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Clowning Around with Terror Threads (T-Shirt Review)

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We horror fans take our t-shirts very seriously; we want unique, gore and well, awesome. Stores in the mall bog us down with the popular, “trendy” pieces that don’t really fit out horror loving taste. So what is a person to do when looking for that perfect horror t-shirt? Simple, check out Terror ThreadsThe spooky folks at Terror Threads were kind enough to send us a couple of t-shirts to review, and the first one up for review is their Clowning Around t-shirt

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Artwork for t-shirt by Toto6

We may love our gore, but we still love a soft, comfortable t-shirt (we’re not monsters), and Terror Threads provides just that. Their t-shirts are made of soft combed ring-spun cotton. They are form-fitting without being over clingy and unflattering. The material of the shirt only gets softer and more comfortable over time each time you wash it.

Screenshot_2016-03-10-10-25-35-1The design is unlike any other because it is an original piece designed just for Terror Threads. The artist behind this incredible piece is Toto6. The artwork covers the majority of the front of the shirt. For only having a couple of colors, there are a lot of incredible details (the clown’s face, the wood and stitching on the puppet). The screen printing is done beautifully. It is not overly crisp, it moves with the shirt, and ladies, the design will adhere to your chest without distorting. This particular design is available on a unisex t-shirt in sizes x-small – 3XL. 

Purchasing one won’t leave your wallet empty. The Clowning Around t-shirt starts at just $22. Code LBOH10 will get you 10% off your purchase. To sweeten the cauldron, if you spend $65 or more, shipping is FREE. Pick up this awesome t-shirt HERE.

All in all, this is a must have for your horror t-shirt collection. Terror Threads is sure to become a name that all horror fans know.

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Terror Threads has put out a limited edition design “Lucky McKilly” design inspired by one of my favorite, campy films. Pick yours up before they are gone!

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For design alerts and exclusive details, be sure to like the Terror Threads Facebook Page, follow @Terror_Threads on twitter and @terrorthreads on Instagram.

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Terror Threads: Bringing You 100% Original Artwork

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Horror fans, have you been on the hunt for the perfect t-shirt?  I would like to introduce you to Terror Threads, a company by horror fans for horror fans that put 100% original horror artwork on t-shirts (American Apparel soft t-shirts), hoodies and more. I am here to do the research for you on this new company.

What does the artwork look like?

I can answer that in one word, AWESOME! The color choices for the art are phenomenal, they are subtle yet they still pop. Everyone has their own opinion when it comes to things like art, so I am just going to insert a small gallery of some of their products so you can judge for yourselves. 

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What kind of products do they offer?

Obviously, they offer t-shirts (starting at $20) and zip hoodies (starting at $40), but they also offer some pretty unique items. These products include turntable slipmats ($15), dresses ($45), poster prints ($18), gift cards and Fright Flicks trading cards ($8/pack).

What kind of deals do they offer?

Terror Threads offers a few incentives to purchase their awesome original horror t-shirts, the first being, if you spend $50 or more, you get a free pack of Fright Flicks trading cards. Another incentive, if you spend $100 or more, you get free shipping.

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Where can I find them?

Obviously at TerrorThreads.com, but they are on twitter (@Terror_Threads) and Instagram (@terrorthreads). By following them on these sites, you guarantee yourself a first look at new designs and exclusive deals.  

Stand by for reviews of the awesome horror t-shirts from Terror Threads!

 

 

Etsy Spotlight: Hatbox Ghost

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In a world where remakes, reboots and mass production rule, it is hard to get your hands on anything unique anymore. Everything at popular mall stores are generic and being worn by millions of others, but thanks to sites like Etsy, you can find those one-of-a-kind, unique pieces that you have been searching even the darkest crevices of the internet and the darkest halls of your local mall for. In this new series, I will spotlight an Etsy shop that offers the most unique goods your spooky little heart desires. The very first shop I would like to spotlight is one run by a beautiful ghoul named Niki Giallo called Hatbox Ghost.

What is Hatbox Ghost?

As previously mentioned, it is an Etsy shop. Hatbox Ghost specializes in jewelry and other spooky accessories, so guys, if you’re looking for a gift for that special ghoul in your life, Hatbox Ghost is the shop to visit.

What can I find in the Hatbox Ghost shop?

The better question would be “what can’t you find in the Hatbox Ghost shop?”. Everything from earrings, rings, pendents, cocktail party hats and more to cuff links for the guys. Pieces inspired by your favorite horror films and television shows. Nothing but unique beauty, no mass produced generic pieces that every horror fan owns.

