Blog Series: Triple Movie Mini-Reviews #5 - Season of the Witch / Necromancy / Witch Who Came From The Sea

This installment of mini-reviews was a delight to write. All three films are favorites of mine and feature a witchy theme, but maybe not in the ways you might expect. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll notice I post a lot of what I'm watching, which just happen to be films from the 70's, and feature witchcraft in all its varying forms. Well all three below have that, and much more. So put on your pointy hats and read a spell....ha.

GEORGE A. ROMERO'S SEASON OF THE WITCH - 1972

Most will likely know about this time-capsule gem, but I really wanted to feature it here because it has grown on me over the years like a fungus...in a good way. Now certainly, it is full of questionable editing, hilariously bad dialogue and a few plot holes, but let's face it, it's from our beloved GEORGE ROMERO, so all is forgiven and enjoyed.

What I perhaps like best about the film (aside from the fabulous 1970 clothes, makeup and hair) is that our heroine just up and decides to become a witch one day, goes to a witchy shop to buy all the necessary accoutrements and abracadabra, InstaWitch! Now I know enough to realize that it doesn't really work like that, but it's fun to play along.

Enjoy it for what it is, and I can almost guarantee that if you watch it more than once, you'll be under its spell.


         NECROMANCY - 1972

1972 must indeed be the year of the witch, as this gem was released the same year as the above Season of the Witch. The lovely Pamela Franklin stars in this seventies-centric, slow-burning occult venture, along with Michael Ontkean and Orson Welles as the mysterious Mr. Cato.

There is something fascinating and highly appealing about these late 60's to late 70's occult films. It was definitely a time of exploration and perhaps just a smidge of acceptance that the world had not quite opened up to previously. These are the films I actively search out and enjoy as often as I can.

Necromancy had a recent Blu-Ray release that is still pretty pricey, but worth every penny. Until then, at the time of this post, it is available on Amazon Prime, and last I checked, on YouTube as well. Highly recommended, go check it out!

THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA - 1976

While this one might have the least to do with witchcraft, I fucking dig its weirdness, its batshit insanity and its controversial subject matter.

Millie Perkins is the true star here. Her performances in some of the film's most shocking scenes are jaw-droppingly impressive; bold, unafraid and chillingly real. Known best, of course, for her breakout role as Anne Frank in 1959, but this character could not be more different. She may well be practicing witchcraft on the viewer, as we are unable to take our eyes off her.

Despite some odd editing choices, there is a lot to take in and process with this film, but I highly encourage you to go along for the ride. It will be anything but boring.

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And so ends this installment of mini-reviews. As always, I hope you have enjoyed them and maybe have a few "new" films to watch. I've already been thinking about Halloween season, and what movies to watch and review. It will be a little tricky, as horror fans are mighty savvy, but I'll do my best. Stay tuned!

Re-Vamping the Etsy Shop With More Occult, Paranormal & Supernatural Books


It's certainly no new news that I am a devout horror fan, and that I started LaCreeperie because of my love of horror. But since things are changing with my business, and I'm still trying to get my foot in the door with a writing career, I thought I'd do some rearranging and finessing of the Etsy Shop.

As I've said previously, I will continue to keep the Etsy Shop open for the duration while I explore other income avenues. And since the lovely Adeline of L'Entresort acquired half of my inventory (nearly ALL the horror books) it was the perfect time to reassess what works and what could use some improvement within the Etsy Shop.

The biggest change you will see in the coming months is I will be growing the Occult/Metaphysical and Paranormal/Supernatural categories by A LOT. I have always had a great interest in these types of books, but was so focused on creating my niche in the Horror world, that I didn't give as much attention to these other categories in the shops. Also increasing will be the Non-Fiction section, as well as the Classics/Pop Culture category.

But never fear! I will always, always be on the lookout for choice Horror/Halloween Books for you, because really, how can I resist? I hope you will enjoy these few changes, and will find some titles to add to your own bookshelves. Sadly, I know I will lose some customers who, for whatever reason, do not want to shop on Etsy. Them's the breaks...but if you haven't previously bought anything via Etsy, you can always checkout as a guest, and they offer the same payment options as my website.

Lastly, I will be removing the Vinyl Records category at the end of the month FOR GOOD. The time for vinyl selling has passed for me, so I'm keeping the focus on books for the time being. This will not only give me more storage space, but will cut costs on shipping materials.

Thank you, as always to my devoted 5 or 6 readers here. You are the main reason I keep this blog going! Also because, you know, I'm trying to act like a writer. Until next week--oh, speaking of that--I have finally settled on the perfect blog schedule, once a week on Fridays. It seems to be a really good fit, and easy to keep up with for both you and me. Huzzah!

How To Safely Remove Stickers From Book Covers

Heads up book lovers! Today I'd like to share with you a way to remove those nasty price/store stickers from your precious book covers--WITHOUT DAMAGING THEM! 

I know, I know, I've done it too, plenty of times, and ruined an otherwise great looking cover all in the name of either impatience, ignorance or sheer stubbornness thinking I could remove it carefully without peeling a part of the cover picture overlay off. Well, no more of that I say...read on!

                                                       THE TOOLS:

1. Lighter fluid (yes, I know, it sounds terrifying, but TRUST ME). It works amazingly well, and it's CHEAP.

2. Exact-O Knife (or tweezers would work great too)

3. A soft, absorbent cloth or paper towel

4. Q-tips (optional)


STEP 1:
First off, you'll want to be doing this on a flat surface, with plenty of light to see the fluid/glue residue.




Saturate the sticker with lighter fluid CAREFULLY, it will come out of the spout very quickly--so watch it. Make sure you get the whole sticker thoroughly wet with fluid. The fluid will start to run/bleed quickly--don't panic, it's ok--wipe off excess with your cloth or paper towel. Fluid will immediately start to soak into the sticker, then begin to evaporate.





STEP 2:
When the fluid has nearly 'dried' (10-15 seconds), take your Exact-O knife (or tweezers, knife, fingernail) and gently pry up a corner or edge of the sticker to see if it will come off easily.

If it looks like the sticker won't come off cleanly or very easily--no worries--do step #1 again. Re-saturate, and wait for fluid to evaporate. Now sticker should come off really easily and cleanly. Repeat process again for extra stubborn stickers. 

STEP 3:
Depending on the type of glue, the kind of paper and what kind of cover you have (matte and textured or glossy) there may be a little glue left behind. This is where the Q-Tips come in handy. Put some fluid on either your cloth/towel or Q-tip and rub in a circular motion to remove any stubborn glue or bits of sticker left behind. Most all stickers I have found come off without this step, but I've added it here because there are so many variables; how the book was stored, how old the book/sticker is, paper and glue types, etc.

