Horror Boom’s 2014 Holiday Gift Countdown- Part 5 of 5 – Edgar Allan Poe Sweater!

Yes, this actually exists. Archie McPhee’s (based locally, and another store it is not wise for me to go into with a credit card, they expanded and there’s way too much cool shit) carries a variety of unusual Edgar Allan Poe-themed gifts, such as temporary tattoos and Poe lunch boxes. Check out the temporary tattoos if you have time, most of them are pretty clever and would only mean something to or be recognized by another devoted reader of Poe. Cool way to meet like-minded friends, huh? This one takes the cake, though!

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The Edgar Allan Poe sweater is in stock now (which means if you live within reasonable driving distance of Seattle, you could definitely get one in time to give as a gift), costs $42.50, and is ‘One Size Fits Most’. It’s also unisex, which means ladies with curves could have a problem fitting into it, but we have yet to hear a female complain about it. Here’s the more detailed write-up direct from the Archie McPhee product page for this cool item:

Just say Poe to Halloween sweaters

This is a limited quantity, exclusive item! Some people prefer Halloween to any other holiday and this Edgar Allan Poe Sweater is for them. You could wear it as a Christmas sweater, but it’s designed to be worn on a brisk autumn evening as you contemplate your own mortality while sitting in a graveyard next to an abandoned church. Featuring an honest, but misguided attempt to accurately capture the likeness of Edgar Allan Poe, this sweater is sure to be a conversation piece with you and your friends as you play with a Ouija board and read poetry from your tear-stained journal. This one-size-fits-most sweater is sausage-casing-tight on a 2XL person and awkwardly loose on a medium frame. 100% acrylic. Buy it fast—these won’t last long!!

It may be limited edition, but the sweater is in stock. That’s a pretty awesome self-justification reason to pick one up– hey, they have them now, but once they’re gone, they’re gone! You might be able to find one on eBay after they go out of stock, but you know they’ll crank up the price, even if they’re used. Hey, you might as well grab the tattoos while you’re at it. The price is reasonable, and come on, check out this sample (click on it to go to the Archie McPhee’s purchase/detail page for the item). HOP FROG is on there, for Chrissakes!

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Click image to go to Archie McPhee’s and get a better look! Maybe you will find your lost Lenore…

So, there you have it, give great gifts for horror fans to give and get.  We ran this countdown admittedly a little closer to Christmas than we’d like, but we wanted to find extra cool stuff …and all of it ended up merited featuring in a post of its own, rather than lumping them all up in one novella-length post. In case you missed them, here are links to the other items.

The Babadook Actual Pop-Up Book (limited edition)

Festive Cthulhu Tree Ornament

The Journal/Sketchbook Made of Human Skin that looks like it was cooked up by an early Sam Raimi prop department, plus two other unique journals (there’s a good chance that if you go and find one of the Monster Skin ones gone, yours truly finally caved and purchased it for herself).

USB Waving Tentacle (that may or may not summon the Elder Gods)

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Aaand of course, the good old Poe Sweater. We hoped you’ve found these items entertaining, if a little late to buy (though you could still make it happen by paying extra shipping). We don’t get a cut of anything sold, and we are also not responsible for any wild spending sprees you go on while looking them up on the Archie McPhee site, Etsy.com, or ThinkGeek.com.

If you buy any of the recommended items, we’d love to see your photos of it! Especially anyone wearing the sweater.


This Alternate Trailer For “Near Dark” (1987) Will Improve Your Monday – BULLSEYE!

Caleb Colton: I sure haven’t met any girls like you.
Mae: No. No, you sure haven’t met any girls like me…



Are you a fan of Katherine Bigelow’s criminally underrated Southern vampire opus, Near Dark (1987)?*  Having a shitty Monday after the holiday weekend? Well, if you have a minute and a half to spare, this’ll turn your mood around fast if given a watch. Even if you felt kind of lukewarm about the movie, this is one of the greatest trailers I’ve ever seen, period. The editing is flawless, and even though I’ve watched it probably hundreds of times since Mr. Horror Boom bought me the Special Edition 2-Disc Boxed set, I never get sick of it. I also end up watching at least part of the movie again if I happen to have time at that moment; it’s that good.



