Thursday, August 18, 2022

Thursday Morning Music

Currently 62 degrees.  Windows open with some clove incense sticks out in the garden.  And Harold Budd playing in the background.  If I didn't know better, I'd think it were Autumn.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Trailer: Tarantula

Growing up with giant monsters was pretty cool.

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Now Playing: Alien Theme

Groovy version of the classic theme.  Perfect for any Halloween Party. 


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Graverobber Unholy Rye

Made with maple from trees grown among Colonial-era graves.  

"Graverobber is not just a wickedly delicious spirit, but it also tells a haunting story about tapping graveyard maples, a process that has long been feared for risk of disturbing the dead and is taboo in New England," said Steven Grasse, CEO and founder of Tamworth Distilling and Art in the Age.

Thanks, Wren!

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

I'd "Accidentally" Fall In

A row of cooks stands with their 20-foot wide, 3,699-pound pumpkin pie Saturday Sept. 25, 2010, that will be the world's largest once certified by Guinness World Records. The giant pie was baked in New Bremen Ohio and sponsored by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers during the town's annual Pumpkinfest. The massive pie took over thirteen hours to bake in a specially made oven. 

Night Lights

From October's Haunt.

Now Playing: Arrival

By Gdanian.

This will go on the "Play This At My Funeral" Mix Tape (I'll rise out of my coffin at the 2:40 mark [with the help of wires]).

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The Halloween Man

Oh, Katie believed in him for sure, the Halloween Man.  Him with his long skinny-spindly arms and sharp-toothed mouth and eyes sunk deep in skull sockets like softly glowing embers, charcoal red.  Him with his long coat of tatters, smelling of tombstones and grave dirt. All spider-hairy he was, the Halloween Man.  
“You made him up!” said Jan the first time Katie told her about him.  Jan was nine, a year younger than Katie, but she could run faster and jump higher.  “He isn’t real.”
“Is so,” said Katie. 
“Is not.”

William F. Nolan

The Art Of James Heimer

LOVE this style.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Now Playing: Spillways

By Ghost.

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Trick Or Treat Mart

Remembering fondly that time my dad got into a fight with my mom at the Trick or Treat Mart and left us there.  

Absolutely loving my travel mug from the 12 Months of October Etsy shoppe.

Trailer: Guillermo Del Toro's Cabinet Of Curiosities

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The Kraken House

It seemed to be a sort of monster, or symbol representing a monster, of a form which only a diseased fancy could conceive. If I say that my somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing. A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings; but it was the general outline of the whole which made it most shockingly frightful.

H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

Thanks, Wren!

Now Playing: The Transmission

By Parhelion.

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Ten Seconds To Midnight

The Art Of Julia Soboleva.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Sanitorium By The Cemetery

Marion : The only thing I can't stand is their gibberish... how they keep ranting on and on.
Loomis : You haven't anything to worry about. He hasn't spoken a word in fifteen years.

Willow Cove Manor: The Etsy Shoppe

Got this amazing pumpkin from Willow Cove's shop and it is stellar in person.  Has such a wonderful vintage feel to it, like something you'd find in a roadside antique store.  

Pumpkin Spice Kinda Morning

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Kali The Terrible, Kali The Ferocious

Only in extensive stages of decay can the dead be told from the lepers. The dead are greater in number now, and even the lepers look human when compared to the dead. But that is only if you get close enough to look into the eyes. The faces in various stages of wet and dry rot, the raw ends of bones rubbing through skin like moldy cheesecloth, the cancerous domes of the skulls are the same. After a certain point lepers could no longer stay alive begging in the streets, for most people would now flee in terror at the sight of a rotting face. As a result the lepers were dying, then coming back, and the two races mingled like some obscene parody of incest. 

Poppy Z. Brite, Calcutta, Lord of Nerves

Friday, August 12, 2022

Monster Mash Bloody Mary Challenge

I DO love a good Bloody Mary (started off my day today with one at a really neat diner).  I'm really hoping the event below is continued again this October.  Most of these sound utterly amazing.  Thanks, Wren!  I WILL have a green Bloody Mary before I croak.  Never even knew they existed.

From the site:

Our second annual celebration of the Bloody Mary kicks off October 9th, 2021. The Monster Mash adds a haunted twist to this storied beverage, challenging more than a dozen Northern Liberties bars to up their game and add some spooky design. Sponsored by locally made Stateside Vodka.

Drinkers will have nine days to taste each bloody and rate them on spice, taste, bling, and “halloweeniness.” Bragging rights will be awarded for each category and for the best overall Bloody Mary in the neighborhood.