Now. If you see what looks like an 'oil spot' or residue from the fluid on the cover DON'T PANIC this WILL evaporate in a short time. Unlike alcohol, lighter fluid won't remove any color or texture from the paper. And unlike GooGone, it won't leave a nasty, smelly, oily residue that you'll be stuck with forever. Just let the cover sit for a bit, and it will return to it's original state.




                                                                                                                                There, now wasn't that slick and easy? Hope this helps, and now you won't be deterred from buying any books that have stickers all over them--you can restore them (and it's actually kind of fun!).

RELATED TIPS:

Sharpie/Permanent Ink: Alcohol works well for Sharpie marks and grease pencil, but be careful--as stated earlier, it can/will remove color from the cover if you rub too hard. Use a Q-tip and work small areas at a time.

Stubborn Stickers: So far, the only type of cover/sticker I have had trouble removing is on covers that are matte and old. Generally, only the top layer of the sticker seems to come off, despite several attempts of removal without damage. The result looks something like this:


I hope this tutorial has helped you, it's actually kind of fun to watch your sticker-laden covers become sticker-free! Also, this method works just as well for record album covers too. Huzzah!

Blog Series: Triple Movie Mini-Reviews #4 - Rock My World / Kill Your Friends / Whatever Happened To Harold Smith?

I love it when things come together unexpectedly, as did this installment of mini-reviews. As a self-professed Anglophile, I was stoked that two of the three films jumped right into my path. All three films feature distinctly British elements, but are very different indeed. And the best part of all is that each one revolves around music. So lend us an ear, darling, and prepare for another British Invasion!

ROCK MY WORLD AKA GLOBAL HERESY - 2002

Now before you roll your eyes at this one, I fully had ZERO expectations going into it. See, I watch a lot of movies while I work, so I just put this on knowing it would only be worth half my attention. WRONG. This may be a Canadian film, but it really feels like a British venture, full of sweetness and fabulously clever.

Obviously, you won't be impressed at Alicia Silverstone's performance as an accomplished session musician. But she does try, sorta, and the whole of the story itself is not too far-fetched. The highlights, for me, were Peter O'Toole and Joan Plowright, who clearly give the film its credibility.

Save it for a sick day, a Sunday afternoon or after a shitty day at the office, it will make you feel better. Promise. Oh, and be sure to watch thru the end credits, there are some funny outtakes. Rock on!


KILL YOUR FRIENDS - 2015

Normally, I try to review older movies here, but WOW. Three words: British American Psycho. Set during the explosion of Britpop in the 1990's, this one ticked allll the boxes on my Anglophile checklist. Boasting a killer soundtrack; fast paced, wickedly sharp wit, and jeezus, some truly startling gore. You'll want to give this one your full attention, as there's never a dull moment. Especially when the characters act just as surprised as you do. Great, great fun.

This one definitely warrants a second viewing, and just may make its way into my personal collection. It was an extra special treat to see James Corden, whom I adore, and he has some of the most hilarious scenes in the whole film. Flashy, brutal and deliciously demented. Brill.


WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HAROLD SMITH? 1999

Oh my stars, what a delight! Now I've had this film in my personal collection for quite some time, so it is not new to me, but it fit in so well with the other two films in this installment that I simply had to include it.

"When Punk meets Disco" is the tagline for the film, and it's got a wonderful supernatural element running through it as well...or does it? An odd mix you say? Perhaps. Which is exactly what I love about it. It's SO British, and makes me long for my home-away-from-home like nothing else. But I digress...

I will forever watch anything which features Lulu, but rest assured that each character will steal your heart. Particularly, our beloved Tom Courtenay, who plays Harold Smith so endearingly. Stephen Fry is charming and hilarious, as per usual. And once again James Corden sneaks in a wee role too. Family friendly, and a feel-good time for all. Highly recommended.

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This concludes another installment of mini-reviews, I sincerely hope you enjoyed it. This series has begun to get it's "legs" and I am now considering publishing a 'zine of them, with extended and extra reviews not included here on the blog. What do you think? If you'd be interested in something like that, let me know! Feel free to comment here on the blog, via email or thru my Instagram account. Until next time.... 

LaCreeperie Guest Hosted Episode of the DFC Podcast

Heck yeah! Once again, I don the headphones and try not to make an ass of myself as I play music for the masses, with the hopes of introducing you to something "new" and exciting. Tony of the Damn Fine Network graciously asked me to guest host an episode of the illustrious Damn Fine Cast, and I happily accepted the challenge.



This episode mostly focuses on songs from some of my favorite films, but with a few surprises too. When I embarked on this journey, I quickly became obsessed with finding vinyl singles on 45 (only with picture sleeves, cuz I'm that much of a snob) of film tracks of my youth. But I found more, much more, and began exploring titles I hadn't heard before, but felt compelled to include in the episode. To be sure, I took a few chances, but I think it came out all right in the end.

Speaking of the end...it may be the end of The Damn Fine Network if the Patreon campaign doesn't improve soon. The content provided well outweighs the $5 monthly commitment (the cost of one Pumpkin Spice Latte, come on guys!) and provides you with hours of listening pleasure. Be sure to sign up so we can keep the DFN on the air!

Writing and recording this episode had me toying with the idea of a special Halloween episode of A Shadowed Path Podcast. Whether that shows up via the Damn Fine Network, or a standalone episode here on the blog remains to be seen...

Stay tuned!

Blog Series: Triple Movie Mini-Reviews #3 - Psychophobia / The Island / Ed and His Dead Mother

Thrilled to have made it to the third installment in this blog series, whether anyone is reading them or not! I am really enjoying finding odd (and some not-so-odd) films to review so much that it may as well be a running log for myself. In any case, let's dig into the titles for this edition. Each one is a different genre and style this time around...

PSYCHOPHOBIA AKA EL SER - 1982

Despite the bitchin artwork promoting this film, it's all about the last 10 minutes, I'm afraid. This is a poorly dubbed (aren't they all?) Spanish supernatural thriller, as slow as slow burn can be. But like I said, it's worth the wait for the final 10 minutes for a truly fascinating and unusual plot twist I personally had not seen before.

Don't cheat and skip to the end, you'll deprive yourself of the hilariously bad editing and all-around strangeness. Oddly enough this film doesn't feel Spanish..I was thinking more along the lines of Finnish, Norwegian or some other Nordic country.

Put it on while you're doing something else, you'll be able to follow along. Just give it your full attention well before the payoff so you don't miss the best part.


THE ISLAND - 1980

Another film I've always been aware of, but had just never gotten around to watching. WOW. Written first of course by Jaws author Peter Benchley, I haven't read the book but now I definitely want to. I went through several emotions while watching this, from "What is this bat-shit insanity?!" to "Holy crap that was a great movie!" and a little of everything in between.

