Mimielle on Fashion: When We go Out, People Gonna Shout?

Posted in News with tags , , , , on April 20, 2015 by Mimielle
Mimielle at the Museum

Mimi on the loose!

Hello Addicts! Here is a topic your fashionably frightful fellow Addict, Mimielle has been mulling over:

When you go out dressed unusually, do you get comments about it? I’d love to hear your experiences with this because when discussing fashion, it’s often one of the more common reasons people give me for being a little hesitant to fully realize their fashion sense, the reactions or fear of the reactions making them uncomfortable. And not just teens or twenty-somethings. It’s unfortunately a fact that many people of every age feel unable to wear the fashions they’d like to in public for fear of reactions.

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Mimielle haunted New Orleans

Since obviously, I roam the streets dressed like this…

I currently live in a smaller metropolitan area in a southern state so in hopes of encouraging you to be brave and deal gracefully on your own terms with people who are rude enough to publicly and sometimes even confrontationally question your fashion, I’ll share the 2 most common reactions I get wearing Gothic Lolita fairly regularly and my thoughts about them. I leave kid’s reactions out because mostly they are great, either asking me something completely outlandish like “Are you Lady Gaga?” or whispering to their parent “Wow look, a princess!” Plus you can’t actually punch a kid, not that I’m suggesting it or anything – where is your sense of the ridiculous?

  1. People wanting to take my picture. Oddly, this doesn’t bother me if they just stealthily take a snap or 3 but when they come up to me, it makes me self-conscious at times. Like when I am in Walmart on a Tuesday morning, holding a package of bacon. True story, Morning Glory. I totally expect to end up on People of Walmart one of these days but I’m still not sure if I’d leave the photo up or ask them to remove it. There are a couple of people already posted on there that have Lolita-related outfits, dating back 4 years or so but they aren’t very good representations of the fashion. There is one nicely dressed Texas Lolita posted there with a Little Miss Muffet caption, she actually got several nice comments though and left her photo up so obviously opinions vary!
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  2. People wanting to have my fashion ‘explained’ to them. I can usually spot these people before they come up to me and they are the worst. Let me preface this by saying that even in the Lolita community, I am not the person who loves to explain or define anything and will most often defer to the nearest other handy Lolita or online, point people to the nearest decent resource. There are so many people who DO enjoy teaching about and talking about the fashion and do a really good job of it that aside from here with you darling ghoulies and goblins on Horror Addicts, I don’t really talk much about my fashion – much less divulge any secrets! That’s how you know I love you!! So anyway, these women who come up to me (and 99% are women, very few men will talk to me at all)…Most often, they are women over 25 or so, and I can often tell that they already do not LIKE what I am wearing, and can also divine by their scowl or stinkface that this is the most ‘polite’ way they can justify sort of demanding an accounting for why a grown woman is wearing dark frilly dresses with Gothic jewelry and such ‘interesting’ shoes in the daylight on Tuesday at THEIR Hobby Lobby. It would be comical (and often is afterwards) if they weren’t so serious about it. Or if they actually listened to my reply instead of having their word filter on High trying to pick out something deviant or weird in my explanation to justify their pre-judgement of disapproval. If they are with their daughter, it is also a little embarrassing to watch HER embarrassment as her mother is rude and judgmental to another woman who just smiles in return.Hamsa, avoid the evil eye

Yes, both situations make me uncomfortable, obviously the latter more than the former since it gets me so wound up! I can carry a phone and pretend to talk on it because people will grudgingly walk past, still staring, but refrain from actually disturbing me and I also usually have the advantage of a very grouchy looking fiancé nearby to run interference if I give him ‘the look’ (which often looks like ‘deer caught in the headlights’).

I got curious and searched ‘Goth’ on People of Walmart and turned up 14 results. Frankly, I expected more but you’ll have to go and see for yourself what I found because descriptive words escape me to define just what I saw. After that, I was afraid to search “fashion”.

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If you were photographed and posted on People of Walmart or on a similar site, would you leave the photo up or ask them to remove it? We want to know! Please vote in the poll and don’t be shy to elaborate in the comments if you have some thoughts on this, I’d really love to read them.

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Nightmare Fuel — The Poltergeist movie curse

Posted in News on April 19, 2015 by Donald L Pitsiladis

Hello Addicts,

With the upcoming release of the Poltergeist re-make, I thought we might take a look at a possible curse associated with the original trilogy of movies.  The deaths of four people over the six-year span of the franchise are attributed, albeit loosely in some cases, to this curse.

