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The Midnight Meat Train

on August 20, 2008 - 11:55am

poster of a man sitting on a submway
I love horror movies, but I am not the type of person who likes a movie simply because it fits a certain genre. Therefore, I don't get excited about a new film coming out just because it's a horror movie. There has to be something about it that catches my interest.

Clive Barker's 'Midnight Meat Train' is one of those movies that has the potential to be more than just a slasher gore-fest (though what's with the string of horror movies that focus on photography lately?).

For one night only, Rue Morgue is presenting the premiere of Midnight Meat Train at the Bloor Cinema this Thursday at 9:30 PM. There will be prizes and 'Evangelical Satanic Faith Healing' with Pastor Morgan Wilkes and Victor Marshall of Cloven Path Ministries.

Monster Extravaganza!

on August 19, 2008 - 3:34pm

'Creepy' Magazine coverOk creepy kiddies, and all you monster-crazed collectors, have I got a fun website for you. It's called, and it's filled with some visual treats.

Let's start with the magazine covers. The section is sorted into 30 categories, each one represented with an image from that collection. You click on the cover of choice, and it leads you to additional images. Titles include Famous Monsters, Horror Tales, Tomb of Dracula, and Modern Monsters (to name but a few).

If you like those, you'll appreciate the movie posters as well. There are vintage selections such as Attack of the 50 Foot Woman and Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein, and some cult classics like Blackula and Astro Zombies ("See astro space laboratory. See brutal mutants menace beautiful girls").

Want more movie images? You got it. There are 13 movie titles that each have 30 or so movie stills to choose from.

A Wave from the Grave: Cake Idea

on August 18, 2008 - 8:22am

I originally saw this on a blog called Desserts by Candy. You can find the entire from-scratch cake recipe there. Since I rarely bake from scratch (I'm a cooker, not a baker), my interest is in how she does the fingers.

To make the fingers, shape the marzipan into five logs of vary length and score lines with a knife to make knuckles. If the marzipan is too sticky to work with, dust some icing sugar on your palm. Press a sliced almond to one end to make the finger tip and adhere with some left over chocolate glaze. Adhere the finger to the cake with more left over chocolate glaze and prop them up with toothpicks if necessary. Sprinkle some chocolate cookie crumbs around the fingers to make dirt.

Greg 'Craola' Simkins

on August 17, 2008 - 10:26am

Like a number of other artists I have blogged about, Greg 'Craola' Simkins started his career as a graffiti artist. Now 33 years old, Simkins is more likely to showcase his artwork in galleries instead of back alleys.

I first saw his work on which highlights sketches, illustrations and graffiti created by Simkins. The news section is out of date, but with some sinister sleuthing I was able to track down his blog. You'll find information about his current exhibits there (most of which are currently taking place on the west coast of the United States near his home of California).

I had a difficult time narrowing the selection of artwork to showcase on this blog. I've attempted to pick items that show the diversity of his subjects.

In one piece, Simkins creates a fantasy world reminiscent of 'Alice in Wonderland', where familiar creatures are given twisted transformations. In the next, it's a nod to Tim Burton or Walt Disney with a very creepy-cartoon rendition of popular icons. He's even recently signed to create vinyl toys with the first installation being Cap'n Rotnclaw.

2008 Toronto Zombie Walk Fiendraiser Party

on August 15, 2008 - 10:02pm

poster of rock and roll style zombies
On Saturday night, the Toronto After Dark Film Festival is having a fundraiser ...sorry, fiendraiser for the annual Toronto Zombie Walk that takes place in the streets of Toronto each October. I could describe the event to you in my own words, but why go through all the hassle? Here is the description from the Facebook events page (with a couple of links for the bands thrown in from moi):

"On August 16, the dead will rise and descend on the Smiling Buddha Bar for the first annual Toronto Zombie Walk Fiendraiser.

Prepare for an evening of ear-splitting monster bands, ghoulish performances, artist meat and greet and spooktacular giveaways. All the money raised from the Fiendraiser will go towards the operating costs of this year's Toronto Zombie Walk.

Only seven people attended the first Zombie Walk, held in Toronto in 2003, but the ghoulish plague has since spread across the globe. Zombie Walks are now held throughout Canada, the United States, England and Australia. Last year's fifth annual Toronto Zombie Walk drew a record-breaking crowd of over 1,000 living dead!

Is that Peter Lorre I Hear?

on August 14, 2008 - 10:06am

banner for 'the Pit' website - images of famous horror actors

I was doing a search for Halloween music online, and stumbled across a website promoting "classic horror sounds". Normally, I avoid wav/midi websites like the plague; they are often filled with flash, will bombard you with pop-up ads, and can crash your browser. I feel unclean just thinking about it.

CreepersCreek's Card Holder

on August 13, 2008 - 9:05am

Witch finger in a tiny terracotta pot
A big thanks to CreepersCreek for the pictures and how-to for this Witch Finger Card Holder.

It's a simple but beautiful idea for decorating your table with place settings or food labels. If you're interested, you can make your own by following the instructions in the Horrific 'How To's section.

You could do the same thing using mini cauldrons, teeny coffins, little skulls or pumpkins, but I happen to like the tiny terracotta pots. You could add spiders to the moss or LED lights.

You could replace the fingers with plastic or foam gravestones as well. The possibilities are endless.

(Note: How to was lost in the migrating of the site 4 years after this was posted, though I imagine using a little imagination, you can put together how to use a plastic finger and a painted terra cotta pot to make this!)

Coming Soon to Toronto: Festival of Fear

on August 12, 2008 - 6:29pm

In less than two weeks, Rue Morgue will be holding their annual Festival of Fear National Horror Expo in the Toronto Convention Centre.

I went last year and have mixed feelings about the event. As a horror fan, they had some impressive celebrity guests. As a Haunter/Halloweener, they had very little to get excited about. Most retailers weren't offering anything I hadn't seen around the city (either in speciality or party stores) and the prices were the same (or more expensive).

I'd gone to a workshop offered by a well known make-up artist complete with tips and free samples of their make-up line for making a classic Zombie look. Perhaps they didn't want to share complicated techniques in such a short time frame, but I was very disappointed.

I Spy with My Little Eye...

on August 11, 2008 - 5:47pm

green pumpkin hanging from a trellis
A simple blog post for a long, complicated Monday. Since I've spent the day dealing with what everyone else wants, I decided I would blog about something just for me. Something that makes me happy. Hopefully it will make a few of you smile as well. I want to share the view I see when I look out my home office window.

Located at the side of the house, my office overlooks the backyard of gardeners. And what are they growing this year? To my delight, it's pumpkins.

Boneyard BOOtique

on August 8, 2008 - 10:25pm

Flower with skull centre
For years, Spiderbaby (as she is known in the Haunting world) has been making jewelry, but it was only recently that her husband, Dagon began adding his own artistic expressions to her work. The result? The Boneyard BOOtique.

The couple, both fans of horror and Halloween, felt that others might appreciate their zombie and skull pendants and pins. Thus was the birth of their humble Etsy store.

We both really get into Halloween, horror movies, metal music, Gothic styles, and anything spooky so our art and craft projects reflect those interests. It also shows in the way we dress, our house DragonWyck Manor, and our two hearses.