Sunday, December 25, 2011

Holidays

Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Blessed Yule, and Felicitous Festivus! 

To all my friends in the Land of Blogs, however you celebrate this season, stay safe and be happy!
Emma xx

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dark Shadows

2012 is shaping up to be a great year for gothic horror! Not only do we have the release of The Woman in Black and The Raven to look forward to, but also Tim Burton's, Dark Shadows. Entertainment Weekly has unveiled this first look at the movie which stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Helena Bonham Carter.

Dark Shadows is based on a gothic horror television series, from the 1960s, about a 200 year old vampire, Barnabas, and the creepy goings on at his ancestral estate, Collinwood Manor. Perfect subject matter for Tim Burton, I'd say!

Dark Shadows is due out May 2012.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Delightfully Dark Finds

Gothicrow

One of my favourite people on Etsy is photographer, Donna, of Gothicrow. I already own a number of her Gothic photographs, and it requires a certain amount of restraint on my part not to feature her work on my blog every week. So, with the Yuletide season upon us, I've decided to indulge myself and highlight some of Donna's wintery images.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

On the Thirteenth Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

A Little Ghost of Christmas Past


For my final Creepmas post, I present Merry, a little Ghost of Christmas Past. Merry is my attempt to capture a little Creepmas spirit in the form of a Little Gothic Horrors doll.

Thank you to the organizers of The 13 Days of Creepmas for hosting the festivities, and to all the Creepers who have entertained me with their posts over the last 13 days. Thank you also to anyone who was kind enough to visit my blog during Creepmas.

Monday, December 12, 2011

On the Twelfth Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

A Gothic Christmas Stocking

I absolutely adore this Gothic Christmas stocking! It's available from Etsy shop, Working Class Punx, along with a selection of other Punk and sub-culture inspired accessories.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

On the Eleventh Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...



Meh

Experiencing a little Yuletide fatigue? Has retail over-saturation left you feeling decidedly lacking in the holiday good tidings department? Then let your tree ornaments convey your true shortage of enthusiasm. Get your own "meh" Christmas decoration from Etsy shop, Yellow Bug Boutique.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

On the Tenth Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

Bell, Book and Candle
Queenie : I sit in the subway sometimes, on buses, or the movies, and I look at the people next to me and I think..."What would you say if I told you I was a witch?"

For my contribution to both Creepmas and The Witches' Yuletide Ball, I thought I'd tell you about my Christmas Eve tradition of watching the movie Bell, Book and Candle, which is not only my favourite Christmas movie, but pretty much my favourite movie of all time. Based on a Broadway play by John Van Druten, Bell, Book and Candle was made in 1958, and starred Kim Novak and James Stewart. It is also widely regarded as the inspiration for the television show Bewitched
Gillian Holroyd :  How did you like the Zodiac?
Shepherd Henderson : I'm not quite sure. Somehow it seemed more like Halloween than Christmas.

The film is set in New York's Greenwich Village during the Christmas holiday season. Gillian Holroyd (Kim Novak) is a lonely witch who succumbs to the temptation of casting a love spell on her neighbour, publisher Shepherd Henderson, with the help of her pet cat and familiar, Pyewacket. Bell, Book and Candle also has the most delightfully eccentric cast of supporting characters, including Gillian's witchy relatives, Aunt Queenie (Elsa Lancherster) and  brother Nicky (Jack Lemmon), who contribute to the chaos that follows in the aftermath of the spell. I'm not going to give away the plot because if you haven't seen this film, and you love anything to do with witches, then you must watch it... as soon as possible!
Shepherd Henderson : That girl you know, Gillian Holroyd, she's one.
Merle Kittridge : A witch?
Shepherd Henderson : Yes!
Merle Kittridge : Shep, you just never learned to spell.
This movie is the perfect fusion of supernatural witchy-ness with the martini-chic, lounge era of the late 1950s. Although not a huge box office success, the movie won two thoroughly deserved Academy Awards for Art Direction and Costume Design. The sets are stylishly Mid Century Modern, and the clothes are gorgeous, especially Gillian's witchy black and red wardrobe. There is one tiny flaw in Bell, Book and Candle, and that is when the witchy-ness gets watered down at the end to appeal to more run-of-the-mill sensibilities. I choose to just overlook that small imperfection, however, in an otherwise thoroughly charming  film.



