Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Nevermore Morbid Fabrics by Michael Miller

Fabric designer Michael Miller created this amazing line of Nevermore fabrics as a tribute to Edgar Allan Poe.

This print features bats, cats, frogs and skeleton.

A caged black bird suggests The Raven.

My favorite print from the series is this quill and ink pot.

Living Dead Dolls Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Mezco's recent release of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse features four ghoulish dolls. Two of them wear masks (War and Pestilence) and they all come with their own hobby horses. (I love that Death comes with a white horse.. get it? Death Rides a Pale Horse?) Famine wears a skeleton t-shirt. Each doll comes packaged in their own coffin box.

The dolls depict:






Albrecht Durer's Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, at the Met

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, at Public Domain Review

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, at Wikipedia

Goth Crafts for Snowbound Winter Days and Cold Dark Nights

Spend a rainy afternoon creating this creepy paper haunted house. Not just for Halloween, it can decorate your mantel or coffee table for year-round chills. Available from a seller in the UK.

Prefer something a little less spooky and a lot more gothic? How about this French gothic castle?

Here's a lovely example of Victorian gothic architecture you can cut, assemble and glue together.

If that isn't challenging enough, try creating this Victorian village full of houses.

If I get snowbound in my house this winter, I'll be tempted to build this Victorian seaside resort and then have a little army of paper zombies attack it and wreak havoc.

Create Salem's famed House of the Seven Gables, a great conversation piece at your next dinner party.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Knit Your Own Monsters and Zombies This Spring

"Knit Your Own Zombie" presents "Over 1,000 Combinations to Rip 'n' Reassemble for Horrifying Results." Besides patterns for making the zombies themselves, the book includes patterns for zombie clothing, and accessories such as knitted rats and maggots.

"Knitmare on Elm Street" offers twenty projects "that go bump in the night." The projects include an Abominable Snowman, a plush monkey with miniature cymbals, a creepy ventriloquist’s dummy hand puppet, a Haitian voodoo doll, a shrunken head, a haunted house diorama, and a sideshow carnival finger puppet theater. So creative!

"Knit a Monster Nursery" is a bit too cheerful and colorful for my personal tastes, but definitely has some adorable non-mainstream patterns. The monsters just aren't quite monstrous enough for me I guess.

"Gothic Knits" presents nine different knitted doll patterns. Once you get the hang of creating the dolls, it will be easy to customize them and make them just as spooky as you like.

"Evil Knits" presents "Twenty Projects that Go Bump in the Night." Learn to knit gravestones, zombies, a voodoo doll, ghosts, a freakshow finger puppet, a cymbal-clashing monkey, clowns and other creepy toys.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Quirk Books' Lovecraft Middle School Book Series

This just cracks me up! I just had to share it with you. Note: I haven't personally read any of these yet. I'm going to try to tempt my 12 year old (who doesn't really enjoy reading yet) with the first one.

"Tales from Lovecraft Middle School is the spine-tingling series about a haunted middle school where monsters roam the halls, mysteries lurk behind every door, and strange transformations take place before your very eyes."

Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1: Professor Gargoyle begins the series with seventh-grader Robert Arthur starting his first day at a new and very peculiar school.

Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #2: Slither Sisters features twin sisters Sarah and Sylvia Price, who are campaigning for student council but secretly planning to harm the seventh grade students. Robert Arthur and his new friends (the school bully, the school ghost, and a two-headed rat) are the only ones who can stop them.

You can read Leah Rhyne's review of Slither Sisters.

Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #3: Teacher's Pest will be released on May 3, 2013.

As yet another cool bonus, each book in the series features a lenticular cover. Look at it one way, and it's a nice smiling human. Step to the side and look at it again, and it morphs into a creepy portrait.


Lovecraft Middle School (Official)

Lovecraft Middle School on Facebook

Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1 at Quirk Books

Friday, February 8, 2013

Last-Minute Darkly Romantic Goth Valentine's Gifts

There's nothing that says "I love you" like a skull-themed piece of jewelry. While this Tarina Tarantino bracelet looks pink in the seller's photo, the skulls are actually a pale pastel nude Lucite.

For a more traditionally gothic look, here's a Tarina Tarantino skull necklace that she named "Evensong."

Here's a pair of skull earrings that match it, too.

For a more serious understated look, here's a La Mort de Coeur skull pendant by Alchemy Gothic.

I find this "Reliquary Locket" extremely romantic.

This studded heart-shaped clutch bag is by Butler & Wilson.

For your goth boyfriend: A pair of cozy Nightmare Before Christmas pajamas. Or here's a similar set for your goth girlfriend. It glows in the dark - that's so cool! (I'd steer clear of the very unsexy Nightmare Before Christmas Blanket with Sleeves - too similar to the lame Snuggie.

How about a darling little "Bride of Valentine" mini Living Dead doll?

Happy Valentine's Day!