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    What better way to spend your Thanksgiving than with The Human Centipede? Thanksgiving is about being together and stuffing yourself silly, and The Human Centipede is... well, you see where I am going with this.

    To get ready for tonight's premiere (10pm ET / 7pm PT), start with an appetizer revisiting some of our favorite Human Centipede-related articles from the past few years.

    Let's kick things off with the great "30 Second Bunnies."

    Killing time before dinner? Waste some centipede sections with this 8-bit THC video game.
    Want to know what it is like to be a centipede segment? Check out what THC star Ashlynn Yennie has to say on life after The Human Centipede.
    Since Hanukkah has begun, revisit Conan O'Brien's Human Menorah-pede
    Check out some of the weird crafts, baked goods, tattoos, and clothing that are Centipede-themed.
    Speaking of baked goods, check out this Human Centipede-inspired recipe from one of FEARnet's staffers. 


    Enjoy South Park's take, "HUMANCENTiPAD"

    Finally, finish off your Human Centipede buffet with a little dessert: The Human Sexipede.

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    Though the idea of Thanksgiving has unfortunately morphed a bit in recent years, the commercialization of the holiday turning it from a day to relax and enjoy the company of your family into a day to skip out on your loved ones and stand in line for 5 hours in an attempt to get a Blu-ray player for $20, there’s one important aspect of Thanksgiving that should not be lost amidst the consumption of turkey and trampling of shoppers; being thankful.

    No matter what it is you’re thankful for, Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful for something that has happened in the past year, whether it’s finding the love of your life or scoring yourself that aforementioned $20 Blu-ray player – here on FEARnet, we don’t judge.  We’re just happy that you’re happy.

    As 2013 rapidly comes to a close, I want to take a moment to shine the spotlight on a handful of the year’s horror happenings that I feel we should all be thankful for this holiday season.  So come along with me as I reflect on some of the most blessed things that have happened to us horror fans this year – in no particular order!

    Curse of Chucky


    One of the most exciting releases of this year was Curse of Chucky, a sequel to the Child’s Play franchise that finally shed the humor of the previous two installments and returned the killer doll back to his sinister roots.  As a huge fan of the early films in the franchise, I was quite frankly not at all into the direction creator Don Mancini took the series with Bride and Seed of Chucky, and I eagerly awaited the return to form that he promised Curse of Chucky would be.  Living up to that promise, Curse of Chucky reminded me why I fell in love with the character in the first place, Mancini effectively washing the bad taste of the previous two sequels out of my mouth with a solid sequel that tied everything together and proved that direct-to-DVD doesn’t mean what it used to.  More sequels like this, please!

    Evil Dead remake


    Whether you loved the Evil Dead remake or you absolutely hated it and wish that it was never made, there’s one thing about the movie that you simply have to appreciate; the fact that old school practical effects were utilized instead of computer generated imagery.  CGI has been absolutely killing the horror genre in the last several years, and it was music to my ears when Fede Alvarez announced that the gore in his remake would be done the same way it was done by Raimi and friends, all those years ago.  While not a perfect remake, the gore was top notch and highly impressive, and for that I am thankful.

    Crystal Lake Memories


    Fan-made documentaries are one of the greatest gifts a die-hard horror fan can give to another die-hard horror fan, and the makers of the incredible documentary Never Sleep Again gave us all another incredible gift this year with Crystal Lake Memories, an exhaustive 7-hour love note to the entire Friday the 13th franchise.  Covering every single installment in the series – including Freddy vs. Jason, the remake and even the unrelated TV series – Crystal Lake Memories is an absolute must-own retrospective, an addition to our collections that we should all be incredibly thankful for.

