Model Kit Gallery Page – New

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Model Kit Gallery Page

Because I’ve been getting so many hits for my Aurora and Vintage Monster Model Kits, I thought it was time I set up a permanent gallery link in my Pages Menu section along the top bar.

I’ll add to these from time to time as I complete additional kits and I’ll add links to the original posts where I explain some of my building techniques and modifications.

For now you can take a look at my Gallery of Finished Monster Model Kits.

Thanks for tuning in!
Also, I have these two quick Vids of Model Kits I had built if you care to take a look :)

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The Spectral Link – Thomas Ligotti

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With Ligotti’s work, you always get the sense that his writing is a catharsis and that within a wholly functioning story the author is working out some deep personal dilemma behind the scenes. It’s always way in the background of his stories like a forgotten skeletal sub-plot. However, in The Spectral Link, it seems his mental insecurities have taken center stage in his story telling. After a short preface we are treated to two tales, short but welcomed, the first fiction from Ligotti since a longer than 10 year hiatus.
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At the urging of a dark figure in his dream called The Dealer, a man works on his psychiatrist to perform a specific deed he describes as the “All New Context.” The man’s demoralization at it’s peak, he wishes to take the next step in withdrawal from life. Eventually, the psychiatrist, Doctor O, moves from his office and leaves no forwarding address for the man. Each time he moves he is found by his persistent patient. Dr. O inevitably witnesses ‘The Dealer’ himself and succumbs to his patient’s wishes, although it seems those wishes have changed.

In The Small People, the character has to deal with the intrusive spread of a race of small people that seem to have no rhyme or reason to their existence. There are themes of bigotry and prejudice explored within this story along with severe paranoia. Eventually the boy grows up and seems to see ‘the small people’ in everyone around him including his parents. He ligotti artbelieves them to be conspiring against him for unknown reasons but in tandem with the small people. In the end he begs his psychiatrist for answers to life’s questions, to which there are none. The story makes you deal with the prejudices within yourself; uncomfortable situations and ideas are presented to your intellect to stew over.

Overall, these tales are different than Ligotti’s other horror fiction, but in line with repeating themes of his work. I think the biggest difference is the focus of the stories are turned inward upon the writer himself further demonstrating his nihilistic views. The stories make you twitch with discomfort and longing for an answer that is never found. I find shadows of Franz Kafka in these tales which can leave the reader in a state of woeful dread. Depending upon the degree the reader lets themselves fall into the stories, it makes it all the more difficult to shake off the cloud of dread and climb out of the black hole Ligotti has led you into. And that’s the horror of these stories.
The Spectral Link on Amazon

Giants Legend and Lore

Parlor of Horror:

Considering the ‘Search for the Lost GIANTS’ show I’ve been watching on History Channel, I thought this would be a good time to reblog this.

Originally posted on parlor of horror:

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Giants Legend and Lore

Stories involving Giants can be found in all cultures, from the earliest Mesopotamia stone carvings to recent American legends of Paul Bunyan and John Henry. Particularly tall men are born from time to time and their unusual stature can be attributed to some of the tales and folklore spoken through generations. Add to that some vivid imagination, fear, and a healthy dose of alcohol, and you have the ingredients for a tall-tale about a giant man.

Giants were also used to explain natural phenomenon that could not be explained by a people’s knowledge of the world at any particular time. Thunder was giants at play, earth tremors and quakes were walking giants and volcanoes were the burning blood of a long buried giant. Following, are some of the legends and folklore of giants through the ages.
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Now on Netflix Streaming – Horror – Fall 2014 edition

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Now on Netflix Streaming – Horror – Fall 2014 edition

I haven’t done one of these in a long time. I usually try to warn my readers of what not to watch on Netflix, but this time I’m going to list flicks available on Netflix Streaming that would be good choices for fall and winter viewing.

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25 Horror Flicks on Netflix Streaming to watch over the winter

In no particular order:

Stake Land (2010)
I resisted watching this for a long time. Finally watched it and it’s a good damn flick!re-animator 1985

Event Horizon (1997)
A space ship with a machine to open a portal to another dimension releases the horrors of hell.

Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
An even gorier follow-up to Clive Barker’s Hellraiser. The Doctor is in!

Fright Night (1985)
The original campy vampire flick that oozes personality and charm. Should have never been remade.

Candyman (1992)
Tony Todd’s voice will mesmerize you in this horror/psychological thriller from the mind of Clive Barker.Invasion_of_the_body_snatchers 1978

Reanimator (1985)
Fantastically gory Gordon/Yuzna adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s story will have you laughing in between spectacular ‘road kill’ moments.

Dead Silence (2007)
Creepy puppets in this fine James Wan horror film.

Brain Dead (1990)
Psychological horror flick takes you into the mind of a madman/genius.

Evil Dead 2 (1987)
Sam Raimi’s tongue-in-cheek sequel will get your blood pumping…all over the floor, walls, ceiling, face, etc.

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Oldies:

House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Dated but a good story worth watching to this day. Creepy ol’ lady, walking skeletons, ghostly shrieks in the night…the perfect old time creepy film.

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The epitome of 1950’s sci-fi/horror. A scientific experiment goes awry and creates a half-man/half fly. Awesome giant fly head effect and disturbing ending.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)
George Romero classic zombie flick that changed the essence of zombie movies, books, and television shows forever.

The Dunwich Horror (1970)
Psychedelic adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s story of the same name. Dated feel and a little slow but worth a watch for the Lovecraft fan.