This is filmmaking of the finest kind. Big budget, big studio, classic talented actors. The cinematography is simply gorgeous, I wish I had seen it in the theater, while mindlessly devouring a big bucket of popcorn. A movie like this filmed today would have gone way over the top. I was so pleasantly surprised by it, that The Island just may make it into my personal collection. Highly recommended action/thriller!



ED AND HIS DEAD MOTHER - 1993


First off, um, hello early 90's Steve Buscemi, am I right ladies? He was the only reason I needed to watch this super fun Black Comedy. Well, that and the fact that it was written by my husband's uncle's neighbor. How's that for fittingly wacky?

This film is filled to the brim with a band of beloved character actors, most notably Ned Beatty who plays Ed's (Steve Buscemi) Uncle, and is absolutely heee-larious. John Glover is our resident shyster-with-semi-good intentions, and it was a joy to see Jon Gries (giving us shades of a yet-to-come Uncle Rico). Most impressive, I think, was how spry Ed's portly mother (Miriam Margolyes) turns out to be, and a real delight.

Give it a shot when you're in need of something light, and a good laugh. Oh, and I almost forgot; the set design and art direction are remarkably stellar. The film has a retro-vintage vibe, expertly executed, and a real rarity in 90's cinema. Enjoy!

That concludes this installment of mini-reviews, I hope you enjoyed them. Perhaps I would get more eyes on these reviews if I mentioned they are spoiler-free. No one likes a tattle-tale. Join me next time for another round of what I'm watching, and let me know if you have any titles that you think should be included. Stay tuned!

Follow Up to the Upcoming Closing of the LaCreeperie Website


Ch-ch-ch-changes! If you've read this blog or followed me for any length of time, you'll know that I am constantly changing things up to not only stay relevant, but to try to maximize the success of my micro-sized e-commerce business. So, with that, this post is a follow-up to the previous one I wrote about closing down the shops for good.

I've recently had a tiny bit of success in getting my writing career off the ground, enough that I feel comfortable with the decision I've finally come to regarding the future of the shops. What this all boils down to is time management, largely. It's time I could spend writing, which has a better potential for earning me money than $8 books do. And let's be honest, I'm not doing this for my health, I need to make some sort of a living.

That's why I've decided that the website will be the thing to go. I will continue business as usual in the Etsy Shop from here on out. I will have a much lighter presence on social media (mainly Instagram) because joy-of-all-joys I don't have to spend the time hawking my wares on social media, begging people to buy my shit. This is because Etsy has it's own traffic, and it's enough to keep my shop happily chugging along. Oh, and don't worry if you're not signed up on Etsy, you can always check out as a guest, and it has all the same payment method options that I have on the website.

So for those who were sad to hear that LaCreeperie was going to be no more, rejoice! At least for the foreseeable future, unless I hit the literary jackpot! The website will stay open for a little while yet, probably until the first of the year (2019) I just won't be adding too many new titles to it.

I feel good about this decision, it is very freeing in more ways than one. After all, my motto this year is "work smarter, not harder" and this change will help me to do just that. I hope website customers will embrace the Etsy Shop, as there is now no difference in inventory, just a different look and actually a more efficient checkout system. Join me, won't you?

Blog Series: Triple Movie Mini-Reviews #2 - Fear / Hideaway / Raising Cain

Here we are at the 2nd installment of Triple Movie Mini-Reviews! This little venture is one I am enjoying immensely-despite lack of feedback-simply because I'm having fun writing about movies that 10 billion other people haven't written about. Given that I have had a bit of idea block lately (I call it idea block instead of writer's block, because I write something most everyday) it's nice to freely write about these films with the hope of bringing awareness to at least one person about one film. And I've just watched a batch of interesting films, so it's time to share them with you here...off we go!

Oh, and one more thing...normally I like to switch up the genre of films to review, but this batch happens to be all supernatural thrillers. It's just the way it worked out, so I'm rollin' with it.


FEAR - 1990 

Once again, a title that had previously escaped me, but thanks to Amazon Prime, it popped up in my recommended list one day, and I decided to give it a shot.

I think this is Ally Sheedy at her best. Granted, it's not far from the brat-pack golden years, but I really enjoyed her in this role. Ally plays an author and psychic who helps the police catch killers. She is able to psychically connect with the evil-doers and see what they see. All goes well until a particularly nasty slasher gives her a taste of her own medicine, and calamity ensues...

Fear is definitely one I will revisit again soon, I really enjoyed it way more than I was expecting to. I love a good supernatural thriller, especially when the heroine is not only psychic, but a writer as well. Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed!



HIDEAWAY - 1995

Amazon Prime is batting 1000 for me lately. When I saw the cover for this film with Alicia Silverstone and Jeff Goldblum, I was like, what?! Then add in (a very young) Jeremy Sisto, Christine Lahti, Alfred Molina AND a cameo by Rae Dawn Chong (whom I freakin LOVE), it didn't take two seconds to hit that play button.

Admittedly, it was difficult for me to buy Super Sexy Jeff Goldblum as Alicia's DAD, but I'll watch him in anything anyway. Also, Christine Lahti is a fab actress, but I wasn't buying her and Jeff's marital chemistry either. Regardless, the supernatural thriller element begins almost immediately (um, hello first five minutes, did I just unknowingly ingest psychedelic mushrooms??).

Ok, so the CG is suuuuuuper cheesy, even for 1995, but I'm willing to overlook it. The soundtrack by Trevor Jones is of course great, and helps keep the tension building. I have not read the book the film is based off of by Dean Koontz, but he wanted his name removed from the credits after screening the film. Hmmm. Well, I enjoyed it, but it is probably a one-and-done viewing. But wait, be sure to continue watching for a post credit blurb...were they perhaps vying for a sequel?


RAISING CAIN - 1992

Now here's one I actually had seen before, but it has been a very long time, probably since the film was released, since I had seen it so it was time for a revisit.

As I recall, this was the first time we had seen John Lithgow play a "bad guy" so it was intriguing on that level, not to mention it's Brian DePalma written and directed, so that warrants a looksee right off the bat. Mr. Lithgow has of course revisited the bad guy role in Dexter, and proves he's GENIUS at it.

I love me some Lolita Davidovitch, but I thought her character was too sweet, and not really believable as a surgeon/doctor. But I love her face so much so who cares? Steven Bauer is plenty easy on the eyes too, and look out for a younger Frances Sternhagen, who always brings natural authenticity to anything she's in.

It certainly keeps you guessing right up to the end, even though it's played out maybe just a wee bit too conveniently? Since DePalma brilliantly adapted Stephen King's Carrie, you have to wonder if this was perhaps his version of The Dark Half.

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If you're enjoying these little mini-reviews, please let me know! Got a film suggestion? Feel free to contact me. Another installment will be coming soon to this blog near you. Stay tuned!

