Monday, November 12, 2018

Scooby Doo! Vincent Price and The Tingler too!

I'm excited to see the 13th ghost and Vincent Van Ghoul (Vincent Price's character) from The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo in this movie, which will be released on February 5, 2019:

Get all the info on Scooby Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost here.

Speaking of Vincent Price,
Svengoolie showed The Tingler (1959) Saturday,
which reminded me I want this replica of it here:

And since it's Music Monday, I must share this song:

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Halloween 2018 was Year of the Bat

I didn't get her, but I got these treats featuring bats from Target:

These puffs don't look much like bats, but I love them anyway.

I missed these last year, so I was stoked to find them this year.

I love all 7 shapes and 4 flavors. The bat is sea salt chocolate.

My favorite! These pandas are adorable and delicious.

The bat is one of these 10 characters:

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Day Of The Evil Dead

It’s that time of year again! Time to binge classic horror films until the vampiric cows come home! (Only ‘90s kids will get that reference.) And since it’s that special spooky time of year again, I have the perfect horror film franchise for you to binge: Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead Trilogy (1981’s Evil Dead, 1987’s Evil Dead II & 1992’s Army of Darkness).

To avoid spoilers or providing too much information, I’ve compiled seven brief reasons why this series demands to be watched:

  1. It’s a truly terrifying story with a fairly silly premise. — I truly can’t express how truly hilarious these three films are at times. One of the greatest things about it is that it doesn't play off any one allegory and isn’t loaded with preachy subtextual commentary about society and is genuinely “watch-through-the-spaces-between-your-fingers/jump-out-of-your-seat” scary. And the best part is, the series starts off super clichéd, but gets progressively more insane and imaginative.
  2. It’s super unconventional, and in return, super innovative.  — Sam Raimi revolutionized independent filmmaking with virtually every aspect of this series. From various on-the-fly casting decisions to completely unorthodox camera techniques, the Evil Dead franchise has provided the entire film industry with countless new ways to approach movie-making.
  3. It’s wildly imaginative. — Enough can’t be said about how truly imaginative the Evil Dead Universe is. The last film in particular, (Army of Darkness), has absolutely insane characters, costumes, practical special effects and sceneries.
  4. The protagonist has as a very unique character arc. — The main character, Ashley J. Williams is by no means your typical hero, but he does follow a hero’s journey of sorts, and boy does he come out different once it ends.
  5. It established new tropes. — This film was so groundbreaking that it established new tropes. Sure, some are often parioded to death, but once you watch the film, you’ll be able to identify every use of those tropes in other media you watch.
  6. It’s arguably the best Horror Cult Classic of all time! — This film franchise’s massive cult following is a testament to Bruce Campbell’s amazing acting chops, Sam Raimi’s brilliant writing and directing and the just all-around sheer brilliance. The franchise is so beloved and successful, that it’s spun-off into multiple comic book series, (including guest appearances in a very special corner of the Marvel Universe); a highly well-received on-demand series via the STARZ network; a decent amount of video games, and a completely unwarranted reboot. (For the love of Bruce’s chin, please do not begin your introduction into this world with the remake!)
  7. It’s the Ultimate Film Trilogy to Binge on Day Of The Dead — Go watch it now!!!

This post was written by Greg Stallion.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Baby, You're A Haunted House

This music video is an early Halloween treat from Gerard Way:

I had to add the title to this photo:

That's a gingerbread house with moving parts!
It's from the first episode of Haunted Gingerbread Showdown,
which is all about Beetlejuice and features Elvira as a judge!
You can watch it here.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Halloween Queens

First is Pumpkin Queen made by Bob Doucette:

It reminds me of these stickers made by Alan Aldred,
which I won in a raffle with art prints I'll share soon:

Next is Queen of Hearts made by Miss Tak:
It and the song Bits and Pieces (listen to it here) inspired this poem:

Heartless Highness

I'm not putting my heart back in to be ripped out again
I'm going to eat it then excrete it
On his throne, claiming it as my own
Without the pain, I will reign
In the buff, so my scars show everyone I'm tough.

It's for Beautiful Freaks Fest 2, hosted by 3 Halloween Queens.
We all need this outfit from my new affiliate

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Magic 8th Ball

This small ball is to celebrate Holly's Horrorland turning 8!

First, have a piece of birthday cake:

Then go here to magically make yourself Funko Pop size,
send me the picture to post and be entered to win a prize!

[You can take a screen cap instead of registering to save your picture.]

The winner of the prize will be picked randomly next Sunday.
It's a $20 Hot Topic gift card, which you can use to get this cereal:

Now let's get the ball rolling with this song featuring Elvira:

Queen Holly Ween (My alter ego)

Ladan Soodmand

Christopher M. Quinn

Jason Durham

Randi Durham

Marfi Bradford

Ashley Williams

The winner of the prize is Randi Durham! Congrats!

Monday, October 1, 2018

The Widow's Song

Listen to The Birthday Massacre's Pins and Needles album here.

The cover art is by My Pet Skeleton. I love it and this pin here:

That widow reminds me of a poem by Paul Verlaine,
which he later turned into lyrics for Ernest Chausson.

