This, that, and the other thing (xv)

Fragments of Him is a playable interactive narrative where you follow the life of Will and experience how he affected the lives of those he left behind.


Best and Worst Demons to be Possessed by, on io9.


Hidden deep inside the Indonesian jungle lies an enchanted ‘church’ which looks like a giant chicken.


Artist Yukio Takano’s glowing fungal wonder lights.


I adore Kevin Wada’s “fashionized” comic book ladies & other assorted characters!


Currently adoring this solo offering by Alice Glass, Stilbirth. A powerful catharsis  Read more about it here. 


Marissa Nadler covers “Solitude” by Black Sabbath


“Grey Days”, an unsettling new offering from Chelsea Wolfe’s forthcoming album, Abyss.


Veronique Branquinho Resort 2016. Much floor sweeping, witchy goodness.

What people around the world dream about.  Fascinating!

Artist Sarah Horrocks writes on her approach to criticism. A thought-provoking, worthy read.

Feather Death Crowns: Appalachian Omens of Death

A Kickstarter for custom mathematical scarves. Algorithmically generated patterns, no two scarves are alike.

Two trailers for things I am VERY excited about:
Ash Vs. The Evil Dead
Attack On Titan


Weight Loss For Weirdos -one year later


Image: GESPENSTER KRIMI 513 — Aerobic Horror

Well and so. A year has gone by since I began writing of my weight loss for weirdos exploits and I thought I would report back with my results.

I am now one pound heavier than I was when I started.

A lot of great things have happened in the past year. I traveled to Iceland! I hosted my second Death Cafe! Several friends have asked me to participate in fun projects!  And some not-so-great things happened.  My grandfather passed, making our small family even smaller.  Care for my grandmother has consumed me, and in providing this care I missed out on what may have been a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend a family reunion in the Midwest, and a chance to meet some relatives I didn’t even know that I had.

As is the way sometimes, right now it feels like the bad outweighs the good, and emotionally that’s weighing on me quite heavily.  Physically, all of the weight I have not lost (and the little I lost but gained back) is weighing on me as well. All of this weight is no small burden and it’s making me pretty glum.

What have I done about it?  Well, I stepped on the scale, for one.  That was rather terrifying, but I guess you have to know what you’re working with, right?  So, now we are starting all over again, I suppose.

I’ve got so much on my plate right now – pardon the pun – that I almost don’t even care what happens with my weight and with my health, and I certainly don’t care to dwell on it. I guess I could make a list of all of the things I’m going to do or not going to do, but that’s of interest to no one but me and to be truthful, it doesn’t even interest me that much.

I went for a walk last night.  I will go for another walk tonight. I will probably do it again tomorrow. I have been walking for exercise since I was eleven years old, and it’s what I know how do to. I don’t believe I am going to make myself crazy about it right now.  I am going to walk every night this week, and we will see what things look like next week.

Not much of a report, is it? Well, that’s just the way things go. In the meantime, I don’t look too awful in this dress, so I’m not going to cry about it.


Summer Scent Giveaway Winner!

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Thanks to all who entered my Summer Scents For Those Who Shun The Sun giveaway, over on the bloodmilk blog last week.  I loved reading all of your beautiful, evocative scent descriptions! Alas, I can only choose one winner, and according to the random number generator, our winner of samples for each scent listed (along with several other selections!) is….#7, Tai!

Tai, please email me at mlleghoul AT gmail dot com so that I can send these fragrances your way!


In the original post it seems I neglected to mention where these scents can be found.  Allow me to remedy that! Most of them can be found on amazon.  See below for links. Regretfully, the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab scent that I listed, “Danube” , looks like it is no longer on the site (I must have a really old bottle). I have found their scent “Arkham” to be strangely comparable, though..

Jean Couturier Coriandre on amazon
Annick Goutal Mandragore on amazon
L’Artisan Safran Troublant on amazon
Jo Malone Orange Blossom on amazon
Comme des Garcons Incense Series: Kyoto on amazon


The Duke Of Burgundy


The Duke Of Burgundy, directed by Peter Strickland, has been on my watch-list for a while now.  I was quite taken with the dreamy trailer, (an “aesthete’s dream!”, one reviewer proclaimed) and had already enjoyed Strickland’s Berberian Sound studio, a twisty, imaginative “anti-horror” film, and so I was prepared to watch something quite beautiful that would probably go absolutely nowhere.  I don’t think this makes me very popular when it comes to my turn to pick a film for group-viewing, but these sorts of nonsensical, plodding, but visually exquisite films are among my very favorites.

Advertised as “Sex, Bondage, & Butterflies”, I suppose the best way to sum this up in ten words or less is: “Gorgeous lesbian lovers/lepidoptera enthusiasts have minor spat”.  That doesn’t give away any spoilers, does it?  I am not sure that there are any to give away.

