Saturday, 30 November 2019

The power of dust

She awoke in a desert. The air was hot and bright.

Sitting up she squinted into the light.

On the horizon she saw a city, ribbons of asphalt and endless towers of concrete blocks.

She stood and began to walk towards it.

One day the sun grew dim, shining weakly through a haze of red dust. On another it was ferociously hot and she stopped to take shelter in the shade of a small, lone tree. The tree told her to keep moving, adding with a soft sigh..."good luck."

One day she found herself within the city.

Hostile eyes followed her as she moved through the streets but still she stumbled on.

A tower, lined with tiles of taupe, sprang up before her. She stood at its entrance unsure of herself. A noise coming from the left startled her.

She entered the tower and began to climb its steep steps. When she could climb no further she found herself staring at the surface of a heavily carved wooden door. She pulled at the handle struggling to make her way through to the terrace on the other side.

The terrace was wide and covered with small, cracked tiles of blue and white. From here she was able to look out at the emptiness from which she'd come.

The emptiness was slowly filling up with the growing city.

She was tired. It had been a long walk. So she lay down on the hot, cracked terrace tiles and looked up into the sun.

Stared up until she could no longer see -- or the sun set. She was not sure which.

Sand and dust fell on to her body every day. Still she stared upwards.

One rare day the sky was a brilliant blue. On another it rained and washed here eyes clean.

But the dust returned and covered her over once again.

A day came when she could no longer move.

And then, one night, under a bright crescent moon, she blew away...

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Gallows Pole

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Blood in the Snow

So, I just heard this amazing song on the latest Folk Radio show on Mixcloud. It's not yet released so I can't embed anything for you but here's the description...

"London-based alt-folk trio Thickets are to release ‘A Winter Warning’ in December; what began as a Christmas carol soon took a macabre turn to become instead a winter murder ballad..."

And here's a little taste of the lyrics:

...for the treetops do shiver and the north wind doth blow
and the snow starts to fall 
and the snow starts to fall
and down by the woods where the river runs still
a young maiden's voice, screams that shatter and shrill 
as god's weary children lie sleeping in bed
the snow by the hedgerow grows crimson and red, 
it glows crimson and red, it glows crimson and red...

And then while searching out an appropriate graphic to decorate this post with, I typed in "blood in the snow" and then stumbled on this!



Click here for more info.

A day of discoveries! If only I didn't have to go into work early :(

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Lord of Tears

Ok, you know how you occasionally stumble onto amazing things you've never heard of? Well, a couple of weeks ago someone came into the comic shop (where I work) and asked us if we had any other Living Dead Dolls. They were looking for something specific. Alas, what they were looking for was not available for order through our distributor. However, whilst perusing what was available my colleague and I had a closer look at this...WTF *?

And that led to this...



And then this.... :0

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Round up 2019

Based on the past two years I raced home mid-afternoon to set up for little kids who sometimes start showing up at 3:30 or so. I was racing around throwing chips and candy into appropriately ghoulish (or not) containers and putting up last minute decorations. Hubby came home and helped. All done by 4:00 pm.

Wait....

Nothing happened till 5:30 pm! By then I was sitting in front of a screen watching spooky stuff having resigned myself to a slow night.

Then there was another knock at the door and from then on trick-or-treaters steadily trickled through till 8:00 pm. Total numbers - 40 ish. Very happy with that. Not much candy left.

Stand out costume was a girl dressed as a jelly fish with an elaborate headdress covered in netting and all lit up with purple LEDs!

Biggest gaff, on my part, was asking a kid if he was dressed as Spawn (I meant Venom). With an exasperated sigh he said, "Black Panther!"......My bad.

And as it was a beautiful night my hubby and I harnessed up the cats and took 'em for walk round the neighbourhood. More yards decorated and more decorations this year so it was a really nice walk around. And the weather was just so darned perfect for a Halloween night! Cats had been packed away all evening so both were excited and curious to see what all the activity was about. There was much stopping and sniffing, inspections of spaces under cars, etc.

