“All Hallow’s Eve” — Dorothea Tanning

“All Hallow’s Eve”


Dorothea Tanning

Be perfect, make it otherwise.
Yesterday is torn in shreds.
Lightning’s thousand sulfur eyes
Rip apart the breathing beds.
Hear bones crack and pulverize.
Doom creeps in on rubber treads.
Countless overwrought housewives,
Minds unraveling like threads,
Try lipstick shades to tranquilize
Fears of age and general dreads.
Sit tight, be perfect, swat the spies,
Don’t take faucets for fountainheads.
Drink tasty antidotes. Otherwise
You and the werewolf: newlyweds.


Fairy Mab — Henry Fuseli


Fairy Mab, 1820 by Henry Fuseli (1741–1825)

Bat and Spider — Gertrude Hermes


Natural History of Selborne: Bat and Spider, 1932 by Gertrude Hermes (1901–1983)

New York, New York 10008 — Nemesio Antúnez


New York, New York 10008, 1967 by Nemesio Antúnez (1918–1993)

Vision of Medea — JMW Turner

Vision of Medea 1828 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

Vision of Medea, 1828 by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851)

Waiting on the good times now

The Incubus Leaving Two Sleeping Women — Henry Fuseli


The Incubus Leaving Two Sleeping Women, 1793 by Henry Fuseli (1741–1825)

The Weeping Woman — Raúl Anguiano


The Weeping Woman, 1942 by Raúl Anguiano (1915–2006)

Paroxysm — Carlos Raquel Rivera


Paroxysm, 1963 by Carlos Raquel Rivera (1923–1999)

Three Books


Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe. Fat trade paperback by Vintage; most recent date indicates 1975 but that can’t be right. No designer credited.

You know Poe.


Tell My Horse by Zora Neale Hurston. 1983 trade paperback edition from Turtle Island. Neither designer nor photographer are credited.

A wonderful and weird trip to Jamaica and Haiti…and zombies!


From Hell by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell. 2004 irregular-big trade paperback from Top Shelf. No designer/artist credited, but it’s clearly Campbell’s work.

One of my favorite scary novels ever. I reviewed it like a decade ago on this site. I found this postcard in it, a collage by the surealist Jacques Prévert:


The postcard, from James Cooke, included this text, a quote of Cormac McCarthy’s horror novel Blood Meridian:

They entered the city haggard and filthy and reeking with the blood of the citizenry for whose protection they had contracted.

James won a postcard-based contest on this site like a decade ago, god love him.



À la Bonne Franquette — Yves Tessier


À la bonne franquette (A Simple Meal), 2019 by Yves Tessier (b. 1955)

Fantasy Based on Goethe’s Faust — Theodor von Holst

Fantasy Based on Goethe's 'Faust' 1834 by Theodore Von Holst 1810-1844

Fantasy Based on Goethe’s Faust, 1834 by Theodor von Holst (1810–1844)

Dead Soldier (Fascism) — Francisco Dosamantes


Dead Soldier (Fascism), 1940 by Francisco Dosamantes (1911-1986)

Untitled — Marcelo Grassman


Untitled, 1962 by Marcelo Grassman  (1925–2013)

Portrait of a Boy — Pinturicchio


Portrait of a Boy, c. 1500 by Pinturicchio (Bernardino di Betto, 1454–1513)

Corners of King Solomon — Consuelo González Amezcua


Corners of King Solomon, 1970 by Consuelo González Amezcua (1903–1975)

The Fortune Teller Was Mistaken — Gregory Ferrand


The Fortune Teller Was Mistaken, 2017 by Gregory Ferrand (b. 1975)