While I was on holiday in New Zealand, I drove past a car in Taupo, New Zealand, that was painted with zombies all up the side advertising a place called Spookers Haunted Attraction.
Not one to turn down something zombie related I did a quick online research to discover with delight that Spookers is in fact New Zealand’s only haunted theme park located in Kingseat, near Auckland. It took two minutes to decide that we were definitely going to visit it when we descended on Auckland and started to make arrangements with our friend Jess, who we were meeting while we were there.
The rest, as they say, is history because for me...
Music is my therapy. A beat can reverberate through me and take me to a better place and a single lyric can have me feeling all the feels. When I went through the hardest time of my life it was music that got me through – screaming out the lyrics to my favourite Starset songs as I drove along in my Scream Demon (ie. my little maroon Nissan Micra) or listening to new tunes with a friend in the sun.
So it was no surprise that it became my mission to attend as many music festivals as I possibly could, in a chase for the feeling of freedom. So when Australian DJ Alison Wonderland announced a new festival style tour with a go...
I am obsessed with Instagram. I try and post something onto the social media account every day and I must admit I specifically booked an AirBnB apartment on a recent trip to Vietnam based on the Instagram worthiness of it's rooftop pool.
I use it as a photo diary of all the fun things I do, the people I see and the social interactions I have, and as a way to chronicle my feelings and share my favourite songs that may mean the world to me at that moment in time.
Not everyone uses Instagram in the same way. Some make their livings off of it by travelling the world, taking amazing photos and selling places and items. Some us...
As both a themed party planner and a resident horror expert, it should come to no surprise that I will go all out when it comes to costume parties – for Halloween, or for any other occasion.
I love dressing up as characters in pop culture that I have an affinity with and characters that I admire – so usually it’s bad ass females or crazy horror characters. I thought I would share with you some of my favourite costumes over the years, including Catwoman, Lara Croft, A Zombie, A Voodoo Doll, A Teen Werewolf, Sookie Stackhouse from the TV show True Blood, The Bride of Chucky, and Team Rocket's Jesse from Pokemon. Obviously...
If you’re a bit of an Instagram addict like I am you will most likely have seen a brand new clothing collection from the United States circulating your news feed; a brand called Wicked Clothing.
Marketed as “dark humour on soft shirts” and “perfect for the modern witch” Wicked Clothing has got it right. There is a series of different collections, ranging from feminism and political notions to sketched skulls and animated conspiracy theories, but the most popular range has to be the 80’s style vintage ringer shirts (more popular in white with red rings, but some designs are available in black and tie-dye as well).
Something about the Salem witch trials has always interested me. I will always remember that you could stand accused of witchcraft if you carried your load on your right shoulder, or if you had but a single wart.
I was fascinated that the accused had to undergo a series of torturous tests, and if they survived, they were a witch and burnt at the stake. If not, they were actually a good Christian woman who was better off because she was God now.
It was such an archaic system, but I can honestly see jealous bitches pointing fingers at one another just for being prettier, or for looking at their mundane husbands funny....
If you read my first blog post here on This Side of Sanguine you will know that I am a horror/science fiction author who has released my first novel Cosmic Decay: Contamination earlier this year.
It took two years to write and edit my labor of love that combines zombies and aliens in a unique dystopian future, and it took a further year to publish the novel through Gray Sky Publishing. Cosmic Decay: Contamination is the first in a three-part novel series and as I continue to write the sequel I thought it would be a wonderful time to revisit the book launch I had for Cosmic Decay: Contamination back in February.
When I first discovered the amazing baked goods of Christine McConnell I knew this was a woman who was speaking my language.
Dressed to the nine's like a classic 1950's housewife, Christine McConnell has made a name for herself recreating decadent desserts based on horror and sci-fi remnants, including Alien, Ghostbusters, and Stranger Things. However, she does also engage in amazing spooktacular photoshoots and creates her own out of this world delights. Check out some of her work below, and make sure to check out her Instagram and purchase her book here.
All photos taken from Christine McConnell's Instagram
Pumpkin carving is one of the quintessential Halloween activities, and I decided to go all out in my Halloween celebrations this year and host a pumpkin carving on October 31st.
I expected it to be very difficult, and was actually so surprised at not only how easy it was to do, but also how much of an social gathering it can be! Not only it is it a fun and craft activity to do, but it’s a great way to keep the spirit of Halloween while you wait for trick or treaters. Here are some handy tips for you to host your own Halloween pumpkin carving for next year, and check out the pumpkins we put together this year:
To continue in the 2017 Halloween celebrations, my friend Mark and I decided to partake in the Canberra Zombie Walk.
Zombie Walks are happening all around the world, and basically constitute a horde of people getting dressed up as zombies, complete with horrifying makeup, and going on "walk" (or stumble, run etc) around overpopulated areas. This year, the Canberra Zombie Walk was aimed for walkers to raise money for The Brain Foundation, which a registered charity dedicated to funding research into neurological disorders, brain disease and brain injuries.
The walk raised more than $2,000 for The Brain Foundation, and a h...