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The Underbiters: Curious Pete

on April 16, 2009 - 12:01pm

Curious Pete of the Underbiters
Curious Pete has proved to be the most meddlesome of all the Underbiters. I'm sure in other households he might go completely unnoticed, but in mine he's impossible to ignore.

As his name suggests, Pete is intrigued by the world around him. He likes to get inside items to see how they are made or what makes them work. This sometimes includes electronics, which he'll explore but rarely nibble on. Items made of clay, however, can be quite tasty to his palette.

Turns out Pete is especially interested in Halloween props.

Recently I did a blog post about mini pumpkins I created. I'd made 13 of them and had intended to title the picture "Haunter's Dozen". When it came time to take the picture, I could not find one of the jack o' lanterns.

Then I spotted Pete running by, accidentally ramming into the wall before disappearing.

Little Jack O Lanterns

on April 15, 2009 - 3:08pm

Ghoul Friday's Mini Pumpkins

With the dark shroud of flu lifting from my frame (and apparently shifting to cloak Yetch once more *sigh*), I emerged from my couch cocoon to finish the final details on these little pumpkins carved from Super Sculpey.

Ryan Wood

on April 15, 2009 - 9:38am

Ryan Woody ScarecrowRyan Woody Ghoulsmire
Very quick blog this morning. No biographical information to be easily gleaned about Ryan Wood, so I offer you two examples of his whimsical approach to the macabre. Scroll through his blog and you'll find it dotted with dark treasures (I'm fond of his witches).

The Underbiters: Skelespun

on April 14, 2009 - 12:56pm

Skelespun of the UnderbitersSkelespun. Of all the Underbiters, he's the most unpredictable and feral.

Note the scratches and scarring around his left eye; proof of many battles with rats, squirrels and neighbourhood cats. His victories have cost him - he has partial vision or complete blindness on the left side (I can't be sure how serious it is).

Skelespun is a scout, patrolling the territory for intruders. Though his eyesight is impaired, it doesn't effect his agility or skill. This may be because of the tiny spike on his head. It would appear our little friend's cranial appendage acts as an antennae of sorts, similar to the sonic radar of a bat.

Don't bother trying to sneak up on him.

He's nocturnal, preferring the darkness but is drawn to shiny things, collecting them like a crow. If your earring goes missing, or you have a broken zipper, Skelespun is most likely to blame.

Favourite foods include buttons and safety pins.

Stay Back, I'm Infected

on April 14, 2009 - 9:53am

SkellyCatGourd by Candace Navarate
I spent a couple days taking care of Yetch last week while he suffered through some nasty chills. Seems it's my turn now.

I've been battling the flu the last 48 hours, and spent the past two nights waking up in feverish sweats, tormented by roller coaster body temperatures and nightmares. I don't mind the monster dreams so much (they at least provide a possible prop idea) but I hate the ones that deal with human bad guys.

I normally have vivid nightmares as it is, but with the fever it's like someone slipped LSD into my Ginger ale.

The other downfall is that my blog reader gets backed up (79 new items), my email goes unanswered (14 and counting) and I don't get to post about all the things I love.

Like THIS exciting piece of news. I entered a contest held by the Eclectic Halloween Artist Group, and won (as did fellow blogger Frog Queen). What's even better? I won the piece done by Candace Navarate of Howlingmoonsblog:

Creepy Easter Special

on April 12, 2009 - 3:00pm

Bass Easter Special
I have to run, but I wanted to give a tip of the hat to The Haunted Closet.

There were tons of fantastic Easter posts that came through my blog reader this morning, but this was my favourite. Why? Because it filled me with the joy of childhood fun, reminding me of a treasure long forgotten.

Head on over and enjoy the screen shots from this classic (and possibly not well known) Easter special where some smart bunny decides it should be more like Halloween instead.

Easter Message: Love Thy Web Neighbour

on April 12, 2009 - 10:19am

Mr Flopsy by Ghoul Friday
Happy Easter, everyone! Hopefully the Easter bunny left you hidden shrunken heads instead of boring easter eggs (though chocolate is always a nice surprise).

This Easter morning, I found a random (but polite) comment on my site that didn't make any reference to my blog post but instead promoted someone else's blog. I thought I might - in the spirit of the holiday - break from tradition of erasing and forgetting what comes across as spam, and instead offer a bit of advice (hopefully without sounding preachy). This post is for people who might be new to the role of webmaster/blogger. I think it's fair to say some people just don't know the best way to get others to promote their site.

Generally speaking, people don't mind if you post a link to your site IF you at least comment on whatever their blog post was about. But chances are, if you just say "Hey look at my stuff!" your comment will not get approved or will be erased because it has nothing to do with the topic.

The Underbiters: Gary

on April 11, 2009 - 8:56am

Gary of the UnderbitersGary keeps to himself, moving at his own pace. He doesn't like a lot of commotion (hence his distaste for Dimly). He detests loud noises and bright lights, which explains why Gary can most often be found in dark places around the house: closets, toolboxes, filing cabinets and under the couch.

In the shadows, you can hear him scratching and chewing on whatever he's found. For the longest time I thought we had a mouse.

During the autumn months, he'll trot along the inside of eaves troughs, enjoying the mildew scent as he snacks on soggy leaves. You may think this is a great way to keep the troughs clear, but Gary will rip through protective wire mesh that normally prevents critters and debris from entering. He'll also bend the metal of the troughs, roof flashing and even shingles if they are barring him from some out of reach treasure.

Favourite foods include lost change and unpopped popcorn kernels.

Evil Easter Eggs

on April 10, 2009 - 4:14pm

A few days ago, Gorify posted an army of links to scary Easter eggs. I saved a few of my favourites and did a search of my own to bring you this collage.

Sources from left to right:

Skull-A-Day Skull Egg

SeanKreynolds Frankenstein Monster Egg

photorelativity Xray Egg

B_Zedan Zombie Chicken Egg

gotbaby Eyeball Egg

That Bastard Tara Zombie Eggs

WonderDookie Zombie Egg

Since the x-ray egg isn't a real egg (it's completely computer generated), I'm going to say the zombie in the bottom right is my favourite.

Underbiter Mysteries Revealed

on April 10, 2009 - 12:13pm

UPDATE: Only ONE Underbiter post left before this mini contest is over. Submit your questions about the Underbiter characters to me (email, comment or tweet) to be published here and you have a chance to get a small treat in the mail.

Be sure to enter your email properly if you're hoping to win (so I can contact you)!

And to be fair, the completely unbiased Yetch will be choosing the winners based on a) originality/interest and b) if the question leads to interesting tidbits of background information.

See the full post for more details.