Friday, December 31, 2010

Neat-o Find: Retrospace Blog


Great blog! Love the way it's organized; lots of stuff.

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Holiday Movie: Miracle on 34th St.

This is in my top five list of favorite Christmas movies: the original Miracle on 34th St. with Natalie Wood:

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Etsy Shop: Richard S. Prather's Dance With The Dead

Politically incorrect, sexist, ... great pulp find. Gold Medal paperback, 1960. Details here.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Jewish groups slam violent 'blast-the-Nazis' Auschwitz uprising video game | Mail Online

I'm not sure where to post this; on UFO Mary, Octopus Confessional, even Women Of Esoterica, but settled on this blog because it's a game and entertainment. I also don't know how to respond to this. Like the movie Inglorious Basterds -- which I loved in many ways, and I'm a big Tarintino fan -- there were parts that disturbed me, such as the burning of the movie house.

Jewish groups slam violent 'blast-the-Nazis' Auschwitz uprising video game | Mail Online

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

True Stories and Gothic Romance

Recently I started collecting vintage "Flying Saucer" magazines, as I was going through them the other night they brought to mind the only magazine in the house when I was a child - True Story.  Brought to mind because there was an ad that I remembered from those.  My grandmother kept a pile of those in the back of her closet and as a child I loved to pull them out and read them.  Not sure how old they were, but I think they were probably fairly recent to that time (1970s) because the women on them didn't look old fashioned, their hairstyles and clothing were pretty much of the time.  There is one in particular that I still remember, the cover had a dark haired woman who looked terrified and that cover story was "I was raped by my husband!"

The funny thing was that at the time I was probably around 8-10 years old and I really couldn't figure out how someone could be raped by their husband.  In my mind, if you married someone then you must be in love with them and want to have sex with them all of the time.  LOL!

As I checked out info on True Story last night, I found that they aren't actually true.  They were works of fiction by people that wrote for the magazine, but were put out as being true.

My grandmother was also a great lover of gothic romance novels.  When I think of the difference in reading material of her and my mother, it kind of points to their different personalities and why they really never got along well.

My mother had shelves of books.  Her books were the popular and acclaimed novels of the day, along with her civil war history book collection.  My grandmother had no bookshelves.  We would go to Don's paperback exchange and she would trade in all her romance novels she had read for ones that she hadn't read.  I would bring in my comic books and trade them -- the ones I could bear to part with. :-)

As a child, I thought my grandmothers books were far more interesting than my mother's boring books.  They had great covers, often with women in flowing gowns fleeing from a castle under a full moon.

I am not sure who most of the authors were, but I do remember Victoria Holt being one of them.

I still love those covers, although, I will admit that the only gothic type romance books I have ever read were the first couple Diane Gabaldon "Outlander" books.  Some day though, I would like to kick back and spend a week (or more) reading some Victoria Holt and others with those great covers that I remember from childhood.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Jack Sparrow Faces New Dangers in the Trailer for 'On Stranger Tides' - MOVIE TALK on Yahoo! Movies

Johnny Depp is back as Jack Sparrow, with Penelope Cruz as a co-star. Zombies and "mermaid waters," among other new elements. Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are not in the new film, tilted Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides.

"Jack Sparrow Faces New Dangers in the Trailer for 'On Stranger Tides' - MOVIE TALK on Yahoo! Movies"

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Ray's X-Blog

Ray of Ray's X-Blog puts out a fan zine, the snail mail way, and he comments on what some have said to him about his material being "too short."

Ray's X-Blog

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cover Art: "Bad Mags"

Tim Beckley, "Mr. UFO" and mega-publisher of UFO and high strangeness stuff, (like his Saucer Blast! blog, among many other projects)  sent me this link to Bad Mags. Be warned if you're prudish or take offense at things.

Tom Brinkmann, the creator of Bad Mags, explains what the site is about in his intro on the site:
The main reason I wrote Bad Mags was because I wished I had had something comparable when I started looking for and collecting these magazines--a guide if you will. Because Bad Mags attempts to cover such a large selection of subject matter any chapter included in it could have been its own book. Bad Mags is not a complete listing of the magazines and tabloids covering these particular subjects (if such a thing were possible), but is an attempt to give a more complete picture of what was published concerning them at the time.
  Beyond that Bad Mags is a book devoted to strange, bizarre and peripheral magazines because the back alleys of the publishing industry have been little explored in print. In most cases there isn't any information readily available, limited only to the information given in the periodical itself.