And here are 2021's offerings...

Anejo – The Green Goblin: This cocktail bleeds green with a house-made base of tomatillos, cucumber, yellow tomato, jalepeno, hot sauce, horseradish, worchestshire, celery seed, salt & pequin pepper. Featuring Crystal Head Onyx Agave Vodka with bacon-washed Creyente Mezcal.

Cantina Dos Segundos – Brujah’s Brew: Those who seek a drink born from fire, look no further than this spicy & tangy Mary built on a pyre of roasted tomatillo, green tomato, roasted peppers, and finished with a kick of citrus.

Bourbon & Branch – The Hail Mary – Jersey fresh tomato, horseradish, black pepper infused vodka, cajun spice, coconut aminos, garnished with Pizza Gutt pan pizza, onion rings, chicken tenders, pepperoni, buttermilk ranch and a pickled long hot.  It’s a meal in a glass!

El Camino Real – Everything is Bigger in Texas: House-Made Bloody Mary Mix, Tito’s Vodka, Candied Bacon, Fried Chicken Slider, Pickled Jalapenos, Poached Shrimp

El Camino Real – Bloody Mary’s Revenge: Ghost Chili and Horseradish Bloody Mary Mix, Jalapeno Infused Tito’s Vodka, Radish Eyeballs, Purple Fingers, Ghost Chili Spiced Rim

Figo Ristorante (brand new place!) – Discendenza: Grappa, Roma tomato, horseradish, Calabrian Chile, Genovese basil

Germantown Garden – Green Monster: Tito’s, Tomatillo, wasabi, green tobasco, lime, cumin

Germantown Garden Grille – Fegadero: Blanco tequila, tomato juice, horseradish, sriracha, lemon, Bacon, Tiny’s burger slider

Heritage – TBD

Jerry’s Bar – The Devil Jerry: Perched atop to-die-for deviled eggs, Devil Jerry takes shape with red pepper, pepperoncini, a girkin pickle and grape tomatoes. Served on a flashing chilled cauldron of ice with blood red salt rim and stuffed olives.

North 3rd – Monster Mary: A neighborhood favorite for 20 years, North 3rd’s special spin on a classic is their house-made vegan buffalo sauce.

North Bowl – The Bugs Mary – A carrot puree base with pickle juice and a tomato float. This bloody will turn your pumpkin orange.

SET NoLibs – Bloody Sriracha Mary: A combination of our Thai Thai Siracha Wong sauce and blood Mary

Silk City– Silk Backyard Bloody: Blending the flavors of Stateside Vodka and Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur, this Bloody is perfect for lounging in our Garden. Garnished with shrimp, celery, and bacon, you can​ ​​enjoy surf and turf without shore​ traffic​.

Standard Tap – Twisted Mary Burn in Hell: It’s the hellish spawn of an unholy crossing of the chiles of the netherworld and tormented spirits.

The Abbaye – The Monstrous Mary: Crafted from ancho and smoked chili, horseradish, tomato juice, peaflower infused shimmery vodka, black pepper candied bacon, with a haunted vapor.

Urban Village – The Black Widow: UV’s house bloody mix, with a dash of witches’ brew: activated charcoal, oatmeal stout, house fermented sriracha and State Side vodka infused with smoked bacon, garnished of course with a whole prawn.

The Martian Project Sculpture Design Contest

In anticipation of the 85th anniversary of Orson Welles’ infamous radio broadcast in which Martian tripods were said to have landed in West Windsor, West Windsor Arts, in collaboration with the Historical Society of West Windsor, is hosting a sculpture design contest! The winning design will be used to create blank, fiberglass sculptures, which will be given to local artists to decorate, and the designer will win a cash prize of $500.  This creative Martian invasion will be on display at various West Windsor locations during October 2023

Thanks, Mike!  This is a very cool contest.  My Martian in the basement is showing signs of life.

Haddonfield Souvenir Mug

I shall be broke by November.

A super neat product from 12 Months of October.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Kinda Perfect

Now Playing: Piano & Violoncello 1

By Irena & Vojtěch Havlovi.

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Something went wrong, says the empty house
in the weed-choked yard. Stones in the fields
say he was not a farmer; the still-sealed jars
in the cellar say she left in a nervous haste.
And the child? Its toys are strewn in the yard
like branches after a storm—a rubber cow,
a rusty tractor with a broken plow,
a doll in overalls. Something went wrong, they say.

Ted Kooser

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Fright Night

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