This week is shaping up to be a big one for me, with lots of happenings to keep me busy!
The week started with ‘Blood Eaters and Banshees’ yesterday in Killeena House in beautiful Baltimore.
This talk was part of A Taste of West Cork Festival and was absolutely fascinating, himself even came along and thought the same. The talk focused on Ireland’s blood eating relationships, vampires, The Morrigan and Banshees. I’ll be doing a follow-up post on this soon.
This evening, I’m finally going to see the highly anticipated Stephen King’s IT.
I’ve been looking forward to this one for ages! I’ve been trying not to read reviews or posts on this until I make up my mind on it. I’ll let you know what I think, but it looks promising. The Losers are an excellent bunch of child actors and Pennywise looked terrifying in the promos. Let’s hope it’s good AND scary!
The biggest event of this week for me is reading a flash fiction piece at The Rapid Fire Fiction event in Goldie Chapel, Nano Nagle Place in Cork tomorrow evening.
I’m a regular attendee of the monthly Fiction at the Friary event and the organisers Danielle Mclaughlin and Madeleine D’Arcy are bringing their event to the Cork International Short Story festival.
The programme kicks off at 7.30 with Danielle and Madeleine reading their own works and taking over the spotlight, which will be great.
At 9.00 the rapid fiction event starts. Twenty writers, including Eimear Ryan, Susan Lanigan, E.R. Murray, Danny Denton, Catherine Kirwan and myself, will read a short piece of fiction and also write a short story on the night! I can’t wait to hear Cork actor Kevin Power read the final creation aloud. This is followed by a short story by Colm MacManus assisted by Colm Scully and a performance by special guest, Nick Kelly.
It promises to be an extremely special event. This will only be second time reading in public, the first was at last month’s Fiction at the Friary event, so wish me luck!
I recently came across a fantastic site called Serialkillershop.com. With a name like that, I was immediately drawn to it!
They sell an array of themed clothes and other knick knacks. The themes are horror, humour and true crime. Their speciality is Horror t-shirts (AKA KILLERS). All t-shirts are hand drawn, limited edition, and printed on the highest quality garments. International shipping is free if you spend over $49.
I thought it would be interesting to see what types of t-shirts appealed to the various members of my family – each one (including me) is unique and weird in their own wonderful way! They loved the t-shirts too and these were there choices.
The crazy sporty girly girl (AKA the sister!)
Sarah’s pick didn’t surprise me and I’m sure it wouldn’t surprise anyone else. I doubt she has ever seen Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but this quote is typical Sarah! She’s a rare one!
The Little Brother with a Dark Sense of Humour
James loves anything dark and funny. This pick suits his personality perfectly. No words needed to describe this one!
The Daddy, the one who made me a horror freak!
My Father inspired a love of horror in me from a young age. His pick was from the horror classic Hellraiser. Who doesn’t love a bit of Pinhead?!
The Batman Fanatic, my husband
Despite my best attempts, my husband is not into horror AT ALL!! But he loves Batman movies and his favourite is Batman: The Dark Knight. I have to agree, Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker is just epic.
Me, Noelle – the lover of the weird, horrific and beautiful
I love horror movies of all kinds, but I also love the weird and beautiful. Pan’s Labyrinth is my favourite film of all time. It’s heartbreaking, horrific and the special effects are unbelievable. I can watch it over and over again and never tire of it.
To conclude, there is something on Serialkillershop.com for everyone in the family. I have some products winging their way to me from the States and I can’t wait to get my hands on them! I’ll keep you posted!
There are two new horror gems on Netflix UK this month – Viral and The Neon Demon.
Viral is a story of two teenage sisters struggling to survive a deadly virus outbreak. This genre is a bit overdone, but this is a fresh take on it. The acting is realistic and not overly dramatic, while the gore is bloody and beautifully disgusting! My favourite element of this was the dynamic between the two sisters – the horror genre’s Anna and Elsa. I loved this.
The Neon Demon
I’d been waiting for this movie to make it to Neflix for ages! So I was delighted when one of my Best of Netflix Horror buddies informed me that it was one of the new additions this month!
This is absolutely stunning movie. Florescent, throbbing colours and lots of slow disturbing scenes. This shows horror of a different kind -the horror of the human species and vanity. Fresh-faced 16 year old Jesse arrives in LA to try to make it as a model. What follows is a disastrous kaleidoscope of events. This is weird and beautiful and utterly disturbing. I loved it and it’s nothing like any other film I’ve seen.
Netflix, you did not disappoint with these two beauties!
What did you think of these movies? Are you looking forward to anything on Netflix this month?
This post is a follow-up to “The Rise of the Haunted Dolls” (Click here to see post). After researching the haunted items that can be bought online, I came across a whole plethora of weird and wacky items! One of the most bizarre things was a a 3 day spell casting offered by a master of metaphysical arts called “Sheila” (perhaps she’s an Irish chancer with a name like that!? The casting promises to give the buyer all the qualities of a vampire or werewolf.
The user is promised supernatural strength, superior healing powers and virtual immortality! I was glad to see that this “casting” cannot be purchased by under 18’s, but surely there are lots of people over 18 who would be vulnerable and a purchase like this seems like a cry for help? The power of the online world sometimes scares me and with the amount of these type of products on sale is scarier than any horror movie!
While on my online search I wasn’t shocked to find a 4 leaved clover good luck candle, giving the buyer the luck of the Irish.
While this doesn’t sound as threatening as the spell casting to “become a werewolf or vampire”, these products are all being marketed by the same type of sellers, each promising something that the buyer wants to believe in; be it good luck or the ability to heal quickly or the power to live forever.
Good luck products come in many forms but the most prevalent type are the “Djinn” products. These come in many shapes and forms but mainly pendants, rings and other jewellery. As in the tale of Aladdin the “Djinn” promises the user good luck and the ability to make wishes come true.
Maybe there is nothing wrong with believing in the good luck or powers that these items offer? But, as we all know the key to achieving one’s dreams is hard work and determination and no mystical item is the key to that! I’d advise everyone to steer clear of these items and hurt the sellers where it hurts most – in their pockets!