Sunday, December 25, 2011

Holidays

Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Blessed Yule, and Felicitous Festivus! 

To all my friends in the Land of Blogs, however you celebrate this season, stay safe and be happy!
Emma xx

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dark Shadows

2012 is shaping up to be a great year for gothic horror! Not only do we have the release of The Woman in Black and The Raven to look forward to, but also Tim Burton's, Dark Shadows. Entertainment Weekly has unveiled this first look at the movie which stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Helena Bonham Carter.

Dark Shadows is based on a gothic horror television series, from the 1960s, about a 200 year old vampire, Barnabas, and the creepy goings on at his ancestral estate, Collinwood Manor. Perfect subject matter for Tim Burton, I'd say!

Dark Shadows is due out May 2012.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Delightfully Dark Finds

Gothicrow

One of my favourite people on Etsy is photographer, Donna, of Gothicrow. I already own a number of her Gothic photographs, and it requires a certain amount of restraint on my part not to feature her work on my blog every week. So, with the Yuletide season upon us, I've decided to indulge myself and highlight some of Donna's wintery images.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

On the Thirteenth Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

A Little Ghost of Christmas Past


For my final Creepmas post, I present Merry, a little Ghost of Christmas Past. Merry is my attempt to capture a little Creepmas spirit in the form of a Little Gothic Horrors doll.

Thank you to the organizers of The 13 Days of Creepmas for hosting the festivities, and to all the Creepers who have entertained me with their posts over the last 13 days. Thank you also to anyone who was kind enough to visit my blog during Creepmas.

Monday, December 12, 2011

On the Twelfth Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

A Gothic Christmas Stocking

I absolutely adore this Gothic Christmas stocking! It's available from Etsy shop, Working Class Punx, along with a selection of other Punk and sub-culture inspired accessories.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

On the Eleventh Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...



Meh

Experiencing a little Yuletide fatigue? Has retail over-saturation left you feeling decidedly lacking in the holiday good tidings department? Then let your tree ornaments convey your true shortage of enthusiasm. Get your own "meh" Christmas decoration from Etsy shop, Yellow Bug Boutique.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

On the Tenth Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

Bell, Book and Candle
Queenie : I sit in the subway sometimes, on buses, or the movies, and I look at the people next to me and I think..."What would you say if I told you I was a witch?"

For my contribution to both Creepmas and The Witches' Yuletide Ball, I thought I'd tell you about my Christmas Eve tradition of watching the movie Bell, Book and Candle, which is not only my favourite Christmas movie, but pretty much my favourite movie of all time. Based on a Broadway play by John Van Druten, Bell, Book and Candle was made in 1958, and starred Kim Novak and James Stewart. It is also widely regarded as the inspiration for the television show Bewitched
Gillian Holroyd :  How did you like the Zodiac?
Shepherd Henderson : I'm not quite sure. Somehow it seemed more like Halloween than Christmas.

The film is set in New York's Greenwich Village during the Christmas holiday season. Gillian Holroyd (Kim Novak) is a lonely witch who succumbs to the temptation of casting a love spell on her neighbour, publisher Shepherd Henderson, with the help of her pet cat and familiar, Pyewacket. Bell, Book and Candle also has the most delightfully eccentric cast of supporting characters, including Gillian's witchy relatives, Aunt Queenie (Elsa Lancherster) and  brother Nicky (Jack Lemmon), who contribute to the chaos that follows in the aftermath of the spell. I'm not going to give away the plot because if you haven't seen this film, and you love anything to do with witches, then you must watch it... as soon as possible!
Shepherd Henderson : That girl you know, Gillian Holroyd, she's one.
Merle Kittridge : A witch?
Shepherd Henderson : Yes!
Merle Kittridge : Shep, you just never learned to spell.
This movie is the perfect fusion of supernatural witchy-ness with the martini-chic, lounge era of the late 1950s. Although not a huge box office success, the movie won two thoroughly deserved Academy Awards for Art Direction and Costume Design. The sets are stylishly Mid Century Modern, and the clothes are gorgeous, especially Gillian's witchy black and red wardrobe. There is one tiny flaw in Bell, Book and Candle, and that is when the witchy-ness gets watered down at the end to appeal to more run-of-the-mill sensibilities. I choose to just overlook that small imperfection, however, in an otherwise thoroughly charming  film.



I'd like to thank On the Broomstick and Witch of Howling Creek blogs for hosting The Witches' Yuletide Ball. Just click on the link here to see a list of all the other blogs participating in the festivities.

Friday, December 9, 2011

On the Ninth Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

A Little Yuletide Witchery

As we're on the eve of the Witches' Yuletide Ball, I thought it was a good time to introduce a little vintage witchery into the Creepmas festivities.

These digital images of Yuletide witches are suitable for craft, altered art, and collage, and are available from Etsy shop, Penniwigs.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

On the Eighth Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

Ghost Stories for Christmas Eve

Embrace the British tradition, believed to have begun with the Victorians, of telling ghost stories on Christmas Eve. Gather the clan around the hearth and read aloud some true-life spooky tales like those from Haunted Chattanooga, by writer Jessica Penot, of Ghost Stories and Haunted Places blog, and her co-author, Amy Petulla.

Haunted Chattanooga is available here.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

On the Seventh Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

Charles Addams' Christmas Cartoons

Charles "Chas" Addams (January 7, 1912 - September 29, 1988) was a cartoonist renowned for his macabre humour, and the creation of  a group of recurring characters that would become known collectively as The Addams Family.
 



