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Desktop Goodies 12/14

Posted in absurd, advertising, art, creatures, humor, japan, monsters, nature, photography, skulls and skeletons, space, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Hypnokitty says…you will read the entirety of this post…
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I’m not sure if this was a recurring character or a one time thing, but it’s very unusual art for a motor oil ad.
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The bow really makes this.
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I love this kid.
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I previously considered my own cats to be pretty well prepared, but I was quite mistaken.
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The most projectile vomit I’ve ever seen in an antique colorized photo.
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It’s funny…because it’s true.
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I’m surprised this never happened to me when I was deep in my heavy metal phase.
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Nature is incredible.
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80’s Christmas Horror Movies

Posted in 80's, film, horror, monsters, TV, undead with tags , , , , , , on December 8, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Fellow horror fans…I confess I felt remiss in my duties when I discovered there were a number of 80’s Christmas Horror Movies I haven’t seen. A kind reader sent me this list.

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Luckily, 80’s Horror has compiled a nice list of every Christmas horror movie made in the decade. How many have you seen?

They also note two awesome TV episodes (which were staples of my childhood): Tales from the Darkside- Seasons of Belief

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And Tales from the Crypt- And All Through the House
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Check out 80’s Christmas Horror Movies.

Walter McDougall

Posted in absurd, art, candy coated nightmares, illustration, monsters, vintage with tags , , , , , on December 6, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Thank you, Monster Brains for posting a HUGE collection of Walter McDougall illustrations (click to enlarge).

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McDougall was a prolific newspaper illustrator in the late 1800’s. His work is sublimely imaginative and bizarre, dancing on the border of surrealist children’s fiction…and nightmares. The captions are brilliant.
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I confess, I saved all 86 images in the post because I plan to read them like bedtime stories. Each image is a vignette unto itself, often with a single sentence presenting a strange predicament and/or creature.
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Somehow, these fragments coagulate into stories when I see them…hazy at first, but overflowing with possibilities.
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See the collection of images HERE.

Go Monster Project

Posted in art, monsters with tags , on December 2, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve posted about independent crafters who recreate child artwork in plush toys or high quality visual art, but I can never resist an opportunity to support a new iteration of this endeavor.

Go Monster Project includes artists from all over the world who recreate the artwork of children in their own styles.

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You’ll find two and three dimensional tributes to the engaging imaginations of these lucky kids. I got a tiny bit choked up while reading the FAQs, because I wholeheartedly support the mission statement of this project.
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Go Monster Project

Otto Lehtonen

Posted in art, horror, monsters, undead with tags , , , on December 1, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Since we’re now getting inundated with holiday cheer at every turn, I thought I’d provide some balance via Otto Lehtonen (aka Eemeling).

Love his version of The Babadook:
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You will find many tortured, twisted, grinning and otherwise menacing figures in his portfolio.
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Fans of horror art will undoubtedly enjoy these undead creations.
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Otto Lehtonen

Peter Goode

Posted in art, monsters with tags , on November 16, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Today, I bring you the creatures of Peter Goode.

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From the excellent description in the artist bio:
His rich and detailed paintings depict emotive creatures in various stages of self reflection and spiritual illumination.

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They are neurotic do-gooders, abandoned explorers and sentinels, estranged lovers, wooly bodhisattvas, aimless angelic oracles, whispering wratihs, reformed scoundrels, weathered widows, impish frolickers, and hungry ghosts.

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I really should start a “monster pathos” tag on this blog, for the sweet, forlorn, misunderstood monsters who make their way onto these pages.
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Peter Goode

Halloween Countdown: Desktop Goodies #2

Posted in art, Books, craft, halloween, macabre, monsters, photography, retro, toys, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Who had these as a kid? (Thanks for reminding me of them, Colleen!)
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Not sure if this is what The Weather Girls had in mind when they belted out “IT’S RAINING MEN! HALLELUJAH!”
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Side note: if you haven’t seen the video for It’s Raining Men in a while (or ever), I highly recommend you go enjoy the neon chaos at the cardboard weather station.

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There’s something I really love about this. Perhaps the simplicity.
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Why didn’t I think of this? Next year…
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That Pumpkin.
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It looked so much cuter in her head when she thought she wanted to look like a doll.
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I wish they still sold these!
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Gorgeous Green Man.
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The shading on Cruella is absolutely impeccable.
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I feel this has meme potential. Why don’t more memes involve vintage monster illustrations?
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Poor kitty…
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