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bendk
05-09-2009, 01:02 PM
This thread is devoted to horror curios that you have stumbled upon and would like to share. I first saw this item on eBay a few years back. It is a Cthulhu chess set. I believe only two were made and they sold for hundreds of dollars each. (too much for me!) I love the game, but I'm not very good. Anyway, I think this is very cool.

http://www.yog-sothoth.com/images/cthulhu-chess-pieces.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=312152 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=312152)

Russell Nash
05-09-2009, 02:14 PM
It is very cool indeed.

However, after many years of playing amateur chess I think that the best chess set is the traditional one, with white (or light yellow) and black (or dark brown) chessmen. The ones that are hand-carved, or have "hard to understand" chessmen are incredibly complicated to play with, specially when one needs extra time to understand which one is the rook and which one is the king. It doesn't look too complicated at first sight, but in the middle of a game, which one is the king, Cthulhu? The same could be said of chess software where the best one to play with is the simplest one, the one used by most newspapers as well.

Odalisque
05-10-2009, 09:56 AM
I agree that playing chess with the Cthulhu chessmen would be difficult -- but maybe they were designed to be horror curios rather than practical chessmen.

Odalisque
05-10-2009, 10:03 AM
I bought a number of 54mm horror figures from a man in the north east of England who casts and paints them. In this picture, we see (from left to right) the creature from black lagoon, the wolfman, the mummy and Mr Hyde. Thr picture is too dark to see them properly. Maybe I'll try to take a better picture of these (and other) 54mm horror figures.

http://www.ligotti.net/picture.php?albumid=76&pictureid=772

bendk
05-10-2009, 12:10 PM
I think the King of Curios has to be Clark Ashton Smith.

http://www.eldritchdark.com/files/galleries/by-cas/sculptures.jpg

http://www.eldritchdark.com/files/galleries/by-cas/tsathoggua_fa.jpg
http://www.eldritchdark.com/files/galleries/by-cas/saw-toothed_bird.jpg


http://www.eldritchdark.com/galleries/by-cas/all/a/1

bendk
05-10-2009, 12:26 PM
It is very cool indeed.

However, after many years of playing amateur chess I think that the best chess set is the traditional one, with white (or light yellow) and black (or dark brown) chessmen. The ones that are hand-carved, or have "hard to understand" chessmen are incredibly complicated to play with, specially when one needs extra time to understand which one is the rook and which one is the king. It doesn't look too complicated at first sight, but in the middle of a game, which one is the king, Cthulhu? The same could be said of chess software where the best one to play with is the simplest one, the one used by most newspapers as well.

I agree that playing chess with the Cthulhu chessmen would be difficult -- but maybe they were designed to be horror curios rather than practical chessmen.


I agree. For practical play a traditional set is the best. The House of Staunton makes some beautiful sets. But I wouldn't mind having a go with the Cthulhu set... on second thought, you never know what might be at stake. See "The Dreams of Albert Moreland" by Fritz Leiber or "The Grand Masters Final Game" by Mark Samuels.

Sam
05-11-2009, 02:46 AM
I think the King of Curios has to be Clark Ashton Smith.

http://www.eldritchdark.com/galleries/by-cas/all/a/1

I think these images were scanned from the book "The Fantastic Art of Clark Ashton Smith", published by Mirage Press in 1973. In fact, Eldritch Dark has also published Grahm Wilson's introduction (http://www.eldritchdark.com/articles/visual-arts/8/introduction:-the-fantastic-art-of-clark-ashton-smith) and Dennis Rickard's foreword (http://www.eldritchdark.com/articles/visual-arts/7/foreword%3A-the-fantastic-art-of-clark-ashton-smith) to the book.

http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/15/4d/b775619009a0d2438b0e4110.L.jpg

I have a copy somewhere, but I was not able to easily locate it this weekend when I looked. (My poor Archives have been a little unorganized since I moved to my current home in 2006.) Copies show up on eBay from time to time - I got mine 6 or 7 years ago for much less than the current prices of used copies on Amazon ($114-$258 as of this posting).