Summer Blowout Sale on the LaCreeperie Website

Just wanted to post a note here about my SUMMER BLOWOUT SALE running through the end of July. This is the first time I've had a sale of this size, so I encourage anyone who has been eyeing up something on the website, to grab it now. 50% off will not come around again any time soon.

The sale of course includes vinyl records, desk calendars, CD's & Cassettes and much, much more. This is in preparation for some changes I'll be making in the Fall, to the website and my business in general. If you've read the blog lately, you'll know that I have been looking for other forms of work outside of my business, which has proven fruitless and a huge, frustrating waste of time. So I have put on my thinking cap, and have come up with a few ideas which I am in the process of working on now.

As I've said, the 50% off sale will run thru July 31st, never to return! So come get a smokin hot deal on the website, it's a win-win situation. If you prefer to shop via the Etsy Shop, all items are 30% off there for a limited time. Because of Etsy's recent fee increases, I am unable to offer the same deal there as the website.

Blog Series: Triple Movie Mini-Reviews #1 - Fade to Black / Angst / Forbidden World

I'm very pleased to bring you another new blog series: Triple Movie Mini-Reviews! As is with everything else I do, this is a trial run to see how it goes. I realize there are about a zillion places you can go to get reviews of various films, but I thought it would be fun to do mini-reviews of slightly-off-the-beaten-path films I am currently watching, or have just watched, or revisited. Needless to say the majority of these will be Horror based, previously unearthed gems that I've come across, or well-known titles that I have somehow missed. Why triple? Well I watch a lot of movies and I like the idea of mixing up genres to give you a well-rounded flavor. Let us begin...


FADE TO BLACK - 1980 


I don't know HOW this one managed to escape me for so long. I remember when it came out. I remember when it was running on the newly-established cable, and I remember being enthralled at the cover art of the VHS box at the video store. Alas, somehow it still managed to escape my eyes for 38 years. Well no more.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable character study of an accidental killer, set in the cusp between Punk, New Wave and Disco. Those with an appreciation of the barely-there 80's will rejoice at the look and tone of the film, and make no mistake, everyone is dead serious. I couldn't help being reminded of the original Willard (1971), with the similarly boyish Bruce Davison. Dennis Christopher (highly underrated) plays our resident film geek with as much authenticity and honesty as DeNiro in Taxi Driver. OK, so it's not an award-winning film, but a highly respectable little flick from my beloved era.

Ooh, and be on the lookout for a very fresh faced Mickey Rourke, decades before the loss of his magnetically handsome visage. R.I.P. Still a great actor, and a pleasure to find him here in the early part of his career.

WHERE TO WATCH: DVD, AMAZON PRIME


ANGST - 1983 (AUSTRIAN - SUBTITLED)


Wow. Ok, what can I say about this? Batshit insanity comes to mind...but like any good train wreck, you cannot look away. Googly-eyed Erwin Leder just happens to fall into my sick & twisted infatuation box, and he hardly says a word...

You'll want to pay attention to the beginning which is a series of text, photos, quick shots and narration. It is our demented hero's backstory, and you will do well to remember it as the film moves along. After the lead character begins his journey, the outstanding soundtrack becomes a character unto itself. Tangerine Dream's Klaus Schulz is the master behind the music, and definitely hooked me right in to the film. If you're a fellow synth fan, (or a Tangerine Dream fan) you'll love this. The soundtrack is available on Vinyl and CD and is worth the price of admission alone for the track 'Silent Survivor' which clocks in at over 30 minutes! Sooooo gooooood.

Not for the weak of heart or stomach, but a really interesting POV look through a serial killer's eyes and mind.

WHERE TO WATCH: DVD, BLU-RAY, SHUDDER


FORBIDDEN WORLD - 1982


Ok so I love Roger Corman films just as much as the next horror fan, but wowie was this a stinker. Basically an Alien ripoff, but you know, with more sex and nudity. Which is fine, it just didn't translate very well, and the acting is pretty bad. But there are three reasons to watch it if you haven't seen it yet;
1. Our leading sexpot is June Chadwick, whom I adore in Spinal Tap as Jeanine.
2. A brief part for Michael Bowen, our beloved bad boy in Valley Girl, Jackie Brown and countless other favorites.
3. The soundtrack/score. Albeit brief, it's a delicious synthy romp and worth a listen on it's own merit. As I'm sure you know, the soundtrack is available on Vinyl, CD and digital download.
Perhaps if the creature looked anything like what is in the wonderful cover art, this would be a better Sci-Fi/Horror flick.

WHERE TO WATCH: DVD, BLU-RAY, AMAZON PRIME

I hope you've enjoyed the first installment of this new blog series. If so, lemme know! Got a film suggestion? Get in touch! Stay tuned for another installment coming soon...

Interview Series: 5 Questions with Christian James Hand - DJ / Producer / Music Excavator

Christian James Hand Photo Courtesy thesessiononair.com

Ok I can't even begin to contain my excitement about this interview. Christian graciously agreed to being questioned by a complete stranger, and one gushing like a fangirl at that. See, what Christian does with individual songs, is something I have been doing in my head with only the music and a pair of headphones (and a healthy rewind button) since I was a small child. This may come as something of a surprise to some of you, being that my brief foray into podcasting was so short-lived. Well, that's because I lack the technical knowledge and equipment to produce such things, but I digress....

Back in the late 90's, I went to school to become a media producer. I was the only female in a sea of male audio nerds, and I didn't possess the coconut sized balls I felt I needed to continue with the classes. Besides, I'm not a traditional musician. My ear is my instrument, and that didn't get you very far back then. Perhaps it still doesn't.

Anywho. Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I listened to the ShockWaves Podcast featuring Christian James Hand. He was dissecting Tubular Bells (which most know to be the theme from The Exorcist) and I thought it would be really interesting...



Well interesting doesn't even begin to cover it. I was GLUED to my phone the entire length of the podcast because I SPEAK HIS LANGUAGE. What does that mean? Well the best way to describe it is, he focuses on sometimes the slightest nuance of a part of a song, which makes you hear it completely differently than ever before. And I'm saying that you can have played a song 1000 times, and I guarantee you will never hear it the same way after you've heard Christian piece it out for you.

See? I'm gushing again. I can't help it. I've just never heard another human being do what I have done most all my life and I am THRILLED to, even in some small way, bring any amount of awareness to the magic he creates. So let's hear Christian's part, it's infinitely more interesting than mine....


1. First off, I have to know the history behind what you do. How did you come to this particular place in your career, and more specifically, how did you come to dissect songs? Please correct my verbiage "dissect" if you have a better term for what it is you do, I'm sure that you do.

