The Macabre and the Unusual


Odd News: Revisiting a Voodoo Hex

Here at Dapper Cadaver, we tend to catch ourselves talking about some odd topics. Today’s topic was Voodoo.

Found on the blog Report From the Florida Zone an article states that back in 1998 a woman was arrested in Florida for some questionable Voodoo practices. How did this play out? First, a hand washes up on the shore of the Manatee River. Police successfully fingerprint the hand belonging to a long dead and supposedly buried individual who had died months before. Upon exhumation authorities discovered that all of the organs in the body had been replaced with Voodoo dolls and crumpled notes. Even freakier? Each doll had a name of a funeral home in the area etched on it and one with a name of a man. Written on the note was, “be gone and may you rot in your grave…Curse him as I curse him, spoil him as I spoil him, by the fire at night.” Detectives discovered the only funeral home not mentioned was that of an individual named Paula Green-Albritton, an unlicensed embalmer and Voodoo queen. The man on the other note, her ex-husband.

A little more research unveiled this documentary about the case. It is seriously worth the watch. Warning: there are real police images of bodies and body parts.




Mummified Alchemy Hand $60


Mystic Hand $18



The practices in question were called “Helping Hand” and according to the documentary relates to the symbolism of the hand in many religions. If you’re interested in more things odd we’ve got some curiosities at the shop suited just for that.





Green was arrested and charged with one year in prison however she never served her sentence. Why? Well, a news article from the time states the officer questioning her was taped stating she wouldn’t be charged if the rituals in question were performed for a religious purpose and therefore all video of her confession had to be dismissed.



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Taxidermy Monkey Paw

Taxidermy Monkey Paw $20












What do you think of this? Have any other stories worth a share? Let us know in the comments below!


Fossils in the News: Prehistoric Fossil Jackpot & New Feathered Dino

We’ve been hearing a lot about dinosaurs and other prehistoric discoveries recently.  From newly found dinosaurs to fossil excavations, here are some news worthy stories we’re reading this week!

In China, a fossil of a four-winged dino was discovered with the longest feathers scientists have ever seen on a dinosaur fossil. This 125 million year old raptor named Changyuraptor Yangi or Great Feather in Chinese will help scientists learn about the flight patterns of larger creatures as well as the evolution of larger flying animals today. Check out some photos of the fossil!


Illustration of Changyuraptor yangi. (S. Abramowicz/ Courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County) (Washington Post)

Changyuraptor with (right) details of plumage. (Luis Chiappe/ Courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County) (Washington Post)

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According to the Washington Post it flew, had four wings, and its feathers were one-fourth the size of the dinosaur’s entire body.

How about this one: In Wyoming, a cave that was dormant to human exploration for the last 30 years is finally getting excavated. Trained international scientists will rappel eight stories down into the cave and climb back up. Once they are at the bottom, “they will load fossils into buckets to be hoisted to the surface” (Reuters). However dangerous this climb is its going to be worth it. Inside the cave may be hundreds of undiscovered fossils dating back as far as 100,000 years.

Dangerous cave in Wyoming to be reopened to allow scientists to study thousands of bones of ancient creatures. Access is the first granted since the 1970s. (Photo : Bureau of Land Management) (Tech Times)

Image from the original excavation.
(Photo : Bureau of Land Management)
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Interested in getting some fossils of your own? Dapper Cadaver’s got you covered.  Check out our website for the newest in dino skeletons and fossils. How about your own Avian Dinosaur Fossil or a Pterosaur Skull to add to your collection?


Have a Horror Themed Dinner Party!

With Halloween coming up right around the corner, some of our friends shared with us their recent horror themed Dinner Parties. From recreating the Vincent Price cookbook to being inspired to create culinary art based on their favorite show, here are plenty of dinner party  ideas to get you in the mood for Halloween!

Vincent Price, the famous voice of horror, also had an interest in cooking. Not only did he write multiple cookbooks, A Treasury of Great Recipes and Come into the Kitchen he had his own cooking show Cooking Price Wise which aired in 1971.

