Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Book A Day 'Til Halloween #26... Back to the Bones

Enough gross pumpkins. It got cold yesterday, so Fail Whale is hanging on for just a bit longer. Still don't know if he'll make it to Halloween--fingers crossed that he will. In the mean time, it's still all about the bones here. Bones and skeletons have fascinated people for centuries--but don't take my word for it:

One of the things I love about Dover Editions is that we now have access to so many old texts. If you've ever seen Holbein's portraits, you know what an amazing artist he is--but in his own time, woodcuts are what he was most famous for. I love these skeletons because they have personality. Some are sinister, definitely--but others are having a good time. Hey, does anyone remember the movie Legend with Tim Curry, Mia Sara and Tom Cruise? There are a few scenes that had this AWESOME clock with a dancing skeleton... BTW, the soundtrack--both the original scored by Jerry Goldsmith (traditional fairy tale music) and the mod version featuring Tangerine Dream are pretty awesome (IMHO).

Two more days of CREEPY CAKE left!


  1. Why is it that all woodcuts I've seen are of scary things? Didn't anyone make a woodcut of rainbows and puppies?

  2. You know, I don't know... How about these: