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Local author, musician scares up good time in Beatles tribute band

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Shrewsbury – Dennis Cummins’s taste for macabre started when he was young. At an early age, the lifelong Shrewsbury resident used to watch horror movies with his brothers and loved the “Twilight Zone,” “ Outer Limits,” and other classic horror films.

Eventually he took his passion for scary things and parlayed it into scaring people himself. For several years he worked at the horror theme park Spooky World as one of its “liv- ing dead.” The job meant he got to rise up out of the grave and scare the wits out of people.

“I loved it,” he said. “It was one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. They paid well but I told the owners, ‘I’d do this for nothing.’”

Inspired by the chief of the horror-writing genre, Stephen King, several years ago Cummins began writing his own books as a way to unwind from his 9-to-5 job working for the town of Shrewsbury. His hobby turned successful. He has published several short stories, as well as horror-fiction pieces in literary magazines such as Bloodreams and Funerary Journal. His first story, “Sarah’s Escape,” is the tale of a woman who was abused and then becomes a vampire, allowing her to get revenge on her assailant.

A member of the Horror Writers’ Association, Cummins said he usually attends two writers’ conventions annually – often meeting up with other horror-writing friends to stay in the Lizzie Borden House in Fall River. The home, now a bed and breakfast, is the scene of the grisly murders of Borden’s parents in 1892 and also a rumored haunted place.

Cummins agrees that it’s haunted.

“It is one of the more active houses I’ve seen,” he said.

Lately, he has switched creative gears from writing to music and plays in a popular local Beatles-tribute band called Beatles for Sale. Cummins, who first began playing the guitar when he saw The Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, became part of Beatles for Sale when the already established band posted an ad seeking a rhythm guitarist capable of taking on the material John Lennon made famous. He now plays with them using the same style of guitar Lennon once used – a Rickenbacker 325 6-string. The idea is to be as authentic as possible.

“ We really try to recreate the sound as accurately as the Beatles sounded back in the 60s,” he said.

Beatles for Sale has had a busy year, Cummins said. They were named Best Live Act at the 2010 Worcester Music awards and have been playing steadily at engagements. Cummins chalks the popularity up to the wide appeal of the Fab Four.

“Their music is timeless,” Cummins said. “It’s a familytype venue. Kids love when we play ‘Yellow Submarine.’ Grown-ups love us and grannies love us. It appeals to several generations.”

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