We’ll start with the oldest daughter from the first movie, and the first to fall to the curse, Dominique Dunn.  In late 1982, Dunn ended an abusive relationship with her live in boyfriend, John Sweeney.  Desperate to convince her into giving him another chance, he arrived on her doorstep to talk.  When it seemed clear that his efforts were not working, Sweeney wrapped his hands around the actress’ throat and choked her for four to six minutes before leaving her to die, which she finally did five days later.

The second victim of the curse was Julian Beck, who played the evil spirit, Reverend Kane.  His death in 1985, seven months before the release of the second movie, was expected as he had battled stomach cancer for the previous year and a half.  Less than two years later, the actor who portrayed the Native American shaman Taylor, Will Sampson, died from complications following a heart and lung transplant.  Like his movie counterpart, his death wasn’t unexpected since even he knew the surgery carried a slim chance of survival.

And this brings us to the most famous victim of the Poltergeist movie curse, Heather Rourke, aka – Carol Anne.  In February 1988, Rourke was en route to the hospital with what was believed to be a bout of the flu when her body went into cardiac arrest.  They managed to get her heart restarted and she was flown to the Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA, where the doctors detected a bowel obstruction.  She later died on the operating room table.

On the surface, these deaths may seem connected by some form of a curse, but plenty of actors, actresses, and others connected with the films are still alive and working today.  Perhaps what feeds the idea of a curse on the movie franchise is a long-held belief that the corpses in the swimming pool scene of the first movie were real skeletal remains.  This story is backed up by the director and others involved with the movie.  Perhaps some unhappy spirits connected with those bodies found a way to convey their feelings in an attention-getting way.  Or perhaps this is all just a matter of eerie coincidences.

What do you think?

D.J. Pitsiladis

Review: Laugh To Death and Bizarre Fantasy

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2015 by David Watson

With the topic of episode 113 of horror addicts being Bizarro fiction I’ve got a couple of works of literature that are not your average reads:

23646976Salero was born into a family of circus performers. They were all acrobats but Salero decided to go against the family’s wishes and become a clown. Salero worked hard and he won the respect of his family and several awards for being a clown. He joined a traveling circus that’s on a tour of America and he is the star of the show, but he doesn’t fit in with the rest of the performers.

Salero is the only one in the circus that travels with his own Italian sports car along with having half a train car as his living quarters. Salero is clown royalty and he is also a serial killer. Not just any serial killer either, he targets young women who have a fear of clowns and he likes to sexually torture them before finishing them off. He makes kids laugh by day and women scream by night and as he travels from town to town he makes sure he covers his tracks. His killing spree may be coming to an end though as two detectives from New Orleans are on the case and closing in.

Laugh To Death by Charie D. La Marr is like no book I’ve read. After spending 9 years as a clown, Charie has started her own genre called Circus Punk and  Laugh To Death is as dark as Circus Punk can get. To say this book is disturbing is an understatement. I’ve never read sexual torture scenes that went on for so long. The Sex scenes are so descriptive and so unbelievable that even the most hard-core S and M fan may start squirming. Salero also  psychologically tortures his victims as he rapes them which makes this book even more shocking.

When I read a horror novel I usually don’t like it when it’s obvious that the author is going out of his or her way to shock me. In Laugh To Death it’s pretty clear that Charie D. La Marr is pushing the reader to the breaking point and trying to see how much the reader can handle. Though for me unlike other books I’ve read where the point is to shock, I wanted to keep reading this one even though I found myself feeling sick to my stomach. I can’t even describe the most disturbing scenes because I would be embarrassed to write about it, but the writing is so good in this book that I kept on reading.

The story may be pretty thin in Laugh To Death but the complex characters kept me wanting more. Salero may be a sadistic killer but there are some great scenes where the author makes him seem compassionate. It was also interesting finding out what his victims’ feelings are and how they question their own feelings. The two detectives in the story have a lot of great conversations with each other that made this book better.

Despite its flaws, Laugh To Death is a book that has its moments. In particular it gives a detailed glimpse at what a serial killer might be thinking and what the victims might be feeling. Beware though, this book is 436 pages and I would say 70 percent of it is describing brutal torture scenes. I think this book could have been better with a little less description and if it was a 100 pages shorter. That being said I would love to read more books by Charie D. La Marr in the future.

