Monday, February 26, 2024

Afternoon Tea with Tinnitus Rex

Storytime!

Back in January, on our first-ever date, my now-girlfriend (henceforth referred to as "The Ghoulfriend") suggested a spontaneous stop-in at Stardust Video and Coffee.  I'd never been, and she'd been wanting to take me for a while (when we were just friends).  I absolutely ate it up.  It was the most hipster establishment I have ever set foot in: Coffee, food, old bookshelves, a cocktail bar, an analog photo booth, eclectic décor, wall graffiti... But it was the live music that really did it for me.

Unbeknownst to either of us, Stardust was hosting a live performance featuring Daniel Fuller (aka Daniel Fuzztone), Billy Davis, and Jeff Matz. We entered the building to the most brain-buzzing distorted drones I've ever experienced live.  It was magnificent.

It's hard to place a genre on the music played that night, but "Improv post-rock shoegaze noise" would get you close enough I think. Here's a snippet from that night: 


When I spoke with Daniel after the show, I learned that Billy and Jeff are members of the local band Tinnitus Rex, a self-described "improv noise band".

Fast-forward almost two months, and I caught wind of an upcoming event: "Afternoon Tea with Tinnitus Rex"

(Source: Orlando Weekly)

The event was taking place tomorrow! I pitched the idea to the ghoulfriend, and she was all for it.  So, just like our first date, we headed to Ten10 Brewing Company for an impromptu date of listening to some of Orlando's finest noise-makers.


A video clip doesn't quite portray the sheer volume and intensity of their music, but here's a couple anyways:








We both had a wonderful time drinking tea and beer, spacing-out to music, and reflecting on the past two and a half months together.  Her and I agreed: we want to go on many more eardrum-destroying Tinnitus Rex dates!

Friday, February 23, 2024

Nosferatu...

.... does this word not sound like the midnight call of the Bird of Death? Do not utter it, or the images of life will fade - into pale shadows and ghostly dreams will rise from your heart and feed your Blood.
- Nosferatu (1922)


Artwork by Trevor Henderson

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Monday, February 19, 2024

Witch Posts

To protect the hamlets and villages at the edge of the bleak moors from wandering ghosts and the mossy padfoot, the locals erect witch posts. These weathered sentries, imbued with old magic, can be found dotted across the wind-battered borderlands. Some have been known to change positions when no one is watching.

Art and caption by @owillow_waly (Marc C. Green)

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Lady M's Haunted Parlor

Just learned about this blog after reading a post over on Pumpkinrot's blog, and swiftly added it to my subscription list. (You should as well!)

Lady M is a very supportive member of the Halloween blogosphere, and a very skilled artisan.  I'm so happy to see an active creator like her on this platform!

Click below to view her blog!

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Listening to: Spooky Love

do you want me still?
spooky love that kills

start this heart again
lay me down to rest
you bring me flowers still
spooky love is real

By vhs ghost

This song fits in to a very specific subgenre that is not fully recognized yet. I think it could be categorized as "lo-fi folk"

Click below to listen:

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Sarah's Scarecrow

By the always-amazing @sarah_the_spook on Instagram.  Beautiful photos of a charming homemade scarecrow!



Wednesday, January 24, 2024

The Art of Rob Bowyer

These are just a few favorites of mine.  There are many more awesome pieces on Instagram: @massiveface , and make sure to check out his Linktree







Monday, January 22, 2024

Listening to: “Candyman” Theme

A wicked cover of the Candyman theme by the electronic music trio Magic Sword

Click below to listen on YouTube:

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Fricks Lock

Another entry in Pumpkinrot's Hexeglaawe series!

Click below for a beautiful photoshoot and a spooky story...

Monday, January 15, 2024

Scarecrow Garden

By Scarecrow Atelier.  Amazing prop and excellent lighting. Just popped up on my Instagram feed.

Monday, December 25, 2023

Listening to: Christmas Ambient

I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas! If not, then rejoice in the fact that this stressful holiday season is finally behind us.

Today I enjoyed listening to this ambient electronic album by Ken Elkinson. It features ethereal covers of famous Christmas songs, perfect for that post-Christmas-dinner nap. 

Merry Christmas folks!