    NECA NES Toys


    We’ve talked several times in the recent past here on FEARnet about the various offerings toy company NECA made available this year, but our gratitude for all their incredible releases can never be overstated.  From the NES versions of Jason and Freddy to the highly impressive additions to their Gremlins, Aliens and Predator lines, NECA went above and beyond the call of duty this year, adding toys to our collection that I think none of us ever in a million years dreamt of having displayed on our shelves.  The future of our toy collections is looking so bright that I’m thinking I may need to invest in a pair of shades, and that’s largely thanks to NECA and their dedication to giving us the coolest toys imaginable.  We salute you, NECA, this year and every year!

    Monster Cereals


    When I look back on the 2013 Halloween season, there’s nothing that sticks out for me more than the big return of General Mills’ ‘Monster Cereals’– Frute Brute and Yummy Mummy returning to shelves for the first time in decades, and joining their pals Boo Berry, Franken Berry and Count Chocula.  This year marked the first time in the history of the universe that all five of the cereals stood next to one another on store shelves, General Mills FINALLY giving in to the demands of nostalgic fans by re-animating the fruit-flavored cereals.  Will they be back next year?  Only time will tell.  But even if the 2013 season was their last hurrah, I will forever be grateful to General Mills for making it happen.

    Trick 'r Treat 2


    A Halloween treat was given to us all just a few days before the big day when Michael Dougherty made the totally unexpected announcement that Sam will be returning in Trick ‘r Treat 2.  I think it’s safe to say that every single person reading this right now has been waiting for this very announcement since the moment the end credits began rolling on their first viewing of Trick ‘r Treat, and the news was no doubt the most exciting one we shared this year here on FEARnet.  There’s no word on how long we’re going to have to wait for it, but it’s coming, and that’s all that matters right now.  I miss you Sam, and I await your return.

    You're Next


    Nearly a full two years after it began scooping up acclaim on the festival circuit in 2011, You’re Next finally hit theaters back in August of this year.  Though it’s almost impossible for any movie to live up to the hype the film had been getting in the horror community over the course of its extended stay on the shelf, You’re Next did just that, and proved to be more than worth the wait.  One of the most fun horror movies to hit theaters in recent years, You’re Next will no doubt go down in history as one of 2013’s very best.  Let’s hear it for original R-rated horror!



    I trust I’m not alone when I type that R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books provided me with one of my first introductions to horror, possibly even being responsible for ushering me into a lifelong love of monsters and madmen.  Needless to say, I’ve got a massive soft spot in my heart for both the books and the subsequent 90s TV series, and an ear-to-ear smile was plastered on my face when Stine tweeted over the summer that the show was available for instant streaming on Netflix.  First came Season 1 in July, followed by the complete series a few months later.  Though many of the episodes have hit DVD in recent years, in double feature two-packs, this is the very first time that every single episode has been at our fingertips, and that’s something to be incredibly thankful for.  So do yourself a favor and enjoy them while they’re on there!

    Scream Factory


    Though distribution company Shout! Factory launched their horror label Scream Factory last year, it was this year that the company really cemented its status as the best in the world.  Their releases oftentimes adorned with beautiful cover art and packed with brand new special features, Scream Factory has been doing a bang up job at both re-introducing us to lost gems and making us fall in love with classics all over again - this year seeing the Blu-ray releases of titles like Body Bags, Psycho 2, Day of the Dead and The Burning.  It seems that not a week goes by where they don’t announce another exciting upcoming release, and I can only hope you’re all as grateful as I am that they don’t ever take a day off.  It’s hard to imagine my home video collection without Scream Factory, and I can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for us next.

    Bates Motel


    My Facebook feed is cluttered with both positive and negative feelings about horror TV shows every single week, but the fact of the matter is that horror has absolutely taken over our television sets this year, and that is an awesome thing – whether you love all the different shows or not.  I’ve got to credit the smash-hit success of AMC’s The Walking Dead with kick starting the trend, and this year saw not only incredible new seasons of American Horror Story and True Blood but also the debuts of shows like Bates Motel, Hannibal, Dracula and Sleepy Hollow.  Horror was absolutely everywhere this year, dominating all the major networks, and that’s a trend I hope to see continue for years to come.  So stop bitching about the shows you don’t care for and just appreciate the fact that horror was so prevalent on TV in 2013!

