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this, that, and the other thing (ix)

Vintage skull art in the pun-ishingly titled Popular Skullture: The Skull Motif in Pulps, Paperbacks, and Comics.  This neat little book contains copious reproductions of cadaverous crania; “… a wide and weird range, from stunningly stimulating creativity to ghastly, schlocky hackwork…”, making it a true picture of the era.”

 

Over the span of a month, Adam Savage designed and built an accurate replica of the hedge maze architectural model from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. (h/t Yvan)

 

MA textile student Zsanett Szirmay’s project “Soundweaving” combines the borderlands of folk art, design and music by way of Hungarian and Transylvanian embroidery designs set to music. (h/t Lisa)

 

 


To Catch A Dream from The NEST Collective on Vimeo.

Ajuma – a grieving widow – is desperate to stop her recurring nightmares. In an effort to end them once and for all, she explores a forgotten fairytale remedy that leads her to unexpected discoveries. To Catch A Dream is The NEST Collective’s second fashion film project in collaboration with Chico Leco.

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Fashion Week Fall 2015!  Giles Deacon (top row) and dramatic dark lord Gareth Pugh (bottom row) are my current favorites.  I am pretending Gareth Pugh was inspired by Garth Ennis’ CROSSED series.  Heh.

Time for a trip to Tokyo!  First on the agenda: the Tokyo Ghost Bar.  Then we shall stay the night at the Godzilla hotel.  Good times! すごい!

Sex Criminals to be adapted to series! Have you read Sex Criminals?  I’ve never read anything quite like it.  SO GOOD.

And the meek shall inherit Pawnee. I’ve not watched Parks and Rec for a while, but this article made me a little teary.  I’m going to make it a point to binge on the last two seasons sometime soon.  The meek and the farty, indeed.

50 Shades of Socialist Feminism by Laurie Penny. I think it is safe to say I have never laughed so hard at anything in my life.  Well done.

“My desires are…unconventional,” he admits

“So are mine,” I say. “I want to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and destroy the male sex.”

this, that, and the other thing (viii)

Showgirls from the 1926 film Hell’s 400

Look at these sassy beelzebroads! Though the imagery might lead you to believe this is a film about Hell’s Elite “cackling diabolically over the latest batch of the damned”, it is but a story of common gold diggers and larceny. (h/t Cabinet of Curiosities)

 

Speaking of Sarah Troop over at Cabinet of Curiosities, do be sure to take a peek at her new project, Death and the Maiden, a blog exploring the relationship between women and death. The site launches today and there is a giveaway for Kate Mayfield’s The Undertaker’s Daughter!

 

One of my favorite instagram accounts lately is creepycomics, which is brimming with cheesy, pulpy horror goodness from yesteryear.

 


Oh my goodness. I cannot wait. Crimson Peak is going to be marvelous.

 

Osmo, A beginners guide to constructing the cosmos from Loop.pH on Vimeo.

OSMO is an experiment in totally transforming the experience of an awkward public space into something of wonder and tranquility.

 

VIDEO LUST: moments of romantic obsession for video memories of the past. “…a plethora of horror, fantasy and sci-fi soundtracks that work magically together. This mix arrives right on time for Valentine’s Day and should be used to guide you in whatever direction your night takes on the 14th.” (via)

 

Adult Wednesday Adams vs. Catcallers. I love you, Adult Wednesday Adams. (via Jon)

 

“What Kind Of Man” the first video from Florence + The Machine’s new album, ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’.  It is a heavy one; frighteningly intense and strangely cathartic, and brimming with that strange, dazzling energy unique to this lady.  I think I love it.

John Allison revisits university life in Giant Days. There are very few webcomics I read anymore, but I have been peeking in at John Allison’s work for over a decadeI even had the opportunity to interview him a few years ago! Most recently he has been collaborating on a short run print version featuring some much beloved characters.

Horror’s scariest trend is the nonexistent black film maker.