BIZZARE VOL 1Next up I wanted to talk about a new comic magazine edited by Mark Slade and Gavin Chappell called Bizarre Fantasy. This is a new magazine available from Rogue Planet Press which is a division of Horrified Press. In the intro of the first issue of Bizarre Fantasy, Will Viharo talks about how the combination of comic books and pulp magazines have influenced pop culture. Bizarre Magazine combines both genres and shows that pulp fiction and comics are just as relevant today as they were in the past.

This magazine is a passion project started by several writers and artists that grew up with a love of comics and old pulp adventures. There are seven stories here that range from shocking to humorous and there is some great artwork to go along with it. One of the stories that I loved in this magazine is Remnant written by LA Sykes and illustrated by Steve Wenta. The story is about a dying man who is writing about a demon that has laid waste to the world he lives in. Though as you read you find that things may not have happened as the one writing the story suggests. This story was a great example of how you don’t need a lot of words to tell a good story.

Some of the other stories here include one about a man who is turned into a snake after sex. This was a funny story that gets into the guilt that goes along with sex. The other ones in this collection include a kid who is having nightmares about outer space and runs away to join a circus, a mystical female warrior, a strange creature who gets control of a giant robot that changes his life, an alien’s worst nightmare and a strange vampire tale. I can’t say enough good things about Bizarre Fantasy Volume 1. The art is great, the stories are well written and the magazine was simply a lot of fun to read. If you consider yourself an indie comic geek, this is a magazine that you don’t want to miss out on.

Free Fiction Friday: Griddlebone by Debbie Manber Kupfer

Posted in News with tags , , , , on April 17, 2015 by Horror Addicts Guest
Griddlebone
By Debbie Manber Kupfer
The werecat padded silently across the cobbles of the dark Vienna street. It was deserted now, but Griddlebone knew it would soon be filled with bootsteps and cries, gunshots and blood. They were slated to come at dawn, to cleanse this last Jewish neighborhood of its vermin, so that the proper folk of Vienna could finally live Judenfrei.
Inside the darkened houses, the residents huddled in fear. The news of the transport had only come hours before, and some still couldn’t believe it. They had been fooling themselves for months, believing this one insignificant street could survive in its own little bubble, that somehow God would protect them.They readied themselves with what few valuables they had left. Maybe they could still bribe the Nazi soldiers. Maybe there was still a way out.
The werecat flexed his claws, as he waited in the shadows. Griddlebone wished he could rescue them all, but his orders were clear. He could only take one. They needed to be the right age too – a teenager would be good, strong enough to fight, strong enough to survive the turning.As the first rays of light caught the cobblestones, Griddlebone felt the bootsteps echoing down the street. Soon. His tail swished back and forth in anticipation. Within minutes, the first soldier came into view. The werecat was all but invisible to the soldiers, his mottled grey coat blending perfectly with the cold grey street.At the same time as the first soldiers appeared on foot, a silver-grey truck arrived on the street and parked in front of the buildings, waiting for its human cargo.
As the Gestapo soldiers marched past the werecat’s hiding place, he longed to dig his claws into their ankles, to hear them scream with pain. Not yet, Griddlebone, not yet.
The soldiers reached the first house. They banged on the doors.

“Juden, Heraus, Heraus! Schnell, schnell! – Everybody out of there, quickly, quickly.”

At first there was silence. Griddlebone held his breath, waiting. And then, slowly, they came out, squinting in the light of the dawn. They had been inside for so long, sitting in the darkness. They looked like ancient patriarchs held in suspended animation from biblical times. The man had a long white beard and was wearing a prayer shawl. The woman had her head covered and bent. She held out something to the soldiers. The werecat stole closer to get a better look. It was a silver candlestick. The frightened woman offered it to the soldier.

The soldier laughed. He grabbed it and shoved in his bag, then roughly pulled the old woman forward. She tripped and fell onto the hard cobble street. The soldier kicked her, and she cried out in pain. Throughout this, her husband was bobbing up and down in prayer, praying that God would take them before these Nazis did. His prayers were not answered, and the soldiers forced the old couple into the waiting truck.

More soldiers had arrived now and pushed their way into the buildings. The next house held a young family, a mother and father, with two small terrified children. The mother clutched a baby girl in her arms. As they boarded the truck, the baby started crying. The nearest soldier grabbed her from her mother’s arms and flung her with full force into the solid concrete wall. The baby stopped crying. The mother screamed. A Nazi soldier silenced the mother with his gun. The father and his remaining children climbed quietly into the truck, trying not to look back.