HA! No, that's as good a word for it as any. The whole thing started when I was on Sirius/XM. I would routinely go in and simply do vocal tracks. One day I tried a full song and my co-host couldn't handle it. Which was fine. Upon leaving SXM I started with Mark Thompson in the mornings on The Sound doing a complete song as is heard today. That was also the launch-pad for the live show. I started by just inviting listeners but after about 3 months, I could sell tickets and now the shows sell-out months in advance, which is pretty friggin' awesome!

2. You are jokingly open and honest about your Asperger's (Didja know Gary Numan has it too?) and OCD diagnoses. Do you feel these afflictions help or hinder your process?

I did know about Gary's diagnosis. Weirdly enough when I was a kid in the U.K. he was one of the first artists that resonated with me deeply. "Are Friends Electric?" was a song that "spoke to me" in a way music hadn't before. He was the first musician that I felt I could "claim" as my own. Kindred spirits perhaps?

Does Asperger's help me? I'm not sure. I'm confident that it has something to do with it. The process of doing a 2 hour long live show that is entirely made-up on the spot is one that has convinced me that my mind works VERY fast and I think that that, along with the OCD of SO much useless music trivia, definitely puts me at an advantage when it comes to "performing" The Sessions and is something that can be pinned on the Asperger's. The places where I really feel the "hindrance" of it, and its liabilities, are in the area of inter-personal relationships and navigating the complexities of a World that appears to run entirely on entropy. THAT shit will wear you the funk out!


Tracks Breakdown Photo Courtesy of sessiononair.com

3. DYING to know your favorite part of your process.

My fave part of the "process"? Two-fold. I love discovering the secrets. Whether it be the cellos in "Jeremy" or the acoustic guitar in "Take On Me", when the little nuances that make such a HUGE difference reveal themselves to me in the quiet of my studio it is entirely thrilling. But, without a doubt, the live show is my fave part. Getting to make people laugh, cry, rejoice, all the while showing them the magic in these songs is an experience unlike any other I have ever had as a music fan OR music creator. It's a beautiful, rewarding, humbling, thing to be allowed to do for a living. I am VERY grateful.

4. What motivates you as an artist? Sub question:  I know that you focus on your own personal favorite songs, but how do you choose which songs you will do?

My motivation as an "artist"? Well, I find it difficult to use that term for what I do. I prefer to consider myself a "teacher", in a way. The motivation is to try and get people to remember that music IS ART!! It has value. It is magic. And spells. And friendship. I want people to re-engage in these incredible songs that have been devalued and forgotten about or, sometimes, with something like "Take On Me", never truly valued to begin with.

I would like the audience to see INTO the songs and feel the process as it reveals itself to them. To get them to fall in love again, or for the first time, with songs and artists that they've stopped LISTENING to because they only now HEAR them. The songs are entirely chosen randomly and on a whim. Unless we are paying our respects to someone who has passed, obviously. And those are VERY difficult. After the Tom Petty one I sat in my car in the parking lot and cried. I feel an immense responsibility to "do right" by those artists, and hope to not let them, their bandmates, family, and/or fans, down.


5. Assuming you have to get clearance for the "stems" (I think you called it) for each song. Is that the most challenging part of the dissection process? ALSO: You've said that after doing 'Rio' by Duran Duran, the band invited you to a performance they were doing. Um, just HOW FREAKING AMAZING WAS THAT???!!

I'll leave this one for the lawyers. And, yeah, it was AWESOME to have John Taylor of DD reach out to us and invite us to the show. They were so very flattered by the attention. And he was STOKED to be highlighted as the friggin' GENIUS bass-player that he is. My hope is that all bands will eventually be wondering why I haven't done a Session with them. And consider it an honour to be chosen for one.

Special Extra Credit Question: What magical piece of machinery is it that you bring into the studios when you do the radio show and/or podcast?

The "magical piece of machinery" in question is a 2011 Mac Book Pro using an ancient version of Pro Tools and covered in stickers. Not that fucking sexy...is it?


Merch Stickers Photo Courtesy of thesessiononair.com

Please tell the readers where they can find/follow you:

@kingtrut on IG

The Session On Air on FB


www.thesessiononair.com

Christian James Hand on FB


Finally, I just have to tell you THANK YOU for not only agreeing to this "interview", but for doing what you do. Music lovers everywhere need to know about the magic that you create, because they will be the better for it. And I for one, will scream it from the rooftops.

I hope you've enjoyed this personal favorite interview, please listen to any of the shows Christian has available, I promise you will be amazed, fascinated and thoroughly HOOKED. Stay tuned for my next victim next week!

Interview Series: 5 Questions With Adam Padilla - Horror & Pop Culture Artist

Photo Courtesy of Adam Padilla
It's been a looooong time comin' for me to sing the praises of my friend Adam Padilla; Horror and Pop Culture artist extraordinaire. Adam not only creates incredibly accurate likenesses of all our favorite Horror Film and Pop Culture characters, he also embellishes vintage Playboy centerfolds, advertisement pages and even VHS boxes with his incredible art. Let's delve into the mind of Adam shall we?

1. Horror and Pop Culture so clearly inspires you and your work, but what motivates you as an artist?

I have been an artist since around 6 years old, and have always loved to create art in several forms. My motivation is in a direct line with my inspirations. It may be as simple as a vintage object, or song that places a picture in my mind. I can instantly set up the composition, and color scheme in seconds. This happens 24/7. Halfway into a painting, and I'm thinking about the next project(s).


"Suffer" by Adam Padilla

2. You were previously a tattoo artist for decades, then got fed up with that world and went into creating art on your own terms. Was that a difficult decision for you to come to, and how was the transition?

I tattooed off and on for nearly 20 years. I always felt like I was in a glass room. You can see where you want to go, but limited by the client's vision. I needed to push forward for my creative sanity. I have never stopped illustrating since childhood. No matter what job I had, I was always making art for myself, businesses, musicians etc. etc. so stepping out of tattooing was just one less thing to do that day! Now I can really focus my visions, my subject matter. No Regrets.

3. You and I frequently commiserate on the Instagram algorithm and sudden drop off of engagement on our posts. What do you think the future of small business-and particularly artists-getting their work out there to be seen will entail?

It's like the suit & tie guys at Instagram don't even use their own product. If they did, they'd clearly see that they are killing small businesses! Giant corporations don't understand the struggle of being seen, and getting their product out. They see dollar signs in advertising. They are disconnected from our reality. All we can do is ride their wave, and hope that our followers old, and new, continue to Search, Seek and Support!


"Frankenstein's Monsters"
by Adam Padilla

4. What is your favorite part of your process?

My favorite part of the process is two fold: The inspiration, and layout of what will become media, colors, composition etc. Then the final touches when the piece is completed. Then I step back and remember all the great scenes, dialogue, or music from what is staring back at me. What started as an idea built in my mind, is now a physical reality. A literal view of my dreams.

