It’s officially the “season of torture” for haunt fans, as haunts begin the arduous process of dragging out maze announcements and sharing nonsensical clues about their events.  Thankfully, Knott’s Scary Farm (KSF) is the first to let the black cat out of the bag with the announcement of their first new maze of 2013 – “FOREVERMORE”

From Brooke Walters, the creator of  The Doll Factory and Trick-Or-Treat, comes a new chapter in terror: “FOREVERMORE”. Follow in the footsteps of the darkly troubled writer Edgar Allan Poe through a nightmare conjured up by a modern madman. Each of Poe’s bloodsoaked and terror-filled tales will envelope you in their insanity and horror. Page by page you will descend deeper into the subconscious of the man who invented American horror. Forevermore is gothic horror with a modern day twist. Will you escape? Or will you remain in the horror Forevermore…?

Forevermore will be located behind Mystery Lodge for Haunt 2013, home to former classic mazes Terror of London, 13 Axe Murder Manor, and Blood Bayou. By taking over the former Terror of London area, we’re sure Knotts will be able to redress some of those sets for the new theme, which is somewhat complementary to the former.

Over the past few years, Knott’s has been changing the overall direction of their mazes (for the better) from campy to more sinister and macabre themes. They made big progress with last year’s revamped version of the classic 90′s vampire maze, Dominion of the Dead, Pinocchio Unstrung, and Trick Or Treat. These mazes continue to carry forth Knott’s showcase of dark and evil as well as fantasy themes. This has been a successful path that has kept them relevant and a formidable competitor in the ever-growing Southern California Haunt market.

Knott’s will be the third large-scale theme park haunt to utilize the Poe theme. HHN Orlando featured the maze Nevermore: The Madness of Poe back in 2011, and Busch Gardens’ Howl O’ Scream (HOS) in Tampa has featured Nevermore for the past 2 years. It seems the Poe theme is now just as popular as zombies, vampires, and clowns. Knott’s twist to the theme sounds a little similar to the 2012 movie, The Raven, in which a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s works. We experienced Nevermore at HOS last year, which was solid a 4-skull rated maze, so we anticipate this will (possibly) be another good addition to KSF!