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Like what you see? Visit Etsy.com/shop/TheHatboxGhost for more amazing pieces and to support local art. If you want to get 15% off the already great prices at Hatbox Ghost, use the code ghoulschool (valid through the month of August).

Also, be sure to support the shop by liking Hatbox Ghost on Facebook.

An American Werewolf In London Slaughtered Lamb Pub Signs

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The completed “The Slaughtered Lamb” pub sign by Jon Smith

The horror genre has some of the most dedicated fans, and from those true fans come some pretty amazing artwork paying tribute to their favorite films. Artist Jon Smith is a cut above with his tribute to 1981’s An American Werewolf In London with his version of the pub sign from the Slaughtered Lamb from the film.

These amazing signs are very limited, only 50 pieces available. Each sign is signed and numbered. Measuring a massive 17″x23″, they are screen printed on both sides using 6 colors including metallic gold and silver on half inch plywood. The Slaughtered Lamb signs are quite the labor of love. Jon drilled, carved and sanded each piece with his own hands. Fans of the film may notice a pretty big difference between the signs Jon made and the sign used in the film. Jon got super creative and changed the generic wolf head used on the sign in the film to a werewolf head matching that of the werewolf in the film. The signs are $100 a piece, which is not too shabby for such an impressive piece of horror artwork. It’s not just a print, in is an actual wooden pub sign.

You can pick up these amazing signs as well as other artwork from Jon Smith by visiting smithbellcraft.bigcartel.com.

Below is a gallery including images of the final sign as well as images of the work that went into their creation.

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Pub sign and werewolf from film

Interview: New Horror Inspired Clothing Line, 7hirteen

The world of horror inspired clothing is a competitive one indeed.  I have gotten the opportunity to interview some newcomers to the world of horror clothing Kevin, owner and lead designer of 7hirteen.
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LBoH: What inspired you to start 7hirteen?

Kevin: I had been thinking about starting a design company for a while. I just didn’t know exactly what I wanted to design until 1549360_199227300281865_1016434676_nSeptember of last year (2013). I guess you say it was sort of an epiphany of sorts. It just hit me one day. A design popped into my head. I guess you could say that was the start of 7hirteen. I released by first official design Halloween 2013. The Nosferatu “Do The Creep” tee.

LBoH: 7hirteen is a very interesting name, how did you come up with it?

Kevin: Ha, I actually get asked this a lot. Basically I took my favorite two numbers, 7 and 13, and put them together. That’s really it. A lot of people see 13 as an unlucky number and 7 as a lucky number. For me it’s the opposite. It’s kind of my version of the whole good and evil, Cain and Abel, Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde thing.  There’s also some other angles and reasoning  behind  the numbers specifically but I’ll save those for another time. 🙂

LBoH: How long have you been designing?

1150140_208053309399264_1598132114_nKevin: Well, I’ve been artistic for as long as I can remember. I’ve always enjoyed drawing, creating and exploring the arts in different mediums. I would say I started “designing” things in my teens. I used to draw concept cars and things like that.

LBoH: Where do you pull your inspiration for your designs?

Kevin: I am inspired by a number of things. I’ve always been a huge fan of things like horror movies and metal music. My favorite bands like White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails…they all had a lot of visual art along with the music. Todays bands just don’t have that kind of impact I don’t think. I was always interested in the dark arts. The occult. I’ve always been fascinated by things that were  considered “evil” or “taboo” by some. I would read books and articles about serial killers.  The more you learn about those people the scarier they are. It’s psychological. Not just the horrific acts they performed, but the reasoning.  I’m sorry, am I rambling on again? Lol. My ideas probably draw from all the above and then some.

LBoH: What types of designs will you be releasing, licensed, original or both?

Kevin: I really want to concentrate on originals. At least for now. I would love to do some licensed work in the future. I try to pull something from the past, like a classic horror icon, and mix them with something current. Grab the attention of fans from different angles. There’s really no limits on what I will create. No topic or genre I won’t tap into. I want to push the envelope. I’m not trying to be better, or scarier, or more popular than anyone else, I’m just creating designs that I like. That I would want to wear myself. If other people dig them (the designs) then great! If not, stay tuned. My next one might be the one. You’ll never see it coming.

LBoH: Will 7hirteen only ship within the US?

Kevin: Definitely not. I am looking at different suppliers to offer customers international shipping. Plus, if a customer contacts me 1511703_202952439909351_1872443923_nand they want something shipped outside the US, I’ll find a way to  get it there.

LBoH: Have you ever considered taking 7hirteen to horror conventions?

Kevin: I have not considered that. It may definitely be an option in the future but right now I feel 7hirteen is just too small and new to do that. You never know though.

