Best Halloween songs

People like us over at Jekyllhydeclub on youtube are already getting ready for Halloween. As items begin showing up in the stores, the delicious spooky feeling takes us over, and it’s just how we like it! Halloween hauls begin and the spooky music comes out even more frequently than usual. Autumn is coming and so are the spooks. This article is in response/food for thought for the 2 different sorts of articles that are written on the topic of Halloween music.
 The first is the sort listing all the Halloween songs we know and love as those to feature at your party. I.E Monster Mash, Love Potion Number 9, Thriller, and you get the point. That’s all well and scary, but we already know. Then there are the articles offering unknown songs as the ones to go for at your party. Songs that no one knows are really gonna get things moving. Right. Not. No one is gonna throw down to some weird tunes they’ve never heard before and that sound more weird than particularly spooky. Also those unknown songs are reported to be somehow better than Ghost Busters, I Put a Spell on You, and Purple People Eater because they are more twisted and horrifying and screwed up.So…when did Halloween stop being Spooky dark fun that could end in tricks or treats and become twisted, horrifying and screwed up? The answer is it didn’t, so people who bash the good Halloween spooky songs in favor of, for example, Throbbing Gristle, are missing the point of Halloween entirely.
 I mean come on people! I’m more into Throbbing Gristle and that sort of thing for Easter. HAHA, just kidding. But truly Twisted Dark, Morbid and Horrifying aren’t really suitable for Halloween any more than they are for Easter. People who believe otherwise don’t understand the true SPIRIT, as it were, of Halloween. When they write articles about such songs being too scary for Halloween they’re exactly right. Halloween can be scary but scary and twisted are different though they can at times hang out together when the mood strikes. Just not necessarily on Halloween.
The people who bash the traditional Halloween songs like Nosferatu, Night of the Vampire, and Ghost of John because they’re not sick enough can’t appreciate spooky over straight twisted horror. I’m not bashing twisted horror. I love me some Clive Barker as much as anyone…He’s just not what comes to mind on Halloween. The traditional songs leave you creeped out but in a delightful sort of way. If this wasn’t the way it should be, there wouldn’t be Halloween parties…There would only be Halloween slaughters. I mean it’s not rocket science.
I saw one article saying people only play those songs during the Halloween season and not all year, and somehow for them, this made the songs unsuitable for Halloween. Um…Okay? First of all I do play them all year just as I leave up Halloween decorations, but those who don’t, feel it’s more special to do such things only in the Autumn. To appreciate them more. I do play them even more frequently around that time of year to make it more…special.
You don’t see Santa’s elves rockin’ out to Jingle Bells in May, after all. Okay you really don’t SEE Santa’s elves precisely but…you get the point. It’s called Seasonal Music for a reason! Hello!

Delicious banana nut snack with honey and cinnamon

Even if you hate cooking this is so easy you won’t mind. It takes less than 5 minutes to make even if you’re moving slow.
This is nice and healthy for summer yet filling with loads of nutritious benefits from fiber to potassium protein, cholesterol lowering and more! It’s so nice to pig out, enjoy it and still be doing good deeds for your body and health. For those of you with  sweet tooth this dessert full of natural sugars will satisfy those cravings without putting on all the pounds that chocolate cake surely will.
You will need:
1 Banana,
a cup of roasted and salted cashews
Split banana into natural segments after pealing, then break those up into about half inch slices. Cover those with the cup of nuts then drizzle liberally with honey and finally sprinkle with cinnamon before stirring the mix.
That’s it! You’re ready to eat. Simple and fast, wasn’t it? And it is delicious!  If you enjoyed this check out our other recipes.

Crazy apartment rental story of the week!

