BROTHER COBWEB AT THE HOUSE OF SHADOWS IN GRESHAM, OREGON 2015

THE HOUSE OF SHADOWS (Oregon) Brother Cobweb on the short bus to perdition ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Brother Cobweb on the short bus to perdition ©2015 Alfred Eaker

When my wife Aja and I moved to Portland, the last thing I expected was to get involved in another haunted house attraction. However, upon seeing an advertisement for the full contact House Of Shadows seeking a casting director, I contacted the owners: Ashley Ries, Nathan Fultz, and Troy Carpenter. In the previous full contact haunted attractions I had worked, my primary position was in casting and I often assisted in commercial painting. However, when I involuntarily was expected to assist in building, it was a case of oil meet water. After my initial interview with the House Of Shadows team, I was elated to discover that the House Of Shadows wanted Aja and I strictly for casting.

Aja, The Tarot Demon on The Bus To Perdition ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Aja, The Tarot Demon on The Bus To Perdition at The House Of Shadows © 2015 Alfred Eaker

I soond found that The House Of Shadows redefined a new meaning in Full Contact, being far more intense than previous experiences. Their numbers (three to four times higher in Oregon than previous locations) reflected West Coast taste for amped contact. Over the course of pre-season (and getting down to the wire, as usual) I volunteered to assist in commercial painting as well.  During the next two weeks, I was able to engage in much dialogue with Nate Fultz and discovered that he too sprang from an intensely negative evangelical background.

Beware the demon Frogg ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The Demon Frogg, on Brother Cobweb’s Bus To Perdition at the House Of Shadows, Gresham © 2015 Alfred Eaker

With Nate, I shared slivers of my Brother Cobweb narrative, a novel I am working on. The title character was a comic strip I created in the early 70s, which was my private, horrific parody of the visiting evangelist preachers who frequented my mother’s Pentecostal church (one of whom was Jim Jones). Shortly after that, Nate viewed my online video performance of the character and asked me something, which took me by surprise: “Alfred, would you be willing to perform the Brother Cobweb character on the bus?”

Brother Cobweb. House of Shadows.Bus to perdition. Gresham, Oregon

The bus is the customers’ passage into the attraction, not within the haunt itself. Still,  I was initially skeptical. “I thought this was straight up traditional horror?” “Alfred, you and I both know damned well that charismatic fundamentalist shit is true horror.” Nate was not only right, but his proposal was one of such obvious simplicity, that the idea might have flown over my head a few years back. I agreed to perform the character. Needeless to say, there were a few provoked patrons, but Portland has a solid reputation for embracing weirdness and the reception was far more positive than I could have imagined.

Brother Cobweb. House of Shadows, Bus to perdition. Gresham, Oregon.

Naturally, I tweaked the character to fit part of the haunt’s narrative, which was relatively easy given that we had zombie go-go dancers, demons, and fortune tellers.  All of these are iconic elements of fundamentalism’s wave of hysteria run amok; anti-superstition superstition.

Brother Cobweb. House of Shadows, Bus to perdition. Gresham, Oregon (with Frogg)

Although I have not done performance art in a public setting for years, this was akin to a jumping back in the water experience. Many of the crowds erupted into applause after I  grabbed a patron and engaged them in Brother Cobweb’s Holy Ghost Takin’ Over The Service Dance.  I could never have done this performance in the midwest, so it was a helluva lot of fun (although requiring plenty of throat lozenges). Better yet, the experience was exhilerating enough to gift me a reshaped ending for the upcoming novel. Included here is a visual scrapbook from our 2015 House Of Shadows season (with our Christmas haunt as well).

Aja, The Tarot Demon on Brother Cobweb's Bus To Perdition ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Aja, the Terot Demon on the Bus To Perdition.©2015 Alfred Eaker

Perparing for the night as the Terot Demon & Brother Cobweb

Perparing for the night ahead (as Terot Demon & Brother Cobweb) 

Frogg %22Come on board Brother Cobweb's Bus To Perdition!%22 ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Frogg, Demon from the Bowls Of Hell ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Brother Cobweb preparing his sermon on The Bus To Perdition ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Brother Cobweb on The Bus To Perdition ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Spiritual Wickedness In High Places outside the Bus To Perdition ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Zombie dancer in The Cage Of Spiritual Wickedness ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Brother Cobweb and Frogg. House of Shadows, Bus to perdition. Gresham, Oregon © 2015 Alfred Eaker

Brother Cobweb and Frogg. House of Shadows, Bus to perdition. Gresham, Oregon © 2015 Alfred Eaker 

Brother Cobweb Delivering %22 A Good Fight%22 sermon ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Brother Cobweb on The Bus To Perdition, warning about “Spiritual Wickedness In High Place ahead.” ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Brother Cobweb at The House Of Shadows ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Brother Cobweb at The House Of Shadows ©2015 Alfred Eaker

FROGG ( a demon from the bowels of Hell) on The Bus To Perdition ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Beware the Demon: Frogg ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Aja tormenting passengers on The Bus To Perdition ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Aja, the Terot Demon tormenting customers ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The Light… to perdition ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The Light Of Perdition ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Brother Cobweb Giving %22THE WORD%22 on Bus To Perdition ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Brother Cobweb Giving “THE WORD” ©2015 Alfred Eaker

FROGG!!! ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Frogg “Come on board Brother Cobweb’s Bus To Perdition!” ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The demon Mud who tormented many on The Bus To Perdition ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The Demon Mud who tormented many on the Bus To Perdition. ©2015 Alfred Eaker

From Perdition to the Bowls Of Hell ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The Gateway To The Bowls Of Hell ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Aja the Tarot demon dancing in the cage of Spiritual wickedness ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Aja, the Terot Demon in the cage of spiritual wickedness. ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Passengers boarding the Bus To Perdition ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Passengers boarding the Bus To Perdition. ©2015. Alfred Eaker

