Sunday, 31 March 2013

A-Z Blogging Challenge: Intro Post

This April, we're once again participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge! There are nearly 1,700 blogs taking part this year; not all of them are horror-related, but there's more than enough to interest anyone. There's still some time to sign up if you'd like to take part too.

A special "shout out" should also go to Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out for starting the challenge in the first place. Thank you! :)

To view the list of this year's blogs, click the cut below↓

Friday, 22 March 2013

Fright-day Foods: Bat's Blood Wine

Bats Blood Wine
About Bats Blood:

"Bats Blood is produced in Banat which is part of the historic region of Transylvania by one of Romanias finest wineries : Cremela Recas. 

Legend has it that the Banat region of Romania was where Bacchus, the god of wine, spent his childhood – certainly the first records of viticulture date back to the Roman Empire when it invaded and annexed the central part of Dacia in 106 AD. 

This region west of Romania, surrounding the city of Timisoara, is the home of our multi award winning producers Cremela Recaş. The vineyard areas and wine region have both benefited from centuries of influence from Hungarian, Bavarian and Austrian immigrants – all laying claim to have influenced the present day viticulture. 

Recaş is now a 700ha modern day winery, exporting to major wine buyers throughout Europe and the Americas. It has a Mediterranean climate, cooler than the rest of Romania, and dryer with a longer harvest season, allowing many varieties to ripen easily." 
Being a sucker (pun intended) for items like this, I decided to buy a bottle of Bats Blood last year. I'd love to tell you that it has a wonderful flavour and has a delightful aroma, but actually I don't drink (!). It does, however, look pretty on my shelf and the coffin box it comes in is quite lovely.

For more information, or to order a bottle for yourself, visit the sites below:

This post is part of Fright-day Foods!

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Art: Grim Weasel's Workshop

Bernard the Zombie Farmer Paper Mâché Puppet by Grim Weasel
Working from a home studio in Illinois, USA, creepy doll customiser, paper and fabric mâché artist, and "foilgami" figure maker Jeremy T. Warren (AKA Grim Weasel) creates one of a kind horror / creepy cute art dolls and figures. Each piece is uniquely hand-crafted, and they all have their own personalities - even the zombies!

Zombie Barbie sculpture by Grim Weasel
The range of mediums used also adds to the individuality of Grim Weasel's work, with everything from old porcelain dolls and paper, to aluminium foil and flower print fabric going into the mix. It's actually quite surprising how such seemingly innocuous items can be transformed into wonderfully horrific monsters!

Holiday Demons Don't Wear Socks Art Doll - Krampus by Grim Weasel
Even though many of the art dolls are meant to be scary, some also seem to have a fun, almost cute feel to them, which makes a great contrast. After all monsters are cute...when they're not after your brains and blood that is...

Steamve, the Dragolien, foilgami monster by Grim Weasel
To see more of Grim Weasel's creations, check out the links below:
Twin Zombies Don't Wear Hats Dolls - Austin and Savannah by Grim Weasel
Many thanks to Jeremy Warren for permission to use his images in this entry.
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