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Joshua Hoffine's "Black Lullaby" Kickstarter Project

on October 28, 2013 - 8:53pm

If you've been following this blog for a while, you know I'm a fan of Joshua Hoffine's photography. I had the pleasure of meeting him and his wife (then fiancée) Jennifer a few years ago when I bought his print "Death" a few years ago.

Before you pick up that discounted copy of a B-horror film, or buy a pumkin spiced latte, or buy clearance Halloween items, let me direct you to a better cause for your $10 to be spent on. 

And I say $10 specifically because I know money is tight everywhere. Believe me. I know. 

But even that little bit of cash can help to support something pretty cool. 

He has a kickstarter project called Black Lullaby which I just pledged $30 towards. He's in the process of making a short film inspired by his collection of photographs and needs some help with shooting the final monster appearance plus all that post production goodness. Watch the video below to learn more directly from the man himself.

Frank and Beans

on November 5, 2011 - 7:11pm

If you have some extra time, check out the kitschy collection of photos and figures by judibird. There's more where this gem came from.

Full Story for Halloween 2011

on October 28, 2011 - 10:32am
A creature of darkness tired of working for death. He sought an existence the opposite of the world he knew.
 
Love.

But what is it? How to attain it? The living held the secret. So he studied their literature and observed their courting behaviour. He understood he needed a fiancee to shower in gifts (including the key to his heart). And in order for her to love him, he started gathering all the human elements of love: lips for love's first kiss; an ear where sweet nothings are whispered; a tongue that professes love; a nose to breathe in pheromones; fingers that caress; eyes to stare longingly; a brain for daydreams and romantic thoughts; a heart to give to her, and an extra in case the first should "break".

He found a house in a quiet neighbourhood which conveniently had a wife living in it. In his limited understanding of human custom, he grasped she couldn't marry him if she already had a husband unless he was given something called "divorce papers". He created a crude version with a simple statement and added his own wax initial (a gesture to make it official) though by that time, the marriage was technically over since the man no longer lived (better to be safe than sorry, he thought, apparently divorce indicates an ending to love while death has strange lingering romantic thoughts surrounding it).  

Flashback: Creature From the Black Lagoon Costume

on October 16, 2011 - 8:19pm

 

Vintage picture of a kid in a Creature From The Black Lagoon costume. 

Awesome.

Many more photographs to be seen on Swapatorium's Halloween flickr set.

(via Frankenstein's Fun House)

SPEAKING of vintage Halloween pictures, I added a few from my childhood at the very bottom of the About page. Yes, that's me with the balloons in her hair. And the woman in the other picture with balloons on her head is my mother.

AND many of you have heard the story about me spray painting the tombstone on the wall for my Grade 4 Halloween party. Well now you can see a picture of that too (the link is in my bio on the About page).


Retro Halloween Pictures Starring Ghoul Friday

on October 16, 2011 - 10:33am

On the About page, at the very bottom, I've added a little collage of pictures of me as a little ghoul at Halloween.

The banner leads to a full story of my favourite Halloween memory (a guest post I'd written for another blog in 2010). 

AND there's now a link to the image of the fabled spray painted tombstone on the wall (on the About page too), with the first prop I ever made. 

Try Not to Scream

on October 7, 2011 - 8:29am


Triple fear threat.

 

A dummy.

Has a dummy.

Who has a dummy.

 

Just walk silently backwards out of the room.

 

If you want to see more creepy goodness, check out snailbooty on flickr.

 

(via Spookshows.com)

 

 

Alcatraz (Through the Eyes of a Ghoul)

on June 2, 2010 - 5:25pm

Alcatraz Island
I've finally had time to upload some of my road trip photos to flickr. I know some of you were interested specifically in the Alcatraz images, so here are two links so you can choose how you'd like to browse it:

Alcatraz Slideshow (images are large so it takes a minute to load)

Alcatraz set (to view at your own pace)

Oh, and for those interested, here are some pictures of Colorado, Utah and Nevada. More pictures to come.

I've posted a few of my personal favourites of Alcatraz below.

An Army of Skeletons in Art

on November 17, 2009 - 2:48pm

Animal Theatre skeleton art installation by Xiaotao
I love this image of "Animal Theatre" by Zhang Xiaotao in the Iberia Center for Contemporary Art.

Check out all the photographs of skeletons taking over in the photographer's flickr account.