Archive for the death Category

Halloween Countdown: The Victorian Book of the Dead

Posted in Books, death, halloween, undead with tags , , , , , on October 23, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I just added this perfect piece of October reading to my wish list. It looks fantastic!

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Chris Woodyard, author of the The Ghosts of the Past series, digs through long-buried newspapers and journals, for this fascinating look at the 19th-century obsession with the culture of death. The Victorian Book of the Dead unearths extraordinary tales of Victorian funeral fads and fancies, ghost stories, bizarre deaths, mourning novelties, gallows humor, premature burial, post-mortem photographs, death omens, and funeral disasters. Resurrected from original sources, these accounts reveal the oddities and eccentricities of Victorian mourning. Packed with macabre anecdotes, this diverting, yet gruesome collection presents tales ranging from the paranormal and shocking to the heartbreaking.

I took the liberty of grabbing screen shots of the table of contents.
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Is this something you could see yourself reading?

The Victorian Book of the Dead

Halloween Countdown: Mysterious Planchette

Posted in antiques, death, vintage with tags , , , on October 6, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Many a scary movie or story has featured the infamous talking board. What would Halloween be without a little seance here and there?

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Mysterious Planchette is a lovely online “museum” of planchettes (the small wooden pieces that rest under fingers and glide across the board) through the ages, from the rise of the talking board in the 19th Century, to some that are fairly recent.

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You’ll find a a nice history page with plenty of information (I’m purposely making this post as an “appetizer” for a much more extensive online collection).

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Side note: did you know “Ouija” is just a Hasbro trademark and not the name of the item itself? Still, the term has become synonymous with any kind of board used to spell out messages from the departed.

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Did you have one of the iconic Hasbro boards growing up? Or perhaps a fancier artifact? Did you use it?

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Desktop Goodies 9/17

Posted in 80's, absurd, anatomy, anthropomorphic, art, comics, creatures, death, ephemera, food, humor, illustration, macabre, meat, postcards, religion, retro, skulls and skeletons, vintage, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Be warned:
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Sometimes I write fictional surrealist resumes in my head just for fun. I’m definitely adding “Can appear as a disembodied head and hypnotize crocodiles” to my skill set.
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The daintiest amphibious juggler.
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There is something very wrong with this cat’s hind quarters (or maybe very right as far as he’s concerned).
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An unlikely friendship, indeed.
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There are not nearly enough meat puns in the sentimental postcard industry.
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So delightfully subtle…until you step in the wrong spot, that is.
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Thank you, Rachel, for these next two. I’ll quote her here: “No means NO, Jesus!”
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…but this is a sweater that many can afford. (I’m sure this man’s parrot has become clinically depressed from living with him).
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Genuinely creepy. Not sure where this comes from. Hell, presumably.
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I was going to write an individual comment for each of these, but they kind of work as a dyad.
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I spent a while trying to figure out this “twelfth finger” thing. Does anyone get it?
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Now, a giant chicken absconding with a child, anyone can understand.
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Posted in anatomy, art, death, nature with tags , , , , on September 6, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I could find no biographical information for the artist known as C7, but I did find a delightfully intricate collection of enigmatic bones and mysterious figures.

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Ah, we know I love a good artist who can intertwine nature, life and death in thought-provoking clusters of archetypes.

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Desktop Goodies 7/27

Posted in 70's, absurd, Books, death, fashion, horror, humor, illustration, retro, retrofuturism, sci-fi, skulls and skeletons, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

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I think this pairs nicely with the book above.
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Gotta have standards.
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I love how engaged Death is with his book.
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Strangest strike banner ever. Unless you’ve seen a stranger one, in which case I really hope you share it with me.
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Thank you Rachel, for showing me that Saran wrap and Bubble wrap are the fashion of the (retro) future. (Seriously ladies, would you be into a guy who confidently sauntered over to you in bubble wrap thigh highs?)

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I sense a seemingly incorrigible child and a maudlin, happy ending.
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I can forgive the obvious impracticality of having a giant tube directly in the driver’s field of vision, because it’s clearly inspired by atomic structure.
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A wonder what qualifies as a “good” or “mediocre” decapitation.
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“Did anyone notice Grandma looked a little unwell today?
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This could be a poster to promote neutering (PSA: countless healthy animals are put down in shelters due to overpopulation. Have your pet spayed/neutered!)
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Insta-Goodies

Posted in art, cats, creatures, death, instagoodies, macabre, sea with tags , , , , , , on March 24, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Just an Insta-Goodies post today, as I recover from an endoscopy…

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Return of the Hatbox Ghost!

Posted in death, decay, skulls and skeletons with tags , , , on May 25, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Long Forgotten, a one stop shop for the Internet’s most interesting and thorough Haunted Mansion history, recently announced the return of the beloved Hatbox Ghost.

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His glowing head moves from it’s rightful spot into the hatbox he carries.
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It would have been amazing if they used actual props to create the face, as opposed to computer graphics…but they did stay pretty faithful to the original character (isn’t this one of the best ghosts ever?).
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I’ve previously posted about Hatbox Ghost here and here.

See more info and bonus facts on Long Forgotten.