls– Cast Reunion
    1989 Lawrence, Kansas

  • wayne

    and speaking of Lawrence Kansas…. home of the world famous–
    “Centron Films”

    “In 1947 they produced their first movie, a one-reel sewing lesson entitled “Sewing Simple Seams.” Shot on a shoestring budget in a Lawrence home, the movie was purchased by Young America, an instructional film company.Throughout the 1950s Centron was best known for making morality-based mental hygiene films. These short films depicted children or young adults displaying undesirable behavior. Funded by textbook publishers and state health boards, Centron films were shown in classrooms across the country with the intention of altering the behavior of young viewers.”
    “Centron’s location in Lawrence proved advantageous for both the town and the company. . Over 3,000 Lawrence residents performed in Centron films, including many children.While Centron won hundreds of awards for its educational films, the studio was also known for its industrial work. They produced films for corporate giants like General Electric, Caterpillar, and John Deere, and even constructed a secure room for handling military productions.”

  • Scott M.

    I will have to check this out later! If anyone is interested in another good old-fashioned ghost story, “The Changeling” with George C. Scott is also on YouTube in its entirety.

  • Max

    I had time to watch it today, I was unaware the carnival of souls was filmed in the old salt air building before it burned down. (Again) A quick history in one minute;
    I worked at Morton salt across the freeway from this place, the lonely atmosphere of dread your experience in the movie is real.

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