Vampire Chronicle series by Katarzyna Widmanska
This past holiday, I was fortunate enough to be gifted the full set of classic horror stories recently released in deluxe editions by Penguin Classics. The set is fantastically curated by Guillermo del Toro, including some of his favorite tales and an introduction by the director. The hardcovers are so gorgeous, with original cover art by Penguin art director Paul Buckley, that even these are stories that you’ve read time and time again, these editions belong on your shelf.
My first read of the series was The Thing on the Doorstep (And Other Weird Tales), a collection of H.P. Lovecraft’s works, and I could barely put it down. It’s actually the first set of his stories I’ve read (the shame, I know!), and I am now an absolute devotee. [Yes, that bookend on my shelf is awesome, and it's from Knob Creek Metal Arts.]
You can find these editions at your local bookshop or online!
Translated from Latin to mean “valley of death”, Valle Mortis is the latest work from artist Cassie Meder, better known as Casstronaut out here in the ether. Dedicated to her fellow artists, the short film is about taking your struggles and using them to face life head on.
Read more in Cassie’s own words about the making of the film on her blog, and also watch the documentary she made to accompany it.