Weirdo Noir: Gothic and Dark Lowbrow Art

Weirdo Noir: Gothic and Dark Lowbrow Art

Like a corpse in a zombie movie, the Goth movement has been resuscitated stronger, more powerful, and more contagious than ever before. From fashion to music, Goth influences have crept into every area of pop culture, and nowhere is that influence creepier, more fascinating, and more playful than in the art world. Weirdo Noir is the follow-up volume to Weirdo Deluxe, the book that brought the once underground Low Brow art scene to prominence in the public eye. In these pages you'll find the latest and greatest work from 30 Low Brow artists who have embraced the dark side, employing Gothic themes in their art. Spooky and witty, Weirdo Noir is destined to become a classic of the millennial Goth aesthetic.

Weirdo Noir: Gothic and Dark Lowbrow Art by Matt Dukes Jordan.

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Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween

Trick or Treat?: A History of Halloween

Every year, children and adults alike take to the streets dressed as witches, demons, animals, celebrities, and more. They carve pumpkins and play pranks, and the braver ones watch scary movies and go on ghost tours. There are parades, fireworks displays, cornfield mazes, and haunted houses—and, most important, copious amounts of bite-sized candy. The popularity of Halloween has spread around the globe to places as diverse as Russia, China, and Japan, but its association with death and the supernatural and its inevitable commercialization has made it one of our most misunderstood holidays. How did it become what it is today?

In Trick or Treat, Halloween aficionado Lisa Morton provides a thorough history of this spooky day. She begins by looking at how holidays like the Celtic Samhain, a Gaelic harvest festival, have blended with the British Guy Fawkes Day and the Catholic All Souls’ Day to produce the modern Halloween, and she explains how the holiday was reborn in America, where costumes and trick-or-treat rituals have become new customs. Morton takes into account the influence of related but independent holidays, especially the Mexican Day of the Dead, as well as the explosion in popularity of haunted attractions and the impact of such events as 9/11 and the economic recession on the celebration today. Trick or Treat also examines the effect Halloween has had on popular culture through the literary works of Washington Irving and Ray Bradbury, films like Halloween and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Simpsons.

halloween.lisamorton.com
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Peter Benchley

Peter Benchley

Peter Bradford Benchley (May 8, 1940 – February 11, 2006) was an American author, best known for his novel Jaws and its subsequent film adaptation, the latter co-written by Benchley (with Carl Gottlieb) and directed by Steven Spielberg. Several more of his works were also adapted for cinema, including The Deep, The Island, Beast, and White Shark.

www.peterbenchley.com
In: Books, Shark Week

Dark Moon Books

Dark Moon Books

Dark Moon Books only publishes horror. If you write paranormal romance with vampires and werewolves, it is probably not our thing unless there is a real "scare" factor involved. Think Stephen King not Stephenie Meyer!

The story style does not matter. It can be anything from a slasher type story (although we have to admit right up front, those are not our favorites) to a humorous tale or anything in between. But most importantly, it must be an entertaining horror short story. We must want to turn that page to see what happens next and how things end. Oh, and don’t forget scary. That is, perhaps, the most important consideration. Scary, gruesome, macabre, gory, frightening, shocking dark and suspenseful--well, you get the idea.

www.darkmoonbooks.com
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Rhode Montijo

Rhode Montijo

Little is known about the mysterious Rhode Montijo. It is believed that his name is pronounced Rho-dee Mone-tee-hoe. He is a creator of children's books including The Halloween Kid, but is also known to be some sort of inventor. Not much is known about his inventions, but was last rumored to be tinkering with inventing a bath powder, so that people will not have to take baths.

rhodemontijo.blogspot.com
In: Art, Books, Cartoons

Sam Hain Publishing

Sam Hain Publishing

Fiction's Newest House of Horror. Bringing you the best in horror fiction every month!

At Samhain Publishing, It's all about the Story. We are a digital first publisher of Romance and Horror. With an ever growing list of New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors. We bring you extraordinary fiction!

www.samhainpublishing.com
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Monsterverse

Monsterverse

Monsterverse is a company dedicated to the creation of the best in horrific stories and characters. Founded by artist Kerry Gammill, it was built on a life-long love for horror films and comics spanning from the early classics to the present day. Monsterverse was formed in 2009 and began production the following year with the publication of BELA LUGOSI'S TALES FROM THE GRAVE, a tribute to the classic horror anthology comics of the past. Classic horror film icon Bela Lugosi serves as the presenter of the stories through a special arrangement with the actor's estate. Inspired by the company's vision for the book, many fine comics writers and artists with a penchant for horror have contributed to the success of the comic, including such notables as John Cassaday, Benton Jew, Henry Mayo, Bill Sienkiewicz, Lowell, Isaac, Terry Beatty, Martin Powell, Mike Dubisch, James Groman, Mike Hoffman, Mark Finn and John Lucas. Cover artists have included John Cassaday, David Hartman, Bruce Timm (a back cover), Terry Wolfinger, Alex Tuis and multiple Oscar winning make-up effects artist Rick Baker, as well as the legendary FAMOUS MONSTERS cover artist, Basil Gogos.

www.monsterverse.com
In: Books, Comics

Baby Tattoo

Baby Tattoo

Baby Tattoo fosters, promotes and supports a thriving creative community through the publication of art books and the production of live, art-centric events.

Since the company’s founding in 2003, Baby Tattoo has published an eclectic collection of visual books by renowned contemporary artists including Coop, Gris Grimly, Seonna Hong, Michael Hussar, Travis Louie, Brian McCarty, Brandi Milne, Ragnar, Jeffery Scott (1019), Shag, and the artists of Sketch Theatre.

In 2007, Baby Tattoo founded Baby Tattooville, a secret society of artists and art collectors that convenes every October in Riverside, California.

From 2008 through present day, Baby Tattoo has curated a yearly, open-to-the-public exhibition in partnership with the Riverside Art Museum to coincide with the mysterious Baby Tattooville event.

Baby Tattoo is a worldwide sponsor of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, and hosts the Los Angeles branch of the alternative figure drawing phenomenon.

Through all of the company’s endeavors, Baby Tattoo strives to promote a dynamic interactive relationship between those who create and those who appreciate art.

www.babytattoo.com
In: Art, Books, Communities
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