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!
Make Me a Monster
Guinevere van Seenus by Daniel Jackson
Dazed and Confused 10.09
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.
Geometry is God :: The Pagan Chair
Transmutation of Base Metal into Noble Metal :: The Alchemy Table
Equal parts Primitivism and Surrealism expressed through a language of raw material and primary form :: Eo and Eam
Mist and Powder by Natalie Shau & Hideo via Behance
Beautiful little things I couldn’t begin to afford, from Australian lingerie brand Hopeless.
Please welcome our newest advertiser, Kat Toronto!
Based in Northern California, Kat Toronto works in dark pop-surrealist photography and mixed media art inspired by the Victorian Spiritualist movement. Living within her psyche is a rotating cast of saints, sinners, and martyrs with stories that desperately need to be told. Each of her images is meticulously planned, from the doll-like masks that she makes by hand, to the texture and drape of fabric. When just the right ingredients are assembled, she allows the characters to take over and reveal their secrets.
Kat’s work has been exhibited in such spaces as Kat Von D’s Wonderland Gallery, Arch Enemy Arts in Philadelphia, the Baton Rogue Gallery Center for Contemporary Art, and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.
Visit her website, Spectral Cinema : the art of Kat Toronto. Conjuror of spirits creating a magical concoction of beautifully bizarre and playfully unsettling images.