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The chestburster Alien necklace from Cthulhu Wake Up Etsy shop is everything you didn’t know you wanted. Although I can’t lie, I’m always a bit nervous saying the Etsy shop name out loud. Not trying to cause the end of days or anything…
The Xenomorph necklace pretty much speaks for itself, but I’ll say a little about it either way. I know in fashion they talk about statement necklaces, but I doubt they even had this deadly beauty mind. The chestburster is masterfully crafted from pewter and sits perfectly on top of your chest, all a-burstin’.
I had the chance to interview Luis about his gorgeously gruesome jewelry only to find out he has a pretty impressive day job! He’s a vfx artist and has worked in movies like Green Lantern, GI Joe 2, Riddick and more. (Which explains why the craftsmanship on the pendents are damn near perfect.)
Interview with Luis from Cthulhu Wake Up
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Luis Alberto Cayo, I have been a a vfx artist for 5 years working in movies like “Gi Joe 2”, “Riddick”, “Green Lantern”, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter”, among others (www.cayovfx.com). Although I enjoy working for these big projects I also want a venue were I can share my own voice and jewelry is a perfect fit for me.
How did Cthulhu Wake Up come to be?
Practicing digital sculpture in my own time, I came up with the Cthulhu pendant and I really wanted to do something with it. I put it up in kickstarter and raised money to make 150 of them. I was thrilled not only that I was able to share my personal work but to make some money along the way too. After that I decided to work towards making a side business of it. Unfortunately, I can’t work as fast as I would like to towards that goal but I’m getting there!
How long on average does it take you to make a piece?
Is a fluid process really. Going back and forward, doing drawings and sculptures. Because I made a point to make it as fun and freestyle as possible I can’t track it that much. 3 days would be my best guess.
I love the idea of the chest-bursting alien necklace, what inspired that piece?
It just popped in my head and made me laugh. It made sense as it looks like is bursting out so I said, why not?
What draws you to Lovecraft’s work? Do you have a favorite story?
Lovecraft is an excellent story teller. Modern storytelling is VERY rushed and the plot needs to be moving along always. Rarely movies, comic books, and TV shows slow down to take the attention from the story and spend some time building an atmosphere and taking us places emotionally. Lovecraft does this very successfully without being boring at all, not to mention he does it only with words! Of course he is not the only one that does this, there are great moder storytellers as well but no one tackles the weird mix of science fiction, fantasy and horror any more, not the way he does.
I have many favorite stories from him. Starting to “The Call of Cthulhu”, “The Shadow out of Time”, “The Whisperer in the Darkness”, and many others.
Do you have any (other) geeky obsessions? If so what?
Many others, Dragon Ball Z and Batman being the most prominent. One of my long term goals is to write a Batman story. I love steampunk and enjoy watching cosplay.
If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
Above all I would prefer an sketchbook and a ballpoint pen with everlasting ink. Video game: Street fighter 3, Comicbook: The Dark Knight Returns, TV shows: Batman, the Animated Series.
Where can we find you in the web
1 lucky reader will receive the Snalien chestburster pendant!
How to enter:
1) Leave a comment on this post
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Contest ends Monday, May 13th
GIVEAWAY CLOSED- Raven was the winner, thanks everyone!
Tis the season to be geeky. What better way of sending our holiday tidings than with a Geeky Holiday cards!
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Lesley Karpiuk, the creator of Geek Soap and crotched Cthulhu goodies at The Pink Toque, was nice enough to take the time for an interview for Girl Gone Geek Blog. Read it below and find out her inspirations, geekiest thing she’s done, geek soap making process, her favorite video games, what she’d take on a deserted island and more!
Also a big congratulations to the three winners of the Geek Soap contest and thanks for everyone who entered! It was really tough for me and Lesley to decide on winners for each of the soaps there were so many great answers!
Jesus won the Donkey Kong Barrel Soap! Here’s what he’s going to do with it: “If I won the DK barrels, I would use them as a mean for self-defense against guys in red shirts. Finally, after a long day of climbing ladders and rafters, I would retreat to my cave, and use my barrels to lather the stress away.”
V. Nerdy won the Hearthstone soap from World of Warcraft, here’s what they will do with it: “I would use the Hearthstone soap to unwittingly send myself back to Org mid-shower. Hilarity would ensue… including a flash-mob of whispers asking if I want some intimate RP action on the second floor of the Inn.”
