Archive for monsters

Alicia Martin Lopez

Posted in art, monsters, surreal with tags , , on April 2, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Alicia Martin Lopez drew me in with this ambiguous, fascinating mural (stare at it all you want…you’ll never really know what it is):


And I was pleased to discover a cadre of surreal, grotesque creatures on her website…




Alicia Martin Lopez

Gojin Ishihara

Posted in art, japan, monsters, retro with tags , , , on March 27, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

My friend Stacey linked me to this awesome collection of Japanese monster illustrations by Gojin Ishihara.


The books came out in the 70′s, designed for kids. I wish my childhood library contained them!

I think these are some of my favorite vintage Japanese monster illustrations out there

See more here.

Nathan Vranckx

Posted in art, monsters with tags , on March 18, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Today I bring you Nathan Vranckx.

A fine take on classic still life:



A few of his incredible creatures have a glowing orb in the chest. I love thinking of this as the monster heart; the visible power center of these strange beings.

Nathan Vranckx

Desktop Goodies 2/20

Posted in absurd, anatomy, creatures, dolls, monsters, vintage with tags , , , , , , on February 20, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Desktop goodies are building up way faster than I can comment on all of them (I tend to save at least 20 images a day, and have never attempted to get my digital collecting in check).

Here are some images that speak for themselves.











Kumpan Alexandr

Posted in art, monsters with tags , on January 29, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Kumpan Alexandr has a small collection of outstanding inhuman creations.


Somehow he simultaneously achieves both a coolness and warmth in his color scheme.


Such interesting organic mutations…



Kumpan Alexandr

Happy New Year!

Posted in art, ephemera, monsters, TV, vintage with tags , , , , , on January 1, 2014 by shewalkssoftly







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The Mini Tree of Horrors

Posted in christmas, Dana projects, decoration, monsters, tribute with tags , , , , on December 25, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Last Christmas I was home alone in a neck brace with a bizarre 6 month case of severe laryngitis so I couldn’t speak. But I ate a whole box of my favorite cookies ever (see below) and a LOT of bacon…so that was a nice little party for one!


At the start of the year I went to LA to stay with my father, presumably for a couple of weeks to get my seriously deteriorating health in order. As the universe would have it, I was slated for unimaginable medical horrors in 2013 (many of which I’ve referred to in this blog)…and I’m still here in LA, very slowly but surely rebounding from what the doctors deemed “incurable.”

While my heart aches for the bygone days of constant holiday crafting, baking, decorating and spoiling the hell out of my love ones (and I will do all of the above again one day)… I can find immense joy and hope in the fact that I am still alive with a wonderful little family and group of supportive friends. I’ve had a few tiny miracles, indeed.

We always spend Christmas in New York, so we have no decorations in this apartment. I’m not quite recovered enough to get out or have visitors yet, so it will just be my father and me this Christmas. But I was determined to do something special, so we got a cozy little table top tree. The mad influx of medical bills inspired me to decorate it for under $5.

I chose to make a tribute to the countless days my dad and I spent watching old sci-fi and horror together throughout my life. We still do it, and it is something I treasure immeasurably.


How many familiar faces can you spot?


Thank you all for reading this blog, and for your support this year. I miss my family and friends terribly. Although I can’t participate in festivities yet, it is a special year because I still…exist (how MAGICAL!)! I wish you all an amazing holiday season.


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Creepmas Day 10: Collaborative Desktop Goodies!

Posted in absurd, christmas, craft, ephemera, humor, monsters, science, vintage with tags , , , , , , , on December 10, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

(Thanks, Bill!)


(Thanks, Bettie!)

(Thanks, Colleen!)

(Thanks, Carrie!)



(Thanks, Lee!)

Creepmas Day 5: Krampus Overload

Posted in christmas, events, monsters with tags , , on December 5, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

I smell a giant trend approaching (well it’s already well underway, really). Like zombies, bacon and cupcakes, the krampus is rising in pop culture.


KRAMPUSFEST begins today:
A “multi-venue celebration” that will run this year from December 5th to the 21st. A troupe of costumed Krampus performers will appear at each venue, including the Krampus Ball, an art exhibition, and a publicly held run held in conjunction with the Downtown Art Walk. Each member of the Krampus Los Angeles Troupe makes their costume mostly by hand.


Boy, I remember when I used to mention the krampus and people raised a confused eyebrow. “What about cramps, now?”


Now they are all over sweaters, ornaments, cards…



There is an amazing art show I wish I could attend.

Much more info at the Krampus Los Angeles…a blog entirely dedicated to this folklore fiend!

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Mary Shelley’s Handwritten Frankenstein Manuscript

Posted in antiques, Books, monsters with tags , , on November 23, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

There is something special about seeing a classic piece of literature exactly as is came from the hand of its creator. Now you can view Frankenstein in Mary Shelley’s own original manuscript.


See the story of how she came to write the novel here if you’re not familiar. She said this about her inspiration:

When I placed my head on my pillow, I did not sleep, nor could I be said to think. My imagination, unbidden, possessed and guided me, gifting the successive images that arose in my mind with a vividness far beyond the usual bounds of reverie. I saw — with shut eyes, but acute mental vision, — I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half vital motion.

She was only 19 when she wrote this classic piece. Wow…what were WE all doing at 19?…not this!

See the pages here.

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