The cartoons of Charles Addams regularly appeared in the iconic magazine, The New Yorker. He also collaborated with television producer, David Levy, on the 1964 television series, The Addams Family, by providing character names and personality profiles. In the cartoons, prior to the television series, the members of The Addams Family had no formal names.


Described as a "sociable and debonair" man, he was also delightfully eccentric. Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes were buried in the pet cemetery at his New York estate, called "The Swamp", which he had shared with third wife, "Tee".

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

On the Sixth Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

Christmas With The Addams Family

You just had to know that my beloved Addams Family television series would rear its creepy and kooky head at some point during Creepmas.

The Addams Family Christmas episode involved Morticia and Gomez dealing with the dilemma of a troublesome neighbour who had told Wednesday and Pugsley that supernatural beings like witches and Santa Claus didn't exist. In order to restore the children's faith, Uncle Fester agreed to pose as Santa, but when he got stuck in the chimney all the other adults in the household, unbeknownst to each other, donned the red suit and beard in order to save Christmas. The children, naturally, saw through the ruse, but in the meantime the real St. Nick had visited and left gifts for the whole clan.

Despite the sweet Yuletide theme to this episode, it retained its Addams Family essence. When it came to gifts, Wednesday was hoping for a new doll to decapitate, and Pugsley wanted a bow with arrows. The children also assiduously tended to the fireplace with a pair of bellows in order to insure Santa's trip down the chimney was nice and toasty.

Monday, December 5, 2011

On the Fifth Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

A Christmas Quote from The Simpsons
Marge : Okay, kids, give me your letters and I'll mail them to Santa at the North Pole.
Bart : Oh please, there's only one fat guy who brings us presents and his name ain't Santa.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

On the Fourth Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

A Very Supernatural Christmas
Dean : So what the hell do you think we're dealing with?
Sam : Actually, I have an idea.
Dean : Yeah?
Sam : Yeah. It's gonna sound crazy...
Dean : What could you possibly say that sounds crazy to me?
Sam : Um... Evil Santa.
Dean : ...Yeah, that's crazy.
'A Very Supernatural Christmas' was an episode from the third season of the television series Supernatural. Series creator, Eric Kripke, is quoted as saying he wanted to make "the most violent Christmas special in the history of television". Designed to resemble a traditional Christmas special, the episode even began with a genuine vintage CBS "A Special Presentation" sequence, followed by a sentimental Christmas scene, set in Seattle, featuring a young boy and his grandfather. Of course, the tone quickly degenerated when Grandpa was dragged savagely up the chimney by some unseen force.

The action then moved forward one year, and we discovered that the Winchester boys were investigating a string of similar Christmas murders in Michigan. At first, Sam incorrectly  speculated that the perpetrator was some sort of "Anti-Claus", like the "Krampus", believed by some cultures to be a devilish companion to Saint Nikolaus. However, while Saint Nikolaus hands out gifts and sweets, the Krampus hands out punishment to naughty children.




The real culprits turned out to be a pair of pagan winter solstice gods masquerading as the picture-perfect, Christmas-loving suburban couple, Madge and Edward Carrigan. When the Carrigans captured the boys, Sam and Dean found themselves being prepared as a sacrifice. The sacrificial ritual included, what I believe, was the most wince-inducing scene of the entire series, when we got a close-up shot of Sam's fingernail being torn off.

In order to maintain the feel of a "cheery, traditional Christmas special" this episode dispensed with the series trademark classic-rock soundtrack, opting instead for traditional Christmas songs. One of the funniest scenes in the episode was when Sam and Dean burst in on a sleazy amusement park Santa, whom they wrongly suspected of being an Anti-Claus, only to find him indulging in booze and porn. In an attempt to cover their mistake, the boys broke into an impromptu rendition of 'Silent Night' with Bad Santa swaying along.



The story arc for Season 3 of Supernatural involved Dean having to face the consequences of selling his soul to a crossroads demon in order to save Sam's life. Hoping to celebrate his last Christmas with his brother, before going to Hell, Dean was disappointed when Sam was unwilling to participate. The episode was interspersed with flashbacks to a bleak Christmas from the brothers' childhood, which explained Sam's distaste for the Yuletide season.

The episode ended on a poignant note with Sam having a change of heart and the two brothers sharing a simple Christmas, exchanging gifts bought at a local gas station, and watching the football game with eggnog.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

On the Third Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

A Christmas Cookie

The Enchanted Holiday House is the work of wonderful collage artist, Ramona, of Winona Cookie.

The image is accompanied by a charming tale of an old Victorian house left to run to ruin by its Christmas-hating curmudgeon of an owner, Mr Karbuncle Pickle, and the Christmas ghosts who  possess the house, transmuting it into a scene of perpetual Yuletide festivities.

Friday, December 2, 2011

On the Second Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

A Spooky Stocking Stuffer

Instill a love for Creepmas in the hearts and minds of the next generation by popping a spooky game or two in their stockings.

This deck of eerie Old Maid cards is available from the Etsy shop of blog buddy, Justine, of Justine's Halloween.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

On the First Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

Futurama's Robot Santa Claus

Robot Santa : Ho, ho, ho! It's time to get jolly on your naughty asses!

Created by The Friendly Robot Company, in the year 2801, Futurama's Robot Santa was designed to judge whether people were naughty or nice, in an attempt to efficiently sort worthy recipients of gifts. A programming error, however, resulted in Robot Santa setting out in his sleigh, on an annual reign of terror, to punish all those on his naughty list.