There's more, visit the site for the rest. As Brinkmann says, the site is "a carnival of covers." Not only covers, but Brinkmann gives a lot of good background on each category. You'll spend a lot of time over there; a lot to look at!

Historical Romance/Bodice Ripper: Bride of the MacHugh

I admit to having a secret and guilty pleasure of reading historical romance novels. They're chessy, sexist, politically incorrect and I like them. One of my favorites is Jan Cox Speas Bride of the MacHugh, written in 1978. There's a good review of the book here on the All About Romance website, a site that reviews romance novels.

I have a mercenary reason for mentioning this; I'm selling this book on my Etsy shop Jellyfish Sky. I have a lot of vintage books of all genres, so check it out, you might find something you like!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I love these earrings! Purple skull Day of the Dead type earrings by Women Of Esoterica contributor Lesley Gunter, on Etsy.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Barbie Theme: "The Birds"

Somehow I missed this,  but Martel came out with a "The Birds" themed Barbie doll in 2008.  The Birds, Hitchcock's classic with Tipi Hendren.  The doll is going for anywhere from around $22.00 to about $50.00 on Ebay.

Here's a clip of co-author Evan Hunter talking about Hitchcock's ending of the movie, which was very different from what we see today in the classic film.

Monday, September 13, 2010

You Have To See These To Believe It . . .

Truly, the ugliest shoes ever, in a it's a crime where are the fashion police kind of way. Lesley has picture and comments on her blog The Totally Girlie Blog. I mean, I'm afraid. Truly afraid.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Vintage Halloween!

Not actually vintage I bought them today at the local Albertsons grocery store.  The large popcorn/candy bowl also contains the swamp thing and attack from outer space panels.  I actually think they are the coolest things I have ever found at the grocery.  Apparently I am not the only one, they told me they just got them in yesterday and they are selling like hotcakes and already near gone.  I bought two bowls and two cups.  I won't drink from plastic cups, but they will make great pen holders or something and I can always find a use for big bowls too (though probably not for food, other than wrapped candy).

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sharktopus on SyFy!

Finally; Sharktopus! Roger Corman's campy (from the trailers) and glorious big silly sea monster for silly sea monster's sake Sharktpous airs September 25th on the SyFy channel. You can buy and download the theme song on the promo site.

My 'Esoterica Claims to Fame, Or: My Cousin Was a MIB'

My new column for Tim Binnall's Binnall of America is up: 'Esoterica Claims to Fame, Or: My Cousin Was a MIB' about character Akim Tarmioff, Boris and Natasha, and Elvis.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Remember 'Art School Girls of Doom?"

I do. Loved it. In this clip, they go to the beach:

Monday, August 30, 2010

Steam Punk Ray Guns -- and "Carnal Curiosities"

Lady Clankington's Cabinet of Carnal Curiosities, what promised to be a very excellent place to visit. Who can resist ray guns and erotic steam punk all in one place? [Sigh; warning for the prudish kind: it's an adult site. Don't go there if that kind of thing bothers you.]

Lady Clankington, heiress and adventuress, is quite well-known for her appetite for the new and unique. Indeed, she was once the subject of quite a stir, for gentlemen known to be in her employ had been disappearing without a trace and horrors of the most frightening sort were left to the imagination. Upon later investigation, it was discovered that these individuals weren't even men at all!
And. . .
Lady Clankington is a woman of many varied proclivities.  Her lust for life is so insatiable, in fact, that mere mortals can never hope to keep up with it.  In order to avoid injuring her traveling companions, Lady C commissions the mad Dr. Visbaun to construct infernal devices to appease her appetite...for adventure. 

Unfortunately, Lady Clankington exhausts each of his inventions at an alarming rate and must commission from him a new product every now and again, in order to remain satisfied. 

Thanks to Boing Boing for the link.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Today's Best Line in a TV Series

"I'm a faery?! How fucking lame!" ~ Sookie Stackhouse, True Blood

Friday, August 6, 2010

A Man Called Spade

Listed on my etsy shop, vintage paperback, Dashiell Hammett's A Man Called Spade, 1944, map back.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bodice Rippers, Art Cards and Esoterica on Etsy

I'm still setting up my Etsy shop "Jellyfish Sky"  but there are about fifteen books listed so far, as well as a few art cards. If you're a fan of gothic, pulp detective fiction, bodice rippers, vintage books including vintage books on metaphysics, UFOs and esoterica, visit my shop. Also visit other WOE contributors shops: Lesley and Richelle also have shops on Etsy where they sell handmade beaded jewelry.

