Category Archives: Horror Artwork

Etsy Spotlight: Hatbox Ghost

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In a world where remakes, reboots and mass production rule, it is hard to get your hands on anything unique anymore. Everything at popular mall stores are generic and being worn by millions of others, but thanks to sites like Etsy, you can find those one-of-a-kind, unique pieces that you have been searching even the darkest crevices of the internet and the darkest halls of your local mall for. In this new series, I will spotlight an Etsy shop that offers the most unique goods your spooky little heart desires. The very first shop I would like to spotlight is one run by a beautiful ghoul named Niki Giallo called Hatbox Ghost.

What is Hatbox Ghost?

As previously mentioned, it is an Etsy shop. Hatbox Ghost specializes in jewelry and other spooky accessories, so guys, if you’re looking for a gift for that special ghoul in your life, Hatbox Ghost is the shop to visit.

What can I find in the Hatbox Ghost shop?

The better question would be “what can’t you find in the Hatbox Ghost shop?”. Everything from earrings, rings, pendents, cocktail party hats and more to cuff links for the guys. Pieces inspired by your favorite horror films and television shows. Nothing but unique beauty, no mass produced generic pieces that every horror fan owns.

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Like what you see? Visit Etsy.com/shop/TheHatboxGhost for more amazing pieces and to support local art. If you want to get 15% off the already great prices at Hatbox Ghost, use the code ghoulschool (valid through the month of August).

Also, be sure to support the shop by liking Hatbox Ghost on Facebook.

An American Werewolf In London Slaughtered Lamb Pub Signs

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The completed “The Slaughtered Lamb” pub sign by Jon Smith

The horror genre has some of the most dedicated fans, and from those true fans come some pretty amazing artwork paying tribute to their favorite films. Artist Jon Smith is a cut above with his tribute to 1981’s An American Werewolf In London with his version of the pub sign from the Slaughtered Lamb from the film.

These amazing signs are very limited, only 50 pieces available. Each sign is signed and numbered. Measuring a massive 17″x23″, they are screen printed on both sides using 6 colors including metallic gold and silver on half inch plywood. The Slaughtered Lamb signs are quite the labor of love. Jon drilled, carved and sanded each piece with his own hands. Fans of the film may notice a pretty big difference between the signs Jon made and the sign used in the film. Jon got super creative and changed the generic wolf head used on the sign in the film to a werewolf head matching that of the werewolf in the film. The signs are $100 a piece, which is not too shabby for such an impressive piece of horror artwork. It’s not just a print, in is an actual wooden pub sign.

You can pick up these amazing signs as well as other artwork from Jon Smith by visiting smithbellcraft.bigcartel.com.

Below is a gallery including images of the final sign as well as images of the work that went into their creation.

Pub sign and werewolf from film
Pub sign and werewolf from film

Interview: New Horror Inspired Clothing Line, 7hirteen

The world of horror inspired clothing is a competitive one indeed.  I have gotten the opportunity to interview some newcomers to the world of horror clothing Kevin, owner and lead designer of 7hirteen.
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LBoH: What inspired you to start 7hirteen?

Kevin: I had been thinking about starting a design company for a while. I just didn’t know exactly what I wanted to design until 1549360_199227300281865_1016434676_nSeptember of last year (2013). I guess you say it was sort of an epiphany of sorts. It just hit me one day. A design popped into my head. I guess you could say that was the start of 7hirteen. I released by first official design Halloween 2013. The Nosferatu “Do The Creep” tee.

LBoH: 7hirteen is a very interesting name, how did you come up with it?

Kevin: Ha, I actually get asked this a lot. Basically I took my favorite two numbers, 7 and 13, and put them together. That’s really it. A lot of people see 13 as an unlucky number and 7 as a lucky number. For me it’s the opposite. It’s kind of my version of the whole good and evil, Cain and Abel, Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde thing.  There’s also some other angles and reasoning  behind  the numbers specifically but I’ll save those for another time. :)

LBoH: How long have you been designing?

1150140_208053309399264_1598132114_nKevin: Well, I’ve been artistic for as long as I can remember. I’ve always enjoyed drawing, creating and exploring the arts in different mediums. I would say I started “designing” things in my teens. I used to draw concept cars and things like that.

LBoH: Where do you pull your inspiration for your designs?

