This cool collection of Norse pagan amulets comes to us from artist Andrew Smith.
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All vampire hunting kits are fake.
By that I mean all of them are modern, 20th century assemblage pieces. Despite claims to the contrary, there's no evidence they existed before the first ones appeared in London back in the 1970s. That's why I was so happy to see the description of this kit auctioned off by Sotheby's. It accurately describes the contents of the kit, but doesn't make any false claims about provenance or authenticity.
This is how every single kit should be described. They are definitely works of art, with the finest examples using carefully chosen period items to increase the verisimilitude, but any assertions they date to the 18th or 19th centuries are dishonest.
A Vampire Slaying Kit, 20th Century and Later, comprising a variety of articles, including a velvet-lined wooden chest with a padlock and key, two removable gilt metal sconces, two replica pistols, a pocket Bible, a strand of rosary beads, six wooden stakes, seven crucifixes, one with a carved bone handle, one silvered pendant, and thirty-three glass vials. The vials bearing paper labels, most empty, one containing coyote teeth.
height 11 in.; width 26 in.; depth 15 ½ in. 27.9 cm; 66 in.; 39.4 cm
Originating from Eastern European folklore and disseminated throughout Europe when the Habsburg Empire invaded Serbia in 1718, the legend of vampires has captivated the cultural imagination for centuries. From the publication of Polidori’s “The Vampyre” in 1819 to Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula film in 1992, the fascination with vampires has persisted to the present day as a continual source of inspiration for Hollywood.
There has been debate regarding the origin of vampire slaying kits. While some vampirists claim such kits were common in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, they were more likely assembled following the publication of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula in 1897 and marketed to travelers visiting eastern Europe. This unique and extensive kit contains a variety of curios, some associated, from wooden weapons to religious artifacts, equipping its owner with all the necessary tools to ward off or perhaps even slay vampires. Other examples of such kits, varying in size and contents, have been acquired by cultural institutions including the Royal Armouries in Leeds and the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
Friday, April 30, 2021
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Todd Van Bronkhorst was kind enough to send over some shots of the James Ryman Cthulhu idol from Nemesis Now. I've featured the sculpt before, but wasn't aware it was now commercially available. It's a gorgeous piece, despite some oddness with the paint ops on the eyes. What blew my mind was the fact the 12" figure was available for around $50. That's an absolute steal for a figure like this. With a repaint it would be an absolutely perfect prop.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
For Tutorial Tuesday, Dark Horse Workshop brings us this instructional video on how to finish a drinking horn. Suitable cow horns are dirt cheap on Ebay, and you can have a great tabletop or LARP accessory with a minimum of effort.
Monday, April 26, 2021
Friday, April 23, 2021
Spring is in the air, and with it a noticeable uptick in Mythos artworks. The latest is this cool Cthulhu idol from artist Ebrahel Lurci. After all these years it's a joy to discover a new, unique take on the Great Old One.
Thursday, April 22, 2021
It's been far too long since we last featured artist James Ewing of the Ewing Workshop. His latest project is this commissioned Egyptian artifact, crafted from brass, copper, and steel with four inset crystals. It's a wonderful piece, but I have to admit I actually like the patinated version more than the polished one.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
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"With only a slight churning to mark its rise to the surface, the thing slid into view above the dark waters. Vast, Polyphemus-like, and loathsome, it darted like a stupendous monster of nightmares to the monolith, about which it flung its gigantic scaly arms, the while it bowed its hideous head and gave vent to certain measured sounds."
That terrifying moment in Lovecraft's story is captured by this new Dagon statuette from Morok Art Studio.
Friday, April 16, 2021
Ed Brilliant brings us this excellent Cthulhu bust. It's absolutely amazing how good desktop 3D printing has become. I'm still seeing a lot of items with the horrible striations produced by hot melt machines, but the fidelity of resin printers has seriously blurred the line between digital and physical sculpts.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
It appears it's the week for Cthulhu-themed Kickstarter premiums. The latest is this trio of items from Bryan Fyffe, featuring a primitive Cthulhu idol, presentation bag, and metal token.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
This nicely done King in Yellow plaque and accompanying presentation box come to us from Hastur Tarot. They're premium rewards in Kickstarter for, surprisingly enough, a Hastur-themed tarot deck.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
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Wednesday, April 7, 2021
I don't think this is a joke, since it's from the same email address as someone that was looking to commission some Harry Potter props a few years ago.
Dear Sir,Having returned as a penitent to the Catholic Church, I write both to denounce your website as full of evil, Harry Potter as full of devilry and the wickedness of magic and to implore you to do penance likewise in the Holy Church.
Incidentally, my <redacted name> relation was more distant, a lie of false intimacy and another sin.
<redacted name>, the worst of sinners.
As some of you are aware, I'm an ordained minister. My enthusiastic embrace of fleshly delights in my younger days is long past, but rest assured I'm as much a sinner as anyone, . That said, I believe having a Harry Potter wand is the least of the debits in my spiritual ledger.
If I am informed otherwise, hopefully many, many years from now, I will do my utmost to update you.