My user name on Etsy is Venusian23 and you can find me here at Jellyfish Sky,
Richelle is here, and Lesley, here.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Spry, the Flavor Saver

I found this clipping inside an old cookbook I had bought awhile ago at the Goodwill. It's for "Spry" shortening, with a recipe for Pineapple Cream Pie.I love the "...sure make a hit with my husband!" blurb.
For more about Spry's history, with some great pics, visit the Curly Wurly blog which I found while Googling "Spry." She's scanned several images from the Spry cookbook.

On the back of the clipping are grocery ads for Citizen's Market, with prices like "assorted meat loaves" for .17¢ a pound, Beef roast for .13¢ a pound, "home made cheese" at .15¢ and roses, for .99¢ a dozen!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Remake of the Black Lagoon?

From one of my favorite blogs, Monster Island News, the following item about one of my favorite movies, The Creature of the Black Lagoon.  Former Creature From The Black Lagoon Director Says Remake On Hold

Some things you shouldn't recreate, like this movie, or covers of Unchained Melody. But who knows.

Here's a clip from the movie. Enjoy. . .

And the poster. . .love this one

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Clown Motel

There's a hotel in Tonopah, Nevada, called the Clown Hotel. I can't think of anything more delightfully creepier than that. (I find clowns unaesthetically pleasing, creepy, seedy and weird.) And, .  .  .  it's next to a cemetery! Can't get better than that.  The image shown here is one where the best face is put on the place; but from other photos I've seen (Google "clown motel") the place looks dusty, rusty, and run down. One description on Panoramio talks about the:
"motel office. . . [where]  the proprieters have every conceivable sort of clown image, stuffed clown, clown lighters, clown tissue boxes, etc, etc, etc. You name it, they had it. As I checked in, all I could think about was John Wayne Gacy. Gave me the creeps!"

image source: city

Kerouac's Last Typewriter to be Auctioned

From New York News: Jack Kerouac's Last Typewriter Hits the Auction Block.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Mr. Potato Head Memory

Speaking of Mr. Potato Head (see post below) I was wondering if I remembered my childhood days of playing with my Mr. Potato Head toy correctly. When I tell the story to some people, they think I'm making it up, they even laugh at me! I know it sounds like a "I walked ten miles to school uphill in the snow, both ways," kind of thing.

I remember playing in the kitchen, while my mom or grandmother worked away, with my Mr. Potato Head. Which was a real potato! I'd sit on the floor, in the corner in between the fridge, which was -- yes -- turquoise, and the pantry, or long cupboard, where we kept food, including the bins of onions and potatoes. I'd sit there, happily sticking felt and plastic face parts and accesories into a potato or two.

This would have been about 1958 or so. The toy came out in 1952.

According to Wikipedia, Mr. Potato Head first came out with only the pieces, not the plastic head:
It was originally produced as separate plastic parts to be stuck into a real potato or other vegetable. 
Mr. Potato Head was born on May 1, 1952. The original toy cost $0.98, and contained hands, feet, ears, two mouths, two pairs of eyes, four noses, three hats, eyeglasses, a pipe, and 8 felt pieces resembling facial hair. The Original Mr Potato Head kit did not come with a "Potato Body," so parents had to supply their own potatoes for face-changing fun.

Elvis Mr. Potato Head

Mr. Potato Head has a new look: Elvis. Elvis Mr. Potato Head will hit the stores in August.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Marvel Black Light Posters

Thanks to Boing Boing for link; here are some groovy Marvel black light posters.

STARZ Buys US Torchwood Rights, Airs in 2011

The blog Monster Island News (great blog, great title) has an item about one of my all time favorite shows, Torchwood. Seems Starz has bought the U.S. television rights, and a 10 episode run will air in 2011. With John Barrowman/Captain Jack, and Eve Myles/Gwen, who really make the show. I can't imagine the show without Barrowman or Myles; their chemistry is fantastic, and Barrowman' Captain Jack character is Torchwood.

