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Book of the Week: Goosebumps 25th Anniversary Collection by R. L. Stine

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2018 by ranranami

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Goosebumps is close to my heart. Funny how you can read a book that you love so much, even reading another copy with a different cover just doesn’t seem like an option. Don’t get me wrong, the redesigns are cute, and it sort of revives the series in a way for a younger generation. Yet I love the old art here. It’s very 90s, and very much a slice of my childhood.

I’ve always love reading, but when I was 6, learning to actively put a sentence together was hard. I’ll save you the whole story of how it suddenly ‘clicked’ one day, and I could read just about anything. Suffice it to say, the first year I could go to that Scholastics book fair with money in hand and the knowledge that I could read whatever I bought without any help was magical. So I got a VHS of The Haunted Mask (which I still have), and a goosebumps book with a pumpkin book light. I’m not going to lie, the book light was what sold it. I think I bought Welcome to Dead House. It was ’97, and Goosebumps was the series that all the kids were reading. The show had just launched, too, and I remember rushing home every day to watch it. There’s not usually a huge scare in the Goosebumps books. Most of them have ambiguously an happy ending (yes, the day is saved…but you’re a monster, or that sponge is going to wreak havoc when it gets wet again, or your dad might be one of the hundreds of plants in the front yard.) The next dark step up from Goosebumps was Ghosts of Fear Street, and then Fear Street when you were really ready for something ‘darker and more mature’. Something for the teenagers.

My point is that I got this collection as a gift, it’s amazing, and I’m pretty sure it could all be easily read in the course of a day by anyone of any age, and still feel just as magical as it did to me that day at the book fair when I bought my first Goosebumps.

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Frankenstein Puzzle

Posted in Fun and Games, Halloween Junk, Movies and shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2018 by ranranami
I’m going to be at comic con in San Antonio today! As such, I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare a post, but in the mean-time while I take plenty of pictures to share tomorrow, here’s an awesome puzzle for a promotional poster – – the Bela Lugosi Frankenstein that never was…

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Vintage Comics – Black Magic, Issue #2: I’ve Seen You Before, Yesterday You Died (Pg. 27 – End)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2018 by ranranami

This first story in the final portion of this Black Magic issue reminds me of a Hammer Mummy movie, with its tendency to give innocent characters the darker fates that they don’t quite deserve. It’s fantastic, actually. One of my favorites I’ve shared so far. The second is oddly reminiscent of an old radio show I can’t quite recall the name of, with the singular reminder that one can never truly escape or prevent their fates (or the grisly future of another.)

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Horror Flick of the Week: Salem’s Lot (1979)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2018 by ranranami

My friends, this is one of the greatest vampire movies of all time. It is one of the greatest Stephen King films. It is also one of the greatest made for TV movies. Not because of phenomenal effects (though they’re pretty solid and simple), but because of acting, writing, and story. It’s the perfect horror film.

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Make no mistake, it’s pretty 70s as far as movies go, which isn’t a bad thing. It suits the Stephen King setting quite well (small Maine-esque town, quaint locals, stranger rolling in a la Something Wicked This Way Comes, and the gradual corruption/death of everyone he encounters). What’s more, who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned Nosferatu? I know I sure do! Do yourself a favor if you haven’t watched Salem’s Lot yet–which I can’t even begin to understand–you won’t regret it.

Mod Podge Coffee Table

Posted in Halloween Junk with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2018 by ranranami

I pride myself on ‘planning’ to do things. I always ‘plan’ to decorate for the holidays (Christmas and Halloween being the big ones), but always finding a reason to put it off until the big day is gone–and why would I be decorating for Halloween in November? This isn’t a holiday themed post, however, it’s a project I’ve been meaning to get to since I was 23. Buying a crappy coffee table and mod podging the hell out of it with horror lobby cards.

Not to worry. The cards were re-prints. I’m not a monster. Below is the table in question, a chipped piece of pressed wood junk I got from Goodwill for 5 bucks. Cleaned the surface and prepped my paint in a Halloween-themed paper plate.

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Started by sloppily giving the edge of the tabletop a black coat just to cover up the worst of the scratches.

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After that, because I had a crap-ton of paint leftover, figured I might as well use what I could just in case there were spaces in-between the lobby cards–or I gave up and decided I would just have a weird painted monster instead of a mod podge masterpiece.

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Hey, those bits there kinda look like bats! Totally intentional.

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Rounded edges on the table, so I had to use a hobby knife to trim the corners of the cards. Then globbed on the mod podge glue like there was no tomorrow. Quick tip – – an 8 oz bottle is never enough. Lesson learned.

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Not gonna lie, halfway through I stopped caring about precision, and more about just finishing it. So I dumped half the bottle out.

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Finished layering the cards. Wiped off the top to brighten up the pictures a bit. Sprayed some sealant and BOOM!

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Close-ups…

Vintage Comics – Black Magic, Issue #2: The Scorn of the Faceless People, The Cheerful Old Lady in Black (Cover-Pg. 17)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2018 by ranranami

Recall the classic episode of the Twilight Zone wherein a man is haunted by his dreams (okay…maybe there was more than one), and he sought aid from a doctor only for the woman of his dreams/nightmare to pursue him to his death. Then recall the one where the man traveled through time in his dream on a train. This first story seems to open like both, until it turns into a very peculiar bit of dream analysis. Some pretty fun imagery, and I’ll admit it took me a bit by surprise. The second story uses one of my favorite tropes–death on a joyride.

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Podcast, Episode 17 – Mostly Ghostly

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2018 by ranranami

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What was that, over your shoulder? Oh, it was nothing. I could swear I saw a person in the mirror earlier, but I’m sure it was just my imagination. I wish you’d get the plumbing fixed here, it always seems like babies are screaming in the walls at night. It’s always easy to run away from a haunted house when you don’t live in it, but for the rest of us, not so much. So why don’t we talk about it? This episode we feature We are Still Here, Poltergeist, and Legend of Hell House.