Afternoon meditation: Bach, Mendelssohn, Bull, Reger, Martin, Tchaikovsky

February 25, 2014


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Journal: Werewolf Communion [Week of July 30]

August 5, 2012

This weekend I attended a party where the drink of choice was communion wine. The standards for sacramental wine are different than consumer wine, which is why — perhaps naively — I didn’t think you could purchase it online. Apparently you can, but it’s really just wine made to altar wine standards — grapes only and “uncorrupted.” True altar wine is not sold to the general public. Angelica wine is the most popular altar wine. It’s a sweet, high-alcohol dessert wine that is believed to originate in Los Angeles, produced by Franciscan missionaries. You can buy a consumer variety over here.

At the same party, I ended up talking to a man who believes he’s a werewolf. So, that happened.

Sister Janet Mead rocks. [Spotted via David E. Williams]



The Colonial Theatre

I paid a visit to The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, which hosted its first show in 1903. Scenes from The Blob were filmed there. The balcony is still open to patrons.


James Bond

I’ve been writing a James Bond column for and was excited to spot these Bond girl makeup tutorials from Sam and Nic of Pixiwoo fame. Their videos are always beautifully shot, and the artistry is admirable. I don’t wear nearly as much makeup (or smear glue stick on my face, ouch), but I always pick up a few things to try out and learn about new products. They love recreating theatrical pop culture looks.

Journal: New Animals [Week of Oct 24]

October 30, 2011

∞ Writerly things:

Trailer for new Herzog; William Friedkin interviews Fritz Lang; beautiful horror film soundtracks; Cuckoo’s Nest asylum photos + more.

Movie news & horror news

∞ Reading

50 Watts, World Enough, and Time by James Kahn, The New York Times on José Mojica Marins, and new Girls on Film about feminism and horror by Monika Bartyzel.

∞ Follow

Friends new and old worth your time:

@SeraphicManta @NoVisibleScars @DailyGrindhouse @kesslerboy

Happy Halloween!





Flavorwire Night Watch

October 3, 2011

Last week I wrote a bunch of stuff for Flavorwire. You can catch up on all the posts over here.


I Love My VHS Belt!

July 15, 2011

You can order one like it from Bonnie Banks on this site (contact page here), or get your old boots painted with the ghouly, drooly maws of demonic thingies.









Journal: “Tales of Travelers” [Week of June 20]

June 27, 2011

* Mike Shiflet’s Llanos has been in heavy rotation. He’s playing at Vox Populi June 27.

Nick Cave’s rejected Gladiator 2 script: “Following the success of Gladiator, released in 2000, Crowe and Scott invited Cave to write a script for the sequel. They hoped that the macabre musician could find a creative solution to Gladiator 2’s main hurdle – that Maximus, Crowe’s character, dies at the end of the first film.”

* Writerly things:

* Corner of a miniature interior I created. Using it as backdrop for a new video.

* Food alchemy: baked sweet potato secretions and beets

Grzegorz Cisiecki shared a link to his film with me recently. Here’s his short called Smoke. Let him know what you think in the comments section.

Thanks to UbuWeb for reposting this Negativland vid on Twitter. Hadn’t heard this one in a long time.

Journal: “Carved, Not Poured” [Week of June 13]

June 19, 2011

Writerly Things

‘Attack The Block’ Red Band Trailer Invades This Week’s Horror Bites MTV Movies Blog

Watch/Learn: Rob Zombie’s Torturous Woolite Ad and How Tim Burton Helped Make ‘Toy Story’ Happen

Brett Ratner Wants You to Be Part of His Next Movie

5 Tips for ‘ABCs of Death’ Filmmaker Contestants from ‘Hobo with a Shotgun’s Jason Eisener

FEARnet : Six Sites Remember the Class of 1981 FEARnet

Eminem or Tupac: Which Film Should Antoine Fuqua Direct?

Nerd Watch: Sexy Star Wars Nudescapes


Guess I will pretend I made this pinwheel that I found at a sidewalk sale, because IT RINGS — and I had zero free time to work on anything this week. Stop the madness.

Ear Candy


Happy Father’s Day, Dad

Journal: “It lifts: and the Scenery is Falling Apart” [Week of June 6]

June 11, 2011

Writerly Things

The Life Zone’ Trailer Introduces Us to Pro-Life, Forced-Breeding Horror

‘Conan the Barbarian’ Reveals Five Badass Posters – We Help Explain the New Characters

The Gory Glory of the Grand Guignol: Five Films Evoking Paris’ Infamous House of Horrors

What is a “Dim Sum Western”, and Has One Filmmaker Created a New Genre?

