Odd & Macabre Los Angeles Events 2019

 

Vampire Bar
At the True Blood-inspired bar at Warner Bros. Studios Horror Made Here

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the holiday. Now that 2018 is in the books, it’s time to get ready for what 2019 has in store. I have to say that I am grateful that I had the opportunity to attend many amazing events this past year featuring uniquely talented individuals. In seeking out the odd and macabre happening near me, I discovered new places, experiences and people. I’ve already started filling my calendar with upcoming affairs and thought it’d be a good idea to share these with my readers. My mission is to introduce you to exciting new events that you can check out whether you live in the area or are visiting. Here we go! Continue reading “Odd & Macabre Los Angeles Events 2019”

The Apocalypse Has Come to Long Beach in the Guise of The 4th Horseman

Inside The 4th Horseman in Long Beach, California.
Inside The 4th Horseman in Long Beach, California.

A dark and horror-filled restaurant has set up shop in Long Beach, California. Opening its doors this past November, The 4th Horseman is one of the most unique pizza joints to grace the city. I visited the spot and absolutely loved the vibe. If you haven’t been, here’s a look inside. Continue reading “The Apocalypse Has Come to Long Beach in the Guise of The 4th Horseman”

Delving Into The Art of Mourning with Hayden Peters

Art of Mourning with Hayden Peters
Art of Mourning with Hayden Peters

Are you familiar with mourning jewelry? I did not know much about the topic until I attended a lecture at The Mystic Museum in Burbank, California, presented by Hayden Peters, the scholar behind the project Art of Mourning.  He gave a fascinating talk about the history of these sentimental pieces throughout the centuries showing photos of these relics, some from his personal collection. I’m going to share with you a few highlights and pictures of the evening. Continue reading “Delving Into The Art of Mourning with Hayden Peters”

The Dark Art Emporium Presents D.W. Frydendall’s “Haunted Mansion”

"Madame Leota" and "Watching Busts" paintings by D.W. Frydendall
“Madame Leota” and “Watching Busts” paintings by D.W. Frydendall

The Dark Art Emporium, a fine art and oddities shop in Long Beach, California, recently debuted the latest uncanny collection by artist D.W. Frydendall — “Haunted Mansion.” It commemorates the upcoming 50th anniversary of the iconic Disneyland attraction. I stopped in opening night and captured photos of the exhibition and more. Have a look! Continue reading “The Dark Art Emporium Presents D.W. Frydendall’s “Haunted Mansion””

Author of Honor Series: Part IV

Book Stack and Tea Cup

The final week of National Novel Writing Month is here and that means this is the last Author of Honor blog post of the series. I knew from the beginning that I had to include this novelist. Besides Anne Rice, she is the only other writer who I can say I’ve read most of her works. She has also been a great inspiration to me. So, without further ado, allow me to introduce the author to conclude the series. Continue reading “Author of Honor Series: Part IV”

Author of Honor Series: Part III

 

Noose

We are entering week three of the Author of Honor Series! I had a very difficult time choosing who I would feature and being an indecisive Libra does not help. I had narrowed my selection to two candidates, both with interesting backgrounds, but from different time periods. You might be wondering why I can’t just write about one this week and save the other for last. Well, that’s because I already have the final novelist picked, so I had to play the elimination game with this round. After much contemplation, I’ve decided to highlight a contemporary writer with a gruesome family history. Thus the reason for the preceding image. Read on to discover of whom I speak. Continue reading “Author of Honor Series: Part III”

Author of Honor Series: Part II

 

Photo by Paul Numrich

The next Author of Honor sadly passed away 14 years ago on the date I am typing this — November 9. I had already planned to sit down and begin writing about this novelist before discovering that today marked this occasion. Strange coincidence? He died at the age of 50, before witnessing the significant imprint he would leave on the literary world. A somber note to start on, I admit, so let’s turn the mood around. This author penned an awesome crime fiction trilogy with a central female character that is fearless and, quite frankly, kicks ass! Have you guessed who it is? Continue reading “Author of Honor Series: Part II”

Author of Honor Series: Part I

Novel Writing Month

November is Novel Writing Month, so to commemorate this event and because writing is one of my passions, I’m going to release blog posts highlighting a favorite author of mine each week whom I will refer to as the “Author of Honor!” I love to read and there are many writers I find influential, so to select only four is difficult, but I feel it’s better for me to focus on a small number rather than spread myself thin trying to feature one each day of the month. That would be ideal, but unfortunately not possible with my schedule. So, are you ready to find out the first Author of Honor? Continue reading “Author of Honor Series: Part I”

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