Brother Cobweb %22A GOOD FIGHT,%22 (on the Bus to Perdition) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Speaking in Tongues (Brother Cobweb) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

A pair of demons (Spiritual wickedness in high places) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Demons from the Cage Of Spiritual Wickedness (in High Places)© 2015 Alfred Eaker

Sister Latonya, who joined Sunday service on the Bus To Perdition ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Sister Latonya, who joined in Brother Cobweb’s worship service ©2015 Alfred Eaker 

Brother Cobweb %22You are on the Bus To Perdition. The bowls of hell await you.%22 ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Brother Cobweb “You are on the Bus To Perdition. The bowls of hell await you.” ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Aja, the Tarot Demon ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Aja, the Terot Demon ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Sister Dick ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Sister Dick : Driver Of The Bus To Perdition ©2015 Alfred Eaker 

Demon from The Cage Of Spiritual Wickedness©2015 Alfred Eaker

Demon From The Cage Of Spiritual Wickedness ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Deceiving Smiles, Aja and the Demon Ralph ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Deceptive smiles: Demon Ralph & Demon Aja ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Aja aka Mrs. Cobweb!) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Aja aka Mrs. Cobweb  ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Zach, the Suicider) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Zach, the Suicider ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (The isle of misfits) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The Isle Of Misfits  ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (stop ittttttt) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Heavy Petting ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Linnea, the ring master) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Linnea, the ring master ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Jim, The Ringmaster and go go demon Holly) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Jim, The Ringmaster and go go demon Holly ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Hungry, hungry Rex!) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Rex ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Zach, needing a break) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Zach ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Ia, spark fence master) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Ian, spark fence master  ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (camo demon) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Camo Demon ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Charming Ralph) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Line Scare Ralph  ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Hands off!) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Robbie  ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (AJA & RALPH) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Aja & Ralph ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (A trio of trouble ©2015 Alfred

A sinful triptych  ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Ashley and Megan) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Ashley and Megan ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Armed for another dimension) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Roosevelt ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Badass Asia) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Ninja demon Asia ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Holly Bunny- shades of Donnie Darko) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Holly, the playboy demon ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (hanging out with freaks) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Freak cage ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Eric) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Eric ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Kasey) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Training wheel demon ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (hearing the tune from 'Deliverance') ©2015 Alfred Eaker

“Squal like a pig” ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Sister Dick & Aja) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Sister Dick & Aja ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (roadside assistance) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

roadside assistance demon ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Rex needs fed) ©2015 Alfred

Rex ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Sam) ©2015 Alfred

Sam ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Aja-sugar skull) ©2015 Alfred

Aja, day of the dead ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (demon Robbie) ©2015 Alfred

Robbie ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Klesey, day of the dead) ©2015 Alfred

Kelsey, day of the dead ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Teyarha) ©2015 Alfred

Teyerah ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Megan, day of the dead) ©2015 Alfred

Megan ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (makeup station) ©2015 Alfred

Makeup station ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Zach!) ©2015 Alfred

Zach, preapring to go to hell ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (cute couple?) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Sinister Circus ©2015 Alfred Eaker

A bad santa @ The house of shadows © 2015 Alfred Eaker

A BAD Santa at The House Of Shadows © 2015 Alfred Eaker

Nate Fultz @ THOS © 2015 Alfred Eaker

Nate Fultz & critter friend @ The House Of Shadows © 2015 Alfred Eaker

demonic christmas trollops @THOS ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Demonic Christmas Trollops @THOS ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The Mean One, Mr. Grinch (Troy Carpenter) @ The House Of Shadows In Gresham © 2015 Alfred Eaker

The Mean One, Mr. Grinch (Troy Carpenter) @ The House Of Shadows In Gresham © 2015 Alfred Eaker

Christmas Haunt cheese , The House Of Shadows © 2015 Alfred Eaker

Christmas Haunt cheese, The House Of Shadows © 2015 Alfred Eaker

HOUSE OF SHADOWS Christmas Group © 2015 House Of Shadows

HOUSE OF SHADOWS Christmas Group © 2015 House Of Shadows

House Of Shadows Full Contact Terror Experience © House Of Shadows

House Of Shadows Full Contact Terror Experience © House Of Shadows

The House Of Shadows (Boys will be boys) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Boys will be boys, Nate Filtz as Boris, Troy Carpenter as Mud) ©House Of Shadows

The House Of Shadows (draft problem) ©2015 Alfred

The House Of Shadows (draft problem) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Troy Carpenter and Nate Fultz House Of Shadows, Gresham © 2015 Alfred Eaker

Troy Carpenter and Nate Fultz House Of Shadows, Gresham © 2015 Alfred Eaker

Ashley Ries @ The House Of Shadows © 2015 Alfred Eaker

Ashley Ries @ The House Of Shadows © 2015 Alfred Eaker

Another demon @ The House Of Shadows ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Another demon @ The House Of Shadows ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Demon break @ The House Of Shadows ©2015 Alfred Eaker

Demon break @ The House Of Shadows ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (monsters are not transphobic) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows Monsters are NOT transphobic ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (What's your poision?) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (What’s your poision?) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (needing a massage) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (needing a massage) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Hooch luv) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

The House Of Shadows (Hooch luv) ©2015 Alfred Eaker

HOUSE OF SHADOWS PROMO PIC

The House Of Shadows promotion with Boris (Nate Fultz) and Mud (Troy Carpenter). © House Of Shadows.

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About Alfred Eaker

Alfred Eaker is fine arts painter, filmmaker, and has a masters degree in theology. He currently lives in Portland, oregon with his wife: Aja Rossman-Gray.
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