your blog is gross, vile, disgusting and reprehensible. it shouldn't be alllowed on the internet. you're a sick immature person.


Sick and immature? How dare you! I hope the next time you’re taking a piss you sneeze at the same time and blow your guts out of your asshole. 

And furthermore, I don’t see what you’re talking about.

The Art of Mike Bell

Artist Mike Bell was born and raised at the Jersey Shore and currently lives in Northfield, New Jersey. Best known for his figurative paintings, Bell is an artist whose work is a juxtaposition of iconic pop culture subjects combined with modern day influences. He also creates painted objects, such as bowling pins and surfboards, as well as delightful palm-sized matchbook art depicting pop culture icons such as Mr. Peanut, Marilyn Monroe, Jimmy Hendrix, Frankenstein and Humphrey Bogart. Most of his work falls into the lowbrow genre. Lowbrow art is an underground visual art movement that originated in Los Angeles in the late 70s, a populist art movement with cultural roots related to underground comics, punk music, hot-rods and surf culture. The artwork usually displays a sense of humor. 

Bell attended The College of New Jersey where he received his degree in Advertising Design and minored in Illustration. He has exhibited his artwork in a number of galleries throughout the United States and internationally. Though his hometown of Atlantic City has eluded him for many years, Bell was recently invited to participate in an art project in Atlantic City where he created the first of 90 Art Boxes for the Atlantic City Arts Commission’s new Art Box Project. 

Mike Bell recently created a t-shirt line, and was featured in the newly published book Edgy Cute by Mark Batty Publishing, New York. He has been the Director of Design and Production at Masterminds for four years. Bell continues making art, always learning and improving his skills by taking chances and challenging himself to step outside of his comfort zone.


Horror Movies Reimagined As “Goosebumps” Book Covers

If It Were Stine is a Tumblr blog run by cover designer Theodore Holmstead-Scott and blurb writer Jude Deluca that reimagines horror movies as book covers from the popular “Goosebumps” series by R.L. Stine. 

If you were born anytime before the year 1980 these words probably won’t mean much to you. But if you weren’t, we have a question for you - what was your first horror memory?

Perhaps it was watching ‘The Thing’ on late night television or a grainy VHS copy of ‘Zombi 2’ at a friend’s house.  Maybe even sneaking into a cinema to see the local premiere of ‘Scream’.

That’s good, but we want you to stretch your mind back further – to a time when horror was not about ditzy teenagers being sliced and diced by chainsaw-wielding maniacs, but when the word horror evoked imagery of evil ventriloquist dolls and possessed Halloween masks. We are, of course, talking about Goosebumps here.

Whether it was the dripping neon slime, the terrifyingly gaudy cover illustrations or the sheer spine-tingling horror of the stories themselves – there’s no doubt that R.L. Stine’s classic series has shaped a generation of horror lovers.

So what happens when the two worlds of horror collide? When the terror of ‘The Exorcist’ or ‘The Blair Witch Project’ meets the bad puns and outrageous titles of our beloved book series? …That’s where we come in.

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Classic Horror Movie VHS Box Covers

Oh, horror movie VHS covers. Before the age of the internet, horror fans scoured the isles of their local video store, renting whatever flick had the best cover art. The boxes were gory, creepy, and oftentimes absurd. They were decorated with blood, guts, gore and half naked women, each box trying its hardest to stick out from the rest and earn the curious horror fan’s dollar. They especially intrigued younger viewers, offering a brief voyeuristic glimpse into the kind of adult entertainment that was otherwise hidden from their eyes. In this post I take a look back at some of the most striking horror movie VHS box covers from the video store days. 

If I may ask how do u feel about the halloween series, since Michael Myers is my favorite slasher??


He’s my favorite slasher as well! Despite some weak entries (5, 6 and Resurrection, in particular - yes I’m a huge supporter of Season of the Witch), it is, as a whole, my favorite slasher series. I also thought that the first half of Rob Zombie’s Halloween was very good, particularly the scenes with young Michael Myers and Dr. Loomis at Smith’s Grove. As for the second half of the film and its subsequent sequel, I’m not a fan.

Halloween was the first horror movie I ever watched. I was around 11 years old at the time, and caught it on cable on Halloween night, not knowing anything about it. It’s solely responsible for my obsession with the horror genre and holds a special place in my undead heart. 

As for my favorite sequel… I think Halloween 4 would be my favorite out of all of them. Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris had amazing on-screen chemistry and gave performances worthy enough to stand proudly next to Jamie Lee Curtis. I also think that part 4 featured Donald Pleasence’s best performance as Loomis, and he chewed the scenery in every single scene he was in.

why havent their been any good horror movies since the 90s


Who says there hasn’t? Check out the following flicks:

  • Trick ‘r Treat
  • Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
  • The Innkeepers
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • 28 Days Later
  • The Descent
  • American Psycho
  • High Tension
  • Ginger Snaps
  • Let the Right One In
  • El Orfanato (The Orphanage)
  • I Saw the Devil
  • Livide
  • Slither
  • Maniac (2013)
  • You’re Next
  • American Mary
  • Evil Dead (2013)
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • John Dies at the End

And those are just the ones I was able to rattle off the top of my head! Like any period in the horror genre, there have been good films (some great) and some really bad films. You just have to know where to look. Not everyone will agree with my picks, but these are the ones I’d recommend giving a fair shot.

Did you say you live in Chicago now? Wow... I heard it's pretty fucked up there


It is indeed pretty fucked up… in fact, delightfully so! Just this morning the local news reported that a woman was found gutted in an alleyway with a large hole in her stomach. The police are looking into it.