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Skyshale033
Subject: Candle Cove local kid’s show?

Does anyone remember this kid’s show? It was called Candle Cove and I must have been 6 or 7. I never found reference to it anywhere so I think it was on a local station around 1971 or 1972. I lived in Ironton at the time. I don’t remember which station, but I do remember it was on at a weird time, like 4:00 PM.

mike_painter65
Subject: Re: Candle Cove local kid’s show?

it seems really familiar to me…..i grew up outside of ashland and was 9 yrs old in 72. candle cove…was it about pirates? i remember a pirate marionete at the mouth of a cave talking to a little girl

Skyshale033
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YES! Okay I’m not crazy! I remember Pirate Percy. I was always kind of scared of him. He looked like he was built from parts of other dolls, real low-budget. His head was an old porcelain baby doll, looked like an antique that didn’t belong on the body. I don’t remember what station this was! I don’t think it was WTSF though.

Jaren_2005
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Sorry to ressurect this old thread but I know exactly what show you mean, Skyshale. I think Candle Cove ran for only a couple months in ‘71, not ‘72. I was 12 and I watched it a few times with my brother. It was channel 58, whatever station that was. My mom would let me switch to it after the news. Let me see what I remember.

It took place in Candle cove, and it was about a little girl who imagined herself to be friends with pirates. The pirate ship was called the Laughingstock, and Pirate Percy wasn’t a very good pirate because he got scared too easily. And there was calliope music constantly playing. Don’t remember the girl’s name. Janice or Jade or something. Think it was Janice.

Skyshale033
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Thank you Jaren!!! Memories flooded back when you mentioned the Laughingstock and channel 58. I remember the bow of the ship was a wooden smiling face, with the lower jaw submerged. It looked like it was swallowing the sea and it had that awful Ed Wynn voice and laugh. I especially remember how jarring it was when they switched from the wooden/plastic model, to the foam puppet version of the head that talked.

mike_painter65
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ha ha i remember now too. ;) do you remember this part skyshale: “you have…to go…INSIDE.”

Skyshale033
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Ugh mike, I got a chill reading that. Yes I remember. That’s what the ship always told Percy when there was a spooky place he had to go in, like a cave or a dark room where the treasure was. And the camera would push in on Laughingstock’s face with each pause. YOU HAVE… TO GO… INSIDE. With his two eyes askew and that flopping foam jaw and the fishing line that opened and closed it. Ugh. It just looked so cheap and awful.

You guys remember the villain? He had a face that was just a handlebar mustache above really tall, narrow teeth.

kevin_hart
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i honestly, honestly thought the villain was pirate percy. i was about 5 when this show was on. nightmare fuel.

Jaren_2005
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That wasn’t the villain, the puppet with the mustache. That was the villain’s sidekick, Horace Horrible. He had a monocle too, but it was on top of the mustache. I used to think that meant he had only one eye.

But yeah, the villain was another marionette. The Skin-Taker. I can’t believe what they let us watch back then.

kevin_hart
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jesus h. christ, the skin taker. what kind of a kids show were we watching? i seriously could not look at the screen when the skin taker showed up. he just descended out of nowhere on his strings, just a dirty skeleton wearing that brown top hat and cape. and his glass eyes that were too big for his skull. christ almighty.

Skyshale033
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Wasn’t his top hat and cloak all sewn up crazily? Was that supposed to be children’s skin??

mike_painter65
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yeah i think so. rememer his mouth didn’t open and close, his jaw just slid back and foth. i remember the little girl said “why does your mouth move like that” and the skin-taker didn’t look at the girl but at the camera and said “TO GRIND YOUR SKIN”

Skyshale033
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I’m so relieved that other people remember this terrible show!

I used to have this awful memory, a bad dream I had where the opening jingle ended, the show faded in from black, and all the characters were there, but the camera was just cutting to each of their faces, and they were just screaming, and the puppets and marionettes were flailing spastically, and just all screaming, screaming. The girl was just moaning and crying like she had been through hours of this. I woke up many times from that nightmare. I used to wet the bed when I had it.

kevin_hart
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i don’t think that was a dream. i remember that. i remember that was an episode.

Skyshale033
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No no no, not possible. There was no plot or anything, I mean literally just standing in place crying and screaming for the whole show.

kevin_hart
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maybe i’m manufacturing the memory because you said that, but i swear to god i remember seeing what you described. they just screamed.

