Thursday, February 19, 2009


I am Myke Amend - strange fiction, horror, fantasy fine-art illustrator, and co-archivist for the Miskatonic Archive

This is my first blogger post - well, not really an actual post per se, but an introduction.

Soon, I will fill this thing with all sorts of Strange-fiction-related nonsense, but not today.

I do however have many, many such entries at and the Miskatonic Archive (links above), as well as a moderate collection of my artworks (example below). Please join me there in the mean time, and subscribe to this feed for what is to come.


I noted earlier that the sale ends March 1st: All things currently down will go up, and some things at normal price will go down.

What I did not mention that I will be doing a complete site overhaul between now and then.

So, I am going to say that the sale will end on February 23rd, and will still be in effect if I am able to get everything in place by March 1st, when it will officially end.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, but if I keep putting this off for one event or another, it will never get done.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tokyo! trailer

Weird, and definitely on the most interesting side of the wierd. I will have to see this film when it comes out.

Post, stolen from comic book artist and friend, Eric Adams.

“Remains” available once again

Bella Morte - Remains

The music of Bella Morte has been a favorite on any decent gothic playlist since before the very first Cruxshadows tour, their earliest albums being my very favorites, of course, because I am an old and crotchety bastard like that.

If I hadn't already purchased their music long, long ago, I might have noticed that their earlier works weren't available - which would have made me a bit sad, and might have explained why they were doing less and less of their original works every time I went to a Bella Morte show.

There is no goth more deprived than one who does not have Bella Morte's earlier works.

This terrible deficiency might actually serve to explain the sudden explosion of fat pants and ball caps seen over the last decade, as well as the horrendous amount of overplaying of NIN's "Closer" and VNV's "Chrome", as well as the omni-presence of "New Metal" within the once-sacred confines of what were once alternative clubs.

But now, there is hope...

"Remains", Bella Morte’s first album is now available again, as a download through CD Baby.

"Where Shadows Lie" and "The Death Rock EP" are also scheduled for re-release in the near future.

For those who like to have the actual CD in hand, a handful of new and used copies of the latter two are available through Amazon, no dice for any copies of Remains through that outlet however - but you may want to look around elsewhere.

For those who don't mind, or prefer MP3 downloads, you can follow this link to buy Remains as a download.

Seriously... 500 dollars

The Purchase Brothers spent $500 to make these two episodes of thier Half-Life 2 inspired miniseries, "Escape from City 17".

Reportedly, according to a discussion on the page at JoyStiq, much of the work in this film was covered in personal favors and people chipping in.

Still, to think that someone managed to pull all of this this together on $500, is a serious testament to the resourcefulness of the Purchase Brothers.

Info and additional info from Joystiq were found via Warren Ellis - who you should already have heard of.

Monday, February 16, 2009


This is something I am jotting down here so it does not get lost in my sea of bookmarks or on my cluttered desktop, but I recommend, if you are an artist, author, or musician, that you follow the below link and bookmark it yourself... or better yet, if you are able, follow through with it.

It is a blog by Neil Gaiman about wills for creative types, and the importance of having one. He has even been so kind as to provide a template for the will in pdf format.

The blog, containing said document, is here

Quick News

The site will be undergoing some serious revisions shortly. I have put off a redesign for a while now, but I need to drop my google ads and replace them with something better.

I also need to upgrade, re-install, and rewrite some of my plugins and other things, update links for broken videos in my player, and most importantly - make this thing more roomy and easier to read.

In the next few weeks, this site may revert to the default templates, looking very very plain. It might even present itself incorrectly or broken for a few seconds or minutes here or there, as I will likely make an oops here or there. There are a lot of changes to be made. I am going to miss this design, but hopefully the upcoming one is more striking and easier to navigate and read. This might even force me to fill in some of those much-neglected sections.

The current sale - extended till New Years, then renewed up to Valentines day, will end on March 1st. I need to return a lot of things to their normal prices, putting new and different things on sale soon after.