LBoH: What do you see 7hirteen in the future?

Kevin: It’s hard to say. I do know I will continue to push this further and bigger as long as people are interested and like the designs. I have a lot of short term and long term goals I am going to set in place when the timing is right. Right now I’m just having a lot of fun with it and seeing/hearing peoples feedback and comments on the social networks has been great. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Tumblr and stay up to date on what’s happening. And don’t forget to GET IT ON!

To order any of the awesome merch mentioned in the interview or pictured above, CLICK HERE.

Also be sure to follow 7hirteen on Facebook, twitter and Instagram!

Interview with Collin Major of Crimson Mask Studios

I am a firm believer in supporting great indie artists.  I had the opportunity arose to interview Collin Major of Crimson Mask Studios, I had to take it.  Collin creates some of the most incredible Jason masks I have ever seen.

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LBoH: What inspired you to start making masks?

Major: A few things have really inspired me throughout my life. I remember the first time I watched Friday The 13th part IV. The IMG_18072488714009character of Tommy Jarvis had all these bad assistance monster masks he made and for some reason that always stuck with me. I also remember ready a few kids worked on Evil Dead II (one of my all time favorite films) and eventually started there own company KNB Effects. I just always just wanted to make monsters is some g or another. My other inspiration comes from my beast friend Shaun Luu who sadly passed away from brain cancer at the age of 22. He was a huge horror fan and we used to spend countless hours together watching and discussing our favorite horror films. His death really effected me, it kind of gave me the push to leave the comfort of my hometown Syracuse N.Y. and venture off the Pittsburgh to attend Tom Savini’s Makeup Effects School.

LBoH: How did you come up with the name “Crimson Mask Studios”?

Major: I am a huge pro-wrestling fan. The term “Crimson Mask” is wrestling slang for when a wrestler has cut or bladed his forehead and is bleeding all over his face. Hence, he’s wearing a crimson mask. It’s my way of sneaking my love of wrestling into my mask company.

LBoH: How long have you been making masks?

Major: I have only been making masks for a few years but I have been making monsters my whole life. Be it art, or sculptures, makeup, movies and even short stories. I’ve always been a very creative person. Id go crazy if I couldn’t create.

LBoH: What was your first creation?

Major: My first real creation was an animatronic prop from the film Hellboy. Its the mummy from the graveyard scene in the film. I sculpted it, made a foam latex skin that I painted and I even made and fabricated all of the animatronic servos inside. In the end it could talk, blink, move his eyebrows, and cough dust. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever made but extremely rewarding.

LBoH: What materials are your masks typically made of?

Major: All my masks are made of super deluxe latex. And my Jason masks are made of resign or fiberglass. Fiberglass is better buy more expensive because it takes forever to make.

LBoH: Which mask takes the longest for you to produce?

 Major: My Frankenstein mask is huge and it takes allot of latex to make.

LBoH: How many custom orders do you get a month?

IMG_7466970718393Major: I get asked to do a ton of custom orders but rarely do no get to make them. People don’t understand that for me to make a custom mask it costs allot. I have to sculpt it from scratch, mold it and make one copy. I have to spend allot of money to produce one mask. The reason I can keep my retail price so low is that I can make multiple masks and they eventually pay off the initial cost.

LBoH: What are your standard rates for a custom piece?

Major: They all usually start at between 175$ to 350$. It all depends on the size and design.

LBoH: Have you ever taken your work to a horror convention?

 Major: I have only once.  The Syracuse Horror and Scifi Garage sale in Upstate NY. I have big plans to start traveling to conventions.

LBoH: What are your future plans for Crimson Mask Studios?

Major: Our future plans are to first start attending more conventions. Possible hore an intern. Were a onenman operation and its been getting busy in the studio haha I would also like to produce allot more latex masks this year. 2013 we only made 2 and in 2014 we want to triple that. I also have plans to make Jason mask that I’ve never seen made before. I’m most excited about that, I have a feeling once we release that to the public it’d going yo change everything for us in a really positive way.

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To order a pre-made or one of a kind piece from Crimson Mask Studios, CLICK HERE.

 Be sure to like Crimson Mask Studios on Facebook and follow them on Instagram for more info.

Valentine’s Day is coming and TOXICTOONS has the perfect, creepy gifts

Valentine’s Day is a holiday for creepy love.  TOXICTOONS has just the gifts for all of you creepy couples out there.  Everything from t-shirts, Valentine’s cards and prints.  There are only 6 days left to get t-shirt orders in.  These delightfully disturbing t-shirts are only $20, and you get a free Valentine’s card with the purchase of one.  Below are images of the products offered by TOXICTOONS for Valentine’s Day along with their prices.

