Saturday, October 17, 2015

Witches in Fiction: Death Rites and Remembrances

Welcome to my wee offering for Witches in Fiction: Death Rites and Remembrances, hosted by my pal, writer Magaly Guerrero.

A while back, Magaly began a series of Camp Cute, Creepy and (Quite Conveniently) Remote tales. She based some of her characters on sinister little girls created by her artist and doll making buddies. My little vampire dolly, Drusilla, was one of Magaly's creepy campers.

My original Drusilla had already been adopted, so I decided to make Magaly her very own Drusilla, and she is being unveiled here for the first time. Magaly envisioned Drusilla as a 13 year old, so I made some changes in order to make this dolly look a tad more mature. Drusilla will soon be boarding a plane to go and... um... "live" with Magaly. Of course, we all know that vampires detest airplane journeys... all those time zones and pesky sunrises... so Drusilla will travel in a... er... "box"... in the cargo hold.

And now for the tenuous link to the Witches in Fiction: Death Rites and Remembrances theme:

Being a member of the undead doesn't necessarily guarantee immortality. Occasionally a relative or two falls victim to an angry mob of villagers bearing torches and pitchforks, or to a tenacious vampire slayer. Fallen ancestors are always in the hearts and minds of the family though, and their unfortunate demises also serve as cautionary tales for overconfident little vampires.

Now, if you have a penchant for disquieting little girls then you will love Magaly's Camp Cute, Creepy and (Quite Conveniently) Remote stories. You can read them here, under Web Serials. And don't forget to check out the other posts for Witches in Fiction: Death Rites and Remembrances.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Mad Monster Madness 2015

Welcome to my shadowy, wee corner of the 4th annual May Monster Madness blog party, hosted by author Annie Walls. For this year's festivities,  Maynard from the Horror Movie Diary blog suggested the theme of insects and creepy crawlies, so I've gone with my favourite arachnid, Homer.

In the sixties series of The Addams Family, the animal-loving clan had all manner of treasured critters. Pugsley's special pet was an octopus named Aristotle, and the creature Wednesday cherished the most was her spider, Homer.

When Granny Frump (Morticia's mother) was feeling a little depressed about getting old (Season 2, Episode 22, 'Happy Birthday, Grandma Frump'), Wednesday attempted to cheer her up by reciting this poem she wrote about Homer:

Wednesday: "Did you like it?"
Granny Frump: "It's sweet... but I'm still sad."

Thank you for joining Wednesday, Homer, and me for May Monster Madness! Just click on the links below to mingle with the other partygoers.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

May Mad Hat Day 2015

This is my wee contribution to the May Mad Hat Day celebrations hosted by delightful Debi of Puddleduck Grange. I decided to make Phoebe a tiny top hat... because every little cat should have a top hat... right?!

After searching the internet for tutorials, I finally found one for making mini, paper, burlesque-style top hats. I had to scale down the template to make the brim small enough to fit between Phoebe's ears and then figure out how to make it in felt rather than paper. I then set to work with some cardboard, felt, glue, scissors, and an endless stream of profanities... as it was a diabolically fiddly undertaking. Anyhoo, I finally got it made, and I've been popping it on the poor cat's head all week, and chuckling madly... as any mad hatter is wont to do. ;)

Thank you for visiting, and to see more mad hats, stroll on over to Puddleduck Grange for links to the other May Mad Hat Day participants.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

And the winner is...

I think I jumped from the Wizard of Oz to Alice in Wonderland this week because like the White Rabbit, I'm late... very late announcing the winner of my giveaway for Oma Linda's Shadows of Oz  blog party. I assigned a number to each comment in the order that they were left and then let the RANDOM.ORG Random Number Generator make a selection:

1. Winter Moon
2. Rommy
3. Gina
4. Magaly
5. Insomniac's Attic
6. Oma Linda
7. Lora
8. Lucretia
9. Kim
10. Laura
11. Debi
12. Gabriel
13. James
14. April
15. Sunshineshelle
16. Beverly
17. Siobhan
18. Gatekeeper
19. Magic Love Crow
20. Nina
21. Jessie
22. Mark
23. Persephone

And the winner is...


Thank you to everyone who visited me and/or participated in this fun event. As soon as I get your details, Nina, Poppy will be on her way to you!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Shadows of Oz

Margaret Hamilton as The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz
Oma Linda's Celebrate Oz blog parties are always delightful affairs, but this year's Shadows of Oz theme was just that wee bit extra enticing for the likes of me. 

When I first saw The Wizard of Oz as a child, the most enthralling and frightening portion of the movie  was the tornado scene. A young girl being carried off by a destructive twister was disturbing enough, but the creepy cherry on top was the view Dorothy had from her window as her house was buffeted about in the centre of the whirling winds. The eerie and sinister imagery of nasty Miss Gulch peddling on her bicycle and then transforming into a cackling witch atop a broomstick was very unsettling.