The werecat stalked over to the baby. He nudged her gently with his nose, but it was too late, and, in any case, how would his clan have been able to care for a baby? They could barely find enough food for their own kittens these days.

Griddlebone continued watching the parade of Jews being evicted from their buildings. They had been told they were being rehoused, that their homes were needed for the war effort. As patriotic Austrians, surely they understood?

Griddlebone knew that most of these Jews would end up in the concentration camps, if they even survived the transport. A second shot filled the air; a young man this time. He had tried to run, but the soldier had used him for target practice.

Still the werecat watched and waited.

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Read the rest of the story in Sins of the Past – http://www.amazon.com/Sins-Past-Chasity-Nicole-ebook/dp/B00P2MZLUA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1428337336&sr=8-3&keywords=Sins+of+the+Past

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Debbie Manber Kupfer grew up in London and lived in Israel, before somehow ended up in St. Louis, where she works as a puzzle constructor and writer. She lives with her husband, two children, and a very opinionated feline. She is the author of P.A.W.S and Argentum and has short stories in several anthologies including Fauxpocalypse, Shades of Fear, Darkly Never After, Sins of the Past, and Heroes & Villains. She also created the puzzle book, Paws 4 Logic together with her son, Joey. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!Links:
Blog – http://debbiemanberkupfer.wordpress.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DebbieManberKupferAuthor

Book Review — “The Prince of the Earth” by Mike Robinson

Posted in News on April 16, 2015 by Donald L Pitsiladis

Hello Addicts,

Today I review for you “The Prince of the Earth” by Mike Robinson.  The story takes place in two different periods of a woman’s life twenty years apart.  In 1988, Quincy Redding took a solo expedition into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland looking for a challenge before marriage and for the legendary Grey Man of Ben Macdui pass.  After befriending some of the local villagers, she ventures out to the pass.  After several days of travel, she arrives at her destination.  When she awakes the next morning, she is missing a foot and hears the childlike voice of The Prince who tries everything he can to coax her out of her tent so they can play.  While this game of cat and mouse plays out, we are also shown Quincy in 2008 trying to deal with the return of The Prince to her life.  This time, what he removes are the very people she loves and holds dear.  What begins as the erasure of her youngest brother spreads to her father, her son, and even her husband before she gets a chance to face the being down and sees what he is truly capable of.

This book definitely has an H.P. Lovecraft Elder Gods feel to it.  You feel sorry for Quincy in each timeline as her story progresses, especially when it comes to the scenes involving her older brother and the stuff her puts her through as well.  While I liked the tale, I did find some parts a bit confusing, especially towards the end when it became more difficult to tell the difference between the two eras.  There is also the beginning, when Quincy is afraid that The Prince has returned, but doesn’t really offer any reasons why she thinks that.  All in all, it was a good read, but might not be for all readers.  I rate it a 3 out of 5.

Until next time….

Donald “D.J.” Pitsiladis

The San Francisco Dungeon a Horror Addicts Dream Attraction

Posted in News with tags , , , , on April 13, 2015 by Emerian Rich

dungeon copyYou ever think to yourself, “Where can I go to get roughed up by the locals, sold to an angry ship captain, and put on trial for being a little loose at the local pub?” Well, I’ve got just the place for you. The San Francisco Dungeon is a great attraction to soothe your weary soul. For those of us who live in the Bay Area, it’s a godsend for out-of-town family members who always want us to take them “down to the pier” as it is an entertaining way to fulfill the tourist requirement.

This horror attraction is  a mix of Dicken’s Faire-like live performances, a Stephen King-led history lesson, and all that was really cool about the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney before they commercialized it Depp-style. With nine live shows, awesome sets, and even a boat ride, this fun adventure is a highly interactive thrill for even the most morbid of tastes. What’s more, there is enough true history seeped in, that your “norm” friends will find in interesting as well.

PiggottNoTextOn my trek into the dark, I took along two of my horror-loving friends and we all had a great time. Cam was locked in a jail cell, Ari was spooked by the Alcatraz ghost, and I was put on trial for doing some sort of lewd dance on a saloon bar the night before. The actors played their parts well and the group you travel with is small enough to give that really intimate feeling that you are trapped in a horror film and may not make it out alive. By using realistic props, sound effects, and interactive chair mechanisms, the Dungeon has done a really great job of making you feel in the moment.