As we made our way back to the house a passer by squinted at us and asked, "Are those cats?!" I said, "Yes! They're all excited about Halloween!" My husband then quipped, "They're actually kids in costumes." Oh my, did I laugh!!

Yes, and this one went as a hobo! (Under car grease, I suspect).

Saturday, 2 November 2019

A Day for Ashes

Back in June I made a trip out to BC (the land of tall trees!) to visit family. We were staying on Denman Island where there is a green cemetery. What a fantastic idea! And popular too. They have people contacting them from all parts asking if they, or a family member, can be buried there.

Back here at home, and looking at the family urn containing two loved family members, I thought "it's about time to scatter those ashes and move on." Thinking about where to scatter the cremains I came up with the idea of putting them in the backyard when we get around to planting a tree out there. I thought adding the cremains would be kinda neat, right? My husband's only proviso was to make sure the cremains don't kill the sapling.

Well, looks like they might. Apparently, cremains are high in things not so great for plants. There is a special soil mixture you can buy to mix with your cremains to neutralize the phosphorous and sodium. And then there are various biodegradable or other 'living' urns.


If I gave up on the idea of the backyard there are other things you can do with cremains. You can mix them with concrete and make a garden ornament or build a reef.

Or they can be mixed with molten glass for beautiful art, or beads.

You can also get them made into a picture frame, ammunition (!), or ink...

But scattering them near by whilst mumbling an incantation is the way to go, I think. Don't you agree?

Friday, 1 November 2019

Les Revenants

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Return to Devil's Bridge

So, if you find yourself wondering what to watch tonight I've got a suggestion, Hinterland. Available on Netflix. This is not a fun watch but it certainly is atmospheric and creepy.

posted about the first episode of this bilingual Welsh crime drama back in 2014. We were living overseas and our access to the show was sporadic (as was its filming and broadcast dates). We never did get to see Series 3.

Thanks to Netflix my husband and I were able to remedy that recently. And guess what? Yep, the series 3 returns to the location of the first...the creepy children's home at Devil's Bridge. (I have a particular affinity for stories about children's homes having spent several years of my own childhood in one.)

So, if you find yourself watching the first episode of Series 1 and think, like I did, that there is something going on with Superintendent John Powell? Well, you would be right.

And in this, possibly the last series of Hinterland, we finally find out what that is.



Read more here...

FYI - My husband and I watched The Witch the other night. Perfect viewing for the season...although I do have some questions. Which can all be explained away by it being based on folktales and folklore...however.  And apparently it links up to his recent film, The Lighthouse.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Fishes & Fairies

You may recall my posts about the fairies here on the island? Well, here you go...



Read more here about the local horror scene.

Monday, 28 October 2019

amiina - Fantomas

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Comic Fest 2019 & Comments

Yesterday was Comic Fest. I dressed up as a Prisoner of Azkaban courtesy of some men's striped pjs I found years ago. I've done this before. It's easy and kids recognize it. Plus we have a ton of Harry Potter merch at the store.

I've also got my mini comics for handing out again! Underdog for the little ones and something darker for the teens.

Just a short blog housekeeping note. I rely on blogger to send me emails when someone's posted a comment. The link takes me to a page where I chose to publish or not. The other day I noticed something within blogger's interface that said "awaiting moderation" and found a bunch of comments that have gone unnoticed and unpublished (some, admittedly, were spam). No idea how that happened! All are published now and apologies to those who thought I was ignoring them :(




Saturday, 26 October 2019

Stained Glass Saturday

And here we are back to the spider. In peril this time, poor thing! The little wren has to eat but this particular one looks like it could stand to miss a meal.

This scene is from the many stained glass windows of York Minster. I visited there many years ago but, alas, did not know about this lovely little creature or I would have made an effort to see it. Apparently, this 'sketch' was undocumented until re-discovered (and moved) in 1945. You can buy a reproduction in the Minster's online shop.

Source

Friday, 25 October 2019

The Medium roams and rambles...

Thinking of having a seance? Read this first...

Science of the seance: why speaking to spirits is talking to yourself 

Spiritualism fascinated the 19th century public and was furiously debunked by scientists. But its modern, “scientific”, incarnations are just as sinister...