Here he is cooking with Wolfgang Puck:

Any recipe from The Vincent Price cookbook is sure to impress your dinner party guests. Matt Babb, a friend of Dapper Cadaver, decided to do just that.  On his YouTube channel  he creates videos showcasing Vincent Price’s culinary creations mixed with footage of his dinner parties and narrated by Prices audio cookbook Push Button Cookery (if you want to listen, the Fine Art at Home blog posted the recordings). Matt himself acts as Price creating these delectable dishes.

Check out this episode Price of Dinner Maincourse and don’t worry, there’s lots more on his channel to watch!


Looks like Price wasn’t the only horror actor to have an affinity for the kitchen; Boris Karloff published an article for his favorite guacamole recipe – infused with sherry! (source: badass digest)


source: Grace Feigh

Looking for other horror inspired dinner party ideas? Try a party based off the food in your favorite show. Dapper Cadaver’s own Grace did just that. Her Hannibal themed dinner party included a menu of Roasted Beet Salad, Kidney Pie, Ahi Tuna, Prosciutto Quiche Cups and for an extra special dessert, Blood Ice Cream. The blood ice cream recipe comes from the book Odd Bits: How to Cook the Rest of the Animal. Check out some photos of her event!


Delicious blood ice cream! source: Grace Feigh



Grace was inspired by Janice Poon, food stylist for Hannibal. On her blog, she provides photos of the food and art she makes for Hannibal as well as recipes for the adventurous dinner party host. Janice brings food to a new art form using symbolism as well as intense creativity for the elaborate dishes.

Let us know if you have had a horror themed dinner party or tried a few adventurous recipes!

2014 Emmy Nominations in Art Direction!

The 2014 Emmy Award Nominations have been released and here are the nominees in the field of Art Direction.  Congratulations to everyone who was a part of these productions!

Outstanding Art Direction For A
Contemporary Or Fantasy Series :

Game Of Thrones
Deborah Riley, Production Designer
Paul Ghirardani, Art Director
Rob Cameron, Set Decorator

House Of Cards
Steve Arnold, Production Designer
Halina Gebarowicz, Art Director
Tiffany Zappulla, Set Decorator

Dave Blass, Production Designer
Oana Bogdan, Art Director
Shauna Aronson, Set Decorator

True Blood
Suzuki Ingerslev, Production Designer
Cat Smith, Art Director
Ron V. Franco, S.D.S.A., Set Decorator

True Detective
Alex DiGerlando, Production Designer
Mara LePere-Schloop, Art Director
Tim Beach, Art Director
Cynthia Slagter, Set Decorator

Outstanding Art Direction For A
Period Series, Miniseries Or A Movie:

American Horror Story: Coven
Mark Worthington, Production Designer
Andrew Murdock, Art Director
Ellen Brill, S.D.S.A., Set Decorator

Boardwalk Empire
Bill Groom, Production Designer
Adam Scher, Art Director
Carol Silverman, Set Decorator

Downton Abbey
Donal Woods, Production Designer
Mark Kebby, Art Director
Gina Cromwell, Set Decorator

Mad Men
Dan Bishop, Production Designer
Shanna Starzyk, Art Director
Claudette Didul, Set Decorator

Masters Of Sex
Andrew Jackness, Production Designer
Kevin Rupnik, Art Director
Ellen Christiansen, Set Decorator

Outstanding Art Direction For A
Contemporary Program:

The Big Bang Theory
John Shaffner, Production Designer
Francoise Cherry-Cohen, Art Director
Ann Shea, Set Decorator

House Of Lies
Ray Yamagata, Production Designer
Chikako Suzuki, Art Director
Tim Stepeck, Set Decorator

Modern Family
Claire Bennett, Production Designer
Sam Kramer, Art Director
Brian Kasch, Set Decorator

Silicon Valley
Richard Toyon, Production Designer
L.J. Houdyshell, Art Director
Cynthia Slagter, Set Decorator

Jim Gloster, Production Designer
Sharon Davis, Art Director
Jennifer Engel, Set Decorator

Outstanding Art Direction For Variety,
Nonfiction, Reality or
Reality-Competition Program

COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey
Seth Reed, Production Designer
Johnny Jos, Art Director

