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Book Review: Frankenstein Or, The Modern Prometheus

Like many of you, I am a fan of the classics, and the story of Frankenstein is in the top 2 of my favorites. The folks at Dover Publications were kind enough to send me their new hardcover of Frankenstein to review for you. We are all aware of the story of Frankenstein; the horror classic that has spawned countless films, merchandise and retellings, so with this book review, I won’t be reviewing the story, I will be reviewing the artwork, but first, a bit of information on this beautiful book.

As previously mentioned, this is a hardcover book. Frankenstein boasts 240 pages of art and literary magic. As with all other hardcover books, the price is a little higher than a paperback ($40). Given the artwork and the overall size of the book, this is not a bad price at all. Now on to the review of the stunning artwork inside of the book.

Frankenstein was written originally by Mary Shelley, but this rendition is accompanied by stunning artwork by noted Disney artist Nino Carbé. If you are a fan of classic artwork, this book is perfect for you; it combines pen-and-ink, black and white images with brilliant full-color paintings. The illustrations add depth to the already phenomenal story. 

The images included are not tiny pictures, they are full page (some are even two pages). I know what you’re thinking, “but they were done by a Disney artist, so they must be very cartoony, right?”, wrong. They remind me of old-time Gothic paintings, they are dark yet sophisticated. I have never seen a more perfectly illustrated version of one of my favorite stories. Take a look at some of the artwork below and see for yourself.

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If you are looking to add to your collection, and you want a real statement piece, this is the book for you. If $40 seems like a lot for a book to you, use the code WABG and you will receive 25% off (code good until 7/15/16). Pick up your very own copy at doverpublications.com.

 

 

 

Clowning Around with Terror Threads (T-Shirt Review)

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We horror fans take our t-shirts very seriously; we want unique, gore and well, awesome. Stores in the mall bog us down with the popular, “trendy” pieces that don’t really fit out horror loving taste. So what is a person to do when looking for that perfect horror t-shirt? Simple, check out Terror ThreadsThe spooky folks at Terror Threads were kind enough to send us a couple of t-shirts to review, and the first one up for review is their Clowning Around t-shirt

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Artwork for t-shirt by Toto6

We may love our gore, but we still love a soft, comfortable t-shirt (we’re not monsters), and Terror Threads provides just that. Their t-shirts are made of soft combed ring-spun cotton. They are form-fitting without being over clingy and unflattering. The material of the shirt only gets softer and more comfortable over time each time you wash it.

Screenshot_2016-03-10-10-25-35-1The design is unlike any other because it is an original piece designed just for Terror Threads. The artist behind this incredible piece is Toto6. The artwork covers the majority of the front of the shirt. For only having a couple of colors, there are a lot of incredible details (the clown’s face, the wood and stitching on the puppet). The screen printing is done beautifully. It is not overly crisp, it moves with the shirt, and ladies, the design will adhere to your chest without distorting. This particular design is available on a unisex t-shirt in sizes x-small – 3XL. 

Purchasing one won’t leave your wallet empty. The Clowning Around t-shirt starts at just $22. Code LBOH10 will get you 10% off your purchase. To sweeten the cauldron, if you spend $65 or more, shipping is FREE. Pick up this awesome t-shirt HERE.

All in all, this is a must have for your horror t-shirt collection. Terror Threads is sure to become a name that all horror fans know.

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Terror Threads has put out a limited edition design “Lucky McKilly” design inspired by one of my favorite, campy films. Pick yours up before they are gone!

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For design alerts and exclusive details, be sure to like the Terror Threads Facebook Page, follow @Terror_Threads on twitter and @terrorthreads on Instagram.

Horror Pack Monthly Movie Subscription Box Review

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We all know how difficult and expensive it can be to build a horror movie collection, but Horror Pack is here to make it a bit easier and bit less expensive. To start building your collection all you do is follow a link and check your mail, even a zombie could do it.

What is Horror Pack? It is a monthly movie subscription box that sends you your choice of DVDs or Blu-rays. That’s right, you get a choice. You don’t have to settle for the format that they want to send you. This makes Horror Pack even better. Most subscription companies only offer one or the other or they decide what they send you and no matter the format, you have to pay one ridiculous price. Horror Pack’s prices very depending on the format you choose. It is both fair and courteous.

So what is something so awesome going to cost? No matter the format you choose or the subscription length, Horror Pack is more than reasonable with their prices. Keep in mind, you get 4 movies (no matter which format you choose). DVDs are obviously a bit cheaper at $19.99/ month and Blu-rays run at $24.99/month. You get 4 movies per pack which is a pretty good deal and if you live in the US, shipping is free.Shipping is fast; I had my pack in less than a week after I had requested it.

