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Morbid Anatomy

on April 29, 2009 - 2:49pm

Anatomy images from the book DissectionMorbid Anatomy is one of my favourite blogs. It's jam packed with images, links and articles on all things anatomical with a dark twist.

These images (left and below) are from the book Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880–1930 by John Harley Warner and James M. Edmonson. If you visit the blog, you'll find an insightful interview with the co-publisher and editor of the collection that shines light on the history of the images.

The blog itself represents an actual Morbid Anatomy Library in Brookyn, New York. Apparently it's open to the public if you make an appointment (I know where I'd be spending a few afternoons each month). The library is part of the Proteus Gowanus Interdisciplinary Gallery and Reading Room:

Ghoul Friday MIA

on April 28, 2009 - 9:54am

Raccoon in Ghoul Friday's Tree
Am I grounded? I've missed three days of blogging and feel a bit out of sorts (and guilty). Perhaps if I entertain you with stories of what kept me away, you'll forgive me.

Like many other people, I took advantage of the warm weather this past weekend and decided it was time to attack my garden.

I don't find gardening relaxing despite what people say. Sure, the end product helps me to feel calm, and perhaps the cold cider I'm drinking takes the edge off while I take a break from accidentally butchering the flowers and plants in my garden.

I do a lot of shrugging in those moments, completely baffled by the task at hand.

But a real head-scratcher was when I was standing in my driveway, looking toward the large elm tree in the backyard. High up in the branches was a dark, mossy form. Does my tree have a fungus? Oh it a wasps nest?

Koldo Barroso

on April 24, 2009 - 12:56pm

Harpsong by Kodlo BarrosoAs a blogger, I spend a lot of my time watching the web for terrifically terrifying tidbits and talented artists. Now and then, they find me. Such was the case with Koldo Barroso. One day he was following me on twitter, and I've been following him ever since.

Pictured left is a close up of one of the illustrations he did for Judy Dyble's album "Talking With Strangers". It was created for and named after a song entitled Harp Song. You can see the full illustration posted below.

A Patchwork of Flesh

on April 23, 2009 - 4:34pm

Frankenstein's Monster
Do you have a picture of Frankenstein's Monster you want to share with the world? Or perhaps you just can't get enough of his pretty face. Either way, there's a website that may be of interest to you.

A Patchwork of Flesh is a Frankenstein's Monster portrait project coming to us from the United Kingdom. Cruise the website to see the current 'artist trading cards' or find out how to get involved.

Here's a quote from the creator:

I am attempting to amass a large collection of portraits of Frankenstein's Monster in as many different styles and in as many different media as possible as an ongoing art project. The only stipulation is that the size is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (standard artist trading card size) and that each card has name, date, title and anything else you care to add on the back. I welcome cards from both amateur and professional artists.

Retro Rudolph's

on April 22, 2009 - 11:39am

Vintage Halloween art by Lori RudolphI love posting about Canadian artists. It's an extra treat when they are extremely talented and live in the same province as me.

Boils and ghouls, let me introduce you to Lori, the master craftster behind Retro Rudolph's. She's responsible for the beautiful vintage style Halloween creations you see here. She also makes some great party hats, horns and candy bowls.

Lori has been working with paper mache since 2005 and (like myself) suddenly found a whole new world of art waiting for her.

Unlike myself, she has a wicked workshop area where inspiration in the form of Halloween goodies watch her create.

I do have the same jack o' lantern lamp as her though.

I've been meaning to explore the world of vintage Halloween for a year or so. It's nice to know that if I don't get around to making my own, there's an artist nearby whom I would gladly purchase items from.

Bill Basso's Beastly Art

on April 21, 2009 - 9:04am

October Shadows by Bill Basso
I've had Bill Basso's website bookmarked for weeks. His art is so beautiful I feel as if I should apologize for delaying this post.

William Basso's father, Bill Basso Sr, has also done some Halloween art. Talent and creativity runs in the family:

Growing up in a household where both parents were artists exposed Bill Basso to all types of art from a very young age. Combining equal amounts of horror movie magazines and comic books with Renaissance or Eastern European art, for example, helped to shape Bill’s artistic sensibilities.

Last Day for the Underbiters Mini Contest

on April 20, 2009 - 7:09am

Underbiter Group Shot

Monday April 20th is the last day to submit a question for the Underbiter mini contest I'm running. If you submitted a question and it isn't posted in the Question and Answer Section, it means I've missed it somehow. Please contact me or leave a comment here.

When Yetch has judged the entries, I will contact the winners.

The Underbiters: Yarp

on April 19, 2009 - 7:08pm

Yarp of Ghoul Friday's Underbiters
Yarp is the last of the original Underbiter clan.

Yarp is attracted to things that make noise, including horns, bicycle bells, whistles and drills to name but a few. The louder the noise, the more excited she gets. In all the fun, she risks being discovered by sounding a deep call of her own: YARP!

If you've ever been using a noisy appliance or gizmo and turned it off because you swore you heard something, chances are it was Yarp getting carried away.

Favourite foods include all things plastic and chalk.

Airborne Skull and Crossbones Watch

on April 17, 2009 - 12:10pm

Skull and crossbones airborne watch
I have to credit for finding this little beauty.

Normally I don't like military-inspired design, but this Bell & Ross Instrument BR01 Airborne watch is suh-weeeeeet.

As you can see, it has a photoluminescent skull for 'optimum night readability' (i.e. it glows for prime spookiness).

They are only making 500 of them, and haven't listed the price. Which means I'll never be able to afford one.

It's also quite lovely in the light, but I know I'd constantly be cupping my hands over the clock face to make it glow.

Breaking a Rule to Help Yetch

on April 17, 2009 - 9:09am

Yetch Draws a Monster RobotNormally, I only blog about things related to monsters, art and Halloween. Today, I am going to break that rule (but will have a follow-up blog post to make up for it).

My darling Yetch has become 1 of 500 finalists who are trying to win a Nissan Cube. They are giving away 50 which means he has a 1 in 10 chance.

They judge based on interesting contributions (highlighted online and on the contestant's hypercube canvas) and votes. You can vote for any contestant once a day.

Yetch has even made his own website to show his nerd wizardry and enthusiasm for the contest (and all things open source/creative commons). He even made that drawing of the monster robot (so I'm almost staying true to my blog rules).

Vote for him once. Vote for him once a week. Vote for him once a day. Just please vote between now and May 15th. Hopefully he can stay in the top 50.

I think the car is neat, but I mainly want him to win because he's been so excited by the whole process. It would also mean the hideous forest green, dented car that acts as a planter in my back yard would finally be towed away.