Mister Z won the NES cartridge soap, here’s what he will do with it: “If I were to get the video game cartridge I would take it with me to PAX East when it comes back around and get it signed by the team behind Guild Wars 2. (They throw the best open bar/beta parties btw)”
Hometown: Greenwood, IN, but I’ve lived in Calgary, AB Canada for several years and am now back in Indiana.
How did you get into crafting:
I don’t know when, but I was young. I have been making things my entire life; as far back as I can remember. I must’ve had an active imagination as a child; I would make castles out of cardboard for my toys or draw backdrops for my friends’ Barbie playsets. I’ve always loved making things, and over the years I’ve tried it all at least once.
What made you want to take your crafting to the next level and start selling it?
When I first moved to Canada in 2006, I was unable to work. I had to wait on immigration for nearly a year before I was legal to work, and so I spent most of my days knitting or sewing. (in addition to A LOT of World of Warcraft, lol.) I started a craft blog during that time in 2006 as I was learning how to knit and sew, and I started making things that people were interested in purchasing. I decided that since I couldn’t get a proper job in Canada yet I would try to sell some of my handmade creations online. Etsy was barely a year old and most people didn’t know what it was yet, and I opened a store there. My husband also built me a store website and I began selling my wares online by the fall of 2006. Continue reading →
Check out this Cthulhu Elder Spice… oops I mean Old Spice Commercial!
Following up on the two other Lovecraftian posts (del Toro movie and podcast) I felt it was about time I did this post about Cthulhu Chick. Ruth makes these adorable and abominable crocheted Cthulhu! I plan on getting one for me (pink of course) and my brother since we both love us some H.P. Lovecraft.
“If I say that my somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing. A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings; but it was the general outline of the whole which made it most shockingly frightful.”
Cthulhu caught on in cultural consciousness, especially among geeks and gamers. The Call of Cthulhu RPG has become particularly popular as has the Cthulhu Munchkin game and the Call of Cthulhu video game.”
These cute little creatures cost $17.50 and are all handmade you can get yours on her Etsy page and follow her on Twitter @CthulhuChick. Also I discovered this Cthulhu emotion while getting lost in google (;,;) how cute!
According to the LA Times Blog, here are rumors that Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) may direct an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s 1931 novella At the Mountains of Madness. They asked him in an interview recently whether that would indeed be his next film and he, “he flashed an impish grin and said, “We’ll see” (LA Times).” He also said in an interview with First Showing that “If I had the freedom to choose and the chance to hold it until its done, I’d do Mountains right away.”
In an interview last year he discussed plans on making a Frankenstein film and an adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness where he referred to Madness as “[his] obsession.” He apparently already has a script and maybe this will help him (and us) get over the The Hobbit.
He also told Aint it Cool,
“Mountains is exactly the movie I would like to do,” del Toro said. “It would push buttons, and it’s extreme in many areas. It’s a hard R-rated, big production tentpole in the genre of horror. What I love about tentpole horror – which is not done much anymore, if at all – is that there was a time when you could see something like “Alien” or “The Shining” or “The Thing”. Movies that came not as a B-movie product of a studio, but as an A, tentpole, big release, high-end production like “The Exorcist”, and so on and so forth.”
LA Times sources have whispered that Madness will definitely be his next movie and that James Cameron will produce it and it will in 3D. I’m sick of 3D movies, but if it’s Camerons 3D, plus Del Toro’s directorial prowess with the macabre mind of H.P. Lovecraft well count me in!
Lovecraft fans know how difficult it is to effectively adapt his stories to the big screen while staying true to the nature of the story. Why? Well because they are so damn crazy! I haven’t read At the Mountains of Madness but in simplest form it’s a monster movie in Antarctica (read more about it here).
For those of you unfamiliar with Lovecraft he was an American author of horror/fantasy/science fiction or what he would like to call “cosmicism” or “cosmic horror”. He’s widely known for his Cthulhu Mythos, if you don’t know about it you should, it will make you a better person :). Pretty much any horror writer or film maker has been influenced by Lovecraft in some way.
“According to Joyce Carol Oates, Lovecraft — as with Edgar Allan Poe in the 19th century — has exerted “an incalculable influence on succeeding generations of writers of horror fiction”. Stephen King called Lovecraft “the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.”
Also fanboys you know Arkham Insane Asylum in the Batman series, well Arkham was a fictional New England city originally created by Lovecraft. If you know Lovecraft it makes complete sense to name an insane asylum Arkham.
Lovecrafters are you excited or upset about Madness being taken to the big screen? Sound off below!