Parafornication

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It’s kinda what it sounds like. But, if you want to read it, you’ll have to wait until 100 Doors to Madness comes out from Forgotten Tomb Press. The anthology promises there are many doorways to madness, one hundred of which exist between its covers. “100 scares. 100 authors. 100 ways…”

Just one, ‘Parafornication’ tells a tale of found video footage that will turn heads. Can reading it expose a portal to the ethereal dimension where restless spirits are clamoring to get through? Probably not, but you might get sucked in anyway.

Merideth Grue

Cake Fear: The Wedding Edition

Cake Fear

Lovecraftian Dream by CAKE Amsterdam

Getting hitched is terrifying. Loving or fearing the idea, these horror-themed cakes will take that chill off the feet and move it to the heart.

Most these cakes are or could be wedding cakes, though some could be birthday or other celebration cakes. What occasion doesn’t just scream for frighteningly beautiful dessert?

Just make sure you eat it before it eats you.

The cake to the left is likely the cuddliest ethereal creature cake in existence. This Lovecraft-inspired, tentacle extending lagoon dweller sure has its eyes on a lifetime commitment. Don’t let it down.

It no doubt takes guts to theme a big event something so often considered offensive. Nonetheless, towering horror cakes are pictured across the net. Many popular themes have emerged, including zombies, brides attack, Tim Burton movies, skulls, and spider webs.

If cuddly isn’t your thing, maybe the next treats will do the trick.

See you at the altar.

New Word Order $

wpid-Soft-white.jpgShort fiction up on Voluted Tales from yours truly. ‘New Word Order’ is in the Voluted Dreams Volume 2 issue.

Writer and editor Christopher Nadeau said, “Perhaps the most startlingly original story comes from Meredith Grue, whose “New Word Order” spells out in no uncertain terms just how horrifying language can be underneath the surface of day-to-day communication.”

New Word Order is available now!

Yeah, paintins.

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Nevermore - Abril Andrade Griffith

This time I want to share some professional paintings that I found intriguing, if not altogether comforting. Since art aims to affect us deeply, it’s no wonder that horror has a place in fine arts also. “Nevermore,” above, beings back images from my own childhood nightmares. And yet, it is… cute. I think.

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Poltergeist - Tom Carlton

Speaking of childhood, this was the second movie to give me nightmares. The first being Platoon (nother story). The artist chose precisely the scariest image in the film. I’d set my TV outside, but it’s busy right now.

Think it’s my favorite.

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Solitude - Ken Meyer

Just another awesome tonal study. Watercolor has never evoked this kind of emotion in me before. Love it enough to hang it up? Available online.

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Uneasy - Matt Truiano

Hauntingly beautiful. So simple in form and genius in perspective. Yet so complex in color and texture. Plus, if you stare long enough, the skull sorta seems to float… Or I’m tired. Either way, sleep will be uneasy tonight, that’s for sure.

Hope you enjoyed!

Craft of Coping

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That's Semour, my stress skull. He says journals make him warm and squishy inside.

Anyone who writes submits themselves to criticism. But that process too can be beautiful. Still, rejections roll in seemingly faster than the submissions can roll out. So, I found something to do with them other than brood and weep. I’m calling it scrapjournaling. But, let’s start at the beginning.

This inexpensive album of dreams (pictured here open) hangs above my desk, full of replies from editors. It was fun to decorate and assemble with some cardstock, two metal embellishments, and a little suede lace. I printed out replies from editors in what I thought were appealing typefaces and colors. I then glued the printed replies in with my favorite desktop utility: a gluestick.

Gluesticks are much more fun now that I’m an adult.

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Semour sees you One Buck...

Then came the day that Semour and I needed to expand. So I set off to make my first scrapjournal. Scrapjournals and I are alike by nature: unruly, askew and homemade. They’re prettier than covered-over comp book journals. And they’re IN. Kay? I saw it in a craft store so it must be so.

