Peter Straub’s Mystery

MysteryMystery by Peter Straub

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked up this book at a thrift store for $0.50. I have been meaning to read something by Peter Straub for a while now because he’s collaborated a bunch with my favorite author, Stephen King. I am immensely happy that I snagged this one. Even though this is the second in Straub’s Blue Rose trilogy, I didn’t feel as though I was missing part of a story. It’s title suits it’s subject matter, very mysterious and very intriguing from beginning to end. I can’t wait to pick up more of his spookier titles in the future! I’ve officially become a fan.

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Love Letters to Horror

Halloween season is, in my opinion, the best time of year, and I feel as though it makes me burst with creative energy and improves my general well being. When the summer air starts to cool, I begin to thrive, and the beast in me yearns for entertainment. So… I decided to do a thing: I’m going to attempt to squeeze in 100 horror(ISH) movies from September 1st, 2016 – October 31st, 2016. Why? Because I like a challenge, and I really love horror movies. Why THESE movies? Because they seemed like fun ones to watch over the next 61 days. I compiled a list (below) that includes titles I have and haven’t seen, in an attempt to help fuel my fire throughout the next two months. This is a daunting task, but very rewarding if completed. To make things a bit more interesting, and silly in the best AngieLaineMakes spooky goober way, I’ll be writing some short love letters to titles when I have the available time. Why love letters? Because, let’s be honest here, everyone loves to talk about what they don’t like… Why not mix it up with a little bit of love from a lunatic in the zombie capital of the world?

I’ll be posting daily love letters to the films I watch on instagram (@angielainemakes), twitter (@angielainemakes) and facebook (AngieLaineMakes there too….), and weekly roundup’s here on the site.

Check back for updates, and stay creepy, dudes!

OH! And here’s that list:

Halloween
Halloween II
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers
Halloween H2O
Halloween Resurrection
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Phantasm
Phenomena
The Sentinel
The Entity
The Lady in White
Trick or Treat
Trick ‘R’ Treat
Monster Squad
The Exorcist (Maybe 2 & 3?)
V/H/S
Cemetery Man
Christine
Salem’s Lot
The Devils (1971)
Ginger Snaps
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
Murder Party
Pet Sematary
May
Funhouse
Blood Diner
Let’s Scare Jessica to Death
Alien (Maybe Aliens?)
Masque of the Red Death
Alice Sweet Alice
The Howling
The Fog
In the Mouth of Madness
The Seventh Victim
Opera (1987)
Martin
Deliverance
They Live
The Innocents
The Beyond
Zombie
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Witchfinder General (The Conqueror Worm)
Near Dark
Hellraiser
Blue Velvet
Cat People (1942)
The Hitcher (1986)
Black Sunday
Day of the Dead
Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated
An American Werewolf in London
Carnival of Souls: RIFFTRAX
Poltergeist (Maybe 2 & 3)
Frankenstein
The Brood
The Wicker Man
Eyes Without A Face
The Fly (1986)
The Cat’s Eye
The Shining
House of the Devil
The House on Haunted Hill
Cabin in the Woods
Rawhead Rex
Fright Night
Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare
The Halloween Tree (animated)
High Spirits
The Lords of Salem
Theater of Blood (1973)
Dog Soldiers
Frailty
Drag Me to Hell
Slither
Bride of Frankenstein
Return of the Living Dead
Dracula
The Thing
Mulholland Drive
Two Thousand Maniacs (1964)
When a Stranger Calls (1979)
I Saw the Devil
High Tension
Rosemary’s Baby
The Poughkeepsie Tapes
Night of the Demons
Hocus Pocus
Idle Hands
Slugs
Cherry Falls
Village of the Damned
Prince of Darkness
C.H.U.D 2: Bud the Chud (Maybe C.H.U.D)
Scream

It Just Doesn’t Matter

I stared at a blank document for a while. I wanted to write something giving some sort of explanation for my constant lack of posts on this site. When I thought about writing, my anxiety monster yelled, “OVER SHARING IS GROSS!” Now that I’ve had the chance to ponder the concept for a little while, I’ve come to the conclusion that that’s fucking bullshit.

I’ve struggled for about 5 years or so trying to find my “purpose in life.” Peering from the outside in, I think theres probably a good chance that I appear to be pretty flighty and uncertain of myself… I’ve gone through a lot of phases. I worked in the design department of a company that could loosely be described as a tombstone factory, I considered changing careers to floral design but it ended up not panning out, left the design job to pursue a career in baking, all the while having constantly changing personal interests switching between illustration, fine art, sculpting, crocheting, stand up comedy, creating comics, jewelry art, custom greeting cards, and a few other things; all with endlessly changing styles. I wasn’t satisfied with anything I was producing.

