Wednesday, September 30, 2009

October Fruit

Pumpkin Hollow

Mushroom [Cologne]


After recently experiencing the sting of a lunch theft, this is looking pretty attractive.

Side effect: Appetite loss.

Small Objects

"Go check out the snowcat and the radio and you'll see what I mean. Go check it out."

Indian Corn

Corn kernels have different colors because of genes that control color. Each kernel is an individual with its own set of genes, like an embryo. Kernels are siblings housed on the same ear and so naturally have many different colors. By naturally, I mean, through the course of natural selection. One-color ears are unnatural products of human selection.
Livestock feeders prefer vitamin-rich yellow kernels, Southerners like white kernels, and Native Americans favor blue. Years of deliberate selection, careful pollination, and storing of seeds produced these single-color corn ears.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


We found this guy in a field of pumpkins tonight.

Spooky Story Time

This reminded me of those grade school days in October when the teacher would turn out the lights and play an old scratchy record or read a spooky ghost story to the class.

Click the image to listen:


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Horrors Of Literature

The art of M. S. Corley.

Scary Halloween Ideas

A very cool Halloween link site.


Monday, September 28, 2009

Waiting For Porches

Photo by Bean.


Click to watch the new trailer for A Nightmare on Elm Street...the remake.

Carried Away

Great design.

The Angry Penguin.

Bradbury's Mars

Simply stunning work from an old favorite (with a new website) - Raymond Chase.

8 Legs

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Soap Box Halloween

The Halloween scents are now available at the Soap Box Company.

Darkling Soap (Limited Edition): Darkling I listen; and, for many a time I have been half in love with easeful Death. --John Keats Violets, soft incense, red grapes to stain a purple mouth, white hawthorn, and unseen lily of the valley. Made with Fair Trade shea butter, organic cream, peace silk, avocado oil, and black clay.

Ruby Crow Soap (Limited Edition): Sharp intelligence, psychic powers, and the very essence of death itself. A folkloric mash of red raspberry, steam-distilled lime, organic cream, local raw honey, ground chamomile flowers, Oregon beeswax, a pinch of lemon, garnet-colored clay, and locally-brewed American red ale.

Skeleton Key Soap (Limited Edition): A tangle of brassy harvest spices and bleached bone white notes. Cassia cinnamon, creamy toffee, pale almond, ivory sugar, Mexican vanilla, coconut, cinnamon leaf, and red nutmeg. Made with Fair Trade shea butter, golden cocoa butter, and organic coconut milk.

Sleepy Hollow Soap (Limited Edition): The headless horseman bathes tonight! An atmospheric ode to romantically spooky Autumn evenings, with organic pumpkin, spiced apple brew, bonfire smoke and sweet almond oil. Perfect for the telling of deliciously scary tales.

Straitjacket Soap (Limited Edition): Trust us, it's for your own good. A warm, controlled hug of rich Tahitian vanilla, pumpkin flesh, ginger custard, breadfruit, and hints of tonka bean, mango, and cinnamon. Made with organic pumpkin, Fair Trade shea butter, sweet almond oil, & coconut milk.

The Soap Box Company.

Arcana collection.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

Tree [and] Ghosts

The art of Sarah Gordon.

Day Out

Day off to shop for Halloween stuff and work on props.
Picked up some cool things at Target.

Bought this simply because it was a glass pumpkin bottle, and the ghouly martini sounded fun.

Cheap string of pumpkin lights.

And Bean put this guy on the stove.

Going to go build some props. : )

Thursday, September 24, 2009


100 Abandoned Houses.

Halloween In The Mountains Of Georgia

Artist Ben Prisk's Squidbillies blog.


Let's talk about our beliefs, and what we can learn about them. We believe nature is solid, and time a constant. Matter has substance and time a direction. There is truth in flesh and the solid ground. The wind may be invisible, but it's real. Smoke, fire, water, light - they're different! Not as to stone or steel, but they're tangible. And we assume time is narrow because it is as a clock - one second is one second for everyone! Cause precedes effect - fruit rots, water flows downstream. We're born, we age, we die. The reverse NEVER happens... None of this is true! Say goodbye to classical reality, because our logic collapses on the subatomic level... into ghosts and shadows.

Happy Halloween House

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Scarecrow Offering

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Cucurbitaceae Fangus

These are a neat idea:
Pumpkin Teeth are long white plastic teeth that you can embed into your pumpkin (or gourd, melon, whatever you want!) They come in 3 sizes and can be re-used, making every Halloween just a little bit spookier! Decorating your pumpkin has never been so creepy!

Pumpkin Teeth - Put the BITE back in your Jack O Lantern!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

It's Not News, It's FARK

Happy to report that my Tin Man made it to the September 23rd headlines.
The reader comments are hilarious (you have been warned). link.

Charred Fruit

The Mouth Of Hell

The Hellmouth.

Halloween 1924

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Susy Smith in Confessions of a Psychic (1971) claims that using a Ouija board caused her to become mentally disturbed. In Thirty Years Among the Dead (1924), American psychiatrist Dr. Carl Wickland claims that using the Ouija board "resulted in such wild insanity that commitment to asylums was necessitated."

We owned a Ouija board back when I was in grade school. And I discovered today my family has been mispronouncing the word for decades as WEEE JEEE (supposed to be 'wE-ja'). Though my family is notorious for butchering the obvious.

My sister was usually present at these sessions, so I never fully trusted the board's answers to our spirit-world questions. But watching the planchette float around under our fingers was fun - the tiny needle (a gold nail) answering yes and no questions, and even spelling out names of ghosts in the room.

Us: "Are there any ghosts in the room with us now?"
Milton Bradley Board Game: ".....yes"
Us: "Are you a good ghost or a bad ghost?"
Milton Bradley Board Game: ".....yes"

Enter Satan. So somewhere around 8th grade, my brother and I and a good friend decided to test the evil rumors we always heard about the Ouija board. We had the board and our friend had a camera and a 100 year old bible from his great grandmother. Logic suggested that the two MUST be brought together and photographed, so the photos could be analyzed later (back in the day you had to take your rolls of film to a fotomat and WAIT a week to have them developed).

Our friend kneeled in front of the board and slowly lowered the bible onto the planchette. I snapped wildly capturing every second of the event. And nothing happened - but that's what the spent roll of film was for! And off it went.

Flipping through the envelope of photographs a couple of weeks later was a bust. Nothing. Just our friend lowering an old bible onto a stupid board game. No strange glares or blurs or shadows. Nothing.

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Nightmare Fuel

Dorothy and her pet bagpipes closing in from behind.