Bad customer service can ruin a business, but you won’t have to worry about it here. The guys that run Horror Pack are fantastic. They are friendly and more than willing to answer any questions you may have.

The pack that I received was DVD as the Blu-ray pack for October was already sold out. I got:

  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose 
  • The Barber (starring Malcolm McDowell)
  • The Orphanage
  • Pro Wrestlers vs Zombie (starring the late Roddy Piper)

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Each movie comes with the shrink wrap on so you know that they are brand new. Buying movies online can be a gamble because you never know how they will be packed or handled; Horror Pack ships in a box wrapped in bubble wrap. There were zero signs of damage to the movies that I received.

I highly recommend Horror Pack to all of you. It doesn’t matter if you are a newbie just starting your collection or a seasoned horror nerd just looking for some non-mainstream titles to add to your already booming collection; this service is perfect.

If you are interested in trying Horror Pack, there is still time (17 days) to get their November pack; DVD and Blu-ray are both still available. Subscribe today at HorrorPack.com.

Be sure to like Horror Pack on Facebook and follow @HorrorPack on twitter for more information and deals.

Playster Streaming Service Review

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In the age of technology, everyone is viewing movies, listening to music and reading books all online. Services like Netflix only offer movies, but the new service Playster offers all of the above in one convenient location for a reasonable monthly rate.

Playster is simple to use and offers a fantastic selection, and no matter what genre you are into, they have something you’re sure to love. They offer one of the broadest collections of movies, music, books and PC games I have ever seen.

How much will a service like this run you? It is $24.95 a month, but you get your first 30 days free. This is a pretty reasonable price when you consider most streaming sites that offer only movies are $10 a month or more, and the price of books in-store are enough to make you think twice.

Horror fans, they have an incredible selection of horror movies and are taking place in ‘Shocktober’. Playster would make for a great Halloween treat for yourself, a friend or a family member.

I highly recommend Playster to all of you that love movies, music and books but you don’t love the price tag that comes along with purchasing them. Give them a shot, you get 30 days free, why not?

BigtimeTeez Review: Mount Scaremore T-Shirt

Spring 2015-990x357Looking for a parody tourist shirt inspired by some of your favorite slashers? Look no further, say hello to the Mount Scaremore T-Shirt from BigtimeTeez

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The Mount Scaremore T-Shirt is available in men’s, women’s and kid’s sizes. Not only is it available in cuts for all genders and ages, but it is also offered in the largest selection of sizes, small-5XL. This funny t-shirt design is printed on a 100% preshrunk, cotton t-shirt. The material is breathable and very soft to the touch. I have washed and dried this shirt a couple of times, and there has been no shrinkage and it has retained its shape. It is not overly clingy, but it is form fitting. Even though the material is quite form fitting, it is still very breathable.

The screen printing on this funny t-shirt is fantastic. Nobody wants to spend money on a t-shirt only to have the design peel off after just a couple of times through the washer. I have purchased t-shirts online that have come with cracks in the design already that aren’t supposed to be there. With the Mount Scaremore t-shirt and any other t-shirt I have received from BigtimeTeez, there are never any cracks or peeling edges.  

This funny t-shirt starts at only $14.95. Compared to mall prices for similar t-shirts of lower quality, this is a very good deal. Right now, if you spend $50 or more, shipping will be free. If $14.95 is still too high, use discount code MISSTEN (all caps) at checkout for 10% off your entire purchase.

For all your funny t-shirt needs, be sure to visit BigtimeTeez.com. For new design alerts, daily deals and chances to win awesome merch, like the BigtimeTeez Facebook page and follow them on twitter and Instagram, @bigtimeteez.

Product Review: An American Werewolf In London “Slaughtered Lamb” Pub Signs

I previously announced the birth of the Slaughtered Lamb Pub Signs inspired by the pub sign in An American Werewolf In London by artist Jon Smith. He was kind enough to send me one to review for you guys. These signs really are amazing to say the very least.

Each of the signs are signed and numbered by hand. They measure an impressive 17″ by 23″ on 1/2″ plywood. The signs are screen printed with 6 colors including metallic gold and silver. They are printed on both sides. The colors are fantastic. The metallic really jumps off of the dark back ground. There is a subtle glitter to the moon and the face of the werewolf. Each selected color compliments each other beautifully. The flip side of the sign is black with just “keep off the moors” written across it in a blood red color. 

The artwork is phenomenal. They are just like the pub signs in the film with one change that I think only made them better. The basic wolf head featured on the sign in the film has been replaced by a replica of the werewolf’s head. This only adds to the overall appeal of the sign, making it more of a must have for fans of An American Werewolf In London.