The Oscars
Derek McLane, Production Designer
Joe Celli, Art Director
Gloria Lamb, Art Director

Tyler Robinson, Production Designer
Schuyler Telleen, Art Director
Katherine Isom, Set Decorator

Saturday Night Live
Eugene Lee, Production Designer
Akira Yoshimura, Production Designer
Keith Ian Raywood, Production Designer
N. Joseph DeTullio, Production Designer

Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening
George Tsypin, Production Designer
Rob Bissinger, Art Director

The Voice
Anton Goss, Production Designer
James Pearse Connelly, Production Designer
Zeya Maurer, Art Director
Lydia Smyth, Art Director
Kristen O’Malley, Set Decorator

We’re especially excited to congratulate the following nominees that we’ve worked with in the past year; True Blood, True Detective, American Horror Story: Coven, Boardwalk Empire, Masters of Sex, The Big Bang Theory, House of Lies, and Modern Family. Congratulations!

For a complete list of Emmy nominations, click here.

Death on Display: Morbid Anatomy Museum Opens in Brooklyn



A few of the specimens they have on display. source: Newsweek

We love this! There is now an entire museum devoted to death and macabre in Brooklyn. The Morbid Anatomy Museum showcases items “exploring the intersection of death, beauty, and that which falls in between,” according to their website. The museum’s curator; Joanna Ebenstein, grew the museum from her Morbid Anatomy Library “including more than 2,000 books on medical history, death rituals, the human body and esoterica” (New York Times). It recently moved into its new home, a 3 story former nightclub on 3rd Avenue in Brooklyn.

source: Morbid Anatomy Museum

Displays in the Morbid Anatomy Library. source: Morbid Anatomy Museum

The museum is currently showcasing an exhibit on “The Art of Mourning,” displaying pieces related to 18th-20th century mourning culture including hair art jewelry and shadowboxes, morbid photography, and death masks.



source: Facebook

Morbid Anatomy Flea Market source: Facebook


They even hosted a macabre flea market last week with vendors selling  curiosities, bones, and taxidermy. We wish we could have gone! On the east coast? They have frequent lectures and guests so be sure to check it out.

Happy 4th of July from Dapper Cadaver!

From everyone at the shop, we’d like to wish you all a very happy Independence Day!

Just as a reminder, the shop will be closed on Friday, July 4th, but our website will still be open. Any orders placed over the holiday weekend will be processed on Monday, July 7th.

To celebrate, we’re going to watch our favorite summer movie JAWS.  Here’s to a shark-free summer!


source: Wikimedia Commons

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(don’t try this at home, folks) source: Neatorama


New Burial Trends: Putting the Fun in Funeral

Have you heard of these new funeral trends? A recent article in the New York Times shows a woman casually sitting at the table, beer can and menthol cigarette in hand.  She seems to be enjoying life, except she’s dead.  Apparently the newest trend in funerals is to decorate the deceased in either their favorite living pastime or living dreams. Funeral homes around the country are taking on this new option, but it is a not so new idea.  The article mentions Willie Stokes Jr., a notable gambler, who at his wake was propped up in a casket made to look like a Cadillac, wheels and all.  He was positioned with his hands on the steering wheel and holding $1000 bills, according to an article run in 1986 by the Chicago tribune.

source: New York Times

Louis Charbonnet, at her funeral. Source: New York Times

Willie Stokes Jr.

Willie Stokes Jr.

How about this one: know a person who loves their pet so much it becomes their child?  Well according to this story heard on NPR, a new law in Virginia gave cemeteries the green light to bury their owners next to their beloved pets.  Make sure you call them now though, there’s already a waiting list and plots being reserved.  There doesn’t seem to be a limit on how many pets (or pet plots) can be reserved either, the article mentions one man who wishes to be buried next to his 11 dogs.  No word yet on whether California will adapt their pet/human burial laws but many other states such as New York and Ohio have already amended theirs.

This gets us in the mood to watch some Stephen King:


Heard of (or been to) any other not so traditional funerals? Let us know in the comments below!