5. Any big plans and/or goals for Adam Padilla Art in the works or near future?

More painting videos, with a YouTube Channel. Possibly deal with social anxiety, and selling product from a booth at horror conventions etc. I have placed thousands (hopefully thousands more to come) of art pieces in homes across the globe. That's an amazing feeling, and I have left my mark on this silly world. I'm humble, focused, and content. Next painting coming right up!


"Creature" by Adam Padilla

Please tell the readers where they can find/follow you and purchase your works:

Website: www.adampadilla.bigcartel.com

Instagram: adampadilla13

Email: horrorshow1313@yahoo.com

A thousand thanks to Adam for allowing me to grill him about his business and life. I hope you've enjoyed this interview, and will stay tuned for my next victim in one week!

Book Review: The Story of The Ramones by Everett True ...and More!

  Hey, ho...let's go! Ok now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's talk about The Ramones...
Believe it or not, I never knew much about The Ramones, aside from their music, of course. And I have heard all the rumors about the band, but wanted to find out "the truth" for myself. Well this book does a great job of it...

This book is mostly compiled of the author's interviews with the band (and surrounding friends, family and business partners) directly--so straight from their mouths--with small bits of opinion and reaction sprinkled in. That's exactly what I wanted, to read about the band as close to factual as I could, and I think this book accomplishes that. Of course, we'll never really know now...

There's not really much I could say that would be a "spoiler" for this book, but what I was most surprised to learn about The Ramones--the band as a whole--was how dedicated they were to the business of being a band. I never realized how incessantly they toured, and ultimately, how much they are revered after the fact, instead of while they were all still alive and doing what they did best. Sad, really. But they never let that deter their mission, which is a huge testament to their character and resolve to be true rock-n-roll stars.

I highly recommend this book if you wanna "get to know" The Ramones. It's an enjoyable, fairly quick read, and never dull, I can promise you that much.

So then I found this on the cheap, because I wanted to learn even more about Joey. It's written by his brother Mickey Leigh, and even though I've heard not-great things about it, I want to judge for myself. It's next on the TBR (to be read) list, and I'll update this post when I've finished it.


And finally, there's this hilariousness. DeeDee Ramone, was definitely the most diverse of all the "bruddahs" writing several books, trying RAP on for size, making art, painting and generally being the rebel of the group. I have only read a little of this so far, and it's supposed to be fictional, but so far it doesn't sound like it's too terribly different from the truth...albeit a drug-infused truth.

UPDATE: OK, I've just finished this...insanity. What started off as a mildly amusing/interesting Creative Non-Fiction tale, quickly became a spiraling descent into madness. And at that point, I pretty much lost interest, because he gets really brutal and rather incoherent. Some might say the ending was a foreshadowing of his own death, which was something I wasn't really expecting, nor keen to witness. Proceed at your own discretion.


Oh and P.S. The title below is violently rare, but supposed to be another good account of the past. I'm a little bit skeptical because it's written by their tour manager, who endlessly got the shit end of the stick from the band. But if I'm able to get my grubby mitts on a copy, I will update this post to reflect my thoughts on it. Gabba Gabba Hey!

UPDATE: As I've been unabashedly corrected, On The Road with The Ramones wasn't specifically written by their tour manager, but rather compiled by him, and includes exclusive interviews and over 250 photos. I'll be back when I read it for myself.


Interview Series: 5 Questions with Miranda from SpookyLittleHalloween Blog

Welcome to the first in a new series beginning here on the blog called 5 Questions with... This will be an ongoing series of "interviews" with people I admire in the world. From traditional artists to bloggers, writers, actors and creatives of all types. This series was originally planned for the podcast, but since I have moved on from that, I'm excited to bring it to you here, because I really think you'll enjoy it. So let's get crackin!

Photo Courtesy of Miranda at SpookyLittleHalloween.com

My first guest is Miranda from the delightful blog www.spookylittlehalloween.com who celebrates all-things-Halloween all year long. I first found Miranda on Instagram (@spookylittlehalloween) and have been happily following her Halloween shenanigans for a couple of years now. So let's find out a little more about Miranda...

1. Writing is clearly only one of your many talents, but what motivates you as an artist?

There are a lot of things that motivate me, but I think what it all boils down to is sharing something I love with other people who love it too. I’m an old millennial, but I’m part of this first generation who has learned to share their passions online. I kind of have this sense of childlike wonder about it, but I think it is SO cool we have the ability to connect with people all over the world who share a love for anything, whether it books, music or Halloween through the Internet.


Photo Courtesy of SpookyLittleHalloween.com

2. You so obviously love what you do. What is your favorite part of the process?

I love being in the thick of the creation process. I am in my happy place when I have my Halloween tunes going, I’ve decorated a corner of the Spooky Little Apartment for the backdrop of a blog post and I’m making things happen, whether it’s making a recipe or writing about my favorite Halloween Instagrammers. It automatically makes me feel like it’s Halloween season even if it’s January and I’ve got months to go until October.

I also enjoy brainstorming. I carry my blog notebook with me everywhere I go so I can jot down ideas as I think of them. I think the most fun part of running a year-round Halloween blog is seeing how ingrained in the rest of the year I can get. Nothing makes me happier than, for example, wondering if there’s a Halloween workout playlist (there wasn’t so I made one) or what kind of Halloween school supplies is out there (lots if you know where to look!).


3. We share not only a love of Halloween, but also of writing, literature and music. Your Halloween beginnings and love of the holiday are scarily similar to my own! But what was it that made you decide to do a year-round Halloween blog after previously writing a music blog?

I had fun writing my music blog, but it didn’t excite me. I didn’t rush home from my full-time job every day to work on it. I totally do that now!

Spooky Little Halloween was started on a total whim and was the culmination of a lot of moments that pointed me towards a Halloween blog. About two years before I started it, I became obsessed with building the perfect Halloween playlist for the music blog, but my readers’ reaction was underwhelming. They weren’t obsessed with Halloween like me, and that was okay. I’d also been hosting my annual party for five years, and I kept thinking it would be fun to have a creative outlet to explore party themes and share my own parties since I was getting more serious about them.

The real-life moment that made me pull the trigger, though, was one night when I was organizing my Halloween board on Pinterest. I had hundreds of pins and was trying to sort them by topic – recipes, costume, parties. When I got to the point of having 12 separate boards just for Halloween I realized I had a problem…and that I was probably crazy enough to start a Halloween blog. Three weeks after that moment, I launched Spooky Little Halloween and never looked back.



Photo Courtesy of SpookyLittleHalloween.com

4. Having recently passed 10,000 followers on Instagram (congratulations!) What are your plans for SpookyLittleHalloween? Do you have any big goals for the future?

