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Halloween Countdown: Monster Vitamins (Starring Vincent Price)

October 14, 2016

Vincent Price’s voice can make absolutely anything sound ominous with a twist of undeniable sophistication, as evidenced by this 1974 commercial for children’s vitamins. Some might say he “sold out” with product endorsements like these. But I think he knew how (comically) amazing various products would be with his iconic presence behind them. I like […]


Halloween Countdown: Haunted Typewriter

October 13, 2016

Grandin Road has this excellent (animated!) Haunted Typewriter in their selection of decorations this year. From the site: Don’t just decorate, put on a spine-tingling show to write home about with our Animated Haunted Typewriter. The hit of your Halloween spectacle, they’ll still be talking about next year. As the unsuspecting approach, it simply appears […]

Halloween Countdown: House (Hausu), 1977

October 12, 2016

In the history of this blog, I don’t think I’ve ever had more to say about the topic of a post than I do about about the movie House (Hausu). The film company approached director Nobuhiko Obayashi about making a film similar to Jaws. And he did…if Jaws were about the horror laden psychedelic journey […]

Halloween Countdown: Chad Wehrle

October 11, 2016

Chad Wehrle sites the “masters of spook” Stephen Gammell, Edward Gorey and Donn Kenn among his influences. I see Gammell’s spirit most of all in this work (which is great because he’s one of my all time favorite illustrators). I just love the effect of broad, skillful smudging/erasing combined with very fine line work. Chad […]

Halloween Countdown: Undead Teds

October 9, 2016

It’s pretty easy to find a variety of plush zombie creatures these days, but Undead Teds are a cut above (pun intended). Watch one in action first: Each UndeadTed is painstakingly made with individually custom-sculpted parts and hand-painted for a unique, grisly finish. My favorite part of the descriptive text on the site is the […]

Halloween Countdown: Spooky SheWalksSoftly Jewelry

October 7, 2016

My Etsy shop now has plenty of goodies that would be perfect accessories for Halloween season attire. They range from silly and spooky to sophisticated yet haunting. Silent horror, spookshows, vintage illustration! Skull cameos, Beistle classics, kitsch! Lover’s Eyes (of man and beast)! …and much more. There is also a giveaway running this week, so […]

Halloween Countdown: Mysterious Planchette

October 6, 2016

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

Halloween Countdown: SheWalksSoftly Store Giveaway!

October 5, 2016

I’m celebrating the inaugural Halloween season for my brand new SheWalksSoftly Etsy store with a giveaway! Win ANY jewelry item of your choice (or a custom request). This was originally an Instagram contest but I’m opening it up to blog readers! You can either follow on Instagram or Facebook and use the directions there, or […]

Halloween Countdown: Universal Monster Keychain Flashlight Portraits

October 4, 2016

This series of Universal Monsters keychain flashlights released in 1995 (on which you press a button on the back to illuminate the heads) are kind of cool. BUT… I’m posting them here because they were made in “portraits” by John Purlia, the master of elevating and imbuing all forms of kitsch with a life force […]

Halloween Countdown: Dennis Carlsson

October 3, 2016

Dennis Carlsson gives beloved pop culture cartoon characters a horror makeover. I particularly love the way he does teeth and shining viscera. Which cartoon would you like to see Carlsson reimagine? Dennis Carlsson