At the beginning of 2015, I was putting in longer days than I had ever worked in my lifetime, upwards of 18 hours at a time with no breaks, constantly on my feet. It came to a head in April, leading to being terminated from the bakery, 100% due to my own actions, but said actions being a result of a short staffed and immensely improperly managed atmosphere. While frantically searching for another job, my grandmother passed away a few days prior to my 27th birthday. To say that I was crushed would be an understatement. While I was trying to catch up on rest that I had been missing, and coping with a loss that I didn’t expect at all, I still tried to make some form of art that felt satisfying. Some things came close, but nothing hit the mark like I had anticipated it would.

I managed to obtain a relatively low stress position at the beginning of June working 9-5 full time, which eased a bit of uncertainty, but still I was left feeling unsatisfied with my art. I kept questioning myself constantly; “How can this art be be applied to merchandise?” “Is this modern or relevant?” “If someone does want to buy something, how will i ship it to them?” “Will people get my pop culture references?” Even though I was left with a sour taste for pastry arts after being fired from the bakery, I still wanted to bake and develop custom recipes, but I was puzzled as to where it would lead, if anywhere, now that I wasn’t working in the field.

While trying out multiple artistic styles, trying to understand a completely new job with unfamiliar responsibilities, trying to bake even though I felt like a failure for losing my position, trying to keep up with other creative ideas for projects, an incident occurred at one of my favorite hang out spots that resulted in receiving a threat against myself and a few others that was serious enough to warrant police involvement.

To sum this all up, 2015 has been bad, really REALLY fucking bad. How does it relate to this site? It’s really kind of simple… I’ve overanalyzed myself into a fraction of the person I know that I am and could be. I couldn’t produce anything to be satisfied with for such a long time that I was starting to forget what confidence felt like, and it stretched out into my personal self-worth. I’ve always struggled with accepting myself and trying to understand what I actually WANT. I would attempt to post something and then immediately discouraged (just from the thoughts in my own head). Some might consider me a lifelong quitter, and I’d probably tell them they were right because for as long as I can remember I’ve never thought I was good enough at anything, or interesting enough to produce anything worth “following.”

After all that’s happened in the past 7-9 months including getting fired, losing my grandmother, fearing for my life and the lives of the ones that i love, and countless minor missteps along the way, I’m about due for a change.

I’ve always gone by the moniker of “Angie Laine Makes.” I responded well to the idea that I, Angie Laine, make THINGS, and I thought it’d be a clever name change not far from my own. Upon analyzing myself and my current situation, I think it’s never been more perfect or suiting to who I am. I put so much pressure on myself and what I wanted this and everything to be that I couldn’t ever actually PRODUCE anything. I’m 27, not old by any stretch of the word, and i’m still trying to figure it all out. This site is where I want that to happen, I think. It might be talking about design, it might be blabbing about a book or movie I’ve read or watched, it might be sharing a goofy drawing, or venting about the state of the world we live in. No matter what it is, it will be what I care about, and the things that help make me happy and producing the stuff that I love. Doing what makes YOU happy and sharing with others often times leads to their happiness as well.

I’m a giant fucking weirdo (And I’m madly in love with that fact), let’s be honest here…. I like lots of stuff. I want to do lots of stuff…. And I want to share it all with YOU. Now, normally my anxiety monster would be yelling at me saying, “NO ONE CARES, THEY’RE ALL GONNA LAUGH AT YOU!!!” (Yeah, my anxiety monster is a lot like Carrie White’s mom…) but 2015 has taught me a lot… Most importantly:

LET’S TALK ABOUT ART, BABY: November Thirty, Two Thousand Fourteen

This year has been a blur. Since the last post, a lot has changed. I’m now working for the awesome dudes over at www.NemesisVideo.com helping to illustrate and design some of their VHS rereleases and other products, as well as making sweet treats at a bakery. You might be thinking, “What does this mean for AngieLaineMakes… WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?!?” Well, hopefully now that the adjustment period is over, that means I’ll be spending a lot of time in my studio and there will be a lot more to look at here on my website. I’m attempting to make this website a regular hub for all things spooky and goofy like I had originally planned in March of this year before my huge life changes knocked everything out of whack. Let’s all cross our fingers and hope that works out this time!

Another new thing here at angielainemakes.com is the STORE page. If you click on that page, you will find a link to the AngieLaineMakes store over at storenvy.com. There are a few things to check out there, and in January of 2015 I will be fully launching my collaborative line of VHS posters from the tapes that Nemesis Video and I have worked on together along with a few lines of creative/spooky items I’ve made HOPEFULLY including prints, shirts, sweet treats, and MAAAAAAYBE a few small sculptures over time. In the meantime, I’ll be posting weekly or biweekly updates on projects, and blogging a bit about my general interests and inspiration (horror, comics, science fiction, baking).

Please check out the site, and don’t forget to like Angie Laine Makes on Facebook, @AngieLaineMakes on twitter, and @AngieLaineMakes on instagram for more updates!

Stay Weird!

-AngieLaineMakes