This was the first time I’ve ever been to a Merlin Entertainments attraction, and I must say it made me want to try others. For those of you not in the San Francisco area, they have other Dungeon locations. In fact, the San Francisco installation is the first in the US, but ninth in the world. Other Dungeon locations can be found in Amsterdam, Berlin, Blackpool Tower, Edinburgh, Hamburg, London, Warwick Castle, and York, all using local history to take you on a journey through time.

CourtNoTextSan Francisco’s attraction is centered around the Barbary Coast, a notoriously rugged and wild part of our city alive in the 19th century known for its dance halls, saloons, and brothels. Each of the live performances at the Dungeon centers around a unseemly character and what they are after, whether it be gold, morbid scientific achievement, or selling the visitors as slaves. My favorite show was the final act where you are told of a ghost and then by using sound, light, and actor magic, you feel as if you are witnessing a poltergeist. Although all the shows were great, the Alcatraz actor we had was beyond entertaining. Scary, real, and so close, we really did think he might kill us.

After the show, I was afforded the special opportunity to speak with Matt Gunther, the Performance Supervisor and ask about the talent portion of the experience and how long they are trained. “Each actor learns two shows in three days to a week,” Matt said. “Once they have them down, they expand to learn other parts.”  The show I watched had only one woman involved, but the parts are interchangeable. “Miss Piggott is the only role that is exclusively female,” said Marketing Coordinator, Jesse Russell. “All of the other roles are interchangeable. That’s one of the many exciting aspects of the Dungeon. All of our professional actors bring a unique flair to the characters, so you’ll never see the same set of shows twice.” This makes me want to go back and witness a whole new set of experiences.

Lates1NoTextSpeaking of new experiences, the Dungeon has an April-only show called Death by Chocolate.  Jesse went on to say, “Death by Chocolate is our April event which features a new character named Cordelia. She’s based on Cordelia Botkin who came to notoriety in the 1890’s for giving poisoned chocolate to the wife of a man with whom she had a sordid affair.” If you miss the April show, don’t despair. They have another top secret special coming in June 2015 that will run through the summer starring a special guest from one of their European dungeons. The Dungeon is a permanent installation on the wharf, but their shows are constantly changing.  And what about our favorite time of year? Well, Jesse assured me, “The two weeks leading up to Halloween we plan to increase the scare factor during our night time shows.”

You might be wondering who created such an awesome place and how the stories all came together. The sets were created by Daniels Wood Land, who you might know from the Animal Planet television show Redwood Kings. The Paso Robles, California based company used rescued wood for the creation of the sets with some of the wood salvaged from World War II Japanese Internment Camps. As for the scripts, they were spearheaded by Dungeons Creative Director, Kieron Smith. The scripts were heavily researched using  information from historical societies and books on the city’s history.

I asked Performance Supervisor, Matt Gunther, what makes the Dungeon so unique. “What makes the Dungeon great is, we’re on that knife’s edge of comedy and scary.”

Not only is the attraction great fun, but it also seems the employees love it too. Everyone from the front greeter to the giftshop staff seemed into it, engaged, and ready to riff off the spooky theme. Samantha Villegas, Duty Manager, said, “I love the dungeon, it’s my heart and soul.” And I believe it. Who wouldn’t want to work in such an awesome place?

SanFrancisco0328151503Although the Dungeon will by far be the horror addicts favorite attraction, Merlin Entertainments is the second largest attractions company in the world. In addition to the Dungeons, they operate Legoland, Madame Tussauds, and Sea Life Aquariums. In San Francisco, Madame Tussauds just happens to be right next door, and if you’re taking your non-horror visitors there, they will get a kick out of posing with the famous stars. Whether you want to pose with great presidents of the past like Washington and Lincoln, sit next to Rosa Parks on the bus, jam out with Hendrix, or pose with the great croon master, Tony Bennett, this is the place for you. Other figures range from music stars, to movie stars, and even royalty.

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For the horror addict, you will be creeped out by how life-like the statues are and even get to pose with Dr. Horrible if you wish. You’ll also be thrilled by seeing heads on stakes and a life-size figure of Madame Tussaud with what looks like a bloody head on her table. This attraction is sure to inspire some creepy stories of dolls coming to life like the mannequins in The Twilight Zone’s “After Hours” episode.

Our live reactions of the Dungeon can be heard on HorrorAddicts.net episode #113, coming April 25th.

Have you been to one of the Dungeons? Let us know what you thought and any creepy experiences you’ve had by commenting below or emailing horroraddicts@gmail.com.

 

HorrorAddicts.net 112, Horror Addicts Guide to Life

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