Thank you! I am still baffled by that number – 10,000 is a LOT of people! Halloween season is just around the corner, and I will be reopening my Killer Halloween Party e-course where I teach my students how to plan an amazing Halloween party by following just a few simple guidelines. I’m also teaching my course in person at Halloween & HauntFest Show in Dallas Aug. 18-19 which I’m excited about.

My Halloween season will include a lot of the same features my readers have come to love – my Halloween card exchange will be back, and I’ll be doing my 31 Days of Halloween emails again where I send one way to celebrate Halloween every day in October. And, of course, there will be some other surprises in there too!

I’m also hoping to release at least one Halloween party guide in time for Halloween. More of those will be coming in 2019, and I’m also hoping to start offering a print version of my quarterly Halloween zine next year.


5. The Halloween/Horror community is crazily welcoming and supportive, has there been a specific incident that most surprised you after embarking on this journey?

There have been so many things that have shocked and surprised me along this journey, but my favorite has to be the moment I realized this exact thing – how welcoming and supportive the Halloween and horror community is towards everyone.

When I was writing the music blog, I felt like I was in a rat race competing with a ton of people for the title of cool. That will discourage you and burn you out faster than anything. I have never once felt that with the online Halloween/horror community. Everyone is just unbelievably cool and kind and cheers everyone else on. It is truly incredible, and I’m honored to be a tiny part of that.



Photo Courtesy of SpookyLittleHalloween.com

Extra credit bonus question!
Being the introvert that I am, I am insanely inspired by your Instagram Stories, and how you are so natural, confident and engaging in front of the camera. How the bloody hell do you do it??

You just jump in and go for it! It gets easier, and no matter how stellar your brand is…people are always going to connect with other people better than a product. I think there is a LOT of value in showing your followers the person behind the account.

Growing up I was totally that girl who hated having to give presentations. I’d get up in front of the class and shake like a leaf because I’d have so much anxiety about not being perfect. I’d listen to my voice quiver as I spoke, and on the inside, I’d be SO mad at myself for feeling nervous. I’ve also been plagued by my fair share of self-esteem issues over the years which led to me getting hung up on things like how I looked or how I said certain things. I was always SO worried about being judged unfairly or not being understood.

But then I had a therapist who asked me, “So what?” and those two words changed my life. She challenged me to think about the worst-case scenario in situations where my anxiety got the better of me, and bit by bit I realized it wasn’t going to be the end of the world if I didn’t do things perfectly on the first try.

If I’m honest, I still feel like I’m terrible on camera. I rush through what I’m saying. I forget to breathe (esp. in person!). I say “um” a lot. I’m naturally soft spoken, and being “live” takes a LOT out of this fellow introvert. But…I also get a little better every time I do it, and it genuinely feels like I’m hanging out with my friends when I go live. And if I don’t get it perfect or someone judges me…what’s the worst that will actually happen? I stumble and show I’m human or I lose a couple followers – I can live with both of those things.
😃


Please let my readers know where they can find/follow you:

Find the blog at spookylittlehalloween.com

Instagram: @spookylittlehalloween

Facebook: facebook.com/spookylittlehalloween

Twitter: @spkyhalloween

Pinterest: pinterest.com/spkyhalloween


Thanks so much to Miranda for being my first "interview". Stay tuned in two weeks for my next guest...who will it be?!


Real Talk: Social Media Monsters Part Two and the New IGTV App

First off, I have to say how overwhelmed I was at the response of Real Talk: Social Media Monsters Part One. It has received the most engagement on any blog related IG post, EVER. Wow. I was not expecting that, at all. Now that I've had some time to think about what I wanted to say for part two of this social media rant, I feel I have to address one of the most common themes of said engagement...

I should have prefaced the previous rant by saying that it really pertains to fellow sellers who use IG as a marketing tool. Many people said to just "keep it fun" and rather made light of it. Well when 75% of your income depends on IG, you can't make light of it. It's frightfully important, which is why it's easy to get so emotional over the stupidity of it all. Now many of my followers are sellers as well, and struggle with the same issues, although maybe not as dramatically.

Maybe that's part of my problem, maybe I have "put the pussy on a pedestal" and given it too much power over my business. But that's the thing see, IG used to bring in SO MUCH traffic=sales=income that it was easy to rely on. And I know (boy, how do I know) that things change, and to stay in the game you must be flexible. I would not still be here after 15 years if I hadn't learned the fine art of flexibility, I assure you. But this was back before social media was even invented and before it was an essential element to any online (or standard) business that needed to be seen.

Now Instagram has a new app; IGTV. and it's meant to be in direct competition with You Tube (pssht, good luck with that). It's where "creators" (read; semi professionals) can upload videos up to 10 minutes in length (remember the old days of YouTube video limits?) and get access to new followers they may not find on IG proper. Oh boy...

If you've followed me for any length of time, you'll notice my face is virtually nowhere to be seen. That's by design, and for two very staunch reasons:

1. I hate, absolutely hate having my picture taken, video or otherwise--always have, always will. Simple as that.

2. My business is not my face. It is not about me other than my curating skills, customer service standards and interests--which may sound like a lot. But you know I'm not a robot, I know I'm not a robot, why the hell should it be a requirement to slap my face all over my business in order to generate sales?

Yeah, ok, maybe it's old school and I need to get over it. But my work ethic should be enough, and that's a majority of the problem; these days it isn't enough. It simply isn't enough to be good at something, you've got to shout it from the rooftops and generate enticing content to acquire that almighty click.

I watch accounts soar ever higher who use themselves as (basically) their marketing campaign, and can't help getting pissed off. How is the quality of their product? Do they have great customer service? Do they ship on time, and not overcharge on shipping costs? Some do and some don't. Yet they seem to gain more and more popularity, and their businesses skyrocket, and I'm down here feeling like what the fuck am I doing wrong?

After 4 years, my business is beginning to stagnate, and I'm at a loss as to why or what to do about it. Hence the poll on my IG account where I asked if a video channel for LaCreeperie is something people wanted to see. This is how it turned out:



Well. I am not an actress. Nor am I young, thin or traditionally pretty. So I fail to see how video of me yammering on about gawd-knows-what is going to generate more sales. Am I missing something? Tell me! Other friends said not to engage in something if it makes me uncomfortable for the sake of capitalization, but um hello, I gotta keep the lights on and food on the table. I mean at the end of the day, I started this business to make money, not just for something to do.

So I ask you, my dear 5 readers, what would you do? I am still in the process of finding other work to supplement my income, and perhaps get me out of this occupation altogether. But if I'm honest, (and that is the real point here, of my new blogging style, to be brutally honest) entrepreneurship is truly in my blood. Almost my entire family on both sides have always had their own businesses. Some more successful than others, but I'd like to think that I've got enough smarts to keep things going until I win the lottery or someone pays me to write a book. There, I said it.