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

The Romas Struggle...

Published in 2014 but interesting given the UK's current political context...and other countries. Another dose of reality in this fantastical month....


For an interesting insight into Roma struggles re: identity/stereotypes, try watching this old episode of Car 54, Where are You?

Monday, 21 October 2019

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Friday, 18 October 2019

Downpour

Had to do a 2nd post cause, yep, we're getting pelted by rain! It's so dark out there I've got the lights on. And we've had some thunder! Which is a real rarity here on the Avalon.

Pity me because I have to go out in that downpour to go to the dentist...ugh.


Space is Big!

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Creep


 

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Nuff said...

In our dollar bin at the store - Boom Comics

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Sunday, 13 October 2019

A look back...

Our first Autumn back in Canada after a decade overseas...

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Stained Glass Saturday

My fascination with the spider and web imagery is, I believe, my new identity as weaver taking hold. I have yet to actually spin my own thread (it looks somewhat intimidating) but my weaving could be construed as web making.

Here's a stunningly beautiful contemporary web window I found on Etsy. Sold, of course, but it looks like the artist takes commissions. Hmmmm....

Source



Friday, 11 October 2019

Seasonal beverage 2

My cousin, a very discerning individual when it comes to wine, sent me this last year. I finally got around to trying it and...oh my! Apples, honey, yum! Mixed it with some sparkling water and it was lovely.

Mead in Canada

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Victorian Freak Shows

Source

"Dr John Woolf explores the extraordinary and complex stories of 19th-century performers such as General Tom Thumb who became stars in the age of PT Barnum..."

Listen here, I mean, here.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Think you know everything there is to know about Halloween?

"According to folklorist Steve Roud, Halloween is “the most widely misunderstood and misrepresented day in the festival year...”

10 things you didn’t know about the history (and mystery) of Halloween

Yes, love and divination had a lot to do with the night in question. But am I reading too much 'suggestion' in this cover image from a 1930s woman's magazine?

And how on Earth did the game below work!? If you didn't catch the apple her hair went up in flames?





Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Monday, 7 October 2019

...back to your regular programming

Tired of Pumpkin Spice?

Looking for new food ideas this time of year...

    

We interrupt your regular program...

Starting Monday October 7, for 2 weeks, Extinction Rebellion and allied movements will gather in major cities across the globe and continue to rebel against the world’s governments for their criminal inaction on the Climate and Ecological Crisis.

To Governments of the World, we declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency. You did not do enough.

To everybody else, rebel.

You are called on.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

The Witch

Source


History Extra Podcast 

"We speak to Professor Ronald Hutton about his new book The Witch, which reveals how societies throughout the globe have lived in fear of witchcraft for more than 2,000 years..."

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Stained Glass Saturday

That stained glass window with the spider really stuck with me. So, let's explore some other stained glass imagery associated with the spider and its webs.

Here's a beautiful one from St. Mary's Church, Katowice in Poland.

The altar in the transept supposedly dates from the 15th century, whilst the wonderful stained glass windows on either side of the nave representing sin and virtue are the work of Adam Bunsch (1896-1969). - Source

In this case I'm going to guess the spider was representative of a virtue.  It's endless web spinning associated with the domestic task of spinning fleece into wool. I might be biased.

Read more about the cultural depiction of spiders here.

Source

Friday, 4 October 2019

Lucky

"Life changes fast..."


I'd put this on a Twin Peaks-ish playlist.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Monday, 30 September 2019

Creepy Castles to visit

...if you are lucky enough to be in the UK this Fall.

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Sunday, 29 September 2019

Robert Arthur

A break from M.R. today.

When I was a kid I read a story about some magical stamps. It was a story that really captured my young imagination. Every once in a blue moon I think about that story and wonder about it. I couldn't quite recall all the details of the story or the title or even the author's name. Occasionally I would do a google search in an attempt to find it online but no luck. Until now.