    Honorable Mentions: The Blu-ray release of the Friday the 13th franchise, All The Boys Love Mandy LaneFINALLY hitting theaters and home video here in the states, and Kevin Smith’s announcement that he’s making a horror movie (Tusk) about a dude who turns another dude into a human-walrus hybrid.  Now that’s my kind of movie.

    What horror happenings are you most thankful for this year?  Sound off below!  And Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!

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    If your senses are still reeling from the brutal and disturbing video for “Girl in the Dirt” from electro-shock-rockers Chiildren (a.k.a. Chris Zeischegg and Chad Fjerstad), you may want to proceed with caution... because they're back with a second visual nightmare from their debut EP The Other People (check out our review and the first video here).
    Not only have they rolled out their most disturbing visual epic to date, but the pair has also unveiled an expanded and remastered version of the EP, available on CD for the first time and featuring new remixes by Imperative Reaction, More Ephemerol, Kid Vicious, and Rocky Rosga.
    You can pick up The Other People at the FiXT Music store, but first let's get to the madness of “Apocalypse Prologue.” Once again, beware of the extreme nature of this video... you know, in case you're reading this article during your family's holiday get-together.

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    In the past, we've spotlighted some of the strange and often terrifying creatures native to Australia (pink monster slugs, spiders that cocoon entire towns, even mythical ape-monsters), but this is the first time we've seen these down-under critters being so damn proactive in terrorizing humans.
    The website for Sydney radio station Triple M recently posted this clip showing two travelers who discover a huge red-belly black snake slithering onto their windshield. As you can see, turning on the wipers doesn't help... in fact, it makes things a helluva lot worse.
    [Note: NSFW language ahead]
    Here's part 2, as the situation gets even more complicated...

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    The first thing that strikes be about this cuff bracelet is that the artist calls it "absolutely disgusting" right in the title. Respect. But then you actually look at the cuff... and she is right - it is disgusting. In the best way possible. Handmade out of polymer clay and decorated with eyeballs, horns, pus bubbles, and even a maggot, this cuff is a cornucopia of gross. 

    Artist Dogzilla has a ton of other disgustingly awesome crafts for sale, so if maggoty eyeball bracelets aren't your thing, maybe a zit bracelet or toothy-fleshy ornament will rock your socks.

    $80 at Etsy

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    What better way to celebrate the holiday than with a little bit of Eli Roth?

    What I wouldn't give for this to be made into a feature....

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    Sadako Living Dead Doll

    On the market for over 13 years now, Mezco's Living Dead Dolls have gotten more popular with each passing year, iconic horror villains like Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, Leatherface and Chucky all being honored with their very own creepy little dolls.  The star of the original Ringu franchise, frightening well-dweller Sadako - known here in the states as Samara - was given the Living Dead Dolls treatment over in Japan last year, in conjunction with her big return in Sadako 3D.  Now, she invades toy shelves worldwide!

    As of today, Mezco has made limited quantites of the Japanese Exclusive available to anyone who wants one, putting 200 of them up for grabs in their online shop.  Decked out in screen-accurate fabric clothing, Sadako's hair is plastered across her face, that one terror-inducing eyeball poking out from beneath her flowing jet-black locks.  Just be careful not to let her pop any weird VHS tapes into your VCR, and you should be just fine.

    Grab yours over on Mezco's website for $55.  She's set to begin shipping in February of next year!

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    A boy named Max found a way to turn his talent for drawing scary monsters into a weapon against cancer: the creepy creations of the aspiring young artist are being sold to raise money for a family doubly impacted by the illness – a three-year-old girl named Kyla MacNeil battling with leukemia, and her mother Amber, who recently completed treatments for a brain tumor.
    "A Mean Monster" by Max
    Max's monsters, most of which bear angry, snarling faces, represent his interpretations of cancer as “pretty mean, and scary.” The creatures are being offered by Paper Castle, in exchange for a donation (the minimum amount is listed, but you can donate above and beyond) with all proceeds divided equally between the MacNeil family and  the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.
    "The Orange Monster" by Max
    The artwork has also inspired Kyla's sister Kinley to create some monsters of her own, which are also on display at the site.
    "Monster Family" by Kinley
    Visit Paper Castle to browse the complete collection, along with mini-descriptions of each monster by the artists themselves.