Explore the world’s most morbid tourist attractions.

The ANGRY MORON is back!

John Coulthart’s psychedelic playlists

Seven cocktails based on L’Atelier Givenchy fragrances

Comics and the Gothic (h/t David!)

Cathy CK: Cathy comics replaced with Louis C.K. quotes

 

 

 

 

 

this, that, and the other thing (vii)


After another one of their pals posts a stolen baby pic on Faeriebook, Moth Catfrost and Feathers Peppershimmer wonder if they will ever kidnap a human baby and replace it with a changeling, or if they are destined to be alone and unhated forever. (via Carissa)


Heilung is a new project between Kai Uwe Faust and Christopher Juul. Heilung is sounds from the northern european iron age and viking period, “using everything from running water, human bones, reconstructed swords and shields up to ancient frame drums and bronze rings in the songs.” The lyrics contain original texts from rune stones and preserved spear shafts, amulets and other artifacts. (via Jennifer)

If you enjoy the aesthetic appeal of animal antlers but hate the idea of taxidermy, Elkebana might be just the thing for you. The wall-mounted system relies on symmetrical sets of flowers or tree branches and gets its name from ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement.

Harper Lee to publish new novel, 55 years after To Kill a Mockingbird  …which sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Until you read this, which is troubling to say the least: Questions I Have About The Harper Lee Editor Interview 

Iceland to build first temple to Norse gods since Viking age   “I don’t believe anyone believes in a one-eyed man who is riding about on a horse with eight feet,” said Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, high priest of Ásatrúarfélagið, an association that promotes faith in the Norse gods. “We see the stories as poetic metaphors and a manifestation of the forces of nature and human psychology.” Well, that’s a bummer. But still, something else to visit on our next trip back!

Dead Dads and other Ugly Things. Ashley Tibbets talks about her dead dad and how we all have our “dead dads,” the things in our lives that are “decidedly unpretty, undesirable, imperfect, and that might make people feel uncomfortable. We all have our cross to bear and maybe life would be richer if we weren’t afraid to expose them, if we weren’t afraid to let others expose theirs.”

Jeff Bridges wants to help you fall asleep “The album is essentially Jeff Bridges, quietly, creakily musing on things like sleeping and waking, the irony of waking his wife up to record her for a tape that’s supposed to induce slumber, and whether or not people can meet in dreams.”

Monsters of Grok: Fake band tee shirts for histories biggest thinkers. So cool!

Valentines Gift Guides? I suppose I could make one, but let’s face it, I am lazy and these ladies already did a fantastic job with it.  Victoria at Eaumg has one focused on treating one’s self to life’s little luxuries, and as her taste is exquisite, I probably want all of it. Haute Macabre has another great one, and lastly, the Morbid Blonde over at The Chick and the Dead has put together a rather salty list.  Also over at Renee Ruin there is a sort of anti-Valentines day gift, if you will: The ANTI necklace collection. I’ll take all three.  But I guess I’ll have to buy them for myself.

 

this, that, and the other thing (vi)

Precious Australian weirdies The No Frills Twins have released their debut single, “God Bless The Internet”.  I am probably too old to love this as much as I do, but these two really seem to get it.

“No desire to meet real people
We chat once, no need for sequel
Quick and easy, cyber mateship
No attachments, use it, ditch it

Put my head down, put my screen up
Make it seem like at night I raise my red cup
Don’t tell me I’m wasting my youth
Got my headphones in to block out the truth “

 

The vision of the skinless man as a twisted modern-day fairytale, ‘He Took His Skin Off For Me’ is an adaptation of the original short story by award-winning writer Maria Hummer. Think Margaret Atwood meets David Cronenberg.

 

Isabella Mazanti’s illustrations for Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla. I believe it is a special edition for the 200th anniversary of Le Fanu’s birthday (published October, 2014).

