Friday, February 12, 2016

Vinegar Valentines, or Victorian Insult Cards


Feeling anti-Valentine's Day this year? Well, instead of sending lovey-dovey cards, you can send Vinegar Valentines and insult those you dislike this year! Vinegar Valentines were a popular Victorian tradition of sending offensive cards to your enemies or people you disliked or you thought had done wrong.

According to Wikipedia, these cards were first produced in America as early as the 1840s and really gained in popularity around the turn of the century, and continued to be produced until about the 1940s. In Britain, they were more commonly called "mock" or "mocking" Valentines, and they were even erroneously referred to as "penny dreadfuls" at one point.

They were mean-spirited, sarcastic, and cynical - each card was decorated with a caricature of a certain type of person accompanied by a cruel, insulting poem that usually rhymed. The cards attacked people's appearances, those that didn't conform to social norms of the time, those that acted above their social station, the rude, the lazy, feminists, the pompous, the flirtatious, bookworms, bosses, Civil War surgeons and secessionists, etc. These unflattering Vinegar Valentines were sent out, usually anonymously, around Valentine's Day to condemn the behavior of family members, acquaintances, neighbors, store-clerks, couples, and so on.

Check out some examples of these insulting Victorian Vinegar Valentines below:

Food Review: Wholesome Chow's Brownie Mix


Last year at Expo West I was introduced to a company called Wholesome Chow that makes vegan and gluten-free baking mixes. Since then, I have been seeing their baking mixes appear on more and more grocery store shelves! Wholesome Chow makes vegan and gluten-free baking mixes for pancakes, muffins, cakes, cookies, scones, brownies, and more. I have been having mad cravings for brownies lately, so I decided to try their brownie mix.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Spooky Valentine's Day Cards

Wednesday Addams want you to be her 
Spooky Valentine!

After posting about 26 horror movies you should watch this Valentine's Day, I started reminiscing about the Valentine's Day cards I posted a few years ago (horror-themed cards, zombie-themed cards, and even pizza-themed cards!). I knew there had to be new ones out there since my posts, along with a few old ones I previously missed, so for your pleasure below you'll find a roundup of even more spooky V-Day cards you can woo your dark Valentine with!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

26 Horror Movies to Watch for Valentine's Day


Valentine's Day is kinda meh for me...don't get me wrong, I adore love, but I feel our modern celebration of the holiday is kinda lacking. I don't want roses, a box of chocolates (unless it's the Fatally Yours box, I'll totally take that!), rom-coms, or whatever else they try to sell you for VDay (unless it's on my wish list!). All I want is to snuggle up on the couch with a decent horror movie that shows us how monstrous love can really be!

Luckily for those of us with darker desires, horror movies that examine both the pain and euphoria of love are our escape from the vapid Valentine's sentiments. And while horror movies aren't generally known for their love stories or romantic side, there are those that do explore this theme, some in a straightforward way while others turn the concept of love on its head.

I've compiled some horror movie titles below that I feel encapsulate a darker shade of love, some are creepily sweet, some are for the hopeless romantics, others are twisted, where adoration is shown through acts of revenge, while others are simply set on Valentine's Day. There is a wide range of films below, including a few titles that aren't quite horror but that dark hearts like myself appreciate.

It's this kind of unconventional, monstrous love that really makes my dark heart flutter, which you'll see from my selections below! I've grouped them in several categories, depending on what you are looking for...

So have a bloody heart this Valentine's Day and cuddle up with some horrifying love:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

14 Perfect Gifts for Your Spooky Vegan Valentine


It's almost Valentine's Day again, and though I'm not the biggest fan of the holiday, I couldn't resist putting together a gift guide full of goodies for your Valentine, which kinda doubles as my own personal wishlist as many of the items are gothy and dark, along with being cruelty-free and vegan! These are the kinds of things I would loooooove to receive for Valentine's Day (or any ol' day)! Even though I don't believe you need to give gifts of monetary value to express your love, the items below are quite handy as tokens of affection!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What I Ate: Holiday Edition

Vegan Shepard's Pie that Mister Spooky made. It was the perfect
comfort food, filled with veggies, Beyond Meat crumbles, 
mushrooms, and topped with toasted mashed potatoes!

