I'm a writer and an avid reader. I was classically trained in voice years ago and once aspired to become an opera singer. I enjoy immersing myself in music, from classical to industrial tunes. I'm fascinated with vampires, all things spooky, vintage style and old Hollywood films. My website covers events, people and topics that embody all that is odd and macabre.
It’s gone down in history as one of the most controversial films of the 20th century and set the bar for the slasher genre. Upon release, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” was not only met with polarizing critical reviews but was also banned in more than six countries. From being described as “despicable” by one Los Angeles Times reporter to being said to possess “redeeming social merit” by Stephen King, there’s no doubt this horror movie elicits strong reactions from audiences, down to the present day.
It’s that most wonderful time of year when the weather gets chilly, colorful lights adorn homes, Christmas trees go up, carols play on the radio and the smell of cinnamon practically permeates the air. And, let’s not forget the holidays are synonymous with gift-giving. Even a dark soul like myself enjoys the season. But, having said that, my macabre factor doesn’t tone down.
I like to compare myself to Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas who had an appreciation for the holiday, but also injected it with his Halloween spirit. He proves that us morbid folk can strike a nice balance between Christmas cheer and ghostly boos. So, what do you buy someone who basks in the darker side of life? To get you started, following is a list of 7 Gifts for Spooky Souls that will work with any spending budget. Continue reading “7 Gifts for the Spooky Soul in Your Life”→
Have you ever had a gut feeling about a situation that turned out to be correct? Have you experienced vivid dreams that, to your great surprise, foretold a future event? Or, maybe you just frequently have hunches about things and don’t understand why you do. Intuition is a guiding force in these situations and is key to unlocking psychic abilities. Continue reading “Spotlight on Clairvoyant & Psychic Medium Shelley Hofberg”→
Recognized as one of the most haunted places in the world, The Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, is a ghost ship believed to be filled with phantom passengers. Master magician and apparitionist, Aiden Sinclair, invites the living to join him for an evening of spirit conjuring and paranormal activity aboard the vessel with his show Illusions of the Passed—if you’re willing to suspend your predisposed notions of reality. Continue reading “Aiden Sinclair Brings Illusions of the Passed to The Queen Mary”→
The notorious shower scene—a pivotal moment in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” where Marion Crane is stabbed to death by a shadowed figure. The only thing more terrifying than the blood-splattered bathtub and close-up of the victim’s lifeless stare is the screeching of the strings as the knife repeatedly pierces her flesh. It’s “The Murder” by composer Bernard Herrmann and one of the most unforgettable instrumental scores to grace a horror film.
For 2019, as part of its annual Halloween tradition, LA Opera’s Off Grand presents “Psycho” at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Off Grand is an extension of the opera company that showcases more experimental performances across the city. Making this event extra special is the live orchestra, conducted by Louis Lohraseb, that provides the soundtrack as the film plays on the silver screen. Continue reading “LA Opera’s Hitchcock Halloween with “Psycho” & Live Orchestra”→
“To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light.” – Carl Jung
These words grace the opening pages of Brittany Markert’s photobook “In Rooms Volume 2 (2016-2017).” They play an essential part in not only grasping the photographer’s intention behind the “In Rooms” series, but also in how the spectator connects to it. Psychoanalysis, repression, female objectification, mental illness and eroticism are just a few of the themes explored.
Recently, Lethal Amounts gallery hosted a lecture and pop-up exhibit by the artist. On display was “In Rooms”—a three-installment collection dating from 2014 to the present. Formatted like a personal diary, it is set in chronological order and exposes Markert’s psychological and emotional states in progressive stages. During the presentation, guests were given an intimate glimpse inside her creative process and personal evolvement, as well as the opportunity to view her portfolio of work up close. Continue reading “Shadow Selves: “In Rooms” by Brittany Markert”→
“Lux In Tenebris,” which translates to “Light in Darkness,” is the latest exhibit at Lethal Amounts in Los Angeles, California. The group dark art show features more than 30 artists from across the globe and was curated in collaboration with Ahuixa Swimwear and Brooke Kent Art & Design.
Ahuixa is a high-end alternative swim apparel line that takes its name from the Aztec goddess Ahuic who guides running waters. Brooke Kent is an artist and graphic designer whose work highlights death, beauty, the natural and the subconscious. Both curators hold a deep appreciation for creativity that embraces the shadows and morbidity inside us, and the exhibition reveals this aesthetic. Continue reading “Lux In Tenebris at Lethal Amounts”→
This past weekend, The Dark Art Emporium in Long Beach, California, introduced its latest exhibit, “Angel Dust,” featuring Rachael Bridge, Iva Troj and Meagan “Magpie” Rodgers. Each artist created a series of new pieces that collectively evoke a realm of morbid enchantment. Continue reading “The Dark Art Emporium Presents “Angel Dust””→
Missy Munster, the occult fashion designer behind MM Fabrications, revealed her latest collection of head and chest pieces—INRI: Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate. The theme references both the bible, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” and Dante Alighieri’s poem “Inferno” with the Italian phrase translating to “Abandon all hope, ye who enter.” Just as the poem’s protagonist journeys through Hell, attendees were welcomed into a dark realm that majestically evoked death and decay. Continue reading “MM Fabrications Debuts Unholy Collection: INRI”→
Although these days Halloween has become known for costumes, trick-or-treating and haunts, the history behind the holiday stretches far back in time, nearly 2,000 years ago with the Celts who celebrated Samhain between October 31st and November 1st. Eventually with the spread of Christianity, the Celtic tradition would be absorbed into All Saints’ Day (November 1st) and All Souls’ Day (November 2nd).
Interestingly, the Christian Church celebrated All Souls’ Day in a similar way to Samhain, maintaining customs such as building bonfires and donning costumes. The origin of the term “Halloween” is the Middle English word meaning All Saints’ Day, “Alholowmesse.” In time, the night before November 1st would be referred to as All Hallows’ Eve and then as Halloween.