The Spookiest Cheshire Cat Ever

Alex CF’s Cheshire Cat

This one is still for sale at the site of the amazing Alex CF; You can also find more images of this utterly incredible piece by following the link.

via the Mighty SuperPunch, where there is always too much awesome to relay it all.

Friday, February 13, 2009

See Coraline This Week

Beth and I saw it a few days ago, and plan to see it again this coming week; This, not just because we are both big Gaiman fans, but because it was an incredible experience.

This is not one of these films you can just wait to see at home, even if you are one of those people who really hates sharing the theater with children, and here is why:

I have yet to see a 3-d version of any of the recent 3-d movies released on DVD. Even if it happens, it would never be the same as seeing it larger than life on the big screen.

There is one chance to see it big and in 3D, and this is it.

Coraline is only likely to be available in 3-D for the next week or two (source: Neil Gaimain: 3d-or-not-3d).

And as for the children part... see it late if you wish, but I can tell you that hearing other people's children scream in horror and freak out towards the end of the movie, is *almost* as awesome as I would imagine it to be to hear my own screaming in fear and freaking out towards the end of the movie.

Don't have your own kids to frighten and spook? All the more reason to go and see it in theaters.

FDA Approves Depressant Drug For The Annoyingly Cheerful

[via The Onion]

The Lake Michigan Whalers' Society proudly endorses:

Thaumoctopus mimicus, the Indo-Malayan Mimic Octopus, can take on a variety of shapes and behaviours as defense, or to entertain others at parties.

In less than a second, it can change to imitate a flounder, a lionfish, a ray, Wilford Brimley, a sea snake, or any number of dangerous ocean-dwelling creatures.

In the Octopus family, it is second in cunning and resourcefulness only to The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus. Though unable to write brilliant articles such as these, Thaumoctopus mimicus makes up for its apparent illiteracy through deception.

You can read more things, perhaps even factual things about this amazing cephalopod here, at

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Honoring Darwin Day

I found this over on Ectomo today, and I thought it an excellent film for this occasion.

No one dies, but at least they tried...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Greatest Corkscrew Ever Made

From One of a Hundred - Sculptural Furniture via The Steampunk Home:

There is no information on when and if a pocket-sized version of this will be available, but or those not concerned with portability, I give you:

Also found at the Steampunk Home Blog:

Art Donovan's absolutely incredible steampunk designs:

Steampunk Clock in Distressed Brass:

Clock by Art Donovan

Siddhartha Pod Lamp:

Detail of Siddhartha Pod Lamp by Art Donovan

(More images and details at The Steampunk Home and at Donovan Design)

Coraline Button Donuts and More

Image from the Portland opening of Coraline, found at the Coraline blog: EvilButtons along with many other interesting Coraline-related things, a blog which I found through the mighty Superpunch.

More on the opening party, along with many more interesting images can be found on Wieden and Kennedy's blog W+K Portland.

Coraline Button Donuts

The Clock Tower and La Main des Maitres

The Clock Tower: 2 minutes - A very short, but pretty animated film by Cara Antonelli. You can see more on this film here.

La Main des Maitres: 4 minutes - Beautiful and fascinating in its animation and in its short story, you can learn more about this short film and its makers here

Watch more cool animation and creative cartoons at aniBoom

A Beautiful and Intriguing Time Sink

I remember many many years back playing "Samarost" online and loving it. It was one of many, many amazing things that I found through Organic - a wonderful place for finding new things, were they not so tragically determined to continue to use php bb.

The second game, aptly named "Samorost 2" - was equally interesting, though I never bought the amazingly cheap full version. Something I might remedy today.

Found online today through the magic of Twitter, "Machinarium" is a new full scale adventure game also designed by Amanita Design.

Having recognized the design right off, I went looking for the previous two so I could share them here. There are however many more games and interesting things at the creator's site,

The preview for the game is in the video below:

Machinarium Preview from Amanita Design on Vimeo.