Warning. there will be language as I tend to do that when type/venting when annoyed and it’s expressive and shit…adding a greater depth of understanding…and flowers!
This is a story about my crazy land lords who really just don’t give a ****
Weird but true as all the things that happen to me are.
Because of my pushing a while back the owners of the apartment complex where we rent started exterminating for ants yearly as it’s an issue here. They put a note on the door 2 weeks ago saying someone was coming the next day to do it at 9 fucking 30 A.M on a fucking Saturday. First off wtf on both counts, the 9-30 and the screwing with people on their weekend to get this done. but okay, whatever. So time rolls round and no showey up. It was raining so I figured if they were gonna bate outside too they never do when it rains so  supposed they’d come later…on another day when it wasn’t raining. Well 2 weeks went by and no reschedule or memo from the apartment manager so I call the  owner and ask what’s happening with the ant bating and they say “oh they came and you were not home.”
 HELL  NO! I was home and fucking up at that ungodly hour letting them fuck my Saturday.
So I tell the owner she needs to really check into  that because someone is lying to her and it’s not me. I want the ant bate put down so why would I not be there? She says she’ll do that and calls back not long after with bullshit!
So they want to reschedule except I have to pay 45 dollars. Hell no fuckheads. I did nothing wrong so fuck you. Manager said she came with the ant guy and we weren’t home. Fuck you we were. Then I figured it out! Alas the explanation, the solving of the great mystery as to wtf happened requires a mild diversion, but the good news is this is where it starts to get a little weird and creepy. For some weird reason, this town is full of people who really like tap on your door instead of knocking. And by tap I mean literally very softly touching your door.Like the baby of a grown up knock…Like the baby Jesus of knocks…where he’s still a baby and all gentle and shit. Like if you’re not right there at the door waiting you may not hear them. Even pizza people do it when bringing food in this town! I think my husband hears better than I and when he was a foot further away with the t.v on at normal volume while we pizza waited he missed the tap and I heard it and got up to get the food. Just the people around here are always literally tapping. Like maybe they don’t want to disturb us, yet they want us to be aware they’re there so I guess we do have to be disturbed for that to happen because we sorta  need to know they’re there. LOL. Literally you have to be standing right at the door to hear it.
When it comes to ant bate people or anyone else coming with a few hour time window starting at 9-30 until whenever they get to our apartment, I’m not sitting there with no t.v no music nothing when they could knock hard or god forbid ring the fucking bell!!! Yeah there is a new concept!
In case you were assuming we don’t have a door bell, we do. Assuming we did not would be logical as everyone else seems to but it’s right in the middle of the door in plain sight!
Does anyone use it, though? A surprising few…No kidding.
And I swear in this town it’s creepy because it’s a lot of people who seem afraid to knock and unenlightened about the invention of the door bell.. WTF.
 So yeah after I got over the total WTF of we were home waiting n the ant guy, I finally figured he tapped and we were pissing or in the kitchen or something and missed the god damn tap.Why should there be a tap? Why not a real grown up adult knock or a ring of the door bell?!! When I shared this revolation with the apartment complex owner she actually said no that did not happen. She was not there, of course so how she knows that this did not happen is beyond me but people seem to realy love to decide what happened when they weren’t there because it’s easier for them…yeah, fuck off.
So today the manager, who came with the ant extermination guy the  time we supposedly weren’t home, came for something else, a water problem in another apartment, so they’re telling everyone the water will be off for a bit while they’re fixing this. She tapped on the god damn door sure as shit so then I was certain that’s what happened. she didn’t lie about coming to our place as I had originally suspected, but she did tap so lightly no one would hear her. I told her this. I was walking past the door at the time and it’s the only reason I heard her which I also told her. While I was at it, I explained what the doorbell was for and why it was a good idea to use it as well…and when she returned later today she did use it so progress is being made…At least a little. LOL.
 I understand the owners not wanting to pay the 45 dollaar fee for the  ant bate people to return as they did their part but were I them I’d take it out of the manager’s check because tapping like that and fucking me out of my ant treatment is just bullshit! And stupid!And generally just not cool! But nope, they’ll never take any responsibility. I just bought ant bate but as so ready to move as that shit pisses me off and they’re always doing something and I’m always having to force them to do the right thing…I.e with the mold situation last year I had to actually threaten the owner into getting a hotel for us and I was the one who knew what the owners legally had to do rather than them being aware. Not them. Nope they didn’t bother to check into what they should be doing, just thought they’d screw us over, but no, not into that.
But because I can’t make them on the bate thing they won this little round. At least she’ll use the bell from now on. Maybe. Hopefully. I am putting a sign on the door to remind people to ring rather  than tapping..sounds really crazy that anyone would need to do that but see above…weird tappers up in this freaky town.