‘Human Centipede’ Sequel Banned From The UK MTV Movies Blog

Real-Life Titanic II Sinks on Maiden Voyage

‘The Master’ Conspiracy Theory: Will Smith Refusing ‘Django Unchained’ Part Based on Scientology Connection


Slowww week. Impromptu puppet show at 4 AM & hair hanger.

Ear Candy


Jenny’s things

Two blocks from my apartment and always taunting meeeee

Journal: “All the Pretty Little Horses” [Week of May 30]

June 3, 2011

Writerly Things

Sound Off: Who Should Play Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in The New Martin Scorsese Movie?

Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’ Trailer Arrives In This Week’s Horror Bites MTV Movies Blog

Casting/Rumors: Joaquin Phoenix Joins Low Life, Leonardo DiCaprio May Play Villain for Quentin Tarantino


Horse carcass photo taken by a friend (inspired horsey nightmares — à la Prom Night 2 — which stirred ideas for a video). Horse drawing by me (lives on my studio wall).

Ear Candy

Every time I think I’ve heard all the best Morricone, I find another song to love.


Cemetery in Drexel Hill, PA

I didn’t even eat them. I was convinced they’d be the Germanic Twin Peaks of gummy bears, but they were just sad blobs.

Journal: “Dream Home Heartache” [Week of May 23]

May 28, 2011

Writerly Things

Discuss: Which Actress Should Play the New Carrie?

What Will It Take for These New ‘Frankenstein’ Movies to Be Successful?

Sex Sells, but Will ‘Sex & Zen’ Be a Hit with US Audiences?

‘Carrie’ Remake Draws Lindsay Lohan’s Attention And ‘Fright Night’ Gets R-Rating In This Week’s Horror Bites MTV Movies Blog

My review of Lance Henriksen and Joe Maddrey’s ‘Not Bad for a Human’ is in the May issue (#111) of ‘Rue Morgue Magazine‘ Rue Morgue


Pics from a trip to an abandoned fancypants house, which are inspiring some ideas for a new installation I’m mapping out.

Ear Candy

This + his Daughters of Darkness soundtrack x 1000.


Color swatch morbidity.

The window of Lerro’s Candy in South Philly.

Awesome neighborhood porch kitty I walk by lots. I like to think he’s betrothed to my tuxedo lady cat.

Fulci fo’ life.

My desk is looking creepy.

Journal: “There is a Rapture on the Lonely Shore” [Week of May 16]

May 21, 2011

Writerly Things

Horror Porn Parodies from Hell: Ten Titilating Takes on the Genre FEARnet

Horror Franchises ‘Scream 5’ Should Learn an Important Lesson From

What Have They Done to Giallo? Five Favorites You Should Become Familiar With FEARnet

Army Of Darkness’ Gets A Video Game And 50 Cent Joins ‘Odd Thomas’ In This Week’s Horror Bites MTV Movies Blog

My review of Lance Henriksen and Joe Maddrey’s ‘Not Bad for a Human’ is in the May issue (#111) of ‘Rue Morgue MagazineRue Morgue


Cicada tucked inside plastic, amber medical container (found inside an abandoned hospital in Philadelphia)

Puppet for a video short

Sketchbook collage: photos and vintage encyclopedia illustrations

I live near a typewriter repair/sales shop, which is on the verge of closing. One day I went inside to take a peek, and the owner gave me this typewriter for free because he loved my bicycle and said I had “pizzazz.” I use it for something almost every day.

Ear Candy


Hula hoop music. (Yes, really.) From Jacopetti and Prosperi’s 1971 mondo Addio Zio Tom (Goodbye Uncle Tom).



Centerfolds in Philadelphia

My Miami pics suffered from inebriated shaky syndrome — and shaky pools and beaches are kind of boring (sorry for failing you). Florida isn’t my favorite place in the world, but Miami has this amazing bygone motel culture that is kitsch-sleaze perfection.

Rue Morgue Magazine and The Museum of Mourning Art

January 9, 2011

I have an article in Rue Morgue Magazine’s January 2011 issue, which is in stores right now. You can also check it out online. On pages 58-59 is my entry in their Travelogue of Terror series, where I visited The Museum of Mourning Art in Drexel Hill, PA. If you’re in the Philly area and have an interest in history, funerary artifacts, and embroidery I highly recommend a visit.

© Alison Nastasi, 2015