Odalisque
05-11-2009, 11:54 AM
I think the King of Curios has to be Clark Ashton Smith.

http://www.eldritchdark.com/galleries/by-cas/all/a/1

I think these images were scanned from the book "The Fantastic Art of Clark Ashton Smith", published by Mirage Press in 1973. In fact, Eldritch Dark has also published Grahm Wilson's introduction (http://www.eldritchdark.com/articles/visual-arts/8/introduction:-the-fantastic-art-of-clark-ashton-smith) and Dennis Rickard's foreword (http://www.eldritchdark.com/articles/visual-arts/7/foreword%3A-the-fantastic-art-of-clark-ashton-smith) to the book.

http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/15/4d/b775619009a0d2438b0e4110.L.jpg

I have a copy somewhere, but I was not able to easily locate it this weekend when I looked. (My poor Archives have been a little unorganized since I moved to my current home in 2006.) Copies show up on eBay from time to time - I got mine 6 or 7 years ago for much less than the current prices of used copies on Amazon ($114-$258 as of this posting).

I bought a copy of that book while it was still in print (sometime in the first half of the 1970s). I don't think that it cost me more than £5, and probably less. Alas, my copy slipped away. To be honest, though, I don't think that it's worth the prices you quote. It's all in black and white, and at least some of the photographs didn't seem very good to me. (The photos of CAS's paintings, if I recall correctly, are especially poor.) My personal opinion is that a price of £20 would be pushing it.

bendk
05-18-2009, 12:38 AM
Not really horror, but it does have a monster. Plus this is my favorite present that I got last Christmas. It is a Hallmark tree ornament based on Maurice Sendak's book Where the Wild Things Are.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31RrAezQc1L._SL500_AA275_.jpg

Steve Dekorte
05-18-2009, 01:41 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v506/fleshtwister666/dome/dome01.jpg

Shop Hellraiser Puzzle Box Sales and Gallery. Unique Versions of Philip LeMarchand Lament Configuration (http://www.hellraiserpuzzlebox.com/boxes.html)

It would be interesting to see a TL story in the Hell Raiser universe.

Russell Nash
05-19-2009, 04:32 PM
Military Burial Ground, from 1860s, almost in downtown Toronto.

This is a curiosity more than a curio. It is just 2 blocks from my place. Most of names on the remaining tombstones placed on the wall are wiped away by time.

http://www.ligotti.net/picture.php?albumid=72&pictureid=1404 http://www.ligotti.net/picture.php?albumid=72&pictureid=1405 http://www.ligotti.net/picture.php?albumid=72&pictureid=1406 http://www.ligotti.net/picture.php?albumid=72&pictureid=1407 http://www.ligotti.net/picture.php?albumid=72&pictureid=1408 http://www.ligotti.net/picture.php?albumid=72&pictureid=1409

bendk
06-08-2009, 02:23 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3613/3423927905_82190b9408.jpg?v=0

I had a large plaster Dracula statue similar to this when I was a kid. My little brother had a Frankenstein's Monster. We had a good time fighting with them. But I also had fun with this statue as a late teenager. A new group of youngsters were in the neighborhood (they were about 5 or 6 years old) and I thought it would be fun to give them a fright. When they ventured into our yard, I bent down out of sight and held the Dracula statue up in the window and shouted "Hey, what are you kids doing around here!" They all yelled "Dracula!" and ran away. That shows just what an iconic figure he is to everyone that even little kids would know his name. They later grew more bold and deliberately provoked Dracula to the window. "Dracula? Dracula?" I would here them calling from outside. No doubt playing chicken. I didn't disappoint them, they got the scare they wanted and deserved. I have to admit my voice immitation was somewhat shoddy, more of a curmudgeon than a Lord of the Undead with a thick Hungarian accent.