Friday the 13th in Los Angeles: ‘Christine’, Spooky Night Hike & Lights-Out Rock Climb

Don’t miss John Carpenters demonic auto possessed horror classic, ‘Christine’, screening at Pershing Square.

As we prepare for our busy fall season, we also prepare for an extra eerie Friday the 13th , which will bring us a mysterious full moon, an event that will not repeat itself for another 35 years! And if you don’t plan on turning into a werewolf at the first sight of the full moon, we’ve found some choice events that fit this ghostly happening.

For a taste of midnight cliff climbing, strap on your headlamp, glowsticks and zombie survival kit, then take to the walls in this creepy lights-out indoor rock climb. The folks at ROCKreation Gym LA in Santa Monica are a doing a lights out vertical zombie walk in tribute to Friday the 13th. And don’t forget to put on your creepiest look fit for the occasion for their spooktacular costume contest.

For those who prefer to spend Friday the 13th relaxing in the comfort of the great outdoors and take in a spooky evening movie instead, check out John Carpenters 1983 horror masterpiece, ‘Christine’, about a classic ’58 Plymouth Fury named Christine who takes on the personality of a jealous girlfriend and will do anything to protect her nerdish owner. Screening at Pershing Square, in downtown Los Angeles.

And finally, there exists among us, a brave breed of souls who wish to venture out into the night, relishing in the thought of risking their lives and succumbing to the strange happenings on Friday the 13th. And to these courageous individuals, we suggest the Full Moon Friday the 13th Night Hike and Potluck. Spend the evening scampering around the trails of Griffith Park in this 5 mile round trip night hike featuring a communal pot luck at the top of the mountain. Don’t forget to take your Jello-filled brain molds, conveniently available at your very own Dapper Cadaver!

full moon image

Summer Horror Movies and Scary Sleepaway Camp

School’s out for summer! For all you horror shock rock fans, here’s a clip of rock & roll’s original Prince of Darkness, Alice Cooper, performing ‘School’s Out’, from 1972.

Summer is here, and it’s finally time to ditch the books, homework and hours of detention for European vacations, fun in the sun, beach blanket bingo and horror camp, for those of us who like to be spooked all year ‘round.

It’s also time to make way for a few new summer horror films that will definitely shake things up. The highly anticipated The Purge: Anarchy comes at us on June 18th and this time takes us into the streets for the 12 hours of lawless mayhem. Rounding out summer horror films is Deliver Us from Evil, slated for a July 2nd release, is hoping to bring out all the fans of its prequel, Sinister, for more disturbing delights.

Finally for those of you who want to live out your real horror fantasies in the real Sleepaway Camp, make sure not to miss The Great Horror Campout this weekend, a real life horror themed camp, complete with flesh eating zombies and midnight axe wielders, only this time, the campers are the prey. Especially watch out for the bloody weapons and props being wielded in your direction. See if you can spot horror props provided by Dapper Cadaver!

Stay cool and creepy this summer and if you happen to be a midnight flesh eating zombie, make sure to slather on that SPF 1000 sunblock if you have to go out during daylight hours. There’s nothing scary about a zombie with a sunburn.


Beach Zombie

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad Boiling Flask

“If the feds show up, let me know,” said BJ sitting at his computer in our old shop in East Hollywood.

That will get your attention. “What?” I asked.

“There’s this pilot that needs some glassware to put together a meth lab. So I just spent the past few hours surfing websites, researching everything you need to put together a meth lab,” said BJ tentatively. “Then I ordered pretty much everything you might need online and shipped it to some warehouse in New Mexico.”

“Did you clear your browser?” I asked, as if that would do anything. “Don’t worry about it.” Thankfully when we did get a call from the FBI later on, they just needed props for forensic training exercises.

That pilot was Breaking Bad, now entering its final season. Congrats to everyone who worked on the show over the years. Special thanks to propmaster Mark Hansen for continuing to use Dapper Cadaver as one of his many sources for props. We especially enjoyed providing some burn bodies and body parts a couple of seasons back.

Tune into the Breaking Bad Season Premiere on AMC this Sunday at 9/8c. Can’t wait to see how this all will end…


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