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Mutterings of a Mad Woman

Laura Palmer Died 20 Years Ago

on February 23, 2009 - 1:44pm

Laura Palmer and Dale Cooper in the Black Lodge, Twin Peaks"She's dead...Wrapped in plastic."

According to the Twin Peaks plotline, Laura Palmer died on February 24, 1989. That would be twenty years ago tomorrow.

Though the series finale (and most of the second season) left much to be desired, Twin Peaks remains near and dear to my heart.

I still cringe every time I think of the closing scene: I can hear Doppleganger Coop saying "How's Annie?" and the pulsating black-tar-mass-of-hate turns in my stomach. A pox on David Lynch for leaving the series to falter, and then swooping back in for the last episode to give it a non-ending.

Look Ma! I Caught a Prop!

on February 21, 2009 - 8:19am

giant rat
While I prefer to make my props out of paper mache, catching one would be quicker. Yetch passed along this news story about Mr. Xian who caught a six pound rat in Fuzhou, China.

How did he catch it? He just reached out and grabbed it by the tail before seizing it by the scruff of the neck. Ew.

The tail is 12 inches long.

While you and I may find the act unthinkable, keep in mind that Chinese bamboo rats are often sold for meat. Double ew.

Personally, I'd have to say the hind feet are the most impressive part of the animal. They look to be the size of a dog's paw.

The discovery of the picture has timed itself perfectly since I am currently working on Marmota Monax's back feet and was lacking inspiration.

Hobgoblin Gift Set

on February 20, 2009 - 4:05pm

Hobgoblin gift setAfter visiting the doctor and having 9 tubes of blood samples taken (a personal record. And all I kept thinking was " much blood and not a prop in sight"), I decided to stick with a personal post-doctor-visit tradition and treat myself to something.

What kind of treat is best when you're a bit woozy from blood loss? Booze, of course.

Turns out they didn't have what I wanted in stock. Disheartened but not undetermined I circled the aisles for an alternative. That's when I spotted the Hobgoblin gift set.

Now I'm not crazy about the taste of Wychwood's dark ale, but I was drawn to the pretty canister. I couldn't find a price tag, but decided what the heck and snatched one of the last four left on the shelf.

I was in for a surprise at the register when the gentleman behind the counter wanted less than $7.00 from me. Really? For the beer, the glass and the canister? Wonderful!


on February 19, 2009 - 4:46pm

Twitter Crow
Yetch is obsessed with Twitter. Today I finally gave in to his badgering and signed up. Now you can follow me on Twitter as well. Read the scattered thoughts that aren't coherent enough to be included in a blog! Be dazzled by the amount of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors I make in under 140 characters!

Ironically, moments after I signed up (the deciding factor being it might get the website some more exposure) I got a notice from my service provider that might go down tonight for a couple of hours. Perfect.

So how has it gone so far with Twitter? I am following 2 bloggers I often read, 2 friends I know in real life, a fellow haunter and Darth Vader. I added Archie Mcphee (who I've mentioned before) a couple of minutes ago. Lastly, I am following a Dark Sith and a Pirate, since they were kind enough to add me first and make it look like I might have interesting things to say.

To mindless procrastination online!

p.s. Had to adjust the happy white twitter bird before I used it on the site. I think he looks better as a crow on an autumn branch, don't you?

Camille Rose Garcia and her Beautiful Misery

on February 19, 2009 - 9:37am

orphansIf I had to pick my favourite artist in the last few years, I think it would be Camille Rose Garcia. I look at the artwork and everything goes silent. My thoughts are still. I am simply absorbing everything on the page.

The characters are dripping, drowning, coated in misery while maintaining beauty.

I generally don't buy art books, but I buy Garcia's. And I can't wait until her toy company PITCO is launched.

From her biography:

Camille Rose Garcia was born in 1970 in Los Angeles, California and grew up in the generic suburbs of Orange County, visiting Disneyland and going to punk shows with the other disenchanted youth of that era. Her paintings of creepy cartoon children living in wasteland fairy tales are critical commentaries on the failures of capitalist utopias. Creative influences include Phillip K. Dick, William Burroughs, Henry Darger,Walt Disney, as welll as politically aware bands like The Clash and Dead Kennedys. Her recent solo show, Ultraviolenceland, explored ideas of violence and empire.

