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”

A Spooky-Filled Birthday Weekend: Inside Horror Made Here & More

Sitting upon my throne at the Fangtasia Bar inside Warner Bros. Studios: Horror Made Here
Sitting upon my throne at the Fangtasia Bar inside Warner Bros. Studios: Horror Made Here

I’m an October baby, so every year for my birthday, I like to celebrate by hitting up a few Halloween haunts. I just had a weekend full of spooky fun and want to share it with you all! Continue reading “A Spooky-Filled Birthday Weekend: Inside Horror Made Here & More”

Electronic Rock Band Julien-K Shakes Up The Glass House

A shot of Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh rocking out on stage
A shot of Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh rocking out on stage

It’s been more than a year since I last saw Julien-K, one of my favorite bands, perform live. After completing a summer tour with The Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and The Cult, the group is on the road again on two sets of fall tours. One is with Jonathan Davis (lead vocalist of Korn) and The Birthday Massacre, and the other is also with The Birthday Massacre, plus Ghostfeeder. I attended a concert they did recently in Pomona, California, at The Glass House where they put on an adrenaline-pumping show. Continue reading “Electronic Rock Band Julien-K Shakes Up The Glass House”

The Wonders at The Oddities Flea Market

Globe Theatre Entrance
The Oddities Flea Market at the Globe Theatre

Taxidermy, bizarre art, dark fashion, skeletal creations, antique finds, jewelry and medical objects were just a few of the curiosities on display at The Oddities Flea Market. The event debuted in 2017 and originally takes places at the Brooklyn Bazaar in New York a few times a year. This was the first time the market had come to Los Angeles, so of course I had to attend. Continue reading “The Wonders at The Oddities Flea Market”