Getting Into the Halloween Spirit at Midsummer Scream

Midsummer Scream Halloween and Horror Convention
Midsummer Scream Halloween and Horror Convention

This year marked my first time attending Midsummer Scream — a Halloween and horror convention that happens in Long Beach, California. The annual two-day event is fairly new having been around for just three years. It took place the last weekend of July and paid special homage to the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein. In case you haven’t heard of or been to this ghoulish festival, here’s a look.

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Debut Night of “Vampira Introduces The Shape of Water” Exhibit

From left to right: "Micro Waist with a Pale White Feline Face" by B2rian LS; "The Fish Man" by Mescalito; "Breathe" by Maricela Avina
From left to right: “Micro Waist with a Pale White Feline Face” by B2rian LS; “The Fish Man” by Mescalito; “Breathe” by Maricela Avina

 

It was the grand unveiling of the latest exhibit to take over The Mystic Museum in Burbank, California — “Vampira Introduces The Shape of Water” art show. If you keep up with my blog, you may have read posts about past events I’ve attended at this oddities shop, which have had fun horror themes. I was especially excited about this one because of my love for the original glamour ghoul and Guillermo del Toro!  So, cue the haunting music and imagine Vampira drifting down a foggy corridor to present to you this sneak peek. Continue reading “Debut Night of “Vampira Introduces The Shape of Water” Exhibit”

Dita Von Teese and Friends Heat Up the Stage with The Copper Coupe Tour

In a previous blog post, I wrote about Dita Von Teese’s first burlesque tour Strip, Strip, Hooray! and briefly touched upon her newest U.S. production The Copper Coupe.  Well, she and her entourage just completed taking the show around the States and I went not once, but twice! It was a must since she will not be touring stateside for the next two years.

With Dita Von Teese & The Copper Coupe, the queen of burlesque teamed up with Absolut Elyx to put on one of her best spectacles yet. She introduced new numbers, costumes and music that included tributes to George Michael, Amy Winehouse and Prince. For those curious as to what a copper coupe is (also known as a champagne saucer), it is a stemmed glass with a broad, shallow bowl. So, let’s raise a glass and toast to this savory look at her latest revue. Continue reading “Dita Von Teese and Friends Heat Up the Stage with The Copper Coupe Tour”

Top 10 Macabre Instagram Pages to Follow

 

Photo by Dan Burton on Unsplash
Photo by Dan Burton on Unsplash

When I joined Instagram, most of the initial accounts I followed, besides family and friends, embodied a dark aesthetic, from art to fashion to music and travel. The fact that Instagram is all about the pictures makes it an awesome platform for creative people to show off their work, and not just professional photographers. For those that have an appreciation for the strange and unusual, or are just plain curious about it, these are my top 10 picks of the best macabre individuals and brands to follow on Instagram.

I present them in order of their spooky shock factor, so if you’re curious enough, read until the end. Continue reading “Top 10 Macabre Instagram Pages to Follow”

Remembering Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe

In Memoriam

It has been more than 50 years since the passing of Marilyn Monroe. Despite the brevity of her years, dying at the age of 36, the starlet left behind a major imprint on the film industry. She went through life embodying two individuals — Norma Jeane, her birth name, and Marilyn Monroe, her celebrity alter ego. Many biographers have scrutinized the actress’s life, attempting to crack the code of her identity and the circumstances behind her death.

Although Monroe did not have the chance to fully disclose her story, an exhibit at the Hollywood Museum gives the public a look into the actress’s life, both on and offset. The collection is fascinating and provides an intimate glimpse into the life of an icon. Following is a look at one of my past visits. Continue reading “Remembering Marilyn Monroe”

MM Fabrications Debuts Newest Collection: Let the Devil In

 

Let the Devil In Collection

Missy Munster is the founder and creative mind behind the occult luxury fashion line MM Fabrications. Based in Los Angeles, the brand specializes in elaborate head and neck pieces that possess a dark, esoteric edge. Recently, Missy Munster hosted a necromantic event to launch her latest collection Let the Devil In. Here’s your look inside Desecrated in Death: The Path of the Unholy. Continue reading “MM Fabrications Debuts Newest Collection: Let the Devil In”

Indulge in a Slice of Classic Burlesque in Los Angeles

 

TEASE, if you please!

Burlesque has seen a major revival across the globe due to prominent figures such as Dita Von Teese. I have an appreciation for its history and the art it is today. Right in downtown Los Angeles, professional dancer Miss Donna Hood and her troupe entertain crowds with the production “TEASE, if you please!” at the historic Globe Theatre. It’s the show to see if you’re looking for an elegant night out on the town. Continue reading “Indulge in a Slice of Classic Burlesque in Los Angeles”

Ghoulish Art Inspired by “Goosebumps” and “Tales from the Crypt”

Tales from the Cryptand Goosebumps BackdropR.L. Stine’s “Goosebumps” book series is probably many children’s introduction to horror. I know they were for me. And late night, spine-chilling television on HBO was once dominated by the show “Tales from the Crypt,” based on the 1950s EC Comics. Who could forget the grim mansion and maniacal laugh of the Crypt Keeper? Both initially flourished during the 1990s giving audiences an entertaining dose of scary.

As an ode to “Goosebumps” and “Tales from the Crypt,” The Mystic Museum in Burbank, California, has created an exhibit showcasing a wide range of artwork inspired by both series. I attended opening night and had a ghastly good time!  Continue reading “Ghoulish Art Inspired by “Goosebumps” and “Tales from the Crypt””

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