The craftsmanship of the signs is out of this world. Jon drilled, carved and sanded each piece himself. The edges are smooth and there are no patches that feel rough across the front or the back. He is even kind enough to give you the hooks to hang it with, which are high quality and do not at all feel flimsy.

Jon is selling these amazing signs for only $100. Not a bad deal for a limited edition print that is no only incredible, but is printed on wood instead of paper insuring it will last longer. Not to mention, if you have a bar in your home, how awesome would it be to have this piece hanging on display?

Overall, I have ti recommend these signs to any horror art collector. They are beautiful, durable and unique. My only complaint would be that they are limited to only 50, so if you want one of these bad boys for your collection, you better jump on it. You can purchase these signs along with more of Jon’s amazing work at SmithBellCraft.bigcartel.com

I was gifted number 13 of 50 and below is a short gallery of the piece. Pictures really do not do it justice, you have to see these signs in person to really see how fantastic they are.

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Product Review: Ninkasi Brewing Company’s ‘Dawn of the Red’

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Welcome to my first ever beer review. When I received an email from Ninkasi Brewing Company about reviewing one of their specialty beers, of course I was on board. As of January 2014, Ninkasi has re-released their India-Style Red Ale, Dawn of the Red.

Let’s start with a bit of overview on Ninkasi Brewing Company.

Ninkasi Brewing Company was started in June of 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge. It all began with a single IPA, Total Domination IPA, in a space leased inside of a German restaurant in Springfield, Oregon. The company soon became a 15 barrel brew house set up for brewpub brewing. In 2007, the operation moved into their current location at 272 Van Buren Street in the Whiteaker neighborhood of Eugene, Oregon. The brewing company now features a 50 barrel brewing system that distributes beer throughout the west coast. Not only does Nanksai produce some pretty phenomenal beer, they are also very involved in their community by working with non-profit organizations, positive community gatherings and sporting events. 


Dawn of the Red:

  • India-Style Red Ale
  • 7.0% Alcohol by volume

My first impression of Dawn of the Red was that once poured, it looked similar to a hard cider. It is light in color with a mild foam that sticks to the glass. This beer does not have that overbearing, blah beer smell that most other domestic brews give off. Caramel malts and citrus hops mix well together to give this IPA a smooth, almost a fruity scent. 

The taste is best compared to that of Sierra Nevada with a smooth sweetness followed by a mild bitterness. This is a very well balanced mixture. Dawn of the Red is one of the smoothest IPAs I have ever tasted. Don’t let the smoothness fool you though, this is a strong ale. If you are not a fan of a true IPA or strong ales, this may not be the beer for you, but I personally loved it. I highly recommend Dawn of the Red to any fan of a nicely brewed, strong IPA.

If the taste alone is not enough to entice you to try it, let’s talk about how awesome the label and the name is. I mean come on, any horror or zombie fan can appreciate a great beer that is named after one of the most iconic films in horror cinema history. The artwork on the label is a mondo style that mixes heavy metal with a zombie reference that anyone can decipher. The colors are dark and somewhat muted, but the design as a whole is very eye catching.

Final scores: out of 10

  •  Taste: 10 
  • Smell: 10
  • Smoothness: 10
  • Color: 10
  • Mix: 10
  • Label: 10

If you are on the west coast and are able to go out and pick up a 6-pack of Dawn of the Dead, I strongly encourage you do so (if, of course you are of legal drinking age). Don’t worry east coasters, you can pick up Dawn of the Red at NinkasiBrewing.com/Dawn.

Below are pictures that I took to show you just how awesome this IPA is.

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If you are in the Eugene, Oregon area, Ninkasi Brewong Company is hosting a pub crawl to help promote the Dawn of the Red IPA.

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Be sure to like the Ninkasi Brewing Company Facebook Page, follow them on twitter (@NinkasiBrewing) for more information on the Pub Crawl, new brews and other special events.


*This is a sponsored review, but all opinions are 100% true and all me own. Little Blog of Horror and Ninkasi Brewing Company do not condone underage drinking. Please enjoy Dawn of the Red and any other alcoholic beverage responsibly.* 

BigtimeTeez Review: I Shih-Tzu Not T-Shirt

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ShihTzu-450x450There is no secret that funny t-shirts and BigtimeTeez.com go together like peas and carrots. Their “I Shih-Tzu Not” t-shirt further proves this statement. If you’re into witty plays on pre-existing words or dog breeds, this t-shirt is for you.

I have worn the “I Shih-Tzu Not T-Shirt” a couple of times and have been asked repeatedly where I got it. This funny t-shirt is definitely an attention grabber. The design is large and takes up pretty much the entire front of the t-shirt. The puppy on the t-shirt gives it a feminine look, but the joke makes it perfect for guys and girls. The screen printing is flawless with no cracks or signs of peeling.