I finally found a thread (posted 2 years ago) in which someone identified the story! It's called Postpaid to Paradise (later re-titled The Marvelous Stamps from El Dorado) and was written c. 1940 by Robert Arthur.


An anthology in which it appears is available here on the Internet Archive. Should I read it though? Will it stand up? Or should I be happy with my vague magical memories of it?

By the way, Arthur also worked with Alfred Hitchcock as well as editing several anthologies for young readers. I recognize this cover for Ghosts and more Ghosts.



Saturday, 28 September 2019

Drink of the Season

It's a bit sweet but I like it! Read reviews here.

Cheers!

Bad Tattoo Brewing in BC

Friday, 27 September 2019

Oktober-FEST

Well, thanks to the multitude of craft breweries in the province there'll be plenty o' tasting!

More info at the source

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

At Winners

They've been slowly upgrading our main mall. The Winners/HomeSense has been moved to a different, and larger, spot. It's certainly less chaotic.

This is what was on the shelves a couple of weeks ago. A focus on felted home-made looking objects and, inexplicably, glittery accents.




Friday, 20 September 2019

The Hex

I'm having an M.R. James fiesta...ah, festival...conference...sabbat?

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

For your listening pleasure...

UPDATE: September 22, 2019

Not sure what happened to the link for this post. It had been my attempt to embed an MR. James book from the internet archive. The link isn't working now.

So, let's try this podcast with a guy who played MR James.

Thursday, 12 September 2019

The Terror

Imagine what they might find...

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Saturday Morning Cartoons

So, last week my husband and I got on to the topic of Scooby Doo. Have no idea how we got there but he was asking me if I watched the cartoon. Of course, I did. I was a young girl into spooky things and mysteries so, of course, I watched it. But I had fractured memories of it.

My husband is five years younger than me and likes to pull my chain on occasion so he was like, "Oh, so you must have been about 30 when that was on."

"Ha," says I. "Nope, pretty sure I was about eight."

To back up my claim I grabbed the trivia machine (what I now call my cell phone) and looked it up. Sure enough, the original run was from 1969 - 1976 putting me in the right time frame to have been eight years old.

Wikipedia provided all sorts of info regarding Scooby Doo, Where are you! which I proceeded to read aloud to him. Apparently, in the original pitch the characters had different names, Geoff, Mike, Kelly, Linda, and Linda's brother W.W. Their dog was called Too Much, a sheepdog (like in the Archies) and played the bongos. The show was called Mysteries Five (like their band). It didn't fly with the Network so the idea was reworked. And among the new ideas was a) drop the band idea b) change the names, c) change the dog species, d) change the name to Scooby Doo, Where are you. The name was inspired by Frank Sinatra's popular recording at the time of Strangers in the Night...in the chorus part he 'scats' doo-be-doo-be-doo.

Okay then.

But then I read this, "Scheduled opposite another teenage mystery-solving show, ABC's The Hardy Boys, Scooby-Doo became a ratings success, with Nielsen ratings reporting that as many as 65% of Saturday morning audiences were tuned in to CBS when Scooby-Doo was being broadcast." - Wikipedia

The Hardy Boys!? I don't remember that being part of my Saturday morning line-up!

Found some episodes on YouTube...just remember tho that this is the 70s. Apparently all young people were in bands that toured around in vans. Kinda like the current skoolie trend...minus the band. Because now people are digital nomads and work from their vans as photographers, writers, coders, or lifestyle influencers.

They did predict that the digital economy would mean it wouldn't matter where you lived as long as you could connect...to the hive mind.

What price freedom, eh?



Tuesday, 10 September 2019

At Michael's

Was there looking for art supplies for class. Truly.



Saturday, 7 September 2019

Hurricane Dorian - Lesson learned


Truly devastating hurricane for those hardest hit in the Bahamas.

People here in Newfoundland often make small jokes about bad weather. Yesterday, at the comic shop, we were all talking about the hurricane. We've all seen its track and know Dorian will likely hit the west coast of our island a couple of hundred miles away from the Avalon. "We might get some wind, but here we just call that Tuesday!" joked a customer.