Kevin: I am inspired by a number of things. I’ve always been a huge fan of things like horror movies and metal music. My favorite bands like White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails…they all had a lot of visual art along with the music. Todays bands just don’t have that kind of impact I don’t think. I was always interested in the dark arts. The occult. I’ve always been fascinated by things that were  considered “evil” or “taboo” by some. I would read books and articles about serial killers.  The more you learn about those people the scarier they are. It’s psychological. Not just the horrific acts they performed, but the reasoning.  I’m sorry, am I rambling on again? Lol. My ideas probably draw from all the above and then some.

LBoH: What types of designs will you be releasing, licensed, original or both?

Kevin: I really want to concentrate on originals. At least for now. I would love to do some licensed work in the future. I try to pull something from the past, like a classic horror icon, and mix them with something current. Grab the attention of fans from different angles. There’s really no limits on what I will create. No topic or genre I won’t tap into. I want to push the envelope. I’m not trying to be better, or scarier, or more popular than anyone else, I’m just creating designs that I like. That I would want to wear myself. If other people dig them (the designs) then great! If not, stay tuned. My next one might be the one. You’ll never see it coming.

LBoH: Will 7hirteen only ship within the US?

Kevin: Definitely not. I am looking at different suppliers to offer customers international shipping. Plus, if a customer contacts me 1511703_202952439909351_1872443923_nand they want something shipped outside the US, I’ll find a way to  get it there.

LBoH: Have you ever considered taking 7hirteen to horror conventions?

Kevin: I have not considered that. It may definitely be an option in the future but right now I feel 7hirteen is just too small and new to do that. You never know though.

LBoH: What do you see 7hirteen in the future?

Kevin: It’s hard to say. I do know I will continue to push this further and bigger as long as people are interested and like the designs. I have a lot of short term and long term goals I am going to set in place when the timing is right. Right now I’m just having a lot of fun with it and seeing/hearing peoples feedback and comments on the social networks has been great. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Tumblr and stay up to date on what’s happening. And don’t forget to GET IT ON!

To order any of the awesome merch mentioned in the interview or pictured above, CLICK HERE.

Also be sure to follow 7hirteen on Facebook, twitter and Instagram!

Interview with Collin Major of Crimson Mask Studios

I am a firm believer in supporting great indie artists.  I had the opportunity arose to interview Collin Major of Crimson Mask Studios, I had to take it.  Collin creates some of the most incredible Jason masks I have ever seen.

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LBoH: What inspired you to start making masks?

Major: A few things have really inspired me throughout my life. I remember the first time I watched Friday The 13th part IV. The IMG_18072488714009character of Tommy Jarvis had all these bad assistance monster masks he made and for some reason that always stuck with me. I also remember ready a few kids worked on Evil Dead II (one of my all time favorite films) and eventually started there own company KNB Effects. I just always just wanted to make monsters is some g or another. My other inspiration comes from my beast friend Shaun Luu who sadly passed away from brain cancer at the age of 22. He was a huge horror fan and we used to spend countless hours together watching and discussing our favorite horror films. His death really effected me, it kind of gave me the push to leave the comfort of my hometown Syracuse N.Y. and venture off the Pittsburgh to attend Tom Savini’s Makeup Effects School.

LBoH: How did you come up with the name “Crimson Mask Studios”?

Major: I am a huge pro-wrestling fan. The term “Crimson Mask” is wrestling slang for when a wrestler has cut or bladed his forehead and is bleeding all over his face. Hence, he’s wearing a crimson mask. It’s my way of sneaking my love of wrestling into my mask company.

LBoH: How long have you been making masks?

Major: I have only been making masks for a few years but I have been making monsters my whole life. Be it art, or sculptures, makeup, movies and even short stories. I’ve always been a very creative person. Id go crazy if I couldn’t create.

LBoH: What was your first creation?

Major: My first real creation was an animatronic prop from the film Hellboy. Its the mummy from the graveyard scene in the film. I sculpted it, made a foam latex skin that I painted and I even made and fabricated all of the animatronic servos inside. In the end it could talk, blink, move his eyebrows, and cough dust. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever made but extremely rewarding.

LBoH: What materials are your masks typically made of?

Major: All my masks are made of super deluxe latex. And my Jason masks are made of resign or fiberglass. Fiberglass is better buy more expensive because it takes forever to make.

LBoH: Which mask takes the longest for you to produce?

 Major: My Frankenstein mask is huge and it takes allot of latex to make.

LBoH: How many custom orders do you get a month?

IMG_7466970718393Major: I get asked to do a ton of custom orders but rarely do no get to make them. People don’t understand that for me to make a custom mask it costs allot. I have to sculpt it from scratch, mold it and make one copy. I have to spend allot of money to produce one mask. The reason I can keep my retail price so low is that I can make multiple masks and they eventually pay off the initial cost.