I'd like to thank On the Broomstick and Witch of Howling Creek blogs for hosting The Witches' Yuletide Ball. Just click on the link here to see a list of all the other blogs participating in the festivities.

Friday, December 9, 2011

On the Ninth Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

A Little Yuletide Witchery

As we're on the eve of the Witches' Yuletide Ball, I thought it was a good time to introduce a little vintage witchery into the Creepmas festivities.

These digital images of Yuletide witches are suitable for craft, altered art, and collage, and are available from Etsy shop, Penniwigs.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

On the Eighth Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

Ghost Stories for Christmas Eve

Embrace the British tradition, believed to have begun with the Victorians, of telling ghost stories on Christmas Eve. Gather the clan around the hearth and read aloud some true-life spooky tales like those from Haunted Chattanooga, by writer Jessica Penot, of Ghost Stories and Haunted Places blog, and her co-author, Amy Petulla.

Haunted Chattanooga is available here.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

On the Seventh Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

Charles Addams' Christmas Cartoons

Charles "Chas" Addams (January 7, 1912 - September 29, 1988) was a cartoonist renowned for his macabre humour, and the creation of  a group of recurring characters that would become known collectively as The Addams Family.
 



The cartoons of Charles Addams regularly appeared in the iconic magazine, The New Yorker. He also collaborated with television producer, David Levy, on the 1964 television series, The Addams Family, by providing character names and personality profiles. In the cartoons, prior to the television series, the members of The Addams Family had no formal names.


Described as a "sociable and debonair" man, he was also delightfully eccentric. Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes were buried in the pet cemetery at his New York estate, called "The Swamp", which he had shared with third wife, "Tee".

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

On the Sixth Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

Christmas With The Addams Family

You just had to know that my beloved Addams Family television series would rear its creepy and kooky head at some point during Creepmas.

The Addams Family Christmas episode involved Morticia and Gomez dealing with the dilemma of a troublesome neighbour who had told Wednesday and Pugsley that supernatural beings like witches and Santa Claus didn't exist. In order to restore the children's faith, Uncle Fester agreed to pose as Santa, but when he got stuck in the chimney all the other adults in the household, unbeknownst to each other, donned the red suit and beard in order to save Christmas. The children, naturally, saw through the ruse, but in the meantime the real St. Nick had visited and left gifts for the whole clan.

Despite the sweet Yuletide theme to this episode, it retained its Addams Family essence. When it came to gifts, Wednesday was hoping for a new doll to decapitate, and Pugsley wanted a bow with arrows. The children also assiduously tended to the fireplace with a pair of bellows in order to insure Santa's trip down the chimney was nice and toasty.

Monday, December 5, 2011

On the Fifth Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

A Christmas Quote from The Simpsons
Marge : Okay, kids, give me your letters and I'll mail them to Santa at the North Pole.
Bart : Oh please, there's only one fat guy who brings us presents and his name ain't Santa.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

On the Fourth Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

A Very Supernatural Christmas
Dean : So what the hell do you think we're dealing with?
Sam : Actually, I have an idea.
Dean : Yeah?
Sam : Yeah. It's gonna sound crazy...
Dean : What could you possibly say that sounds crazy to me?
Sam : Um... Evil Santa.
Dean : ...Yeah, that's crazy.
'A Very Supernatural Christmas' was an episode from the third season of the television series Supernatural. Series creator, Eric Kripke, is quoted as saying he wanted to make "the most violent Christmas special in the history of television". Designed to resemble a traditional Christmas special, the episode even began with a genuine vintage CBS "A Special Presentation" sequence, followed by a sentimental Christmas scene, set in Seattle, featuring a young boy and his grandfather. Of course, the tone quickly degenerated when Grandpa was dragged savagely up the chimney by some unseen force.

The action then moved forward one year, and we discovered that the Winchester boys were investigating a string of similar Christmas murders in Michigan. At first, Sam incorrectly  speculated that the perpetrator was some sort of "Anti-Claus", like the "Krampus", believed by some cultures to be a devilish companion to Saint Nikolaus. However, while Saint Nikolaus hands out gifts and sweets, the Krampus hands out punishment to naughty children.