Thoughts on the “Old Nick” Reference

There have been many debates and contributions to the familiar reference to the Devil and I would like to add a few ideas of my own. As has been accurately pointed out, there might be an evolution of the description “old” when specifically related to the Devil. The Jewish description of the Devil as the Spirit of Adversity, that could have eventually turned into the familiar idea of Satan is useless here because depictions of age are notoriously absent from the relevant paragraphs in Job, dedicated to the grandeur of God more so than to his minion, “the Adversary.”

We have to refer to the Christian translation that first designated the Devil as the source of all Evil and described him based on the Eden associations as the “old serpent,” as has been stated on the quora site, the word used in Greek to describe the Devil as old, was archaious and my immediate association with  it was of “arche,” the principle of primordial matter, the essential element, used by the pre Socratic philosopher to account for the creation of the universe itself.

With that in mind,  is it not possible that the Devil could have been seen at times as an ancient entity in his own right, familiar with the first principles of Creation and participating himself in the process of Creation.

It is a small stretch of imagination but such figures have been known in mythology. Prometheus of course comes to mind, punished for his sins, ancient, a participant, according to some versions, in the construction of mankind, and a rebel to boot.

As far as the relation to the name Nicholas, a comparison to Santa Klaus comes to mind, especially when his dark assistant Black Peter is considered as the distributor of retribution.

Further, the reindeer have been compared to the goats of the god Thor, who is perceived by many scholars as the god of the people, which could correlate to the meaning of the name Nicholas itself, as “off the people.”

Interestingly enough, Thor, through his domain of lightning, could be partially related to fire, and is even portrayed with the red hair and beards in some myths, going back again to the idea of Prometheus who also had fiery connotations.

It might seem counter intuitive to some readers that the image of the Devil, much like the concept of Satan, can only be conjectured in its entirety, based on several disparate sources. At the same time, the idea of Aleister Crowley comes to mind, that the so called Black Brotherhood lacks cohesion.

I personally think that it makes perfect sense for the idea of the Devil to be composed of various elements. Taking into account that for many the Devil represents conflict and adversity, unity, when established and  successfully conceptualized, must be the purview of the other side.

If any of you reading this are wondering what the video embedded below has to do with the article, well, it features the Living Dead Dolls rendition of the Devil figure, Nickolas, that actually inspired this entire article.


Tin Man Miniseries Review

It is never an easy feat to step into some big shoes, and few shoes are bigger than those of Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. Tin Man, a 2007 miniseries, manages the job fairly well.

Zooey Deschanel, best known for playing Jess in the New Girl, had both her good and her bad moments of playing the Dorothy equivalent, D.G. but overall, even the cliches did not detract from the overall pleasing impression.

The Tin Man, Lion and Scarecrow, are all reimagined in creative ways, and the Wicked Witch of the West part was simply breathtaking. The producers wanted to have something evil and diabolical, and I think they managed it exquisitely well. This is not your kid friendly witch who can be even laughable with passage of time, she means business, and is very dark even by my gothically inclined standards.

An interesting family dynamics, inner journey, different, unusual but not too crazy settings,  with some visual effects thrown into the mix. I am only sorry the mini series ended so soon, four days after watching it, the unexpected twist is still very much on my mind, and that kind of an impact has to imply a great show, even it if was short lived. Currently available on Netflix and highly recommended for lovers of fantasy and horror alike.