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    Seven thousand walking dead recently swarmed the streets of Mexico City, allegedly demanding equal rights for zombies... but their true cause was something else altogether.
    Photo © AFP
    According to AFP, last Saturday's Zombie Walk Mexico – one of seven such events taking place in the capital this year – was actually organized as a food drive for people in need. A similar undead mob in the same city broke a record in 2011 when nearly ten thousand zombie enthusiasts took to the streets.
    Photo © AFP
    Check out a gallery of Zombie Walk Mexico images here.

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    baby dinosaur

    Just a few days ago, we told you about the remains of a 'mega-predator' that were unearthed in Utah, a monster that is believed to have measured a whopping 30 feet long.  On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, the remains of a baby dinosaur were just discovered up in Canada, an incredibly rare find that is both amazing and utterly heartbreaking.

    Measuring five feet long and estimated to be only three years old, the tiny skeleton was unearthed completely intact, so well preserved that its skin left impressions in the nearby rock.  As reported by NBC News, the fossil is the smallest intact skeleton ever found of a Ceratospid, a group of herbivorous dinos.  It appears that the toddler met its end in a river near Alberta, Canada, over 70 million years ago.  Due to the pristine condition of the little guy, scientists estimate he drowned in the river.

    The find will help scientists identify and age the bones of other Ceratospids that they've found over the years, turning this ill-fated animal into a teacher the likes of which dino experts have never before had the luxury of learning from.  Everything happens for a reason, as they say.

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    Lizzie Borden house

    Well before Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot and killed his entire family as they slept in their Amityville, Long Island home, Lizzie Borden shattered the idea that you're safe in your own home, amongst your own family members, when she brutally killed her father and stepmother in 1892.  The vicious axe-murders took place in the Borden family home in Fall River, Massachusetts, which has naturally become a destination spot for tourists with a flair for the macabre.

    Hot on the heels of the announcement that Christina Ricci will be playing Lizzie Borden in an upcoming LIfetime biopic, the website Roadtrippers reports that the infamous Borden house is now the sight of a quaint little bed and breakfast, which is taking reservations for nightly stays and even full-on 'Axe-periences,' allowing guests and their friends to rent out the entire building.  In poor taste?  Possibly.  But I can't deny that I just added this one to my bucket list.

    You can book reservations and even watch a live 'Ghost Cam' over on the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum website.

    Would you spend a night in the house?  Comment below and let us know!

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    While snowmen were once the source of much happiness for me, that all changed with a childhood viewing of the movie Jack Frost.  In an instant, the magic and joy was replaced with sheer terror and icy cold chills, which still run up my spin to this day.

    Oh, and I'm not talking about the 1997 horror movie Jack Frost.  I'm of course talking about the other one, where Michael Keaton dies and then comes back to life as his son's snowman.  Chills, I tell you.  Chills.

    Ever since the winter of 2011, it's become an annual holiday tradition for a man named Brian to dress up as a particularly evil looking snowman and terrorize the busy streets of Boston, whispering creepy things at passersby and jumping out to scare them.  They think his clever costume is merely a harmless decoration, you see, and Brian has a whole lot of fun with that.  If you thought you were safe from such terror once Halloween passed by, think again!

    Check out this year's scare montage and then see much more over on the Scary Snowman YouTube channel.

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  • 11/29/13--14:00: Gift Guide: Zombie Hand Ring
  • Some zombie apocalypse survivors wear trophies to prove their awesomeness. (I'm looking at you and your ear collection, Daryl.) Try this as a trophy: a zombie hand worn as a ring. Okay, so it is a little small for a real zombie hand, so call it symbolic. It looks like you wrenched your hand from the grasp of a ghoulish zombie. The zombie hand ring is available in a variety of colors and materials, at a range of price points. There is something for everyone!