The real culprits turned out to be a pair of pagan winter solstice gods masquerading as the picture-perfect, Christmas-loving suburban couple, Madge and Edward Carrigan. When the Carrigans captured the boys, Sam and Dean found themselves being prepared as a sacrifice. The sacrificial ritual included, what I believe, was the most wince-inducing scene of the entire series, when we got a close-up shot of Sam's fingernail being torn off.

In order to maintain the feel of a "cheery, traditional Christmas special" this episode dispensed with the series trademark classic-rock soundtrack, opting instead for traditional Christmas songs. One of the funniest scenes in the episode was when Sam and Dean burst in on a sleazy amusement park Santa, whom they wrongly suspected of being an Anti-Claus, only to find him indulging in booze and porn. In an attempt to cover their mistake, the boys broke into an impromptu rendition of 'Silent Night' with Bad Santa swaying along.



The story arc for Season 3 of Supernatural involved Dean having to face the consequences of selling his soul to a crossroads demon in order to save Sam's life. Hoping to celebrate his last Christmas with his brother, before going to Hell, Dean was disappointed when Sam was unwilling to participate. The episode was interspersed with flashbacks to a bleak Christmas from the brothers' childhood, which explained Sam's distaste for the Yuletide season.

The episode ended on a poignant note with Sam having a change of heart and the two brothers sharing a simple Christmas, exchanging gifts bought at a local gas station, and watching the football game with eggnog.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

On the Third Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

A Christmas Cookie

The Enchanted Holiday House is the work of wonderful collage artist, Ramona, of Winona Cookie.

The image is accompanied by a charming tale of an old Victorian house left to run to ruin by its Christmas-hating curmudgeon of an owner, Mr Karbuncle Pickle, and the Christmas ghosts who  possess the house, transmuting it into a scene of perpetual Yuletide festivities.

Friday, December 2, 2011

On the Second Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

A Spooky Stocking Stuffer

Instill a love for Creepmas in the hearts and minds of the next generation by popping a spooky game or two in their stockings.

This deck of eerie Old Maid cards is available from the Etsy shop of blog buddy, Justine, of Justine's Halloween.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

On the First Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

Futurama's Robot Santa Claus

Robot Santa : Ho, ho, ho! It's time to get jolly on your naughty asses!

Created by The Friendly Robot Company, in the year 2801, Futurama's Robot Santa was designed to judge whether people were naughty or nice, in an attempt to efficiently sort worthy recipients of gifts. A programming error, however, resulted in Robot Santa setting out in his sleigh, on an annual reign of terror, to punish all those on his naughty list.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Buffy Revisited

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 2

Xander : (digging) Y'know, this might go a lot faster if you femmes actually picked up a shovel, too.
Giles : Hear, hear.
Buffy : Sorry, but I'm an old fashioned gal. I was raised to believe that men dig up the corpses and the women have the babies.
Season 2 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer began with Buffy returning to Sunnydale after having spent the summer in LA with her father. Secretly traumatized by her near-death experience at the hands of the Master, Buffy began to behave badly rather than confiding in her friends and confronting her fears. This was epitomized by an emotionally uncomfortable scene (a Joss Whedon trademark), in which  Buffy performed a little seduction dance for Xander, and essentially killed three birds with one stone by spurning Angel, betraying Willow, and leading Xander on, only to reject him. Meanwhile, after gaping at the whole performance, Cordelia briefly set aside her crown as Sunnydale's queen of mean, and gave the Slayer a little advice about the road she was headed down if she didn't deal with her issues.


 Big Bads

Spike : I want to save the world.
Buffy : You do remember that you're a vampire, right?

Spike
 :
 We like to talk big. Vampires do. "I'm going to destroy the world." That's just tough guy talk. Strutting around with your friends over a pint of blood. The truth is, I like this world. You've got... dog racing, Manchester United. And you've got people, billions of people walking around like Happy Meals with legs. It's all right here. But then someone comes along with a vision, with a real... passion for destruction. Angel could pull it off. Goodbye, Piccadilly. Farewell, Leicester bloody Square. You know what I'm saying?
For me, one of the best aspects of the second season was the arrival of the reckless and impetuous vampire, Spike. From the moment he drove into town, unceremoniously knocking down the "Welcome to Sunnydale" sign in the process, I knew he was going to be a spectacular character. 