The quality of the t-shirt itself is amazing. The material is soft and breathable making it DSCF0572perfect for any season. This funny t-shirt is available in men’s, women’s and kid’s sizes. Another thing I love about the “I Shih-Tzu Not T-Shirt” is that it is available in a very wide array of colors. This t-shirt is also preshrunk, and unlike most occasions, this one really is. I have washed and dried it a couple of times now and there has been no change in the size or the shape. This funny t-shirt also holds it’s shape and does not stretch while it is being worn.

This awesome t-shirt starts at only $14.95 (depending on size and style). I have seen similar t-shirts sell for way more at the mall. If this is still too high for you, use discount code miss15 at checkout for 15% off your entire purchase.

For new design alerts, more discounts and daily chances to win funny t-shirts, like BigtimeTeez of Facebook and follow them on twitter and Instagram (@bigtimeteez).

 

BigtimeTeez Review: The Hardest Part Of A Zombie Apocalypse Hat

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Zombie-Apocalypse-340x340I normally review t-shirts from BigtimeTeez, but today I’m going to do something a little different and review a hat. They are known predominantly for their funny t-shirts, but have since moved into hats. A little while back I reviewed “The Hardest Part Of A Zombie Apocalypse t-shirt”, but the same slogan is now available in the “The Hardest Part Of A Zombie Apocalypse Hat”.

This hat is a trucker style hat, and it is available in black with a white front, kelly green with a white front, neon green and neon pink. The one I received is neon green. It is definitely eye catching. The black printing contrasts very nicely on the bright green, almost highlighter DSCF0351yellow, hat. The design takes up the entire front of the hat. The screen printing is fantastic. There are no cracks or peeling edges.

I am typically not a hat person and when I do find a hat I like, it is hard to find one that fits. The “The Hardest Part Of A Zombie Apocalypse Hat” is sized to fit most adults and adjusts from 17″ to 24″, and it fits me perfectly. If it fits me, it will fit most adults with a smaller head and possibly some older children.

Hats can be relatively expensive, but the “The Hardest Part Of A Zombie Apocalypse Hat” is just $14.95. If that is still too high, use discount code miss15 at checkout for 15% off your entire purchase.

For more funny t-shirts and hats, checkout BigtimeTeez.com, follow BigtimeTeez on twitter and like them on Facebook.

Product Review: Canvas Champ 12″x8″ Print & Giveaway 10″x8″ Custom Canvas

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I was contacted by a printing company called Canvas Champ to review one of their 12″x8″ prints. I have reviewed canvas prints on here before, but the print from Canvas Champ is far superior to the previous one.

DSCF0261The first thing about this canvas that I would like to mention is the HD quality of the photo. There is no distortion of the image or discoloration like I have had happen with other prints I have ordered from other companies. The image remains 100% true to it’s original form. There is also a very nice gloss to the print giving it more of a regular photo appearance while still having the more artistic appeal of a canvas.

The craftsmanship of the frame is phenomenal. Many DSCF0262other companies will just stretch a canvas over a frame made of 4 pieces of wood, and leave the back open making it more susceptible to tearing. Canvas Champ prints have an extra piece of wood behind the print making the entire frame more sturdy and it also helps keep the canvas pulled tighter to prevent rippling in the print. The small bracket in the back is made of quality metal and is securely fastened to the back of the frame. The print is securely stapled to the frame with no slack in the picture.

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With such great quality, one would assume that the price is outrageous, but it is not by any means. A 12″x8″ print from Canvas Champ is only $16.79. When compared to similar companies, that is well over 50% off of their prices. Canvas Champ prints start at just $10 and run to just $3o. Print sizes range from 8″x8″ to 30″x20″ and custom sizes are also available. I think those are more than fair prices. Processing and shipping can take forever on a canvas print, but Canvas Champ’s processing and shipping time is quite speedy. Shipping only took about 2-3 days via UPS.

DSCF0264The print hangs flush with the wall. There are no gaps between the canvas frame and the wall like what tends to happen with a regular picture frame. This gives a much cleaner, secure way to hang your photography or art. They are even nice enough to include a screw for you to hang it with, so there is no guessing on what size you need to hang your print.

Their ordering process is also very simple and they offer many different ways to upload your print. You can upload from your computer, Facebook or Instagram. This makes preserving images from your social networking sites way easier and more sophisticated.

I highly recommend Canvas Champ’s prints to anyone that is looking to use their own photography to decorate their space and are interested in something a little more exciting than an average photo paper print.

For more information on Canvas Champ like them on Facebook, follow them on twitter and visit CanvasChamp.com.

Canvas Champ has been kind enough to offer a giveaway to the readers of Little Blog of Horror. The prize will be a 10″x8″ custom canvas print of a photo of your choosing. 

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