I have such an artist's crush on her. She had me at "Dead Kennedys".

The Zombified

on February 17, 2009 - 8:21am

zombified cartoon girl
This is the image that caught my eye several months ago on Haunt Space while clicking through the community gallery. According to the owner's profile, there was a website that housed her work but it was currently under construction.

Just last month, was brought back to life. Finally, I'd have a chance to explore.

There are four main Horror Girls characters: the Zombie (pictured right), the Mummy, the Vampire and the Bride. All of them are drawn in black and white and have that classic cute cartoon style - the kind I associate with stories and comic books of my youth.

As it turns out, the artist Krystal Fancey Beck (aka the elusive Zombie) does create a comic called Hallowhaus. At this time, there are two issues printed and ready for purchase. Krystal was kind enough to send me copies of each, so let me tell you a bit about them.

Femtasia: The Art of Femke Hiemstra

on February 15, 2009 - 8:56am

HeatwaveWelcome to Femtasia, the world of Femke Hiemstra.

I'm not sure how to best describe the work of this artist from the Netherlands. It's a mix of vintage cartooning meets the style of modern vinyl designer toys. Perhaps pop surrealism. Whatever it is, I like it.

For those of you who might want to see her work in person, she's currently exhibiting in the States. Femke has also published in a few interesting books including Beasts 2 (to learn more, you can read the interview on where she teams up with another artist I like by the name of Travis Lampe.

While Travis doesn't do many pieces that would fit the theme of this website, he did create the trick or treater painting seen at the end of this post.

Happy Friday the 13th

on February 13, 2009 - 9:47am

Fri 13 Calendar with Skeleton hand
I was so distracted by the glowing fingers story (see previous post) that I completely forgot to wish you all a Happy Friday the 13th (I should note I nabbed the image to the right from Monsterama: Cute Creeps From Popular Culture who seems to have the same distaste for Valentine's Day as I do).

I ask, what better way to celebrate Friday the 13th than with the transformation of Winnie the Pooh into Jason, the homicidal machete-wielding maniac?

Winnie the Pooh as Jason
Found this on Deviant Art
and had a good chuckle. See what too much honey can do? If you check out the creator's gallery, you'll find a load of zombified toys from Mickey Mouse to Hello Kitty and even My Little Pony.

Have a good day folks, and if I don't see you tomorrow, Happy Horrible V-day as well.

LED Finger Lamps: Creepy Valentine Gift Fail

on February 13, 2009 - 8:24am

led finger lamps
Every holiday results in retailers trying to convince customers that their product is the perfect gift for that particular time of year. The folks over at are no exception, but I think the boys from China have pushed positioning of a product just a bit too far in this post for a Valentine gift idea published on Feb. 6, 2009.

The title reads "LED finger lamps for creepy-yet-romantic night on the Valentine's day". As a haunter, I thought the title seemed promising. Even after I saw the picture of the odd LED fingertips, I didn't dismiss the gadget completely, and thought perhaps they would spin it for people who like weird Halloweenish items (I could see prop and costume potential). But then I read the post that explained why these glowing fingertips would make the perfect gift:

You may wanna create special atmosphere on the Valentine's day. What about getting your girl and you in darkness and show her your green-glowing fingertips? It would probably be the most unforgettable Valentine’s night for her.


Confused, slightly uncomfortable, and suppressing the 13 year old boy in my brain who is already stringing together inappropriate off-colour jokes, I keep reading the pitch.

Give Her Your Heart

on February 12, 2009 - 8:31am

gummy hearts
Still pushing on with my Valentine theme, I decided to explore Valentine ideas when it came to presents: traditional gift ideas with a twist. Where better to do this monitor shopping (my term for window shopping online) than

The first and most obvious choice is candy in a heart-shaped box. These are gummy hearts, and the front of the box reads "My love is pure, my love is true, you can have my heart and eat it too!". *cough*

If she prefers chocolate, then you can get her a chocolate heart instead; a one pound chocolate heart.

While I'm all for candy, I like jewelry even more (probably because Yetch never buys jewelry for me. Say it with me: awwwww, poor Ghoul Friday). Where was I? Ah yes. I really like the skeleton bracelets, and the coffin earrings aren't bad (but my spidey-sense tells me they might turn my earlobes green).