Initially it seemed that Collin, the Anointed One, and charismatic leader of the vampire "Order of Aurelius", was destined to be the season's Big Bad, but in a surprise move, Spike tossed the child into a cage and killed him by hoisting him into the sunlight. With Collin gone, Spike assumed leadership with his ailing vampire girlfriend, Drusilla, at his side. Apparently, Joss Whedon has said that although the Annointed One was intended to be the villain of the season, the child who portrayed him, Andrew J. Ferchland, was growing too quickly to remain believable as a perpetual child. 

In spite of the damage Spike and Drusilla wreaked upon Sunnydale during the course of the season, it eventually became apparent that the true Big Bad was actually Angel, or his gypsy-curse-free alter ego, Angelus. Angel's betrayal of Buffy, followed by a string of cruel and sadistic acts, provided the show with some of its all-time most poignant and dramatic moments. When Angelus came between Spike and his love, Drusilla, Spike formed an uneasy alliance with Buffy, which was to foreshadow future story lines in the series.


Romantic Dramas

Willow : Love makes you do the wacky.
The course of true love never runs smoothy in the Buffyverse and Season 2 was no exception to that rule. Cordelia solidified her position as a bona fide "Scooby-gang" member and embarked upon a hilarious love/hate relationship with Xander. This was, of course, much to the dismay of the lovelorn Willow, although Season 2 did see her eventually become involved with werewolf, Oz.

Angel's switch to the dark side was a tragic loss for Buffy, but it also had repercussions for her Watcher, Rupert Giles. Seeking to taunt Buffy, Angelus murdered Jenny Calendar, Giles' love interest.

Even the vampires suffered a few romantic hurdles as Angelus sought to drive a wedge between Spike and Drusilla.


Classic Movie Monsters

Cordelia : You, you, you! What about me?! It's one thing to be dating the lame unpopular guy, but it's another to be dating the Creature from the Blue Lagoon.
Xander : Black Lagoon! The Creature from the Blue Lagoon was Brooke Shields. And thank you so much for your support!
While Season One featured fear archetypes like killer clowns, ventriloquist dummies, and demon children, Season 2 paid homage to a number of classic horror movie monsters. Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon were all given the Buffy treatment.


Vampire Decor

Angelus : And this... this is the garden.
Drusilla : Wow! Look. Jasmine.
Angelus : Night blooming.
Drusilla : Like us. Oh, Angel, it's fairyland. (Turns in excitement.) Oh!
Spike : It's paradise. Big windows, lovely gardens. It'll be perfect when we want the sunlight to kill us.
With the arrival of Spike and Drusilla in Sunnydale, and Angel's defection to the dark side, there was the opportunity in Season 2 to focus on the living arrangements of the vampires. Their dysfunctional family life began in an abandoned factory, which was given an appropriately dark, theatrical makeover with dramatic dining furniture, candles, and Drusilla's collection of creepy dolls.

Much to Spike's vexation however, the vampires were forced to flee the factory, and move into an empty mansion, after Angelus killed Miss Calendar, and provoked Giles into exacting a little fiery vengeance. Their new lair had a vine covered walled garden appropriately filled with night blooming jasmine.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Witches Yuletide Ball

On December 10, The Witch of Howling Creek and On the Broomstick blogs will be co-hosting a magical Yule themed blog party called "The Witches Yuletide Ball". One of the organizers, Dana, suggests the Yuletide post could be: "A memory, recipe, tradition, well wish, giveaway, photo essay...whatever. As long as it is about Yule and having a magical holiday." If you're interested in joining the party, or would like more information on the event, you can click the link here, or on the button in the sidebar.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The 13 Days of Creepmas!


"The 13 Days of Creepmas"  is a lighthearted blog initiative dedicated to adding a big sack of Halloween spookiness to Santa's sleigh during the first 13 days of December. (Don't worry, the big guy can handle it!) In the words of the organizers, it's about "giving Christmas the Jack Skellington treatment".

