Macabre Monday: FanTan Alley

Happy Monday Spooks, I am excited to turn away from the cinema this week and bring you into my city for this week’s Macabre Monday. I ran a poll over on my twitter account and you voted that you would like to hear about a spooky spot in my city. Well that did not make my decision any easier, as I live in one of the most haunted cities in Canada: Victoria, British Columbia. So I thought, and I wandered around to a few of my favorite spots and snapped some poorly taken iPhone shots. And I decided! I chose this spot for many reasons; it’s one of my favourite spots in the city, it’s full of some of the shops I frequent the most, and it comes with a colourful history and it’s very own ghost!

Macabre Mondays: Macabre (Movie 2009)

I have tried my hand at this blogging thing a couple of times in the last year. But I would just think of a name and randomly throw things up on WordPress and hope for the best. With DGCreative, I wanted to make something real, successful, and put the work into it. That doesn't mean that I didn't have some gems in my old blogs. One of the things I had started was a weekly horror movie review.  I even thought it would be fun to do a group movie night once a month on a site such as where we can all watch a movie in a chat room of sorts together. Please let me know in the comments below. But I digress, I've gone through and polished up these posts and look forward to writing more! Up first, Korean horror film Macabre.

DeadGirl Reads - July

DeadGirl Creative July Reads

I read a whopping 14 titles this month! Which felt great. Although I must admit with an almost three week break from blogging or anything else really, I definitely was losing myself in the fictional world instead of dealing with a few things head on. I wrote a little bit about my struggles over here if you wish to take a peak into my personal life. BUT ON TO THE BOOKS!

Instead of a huge long list that takes forever to read I've just listed all my books & their GoodReads links, and for a select few I've included short reviews.

Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

This book has been on my TBR for a while now, however a twitter chat hosted by the lovely Brittany's Book Rambles (@bbookrambles & in which the author, Kerri Maniscalco (, participated to help promote her second book in the series (Hunting Prince Dracula), pushed this book to the top of my TBR.

Just because I studied cadavers didn't mean I couldn't appreciate beautiful garments.

Blogging with Anxiety; My Current Struggles

Okay, so this is about to get ramble-y. So grab a cup of tea or glass of wine, or whatever you like before you settle in. I wrote this early this morning - committed to getting some things out onto the screen finally. Now hours later I'm even struggling posting this. Will anyone like it? Is it too rambly? Do I even convey what I want? Instead of struggling with this I'm having a "Fuck It, Send" moment instead.

7 Tips for When you hit a Reading Slump

They're taunting me. Stacked 9 or 10 high on the swirly iron shelf in my living room. I spend most of my day trying to not look directly at them, because I know what they'll say to me. "Why aren't you reading me?" "Only five days left" "READ ME DON'T YOU LOVE ME". I suffer from reader's guilt. And this leads to reader's block. Different from the book hangover, reader's block is when there's too much to read and you just can't.

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DeadGirl Reads - June

DeadGirl's June ReadsI didn't do as much reading in June as I wanted to, yet I feel like I read fifty books. I did glance through quite a few non-fiction and reference books, but I didn't always read them all, so I didn't add them to my read list on GoodReads. Speaking of, please follow me over on GoodReads by clicking HERE!

First and foremost is the book I can't bloody shut up about:

A Sport for the Non-Sporting Mother

I am not athletic. I am probably the reverse of athletic. For a self-admitting extremely judgmental person, I despise being judged. I played sports growing up as it was a requirement in the private school I attended to participate in competitive sports. And boy did I suck. Even at basketball, which everyone assumes if you're tall you must excel at it.

June Favourites!

Okay so the blog didn't launch in June, so it's a few days late technically, but if we're really going to split hairs like that, this blog and the DeadGirl Crew probably isn't for you. June saw me finding a few new items I can't live without, and reconnected me with some old favourites. Let's get to it!

1. The Coffee phone case

Stumbled upon this on Instagram one day and tracked the image back to a Society6 store. I am a firm believer that there should be a tarot card called "the coffee". This image is everything that is me, coffee, crystals and black stiletto nails.

You can get the case in pink or clear like mine. I chose the heavy duty case because I'm clumsy and drop my phone a lot and my apple care just expired. It's not as good as my old otterbox but it doesn't feel as exposed as just a decorative case does.

Which Witch? Movie Edition

If I spent enough time raking through my past I could probably pinpoint the exact witch from pop culture that was the defining witch for my foray into Wicca. Starting with Roahl Dalh and his Witches through to current day and Vanessa from Penny Dreadful, witches (and vampires) were, and still are, my jam. 

I started this post by trying to chose my top ten favourite witches. Well that was pretty much impossible. So then I turned to pop culture in general, tv, books etc. My list grew. And then I found movies I haven't seen. Books I haven't read. It wasn't a productive time in the sense that I was getting tangiable information to make a list for anyone! 

So I broke it down, and this week, we're starting with movies. Today, when I think of bad ass witches and must watch movies, these are the five that come to mind. Keep scrolling for honorable mentions as well as one that probably should be on the list, but surprisingly I haven't seen yet!

Recipe: Chocolate Spiral Cookies

I'm always looking for easy things to make with my daughter in the kitchen. Now she's almost nine she really wants to be in there and helping out. Today she even made me breakfast in bed (cereal and coffee), lunch (salad), our afternoon snack (crudites), and the salad for our dinner with a friend. She's becoming more capable before I can even blink!

She came home with a "Mom & Me Cook Book" a while back and this recipe is from there. It's a base cookie dough that you can use for multiple things. It reminds me of a shortbread/sugar cookie dough. Not too sweet either which I love.

I am a Slob with a capital 'S'

My sewing machine is under this.
Sounds pretty harsh. Or you're grossed out. But it's nothing but the truth. I am a slob. And I'm finally coming to terms with my truth so I can change it. I was doing pretty good, but I'm still learning how to live life. I'm a solo human being. I don't speak to parents who I didn't grow up with. and the ones who raised me passed away years ago. No one was here to teach me how to adult so I'm still trying to figure it out. I'm extremely stubborn and way too smart for my own good. This isn't ego this is me acknowledging that I can talk my way out of doing anything because I'm smart enough to figure out rational reasons why.

10 DeadGirl Things

Hello there my DeadGirl Crew! I hope today finds you well. I thought I'd share a bit more information about myself so you could get to know me better. Other ways to learn more about me are to follow me on all sorts of different social media platforms! I'll add those at the end, and you can also find the in the side/menu bar. Please introduce yourself to me in the comments, or if I already know you - BabblingNerd and & Ridiculous I'm looking at you two - leave me a fact about yourself that I don't know!

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My Reasons Why - REVIEW 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

So I finally did it. I waited patiently for my hold on a copy of 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher to come to my branch. Not surprisingly it took until now from the premiere of the series for it to arrive. In March when the series premiered on Netflix, the internet was bombarded with excitement for the adaptation of this book into a miniseries. And then it turned dark. People loved it, but it was graphic. People hated it - it was too graphic. People read the book and raged about it. People read the book and loved it. I listened calmly to all my friends speak on how they felt. If there's one thing everyone can agree upon is that 13 Reasons Why stirs strong feelings in us, whether positive or negative. As of writing this post I have not started the series. This is just my personal opinion and take on the book, author and writing.

TW: Suicide, Self-Harm. If you need someone to speak to, please find crisis help lines here