Russell Nash
06-10-2009, 04:26 PM
Memento mori, literally 'remember that you must die', were worn by the living as protection against the temptations of this world, in order to ensure acceptance in the world to come. This striking English example from 1540- 50, made of gold enamelled in black and white, is inscribed with an intricate design.
http://www.ligotti.net/picture.php?albumid=72&pictureid=1498
http://www.ligotti.net/picture.php?albumid=72&pictureid=1499

bendk
06-11-2009, 12:03 PM
I saw this Creature from the Black Lagoon lamp on eBay. Very nice.

http://i.ebayimg.com/16/!BUBkLKgBWk~$(KGrHgoOKiQEjlLmEZt(BKLbKZZvD!~~_1.JP G

This is the seller's description:

THIS HIGHLY FUNCTIONAL PIECE OF ARTWORK WAS CREATED BY AWARD WINNING SCI-FI ARTIST DAVID GUTIERREZ, AND IS PART OF HIS "SCI-FI ILLUMINATIONS" COLLECTION. THIS IS A COLLECTORS ITEM, AND WILL LIGHT UP ANY HOME OR OFFICE IN WHICH IT IS DISPLAYED. IF YOU LIKE THIS LAMP PLEASE SEE SELLERS OTHER ITEMS FOR SIMILAR AUCTIONS. This lamp stands approx. 21 inches tall from base to top of lampshade. (included) The base is 9 X 7 inches in diameter Jn.3:16 You are viewing a one of a kind, custom, fully functional piece of artwork made here in our “Special Creations” workshop by award winning sci-fi artist David Gutierrez. This is not a manufactured piece from an assembly line.

bendk
09-17-2009, 11:45 AM
Some interesting pottery is being created by Ron Dahline.


http://rondeeclayworks.com/gallery.htm




http://rondeeclayworks.com/index.19.jpg


http://rondeeclayworks.com/porcelain.jpg

http://i.ebayimg.com/17/!B,,OHNg!2k~$(KGrHgoH-D!EjlLlz,uWBKrVkhI7gw~~_3.JPG

This guy is currently on sale at ebay. The price the last time I checked was over two hundred dollars.

http://cgi.ebay.com/A-folk-art-face-jug-Ron-Dahline_W0QQitemZ140345906506QQcmdZViewItemQQptZFo lk_Art?hash=item20ad44954a&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

bendk
02-09-2011, 07:13 AM
http://i.ebayimg.com/03/!CBLfTRwBWk~$(KGrHqYOKjoEzJV!tFsrBNGk+vtVKg~~_12.J PG



I looked for the Lovecraft Monopoly set but couldn't find one. Surely, that has to be an oversight.

bendk
09-09-2011, 01:49 PM
Saw this on eBay. A 30" tall Nosferatu marionette. Pretty cool.


http://i.ebayimg.com/t/VAMPIRE-NOSFERATU-30-MARIONETTE-PUPPET-SCULPTURE-DOLL-/00/$(KGrHqN,!l0E2EQw6qMgBNhsycgRqg~~_12.JPG


http://i.ebayimg.com/t/VAMPIRE-NOSFERATU-30-MARIONETTE-PUPPET-SCULPTURE-DOLL-/00/$(KGrHqJ,!lQE2EKf0J2tBNhsyohJ4!~~_12.JPG


http://www.ebay.com/itm/170691517788?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

yellowish haze
09-09-2011, 02:09 PM
Saw this on eBay. A 30" tall Nosferatu marionette. Pretty cool.


http://i.ebayimg.com/t/VAMPIRE-NOSFERATU-30-MARIONETTE-PUPPET-SCULPTURE-DOLL-/00/$%28KGrHqN,%21l0E2EQw6qMgBNhsycgRqg%7E%7E_12.JPG


http://i.ebayimg.com/t/VAMPIRE-NOSFERATU-30-MARIONETTE-PUPPET-SCULPTURE-DOLL-/00/$%28KGrHqJ,%21lQE2EKf0J2tBNhsyohJ4%21%7E%7E_12.JPG


http://www.ebay.com/itm/170691517788?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

Nice, here is mine:
http://www.ligotti.net/picture.php?albumid=230&pictureid=2584

DoktorH
09-09-2011, 06:54 PM
http://s3.amazonaws.com/twitpic/photos/full/7342431.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJF3XCCKACR3QDMOA&Expires=1315606123&Signature=5cCC4GEBNzWVTWF%2BkTGbLKiG4zs%3D

my Lament Configuration Hellraiser DVD set. other stuff that I have but haven't photographed: coffin-shaped metal Nightmare Before Christmas lunchbox, little Gashlycrumb Tinies metal lunchbox, Pilsbury Doughboy figure I modded to resemble Psychodoughboy from the horror comic "Johnny the homicidal Maniac," and assorted Cthulhu toys.