LBoH: What are your standard rates for a custom piece?

Major: They all usually start at between 175$ to 350$. It all depends on the size and design.

LBoH: Have you ever taken your work to a horror convention?

 Major: I have only once.  The Syracuse Horror and Scifi Garage sale in Upstate NY. I have big plans to start traveling to conventions.

LBoH: What are your future plans for Crimson Mask Studios?

Major: Our future plans are to first start attending more conventions. Possible hore an intern. Were a onenman operation and its been getting busy in the studio haha I would also like to produce allot more latex masks this year. 2013 we only made 2 and in 2014 we want to triple that. I also have plans to make Jason mask that I’ve never seen made before. I’m most excited about that, I have a feeling once we release that to the public it’d going yo change everything for us in a really positive way.

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To order a pre-made or one of a kind piece from Crimson Mask Studios, CLICK HERE.

 Be sure to like Crimson Mask Studios on Facebook and follow them on Instagram for more info.

Valentine’s Day is coming and TOXICTOONS has the perfect, creepy gifts

Valentine’s Day is a holiday for creepy love.  TOXICTOONS has just the gifts for all of you creepy couples out there.  Everything from t-shirts, Valentine’s cards and prints.  There are only 6 days left to get t-shirt orders in.  These delightfully disturbing t-shirts are only $20, and you get a free Valentine’s card with the purchase of one.  Below are images of the products offered by TOXICTOONS for Valentine’s Day along with their prices.

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To order these creepy Valentine’s Day gifts, CLICK HERE

 

 

Sleep Terror Clothing: Original Designs Based Inspired By Nightmares

1239686_593793290662011_1333586806_nA new brand has been brought to my attention, Sleep Terror Clothing.  I am a sucker for original 1379746_602183529822987_1128588383_nhorror themed artwork.  Not only is the artwork original and creative, but the creator, Jonathan, has a story of his own.  The brand is not to be confused with the band Sleep Terror, they are not affiliated with the band or their music.

A bit about Sleep Terror Clothing:

My name is Jonathan and I run Sleep Terror Clothing. I suffer from a sleeping condition called sleep paralysis. It causes me to have extremely vivid dreams and nightmares. With a strong passion for design, drawing, horror I turn the those monsters from my dreams and nightmares into t-shirts.

They are a clothing company based out of New York City that makes limited edition t-shirts, 282851_600199616688045_249488718_nhoodies, hats and other accessories.  All designs from Sleep Terror Clothing are based on 1391432_618825434825463_105760932_nHalloween, nightmares and monsters that live under your bed.

Sleep Terror Clothing sponsors a lengthy list of bands/artists.  The list includes bands such as Reflections, No Bragging Rights, Kublai Khan and Totality.

1001585_621358524572154_1559837966_nIf you are looking for original Halloween inspired clothing and accessories, check out Sleep Terror Clothing.

If you have any questions about Sleep Terror Clothing, email them at info@sleepterrorclothing.com

Official site: SleepTerrorClothing.com

Also be sure to like the Official Facebook Page and follow them on twitter.

TOXICTOONS Halloween Special

witch 12 x 18I am a huge fan of the artwork of Eric Pigors of TOXICTOONS, I even have a tattoo of one of his pieces on my shoulder blade.  If you are into psycho-billy type, dark artwork, you will love it too.

He is so graciously offering an amazing deal on his t-shirts for Halloween!

NEW TOXICTOONS SHIRT SPECIAL STARTS NOW through HALLOWEEN – Buy any T-Shirt you will get signed mini print and these 2 stickers.buy any 2 shirts and get this and my FREE DEADTIMES Book if you live in the USA.

To take advantage of this incredible sale, visit TOXICTOONS.COM!

 

Black Labyrinth Book II: Joe R. Lansdale Kickstarter Campaign Now Live!

securedownloadFor those that have not figured it out yet, I am an advocate for indie horror and indie writers, so when I get asked to help promote a Kickstarter campaign to help out, I do.  This campaign is for a new book called ‘Black Labyrinth Book II‘ by Joe R. Lansdale.  Below you will find all the information you need about Mr. Lansdale’s new book and I hope you too will want to back this campaign.