For more information, or to join the ever-burgeoning ranks of "Creepers", click here, or on the Creepmas button in the sidebar.

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Post-Halloween Post


There's no tradition of Halloween in Australia. It is still very much regarded as an American holiday, and only superficially celebrated. There are occasional costume parties, a bit of random trick or treating, and increasingly, Halloween candy and other paraphernalia are available on the supermarket shelves, but in general, Australia has not really embraced the night when the veil between the worlds is at its thinest. Me? Well, that's a whole other story. I love Halloween.


The Skeleton Dance

For me, Halloween is like The Addams Family television show, or The Skeleton Dance. It's all about the lighter side of the dark side. A time to put the cute into creepy, and the kooky into spooky.




The Addams Family

Of course, without any true frame of reference, anything I know about Halloween, I've learned  from watching American movies and television. Since starting this blog however, and becoming acquainted with many hardcore Halloween enthusiasts, I now realize that my knowledge of Halloween customs barely scratches the surface. Until recently, I had never heard the expression "yard haunt". Nor was I aware that the entire month of October was filled with seasonal festivities like corn mazes, bonfires, hayrides, and caramel apples, not to mention a plethora of pumpkin flavoured products. You see, I live on the other side of the globe, where it is currently Spring, not Autumn, so I have to content myself with my own cobbled together version of Halloween.

My Jack-o'-Lantern

I carved my first pumpkin several years ago. It was a Queensland Blue variety. For those not familiar with the Queensland Blue pumpkin, the experience of carving it was akin to sawing through hard wood. It took me five hours to carve a basic Jack-o'-Lantern face. Fortunately, the lovely orange, and much more pliable, American pumpkins are now available here, although they are outrageously expensive. This year's pumpkin cost a whopping $18.50! And that was after waiting until the last minute, and purchasing one that was reduced to half-price.

Although I admire the artistry of the intricate designs that many people carve into their pumpkins, as you can see, when it comes to carving my own pumpkin, I favour the simple Jack-o'-Lantern face.





Hocus Pocus

Beyond a Jack-o'-Lantern, and a few decorations, my Halloween ritual basically consists of a nice dinner, followed by some kind of spooky, but lighthearted or kooky movie. Terror is fine on every other day of the year, but Halloween is about fun. Tim Burton's movies often fit the bill. Other Halloween favourites include, The Frighteners, Monster House, Coraline, and Ghostbusters. This year we opted for Hocus Pocus.


My Skull Cake

I always make some sort of treat to enjoy while we watch our movie, so this year I thought I'd try and make a skull cake. It was a pretty freestyle creation and nothing fancy, but I think it turned out kind of cute. I just carved a skull shape out of a round cake, and then made a stencil out of baking paper for the face. The cake was just a vanilla butter cake, with a vanilla butter cream icing, and the eyes, nose and mouth were made from cocoa and sugar.

So, that was my Halloween. I'd love to hear how you celebrated your Halloween?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Delightfully Dark Art: Philip Burne-Jones

The Vampire by Philip Burne-Jones

The Vampire was the most celebrated work of British painter, Sir Philip Burne-Jones (1861-1926). He was the son of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, who was connected to the Pre-Raphaelite art movement.

A poem called The Vampire, written by Rudyard Kipling, was inspired by this painting.

Philip Burne-Jones produced more than 60 paintings during his life, and his work was exhibited in prestigious galleries in both London and Paris. He was, however, never fully able to step out of the shadow of his more famous father.

I was already completely captivated by The Vampire before stumbling upon the delightful portrait of the artist with his cat, but now I'm even more impressed by Philip Burne-Jones.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Blog Awards

I need to thank Holly from Holly's Horrorland blog, and Marilyn from art bliss blog, for kindly bestowing awards on Little Gothic Horrors.

Liebster ("Dearest" in German) Blog Award

The Rules
1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link to their blog.
2. Pass the award on to 5 blogs with less than 200 followers.