 

Forever Doomed includes essays and comics by Tenebrous Kate that take a tongue-in-cheek but loving look at the theme of doom. Includes the widely anticpated “Erotic Rites of
the Nazgûl.”



Mothmeister’s strange and surreal ‘Wounderland’
– a weird and wonderful universe in which the creators portray anonymous, ugly masked creatures as “a reaction against the dominant exhibitionism of the selfie culture and beauty standards marketed by the mass media.”


Björk has announced Vulnicura, her March 2015 follow-up to 2011’s Biophilia!

Fans of board games (or those trying to coax new players into a game) might find this chart helpful.

Sexts from the void, where typical sexts take a hard left turn into the abyss.

Must be something in the air – these two related items crossed my path in the same day.

Lecterings: what if Hannibal told cheesy jokes instead of implying cannibalism?

What fun! Kathack, a bookmarklet that turns any page into Katamari Damacy. Works best in text-heavy pages, like wikipedia.

Death Salon at the Mütter Museum in October 2015!  I am so there.

Headphone Commute’s year end lists are always a treat.  I always know I am going to love their selections for Watching the Snow Fall Slowly in the Moonlight.

The Valentino Pre-Fall 2015 collection is full of wonderful folk art and celestial embroidery…all quite different and very beautiful.

Chris Ovdiyenko, creator of the Oracle Mystifying Playing cards has a new Kickstarter for his latest project, a playing card deck based off of the Arcana of the Tarot. 

This, that, and the other thing (V)

I was once accused of being overfond of “melancholy piano tinklings”. Dance With the Dead, my current aural obsession is as different from that sort of sound as you can possibly get. Think retro 80’s synth on slasher night.

 

On another music related note, John Carpetner’s Lost Themes – the iconic filmmaker/composer’s debut solo album – will be released on vinyl, CD and digitally on February 3 via Sacred Bones Records. In addition the album’s nine original tracks, the deluxe edition includes six remixes by Zola Jesus & Dean Hurley, ohGr (of Skinny Puppy), Silent Servant, Blanck Mass, JG Thirlwell and Bill Kouligas

 

The adorable trailer for Song of the Sea, from the same folks that brought us The Secret of Kells

 

I’ve been a long time admirer of the haunting ladies caught on film by photographer Andy Julia. This shot from the Carmilla editorial for LUSH magazine is beyond gorgeous.

 

These exquisite landscapes of the brain in gold, ink, dye, and metal, by neuroscientist-artist Greg Dunn, are inspired by the sumi-e style of ink wash painting.

 

Shitty horoscopes, written and illustrated by Amrit Brar, are so hilariously perfect. I should probably just get badges of the taurus ones and pin them to my clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This, that, and the other thing (IV)

The magical life of one pair of Icelandic twins, as documented by photographer Ariko Inaoka

Inaoka strives to give her photos of the twins—which were taken at the their house and other “timeless” natural locations about 30 minutes outside the city—a magical, otherworldly quality, because she finds the twins’ relationship as similarly extraordinary and mysterious.

 

The extraordinary art of R.S. Connett, full of vibrant color and exquisite detail


All the horror manga by brilliant author Junji Ito that you need for a lifetime of distress & disquiet

(Bonus listening: Paradoxical Night on 8tracks)

 

A bevy of fantastic Shirley Jackson titles & cover art over at Too Much Horror Fiction

 

The International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME!
Let’s start planning our field trip, now.


Supervenus 
by Frédéric Doazan for the 17th Brussels Short Film Festival
, a macabre statement on standards of Western beauty.

 

Evening In Space – Daphne Guinness nonstop weird fashion and decadence

 

 

 

This, that, and the other thing (III)

Seems like lately everyone is jumping ship over at facebook; enter ello.  Marketed as “…a simple, beautiful, and ad-free social network created by a small group of artists and designers.”, it’s shaping up to be a lovely solution. The design is simple, clean, uncluttered and though there may be a few bugs to work out (it’s still in beta) and it’s a bit quiet over there while users are figuring it out – I really can’t wait to see how it grows. Do be sure to stop by and say hello!  I am mlleghoul, of course.