Like many other places used to bad weather we've seen storms come and go. The rain during Hurricane Igor hit with a ferocity we were not expecting and the river level, just below our back deck, rose quickly in a matter of hours. It went from a few inches to over 6 feet -- just above the retaining wall built for a once in a century flood. The river only stopped rising just as it began lapping at the feet of the furnace's oil tank. That, combined with the unexpected storm we experienced back in Doha have left me more than aware of how quickly things can change. That unexpected storm in 2016 blew out awnings, took down big heavy trees and flooded our street. At its height I ran out of the house in my pjs, in an effort to locate our cats. I still remember how loud the wind was and the sight of our male cat making his way towards me in water up to his chest. The storm didn't last long but, wow, while it blew, it felt apocalyptic.

What Hurricane Dorian has taught us, I hope, is that despite what you may have experienced in your lifetime, we are now beyond that. Dorian was unprecedented in terms of the wind speed, surge, and, ultimately, its duration. Sure, we all believe we can handle some high winds and rain for a few hours but imagine, just imagine being pummeled by the wind for hours on end to then have to endure being submerged in rising sea water for another round of seemingly endless hours. And then think of yourself now hanging onto one lone remaining tree after just having seen your pet drown. Or clinging onto the edge of a roof after just having placed your son up there for safety only to see him blown away. These things happened to people in the Bahamas. And it's truly heart breaking.

So remember that the next time you are warned to evacuate. The next time you pack your stuff and leave to spend a few hours in a shelter or at a relative's place in another province or state. Or when you find yourself taking down all the plywood you spent hours putting up for seemingly no reason. And don't wait till a hurricane is approaching to prune back trees around your property. And don't poo poo warnings about its track or its strength or the possible damage these storms can bring.

Yes, sometimes the experts get it wrong and maybe seem unnecessarily alarmist but maybe that's because even the 'experts' are unsure about what's going to happen these days. And finally, remember, that no amount of inconvenience, bad sleep, bad food, boredom, or even prickly relatives can come close to what the people in some areas of the Bahamas had to endure during those over 40 hours when Dorian stalled above them.

My heart goes out to them.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Gretel? Hansel?

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Empire Grave

Orientation today. Tomorrow classes start. Urgh. Probably won't be a ton of posts this month. And, to be up front, I've scheduled most of my posts for the month of October. What's a girl to do?

I've already had my first anxiety dream about school...over a month ago. Hope that's not an omen of what's to come. In the meantime, here's an appropriately ambivalent and rather anxious feeling tune for the day.

I don't remember how I stumbled across Azar Swan (aka Zohra Atash). I know when I heard her track, Over, several years ago I was sure it was Kate Bush! But more electronic and edgier...You can't wash away murder for example.

According to Wikipedia some of Zohra's inspiration comes from a...

"...sleep disorder, childhood hallucinations, and synesthesia are the impetus for much of Azar Swan's lyrical imagery, which she has described as "living in the space between dreams and reality" and "hallucinogenic realism". Subject matter ranges from anxiety, language, war, bestial hunger and weather, with lyrics mainly written while in a hypnagogic state. Atash has been vocal about her experience as the child of Afghan refugees, as well as her experience as a woman navigating complex cultural experiences and identities." - Source

So, maybe that's how I should approach this school term...full of opportunities to turn that anxiety and trepidation into fibre art!




Monday, 2 September 2019

Disappearance & Tragedy

Granger Taylor's disappearance happened at a time when mental health issues were somewhat confusing for people and not always dealt with. Not sure things have changed all that much. And I'm not sure I totally agree with how this doc was put together. In the end this is not a story about UFOs but the loss of someone through suicide.

Not an easy issue even today.



If you are in a crisis, call 1-833-456-4566, available 24/7, or visit Crisis Services Canada for text or chat options.

Saturday, 31 August 2019

A little off topic

I know this isn't exactly Halloween-ee but as well as a being a fan of mysteries, ghost stories and dark things, I am also a long time fan of science fiction.