Madhouse (1974)
Vincent Price and Peter Cushing make this Amicus Film worth viewing. When a struggling actor tries to resurrect his career, everyone around him begins to get murdered, seemingly by the horror character he plays.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
A remake worth watching, noted for it’s great creepy music and sound construction. Wonderful characters, great acting.

The Legend of Hell House (1973)
Rody McDowell leads a group of ghost hunters into an abandoned mansion in this Richard Matheson classic ghost story film.

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The Crow (1994)
A dark and iconic comic book adaptation makes for a wonderful modern gothic film.

Apartment 143 (2011)
Well made Found Footage film about a ghost haunting in an apartment.

Dead End (2003)
Odd-ball low budget flick about a family lost on a haunted country road. This dysfunctional family generates some comical dialogue on their way to Grandma’s for the Holiday.

Satan’s Little Helper (2004)
Another strange low-budget flick about a serial killer that befriends a young boy on Halloween. A weird tale, not for everyone.

Darkness Falls (2003)
A witch-like ghost torments residents of a small town by masquerading under the Tooth Fairy legend.

The Stand (1994)
Decent yet dated mini series adaptation of Stephen King’s apocalyptic novel about a devastating viral outbreak.

From Dusk ‘til Dawn (1996)
While most remember Selma Hayek’s wonderful snake-dance and Quentin Tarantino’s bizarre dialogue, it’s easy to forget that this is a fun campy vampire flick with great old-school effects by Tom Savini. Directed by Robert Rodriguez.

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Aurora Prehistoric Scenes Woolly Rhino

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Aurora Prehistoric Scenes Woolly Rhino

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Here is my Aurora Prehistoric Scenes, Woolly Rhino, garage kit.

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There was no Woolly Rhino kit release from Aurora, so I built this using pieces of Aurora kits and sculpting my own details.

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This kit uses the head from the Woolly Rhino in the Aurora Tar-Pit kit. I sculpted a body and made a base to match the tradition of the Aurora kits.

See my video for info on the build, sculpting, painting and creating the Woolly Rhino kit…

Wer (2013) – Movie review

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Wer (2013)

Directed by William Brent Bell

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Sebastian Roché
Vik Sahay

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This is a smart film that gets the viewer reacquainted with a familiar horror staple without the cartoon-ish CGI representation of the character that seems to cheapen the genre. It approaches the werewolf story in a realistic way, encompassing the real legend of werewolf origins into a modern retelling. Relating the Wer legend to a blood disease that brings about black-out seizures gives the story an interesting and believable angle.WER Poster

A family camping in the countryside of France is brutally murdered. Police capture a strange and lanky suspect by the name of Talan Gwynek and charge him with the murders. An American lawyer, Kate Moore, and her two assistants step up to defend Gwynek, mostly because it would be a high visibility case and win them notoriety. The suspect is feeble and arthritic in his movements. Kate intends to prove that Gwynek has a rare disease that involves seizures which would make it impossible for him to commit the murders. She gets a judge to approve the test for the disease, much to the dismay and anger of the lead detective. The test includes a strobe light treatment which would bring on a seizure. It brings on more than a seizure and Gwynek kills several officers and healthcare workers before escaping into the city.

I truly appreciate a horror film aimed at adult horror fans with a sensible plot and believable scenarios from the characters. The trailer may lead you to believe this is a found footage film, it is not. There are two scenes in that style but most of the movie is traditionally filmed. Though the film is open ended, (allowing for a sequel) it is a tightly written script. I enjoyed this film and I think the more discerning horror fan will appreciate what the filmmakers have done here.

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An intelligent horror film aimed at the more discerning horror fan.
I give it 4.1 out of 5 gnarly growls on the scale of hairy harbingers of horror.

Fun fact:
Between 1520 and 1630 there were approximately 30,000 werewolf trials in France alone. The epidemic of Lycanthrope incidents continued through Germany, lands now known as Switzerland, and Estonia.

 

Journals of Horror: Found Fiction, Anthology Released

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Journals of Horror: Found Fiction
edited by Terry M. West

Journals of Horror: Found Fiction, includes a short story by yours truly, Michael Thomas-Knight

Suicide notes, inter-office memos, diaries, email threads; people’s most personal thoughts in the pages of this collection. What has happened to these people; where have their lives gone wrong? Find out in Journals of Horror.

Terry M. West and Pleasant Storm Entertainment, Inc. present a revolutionary approach to the multi-author horror fiction anthology. JOURNALS OF HORROR: Found Fiction, is a collection of terror inspired by the mechanics of the found footage horror film. In JOURNALS OF HORROR, the stories presented are horrific encounters committed to paper, item or device and discovered later. Each tale is a case file that has been transcribed from some type of unearthed diary.

This anthology is filled with some of the hottest talent in the horror-fiction genre:
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Glenn Rolfe
Robin Dover
DS Ullery
Scott Essel Pratt
Michael Thomas-Knight
John Ledger
Paul D. Marks
Sonja Thomas
Paula Cappa
Stuart Keane
Darryl Dawson
Crystal Leflar
Lori R. Lopez
Michael Seese
Jeff O’Brien
Matt Hayward
Joseph Ramshaw
Michael McGlade
DJ Tyrer
Wesley Thomas
Regina West
Evan Purcell
Robert McGough
Erik Gustafson
Christopher Alan Broadstone
Robert Holt
and of course, Terry M. West

Get it here for Kindle: Journal of Horror

(print edition coming soon)

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