This is where the boundaries between the innerverse and the outerverse recede

Dark Regions Press has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to support the creation of Black Labyrinth Book II: Joe R. Lansdale illustrated by Santiago Caruso. The campaign is currently live and can be viewed here:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chrismorey/black-labyrinth-book-ii-joe-r-lansdale

Black Labyrinth is an imprint of ten psychological horror novels and novellas from the living masters of horror and dark fiction all illustrated by surrealist artist Santiago Caruso. The first book in the imprint, The Walls of the Castle by Tom Piccirilli has been met with wide critical acclaim and the hardcovers are considered some of the finest that Dark Regions Press has produced:

The new Kickstarter campaign will fully fund a new novella of securedownload (1)psychological horror from Joe R. Lansdale, award-winning author of Edge of Dark Water, the Hap and Leonard series, Bubba Ho-Tep, The Thicket, Incident On and Off a Mountain Road and many other novels, novellas, short stories, comic books and screenplays. The campaign will also bring five original pieces of artwork from renowned surrealist artist Santiago Caruso to accompany the novella, including four B&W interior illustrations.

Dark Regions Press wants everyone who contributes to read the new novella. Any reward level in the Black Labyrinth Book II: Joe R. Lansdale Kickstarter campaign will get you a copy of the book. All editions are offered at planned retail price with free U.S. shipping included and discounted international shipping offered along with Kickstarter exclusive bonuses. Contributors will be regularly updated during the production of the book and many will be immortalized in the book itself.

securedownload (2)Join the effort and help make Black Labyrinth Book II a reality:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chrismorey/black-labyrinth-book-ii-joe-r-lansdale

Chris Morey
Owner and Publisher – Dark Regions Press, LLC
Creator and Editor – Black Labyrinth
http://www.darkregions.com

http://www.blacklabyrinthbooks.com

I hope that the description of this promising work and the campaign has peaked your interest.  If you can not donate money, please spread the word and bring this amazing book to life.

Cover Reveal: Ha-Ha Horror by Monstermatt Patterson

I was contacted by Sarah E. Glenn of Mystery and Horror, LLC to reveal the cover of Monstermatt Patterson’s book, ‘Ha-Ha Horror‘.

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‘Ha-Ha Horror’ cover

“I laughed, I groaned, I shook my head in disbelief….Ha-Ha! Horror will bring a grin to the faces of adults and kids alike…”
–Colleen Wanglund, Monster Librarian

Here’s your first taste of Ha-Ha! Horror from the masterful Monstermatt Patterson.

Who is Monstermatt? He’s a horror artist and illustrator who does monster

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portraits and masks, and a nominee for Best Painter in the Artvoice 2013 Best of Buffalo Awards. He narrates ‘The Monster Minute’ on the 6′ Plus podcast, which is either the best or worst minute of the show. He is the wizard of bad monster jokes, and will soon be sharing them with you.

Ha-Ha! Horror will soon be available from Mystery and Horror, LLC:

Monstermatt’s blogs are at:

http://hahahorror.gravediggerslocal.com/ (you can see some of his material there)
http://monstermattpatterson.wordpress.com/

‘Maximum Overdrive’ Goblin Head Resurrected: Interview with Tim Shockey

540722_414385618679535_1253176858_nOne of the most iconic images from the 1986 Stephen King classic, ‘Maximum Overdrive,’ is no doubt the Happy Toyz truck and the bright green goblin head that adorned the front of it.  It is a real shame that they blew the truck and the Goblin Head up, but one man has made many fans’ dreams come true by reconstructing the head and bringing it to conventions for the fans to see.  His name is Tim Shockey.  Below is an interview with Mr. Shockey about his journey restoring the famed Green Goblin Head.

1003808_10151648004440808_878758196_nLBoH: How and when did you find the Goblin Head?

Tim Shockey: In 1987 the truck was taken to Silent Rick’s junkyard in Wilmington, NC. A man saw the truck go past his house on its way to the junkyard. He knew the owner of Silent Rick’s and ask him for the head and they gave it to him. He cut it off of the truck and took it home. A couple of months later he was going to have to move to an apartment and wouldn’t have room to keep it so he ran an ad in the local newspaper.
All of my family lives in that area and one of my brothers called me up and said I might want this to put in my video store. I called the man up and we worked out a deal and I left that night to go get it. We had it in the video store till we sold the business. After that it went to my back yard where it lay for many years.

LBoH: Not having previously seen Maximum Overdrive, what made you decide to purchase the head?

Tim Shockey: I owned a large video store at that time and thought it would be great to have it for fans to see. It was great advertising!

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Tim: The head was in horrible condition. The whole jaw was missing along with the tongue and tops of the ears. Eyes were gone and the whole thing was burnt.

LBoH: Can you explain a little bit about the restoration process?