I don't know when it started, probably with my first viewing of Star Trek at the age of three or four (I had big brothers). And then there were the UFO years where I scanned the skies and spent time beaming out telepathic requests for a ride. Later, as a teen I read a lot of sci-fi -- Arthur C Clarke (City in the Stars was a favourite); Issac Asimov's, I, Robot; Frank Herbert's, Dune; a lot of Heinlein (Stranger in a Strange Land and Friday); Samual R. Delaney's, Dhalgren; Marion Zimmer Bradley, Philip K Dick, Harlan Ellison, Spider Robinson, Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven, Ursula K. Leguin, Douglas Adams, etc., etc. There were lots of movies and tv too. The stand out movie for me was, of course, Blade Runner and until recently, BSG was my standout tv series.

But now, now, it's The Expanse. My husband and I just finished watching all 3 seasons for a second time...and I don't do that very often. But this, this is something special. And very, very relevant. Highly recommend.

Listen to Imaginary World's podcast episode The Politics of The Expanse

Friday, 30 August 2019

Get to know where to go...



"At a time when nuclear tensions once again run high, The Hole in Reservoir Hill revisits a decommissioned nuclear bunker buried deep beneath North Bay, Ontario — and introduces some of the people who know its secrets...."

What really started me thinking about all this was the discovery, a few months back, of a video published by Australia's program, Dateline. The video is entitled, Why Sweden is encouraging citizens to become preppers. In the story it is mentioned that Sweden published and distributed, back in May of 2018, a public service brochure entitled, If Crisis or War Comes.

Today I printed it. To pair with our Canadian equivalent, Get Prepared.

It's true we live waaaaaay too far from North Bay to get there in time BUT I did recently discover an American prepper site that recommends relocation to one of two Canadian locations for  best survival possibilities. We happen to live in one of them.

Lucky us, I guess.

And in case you are thinking, "What a Chicken Little this person is!" you should know that the Doomsday Clock is currently set for two minutes to midnight...

The Doomsday Clock is a symbol which represents the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe. Maintained since 1947 by the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The Clock is a metaphor for threats to humanity from unchecked scientific and technical advances. The Clock represents the hypothetical global catastrophe as "midnight" and the Bulletin's opinion on how close the world is to a global catastrophe as a number of "minutes" to midnight. The factors influencing the Clock are nuclear risk and climate change. Source

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Resist consuming...

You know, I've managed to gather quite a few Halloween themed things over the last 15 years or so. I started out making all my decorations and/or using what I had on hand, because where we were living didn't sell anything related to the 'holiday.' So when I was back here for visits I would buy a few things to poke away.  Last year, after finally having everything (almost) in our new home put in place and sorted, I realized we had two storage containers of Halloween related decor. Too much for our little crawl space. So, recently I managed to downsize into one very large one. As well as donating a few items I also put a few round the house for year round enjoyment. And now there's an embargo on bought items--except for candy, of course! At this point I have everything I could possibly need to decorate the house and make my small front yard 'cemetery' display.  

I still like to look tho...

So, admittedly, when I walked into Canadian Tire the other day, I was a wee bit excited by the stuff they are bringing out. I still think it's waaaay too early even tho the woman at the cash said it's been out for two weeks already. And with lots more to come. 

I haven't been to the dollar store recently so don't know what they have on offer. And I imagine Halloween has already come and gone at the local Michael's!







Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Fun stuff at work

Last week's shipment included some fun stuff! Like these Harry Potter themed pins. And even tho I'm not a fan of The Nun or of Funko POPs it's kinda cute, right?



Saturday, 24 August 2019

Summer's end

A few signs that summer is winding down here...snoozier in the mornings, furry caterpillars, and lupins going to seed (you can harvest and eat the little beans inside the pods apparently).




Monday, 19 August 2019

UFO Conspiracies for the 21st C

Oh boy.

"More people in the UK believe in the existence of aliens than in God and over a quarter of us think that evidence of UFOs has been covered up by the government.

