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World Dracula Day


Bram Stoker's Dracula Did you know that today is World Dracula Day? It’s a day to celebrate all things Dracula! So if you’d like a very interesting list of ways to do this take a moment to stop by the official Facebook page. Remember to drink responsibly! (Yes, I really did go there.) Here’s a short list of Dracula and vampire related aetherweb travels:

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Happy Friday the 13th!


So here at the Attic Shoppe we are all black cats (well two, Evilyn and Mau-lificent) and walking under ladders today. We’re also busy putting up sales to celebrate the day. Our first sale is on our tarot decks. We’ve got all of our decks available for 10% off until the clock strikes midnight. Past the bump you can see all of our regular and special decks that are available. Decks are limited so get yours while you can. More sales to come! Continue reading Happy Friday the 13th!

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A is for Auspicmoriscope and the Asphodel


A Penny Dreadful by Bethalynne Bajema

A PENNY DREADFUL: The first entry in Etta Diem’s Encyclopedia of Harmful Sensations. As recorded from second hand accounts from Phineas Luft and Gertrude Vermooth

In the late 1900’s at the height of the Spiritualist movement, Huxley Auspex took his place among the movement’s elite by creating and ushering into the world the Auspicmoriscope. The fantastic claims of this invention were simple: The user looked into the eyepiece and turned the handle and the spirit realm became visible within the instrument’s view finder.

The instrument caused a stir among even the most hardened in the community and Auspex became a quick celebrity, embraced by the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He followed this rise to celebrity by creating a variety of variations on his original device, each offering claims more brilliant and fabled than the next. The final version of the auspicmoriscope was a heavy contraption that came complete with a strange scrying board and typewriter like letter box that was meant to allow the user to type in messages or relay the names of those they wished to contact. Auspex claimed the additions to the device allowed for better locating and displaying of those the viewer desired to see.

Continue reading A is for Auspicmoriscope and the Asphodel

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Motor City Steam Deck of Cards


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Bethalynne’s current project is making a special event deck of playing cards for the upcoming inaugural weekend for The Motor City Steam Con happening just outside of Detroit. The deck features steampunk and elegant neo-Victorian themes and each suit has its own style and color scheme. The face cards in the deck will feature portraits of characters from our tri-state steampunk community. We’ve added a page for the project in our special decks section here so you can see the deck as it progresses. Or you can get a quick sneak peek of the deck’s Aces behind the bump. Continue reading Motor City Steam Deck of Cards

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The Sepia Stains Tarot Available Again!


We’re so pleased to announce The Sepia Stains Tarot, third edition, will be available again at the beginning of the week! It took awhile but the deck has been re-formatted to our printer’s tarot card layout and are currently printing. We’ve changed up the tin and book designs for the third edition. We’re very excited to have all of our tarot decks available again at the same time. If you’re not familiar with the Sepia Stains Tarot you can see the entire deck and learn more about it here.

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The Isidore Tarot Temporarily Sold Out


We sold out of our last Isidore Tarot decks this afternoon. But fear not, we put in an order to our printer for more. It’ll be about two weeks before we can expect to see them arrive to the shoppe. We’ll put ordering options back up in a few days. If you’d like to reserve a deck before hand you’re welcome to contact us and we’ll invoice you for the style of deck you want. Please note it’ll take up to three to four weeks for delivery. Thank you so much for keeping our favorite deck so popular!

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BBC to remake Watership Down


My most favorite book of all time, which led to one of my most favorite animated movies of all time, is set to be remade. The current voice talent looks wonderful, though they will never surpass John Hurt voicing Hazel. The only notes about the remake that are drawing some critical comments is the BBC stating they’ll be dumbing down the violence a bit to avoid frightening children. I’ve pointed out in a few conversations about the subject today that the original movie was based upon a book that was not geared towards kids. The movie never seemed like a kid’s movie either, other than being animated. Hopefully the foundation of the story and its mythology isn’t sweetened up too much just so the makers can sell a few Hazel plushies. [via Engadget]

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Site Dust

We’re getting closer to finishing up with our site renovations. We’ve spent a few months trying out different shoppe themes to determine which one will better serve our customers for an easier trip through our website. We’ve got the main portion of the site pretty well worked out and now we’re just getting our blog updated as well. We thank you for your patience while all this aetherweb construction dust is floating around!

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Somerset Digital Studios

Somerset Digital Studios Autumn Issue So much has been going on that we weren’t able to fully celebrate Bethalynne’s second appearance in Somerset Digital Studio magazine! This was a full tutorial spread featuring her The Black Cat and Poisoned Tea Society artwork for their autumn issue. The spread was gorgeous! And despite her being a bundle of nerves when she asked me to proof read the article a dozen times before offering them her final submission, it was a well written article -all bias aside of course.

This particular collection marked a very special moment in Bethalynne’s art career as it was the first time she had access to a professional photographer, models and a stylist that she was able to direct as she wanted to. Bethie has a long career in commercial art where she’s presented with photographs and directed as to how they’re to be finished in a work for hire environment. She’s also had a vintage fairy art project she did years back with friends where they worked on photographs specific to her project. Hands on directing proved very different.

The Black Cat and Poisoned Tea Society is a series of surreal portraits that takes the damsels in fairy tales and presents them in the same strong (perhaps a little threatening as these are no kittens) and visual light as the villains typically are. Brides who are wronged plays a big part in some of the older fairy tales and in the beginning the series was simply called The Brides to shows those wronged brides the moment after they got their vindication.

The series of images are very strong and unique –I always thought– due to the striking poses of the models. The models, Rachel and Audria, are apart of our local burlesques scene, but both are also noted Butoh performers. When being photographed they were asked to perform this strange style of dance as the photographer snapped photos. The results were very striking poses that offered to the surreal nature of the final images. The images themselves are a combination of traditional illustration placed over top of the original photographs and digital painting that is very much Bethie’s calling card.

The autumn issue of Somerset Digital Studio has some incredibly beautiful collections that will appeal to a wide variety of tastes. So I recommend you check it out! You can pick up a copy and see a preview at this link. You can see the full “Brides” collection on our shoppe site here. I couldn’t end this without a blast from the past either. Below are samples of The Isidore Tarot’s first feature in the magazine this past spring. That can also be found on their site in the archives section. —Mira


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