Soooo, the last time I did a What I Ate post was way back in July, and I can assure you, I've eaten LOTS of vegan food since then. However, posting all of it would mean an enormous post, so I decided just to share a few photos from the past couple of months over the holiday season.

These are mostly random food photos, meaning I haven't featured any of these in previous posts, including any recent food reviews. If you follow me on Instagram, though, you are probably familiar with some of the photos below:

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Herd, the First Feminist Vegan Horror Film


I recently watched the horror short The Herd, which has been dubbed "the first feminist vegan horror film", and I was absolutely blown-away! It is such a visceral, disturbing short film from the talented Melanie Light (I previously reviewed her short film Switch on my old horror site - an archive of this is available HERE). This short comes at a perfect time, as February is Women in Horror Month (in past years I covered this awesome event on my old horror site - full archives of these articles are available HERE)!

This award-winning short is directed by Melanie Light, written by Ed Pope, and stars Pollyanna McIntosh, Victoria Broom, Charlotte Hunter, with Dylan Barnes, Jon Campling, Francessca Fowler, Andrew Shim and Sarah Jane Honeywell.

In the short, young women are imprisoned in dirty, small pens, artificially inseminated, and when they give birth they have their newborns ripped away (male babies are simply discarded in a trashcan to die, females are kept alive, but raised to suffer the same fate as their mothers), are poked and prodded, tortured and taunted by their captors, hooked up to milking machines, and when they are unable to produce babies and milk, killed. It is horrifying how these women are treated, and early on you develop a seething hate for their tormentors. Who in their right mind would treat a human being this way? If you expand that thinking a bit more, you may ask, who would ever treat a sentient being that way?? Shockingly, this kind of treatment happens every single day to dairy cows.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Celebrate Women in Horror this February


This February marks the 7th year of the fantastic Women in Horror Month, which is a celebration of all that women do for my favorite genre, whether it be in film, literature, or art. It not only highlights all the work that women already do in the genre, but also encourages women to get involved in horror in all roles, including but not limited to directing, writing, acting, editing, producing, blogging, art, music, and so on. I love that there is a month that showcases so much female talent!

Green Saturday Marketplace Returns to LA


Green Saturday is an all-vegan shopping event that was a great success back in December (I previously wrote about it HERE)! I wasn't able to attend, but I heard that it was an awesome event filled with eco-friendly, vegan vendors selling all kinds of items from clothes to jewelry to housewares to makeup and so on! Most items are locally-made from small, independent companies and all are cruelty-free.

In fact, Green Saturday was such a success that it is returning this February, 13th, 2016 for a second pop-up at the Alpine Village! Again, it will host a wide array of vendors, and will also host vegan beer and food options!

Like the last time, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Whiskers and Tails Foundation, a local organization that rescues and adopts various animals, from cats and dogs, to ducks, pigs and goats.

More info is below:

Friday, January 29, 2016

Goth Emoji App


My little dark heart grew two sizes yesterday when I downloaded the Goth Emoji App via iTunes! Squeeeeeeeeee...it's an app that transforms your keyboard into an implement of darkness and despair, filled with gothic emojis designed by Lisen Haglund, with app development by Daniel Saidi. The delightfully dark designs include bats, fangs, ghosts, witches, black cats, coffins, graves, as well as goth food staples like coffee and pizza, plus morbid and mopey musical and movie icons like Robert Smith, Moz, Siouxsie Sioux, Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams, Fairuza Balk as Nancy from The Craft and many others, plus symbols and creepy cute word bubbles that say "hate", "slay", "black", etc.
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