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Fulfill Your Dark Destiny: Support The Pretty Little Dead Girls Graphic Novel

When I grow up, I want to be like my friend Mercedes M. Yardley. Not only is she amazingly talented and creative, she has cool pets like Thug Bunny (RIP) & Marsh the cat, who will melt you with one death-gaze. But her amazing book, Pretty Little Dead Girls, is being turned into a graphic novel! Pretty Little Dead Girls was published as a novel in 2014. Now, it is coming out as a graphic novel with illustrations by artist Orion Ganzara. I mean, just check out this cover art! If that didn‚Äôt entice you enough, the first line of the book is as follows: ‚Ä[...]

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Horror Coloring Books

You know what you need? A collection of horror coloring books. Now is the perfect time to embrace this. It's the holiday season! Time for magic! And stress! *throws glitter, which you now have to clean up* See what I mean? You need a good coloring session. Or possibly a list of gift ideas for your loved ones who could also use some time to unwind. And what could be better for that than these horror coloring books? Forget flowers and ponies, Edgar Allan Poe's raven is where it's at. 9 Horror Coloring Books on Amazon.com The Beauty of Horror, a GOREgeous Color[...]

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The Horror Of Being Forgotten

As writers, each of us at The Midnight Society have our own reasons for doing what we do. As an escape, to explore new worlds, to make a statement about things going on in the world. However, I’d venture to say that every one of us writes so we can leave a legacy after we’ve gone. And my discovery of photographer Vivian Maier made me reflect on an artist's legacy. DISCOVERING VIVIAN MAIER I was recently introduced to Vivian Maier, who worked as a nanny for over 40 years in Chicago who, in her spare time, took photographs of people and architecture. The remark[...]

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Artist Interview: Shannon Stamey Gets Bjork-y About His Cat

The Davis Girl (TDG): I am joined today via Google Hangouts by illustrator Shannon Stamey. He draws things. Welcome Shannon. Shannon Stamey (SS): Thanks for having me! TDG: You draw some pretty awesome things, Shannon. SS: Thanks! Sometimes I draw total crap. TDG: What do you do with the crap drawings? SS: There's a furnace in the basement of my apartment building. TDG: Oooooooh. SS: Other times, I keep them to remind myself where I've screwed up. TDG: I like to burn things, too. SS: I usually just throw them away. TDG: What is the the last thing[...]

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Death Scenes and Dioramas: The Crime Scenes of Frances Glessner Lee

Steps from the White House, hanging from a red brick building lit from below like¬†someone holding a flashlight under their chin to tell a ghost story, the banner read, ‚ÄúMurder Is Her Hobby.‚ÄĚ Well now. I¬†was instantly drawn in¬†to¬†Renwick Gallery and¬†Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death,¬†an exhibit that highlights her¬†contributions to forensic science and delightfully macabre craftwork. In a time when women were expected to pursue ladylike hobbies, Frances Glessner¬†Lee (1878-1962) directed her money[...]

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Dark Arts & Crafts

It's zombie month here at The Midnight Society! But except for this¬†gem (below), I don't do zombies. But taking a photo of my¬†Pride & Prejudice & Zombies & Brains¬†piece only made me want to document some of the other arts and crafts lurking in my house. Because truth be told, this month is kicking my bum. So I kind of feel like a zombie...that counts. And so¬†here, in no particular order, is my personal art gallery. And yes, everything is for sale*.                  [...]

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Book Review: THE STUMPS OF FLATTOP HILL by Ken Lamug

Ken Lamug's THE STUMPS OF FLATTOP HILL brings a long-overdue disturbance to the picture book arena. The cover alone promised me things that I was desperate for the story to keep. And keep them, it did. THE STUMPS OF FLATTOP HILL is an otherworldly cautionary picture book in which dear little Florence accepts a dare to face perils unknown but ends up Doing Something Else And That Is All I Will Say On The Plot Because Reasons. If you want more, go here or here.  What I love about Lamug's storytelling is that it's done in fluctuating rhythm[...]

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The Inevitable Silent Hill 2 Post: Part One

(This post contains spoilers for Silent Hill 2. You've been warned.) Yeeeeeah, I kinda hoped I never got desperate enough I resorted to writing about this one, because I'm pretty sure this will turn into a dissertation. There's been a lot of virtual ink spilt on Silent Hill 2 and honestly, I don't think there's anything I can I add to the discussion... so obviously there'll be at least three posts about the game I have to say about. Part One will discuss one meaning of the story while Part Two will look at the themes and symbolism, and Part Three will look at[...]

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Online Collaboration: hitRECord

I happened on a video one day while trolling through Facebook. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (love him by the way) has created an online collaborative production company; one that is begging for writers, editors, artist, and musicians to come together and create. HOW COOL IS THIS? Not only is this a TV show, but also an online community. All you writers out there can participate in the Weekly Writing Challenge! Want a taste of the prompts? Here's WEEK 35's CHALLENGE: Write a comedy story about a person who becomes non-human. *The Deadline for Week 35's Challenge is Mond[...]