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To order these creepy Valentine’s Day gifts, CLICK HERE

 

 

Sleep Terror Clothing: Original Designs Based Inspired By Nightmares

1239686_593793290662011_1333586806_nA new brand has been brought to my attention, Sleep Terror Clothing.  I am a sucker for original 1379746_602183529822987_1128588383_nhorror themed artwork.  Not only is the artwork original and creative, but the creator, Jonathan, has a story of his own.  The brand is not to be confused with the band Sleep Terror, they are not affiliated with the band or their music.

A bit about Sleep Terror Clothing:

My name is Jonathan and I run Sleep Terror Clothing. I suffer from a sleeping condition called sleep paralysis. It causes me to have extremely vivid dreams and nightmares. With a strong passion for design, drawing, horror I turn the those monsters from my dreams and nightmares into t-shirts.

They are a clothing company based out of New York City that makes limited edition t-shirts, 282851_600199616688045_249488718_nhoodies, hats and other accessories.  All designs from Sleep Terror Clothing are based on 1391432_618825434825463_105760932_nHalloween, nightmares and monsters that live under your bed.

Sleep Terror Clothing sponsors a lengthy list of bands/artists.  The list includes bands such as Reflections, No Bragging Rights, Kublai Khan and Totality.

1001585_621358524572154_1559837966_nIf you are looking for original Halloween inspired clothing and accessories, check out Sleep Terror Clothing.

If you have any questions about Sleep Terror Clothing, email them at info@sleepterrorclothing.com

Official site: SleepTerrorClothing.com

Also be sure to like the Official Facebook Page and follow them on twitter.

TOXICTOONS Halloween Special

witch 12 x 18I am a huge fan of the artwork of Eric Pigors of TOXICTOONS, I even have a tattoo of one of his pieces on my shoulder blade.  If you are into psycho-billy type, dark artwork, you will love it too.

He is so graciously offering an amazing deal on his t-shirts for Halloween!

NEW TOXICTOONS SHIRT SPECIAL STARTS NOW through HALLOWEEN – Buy any T-Shirt you will get signed mini print and these 2 stickers.buy any 2 shirts and get this and my FREE DEADTIMES Book if you live in the USA.

To take advantage of this incredible sale, visit TOXICTOONS.COM!

 

Black Labyrinth Book II: Joe R. Lansdale Kickstarter Campaign Now Live!

securedownloadFor those that have not figured it out yet, I am an advocate for indie horror and indie writers, so when I get asked to help promote a Kickstarter campaign to help out, I do.  This campaign is for a new book called ‘Black Labyrinth Book II‘ by Joe R. Lansdale.  Below you will find all the information you need about Mr. Lansdale’s new book and I hope you too will want to back this campaign.

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Dark Regions Press has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to support the creation of Black Labyrinth Book II: Joe R. Lansdale illustrated by Santiago Caruso. The campaign is currently live and can be viewed here:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chrismorey/black-labyrinth-book-ii-joe-r-lansdale

Black Labyrinth is an imprint of ten psychological horror novels and novellas from the living masters of horror and dark fiction all illustrated by surrealist artist Santiago Caruso. The first book in the imprint, The Walls of the Castle by Tom Piccirilli has been met with wide critical acclaim and the hardcovers are considered some of the finest that Dark Regions Press has produced:

The new Kickstarter campaign will fully fund a new novella of securedownload (1)psychological horror from Joe R. Lansdale, award-winning author of Edge of Dark Water, the Hap and Leonard series, Bubba Ho-Tep, The Thicket, Incident On and Off a Mountain Road and many other novels, novellas, short stories, comic books and screenplays. The campaign will also bring five original pieces of artwork from renowned surrealist artist Santiago Caruso to accompany the novella, including four B&W interior illustrations.

Dark Regions Press wants everyone who contributes to read the new novella. Any reward level in the Black Labyrinth Book II: Joe R. Lansdale Kickstarter campaign will get you a copy of the book. All editions are offered at planned retail price with free U.S. shipping included and discounted international shipping offered along with Kickstarter exclusive bonuses. Contributors will be regularly updated during the production of the book and many will be immortalized in the book itself.

securedownload (2)Join the effort and help make Black Labyrinth Book II a reality:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chrismorey/black-labyrinth-book-ii-joe-r-lansdale

Chris Morey
Owner and Publisher – Dark Regions Press, LLC
Creator and Editor – Black Labyrinth
http://www.darkregions.com

http://www.blacklabyrinthbooks.com

I hope that the description of this promising work and the campaign has peaked your interest.  If you can not donate money, please spread the word and bring this amazing book to life.