Writer and comedian Dan Schreiber is fascinated by these beliefs and goes in search of the most current ET conspiracy theories in a bid to track down the people behind them. He embarks on a roller coaster journey across the UK meeting the biggest voices in the UFO community. He learns that Jesus was an alien, that humanity is ruled by an evil reptilian overlord and that there is sentient black goo living in the sewers, threatening our very existence."

Saturday, 17 August 2019

The Tractate Middoth

Beware old books. Your first clue should have been the spider in the stained glass, come on!

By the way, we have a window that's perfect for some stained glass. And my husband's uncle is a stained glass guy. Hmmm...no crowns for me tho.

Just the spider, I think :)

https://youtu.be/o1HCkAQj-WE
Source
Watch a Q&A here

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

M.R. James

You'll notice over the next few weeks that I'm having a bit of an M.R. James moment...

 

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Timeline - Murder most foul!

How did I miss this?!

Between 1482 and 1782, thousands of people across Europe – most of them women – were accused of witchcraft and subsequently executed. But why were so many innocent people suspected of such a crime? How many were killed, and were 'witches' really burned at the stake? - Source




Friday, 9 August 2019

Hilarious House of Frightenstein

I do recall clips of this on early morning tv when I was young. The best parts were those with Vincent Price. Sorry Billy!

Now on Netflix!

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Gorey Envelope Contest begins!

Kick-off is today!

Our 2019 All-Ages Envelope Art Contest kicks off on Sunday, August 4th. Artists of all ages are invited to submit a decorated envelope with Edward Gorey Halloween-themed art and mail it to the Edward Gorey House by the Wednesday October 23rd deadline. Last year over 700 artists young and old sent us their art from around the world. Our favorites are on display in the kitchen. Maybe you’ll be one of them this year?

Deadline is October 21, 2019.

Winners are announced by Thursday, Oct 31st.

Events at Gorey House

http://www.edwardgoreyhouse.org/2018-envelope-contest-winners

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Here we go...

I'm gettin' that Fall/Halloween feeling!



This is from a series by the Smithsonian...

Do you believe in witches? For the good people of Long Compton, it’s part of a longstanding tradition – one that, as recently as 1875, cost a woman named Ann Tennant her life. 

 From the Series: Mystic Britain: The Rollright Witch

Friday, 21 June 2019

Solstice Offering

Listen to the album, Idle Mind, on Spotify...

Monday, 3 June 2019

Haunted by Bobbi Joe

Every once in a while I hear or think about this tune and the mystery at its core.



The enigma of her best-known song is nothing compared to that of Bobbie Gentry herself. In the early ’70s, she was riding high—headlining in Vegas, dueting with Glen Campbell on several hits, hosting her own TV series. Then around 1975, after contributing music to a movie based on “Ode,” she simply checked out. She has not been heard from in over 35 years. All requests for interviews, recordings and performances have been denied. She is said to be living in the Los Angeles area. - Source [The timing of her dropping from view is a tad exaggerated...read more about Bobbi Gentry]

Read more about The Mystery of Ode to Billy Joe.


Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Grave Robbing

So recently, in the graveyard of a smaller rural Newfoundland community, a young man broke into a slab top grave c. late 1800s, and took some of the remains. A lot of the remains pulled from the grave were left scattered around the graveyard and elsewhere. In fact, he may have been located by following the trail of discarded bones.

There were also rumours that he'd been caught at home boiling the bones. At first it was thought he was making soup...!? But, I heard that this guy is really into skulls and wanted a human one. He'd been frustrated in his efforts to get one online so....

Source

He is being charged May 1.

This is what encouraging foraging gets you.

Police, medical examiner at Foxtrap cemetery linked to alleged grave robbing

Conception Bay South grave robbery shocks neighbour

Thursday, 11 April 2019

The Gothic

Well, the end of the 2nd semester of the first year of my Textiles Program is tomorrow. I am still racing to finish a few projects! And then, end of April, there will be one final short semester (Business Writing, Production Coordination, Industrial Sewing) to go. This post will be brief but beautiful! I was so inspired after watching this, well, details from Strawberry Hill might just end up in a project or two next year. There's just so many possibilities!

Friday, 8 March 2019

Thank you Amanda

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Indeed...