Tuesday, September 30, 2008
"Raised on a steady diet of Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch, Slurpee’s in Superhero cups, Japanese Giant Monster Shows, Saturday Morning Cartoon’s, and boxes of donated comicbooks" artist Butch Adams has "had his work published in various comicbooks, newspapers, books, television, and even a feature film." Check it out!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Delicious! Coming soon to a bookstore near you, "Cereal Killers" - A spooky, kooky "coffin" table cartoon art book featuring over 70 terrifying takes on some of your favorite breakfast cereals by some of today's top animation artists and illustrators!
If you're looking to buy some very expensive skull jewelry, look no further than Vivre. These earrings of
"intricately hand-carved white coral skulls provide beguilingly witty support for an exquisitely textured diamond-encrusted 2 1/2" drop" and cost $3600! And the necklace of "clear crystal skulls punctuated with Swarovski roundels" will set you back $1385.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
You may recognize this image from the Halloween 2008 edition of the Fright Catalog. It was taken by Joshua Hoffine, an artist specializing in "horror photography". Check out his site to see more examples of his work.
I think that this portrait looks horrible, and from the reviews I've read, it appears to have been cheaply made. That said though, I think the idea of a portrait that shakes and swings on the wall whenever someone approaches is terrific! If I can't figure out how to build one for myself, I may buy this for $19 so I can gut it and use the components to build my own.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
"In Voluptate Mors" (1944) by Philippe Halsman.
*55 years later, artist Piotr Uklanski borrowed the idea for this untitled photograph. And 5 years after that (in 2005), British horror director Neil Marshall created this image for posters advertising his film 'The Descent'.
I thought I'd found the perfect new name for my site... "Skull Candy". Unfortunately, it's already taken. (And what's worse is that their company sells headphones! They don't have anything to do with Halloween! Oh well. Back to the drawing board.)
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I originally saw this skull bra a few years ago at the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade (in New York). A very clever idea. Obviously just thrown together for the day's festivities. Now, years later I'm trolling the internet and I find this)...
Someone's actually manufacturing and selling these!?! (They also sell a giant eyeball) version.) I guess it's true. There are no more original ideas.
I've been thinking about re-naming the blog. Not sure I'm still feeling "Halloween Hot List". Everyone else's sites sound so much cooler than mine; PumpkinRot, GrimVisions, TerrorSyndicate, AranaMuerta, etc. Maybe it's time to try something new. Any thoughts?
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I've been meaning to post something about this mirror for a long time. Of course, tonight's the night that I accidentally knock it off of the wall and three of the corner pieces snap off! Oh well. A little Crazy Glue to the rescue and now it's (almost) good as new. (Maybe the scars give it more character?) Anyway, it was a Christmas present from my wife and I love it. No idea where she found it, but it's great.
Check out the image on the left. When the flash went off, it cast a skull- shaped shadow on my refridgerator. Hmmm... that gives me an idea! Maybe I can alter my camera to cast skull shadows on everything...
UPDATE: Here's where she got the mirror.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Check out these cool devil bookplates by Manifesto Letterpress. (Their devil graphic is also available on a poster and coasters.) And for skeleton-fanatics, they produce these bookplates and coasters as well.
Monday, September 22, 2008
I bought this at an estate sale recently but I can't find out any information on its origin. It's obviously a mask. (There are holes on vinyl flaps at either side of the lenticular image where an elastic may have once been.) Probably a child's mask. (It's very small. Approx. 4.5" x 3.75"). Other than that though, I don't have any information about it. (There are no identifying markings printed anywhere). Any ideas? How old do you think it might be?
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
If I could have my dream car, it would be this... the Phantom Roadster. Produced in 2007 by The Scare Factory, every inch of this "haunt rod" is tricked out, haunted perfection. Hand engraved tombstone brakes, skull mirrors, webbing on the windscreen and wing supports, skull suicide shifter and tombstone radiator (with the upper torso of a skeleton riding behind it). Whenever a gift giving holiday rolls around and my family asks me what I want, I always say "a Phantom Roadster". So far, no luck. Maybe someday though...
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Check out this behind the scenes look at the making of the Haunted Mansion. Originally part of a 1969 episode of "Disney's Wonderful World Of Color," it's hosted by an 18 year old Kurt Russell and features his good friends, The Osmonds.
One of my favorite artists, Tim Biskup, has done an amazing series of cubist skull paintings. They range in size from 24" x 18" (like the one on the left) to over 6 1/2 feet tall! (Like the one below). Check out some more of his work here.
For all you fans of both Halloween & magic I present
"Tragic Royalty" playing cards. A brand new design from the Bicycle playing card company that glows under black light. Red, devilish looking angels on the backs, skull & corpse-like glowing faces on the faces of the court cards, and a spiderweb Ace of Spades.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
A good friend just bought me a set of these glow in the dark skull caps for my keys. (I'm currently using the blue one.) They're made by a company called Fred & Friends. They offer the "Ultimate in style. Stuff that works, puts a smile on your face and doesn't cost a fortune." Be sure to also check out their "FreaKeys". They're pretty cool too.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Next time you're in the market for plates, check out the work of Sarah Cihat. She buys plates from second-hand stores and reglazes them with cool images. She also makes this cool, limited-edition line of candles.