 

Has the season got you longing for some genuine terror in your life?  This kickstarter project might be exactly what you need.  CANAAN CULT REVIVAL is “a magazine sized anthology of horror comics about demonology & exorcism.” with contributions from nine of independent comics’ unique creators who have come together to frighten you with something new. “CANAAN CULT REVIVAL is an attempt to use comic book storytelling to push those boundaries further still. An anthology of tales of exorcism and demonology, it’s larger and longer than a traditional comic, reminiscent of the horror magazines of the 1970s.”

 

THE DIATOMIST is a short documentary about Klaus Kemp, master of the Victorian art of diatom arrangement.

“Diatoms are single cell algae that create jewel-like glass shells around themselves. Microscopists of the Victorian era would arrange them into complex patterns, invisible to the naked eye but spectacular when viewed under magnification.The best of these arrangements are stunning technical feats that reveal the hidden grandeur of some of the smallest organisms on Earth. Klaus Kemp has devoted his entire life to understanding and perfecting diatom arrangement and he is now acknowledged as the last great practitioner of this beautiful combination of art and science. THE DIATOMIST, by Matthew Killip showcases his incredible work. “

 

Can you imagine these glorious horrors stalking and slashing down the runway?  From Alice Auaa 2014-2015 F/W runway during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Japan.

More delightful sartorial oddities from Gareth Pugh’s Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear – Collection

 

Two seasonally appropriate 8tracks mixes: All of them Witches & It is something I have long known (inspired by Robert Aickman’s eerie short story “Into the Woods”.)

This, that and the other thing (II)

A forest is growing in Norway. In 100 years it will become an anthology of books. 
“A forest has been planted in Norway, which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed in one hundred years time. Between now and then, one writer every year will contribute a text, with the writings held in trust, unpublished, until 2114.”

 

THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS, a “bloody and taut fantasia of suspense” will be released on 8/29.  You can find the trailer here.

 

Soasig Chamaillard’s Kitschy Marys

 

My new favorite creepy cat tumblr, created by Cotton Valent.

 

Observatory Mansions by Nicole Dollanganger; creepy/cute sound, chilling/charming songs.

 

“Recently, several medical experts, including pathologists, neurologists, stem cell researchers, and hospital surgeons, joined forces with a group of UK artists to record an album. Using the experts’ wealth of knowledge and the human body as a source of inspiration, [artists]… were able to understand “why a chosen organ works and fails” and then create songs “that build on this and their own emotional history and feelings.” The resulting album, entitled Body of Songs, is due out sometime in 2015.” The collective has unveiled a contribution from  Bat for Lashes  songstress  Natasha Khan .

 

Lykke Li – Gunshot (Official Video)

50 fabulist books everyone should read.

Knotting (NSFW). I am inexplicably obsessed with this.

I love the idea of these “breakfast nachos” over at PPK

Lastly, remember by previous mention of a black metal diet blog?  Well, this isn’t it, but I did enjoy reading 8 Reasons Why It’s Hard to Be Goth And Work Out.

 

 

This, that & the other thing (I)

I spend a great deal of time piddling & dinking around on the internet and in the doing so, I stumble upon all manner of fascinating things. A few things that have recently caught my eye/piqued my interest/whipped my grey matter into a maelstrom…

How to know if you are reading a gothic novel – in pictures  Are there tyrants with scary eyes?  Virgins swooning piously? Spooky castles and probable monsters? You are most likely reading a gothic novel


Mothography by Warren Krupsaw
 
 These wee things sat on the photographer’s finger!


The Botanica Reliquaire series, by Fran Liscio,
  Beautiful and hearbreaking still life arrangements with found birds and flowers,

And new music from favorite artists! See below for new videos from First Aid Kit, Jolie Holland, and Julianna Barwick.

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