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Full time Wizard. Part time Richard Armitage impersonator. No time writer.
My job is a bizarre concoction of roles.
The Hellfire Caves are primarily a tourist attraction. It’s a wonderful little gem of British History, involving Lord Dashwood and the 18th Century Hellfire Club. A naughty bunch of boys!
Technically speaking, I’m assistant manager. However, I find that title far too grand and imposing on my soul, so I prefer the term cafe staff. You see, we have a little gift and coffee shop attached to the site and that’s where I mainly haunt around.
I deal out tickets for the caves, sell a skull or two and make mediocre lattes.
There are some days that are a little bit different. I also run the children’s activities at the caves, known as the Witches Workshops. They are knock off Harry Potter lessons which involves broomstick racing, werewolf banishing and potion making. We do these in the holidays and we also offer them as Birthday parties.
My other role is as the Tour Guide. This splits two ways. Either I deliver a straight up historical tour, while dressed as a gentlemen from the 1700’s, or I get to do ghost tours. On the spooky tours I dress as a grave digger and take people around the Caves by candle light, telling them all the darker history and paranormal experiences that guests have had. These tours are usually rounded up by a professional seance or ouija board session.
At Halloween, we spend two weeks transforming the site with horrific decorations in preparation for the last week of October. In the day time, we offer family friendly frights with Witches Workshops, face painting and costume competitions. At night time, it turns into a very adult event with live actors for our Fright Nights.
Apart from that, the job role becomes even more extended, as I have been re-doing all of the mannequins; giving them a new wardrobe for the season. I have also been asked to write a new guide book for the place. If that does go ahead, it will be my first proper publication, so obviously that’s rather exciting.
Oh dear. I’m horribly sorry…I’ve just realised how much I’ve rambled!!
QUICK ANSWER: I’m a coffee making wizard who likes to hang out with mannequins and hangs out with ghosts on the weekends.
Is that better? :D
That must be a little bit strange! However, it’s a pretty decent university. If I could, I would go back and do it all again. Truly, I miss my university years. Ah well…life goes on and I’m glad that you’re enjoying it there. :D
Oh man, Banzaicon was amazing. Probably one of the top conventions I’ve ever been to. It was such a shame that we had to jet it off so quickly on the final day.
Hopefully, one day, we can come back and meet y’all again!
These quotes are how I try and define my life.
“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” - Oscar Wilde
“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” - Leonardo Da Vinci
“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” - Lord Byron
What are your three quotes?
MAGIC. Pure magic. I seriously don’t know. I think it’s magic….I’m going to stick with magic.
If its weird or sick then we, Sylar and I, are VERY VERY VERY WEIRD AND SICK.
Thank you a thousand times over taking time for sending me this note. Truly, it made me smile. I’m excited about starting new projects in the Winter, so I really hope you’ll enjoy those as well. :)
I’m so glad to hear that you’re making it through the bad times. As Lord Byron said; ‘Laughter is a cheap medicine.’ There is nothing better in life that being able to smile, laugh and not being afraid to be who you want to be.
We use Scarecrow Vampire Fangs. They are probably the the cheapest ones on the market but are pretty effective. We also keep them in with denture paste. You know the stuff that old people use to keep their teeth in? Yeah, you can pick it up cheap at most chemists. :)