Jaren_2005
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Oh God. Yes. The little girl, Janice, I remember seeing her shake. And the Skin-Taker screaming through his gnashing teeth, his jaw careening so wildly I thought it would come off its wire hinges. I turned it off and it was the last time I watched. I ran to tell my brother and we didn’t have the courage to turn it back on.

mike_painter65
Subject: Re: Candle Cove local kid’s show?

i visited my mom today at the nursing home. i asked her about when i was littel in the early 70s, when i was 8 or 9 and if she remebered a kid’s show, candle cove. she said she was suprised i could remember that and i asked why, and she said “because i used to think it was so strange that you said ‘i’m gona go watch candle cove now mom’ and then you would tune the tv to static and juts watch dead air for 30 minutes. you had a big imagination with your little pirate show.”


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  • BeccaTheCyborg

    This is the best pasta in ages. I loved it.

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  • Nakhash

    I grew up in eastern KY and Ashland, KY and Ironton, OH are nearby. I’m seriously CREEPED OUT now!

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  • Nakhash

    Honestly, I thought you were going to say it was Mr Cartoon and Beeper. But you didn’t mention Huntington, WV.

    I’m still creeped out!

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  • ….

    I don’t get it :\
    I mean, I do… But I don’t get what was so creepy~ about it.

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  • Chris Hanson

    I loved this pasta!!

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  • http://none ty

    this one actually gave me the chills, i’m impressed.

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  • deschain

    Oh. I like this one. =)
    It slowly panned from normal discussion to something very wrong.

    I was wary about the forum format, because I’ve seen so many format deviation types (emails, journal logs, scientific files) that didn’t really work out in terms of the writing, but this one was a pleasant surprise. The one other format deviation type of story I loved was the Dionaea House.

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  • Azriel

    Awesome. The whole time I was reading it, I was wondering how it could have a scary ending… but then it did anyway! Great story, didn’t see the ending coming. I like it.

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  • HALP

    ok, no joke.

    When I was a little girl there was a programme about witches on, always at weird times. I thought it was really cool and I decided to get a disposable camera and take a picture of it on the tv…

    I got the film exposed 6 years later, after finding the camera…

    every picture was normal, except the one of the tv.

    …the tv screen was black.

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  • Abbey

    veryyyyy niice. ;P

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  • Anownamos

    Pretty interesting approach. Didn’t scare me tho.

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  • Sarahhhh’s Insane

    I loved this. Set very realistically, and it gradually descends into the paranormal so gracefully I barely realized. All the characters were extremely believable.

    I’m not sure about the ending – could have left us guessing, but then it might have felt incomplete. I dunno – it kinda needed closure, I suppose.

    And the nightmare part was absolutely /perfect/. When I first began that section, I was thinking “oh, great. Another OMG SCARY NIGHTMARE story” but nononono.
    Mass nightmare.
    Genius.

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  • Panda

    I loved this. I mean, I completely freakin loved this. The only thing was that the ending was a little off. I can’t get into a group hallucination thing, but everything before that was pretty much perfection.

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    • Anonymous

      It’s not about ‘group hallucination’. It’s about SOMETHING only childrencan see, something paranormal.

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  • LMLYUT

    Really liked this one. The type of media it’s supposed to have come from suits the material well.

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  • Grangan

    Hey, I remember that show!

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  • Comment Leaver

    Hollllly sweet mother. This was amaziiiiing. I loooooved loved loved the setup. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.

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  • magi

    OMNONOMNOMNOM.
    No,seriously.Amazing,chilling,ahhhh.I’m going to surf that site now.Kudos.

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  • Anonymous

    This. Was. Fucking. Awesome.

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  • Mreeeee

    OMG I REMEMBER THAT SHOW!1!!

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  • Lauralot

    Am I the only one who doesn’t think it was a hallucination? I assumed it was something only children could see, or some sort of paranormal message.

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  • Laughingstock

    You have…to go…INSIDE!

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  • http://haha.com Hahaha

    Bricks were definately shat.

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  • dazzle annie nonker

    HALP-that probably had to do with the glare of the TV screen if anything.

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  • Sydders

    Hmmm. Intriguing more than terrifying. But still, oddly creepy. Not ‘gah, something’s going to GET YOU’ creepy, but I don’t know….just….SOMETHING that we don’t understand is in control of something. Maybe I’m just creeped out because I have those moments of remembering a TV show or movie, but I can’t quite remember because I was so little……

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  • Gina

    Why does everyone love this pasta so mucho?

    I really liked the format and such… I just don’t get what makes it super creepy.

    Maybe i just dgi.

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