    $9.15 - $397.94 at

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    Haw Par Villa

    Have you ever wondered what it'd look like if Disney Land was designed by Takashi Miike?  Don't worry, I haven't either.  In fact, it'd be pretty damn weird if you ever did wonder that.  But now that I've got your interest piqued, let's take a virtual vacation over to Singapore, where the world's most terrfiying tourist attraction awaits.  Come along with me, if you dare!

    Haw Par Villa

    Designed and built in 1937 by brothers Aw Boob Haw and Aw Boon Par, Singapore's Haw Par Villa - a.k.a Tiger Balm Gardens - is the stuff nightmares are made of - a hellish journey through historical Chinese folklore that features over a thousand horrifying dioramas.  Apparently the idea was to depict iconic and infamous situations and stories from Chinese mythology, including the 'Ten Stages of Hell,' but the attraction has a lot more in common with films like Hostel than it does any history lesson you've ever been given.

    Haw Par Villa

    The bizarre and nightmare-inducing statues showcase everything from a giant crab with a human head to men being tortured and mutilated - and that's just the tip of this blood-covered iceberg.

    Haw Par Villa

    As reported by Oddity Central, Haw Par Villa is still open for business but is currently a deserted shell of its former self, and efforts are being made to restore and update it.  My advice?  Don't change a single thing - this is the kind of oddball history we absolutely must preserve!

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    Zombie Survival Kit Lunchbox

    If you went out Black Friday shopping in the wee hours of the morning today, you surely saw horrific images ripped straight out of a Romero film - tired, messy haired shoppers trampling over each other in the pursuit of discounted electronics and $2 DVDs.  If today was any indication, the impending zombie apocalypse isn't far off, which means you'd better start preparing for the beginning of the end.

    Headed our way next year, Fourth Castle's Zombie Survival Kit Lunchbox will help you do just that!

    Made to look like an army-issued ammo box, this unique lunchbox is constructed from sturdy metal and fastened with steel clips, keeping your belongings safe from the undead... or your co-workers.  Priced at a mere $9.99, this bad boy is large enough to hold everything you need to survive for as long as possible when the shit hits the fan, including first aid supplies, weapons and food.  And hey, if the zombies never do rise up, at least you'll have a cool way to bring your lunch to work.

    They're set to begin hitting retailers and comic book shops next March.

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    I don't know what life in elementary school cafeterias is like nowadays, but when I was a kid, in the 1990s, lunch time was not just about eating mom's peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, it was also about expressing myself.  While I graduated to the standard paper bags when I got a bit older, I was all about the bulky lunch box in my early years, impressing friends and classmates alike with the colorful Goosebumps and Toxic Crusaders-adorned boxes I kept my treats in.

    Okay, so maybe no one actually was impressed, but I thought I was super cool, and that's all that matters.

    Nowadays, lunch boxes are as nostalgia-inducing for me as VHS tapes, and the website Kindertrauma recently tapped into that nostalgia with a series of images of faux horror movie-inspired boxes.  As the name suggests, Kindertrauma is all about blending the innocence of childhood with the terror of horror flicks, and these fun images are the perfect example of that.

    So take a trip to Cafeteria Kindertrauma and check out some of the awesome lunch boxes below.  See them all over on Kindertrauma!

    Horror Lunchbox

    Horror Lunchbox

    Horror Lunchbox

    Horror Lunchbox

    Horror Lunchbox

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    spider in grapes

    Last month we told you about a Michigan family who discovered a black widow spider hanging out in a bag of grapes they picked up from their local grocery store, which all you grape eaters out there probably hoped would turn out to be an isolated incident.  If you do happen to have a taste for grapes then you might want to skip this post, because the black widows seem to be big fans of your favorite fruit too...

