If one needs evidence of the diversity of the horror fan, they have to look no further than the latest issue of Printsploitation magazine. A combination of a comic book, fine art publication and a more traditional genre magazine, this brain child of artist Scott Miller, features drawings from a number of influential indie genre artists devoted to various decades of terror cinema.
Nicely, in the third volume, the glorious black and white artwork is balanced out by a terrific article on the posters of ‘80s sexploitation flicks (and fun reviews of the films themselves) by Heavy Metal Moviesauthor Mike “McBeardo” McPadden and a celebration of acclaimed yet obscure VHS box artist CW Taylor by Dr. Jose.
The art, itself, is an amazing display of eclectic interests and themes. From Don England’s take on Peter Cushing to Putrid’s detailed reimagining of the (much maligned) 1979 monster film Prophecy, this volume has surprises on every page. Favorites here include Corrine Halbert’s darkly innocent take on Michael from the epically trashy Euro horror Burial Groundand the beautiful rendered power profiles of such icons as Susan Tyrell, Debbie Rochon and William Girdler by Klon J. Waldrip.
Capped off by Halbert’s hypnotically quirky take on 1962 indie masterpiece Carnival of Soulson the cover, this beautiful tribute is a must have in the collection of any serious fan of the scare scene.
Printsploitation Issue No. 3 is available for purchase from
In 1975, Jaws proved it wasn’t safe in the water. In 2017, the water did a 180 and decided that Bucket O’ Blood Books and Records’ stock wasn’t safe from it. Yes, unfortunately, Chicago’s premium spot for horror books and used vinyl suffered from some flood damage last week.
Rallying, as independent businesses must, the store is hosting a Flood Sale and Party this Friday from 12 pm to 9 pm. They will have some of their damaged product on sale at slashed prices. Other independent artists and businesses are offering exclusive merchandise and cut rate vinyl for sale, as well, with all of the proceeds going to the recovery effort.
More information is available on the exclusive page for the event:
There’s nothing that we can do about the holidays. They exist whether we want to celebrate them or not. We can choose, however, the way in which we celebrate them. So, to make sure that your Christmas is a bit more macabre than merry, take a look at some of the products offered by artist Jeffrey Flaster.
He’s got everything from key chains to pillows to shirts – all featuring rebellious queers with a dash of pride…and more than a hint of horror!
The divine Scarlet Strychnine proves she has The Stuff!
The lesbian prostitute nuns who raised me have a tendency to revive the dead creatures, found on their midnight walks, in their basement laboratory. Thus, the peculiar odor that emerges from their dwelling. Well, that was until I introduced my menacing matriarchs to the glories of (brand new) Strychnine Sisters soap. Now, all their “pets” smell fine and dandy.
Of course, this glorious duo of spooky craft makers is already well known for their fabulously creepy jewelry (as shown, below) and gothic household accessories.
Therefore, anyone looking to get themselves a bony treat or dress a favored corpse should be sure to check out all their death defying products at:
I am definitely more Barbara Steele than Judy Garland – but whenever I hear the phrase trunk show, I always think big production numbers and A Star is Born.
Thankfully, amazing horror entrepreneur Pretty Spooky is definitely more on the Italian terror side with an awesome upcoming event featuring her awesome t-skirts (made from genre film and rock t-shirts). Yes, Chicago’s historic punk clothing store, The Alley, and Pretty Spooky have joined forces for an amazing evening of shopping, fun and prizes!
So, if you are near 3228 N. Clark Street on November 30th (2013) be sure to stop in for the most perfect Black Saturday event of all time!
After spending time as one of the whipped and chained at Father Lou’s Cathedral of Catholic Cranks, I have, generally, come to dread the mention of an unveiling of any sort.
Granted, there are always exceptions to the rules – one, in particular, being the fact that the amazing Bucket O’ Blood Books and Records at 2307 N. Milwaukee in Chicago, is unveiling something huge, today (and into infinity)!
Lucky celluloid hunters can get first the first peek at the store’s Halloween Happy Hour, beginning at 4 PM. BTW – I have heard rumors that it may involve a bevy of Graveyard Tramps floating around, as well!