Thank you my Liebster Holly, of Holly's Horrorland, and here are my picks for the next round of Liebster Blog awards:

1. Annie Walls
2. Pixie's Horror Galore
3. art bliss
4. Horror Shock Lolipop
5. ...It's On Random

iDig Your Blog Award


iDig Your Blog Award Protocol:
1 ) Gratefully accept this award. 
2 ) Link to the person you received it from.
3 ) Post 3 interesting facts about yourself.
4 ) Pass this award around to at least 5 blogs you dig. 
5 ) Notify them.

I gratefully accept this award from the lovely Marilyn of art bliss blog. Thank you and I dig your blog as well.

I have received this award a couple of times before, so I'll try to keep my facts short and sweet because I'm all out of "interesting" by this stage. 

1. I adore cats!

2. I love coffee, wine, Italian food, Chinese food, and a day without chocolate is... well, let's not go there!

3. My aesthetic tastes are a peculiar mix of Victorian Gothic and Mid 20th Century design. I put this down to a childhood spent watching Hammer Horrors, and reruns of Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and The Addams Family.

Here are my picks for the next round of iDig Your Blog Awards:

1. Anathema Arcana
2. Ghost Stories and Haunted Places
3. Lovely Miss Megs
4. Memoirs Of A Scream Queen
5. Kreepy Girl

Monday, October 24, 2011

Delightfully Dark Finds

Vagabond Cafe

There are many talented doll artists on Etsy, and one whose work I have admired for some time is Will, from Vagabond Cafe, which is both the name of his shop, and a fictional establishment that serves the "strange and unusual". A horror enthusiast, Will patches together wonderful little monsters, with colourful back stories, who inhabit a dark, imaginary world that he has created.

"I grew up with a healthy obsession with all things horror - films, books, magazines, art. It's still an obsession to this day and that is where a lot of my inspiration comes from. I'm also inspired by childrens books, fairy tales, squirrels, rabbits and any animals with personality.


For most of my life I've had dreams of being a filmmaker, photographer or writer. I think of the dolls I make as characters in a story I've written or a film I've made in my head."

See more of Will's work here and his Vagabond Cafe blog here.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

One of the biggest inspirations for the little dolls that I make, came from reading The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. If you haven't read it, I don't want to give too much away, but essentially the story is about a living baby boy who is given sanctuary within the walls of a graveyard after the tragic death of his family. He is adopted and raised by a ghost couple, and provided protection by the cemetery's deceased (and undead) inhabitants because his life is in danger from an outside threat.

I absolutely loved the premise of this novel, and the originality of the graveyard being a little island  of security amidst a larger world filled with peril and horror really appealed to me. The imagery of the child (named "Nobody" by the spirits) playing amongst the tombstones with the ghosts of long-dead children, resonated with me as well. It was literally the moment after finishing the book that the idea for a doll popped into my head.

Like Coraline, The Graveyard Book is one of Neil Gaiman's children's novels, but it can definitely be enjoyed by adults, and in fact, the opening scene might even be regarded as too frightening for some children.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

More Ghastlie Goings On!

The Ghastlies

"In Ghastlie Manor on Ghastlie Street, there's a Ghastlie family there to meet. Mathilda Ghastlie with husband too, extend a Ghastlie hand to you. It's a Ghastlie day for a Ghastlie walk, under Ghastlie trees on a Ghastlie block. A Ghastlie time for Ghastlie things, like Ghastlie pets with Ghastlie wings!"

Alexander Henry Fabrics

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Ghastlies

I thought I might let you in on one of my little obsessions, The Ghastlies. In case you don't recognize them, they are part of a Halloween line from Alexander Henry Fabrics. Of course, The Addams Family will always be my first love when it comes to spooky clans, but I've become quite besotted with The Ghastlies as well.

The images on these fabrics are aesthetically just my cup of tea, but more than that, they also manage to create an engagingly eerie little world of Victorian Gothic manors, graveyards, bats, witches and vampires as the backdrop for this creepy family, and their cat, Sebastian.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

And The Winner Is...

HollyHorrorshow!

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for my Zola the Zombie doll during the Blogger Zombie Walk. There were 37 entries in the draw. I assigned a number to each comment, in the order that they were left, and then put the numbers into the Random.org "True Random Number Generator". The result was Number 2, HollyHorrorshow. Congratulations, Holly! Zola will soon be on her way to nibble at your brain!