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Halloween Countdown: Creepy Makeup

Posted in body decoration, halloween, horror, macabre, makeup, monsters, skulls and skeletons, undead with tags , , , , , , , on October 5, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

This is not your average Halloween makeup. Are you ready to see some stellar skills and masterful makeup illusions?


The effect itself is great, and I imagine it must be extra surreal to see the human mouth talking within this design.


Brilliant use of an add-on prosthetic chin!



See a few more at the Source

Halloween Countdown: Ghost Church

Posted in halloween, installations, undead with tags , , on October 3, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

St. George’s Church in the Czech Republic, constructed in 1352, has been abandoned since the 1960’s since the locals felt it was a bad omen when the ceiling caved in during a funeral. Yet its pews are populated with shrouded ghostly figures.

Although it would’ve made a great story if these pious undead had appeared spontaneously, they were actually commissioned as an installation.

“The figures represent the ghosts of Sudeten Germans who lived in Lukova before World War Two and who came to pray at this church every Sunday,” says the artist Jakub Hadrava, a third year sculpture student. “I hope to show the world that this place had a past and it was a normal part of everyday life, but that fate has a huge influence on our lives.”

The installation was designed to attract tourism and help garner funds to restore the church. I’d certainly pay a visit if I could.


Halloween Countdown: Top 100 Classic Horror Movies

Posted in film, halloween, horror, monsters, undead with tags , , , , on October 1, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Welcome to this year’s SWS Halloween Countdown! I thought I’d get things going with a fantastic IMDB list of the Top 100 Classic Horror Movies.

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This list covers some excellent classic AND obscure titles, many of which I hope to re-watch this season (I’ve seen about 95 out of 100 on this list, which I’m not sure should be a point of pride or embarrassment…so we’ll call it “alignment with my own passions.”).

How many have you seen? What are your favorites?

Moths & Milk

Posted in art, undead with tags , on September 18, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Moths & Milk is the work of young Irish artist Darragh Mallon.


The work is a combination of pencil, ink and digital, often depicting somber, ghostly girls.

He has also done album art:



See more strange, wan creatures in his portfolio…

Moths & Milk

Haunted Mansion Board Game

Posted in retro, toys, undead, vintage with tags , , , on September 13, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Did anyone have the Haunted Mansion Board Game released by Lakeside Games in 1972?


Unfortunately, my source image doesn’t enlarge enough to really read the text…but look at that backdrop!

I’m (surprisingly) not very into board games, but this would be especially great for the Halloween season. I’d love to take my plastic Doom Buggy way through this board.

Haunted Mansion Board Game

Desktop Goodies 7/10

Posted in absurd, advertising, art, Books, cats, horror, humor, japan, kitsch, monsters, oddities, photography, satire, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Apologies for skipping a couple days this week, but between huge health setbacks and mold remediation in the SWS house, things are a bit hectic.


What happened on this beach to necessitate a sign like this (well, I guess that’s self-explanatory).


What question did someone ask him to warrant this answer? Ideas?

I’m assuming this is a gag product (the source where I found it said it’s unironic, which was perhaps more entertaining than the ad itself).

Facing the shadow…

I had to look up where this fellow came from. Now I must see Ultraman Tarou. Has anyone seen it?

Well, that’s supportive.

Careful, parents, it could happen to you.

Answer: don’t.

Now THIS cat is a work of art.

“Hey, you’ll never believe where I’m calling from.”

200 Year Old Mummy “Still Alive”

Posted in oddities, undead with tags , on June 12, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I rarely post so many excerpts from an article, but this is just too great.

Scientists in Mongolia are examining a 200-year mummified monk who some Buddhists believe is still alive because he is in a deep meditative trance.

Gankhüügiin Pürevbat, the founder of the Mongolian Institute of Buddhist Art at Ulan Bator Buddhist University, told the Siberian Times, a news website: “The lama is sitting in the lotus position vajra, the left hand is opened, and the right hand symbolises of the preaching Sutra.

“This is a sign that the lama is not dead, but is in a very deep meditation according to the ancient tradition of Buddhist lamas”. Some experts on Buddhism said the monk could be in “tukdam”, a kind of deep meditative state that crosses over between life and death.


Dr Barry Kerzin, a monk and a physician to the Dalai Lama, told the website: “If the person is able to remain in this state for more than three weeks – which rarely happens – his body gradually shrinks, and in the end all that remains from the person is his hair, nails, and clothes.”

Local media said a 45-old-man had been arrested because the monk’s body had been stolen from a cave with the intention of selling it off. It was unclear in what circumstances it was originally found.

The mummified monk is generally thought to have died in the 19th century. His identity is unknown.


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