More Star Trek Related Silliness

I couldn't leave this one out. Monty Python and Star Trek combined.

You've probably seen it on the internet thirty years ago, but I missed it. I was busy being awesome that day.

Monday, February 9, 2009

James B. Hunt

His art showings are madness. 'One of the greatest things happening in the art world today.

Rather than being a part of the standard gallery process of a*s-rap*ng prospective buyers and artists alike - James prefers to give his works away in these crazed easter-egg hunts. He hides his works all over Tempe Arizona, and posts photos on his site as clues to the whereabouts of his artworks... which are free to whoever is resourceful and lucky enough to find them.

... Oh, and he also randomly broadcasts additional hints on CB radio.

This has been going on for a while, several years now I think... and it frustrates me to no end that I am never in Tempe Arizona when these happen; It seems the only way to acquire his works... well, the only way that involves no stalking or abductions.

If you are looking for additional clues - it is rumored that he also tattoos maps on the vital organs of abducted livestock, and if you have learned to read the code, additional clues are also available through the writings of Nostradamus or in centuries-old boxes of candied popcorn.

To read more about James, go here: James B Hunt

To read more about the latest hunt, go here: Tempe Art

To read the latest post about the Hunt, go here: The Hunt Continues

Some of James' works:



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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Deviant Art Data

There are more from this series of Star Trek parodies on CoilHouse, which in case you live in a hole, is one of the more awesome magazines on the net or in print. [Link to the article]

This episode in particular outlines my general feelings regarding the sort of "artworks" that seem to pop up in most any google image search.

I think the above two paragraphs are warning enough, proceed if you dare.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Tale of How

"Nine months of part time work gave birth to The Blackheart Gang’s acclaimed short film called, The Tale of How. The Tale of How is the second part of a trilogy of works called the Dodo Trilogy. It is to later be flanked by The Tale of Then and The Tale of When. The Dodo Trilogy, in turn, fits into a much greater work called, The Household"...

More on this amazing film series here

The Tale of How from Shy the Sun on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Gone Postal

This post is dedicated to the brave men and women of the United States Postal Service, who come rain or shine, snow or volcanic eruption, will boldly and without question, engage anything made of cardboard or paper in mortal combat.

Their remarkable ability to bend or fold most anything, even cardboard tubes, without fear of "do not fold" stickers, is second to none in the known universe... and beyond!

But this year, they have gone above and beyond. Their astounding levels of daring and brazenness know absolutely no limits ... as demonstrated by our moving experience of this summer past - wherein they not only managed to defend our home for weeks against our long-awaited priority packages, but completely and totally destroyed most everything they did not pilfer.

As tribute, I offer you this list of little known facts, tips, pointers regarding the USPS:

1) The only way to destroy Chuck Norris, is to ship him.

2) Need to turn rocks into gravel? Ship them! Why waste all that time and energy with the sledge hammer when you can have violent postal-monkeys do it for you?

*Trick: to save on postage - address the package, put a stamp on it, and drop it off at your local post office. Insufficient postage means it will come back to you, as long as it has no resale value. If not thoroughly broken, repeat.

3) Need a building destroyed? Put a shipping label on it! The USPS is unaccountable for terrorist acts, and are licensed to kill any and all who get in their way... even bears! one of those minor details that most tend to forget about - until it is too late anyway.

4) If you need diapers, fill a box with valuable things and ship it. Seriously - when we moved via the USPS, our box arrived minus an antique tomohawk, a canoptic jar, airbrush set, and gods only know what else. All these things turned into packages of diapers!!!

The postal monkey lady tried to explain this as "The box must have been too empty to ship safely, so they probably padded it to protect your things".

... apparently the post office, despite their status as a "shipping service" - has absolutely no shipping paper, peanuts, or bubble wrap.

They do however have mountains and mountains of diapers... because they are just *that* hardcore!

To further ensure the protection of our valuables, they also removed them from the box completely - and have most likely stored them at N.O.R.A.D. for safe keeping.

