I love this image (above) of the electrically powerful hands.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
How do you like this Romanian shag mask?
A nice combination of hangers and lanterns!
A pair of skinny mannequin legs with a big mask on top...a match made in Heaven.
Above, Crumb appears with a Third Eye! I have a great Lopsang Rampa book which describes the surgery he (Rampa) underwent in Tibet to have the obstacle to his third eye removed.
Wow! A great brain photo, but it's so....so....low brow. It lacks class.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Above, another brilliant Don Heck cover. That guy was a national treasure!
Yikes! Why do people take chances like this (above)?
Boris Karloff, of course.
A simplified version of something like this (above) might make an interesting Halloween bookshelf decoration. You could design it so it does double duty at Christmas. I wonder who did this.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Lately I've paid more than usual attention to what happens in the sky. I guess the Fall provokes those kind of thoughts. In Summer the night and day are separated by beautiful sunsets and slowly unfolding twilights, but by Halloween the transition can be abrupt and violent.
By the end of the day an otherwise sunny sky is cupped in the hands of dark clouds (above) and snuffed out. At this time of year the day no longer reliably evolves into into night; it's as often as not suffocated under a blanket.
As soon as darkness takes over the scenic beaches become traps for ships.
Suicides seek out high places.
People out for revenge seek their targets.
Fanatics plot with their followers.
Fires are tended in military camps, prayer vigils are held in temples, the shadowy underworld is patrolled by the police.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Gee, this (above) is a nice mask. It's probably plastic but it I've seen similar effects on plaster and clay.
Polynesians used to have Halloween every day.
This (above) reminds me that I should buy whole coconuts around Halloween time. There's so much you can do with the shells.
The two mache masks on the right (above) cover the whole head. I wonder how you make something like that?
Above, a yuppie mask. Not bad, not bad.
Around Halloween time cereal boxes used to have printed masks on the back.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Gigantism in animals always seemed creepy to me. The creepiest are the species I normally consider benevolent and non-threatening...birds, for example.
But really, I should know better. Giant birds were some of the most formidable predators on Earth after the extinction of the dinosaurs. They'd show us no mercy if they had a size advantage.
For some reason gigantic humans don't seem menacing at all. Maybe that's because I used to lech after tall girls when I was in High School.
Animals, on the other hand, are a different thing. When they're big it seems like a Biblical plague. It feels like a sign that something cosmic has gone awry, that the natural order of things is out of whack.
The only horses I know of that are still bred for height are Clydesdale's (above). Everybody wants to see how big they can get.
Of course, tiny creatures can be creepy too.
And, talking about tiny creatures, is that (above) really Shirley Temple?