It’s been a while since I posted and I almost gave up on this blog all together but I keep running across the most fascinating things on the web. Like the Victorian Romantic Tarot deck put out by Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov. The deck is a nod not only to the lost Victorian aesthetic but to the growing neo-Victorian art scene of today.
Visually stunning and with a hint of fin-de-siecle sensibilities the Victorian Romantic Tarot makes a decadent addition to your divination collections.
(image: Madame Talbot’s Victorian Lowbrow on Myspace)
I was recently reminded of Madame Ashleigh Talbot’s stunning Victorian Lowbrow work while browsing Kirsten Anderson’s Right Some Good blog. Madame Talbot uses her substantial talent to make gorgeous framed curio exhibits, handmade books, hand-illustrated posters, mourning dolls, and more.
Madame Talbot’s creations are composed of items like vintage velvet, century-old paper, and bits of real bone, teeth, and hair. Although her primary implements are needle, thread, and her own hands, she counts among her tools a vintage typewriter from the early 1900s.
Her site and art celebrate:
Sideshows and the Elephant Man, Victorian era tattooed ladies, strange medical exhibits, dime museums and East End shows, the cult of death and the funeral rituals of the lower classes, pubs, bars and saloons, public executions, titillating scandals involving death and betrayal, morbid legends such as Jack the Ripper and Lizzie Borden, the penny dreadful, Victorian drugs such as Opium dens, Absinthe rituals & Wormwood deliriums, Morphine syringes sold to High Society women, Chloral Hydrate fiends, Laudanum addicts, Secret Hashish Societies, laughing gas parties, and patent medicines.
(image: Framed Witchcraft Curio Exhibit by Madame Talbot)
My favorite objects are the lovingly crafted pieces in the Curio Exhibits section, like the Civil War weeping bottles and the test tubes intended to hold the final dying breath of a loved one. The description that accompanies each curio exhibit is as delightful as the exhibit itself.
Madame Talbot also sells wonderful vintage items, like an engraved mausoleum key and mostly empty bottles of medicinals and poisons.
Just in case you haven’t heard, zombies are the new bunnies, and Etsy crafter Tina Seamonster has all the gear you need to commemorate this shift in the order of the universe. Pictured above is one of her full color “zombies are the new bunnies” cards, complete with an angry green bunny who thinks Easter zombies are “crap.” Guess he liked things the way they were before.
By the way, if Tina’s zombie looks familiar, you might remember her design from the zombie plague holiday cards mentioned in my list of handmade gifts for zombie lovers.
Easter is March 23, 2008, so get thee to the Tina Seamonster shop at Etsy if you don’t want to be stuck sending cards emblazoned with cotton-tailed rabbits and baby chicks. If cards aren’t your thing, you can also pick up a refrigerator magnet, t-shirt, or necklace decorated with the “Zombies are the new bunnies” motif.
Wizards of the Coast has is releasing the 4th edition of Dungeons and Dragons which has caused a massive up tick in Internet geekery. Even conservative bloggers best known for hard line stances on the War on Terror have fallen prey to the woman repelling excitement for this new incarnation of man-childery.
Wizards of the Coast are helping fan the flames of D&D players nerd passion by producing the following video featuring a sports bra clad half devil being interviewed about the new game, while the much hated, and in this video rather flamboyant, Gnome character class discusses his demotion to mere monster status:
There’s a higher quality version here for those of you who are even now lamenting that the picture quality wasn’t good enough for you to get a screen shot of your new fantasy girlfriend. They also created this amusing interview with dungeon dwelling stand by The Beholder which you’re sure to enjoy.
Although I honestly don’t see what all the hubbub is about. What kind of person cares about D&D when a new expansion for Warhammer 40,000 is due out in a matter of months?
Only nerds my friends, only nerds.
The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society is known for producing quality Lovecraftiana for live action role players as well as we aficionados who simply enjoy decorating our abodes with those reminders of the mind shattering horrors that lurk just beyond our feeble senses. One particular offering I am currently lusting after is their Omen Antiquitatum, or Elder Sign, supposedly based on the works of John Dee.
The real life John Dee probably never encountered the malevolent gods of Lovecraft, but for some reason Dee is a popular figure in many of the mythical stories told about the equally mythical Necronomicon. The HPLHS pays homage to the late Dr. Dee’s invisible influence on our imagination with their magnificent version of Dee’s Elder Sign carved into copper just as occult manuals of old instructed would be sorcerers to.
The sign itself bears more than a passing resemblance to John Dee’s Sigillum Dei Aemeth lending an air of occult authenticity to the piece that few other Lovecraftian props can match. At under $40 it’s a steal you can’t afford to miss. Get it from the HPLHS Bazaar.
6,000 square feet of haunted house is on the market in Seymour, Connecticut for an asking price of $469,000. From the listing on eBay (cleaned up to get rid of the obnoxious caps):
Very rare and unique. 6,000 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, jacuzzi, marble double sink. Two new kitchens, lots of original work, 4 fireplaces, spiral staircase, hidden office, hardwood floors throughout the house, in-law set up, new roof and windows.
This house is one of the three biggest mansions of Seymour- all belonging to the Charles Goodyear Day family- the inventor of vulcanized rubber. We have all the history and records including birth and death certificates on the original owners of the home.
There has been alot of weird experiences since we’ve owned this house. This house is definetely haunted but not certified yet.
Doors open and close when they want, lights turn on and off by themselves, things come and go, disappear and reappear.
I believe this house to be really friendly but can’t stop playing jokes on us.it’s really started to mess with our heads and affect our sleep and interfere with our dreams. Check out my other items!
This mansion has alot of possibilites.
In walking distance to the train station and shopping . 30 minute drive to New York City, 10 minute drive to the ocean.
I know this is a gimmick to offload an out-of-date house during a housing slump, but I can’t help find the idea of owning a haunted mansion appealing. I wonder, are they also throwing in the teleportation device that allows them to travel from Seymour, CT to NYC in 30 minutes?
By the way, according to the eBay listing, this item cannot be shipped – pickup only.