Click below to listen to the album

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

New Moon

Hey everybody! Things are finally starting to level out for me again.  I've been lurking around, dropping in on some of the other blogs (see sidebar →) once in a while.  I can't wait to go through the backlog and binge-read all the posts I've missed.  

Tonight is the last New Moon of 2023.  It marks a time of renewal and fresh starts!  For me, it marks the end of a very stressful (and very long) period of time. And boy am I ready for a clean slate.

I want to give another huge "thank you" to everyone who reads the blog and supports me and my work! I hope your post-Halloween season has been less stressful than mine!

Here's to fresh starts!

At Close of Day, by Maxfield Parrish, circa 1941

Monday, October 30, 2023

Halloween 2023: Postponed until next year

This October has not been kind to me.

I've put off writing this, partially because I haven't had the time or energy to put my feelings into words, but also because it feels like admitting defeat.  Still, with only one day left until Halloween, I see no reason to put it off any longer.

Due to extenuating circumstances, I've made the difficult decision to postpone my yard display until next Halloween.  I have had little time to work on props, and even when I have time, I've lacked the necessary energy or conviction.

Sadly, I think I had already given up on Halloween halfway through the month. This month has taken a mental and emotional toll on me that I never could have anticipated. Increased workloads and back-to-back emotional upheavals severely reduced my time and motivation. This weekend, I faced an unexpectedly harsh case of Halloweekend FOMO.  It all became too much. For one of the few times in my life, I just want October be over already.

What about the yard haunt?

I am still proud of the concept for this year, and I think it deserves a proper execution. Rather than executing a barely-half-baked haunt, I am saving the few props I've made and will carry over this year's theme to Halloween 2024.  Hopefully then, I will have the pleasure of sharing a fully-realized yard haunt with you all.

October 2016

Thank you to all of my regular and intermittent readers.  I hope the rest of you are having a fantastic Halloween season.  For my fellow haunters, I am very excited to see what you have created!

Happy Halloween,
Tjalgahorn

Thursday, October 5, 2023

New shirt from Just Okay Company

Picked up this awesome Over The Garden Wall t-shirt from Just Okay Company.  They had a booth set up at a local market, and I couldn't pass it up.


They are currently taking online pre-orders for this shirt, which you can get here.

Here's a few other autumnal designs available on their website that I loved. Click each image for their respective store pages:


Tuesday, October 3, 2023

The Great Pumpkin Project: October 2nd 2023

A lakeside park, right off of the freeway.  The park is well maintained, so this jack probably won't last long, but it's on a popular pedestrian path and next to a well-traveled side road (Even at 1 A.M. I must have been passed by a dozen cars) so it should get some good visibility.






If you want to know more about The Great Pumpkin Project or participate yourself, check out this post of mine and follow @GreatPumpkinProject on Instagram!

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Happy October!

The best month of the year is officially upon us, and the veil grows increasingly thin.  

It's crunch time for me and my yard display, and time to realize that it won't be all I had planned.  While disappointing, it's ultimately for the best. If I spend my time lamenting what I won't be able to achieve, I might not have the will to make anything this year, and that simply cannot happen!

Some time after October I may talk about the importance of building your haunt in "layers". But until then, there's much work to do!  Keep creepin'!


Jack-o'-lantern from 2022 video

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Big Ass Brick of Soap: Candy Corn

Just got an ad for the newest shower soap from Duke Cannon: Candy Corn! 
(Yes, it's real. Yes, I might just be crazy enough to try this.)

Click below to purchase

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Moonache

This chamber feels most familiar
When it's shadow-clad and hollow.
I have such space to feel and fear,
And fearlessly may wallow.

Assuredly, the Moon is out.
Her heavy song my ears do bear
From pallid lips. I have no doubt:
Celestial is the song I hear.

While luminous her words may be,
(Though spoken by some delphic tongue)
Her visage is obscured from me
And no light hath she brung

Might brumous vapors cloud my view?
Or is my blindness nothing less
Than benighted beating sinew
About to fray from passion's stress?

Yet though I miss the lunar beams
That once so nobly split the dark,
Succor flows anew from dreams
Where moonlight is afraid to lurk


A Yorkshire Lane in November, by John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1873

I wrote this poem last night during a thunderstorm.  Inspiration struck unexpectedly (insert lightning-metaphor here) and I'm quite proud of the result.  

Thank you for reading 🖤