Tuesday, May 06, 2008
I've always been fascinated by the typographically alluring and spiritually dubious Ouija Board that first entered pop culture in the midst of the Victorian Spiritualism craze, but is still alive and kicking today. Despite some very disturbing and hair-raising personal family legends surrounding this mysterious device (no, seriously. Ghosts can be such jerks), I have a small collection of old boards and even once created a spectral supervillain (Doc Phantom) who was basically a ouija board with a head. If, like me, you're interested in both the history of the witchboard as well as the various graphic and creative forms it has taken over the century, you will really dig the Museum of Talking Boards... a one-stop ouijapalooza.
Sunday, May 04, 2008
I have an old magazine called 'For Laughing Out Loud' published by Dell. No date. The issue I have is called the 'Monster issue', which is somewhat misleading as half the gags published within are pure, unspooky cheescake. Here are a couple of samples of the 'scary' stuff (more to follow)...
Dark Roasted Blend has some disturbingly surreal photos of creepy playground equipment for your viewing displeasure. "Not only kids, but some more impressionable adults are in danger to become psychologically scarred from thinking too much about these monsters and letting them into their dreams."