Archive for macabre

Halloween Countdown: TMBG- The Darlings of Lumberland

Posted in film, halloween, horror, macabre, monsters, music, music video, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Unofficial music video for “The Darlings of Lumberland” by They Might Be Giants, from their 16th album “Nanobots” (2013): (see more below).

It was created using both famous and obscure silent horror films found on, and photos from the vintage photo site Retronaut.

What does it say about me that I have pretty much all of these images on my hard drive and have seen all of these films?

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.

Damn French Desserts

Posted in anatomy, craft, macabre, paper with tags , , , on September 20, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Damn French Desserts call themselves “purveyor of exquisite knick knack.” Look at the romantic anatomy domes!





There is some great stationary for the morbidly inclined as well.


Damn French Desserts

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.

Death in a Nutshell

Posted in art, furniture, macabre, oddities with tags , , on May 21, 2013 by emmalaw

Hello, I’m Emma, I blog over at The Edit but I thought She Walks Softly readers would enjoy discovering about the Nutshell studies…

“A kitchen lined with faded floral wallpaper is washed in warm sunlight filtering through lace-edged window curtains. A cake cools in the oven. Peeled potatoes sit in the sink. An ironing board and basket of laundry occupy in the center of the floor.

But one ghastly detail disturbs the coziness: The dead body of a 45-year-old woman, her hair pulled into a bun, supine on the floor in front of the open ice box. She wears a print dress and an apron, and stares blankly at the ceiling” [1]

Nutshell KitchenImage Source

The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death are a collection of miniature crime scene models built in the 1940s and 50s by Frances Glessner Lee. The models were based on real crime scenes and used to train police to assess visual evidence.

Nutshell Bedroom SceneImage Source

Glessner Lee attended autopsies to ensure accuracy in her models, and had a fastidious attention to detail. The replicas feature openable windows, curtains which can be drawn, and miniature pencils which write.

I’ve always appreciated things in miniature. There’s something slightly magical about scaled down little worlds, where your imagination fills in the gaps, creating personalities and routines for the people who might live there.

As artwork, I love the way the Nutshell Studies compare and contrast the perfection of the dollhouse world with the grisly nature of death. The majority of the victims depicted are women who suffered violent deaths.

As a training tool, police were told to inspect the scenes and look for evidence to help explain the death. For example, the woman described earlier, dead in the kitchen, what is the significance of the small details? A cake cools in the oven, but the stove gas has been left on, unlit. Peeled potatoes sit in the sink, but would a woman stop in the middle of cooking dinner to kill herself? The heavy iron could be used as a weapon, but will the body show any evidence of blunt force trauma?

Nutshell Kitchen EvidenceImage Source

Many of the crime scene models take place in the home, the ultimate safe haven. The place where we feel most secure, and ultimately trust that we’re going to wake up in the morning. The Nutshell Studies force us to examine situations where this trust is broken and the safe haven shattered.

Nutshell Letters in the AtticImage Source

Nutshell Babies RoomImage Source

Nutshell Death in Parsonage
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The Real Story of Where I’ve Been

Posted in anatomy, announcement, art, macabre, medicine with tags , , , , on March 23, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Hello! How I’ve missed it here! It’s time to get FAR more personal than I ever thought I would in public. I feel I owe a further explanation to the loyal and wonderful readers of this site.

For those who don’t know, I’ve been too ill to communicate for the better part of a year. Severe Central Sensitization Pain Syndrome (the worst case 50+ doctors have ever seen) was compounded by this. And these tragedies were recently complicated by a near-death emergency surgery incident.


You can read my dad’s previous hospital updates HERE and listen to an embarrassing, rambling voice recording of more details (can’t type) that I sent to my closest friends HERE.

The road ahead is long and grueling, but I’m ready for the fight of a lifetime…mostly because of the amazing people in my life, and unrelenting desire to be of service to humanity.


I want to give credit to my amazing friends for making and displaying this motivational graphic. It warmed my heart so beautifully…I’m still not over the wonderful surprise! Gets me every time I see it…


THANK YOU for supporting me. My love and gratitude are beyond all measure. I still cannot respond to comments, but I appreciate them with all my heart.

Special thanks to my incredible proxy blogger, who keeps my dreams alive when my body cannot do so. What a precious gift.

Bizarre and Creepy Vintage Christmas Cards

Posted in absurd, candy coated nightmares, christmas, macabre, postcards, thrift horror, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Medical hiatus no-typing mix…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond at the moment.



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creepy ass santa




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Maria Rubinke

Posted in anatomy, craft, macabre, sculpture with tags , , , on September 3, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Hello, everyone! I had a phenomenal guest author last week, but I’ve missed it here. What better way to express the maddening frustration of a hiatus (and the fact that my posts might still be light on the verbiage for a while to come) than with these sculptures by Maria Rubinke?

Although I have had health issues for quite sometime, these recent ones have affected my typing AND talking ability so I’ve been…*nudge nudge, wink, wink* tearing my hair out.

Been told in the past that I have a bleeding heart, metaphorically at least…

I didn’t see an artist site with a quick search glance, but see a few more bloody innards of innocence at the Source.

The North Knoxville Body Farm

Posted in anatomy, macabre, science with tags , , on March 30, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

The William K. Bass Center for Forensic Observation is one of the largest collections of skeletal remains in the modern world. It has been invaluable for research in the field of forensic anthropology.

Behind the University of Tennessee, a little outside of Knoxville, there’s a 2.5 acre plot of land surrounded by a razor wire fence. This is the body farm, where forensic scientists and researchers learn about human decomposition. When William K. Bass first opened his center to study human remains in 1981, he had one dead body and a 16 square foot cage. By 2007, the farm had over 150 decaying specimen – many donated to the farm by interested volunteers.

You can see a short three part video in which the founder discusses the facility here


Grave Rubbing Quilts

Posted in craft, macabre with tags , on February 23, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

This link came to me from my wonderful friend Carrie.

Susan Lenz crafted a series of beautiful quilts, inspired by grave rubbings. I would love to hang this one on my wall:

More info here.

Lifelike Chocolate Skulls

Posted in anatomy, food, macabre with tags , , on February 9, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve seen countless chocolate skulls, but this is the first I’ve come across that is cast from an actual human skull.

Yep…that’s pure chocolate. It comes in dark as well:

I think it would be rather difficult to find a more lifelike edible reproduction.

Chocolate Skulls

Kobayashi Eitaku: 9 Stages of Bodily Decay

Posted in anatomy, art, japan, macabre, vintage with tags , , , , on February 7, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

I’m not sure if everyone has the same tolerance for morbidity that I do, but this series of drawings by Kobayashi Eitaku (1843-1890) depicting the stages of bodily decay is just so interesting!

Supposedly, this subject was a courtesan. Interesting choice.



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