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Treasure Trove: What I’m Loving Now

There are so many things I want to share with you…the only way to do it properly is by creating this post: a treasure trove of all the golden nuggets I’ve come across in the past couple of weeks.

I hope you enjoy!

This Box of Goodies

I’d heard of Nerd Block and had seen their ads pop up in my Facebook newsfeed, but it wasn’t until I was promised a Stephen-King-themed horror box of fun that I bit the bullet and hit the “subscribe” button.

Yesterday, my anticipated Horror Nerd Block came in the mail…and I was not disappointed.

nerd block horror box

Among the grab bag of items shown above are an autographed photograph of P.J. Soles (a.k.a. the mean girl in the 1976 Carrie film), a stuffed Pennywise for me to cuddle up with, a Misery shirt courtesy of ShirtPunch, a “REDRUM” key hook, and much more.

And for October, I’m promised an exclusive item from Nightmare on Elm Street as well as some products related to Halloween and Hellraiser. I am STOKED.

This Zombie-through-the-Ages Video

While we’re talking about horror…check out the below.

This Oscar Wilde Quote

(found on Zoe169)

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – from Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan

This Kenneth Patchen Poem

(found on Bibliokept)

kenneth patchen creation poem

This Blog Post About Publishing

(found on A Writer’s Path)

Rachael Hanel discusses several things a writer should do before starting the publication process. My favorite piece of advice? Take a writing class. They’re available online as well as through community colleges and universities.

I can’t count the number of writing classes I’ve taken. Hell, one just started yesterday that I hope will help me prep for NaNoWriMo! But more on that later….

This Edgar Allan Poe Gift Set

(available from PLASTICLAND)

edgar allan poe the tell-tale heart

The realistic heart actually beats, folks. It’s just too good. And perfect timing, as my birthday is Tuesday. (Hint, hint.)

What books, songs, videos, blog posts, poems, etc., have you fallen in love with recently? Share below!

I Will Always Want to Eat Your Brrraaaiinnnnnsssss
May 14, 2015, 2:47 pm
Filed under: Literature | Tags: , ,

zombies in horrorI was exposed to the horror genre at a young age. No, I don’t mean I was a preteen sneaking into R-rated movies. I was five years old, snuggled up against my parents on the couch. (Don’t worry–they told me to close my eyes during the sex scenes.)

This probably goes without saying, but I had disturbing, terrible nightmares and soon depended upon a nightlight to get any rest.

This love of gore and chills has followed me since that first scary movie, and I love pretty much all subgenres that typically fall under the label “horror.” One subgenre in particular has its rotten, fleshy grip on my heart:


I truly fell in love with zombies after watching the film 28 Days Later (2002). This was around the beginning of what was to be more than a decade of zombie fandom, and it was definitely the start of my personal zombie fandom.

According to the trustworthy* Wikipedia, the first piece of literature about zombies was Lovecraft’s story “Herbert West—Reanimator,” published in 1921. Oh, Wikipedia. You sweet, poor, naive creature. This simply is not so.

Mentions of zombies–or, as they were referred to in more “refined” times, the undead or ghouls–in storytelling can be traced back to The Epic of Gilgamesh, from the delightful Middle Ages (specifically, the 18th century BCE). See for yourself:

If you do not give me the Bull of Heaven,

I will knock down the Gates of the Netherworld,

I will smash the doorposts, and leave the doors flat down,

and will let the dead go up to eat the living!

And the dead will outnumber the living!

Translated by Maureen Gallery Kovacs

So, long before the eerie, unforgettable words “They’re coming to get you, Barbara” (Night of the Living Dead1968) were spoken, people were already more than a little creeped out by flesh-eating zombies.

Are you a lover of the undead? (If not, why the hell not?)

*For those who didn’t notice my sarcasm: Wikipedia is never, ever to be trusted.
scary zombie

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