All posts tagged: horror

The Water Cure

The Leather Funnel is a short story written by Arthur Conan Doyle, during a period of time when he was a bit tired of his more famous literary creation, Sherlock Holmes. Branching out from Doyle’s popular detective makes for an interesting read that centers around dubious artifacts and unsettling dreams. Click to access tales-of-terror-and-mystery-002-the-leather-funnel.pdf

Shopping Small with The Oddities and Curiosities Convention Vendors

I ( along with my twin sister and husband) were able to attend The Oddities and Curiosities convention this year in February before the pandemic forced a cancellation of most of this year’s dates. Many of the wonderfully weird artists, dealers, and taxidermists that usually assembled have scrambled to find new ways to sell their offerings. In the spirit of shopping small this holiday season, I decided to feature the venders that we purchased from this year and in 2019’s show. I’ve already become a repeat shopper for The Pickety Witch, the Krampus ornament above is one of her holiday offerings. Coffin jewelry box by Spooky Twins, @spookytwins13, spookytwins.etsy.com Gravestone impression art by Gravestone Girls, http://www.gravestonegirls.com. Lapel pin, The Pickety Witch, thepicketywitch.etsy.com, @thepicketywitch Gravestone impression art and magnet by Gravestone Girls, http://www.gravestonegirls.com. Lapel pin, The Pickety Witch, thepicketywitch.etsy.com, @thepicketywitch Art print, Eclipse Afterglow Studios, eclipseafterglowstudios.com Art print, Loft 817 Studios loft817.com Page from Russian anatomy book, @3ringtravelingapothecary Other venders I bookmarked for later: Skulls and Stones Jewelry Little Fox Knots Presley Print Shop Amy May …

The Frost

The cold crept in quietly overnight, crawling and creeping its way into the flowerbeds, smothering the silent screams of the huddled blooms. It left them shriveled and twisted, and lingered in the morning light to admire its work. The flower corpses remained tangled in the dirt flowerbeds for an entire day. Eventually they were unceremoniously ripped from the earth later by their caretakers and dumped into plastic buckets while the cold leered from the shadows. The flowerbeds remained bare, like freshly mounded graves, for the rest of winter. winter’s cold grip strangles the last remnants of autumn’s blooms

6 Ways to Celebrate Krampusnacht

The first time I watched the 2015 film Krampus, I had a feeling the legend referenced in the film was not dreamed up by a Hollywood screenwriter. It just seemed to old world to be the product of a modern imagination. It turns out, Krampus, and the holiday dedicated to him, Krampusnatch, are part of holiday celebrations that orginate in alpine regions of Austria and Germany. Krampus is the hairy, horned companion of Saint Nicholas. Krampus is tasked with punishing misbehaving children with coal and bundles of sticks, while St. Nick rewards the well behaved ones with presents. Originally part of pagan traditions, Krampus was folded into Christian holidays and Krampusnatch is celebrated the night of December 5th, before the feast of Saint Nicholas. The characteristics of Krampus varies, but he is usually described as being hairy, with the cloven hooves and horns of a goat. He typically wears chains and bells, with a long, pointed tongue lolling out and bared fangs. For a period of time Krampusnatch celebrations were banned by fascist governments and …