Archive for macabre

La Popular’s “Corpse Bride”

Posted in death, macabre, oddities, wedding with tags , , , on July 17, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I am basically going to reblog this morbid legend, because the source sites all the bizarre details quite well.

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For the past 75 years, a tiny bridal shop in Mexico has been the subject of some pretty crazy rumors. Tales of supernatural fiddling abound, with whispers of disembodied voices, mysterious cold spots, and even the occasional darting shadow seen from the corner of a visitor’s eye. But the creepiest rumor centers around a bridal mannequin sitting in the window; a highly detailed dummy that many say is a perfectly preserved corpse.

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The tale begins on March 25th in 1930, when the odd-looking mannequin was first placed in the windows of La Popular, one of the most well-known bridal shops in Chihauhau, Mexico. Almost immediately, the locals knew that something just wasn’t quite right with the figure. Before long, tales of the stunning mannequin began to spread far and wide, and visitors trekked from all over just to see the intricate details in the doll. From the individual wrinkles in the hands, to the real human hair, to the mesermizing gaze of her glass eyes, it was almost as if the figure was a real person frozen in time.

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Eventually, people began to notice the similaries between the mannequin, nicknamed La Pascualita, and the daughter of La Popular’s proprietor, Pascuala Esparza. According to legend, Esparza’s daughter had tragically passed away on her wedding day, victim of a Black Widow spider bite. Locals whispered that the beautiful figure in the window was, in fact, the embalmed body of Esparza’s daughter. More and more, the details began to make sense, and the townspeople became outraged. Of course, Pascuala Esparza formally denied the allegations, but by that point, it was too late – the legend was set in stone.

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75 years later, some have come to revere La Pascualita as a saint, leaving candles and offering prayers in front of the window. Some ask for good fortune, but most come to her seeking guidance in matters of love. Many brides even let Pascualita decide on their gowns for them, simply choosing whatever dress she’s wearing at the time they visit.

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So, is the strange mannequin really the preserved corpse of an ill-fated bride? Skeptics say no, pointing to the difficult upkeep when it comes to stopping a corpse from decaying, but those who have seen La Pascualita in person walk away believers… and very creeped out believers at that. After all, how strange is it for a store to keep the same mannequin for nearly eight decades, and shroud its undressing in secrecy?

What do you all think? The hands are indeed rather corpse-like, and graced with far more textured skin than any mannequin I’ve seen in the world. But…I’m not sure what methods could keep ANY flesh on a corpse over 80 years after the date of death.

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(Thanks to Steph for the link!)

One Got Fat: Bicyle Safety Video, 1963

Posted in absurd, humor, macabre, music video, video with tags , , , , on June 20, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

This is one of the most disturbingly surreal videos I’ve ever seen. Classic mid century “music of the future” plays while a group of kids (in monkey masks) ride their bikes until, one by one, each meets an untimely end. The narration…the visuals…it’s all SO good. This is a must-see for fans of all things strange and unusual.

The names of the characters alone make this worth watching.
Rooty Toot Jasperson
Tinkerbell McDillingfiddy
Stanislaw Higginbottom
Phil Floogyl
Mossby Pomegranate
Trigby Fipps

(and more…I won’t give them all away)

If you’re interested, it was featured in a Boards of Canada video as well:

(Thanks for reminding me this exists, Cat Daddy-O!)

William Zdan

Posted in art, macabre with tags , on June 13, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

William Zdan paints evocative pieces that blur the lines between beautiful and ugly, peace and horror.

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It’s amazing what the color red alone can do in that respect, no? Adding red to anything makes it slightly ominous, particularly with the shining gleam of tears (or are they?) and lipgloss.
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His frames suit the subject matter well. Dark, industrial, in a strange middle ground between industrial and refined.
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Suspense, in a few square inches…
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William Zdan

Jeff Christensen

Posted in art, macabre, surreal with tags , , on May 22, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Check out the undead (and maybe dead) creations of Jeff Christensen.

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Many of his paintings have an “interdimensional” feel to them, as if his subjects are exploring strange worlds or navigating between them.

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Dr. Dreadful’s Creep Show

Posted in animation, candy coated nightmares, macabre, video with tags , , , on March 30, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve posted about Megan Petasky before. This video of hers is guaranteed to be one of the creepiest cartoons you see today (assuming you watch a lot. You watch a lot, right?).

Modern Eden Gallery: The Grotesque

Posted in art, exhibits, macabre with tags , , on March 16, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Though not quite for the faint of heart, the group show going on at Modern Eden Gallery right now is definitely worth checking out for those who can attend.

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Your can tour the online gallery of multimedia projects…so hideous…so hard to look away.
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A favorite of mine: the string bat.
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Has anyone gone?

Modern Eden Gallery: The Grotesque

Dave Oliver

Posted in art, macabre with tags , on February 18, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Today I give you Dave Oliver .

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Milky nightmares, impish grins and screams from the depths…
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Conjuruer’s Kitchen

Posted in anatomy, craft, food, macabre, sculpture with tags , , , , on January 28, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Conjuruer’s Kitchen makes the most majestic macabre morsels I’ve seen.

Yes, this is a cake. They all are.

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I find it very interesting…the crossing of gag-worthy subject matter with delicious confections. To eat or not to eat…
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The Osteologist’s dream cake:
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I was gifted a Conjurer’s Kitchen hand-sculpted white chocolate raven skull by the lovely and talented Tonya Hurley…it’s too beautiful to eat. I keep it on display.

Conjuruer’s Kitchen

The Dying Drunkard Automaton

Posted in antiques, automata, macabre with tags , , on January 2, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

This is an incredible piece located in The House on the Rock; a…shall we say, quite unique…coin operated tableau made in 1870.

Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

Holiday Desktop Goodies 12/21

Posted in absurd, anthropomorphic, art, candy coated nightmares, christmas, decoration, food, macabre, photography, sea, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Ready for some creeptastic Christmas treats?

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SuperTeen Merry Kiss-Mas

Wait for it…
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Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

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