They're both in French. Here's the English translations:

O Hearken To The Gentle Lay

O hearken to the gentle lay,
That only weeps that it may please; 
Discreet it is, and faint as breeze
That ripples o'er the moss in May.
The voice was known to you (and dear?),
But now the singer hides her face,
A widow veiled in desolate lace,
Yet haughtily her grief doth bear.
And in the long folds of her veil
Which flutters on the autumn breeze,
The wondering heart, adoring, sees
Truth, like a star, now gleam, now pale.
It says, this voice you know again,
That only goodness is our life,
And that of hate and envious strife.
When death is come naught shall remain.
It tells the vast felicity
Of simple hearts that true love mates,
The tender happiness that waits
In peace unwon by victory.
O welcome the sweet voice, whose glad
And artless wedding song returns.
Go; naught so soothes the soul that burns
Than making other souls less sad.
They are but fleeting pains that flay
The soul that suffers without wrath,
And sure, undoubting, is its path!
. . . O hearken the sagacious lay.

[Note: Lay is an old word for song.]

The Very Sweet Song

Hear the very sweet song,
Which cries only to please you.
It is discreet, it is happy:
A shiver of water on some moss.
The voice was known and dear to you,
But now it is veiled,
Like a desolate widow
But still as proud as she
And in the long folds of her veil,
Which palpitates with the autumn breezes
Hides and shows the surprised heart
The truth like a star.
It said, the voice recognized
That goodness is our life
The of hate and envy
Nothing remains, once death has come.
Welcome the voice that persists in its naive nuptial song
Go on, nothing is better for the soul
Than to make a soul less sad.
The soul which suffers without anger is in pain and in passing
And since its moral is clear
. . . Listen to the very wise song.

Monday, September 24, 2018

A toast to Jordy Verrill

I'm sorry Father Nate and I were late for Stephen King's birthday bash here.
I'm also sorry he stole the cake.
He's first in Amok Time's line of Creepshow (1982) figures sold here.

Their figure of Jordy Verrill (Stephen King) isn't made yet.
But you can get this custom figure of him covered in "meteor shit" here:

You can also get this model of his house covered in "meteor shit" here:

And you can be him for Halloween in this hoodie here:

I toast the poor lunkhead's ghost with this Meteor Shit cocktail:
Get the recipe here!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Specters spotted at Kirkland's

My sister Ladan, who toasted ghosts here, spotted these at Kirkland's:

You can get them on their site here!

I'm bummed this bored skeleton statue is sold out there:

 Send me photos of specters spotted in stores and I'll share them.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

A toast to Casper

Casper: 1992 - 2011

For nearly two decades, I had a cat named Casper. He was also my best friend.
We shared a lifetime of precious memories. But when he reached the last year of his life, things took a turn for the worse. He was frail and skinny. He started having seizures. Had at least 15. I was too scared to sleep or to leave his side. But eventually my little buddy couldn't go on any longer and he passed where he spent most of his time, on the end of my bed, on a nice comfy blanket. A part of me died that day. I mourned him for many years. I was dead set on never getting another cat. But one day I met a silly little rascal that caught my eye. So I took him in and adopted him. His name is Zero. He is my little buddy.
I will never forget Casper and Zero will never be a replacement. But it was time to move on and begin a new chapter in my life...

This post was written by my boyfriend Jonathan for Spectember.

Is your heart haunted by a furry friend? Submit a toast to them.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Spectember Invitation from Paperless Post

Submit ghost toasts (tributes to the dearly departed, real or fictional)
to and I'll post them here all month.

It was fun and easy to create that digital invitation on Paperless Post.
The only hard part was picking one of their 123 Halloween invitations.
They also have digital cards, flyers, and invitations for other occasions.
Some are free, some cost digital coins. They start you with 25 coins.

You get to customize the envelope and pick a stamp to put on it too.
So even though it's a digital card, it looks just like the real deal.
As you can see:

Comment with your email address for a personal invitation.
So you can get the full experience.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Friends Til The End

That's the title of this awesome Chucky portrait by Living Dead Girl Nicole:

See her giving the original to Brad Dourif here!

I won a print of it and her Tiffany portrait in a Wishmasters Project auction.

"Barbie... Eat Your Heart Out"

You can buy both in her shop here!

Since yesterday was National Doll Day and Friendship Day,
I thought it was the perfect time to share them and this song:

It reminds me of Chucky & Tiffany and my boyfriend Jonathan & I.
We've broken up several times in our near 13 years of friendship,
but we always get back together. Our love is forever.

He's my kind of angel. I must share that song too:

"Love and music kill me, but I wanna drown in them both"

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Meet The Maker: Dame Darcy

These are a few of my favorite things she's made:

Since it's Coloring Book Day, I must start with this:
Get this 22 page digital coloring book here!

Get this Dollerium book with her Hi-Jinx DVD here!

Get this doll and haunted coffin here!

(Dame Darcy shows Courtney Love how to make dolls here!)

Get this bat doll table here!

Sunday is the last day of the Doll Days Of Summer.
So send me your doll photos before then to be featured here.

August is Artist Appreciation Month, so send your artwork too.