Scrapjournals are easy to make. The first step is gathering papers that coordinate and follow the theme. Then, the papers are put in an order that best suits the book and folded at vicarious angles to get that messy look that just screams artistic. After the pages are secured my stitching, glue, or basically whatever happens to work, it is time to add memories, recipes, pictures, etc. Mine will house my responses from editors and anything else closely related.

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Colored ink makes us smile.

Taking one plastic file folder and cutting the front off it with my safety scissors gave me a bright durable cover for journal one. After collecting coordinating papers to stuff inside, I decided to sew the first journal together at the fold with embroidery floss.
NOTE: Do yourself a favor if you try this method and prepunch your holes with something sharp.

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Postcard from Frederik Meijer Gardens. That sculpture looks rather suspect from this angle.

I selected a postcard for the center of each of my journals. Inside are envelopes and plenty of pages to affix more and more rejections, I mean replies, to. The pages include various colored journal papers, notebook papers, photocopies, and even pages from wordfinds.

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Postcard: Gerald R. Ford Museum. Photo: my livingroom.

I chose to hold my second journal together with some suede lace through a centered hole (hole punch = 98¢, no callus = priceless}. I like this, because it allows for revision!

Inside the second, there is a photocopy of a likeness of the Declaration of Independence. And some old printshop bookmarks. Also, I utilized some leftover cardstock for the cover, as you might notice.

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Grue's Personal Submission Survival Kit. That cover really beings out Semour's eyes.

So that is the tale of my ever-growing garden of rejections, I mean replies, and their newfound beauty. Hope you enjoyed.

Merideth Grue

BTW: Semour is a Halloween-themed stress skull I purchased last season. He is the most invaluable tool that I own. When you squeeze him, blood-marinated maggots form massive bubbles in his eye sockets. He’s my best friend, and a dang good paperweight.

From the Depths Comes Gratitude

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Just in time for Halloween, free horror mag released on issuu! From the Depths is a literary magazine that I find ‘pretty’ scary. Inside, you’ll find short fiction, shorter (flash) fiction, poetry and more, all spun from terror and quite possibly wit. And, it illustrates how the macabre can be beautiful.

Many thanks to Penny Dreadful, the editor with the fully swypable name, that allowed my two cents contribution. For simultaneous chills and thrills, please check out the attractive little horror collaboration in the Fall 2012 From the Depths magazine.

Leave the light on…

Merideth Grue

Linkaroo

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Somehow, I just spent the whole morning reading for free on Wattpad. There’s great stuff to be found on there.

I have been granted extra time off work, and can’t believe how little I can accomplish with it. Well, reading always enriches, so no guilt there. Maybe next I’ll organize that desk.

Guess it’s time to get back to work.

Meanwhile, check out Don’t Stare on Wattpad.

Acceptance: MicroHorror

1AlongAlright, grue fans, finally something to blog about! MicroHorror just published my flash story All Along.

Sometimes we wish the ones we love would just shush. But we can’t always have our way. Or can we?

Thanks a million to MicroHorror magazine. It’s horror for the time impaired. Check out all their quality stories.

Merideth Grue

Bread Art from Bangkok Has People Contemplating …Buddhism?

Bangkok Bakers Gruesome Breads Crafted Into Human Organs - Photos courtesy Diana Eid http://inventorspot.com

Slice of life?

This masters degree holder used his formal education in fine art and practical education in baking to bring people closer to the teachings of Buddha – with bread. What looks like a horror movie inspired meat market is actually a bakery with spiritual intent.

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Kittiwat Unarrom formed the bread into gruesome likenesses of mistreated human heads, limbs, and organs to remind that things are not what they seem.

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Inside each of the masterfully sculpted and decorated baked treats awaited a soft and gooey center of wisdom. That appearances corrupt our senses would be obvious upon biting into one of these tasty sculptures.

Son of a baker, Kittiwat ventured into the family business in 2006, and now runs the family bakery. The factory keeps him busy, but ideas for his art still flow.

Kittiwat held exhibitions as late as 2008. He says his next exhibition will focus on something other than humans.

He is not taking orders.

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Could you eat what was looking at you?