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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bring a Little Halloween Spirit Into Your Spring Adventures

This is just what I've been looking for to protect me from rain and wind on my spring walks through cemeteries, arboretums and the Seattle downtown shopping core. It's a Halloween umbrella from Hilary's Vanity shop on eBay.

It's also my favorite style of umbrella - pagoda shaped!

Picture yourself romping around a graveyard picnic, strolling by the seaside (well covered in high SPF sunscreen, naturally) and the looks you'll get from confused mundanes!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Scary Tales Costumes for Adults

Next Halloween I hope to talk some friends into doing a group costume with me: Dark Fairy Tale characters, from Rubies' Scary Tales costume collection. I think it would be really fun and we might scare a few children along the way, as a bonus!

Let's take a look at some of the Scary Tales options:


Creeping Beauty

Snow Fright

Here's my personal favorite!

Lil Bo Creep

Just doing a little planning ahead to Halloween 2017!

New Biography of Writer H.P. Lovecraft

In the Mountains of Madness: The Life, Death, and Extraordinary Afterlife of H.P. Lovecraft, by W. Scott Poole, came out last fall, just in time for the spooky season.

The three main chapters are:

  • The Night Gaunts

  • Forbidden Books

  • Cthulhu Rises

Soft Skull Press writes:

From a childhood wracked with fear and intense hallucinations, Lovecraft would eventually embrace the mystical, creating ways in which his unrestrained imaginary life intersected with the world he found so difficult to endure. The monsters of his dreams became his muses. Yet, Poole insists that Lovecraft was not the Victorian prude who wrote “squishy monster stories for boys.” Rather he was a kind of neo-romantic mystic whose love of the 18th century allowed him to bring together a bit of Isaac Newton with a bit of William Blake in a real marriage of heaven and hell.

This may end up being one of the two textbooks for our upcoming H.P. Lovecraft class over at Dark Side University, depending on the quality of research and writing.

Let's take a look at some of the reviews:

In the Mountains of Madness at Goodreads

In the Mountains of Madness at Kirkus Reviews

In the Mountains of Madness at Lovecraft Zine

In the Mountains of Madness at Publishers Weekly

You can also read an interview with the author over at Paul Semel's blog.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Gemmy's Unsettling Life-Size Halloween Decor

Gemmy's Life Size Countess is animatronic. She speaks multiple spooky phrases, and projects eerie lights from her eyes and magic wand. She stands a creepy six feet tall. I'd be tempted to put her in my guest bathroom to torture my hapless party attendees.

I do actually want to give out candy to trick-or-treaters, so I don't think I'd be able to put this terrifying Life Size Medusa figure on my front steps or porch. The kids would likely run away screaming before I could fork over their Baby Ruths.

The Wicked Widow is also a life size animatronic figure that will project light from her eyes and wand.

Which of these is your favorite? Let me know in our comments section.

Friday, October 28, 2016

My 6 Favorite Halloween Table Runners

If you're throwing a dinner party like I am for Halloween, you're going to have to decorate your table! There are so many Halloween themed table runners to sift through. Here are my top 6 Halloween table runners for 2016!

I like how quirky the art on this Halloween table runner is. Of course, you have all the classic colors, but the haunted house looks alive! I love the simple textures on the house mixed with the bright orange windows.

This haunted house table runner is very kid friendly. Those smiling ghosts don't look threatening at all. In fact, they look like they are waiting to lead you into their glitzy orange cottage!

That deep purple color is absolutely stunning on this witching Hour table runner. It would be a great runner to have if you're having a witchy gathering! Invite some ladies over for tea during Halloween and keep it mellow.

This Halloween patchwork table runner is like a glimpse into Halloween night. It features ghosts, witches, skulls, and everything you would ever need to have for Halloween!

You can't not have the classic spider web table runner for Halloween. I particularly love that this is flat and not lacy, because it's easier to balance glasses on it! The black background under the grey spider webs is another classic Halloween color combination that I love.

Now this lace Spooky Hollow table runner looks like a party! I love the playful ghosts coming out from the cemetery. The witch looks like she's having such a good time that she's not even gripping her broom!

What do you think of these 6 Halloween table runners? Make sure to comment below and let me know your thoughts!