30 July 2008 | SURREALIST ART | Comment
The Beinart Art gallery is a surrealist art gallery. Although at it's routes surrealist art isn't exactly macabre, many, if not most of these pieces definitely cross that border. I found, when I browsed their website for awhile, that most of the artwork there was simply exquisite.
Featuring the works of such artists as Saturno Butto, Art Golacki, and many many more surrealists, it's not exactly your average art gallery. Complete with a shop, I believe this may be one of the best finds I have ever made on the internet.
This website is a MUST for any fan of surrealist art. It can be found at http://www.beinart.org
24 July 2008 | ALEX CF | Comment
Alex CF, a well known artist in the Steampunk world and a master of macabre artwork, is attempting to sell a piece of his. The piece, the top post on his blog as of July 24th 2008, has been sold to two buyers, and yet, they haven't claimed it. So, he's at it again.
Called Death's Coffer, the piece is a recreation of what Alex finds the briefcase of Death would look like. Keep in mind, that paraphrase is in my words, not his, and he has a much more detailed story about the box's history.
This piece aside, all of Alex's works, it appears, span both the Steampunk and the Macabre worlds, and do it in a very good manner. I strongly urge all who see this to go pay his website a visit. The link can be found on the thumbnail to http://www.alexcf.com.
22 July 2008 | STEAMPUNK MACABRE TAXIDERMY | Comment
These images and this concept are both Steampunk and inherently macabre. It appears what the Artist, Lisa Black, does is take dead animals, taxidermy them and add clockwork components. Although I find some form of disgustingly strong amazement at these images, I also recognize the beautiful insanity in creating these images
Yes, as a purveyour of the macabre I bring you this insanity. I find it strangely artistic, and deserving of amazement and approval. In a dark way these pieces are some of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.
The link to Lisa Black's portfolio can be found clicking on the thumbnail. I hope you find it as pleasing as I do.
21 July 2008 | BLOOD RED TALES | Comment
Writer Brandon Bernston, a macabre fiction writer from the USA, has 9 stories of horror fiction on his website at www.bloodredtales.com. These stories are, quite possibly, some of the best modern horror I have ever read.
His stories involve all of the good elements of macabre fiction. Psychological terror is a recurring theme, some elements of suspense, and even the random Poe-like injection of insanity.
I would suggest these stories to anyone who is fond of the darker side of finer tastes and literature. I am quite positive that anyone who reads these stories will not be disappointed.
15 July 2008 | POLLY MORGAN | Comment
Polly Morgan, whose gallery can be found at pollymorgan.co.uk, works with a medium most befitting anyone with a darker taste of decore. Her work involves making sculptures of a very exquisite design, and the medium she uses is one of great interest.
Polly Morgan doesn't sculpt with your average materials of wood, clay, or even conglomerates of old broken equipment. Well, she does, but there are also other, more important and interesting, pieces to her collection of media. She works with posing and photographing Taxidermied animals.
Should you go visit her gallery you will find that all of the images are quite amazing, and very tastefully done. However, there is also that hint of the macabre that comes with posing a canaries body in a slightly shattered piece of plate glass.
14 July 2008 | CALL OF CTHULHU GAME Comment
The game Call of Cthulhu Dark Corners of The Earth, is a horror/survival FPS for the Xbox and the PC, based on some of the works of the master of the macabre: H.P. Lovecraft (Whose birthday we will be celebrating here at the Conservatory, August 20th, mark your calendars.). I personally have played this game through and thought it's storyline to be thoroughly amazing as well as detailed. It, essentially, holds true to the Cthulhu Mythos and the mindset of most H.P. Lovecraft stories.
The game can be purchased from most major retailers online and more information can be found at their website.
14 July 2008 | CONSERVATORY OPENED Comment
Welcome to my domain. This is The Conservatory. Here you will find all sorts of information, and entertainment, from the macabre and steampunk sides of the world. I will update this page multiple times a week, and the entire site will often recieve updates. This website is an ongoing project to bring the darker sides of the world and steampunk to the masses, as well as to those who are parts of these "crowds". (I use that word with the utmost regret.)
Here you will find reviews, full story texts, music, links to public domain movies, downloads, retro-forgery documents, and perhaps even a screenshot or two. I hope to keep this website up to date with the latest of Steampunkery and Macabre. In addition to eventually housing my ultimate project. Feel free to contact me with errors and other comments on the Contact page.