Review of Alchemy Gothic Viennese Nights Bat

I honestly usually prefer raised/3D designs for my extensive bat collection so I wasn’t sure what drew me to this piece. I kept thinking about it once I saw it online, though so eventually bought it several months back and have not taken it off. It’s just beautiful and the design is unique. It is light weight, sturdy and comfortable to wear, all of which are very important to me. It is elegant so can be worn with dressy outfits or to dress up a casual one and give it that special touch of spook. I love the ribbon slide closure as it’s comfortable, durable, won’t break, and is very to adjust to any size wrist so you won’t have to worry that the bracelet will e too big and slide off a smaller wrist or too small and press into your arm too much simply because you can make it any size you want in a blink. The fancy looking design on the clasp is also a nice touch as many designers don’t worry much over how nice the clasp itself looks. I have done an even more extensive review of this on our youtube channel simply because it’s so unique and I highly recommend this bracelet. 

House Of Dracula Movie Review

House of Dracula is one of those horror classics that don’t lose their charm entirely despite the advance in visual effects the big screen is spoiling us with.

It brings back together some of most memorable Universal monsters: Frankenstein,  Wolfman and Dracula, not necessarily in order of appearance.

The actors make their characters believable, Dracula is not simply evil but is also dedicated; Wolfman cannot control his transformation but does not excuse his actions.

The kindly old professor does some fascinating research in the movie and is more reminiscent of the gentler Bulwer image from Dracula 1931, than the less appealing, to my mind at least, militant vampire hunter, Van Helsing,  who seemingly has been getting only younger with each Hollywood retelling.

I must say that the kindly old professor image is more appealing to me, and the way he was portrayed in the House of Dracula, less stereotypical, more divided, was an even more brilliant stroke.

Yet another striking feature I found memorable in this movie, is its usage of the Christian cross. It is known in the vampire lore of course to defend against vampiric hypnosis and direct physical attacks. But I felt upon watching the 1945 horror movie that its usage was almost ironic, with a certain person rather unconsciously touching the cross to protect themselves against who they actually were(I am using the gender neutral description to avoid spoilers of course!).

The movie presented a few delightful twists, with the minor characters, understandably receiving lesser development. Though even among the lesser characters, one was charmingly reminiscent of the conspicuously displaced Renfield.

Overall, I would recommend at least for some of the scenes in the movie to be watched and it is available for free on youtube.


Beachside Caduceus/Kerkaion Pendant Review

Kerkaion was the staff of power associated with the Greek god Hermes(we are all more familiar with its Latin translation, caduceus). There are several interesting stories on the origins of this staff but the one that appears to represent it well is of prophet Tiresias who was forced to carry out the dual existence of a man and a woman.

Although Rick Riordan, the author of the Percy Jackson stories, brilliantly depicted the entwined snakes on the rod as George and Martha(suitable names for their mythological associations) I personally think of the two serpents as the transformed Kadmos and Harmonia of the Theban cycle.

I deduce the symbolism of the Hermetic rod to contain such diverse ideas as synthesis, reconciliation of opposites, the whole being greater than its parts, and proper responsibility as means to self realization.

Beachside is a seller on ebay from whom I have bought the caduceus(inexpensively) and enjoying expending my rod collection ever since. Below you can find another, perhaps less familiar but equally delightful sample of the Beachside jewelry with which I was very pleased. I discussed several other pieces in my collection  in a youtube review( for those who wish to see more details, but my general motto is: there can never be too many caducii. LOL  and beachside has many more jewelry pieces to offer for fans of the mythological/supernatural or simply quaint.



How to have yourself a Spooky little Christmas

We’re reviewing tons of neat Christmas items, all spooky/dark in nature of course so that the cheerful festive feel still has that delightful spooky touch. It’s beginning from November trough Christmas on our youtube channel, batweb gothic reviews,
so check it all out. From decor to accessories to clothes we’ve got you and your holiday spook covered and you’ll be inspired and full of ideas.