I wanted to include a special quote from the film and I think this one nicely highlights the shadowy nature of the witch. Killing Dorothy was one thing, but threatening to kill her little dog too... well that's truly a 10 on the old wickedness scale!

The fate of the dog  was obviously of paramount importance to me as a kid because I remember also being horrified at the prospect of little Toto perishing in the enchanted poppy field, which brings me nicely to my wee giveaway...

This is Poppy (she can no longer recall her true name), a tiny creature created by the Wicked Witch of the West and then forced to serve her. After managing a daring escape from the witch's castle, Poppy unwittingly leapt from the frying pan into the fire when she found herself in a field of Oz's deadly poppies. Had she been human, she would surely have succumbed to the lethal scent of the scarlet flowers and fallen into an eternal sleep. However, overcome by the intoxicating fumes, she simply slipped into a reverie, and lost any desire to be parted from the blooms. Now she no longer knows where they end and she begins.

If you would like a chance to win Poppy, just let me know in the comments below.  As always, I will assign a number to each comment in the order that they are left and the winner will be chosen via the RANDOM.ORG Random Number Generator. (Please make sure you leave me some way to contact you.) This giveaway is open internationally and the only rule is that you must be a follower of Little Gothic Horrors either here or Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. The giveaway will be open until Friday, April 17, at 11:00 PM Eastern US time. I will announce the winner next weekend.

Now, this is not in the least bit shadowy, but to finish up, I just had to include these adorable pictures of a 1970 reunion of The Wizard of Oz cast members Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, and Margaret Hamilton, from the Doctor Macro site.

Thank you for joining me for my contribution to Shadows of Oz. To mingle with the other party-goers, just head on over to Olde Baggs N Stuffed Shirts, the blog of our wonderful hostess Oma Linda... before I release the Winged Monkeys.

Fly! Fly! Fly! 

This giveaway is now closed! Thank you to everyone who visited me and/or participated in this fun event! The winner will be announced in my next post.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Vampire's Day Soiree 2015

Welcome to my shadowy little corner of the most spooktacular, sanguinary soiree of the season, hosted by the fangtastic Holly of Holly's Horrorland. Here is my contribution to the night's festivities:

Edward Gorey's  Dracula
I love the art of Edward Gorey and I'm particularly partial to the works he created based on Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Edward Gorey designed the costumes and sets for the Broadway production of Dracula, which opened on October 20, 1977, at the Martin Beck Theatre, and ran until January 6, 1980. The stunning sets recreated Gorey's  trademark black and white cross-hatched illustrative style with just the occasional touch of red. *swoon*

The play itself was a revival of the 1927 Broadway version of Dracula starring Bela Lugosi. At the 1978 Tony Awards, Edward Gorey won for Best Costume Design and was nominated for Best Scenic Design. The play also won a Tony Award for Most Innovative Production of a Revival.

Frank Langella (above) was the first actor to play Count Dracula in this production. 

Then Raul Julia (above) took on the role. Raul Julia, of course, was the actor who went on to play Gomez Addams in the movies The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993).

English actor Jeremy Brett (above), who is probably best know for playing Sherlock Holmes in a Granada television series, starred in the touring production of the play (1978 -1979).

Frank Langella went on to star as the Count again in the 1979 film version of the play, directed by John Badham. The film also starred Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasance, and Kate Nelligan.

Apparently John Badham had originally intended to shoot the film in black and white, referencing both the 1931 film of Dracula starring Bela Lugosi, and Edward Gorey's stage design, but Universal disapproved. The director chose to desaturate the colour in later video and DVD releases of the film, making them differ from the initial theatrical release.

If you have never seen the Langella movie, it's definitely worth a look. The story deviates from Bram Stoker's novel, but the film is just so visually exquisite. The cinematography, and Edwardian sets and costumes are gorgeous.

About a year ago, I tracked down a copy of Bram Stoker's Dracula (above right) designed and illustrated by Edward Gorey. I also have a copy of In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula and Vampires (above left) with Edward Gorey cover art.

I've made up a montage (above) of the character artwork in the Gorey illustrated edition of Dracula.

Edward Gorey's Dracula - A Toy Theatre (above), which is a squeal-worthy paper miniature of the actual sets and costumes for the Broadway production, is another treasure in my personal Gorey collection.

Thank you for joining me here and please do fly on over to Holly's Horrorland to mingle with the other soiree guests. You'll have a bloody good time!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Creative Coupling and Bleeding Hearts Day Challenge

Delightful Debi of Easel & Quill blog set a Creative Coupling and Bleeding Hearts Day Challenge for the residents of Blogland. I think what she actually wanted was for us to dream up an interesting, original pairing, but... ahem...  you know I just had to pick Morticia and Gomez, right?! They are the ultimate romantic coupling for me!