By the way, the box set is amazing. It shows each character with a quote from them, such as Lance Henrickson’s Jesse Hooker: “I fought for the South. We lost.”  There’s a featurette–actually, it’s over an hour-long, so maybe more like a feature– on there that includes interviews with all the main cast except for Jenny Wright (Mia) and the kid. Most are stories from Bill Paxton (Severin),  Henrickson (Jesse), Adrian Pasdar (Caleb —the screenwriters had a talent for picking awesome character names),  and Jenette Goldstein (Diamondback).  Henrickson and Goldstein invented great back-stories for their characters, and share them. Paxton tells an entertaining story about the centerpiece of the movie set in the dive bar where the vampires toy with all the patrons and then kill them viciously (the scene title on the menu is called “Shitkicker Slaughterhouse”).

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Turns out Paxton had a migraine so bad, he literally couldn’t get out of bed to film the scene. When he called in to tell them, the production sent a doctor around to inject him with a “B-12 shot” that we can assume had a little more than B-12 in it, since the second it kicked in, Paxton was suddenly feeling no pain and in a really great mood. Fortunately, it actually enhanced his acting performance (“it’s finger-lickin’ gooood“) and he even ad-libbed a little.

Smokin' in more way than one.

Smokin’ in more way than one.

There’s also a .pdf file on the disc that contains the entire screenplay, plus a ton of publicity pics, most of the vampires, all in character and looking seriously bad-ass.

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If you’re a fan of Near Dark, it’s well worth the money to pick up. Plus, you can watch the above trailer over and over!

Pray for daylight.

Pray for daylight.


*They better not try to remake this one.

Rutina Wesley talks ‘True Blood’ season premiere twist (and what Tara should sing in that ‘True Blood’ musical)

Don’t know about you, but we’re still in denial.

Before you click on the link in the lower left, please remember:




‘True Detective’ Finale Review: Truth, Justice, and the Satisfying Surprise of a Happy Ending

Errol Childress: Come and die with me, little priest.


Oh, SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t seen True Detective and plan to. Here’s an excellent review by Jess Jenson for EW.com on the True Detective finale, “Form and Void”, that aired Sunday night and crashed HBO GO due to the amount of people trying to watch. I was really expecting one of the characters I cared about (or worse yet, all of them) to die horribly. Instead, though the finale was dark as hell and didn’t disappoint. Aside from all the obvious, memorable nightmarish imagery–and there was plenty; Errol’s…wife? (half-sister? Sister? Like Marty, we don’t want to know the DNA results) scared the hell out of us, especially her responses to Marty’s questions when he first tries to communicate with her, as follows:

Marty (Getting nervous): Uh– hey, where is he?
Woman: All around us… before you were born… and after you die.


The line delivery by the actress was so goddamned creepy that I shivered; her intermittent screaming at what looked to be their vicious German Shepherd dog purchased specifically to scare the shit out of/attack any trespassers, then going back to her normal calm yet clearly disturbed self, creeped me the hell out too.*.

Side note: I’m not 100%–OK, to be honest, 50% clear–who the fly blown, almost naked older man was in the guest house) or whatever building housed him) tied to a bed frame. He looked like (EEK) his lips were sewn shut, and when they only showed, say, a vague shot of his feet in that first scene he appeared in where Errol talks about ‘hosin’ him down’, I figured it was A. some poor girl or woman who had been their victim for a long time that Childress did horrible, horrible things to on a regular basis or B. what would be revealed later as a horribly rotten, long-dead corpse or C. a combination of the two. Still not 100%, but I’m pretty sure he was breathing. Please chime in below in ‘Comments” if you have an answer, by the way, because now it’s bugging me.

Anyway, here was as much of an ‘upbeat’ ending as this season of True Detective can have**. Anyway, Mr. Jenson says it much better than I could (you may have noticed that I’ve been a little frazzled the last month or so–complicated workload– but I’m improving), and if you were a fan of this first season, the review/analysis is well worth checking out.

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*If I’d been in Marty’s shoes at the time, I don’t care how macho/alpha-male his character is (also considering the fact they’d mentioned their cell phones couldn’t pick up a signal; we horror fans know what happens when you’re out in the middle of nowhere and someone says they can’t get a signal, so hey, must be outside of the service area) I would have just said, “Welp, think I got about all the information I need, ma’am! I won’t be bothering you no more, I’m leaving now!” as I was hastily backing away, then found Rusty (though I wouldn’t go poking around too much, given the toxic, evil and just plain WRONG vibes that swamp property and the fucked-up owners gave out) and said, “OK, I’m out. Either we come back here with a dozen cops for back-up, or just bring in the next guy who can deal with this, I’m done. You getting in the car, Rust? No? Tell you what, I’ll just wait in the car for a few minutes with the motor running and the doors locked, then after five minutes, you’re on your own.”