In any event, if you are intrigued by the non-review above, but aren’t yet sure if this is your cup of tea, have a peek at some of the incredibly lovely imagery.



























Peeing in airplanes

A text from my sister earlier this week, after a conversation which very nearly escalated in a panic attack for me, but which didn’t, because I think I am too repressed to fully experience a full-blown panic attack.

“..I worry that you have developed this pattern throughout your life where you NEED something to agonize over, dread, or freak out about in order to feel normal.  This impacts your capacity for joy and hurts my heart for you.”

Yes, she is a mental health counselor, so she is certainly qualified to recognize these things.

I don’t remember ever not being this way.  Even as a little girl, I recall, for example, sitting in an airplane seat and dreading the part of the journey where I might have to pee; I’d have to get out of my seat, disrupt my seatmates, make my way up the aisle and hopefully not trip over anything, find the bathroom, hope that it’s empty, hope that I can look nonchalant if I have to wait, hope that there’s not a long line of disgruntled passengers after I’m done, make my way back to my seat without incident, and disrupt my seatmates again.  As an adult, I still carry this fearful scenario with me, and now, as then, I will just hold it in until my bladder feels like it is going to explode – yes, even if it is a six hour flight – and just wait til we have landed.

My whole life is like that -an extended airplane ride wherein I have to pee, but I don’t want to disturb anyone, make a fuss, look foolish.

I think it might be time to start thinking about how my life, and my “capacity for joy” is being impacted by my nervousness and anxiety and neuroses. And I think it might be time to look into getting help for it.

Still Life With Adornments

I was absolutely thrilled today to find that the blog entries and frivolous writings I did in 2011, right before I moved, were still available deep in the internet archives! It seems a silly thing, I suppose.  It was all just observations and lists and a record of my days, but I loved my little ghostsinthegarden blog quite dearly, and I was sorry to let it go.  I am not even sure why I let it go, to be honest.  Ah well… other blogs, other times.

I have started moving old entries into my current archives here, so that I will always have a record of them. “Always”, I suppose, as long as I don’t let this one languish and become buried by the sands of time and the internet as well. I’ll be more diligent this time, I promise.

If you are curious as to what I was up to in the summer of 2011, take a look!

Cicada Weekend
A year’s mourning
Secret Summer Flowers
Coffret de médecine
Coconut Lime Ice Cream
Les Beaux Arts
A gathering of fripperies
Le Deluge

In the meantime, I am reposting an entry from August 12, 2011, in which I talked about…you guessed it. Fripperies and perfume.  I am fairly predictable.

Still Life With Adornments

There is something about a small grouping of items which I find quite pleasing.  I’ve always loved  “still life” paintings… a rustic bowl of seasonal fruit, an antique vase of hothouse flowers…there is a quiet calm to these little gatherings that I find rather soothing to gaze upon.

Lately I’ve been composing my own hushed, still tableaux with a small collection of well loved-items.  I think there is a comforting magic present in a thing well loved, which translates into a tranquil bit of beauty for the eye when it is weary of the drab in every day drudgery, or even the flash and glam of common advertising that we are constantly bombarded with.  Don’t you find those things tiresome?  I know my own eyes need restful visions upon which to fall sometimes.

Click the images for a link to individual flickr pages with detailed description of the contents of each collection.


this, that, things & for your ears

Cannibalism and Other Nightmarish Things: Sleeping Beauty


The Apocalypse that Shrunk South London (h/t Ian)


STOYA + ANA X COMTE at creem mag


Gorgeous editorial in May 2015 Vogue Italia by Ellen Von Unwerth, ostensibly inspired by ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’.


Thresher, a short film directed by Mike Diva (for fans of Clive Barker and H.P. Lovecraft!)

Weird Horror Master Thomas Ligotti’s Review of the Hotdog Pizza from Pizza Hut (a must read for fans of weird fiction!)

 Io9′s list of the year’s best short-form speculative literature (so far).

Black Women Vampires in Film over at the Graveyardshift Sisters

What’s Your Look? at rookiemag.  Adorable! “Björk’s sad assistant” and “rabbit-filled sack.”

Super creepy horror game hidden in the darkest corners of the internet

AND…for your ears…!



Near Zennor

Near Zennor from ghoulnextdoor on 8tracks Radio.

A new @8tracks playlist, inspired by Elizabeth Hand’s work of short fiction, “Near Zennor”. Image via


Prologue, Richard Moult | Oracle, Paper Dollhouse | Enchanter’s Nightshade, Eternal Tapestry | Morgiana, The Hare And The Moon | The Stone Steps, The Soulless Party | His Arm Has Grown Long, Alexander Tucker | The Wind That Cracks The Leaves, In Gowan Ring | Don’t Break The Curse, Hexvessel | The Faery Round, Drcarlsonalbion | Black Mill Tapes, Pye Corner Audio | Black Butterfly, King Dude

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