    As reported by the Huffington Post, the Michigan family's horrifying discovery was most definitely not an isolated incident, as spiders have been found in bags of grapes all across the country in the last few weeks.  Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin have each had similar cases of late, with the most recent one coming out of Pennsylvania.  Yvonne Whalen got the shock of her life last Thursday when her fingers brushed up against something ususual as she washing a batch of red grapes, soon thereafter being met with the horrifying sight of a giant spider leg crawling atop the fruit she was mere seconds away from consuming.

    The venomous breed of spider has been known to spin its web in grape vineyards, which would explain why they've been ending up getting packaged along with the grapes.  Black widows are used on many farms to keep other insects at bay, and since farmers are cutting back on using pesticides these days, they now have the freedom to leave the farms and head into your home.

    I'm not sure what's scarier; fruit covered in pesticides or fruit covered in spiders - all I know is, I'm done with grapes... FOREVER!

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    Last month, when we told you about the arrival of a new chapter in the dark fantasy epic The Bane of Yoto by award-winning author and artist Joshua Viola, we included a teaser for his next project – the first act in a three-part multimedia collaboration between the author and cyber-rock legend Celldweller, entitled Blackstar Act One: Purified.
    A chilling futuristic novel based on themes and characters developed in Celldweller's concept album Wish Upon a Blackstar, the eBook will be accompanied by its own full-length soundtrack album, which runs the spectrum from dark ambient soundscapes to the signature electro-rock that rocketed Celldweller's founder Klayton to international fame.
    The story of Blackstar takes place in the post-apocalyptic civilization of Central, ruled by a benevolent leader named Kaine, who gives his subjects access to Re:memory, an archive of humanity's collective thoughts. In this world we find Rezin, a “Reaper” with the ability to decrypt, steal and sell information. When Rezin accesses top-secret data in Re:memory, he finds himself pursued by Kaine's forces... while the knowledge he obtained soon begins to transform him, awakening powers beyond his control.
    We're proud to offer you an exclusive sneak peek at the Blackstar Act One eBook, which today you can only download right here:
    Be sure to stay tuned for a detailed breakdown of the novel and soundtrack album, both of which will be available for purchase tomorrow at the FiXT web store. The Limited Edition CD (150 copies) will include the Blackstar Act One eBook, as well as a bonus track. In the meantime, here's a preview of the track “Retros!”

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    Back in September we ran a terrifying story about an evil-looking clown silently stalking the British town of Northampton (check out the story and some nightmarish images here), but now it turns out the ominous visitor was just one of many... and instead of just standing around looking like the soul-devouring minions of hell, the clowns are starting to get more aggressive.
    According to The Guardian, clown sightings are on the rise in the UK, with the latest reports coming last Tuesday from the town of Gaywood in Norfolk, where locals reported seeing a stranger in a full clown suit walking the streets. The next night, police received another report of two clowns stalking and even chasing people at a park in the same area.
    Although no actual assaults have been reported, authorities are beginning to express concern about the clown epidemic. Police Superintendent Carl Edwards is encouraging citizens to simply ignore the nightmarish visitors... which, if you've ever seen one of these (refer to our earlier story for some chilling pics) is easier said than done.
    “The most effective way to behave if you are to see someone dressed up is to give no reaction – because that's what they are after,” Edwards told The Guardian. "Nobody has been assaulted and it appears that the people involved are waiting for a passerby to be startled by their appearance and run away, and then the clown runs after them for a short distance.”

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    More than just a TV companion book, Grimm: Aunt Marie's Book of Lore is, well, Aunt Marie's book of lore from the show. Just like the book that Nick consults to learn about his Grimm ancestry, Book of Lore is filled with sketches and handwritten notes about hexenbiests, jagerbars, blutbaden, ziegevolk, and more. The only difference is that instead of an enormous leatherbound volume on parchment paper, this book is a trade paperback, printed on regular paper with a parchment background.

    $11.97 on Amazon 

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