Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Darling New Sally NMBC Figure from Funko's Rock Candy Line

Coming in October: Funko's Sally Rock Candy collectible vinyl figure!

She stands five inches tall and holds a potion jar in one hand and her stirring spoon in the other.

Hot Topic will sell a special version of this collectible: Sally holding a black cat instead of a potion jar.

Funko's Rock Candy Sally figure is also available on eBay.

October can't come soon enough!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Sourpuss's New Soft Blankets for Halloween and Autumn

I know I'm not the only one sitting here sweating, frantically drinking iced tea and looking forward to the arrival of autumn. Anticipating chilly nights ahead, I'm shopping around for some cozy throw blankets. Here's a few tempting ones from Sourpuss!

The "Black Cats" blanket is perfect for cuddling up with your pets whilst watching horror movies. (Perhaps no cuddling should you own a dog and happen to be watching "Cujo" together!)

I find Sourpuss's Skull blanket to be quite versatile. You can use it in autumn, at Easter, on your birthday, on the way to a funeral, etc!

The "Batt Attack" blanket features black bats on a red background. How perfect for Christmastime!

If your tastes run more to steampunk, the Octopus blanket might fit nicely into your home decor.

Happy cuddling!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

New Children's Book: How to Make Friends with a Ghost

This quirky picture book was written with kids aged 4-8 in mind. It's Rebecca Green's debut picture book and I think it's just darling. You can read the author's blog post about how the book came about.

Kirkus Reviews sniffs a bit that "Both she and the ghost are paper-white with pink cheeks, and the palette is limited to black, white, gray, brown, a rusty orange, and a pinkish red." Well, that's what I like about the illustrations in this book!

"How to Make Friends with a Ghost" comes out September 5.

Here's the "How to Make Friends with a Ghost" book trailer:

Here's what Kirkus Reviews had to say in full.

Might be a nice semi-cheerful yet still dark book to add to a child's library!

New Dark Art book by Junko Mizuno: Ravina the Witch

Even if you aren't regularly a fan of Junko Mizuno, I thought you might like to check out the new Ravina the Witch? book anyway.

"Once upon a time, on the coast of a tiny European country, there was an enormous cloud of toxic fumes. In this cloud lived a young girl named Ravina. And she is about to be unleashed on the human world!"

"A bewitching and beautiful tale of an orphan girl who was raised by crows in a trash heap. One day, a dying witch gifts her with a mysterious magic wand and her life changes forever! Now, the human world is hers to play with... Or will this land of fear and corruption prove too much for the fledgling witch? In a time of witch hunts, Ravina must have her wits about her!"

I can't wait to read this lavishly illustrated and curious book!

-Carrie

Hilarious Feisty Pets Plush Toys

I might have a dorky sense of humor, but I'm laughing so hard at this concept! Feisty Pets turn from sweet, slightly moping little pets into grimacing fierce wild animals when you squeeze them!

Some sort of mechanism inside makes their eyes and eyebrows change, mouths open and grimace, baring their teeth.

Here's a hilarious Feisty Pets demo video from Vat19.com:

My favorite toy is probably Glenda Glitterpoop the feisty unicorn!

I think several of my younger relatives are going to ind a Feisty pet plush toy under their Christmas tree this year. Or perhaps I will plop a couple into my nephews' trick-or-treat bags!

Pier 1's Darling El Dia De Los Muertos Cat Pillow

I wanted to show you this cute cat pillow from Pier 1 Imports. Sadly, they didn't do a very exciting job of photographing it.

Sold only online, this El Dia de Los Muertos themed pillow is already on sale! Maybe they decided it wasn't selling fast enough for their liking? Who cares! Our good fortune.

Ghost Stories and Victorian Sci-Fi Tales to While Away Long Hot Dreary Summer Nights

If you're looking for some compelling and slightly chilling short stories to enjoy on your travels this summer, here are three new books to consider adding to your library or ereader device.

Ghostly Tales: Spine-Chilling Stories of the Victorian Age is a lovely hardcover compilation of classic stories by Victorian-era authors including M.R. James, Elizabeth Gaskell, Robert Louis Stevenson, F. Marion Crawford, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You've probably read most of these stories already if you're a fan of the classic ghost story genre; but if not, here's a nice volume to slip into your suitcase for your Labor Day Weekend or end-of-summer travels. Great reads for pulling through while we anticipate autumn!

Great American Ghost Stories: Lyons Press Classics is another compilation of ghostly classics. Authors include Edith Wharton, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, O. Henry, Bret Harte, and even Harriet Beecher Stowe. (It barely needs mentioning that of course an Edgar Allan Poe short story is included here).

Frankenstein Dreams: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Science Fiction arrives September 5, 2017. The author, Michael Sims, "has gathered many of the very finest stories, some by classic writers such as Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, and H.G. Wells, but many that will surprise general readers." The book contains twenty stories.

Enjoy your sci-fi and ghostly reading!