Monday, October 31, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Delightfully Dark Art: Philip Burne-Jones

The Vampire by Philip Burne-Jones

The Vampire was the most celebrated work of British painter, Sir Philip Burne-Jones (1861-1926). He was the son of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, who was connected to the Pre-Raphaelite art movement.

A poem called The Vampire, written by Rudyard Kipling, was inspired by this painting.

Philip Burne-Jones produced more than 60 paintings during his life, and his work was exhibited in prestigious galleries in both London and Paris. He was, however, never fully able to step out of the shadow of his more famous father.

I was already completely captivated by The Vampire before stumbling upon the delightful portrait of the artist with his cat, but now I'm even more impressed by Philip Burne-Jones.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Blog Awards

I need to thank Holly from Holly's Horrorland blog, and Marilyn from art bliss blog, for kindly bestowing awards on Little Gothic Horrors.

Liebster ("Dearest" in German) Blog Award

The Rules
1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link to their blog.
2. Pass the award on to 5 blogs with less than 200 followers.

Thank you my Liebster Holly, of Holly's Horrorland, and here are my picks for the next round of Liebster Blog awards:

1. Annie Walls
2. Pixie's Horror Galore
3. art bliss
4. Horror Shock Lolipop
5. ...It's On Random

iDig Your Blog Award

iDig Your Blog Award Protocol:
1 ) Gratefully accept this award. 
2 ) Link to the person you received it from.
3 ) Post 3 interesting facts about yourself.
4 ) Pass this award around to at least 5 blogs you dig. 
5 ) Notify them.

I gratefully accept this award from the lovely Marilyn of art bliss blog. Thank you and I dig your blog as well.

I have received this award a couple of times before, so I'll try to keep my facts short and sweet because I'm all out of "interesting" by this stage. 

1. I adore cats!

2. I love coffee, wine, Italian food, Chinese food, and a day without chocolate is... well, let's not go there!

3. My aesthetic tastes are a peculiar mix of Victorian Gothic and Mid 20th Century design. I put this down to a childhood spent watching Hammer Horrors, and reruns of Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and The Addams Family.

Here are my picks for the next round of iDig Your Blog Awards:

1. Anathema Arcana
2. Ghost Stories and Haunted Places
3. Lovely Miss Megs
4. Memoirs Of A Scream Queen
5. Kreepy Girl

Monday, October 24, 2011

Delightfully Dark Finds

Vagabond Cafe

There are many talented doll artists on Etsy, and one whose work I have admired for some time is Will, from Vagabond Cafe, which is both the name of his shop, and a fictional establishment that serves the "strange and unusual". A horror enthusiast, Will patches together wonderful little monsters, with colourful back stories, who inhabit a dark, imaginary world that he has created.

"I grew up with a healthy obsession with all things horror - films, books, magazines, art. It's still an obsession to this day and that is where a lot of my inspiration comes from. I'm also inspired by childrens books, fairy tales, squirrels, rabbits and any animals with personality.

For most of my life I've had dreams of being a filmmaker, photographer or writer. I think of the dolls I make as characters in a story I've written or a film I've made in my head."

See more of Will's work here and his Vagabond Cafe blog here.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

One of the biggest inspirations for the little dolls that I make, came from reading The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. If you haven't read it, I don't want to give too much away, but essentially the story is about a living baby boy who is given sanctuary within the walls of a graveyard after the tragic death of his family. He is adopted and raised by a ghost couple, and provided protection by the cemetery's deceased (and undead) inhabitants because his life is in danger from an outside threat.

I absolutely loved the premise of this novel, and the originality of the graveyard being a little island  of security amidst a larger world filled with peril and horror really appealed to me. The imagery of the child (named "Nobody" by the spirits) playing amongst the tombstones with the ghosts of long-dead children, resonated with me as well. It was literally the moment after finishing the book that the idea for a doll popped into my head.

Like Coraline, The Graveyard Book is one of Neil Gaiman's children's novels, but it can definitely be enjoyed by adults, and in fact, the opening scene might even be regarded as too frightening for some children.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

More Ghastlie Goings On!

The Ghastlies

"In Ghastlie Manor on Ghastlie Street, there's a Ghastlie family there to meet. Mathilda Ghastlie with husband too, extend a Ghastlie hand to you. It's a Ghastlie day for a Ghastlie walk, under Ghastlie trees on a Ghastlie block. A Ghastlie time for Ghastlie things, like Ghastlie pets with Ghastlie wings!"

Alexander Henry Fabrics

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Ghastlies

I thought I might let you in on one of my little obsessions, The Ghastlies. In case you don't recognize them, they are part of a Halloween line from Alexander Henry Fabrics. Of course, The Addams Family will always be my first love when it comes to spooky clans, but I've become quite besotted with The Ghastlies as well.

The images on these fabrics are aesthetically just my cup of tea, but more than that, they also manage to create an engagingly eerie little world of Victorian Gothic manors, graveyards, bats, witches and vampires as the backdrop for this creepy family, and their cat, Sebastian.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

And The Winner Is...


Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for my Zola the Zombie doll during the Blogger Zombie Walk. There were 37 entries in the draw. I assigned a number to each comment, in the order that they were left, and then put the numbers into the "True Random Number Generator". The result was Number 2, HollyHorrorshow. Congratulations, Holly! Zola will soon be on her way to nibble at your brain!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Delightfully Dark Art: Mademoiselle G

Booh Halloween Card Set by Genevieve Marquis

I discovered this lovely set of Halloween greeting cards in the Etsy shop, Mademoiselle G. They are the work of illustrator and doll artist, Genevieve Marquis, and they could either be sent to a Halloween-loving friend or framed.

Little Gothic Horrors Dolls Featured on Horror Shock Lolipop

I just wanted to thank the lovely Lilia Tombs, of Horror Shock Lolipop, for featuring my little dolls on her blog. Horror Shock Lolipop is run by a team of bloggers dedicated to all things creepy, cute, horror, Halloween, strange and unusual. You can check it out here.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Winchester Boys Are Back!

Lucifer: "You know, I really think Prince William has found the right girl. What do you think?"

The seventh season of Supernatural picked up immediately where the sixth season ended, and having now watched the first two episodes, I have to say, it was an utterly spectacular start! (Warning: The following may contain spoilers.) If Castiel turning dark-side and declaring himself the new God wasn't enough, another Big Bad emerged in the form of the biblical demons, Leviathans. Even better, two of my favourite supporting characters, Death and Crowley, are back, as is Lucifer.

Season Seven has just dived headlong into the drama. By the end of the second episode, Bobby, Dean, and Sam are already in a seemingly hopeless position, and with Bobby's house destroyed, they've lost the series home base. Plus, today I discovered a delightful surprise. The upcoming 5th episode, wickedly titled, "Shut Up, Dr. Phil", guest stars, Charisma Carpenter and James Marsters. For those who don't know, that's Cordelia and Spike, respectively, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer... be still, my beating heart!