Thursday, January 11, 2018

Automatons keep moving, no matter what!

Automatons keep moving, no matter what!: The news was recently abuzz with an incredible story; Saudi Arabia made an android, or robot, a citizen. Ever since a 1797 brochure called Mr. Haddock’s Andorides was published about an exhibition of automatons, the fascination with this fusion of doll and machinery has never stopped. There are all kinds of horror films and novels about them, and dolls, for that matter. Automatons even have Facebook pages devoted to them. Wired magazine frequently writes about them, and artificial intelligence, in general, is a hot ticket today.

One of these is associated with a legend involving Erzebet.  Yesterday was the she was allegedly confined to her castle.

Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Lights On Tour at Terror at Skellington Manor! We Love You!

Here is my favorite all time haunted house, and de facto doll museum.  The animatronics are to die for, and the dolls on display grown in number every year.  What I love is the hospitality and creativity, and the fact that the dolls are cared for.  The staff is truly interested in them, and often asks me about them when I visit. This year's Theater of the Macabre theme was very literary, with entire rooms devoted to literary and library themes.  The green mist room was sheer genius.  Happy New Year to my favorite ghoulies, and here, with their gracious permissions, are this year's photos, taken by my husband, Dino Milani. Thanks, Penny, and everyone at Terror at Skellington Manor!

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Snow People Gallery

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Snow People Gallery: I think right now snow people are the only positive thing I can connect with winter. It is -19 degrees in the mornings when I go out.  It wa...

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Terrror with Jack Nicholson

I've seen this film before, many years ago when I was maybe ten.  There is an Erzebet allusion in it; a lovely Baroness dies violently, and her husband, played by Boris Karloff, is maddened by guilt.  I can't say more without giving it all away, but the "meltingly" beautiful Baroness haunts everyone and is stuck in a crypt attached to a tower in an old castle.  Sound familiar!! She is also dark haired and alluring, with mysteries associated with here.  The film was made in 1963 and was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and Roger Corman. Sandra Knight played the Baroness.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Prince Harry's Royal Wedding

Does the Royal Wedding date strike anything odd in your heads?  The date, May 19th, is the date another royal wife was beheaded in 1536; it is the execution date for Anne Boleyn, our own favorite.

Visit Hever Castle, her home, online, for all the events taking place there winter and Christmas.  I think the Royal Wedding should be held there; it is a sort of tribute.

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Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Doll Display Tutorial: How To Create A French Fash...

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Doll Display Tutorial: How To Create A French Fash...

Gorgeous video!  These are the dolls of Claudia and Madeline from Interview and the doll Jessie finds in Queen of the Damned!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017