Thursday, 13 February 2014

Art & Events: Art Macabre Death Drawing Salons

Art Macabre death drawing salons are "macabre death drawing events in London and beyond. Creative salons resurrecting the art of life drawing with added theatricality." For around £10-£15, you can draw both male and female models - ranging from fully clothed in elaborate costumes, to painted in body make-up, to nude - posing in a variety of macabre scenes and settings, according to the theme of the evening. Drawing materials are also provided & attendees must be 18+.

Upcoming themes include Kiss of the Vampire (Sun. 16th Feb.), PUNK IS DEAD – MORTE COUTURE (Tue. 18th Feb.), Global Curiosities: Japan (Sat. 1st Mar.), MARDI GRAS: Masquerade Special (Tue. 4th Mar.), and Global Curiosities: India (Sat. 15th Mar.).

For more information, to buy tickets & to stay up to date with upcoming sessions you can visit the websites below:

Friday, 7 February 2014

Events: Seriously Staked: Vampire Symposium

Seriously Staked: Vampire Symposium
Seriously Staked: Vampire Symposium 2014 is being is co-organised by ASSAP (the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena) and the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths College and will take place on Saturday, 8th March 2014, at Goldsmith's College, University of London, UK. 

The event features a number of guest speakers and...
"...brings together a wide variety of subject experts and academics to talk about a range of questions concerning vampires. These include: 
Can science explain vampires?
Do real vampire hunting kits exist?
How have vampires impacted western culture?
What is the crossover between vampires and other anomalous phenomena?
Was Transylvania vampirism a communist trick to attract tourists?
What is the London vampire community today?
Do real vampires exist?"

Early bird tickets cost £15, with regular ticket prices being £25; full-time students are eligible for free tickets.

To find out more information or to purchase tickets, you can visit the Seriously Staked website.

Event news found via The Spooky Isles Facebook Page.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Home Horror Decor: Mythos Magnets by Cryptocurium

Before I begin this entry, we just want to apologise for the temporary hiatus that the blog has been on for a little while. We're back and will post more regularly from now. So, on with the post!

Mythos Magnets by Cryptocurium
Photo credit: Cryptocurium
A couple of years ago, I made an entry about the H.P. Lovecraft-themed lollipops and sculptures by Cryptocurium, a one-man operation run by Jason McKittrick. Last year, he released a limited run set of Mythos Magnets. The set contained hand-cast resin magnets, featuring Yog-Sothoth, Mi-Go, Cthulhu, and the Necronomicon, and was limited to 100 pieces.
"Hand cast in solid resin by artist Jason McKittrick, Mythos Magnets depict four classic images from H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Each magnet measures approx. 4″ x 2″ and is available in both Bronze or Silver paint finishes.  (Coin shown for scale)"
For my birthday last year, I was very kindly bought a set of them, in silver (pictured below).
Clockwise from top left:
Yog-Sothoth, Mi-Go, the Necronomicon, Cthulhu
The casts are incredibly detailed, despite having a rough texture to them, both of which help to give a stone-like appearance from a distance. Close-up, however, it is easy to tell that they're made of resin, but it's also much easier to see the intricate details, which could easily be missed from further away. The resin is lightweight and durable, and the magnets are powerful enough that you never have to worry about them falling off the surface that they're attached to. 

The Necronomicon
McKittrick is based in New Jersey, but also accepts international orders as well. However, if you are thinking of buying something for a specific occasion, I would suggest that international buyers place their orders at least two months in advance, as there is a 2 - 6 week waiting period for all orders, with those outside the US likely to take longer to arrive due to the increased shipping time. Also, as each item is made to order by hand by one person, you'll need to keep that in mind when making your purchase. If you order during particularly busy times, such as the months before Halloween or Christmas, then it will probably take a little longer for the items to reach you.

Sadly, wave one of the Mythos Magnets has sold out now, but there are many other H.P. Lovecraft & Cthulhu-related horrors waiting to be called up from the depths of Cryptocurium...

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