I am opening up the comments section for this post, so those compelled to do so can add their two cents. Any and all thoughts are welcome, but keep the nasty comments to yourselves. Constructive criticism is fine, but if you cannot offer something in a positive way, please don't respond at all. Rant over, peace out.

Real Talk: Social Media Monsters Part One

Photo: syn.org.au
 Since all of five people are reading this blog, I've come to some decisions. I'm gonna start saying whatever the hell I want, no holding back, no being polite for "business' sake, I'm about to get real. Really real. Because I'm tired of playing nice, sticking by the rules and keeping my mouth shut for fear of offending anyone. It hasn't gotten me very far. Fuck that shit.

The thing I wanna rant about today is social media. Instagram in particular. It used to be the one channel I enjoyed "having" to utilize, cuz it sure as hell wasn't gonna be Facebook. Anymore, Instagram feels like just a place where people try to one-up each other on things they have, how they look, or who they're with. And frankly, I'm sick up to my eyeballs of it. In fact, if my livelihood didn't depend on it, I would delete the whole freakin lot.

Is this really where we're at? Is this what we have come so far to become? It's not enough that people try to 'keep up with the Joneses' within their social circles and neighborhoods, now we gotta do it with basically complete strangers too? Why? This is something I'll never understand, nor frankly, do I want to.

Friends and acquaintances think I'm strange for being a hermit, rarely leaving the house and never showing up to social functions. But what they don't realize is that I've made my home my sanctuary, exactly to the way it pleases me, not anyone else. So I can go days without leaving the house and not miss a thing. It seems more and more these days, people irritate me so much that I don't enjoy being out anyway. I guess I'm just grumpy in my old age..

But can you blame me? The world is really fucked up right now, and you know what, we've all been saying that for years. Only now, I believe it's more of a disaster than it's ever been. Because even though we've been through wars and devastation, poverty and loss as a nation, the real difference is how people treat each other now, and how little we help each other.

I'm not really here to offer up answers, this "new" way of blogging for me is going to be about things that have bothered me for quite awhile, that no amount of journaling has seemed to help resolve. Maybe the sheer idea of putting these words out there for all (5 of you) to read, helps make me feel a little better, and helps me cope with the batshit insanity of this current state of the world. We'll see.

But let's talk about that 'necessity' of Instagram. When I don't post items for sale, I make ZERO dollars. But even when I post stuff for sale, I'm in a constant battle of too much vs. not enough self promotion. I know what the so-called ratio is, and it doesn't make a damn bit of difference whether I follow it or not. I can't even begin to express how utterly fed up I am with this tedious ritual, and am looking for a way out. As I've already mentioned, I'm working on getting out of this business altogether, 15 years was a pretty good run. But making a living selling things online has become an increasingly impossible task, and the things that I have to do just to keep a steady flow of traffic to my website just doesn't seem worth it.

There will come a time when I desist from any and all social media as a whole, and I long for that day. But until I find other work to replace what little income I do make from selling online, it's a necessary evil. And it is evil. Maybe I'll have to resort to scheduling all of my Instagram posts so that I never really have to look at it, as much as I steer clear of any automated activity aside from auto-posting to Facebook, which you will NEVER find me lurking on.

End of part one.


An Update On The Eventual Closing of LaCreeperie Website and New Categories

I thought I'd address this issue on a wider scale here, simply because I've had a lot of questions and shocked responses about my potentially closing the Etsy Shop and Website. First off, please know that this is not a decision I've come to lightly. Also, this has been a long time coming. I am in no way trying to be overly dramatic, or looking for sympathy sales, or other such nonsense. I have been in this volatile business for 15 years, and it has always been a bumpy road, with many, many extreme highs and extreme lows.

The fact is, the last couple of years have been mostly extreme lows, which I believe are in direct response to the current socio-political climate of pretty much the whole planet. Small businesses struggle from time to time, that's a given. And this was a chance I was prepared to take on back when I started this whole venture in 2003, when I had 3 jobs. Yes, THREE separate jobs. No one can ever accuse me of being lazy, that's for sure. But I digress....

Yes, I am a bit burned out. Yes, I am very, very tired of struggling financially, especially at my advancing age. So these are two very real reasons why I'm looking to close up the shops and move into other areas.

However...

In a last-ditch effort to keep the shops open for at least a few months yet, I will be opening up three new non-book-related categories on the website in the immediate future (Fall). These will be:

The Witch's Jewelry Box - Fun, witchy, gothy type jewelry for glamour ghouls of all kinds.

Haunted Home Decor - Vintage and upcycled items to adorn your Haunted Home.

Wicked Wearables - Vintage and modern clothing & accessories for those who dare to be different.

'Isn't this counter-intuitive to your closing the shops?' you ask? Well, many of you have responded positively toward the occult section of the shop, and have asked if I would ever expand upon it. This is my response to that, and we'll see how it goes. But I wanted to post this to keep you up to date on what I have planned, all while I try to find lucrative work on the side.

Stay tuned!


A Shadowed Path Podcast Episode 13: The Lost Episode - Remix Rebellion

If there were ever a time that I would beg you to read this blog, it would be NOW so that you can listen to the "lost episode" of the podcast which was never aired. This episode is vastly different from the previous 12 in that THERE'S NO TALKING!

This is a continuous play collection of some of my very favorite remixes, so prepare yourselves for some seriously synthy, seriously sexy, seriously bootyshakin tunes without the interruption of voice.

This beauty took 2.5 hours to record, and it's the very first time I've ever created a continuous play track, so I'm rather proud of it. You should also know that every track was recorded from vinyl, I've been dying to put my 12" singles collection to good use! I really hope you enjoy it.




LaCreeperie Around The Web: You Tube Channel

Being in the age of viral video, it's almost unheard of for a business not to have a YouTube channel, or at least be uploading tutorials or video of some kind pertaining to said business. As I've said before I'm a bit of a late bloomer, but I also like to do things my own way.

I thought it was time for LaCreeperie to have a YouTube Channel, and I'd figure out what to put on it later. Well I've put a few things up, and will be actively adding more videos on a regular basis. There will be an ever-growing list of themed playlists, and perhaps one day I'll get brave enough to make some videos of my own. But if you happen to follow me on Instagram, you know I'm not in the habit of being in front of the camera.

Featured below is a fun playlist of spooky spoken word videos by the likes of Vincent Price and Christopher Lee. This was a fun one to put together, and I'll definitely be adding more to it soon. Hope you enjoy it and subscribe to the channel, because you never know what will c-r-e-e-e-p in.



Be sure to check out the newly installed Dungeon Synth list of favorites. I'm continuously adding to it, so there will often be new sounds to check out. You'll be glad you did!