John Astin and Carolyn Jones (above) played Gomez and Mortica in The Addams Family television series (1964 - 1966).

 Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston (below) played Gomez and Morticia in the movies, The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993).

And below we have Gomez and Morticia as they were depicted in cartoon form by their creator, the great Charles "Chas" Addams.

The perfect couple! 

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Vampire's Day Soiree and Other Upcoming Bloggy Affairs

Blood and Crumpets by Austin Hillebrecht
Oh my!  It's February! Where did January disappear to in such a hurry?! Blogland is abuzz with preparations for blog parties, a sure sign that the new year is well underway, but before I get to that, I need to thank some delightful and generous Blogland friends.

First up is Yvonne from Winter Moon blog. Way back during the Yuletide festivities she sent me this gorgeous little ornate mirror. And isn't the card just lovely?!

She also sent me a print of Jessie Larson's cover artwork for The Outsmarting of Criminals by Steven Rigolosi. Yvonne and I are both admirers of Jessie Larson's art and she knew how much I would love it! Thank you so much, Yvonne!

Those of you already acquainted with Yvonne know full well what an utter sweetie she is, but if you haven't had the pleasure of meeting her yet, do pop over to Winter Moon for a visit.

Another Blogland sweetheart is Debi from Easel & Quill. Debi is actually hosting one of the aforementioned blog parties (more on that below), but I also need to thank her for this beautiful art card she organized to have sent to me from Suziqu, an Australian crafter. Thank you, Debi!

I also recently received a lovely package of goodies from the adorable Bec of Gothic Flamingo, but I'll be sharing more of that with you in an upcoming post... once I've had a chance to take some photos.

And now, to the blog parties...

If you've got a blog but have never participated in a blog hop/fest/party/challenge, I encourage you to give it a whirl. They are brilliant as creative prompts and you meet fantastic people mingling at these virtual gatherings. Some of my favourite Blogland buddies were discovered during blog parties.

The Vampire's Day Soiree (February 14) is hosted by Holly of Holly's Horrorland. This will be the fourth year for this annual event and it's bloody good fun! Click on the link to sign-up or to get more information.

The Creative Coupling & Bleeding Hearts Day Challenge is hosted by Debi from Easel & Quill. For this challenge you can post any time up until February 16. Click on the link to sign-up or to get more information.

The Shadow of Oz (April 11) is hosted by Oma Linda from Olde Baggs N Stuffed Shirts. Shadow of Oz is the theme of this year's annual Celebrate 0z blog party. Once again, just click on the link to sign-up or to get more information.

By the way, the artwork for Shadow of Oz is by another wonderful bloggy pal, Shelle Kennedy of Sunshine Shelle.

If you aren't able to sign-up to participate in a blog party, you are still very welcome to come along and just enjoy the posts. Hope to see you there! :)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Happy Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!

Born in Boston on January 19, 1809, Edgar Allan Poe is not only notable for his groundbreaking  contributions to literature and the evolution of the literary profession, but he is also fascinating for his stranger-than-fiction personal life.

Poe's life story, with its themes of abandonment, conflict, debt, loss, addiction, tragedy and mystery, would have entirely befitted a character in the genre of dark romanticism for which he is known and loved.

The events leading up to his mysterious death in Baltimore, on October 7, 1849, remain the subject of great speculation to this day. The movie, The Raven (2012), is a fictionalized account of those last days of Poe's life, in which the author pursues a serial killer whose murders are re-enactments of his stories.

I know this film receives a lot of flak, but I couldn't care less about that. I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did my husband and son. I don't want to give too much away for anyone who hasn't  seen it, but essentially, the filmmakers have taken certain known details about Poe's demise (his delirium, his dishevelled appearance,  the fact that he was not wearing his own clothing, and that he kept repeating the seemingly irrelevant name, "Reynolds") and they have concocted an utterly entertaining, escapist tale. Not to mention that it has delightful leading men in the form of John Cusack and Luke Evans, a gorgeously dark and gothic ambience, and the most deliciously satisfying ending.

I have already watched The Raven several times and look forward to watching it again this week to celebrate Edgar Allan Poe's birthday.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Poe! 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy Birthday, Charles Addams!

Happy Birthday to Charles Addams (January 7, 1912 – September 29, 1988), the brilliant man behind my beloved Addams Family!

In this wonderful tribute painting (left) by Pete Von Sholly, Charles Addams looks down benevolently upon his creations after having been called forth during a seance.

You made the world a little less pastel, dear Mr Addams! ;)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a darkly delightful 2015!