I realize that Dr. Who (of which Torchwood is a spin-off) changes actors, and it works, and the storyline involving Torchwood's history allows for different characters to come and go. (as we've seen in past seasons, with the passing of two characters: Dr. Owen Harper, and Toshiko Sato)  so I'm trying not to be unrealistic to the intergrity of the show, or unfair. It's just that I love Gwen and Jack so much!

And hey, is it possible for me to sound any more like a paranormal TV nerd?

reposted at Pulp Jello.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Rest in Peace Dennis... Dennis Hopper Dies at 74

Sad to read that Dennis Hopper has passed away at the age of 74. He was iconic.
Rest in peace Dennis...

A longtime resident of Venice who also was known as a photographer, artist and collector of modern art, Hopper died at his home of complications from prostate cancer, said Alex Hitz, a friend of the family.

In a more than five-decade acting career that was influenced early on by working with James Dean and studying at the Actors Studio, he made his film debut as one of the high school gang members who menace Dean in the 1955 classic "Rebel Without a Cause."

Hopper went on to appear in more than 115 films, including "Giant," "Cool Hand Luke," "Hang 'Em High," "True Grit," "Apocalypse Now," "The American Friend," "Rumble Fish," "Speed," "True Romance" and "Rivers Edge."

Blog find: Monster Island News

I found a new blog (new to me that is): Monster Island News. Great title, fun blog. Check it out.

Friday, May 28, 2010

USO Episode From Sea Hunt

Ray's X-Blog has a nice post about two episodes of Sea Hunt; one involving a USO (a UFO, only underwater: Unidentified Submerged Object) and a "profusely" growing plant on the bottom of the ocean floor that's a "hybrid cannabis."

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Women Of Esoterica: Next Wave

One of my blogs is Women Of Esoterica, but I hesitate to say it's "my" blog because there are several contributors (Karyn Dolan, Lesley Gunter, Farah Yurdozu, Chris Holly, Anya, Richelle Hawks, Danille Lee, Kithra, Deirdre O'Lavery of Interstellar Housewife ) who make it what it is. Our newest contributor is Tina Sena, of the">YUFOLOGY blog; you can also find her at Binnall of America at her column Esotericana.

Her first article for WOE is titled Women of Esoterica: The Next Wave, about female esoteric super heroes. . .

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Gabriel Vargas, Rest in Peace

Mexico's 'Familia Burron' cartoonist dies at 95.
MEXICO CITY — Gabriel Vargas, the creator of "La Familia Burron," one of Mexico's most-loved comic strips, died Tuesday. He was 95.
The National Council of the Arts and Culture said Vargas died at his home in central Mexico City. It said his health had been failing in recent years, but did not give a cause of death.
La Familia Burron was "one of the greatest representatives of the golden age of Mexican comics" and an "undeniable reference point for the nation's popular culture," the council said in a statement.
The cartoon, which Vargas started in 1937, described in quirky detail the travails of a lower-class Mexican family, their extended family and the barrio where they lived.
Thanks to The Daily Grail for the link.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Seattle's Best Coffee: New Logo

Seattle's Best Coffee has a new design, which makes one wonder why they bothered because it's disturbingly ugly, in a plain non-descript and uncoffee-like way. It looks more like the logo for an off brand of feminine hygiene products.  Reasoning for the ugly logo:
According to a spokesperson for the company, the logo "has to live in all kinds of environments." The understated look may be intentionally generic, as she says they "want it to be a universal sign for good coffee someday."

More here, with pics.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Great Resource on Copyright, etc. images

Just found a blog new to me that some of you might know of: Dear Rich, which answers questions about use of images, copyright, patents, fair use, public domain, etc. News and info, images, -- readers send in questions and Rich answers them with specific advice. Very useful. Thanks, Rich!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

New 'Witches of Oz' with Lance Henriksen

Lance Henriksen, star of one of the best television programs in the high strangeness genre, Millenium, is starring in the Witches of Oz film. More here. (There's a clip of an outake with Henriksen not getting along with the cat he's holding for the scene.)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Listen to the Doctor Now. . .

From the "inappropriate ads" file box: doctors who encourage smoking. Those were the days!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Artist James Rich

I suppose this is shameless self-promotion of a sorts: my husband, artist James Rich, and his pin-up type work. James works in many styles: surreal, abstract, impressionist, as well as nudes and pin-up inspired figures. You can view his art here, as well as his blog.