June Gloom Picture Challenge

“Some said the thunder called the lurking fear out of its habitation, while others said the thunder was its voice.” – H.P. Lovecraft

In this volatile world filled with ominous creatures and unknown dangers, the fine line between madness and reason evaporates with the arrival of the lurking fear.
Curious humans stumble upon Mother Nature’s guardians, as they watch over the gates of the abyss, only to become prey to Summer’s haunting season.

Head on over to Instagram and post your favorite pics/photos representing June Gloom. Both art pics and photos are allowed this time around. Don’t forget to credit the artists when you can.

Join in any day and don’t forget to tag your pics using #junegloompicchallenge

June Gloom Pic Challenge

Spooky Spring Photo Challenge

Celebrating May Day with a 25-day photo challenge. Head on over to Instagram and post your favorite photos representing Spooky Spring. Join in any day!

Don’t forget to tag your pics using #spookyspringphotochallenge

HH Spooky Spring Photo Challenge Redux

 

Happy Walpurgisnacht!

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cackles on the wind
long live the defiant ones
walpurgisnacht

Tuesday Terror – Black Sunday

Black Sunday (1961)
Sometimes Satan, with his capacity for doing evil, even plays tricks with the dead.

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 Black Sunday ©Kino International

After following in his father’s footsteps, cinematographer Mario Bava made his directorial debut with 1960 gothic horror, Black Sunday, aka, The Mask of Satan, about a witch named Asa Vajda from Moldavia, who vows revenge after she and her apprentice are condemned to death by her brother, the crown prince. Two centuries later, on Black Sunday, the day Satan walks the earth, a traveling physician and his assistant unwittingly bring the witch back to life. After turning her apprentice into a vampire, Asa immediately sets out to fulfill her cursed prophecy, by terrorizing her brother’s descendants.

 

Production started in late March 1960 and took less than two months to film, releasing in Italy in August of 1960. The film was a modest success, bringing in $140 million lire, earning back its production costs, but performed much better in Europe and the US. Despite being low-budget, Black Sunday was praised for its originality and vivid imagery, however, the gore and gruesome violence shown in the film drew much criticism and was even banned in the UK until 1968, when a heavily censored version, retitled as Revenge of the Vampire, was finally released. The uncut version wouldn’t be shown until 1992!

 

In the US, Black Sunday was shown as a double feature with Roger Corman’s The Little Shop of Horrors in February 1961. In order to make the film less objectionable, American censors edited the movie down three minutes, excluding such violent scenes as, the burning and branding of flesh, eyeball impalement, and blood spewing out from the mask as it was hammered onto witch’s face in the opening sequence.

 

Unknown British actress Barbara Steele was cast in the lead duel role of the evil witch vampire Asa and her innocent descendant Katia. Even though her voice was dubbed by another actress, audiences swooned over Steele’s haunting beauty and loved her villainous portrayal of the vengeful Asa. Barbara Steele reportedly had a hard time on set and gained reputation for being difficult, mostly due in part to the lack of communication and language barrier.

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©Kino International

What was once shocking to audiences of the early sixties, holds the same magic to influence numerous artists and filmmakers over the years, including Francis Ford Coppola, who is said to have recreated several scenes in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, as a homage to Bava, and Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, which borrowed imagery, namely, the iconic death by iron maiden scene. The horrifying story of revenge and all its extreme violence and sexual suggestions actually helped Black Sunday become a cult classic.

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©Kino International

Haiku of the Week

an evil hex
the spell cannot be broken
forever cursed

Happy Walpurgisnacht!

cackles on the wind
spirited celebration
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Friday Fright Nightcaps – Black Magic Martini

Happy Friday! The good folks over at Spice Roots have blessed us with a wickedly delicious cocktail they call the Black Magic Martini, a perfect drink to toast the badass witches of Greendale, as The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina returns for Season 2.

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Photo ©Spice Roots

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Black Vodka
  • 2 oz Cranberry Juice reduced start with 4 oz and reduce by half
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 1 drop Black color ( if needed)
  • Sugared Cranberries (optional)

To view the full recipe, please visit here: https://www.spiceroots.com/black-magic-martini/

 

 

Drink up, witches!

 

Friday Fright Nightcaps – The Witch’s Heart

Happy Friday! Happy International Women’s Day!

Witches are some of the most persecuted women on the planet. This is as true today as it was in the 16th century. Most women who were executed weren’t even witches. They were just women who spoke out against corruption, injustice and religious and political persecution or fought back against sexual predators. In honor of these brave souls who gave their lives to help shape the future for all womenkind, I share with you, a recipe from the kitchen of The Flavor Blender called, The Witch’s Heart.

 

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Photo ©The Flavor Blender

INGREDIENTS

  • apple brandy or apple vodka chilled
  • grenadine
  • Blackberry Shimmery Liqueur
  • Powdered dry ice optional
  • Martini glass to serve

To view full recipe at The Flavor Bender: https://www.theflavorbender.com/the-witchs-heart-halloween-cocktail/

All brave women have a little bit of witch in them.

Wicked Art Wednesdays

Australian illustrator Selina Fenech is one of the world’s most popular fantasy artists. She creates beautiful magical worlds filled with fairies, mermaids, goddesses, unicorns and other enchanted creatures. Her art has been featured in books and magazines and is available on licensed products worldwide, ranging from clothing, coloring books, dolls, figurines, jewelry,  tarot decks and dozens of other items. She is also a published author of YA fantasy novels titled: Memory’s Wake TrilogyCompanionGuide_3D.jpgArtist: Selina Fenech
Website: https://selinafenech.com/
Where to purchase goods: https://selinafenech.com/shop/
Social Media: https://twitter.com/selinafenech  https://www.instagram.com/selinafenech/

 

Selina also offers free coloring pages to her fans on her website: https://selinafenech.com/gallery/free-stuff-for-fans/