**Raise your hand if, upon your first watching, you were POSITIVE Rusty was going to get killed off by the end of the episode. I thought when Marty asked about him, the detectives would look glum and tell Marty they were very sorry to tell him that Rust hadn’t made it through surgery alive.

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‘American Horror Story’: Ryan Murphy on the latest ‘Coven’ and teases for season 4 — EXCLUSIVE

Let’s hope they bring Tim Minear back for Season 4–we miss him steering things this season.

‘American Horror Story’: Stevie Nicks on her ‘Coven’ cameo: ‘Don’t you know? I have powers now!”

EW.com: So who’s your favorite witch on the show?
Stevie Nicks: Jessica is slinky and sexy and sultry — just the kind of witch I’d want to be. And Kathy Bates is so evil — she’s not even a witch! She’s just an evil, mean, fantastically crazy woman that did horrible, horrible things. And Angela Bassett is just so beautiful, and so voodoo’d out and vibey. She walks into the room, and you’re afraid. So really, all of those ladies.” We agree… and we also dug the lessons in shawl twirling!

‘American Horror Story’: Ryan Murphy talks Stevie Nicks’ debut on ‘Coven’ and which witches are actually dead — EXCLUSIVE

We still don’t know if Queenie is dead or not… but now we know about two people who are definitely not returning from the dead. Also, if you’ve seen the episode, you don’t need to read this to know that Lance Reddick was pretty goddamned scary as a coke-sniffing Papa Legba. Read on for more!

New American Horror Story Coven Poll – What Cliffhanger Resolution Are You Dying To Find Out?

January 12th Update:

Thanks to all who took the poll, yo! These are FUN. We purposely put an option for “other”, and it got two votes this time, but alas, those who chose it forgot to add their own answer! Feel free, some of the previous answers are pretty funny (sometimes I also wish the writers could see the ideas) and no-one can see who you are. I’m the official Administrator slash Headmistress Webmistress for AHS and related material, and even if I took pains researching it, the poll will NOT tell me who you are. Keep voting, as we get down to the last 3 episodes, we’ll keep the polls–and maybe a survey–going (there’ll even be a couple of post-finale ones; vote for your favorite bitchy comment, most hated character, scariest character, most shocking moment… you get the idea).

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So! American Horror Story Coven will be back on in less than 48 hours*  (this’ll be Episode Ten, “The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks”–guess who guest-stars as herself) and we were all left with some serious “burning questions” we want to see answered after “Head” aired on December 11th. Tell us which one (or two) of them you’ve been waiting for the most over the show’s weeks-long holiday “hiatus” to find out!

*and I have written exactly ZERO of my “Ten Things We Learned” for the missing, what, four or so episodes I’m behind by.  Sorry, things got kind of wacky over the holidays. Tree’s down now, things are almost back to normal, I’ll see what I can do… as always, thanks for your patience.

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‘American Horror Story’: Ryan Murphy on the latest ‘Coven’ and whether [SPOILER] is dead — EXCLUSIVE

The bad news? We have to wait another month (well, 28 days) to find out if Queenie will be back or not, and to see Fiona and Marie Laveau working together (among other things). The good news? The title of the January 8th episode is “The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks“! Click “Read More” above for the EW.com exclusive interview with Ryan Murphy on “Head” and what’s to come. Keep checking back with Horror Boom, since we’ll be doing our best to give you plenty of content to keep you from American Horror Story Coven withdrawal while you wait for the mid-season break to end!


‘American Horror Story’: Watch Cordelia and the ‘Coven’ plot Fiona’s murder — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Oh, you do NOT wanna miss this clip from American Horror Story Coven #8, “The Scared Talking”, AKA tonight’s episode! No spoilers, but it’s nice and juicy. “Kill her once. Kill her good. Kill her dead,” was Cordelia’s line in the previous episode, “The Dead,” but boy, everyone wants a piece of Fiona!  We’re counting the hours… enjoy!