Tim Shockey: I own a sign company and use our software with DVD stills to bring the head life size on the screen. I then hand traced the jaw line and front side of the chin on screen. I had the plotter print out these pieces life-size and then cut them out of a corrugated plastic called coroplast. I then taped these pieces together and constructed a 3-D jaw which I screwed into the original piece of the head. Many measurements were taken from the screen and checked on the head to make sure everything was in place correctly. I then started laying several layers of fiberglass on the plastic. After it was thick enough I came in from the back side and removed the coroplast leaving on the fiberglass in place. Then I just continued adding fiberglass to thicken it up.

LBoH: At which convention did you debut your work on the Goblin Head?

1000196_413175485467215_884959880_nTim Shockey: We finished painting the Green Goblin head on March 16, 2013 and the following Friday we took it to HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio. This was the first convention for me and the Green Goblin head! We had a blast!!

LBoH: What are some of your more memorable reactions from fans?

Tim Shockey: Wow there is so many great reactions for the fans!  We’ve had people come up and show us a tattoo of the Green Goblin head, most people want to shake my hand and thank me for restoring a great piece of movie memorabilia. One fan drove for 3 hours to a convention just to see the head. They talked for a little, got their picture taken with it and then headed home!!

LBoH: Would you ever like to see the Goblin Head mounted on a truck similar to the ‘Happy Toyz’ truck from the film?

Tim Shockey: Not really and for several reasons. I can’t stand the thought of it being on a truck and rocks, bugs, etc. from the road hit 575891_381397088645055_1341078310_nit and mess it up. Also, there are so many places I take it to that it wouldn’t be able to fit inside if it were mounted on a truck. And it keeps my expenses down to transport it in the trailer then to have it on a truck.

LBoH: Aside from the Goblin Head, what other movie memorabilia do you have in your collection?

Tim Shockey: I actually have over 600 authentic prop and wardrobe items in my collection. I have Adam Sandler’s “HERO” football from The Longest Yard. I have a “screen used” mask from Scream 4 that Wes Craven signed and gave to a woman that worked with him on the set. I have a sweater sleeve that was used in making the trailer for Nightmare on Elm Street 5. In the past few weeks I got it signed by Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, and Amanda Wyss! I also have a 17’ alligator that Jim Carrey pulled into the water by its tail in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls!

logoLBoH: What type of memorabilia can fans purchase from you, whether it be set used props or Goblin Head memorabilia?

Tim Shockey: We have 100’s of items on our website from many different movies. We also have bottles of “Goblin Dust” which is dust from where we sanded on the Green Goblin head while restoring it. We also have some ½” x ½” pieces are painted red, and a few black. After painting the head we noticed that the top back of the head was cut crooked so we cut it straight which gave us a strip that we cut into pieces. All bottle of Goblin Dust and pieces come with a C.O.A. of Authenticity. We also are selling our 2013 tour t-shirts. These are really awesome! On the front they say “The Goblin Project” and has a picture of the Green Goblin head and on the back side it is like a concert tour shirt. It lists all of the shows we are doing this year along with the cities and dates. Really cool shirts! All of this can be purchased at our site www.hollywoodpropcollector.com

LBoH: With countless horror/scifi conventions out there, at which conventions will you and Goblin Head be making an appearance?

Tim Shockey: This year we have 2 more shows left. Spooky Empire in Orlando, FL October 25 – 27 and Coast City Comic Con in S. Portland, Maine November 9 & 10. We are still working on next years list. So far we Have a show in Pensacola, FL in February, A show in Niagara Falls, Canada in June, and possibly a show in the UK. We are contacting all the shows we can in hopes of having 3-4 shows a month in 2014!

LBoH: What are your future plans for the Goblin Head and the other memorabilia you own?

Tim Shockey: Some day we hope to open a museum to put all of our memorabilia in and hope to keep adding to it. We really enjoy sharing261695_381048912013206_2041448260_n it with fans everywhere!

The next time you see Tim Shockey at a convention, be sure to shake his hand and thank him for restoring such an incredible piece of film history.

To keep up with the Goblin Head and where you can see Tim and his fantastic work, like the Green Goblin Head Facebook page and visit the The Goblin Project website.  To view and purchase more movie memorabilia, visit the Hollywood Prop Collector website.  You can also follow Tim on twitter @tshockey, @HPCPropmaster and of course @GreenGoblinHead (all of these links are on the right sidebar of the page or you can click on the links here).

*All photos credit to the Green Goblin Head Facebook page and Tim Shockey*

*All links in this article are functional and lead to their described websites*