Last year, after being amazed by their ability to fold the unfoldable, I began the practice of shipping most of my prints in reinforced heavy duty cardboard tubes, and hermetically vacuum-sealing the end caps (just in case the post office uses them in a log-rolling competition).

Since then, they have only managed to destroy one tubed package (folded), and three cardboard reinforced photo mailers; These I credit to the postmaster general - or perhaps one of his postmaster colonels, all of which are rumored to be able to fold steel girders, concrete pillars, time, space, and even my best-reinforced packaging.

Unfortunately, some of the printing services I use, still ship in outdated 'box technology' - so I end up with packages of damaged prints on my doorstep... oblong things which were once square... wrestled with and fornicated upon.

These I typically ship back for a refund, or file a claim for. In cases where the damage went un-noticed for weeks after receiving, however, Beth typically uses them in her craft projects. Otherwise I hold onto them for conventions - offering them as freebies or for cheap, or using them as display pieces for unwatched children-monkeys to chew on, and for contagion-ridden adult human-things to touch with their filthy human hands (though not necessarily in that order).

Recently, because of the sasquatch conspiracy, sales have been at an all-time low; Things were actually bad enough that I was starting to worry that perhaps people had found about my various crimes against humanity.

I was very, very relieved to find out that such was not the case, and more relieved to find that I can put the 'barely damaged', unnoticeably damaged pieces up for sale, and they vanish almost instantly.

... So this week, I think Beth and I will go through our damaged prints and set up a special section on for just these sort of things. If you would like to know when these offers are... offered, you can subscribe to the rss2 feed for my site, or go to the EttaDiem site and do the same.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Regarding Templecon

Things have been a bit rough this past month, as I am sure they have been for most everyone.

I hate updating when I am in a negative mood, but I do need to say we won't be at Templecon this year.

The event organizer has been nothing short of wonderful, and she has worked hard on making this what should be an incredible event. We would love to have gone, but things have been increasingly rough for us, as I am sure they have been for everyone.

It would be terribly irresponsible, if not completely self-destructive, for us to try to make this trip right now. There are car issues which we could not resolve in time, and the area hotels were all too expensive for our budget.

For those who are going. We are sad that we have to miss this chance to see you. It would have been so nice to meet you in person, and put some names to some faces, icons, and those interesting letters made from torn magazine covers.

This has been a terrible year for making plans. Though I would love to get out and be more social, I think the best path to take from here is to make no more plans until the white death is off the ground, and until things start to look more promising for all of us. Having been trapped here so long, with limited resources, I've taken to eating hapless humans - again; I have been told that the increase in nervous and slightly hostile energy makes me a bit difficult to be around right now.

For the next months, we will likely be focusing only on regional and local events.

Look for us to be on the road again in March or April - I think S.P.A.C.E might end up being our first haul of the year, but we are pulling for an appearance in NYC at a gallery T.B.A.

Again, sorry for our absense. We do hope to see you very soon.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Slightly Damaged Prints for Sale - sold

I have a handful of prints that were damaged in shipping, not major damage - just some slight bending of the corners that makes them otherwise unsaleable.

2 [both sold] of which is a 20x10 metallic proof for the latest artwork, "Behold the Machine". They are test runs, the white point is a bit wide - makes for a neat glow on the ice and fog, but not quite what I wanted. They also have 2 millimeters of corner crimping in their upper right corners - pretty much unnoticeable, especially if they are matted or mounted.

I am selling these for $7.50 each.

The other 2 [both sold] is a 16x20 metallic print of "Conception" (the mechanical dragonfly and mechanical nymph). Same deal - a very small crimp at the upper right corner. I am selling those for $15 each.

Shipping is $6 per order, priority- so if you buy two, you pay shipping only once.

The work I would put into making new listings, would negate the purpose of selling them - so, if you are interested, you will need to contact me through my contact form. I will edit this post when these prints are gone.