Monday, May 8, 2017

Monsters at the MIA!


If my novel, Chorus of the Crows, is ever made into a film, I want Guillermo del Toro to direct it. I can't think of anyone more qualified to spin my dark and stormy dreams into a surreal reality. Last night, I dreamed I was visiting a deceased loved one from my past. She appeared to be living in a porcelain institution lit by insanely bright florescent lights - I should have headed back to the parking lot right then and there - but I forged ahead, entering her room, gasping. There I witnessed her carbon colored head, shrunken, as if magically turned into a rotten, dehydrated apple. Her skin was like burnt leather and anchoring her face, the pertly blinking eyes of a mannequin. To top things off, her freak face was bobbing like a demonic bobble head doll, glued to a disproportionately large body wearing a trendy black fringe leather jacket. (Well, I do like fringe) Needless to say, my loved one didn't look like that. 

What the heck?  Maybe I'll turn demons into demon-ade and insert this wicked vision into one of my novels someday. Thanks weird brain. 

Now, witness Guillermo del Torro's monster of a collection culled from his home in L.A. It's been on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for months, scaring all comers. The MIA gave future instagramers the green light on photography. Luckily, my husband had his i-phone. I took photos of my favorite monsters - I freaking loved the show!

The first masterpiece theater drama I ever watched was the Charles Dickens classic, Bleak House. That's what Guillermo - we're on a first name basis since he'll be directing my movie someday- named his un-heavenly abode. The first Guillermo directed movie I ever witnessed was Pan's Labyrinth - a masterpiece of horror. 

Dark-lights of his collection...


The wings have eyes. 


I remember this character from American Horror Story/Freak Show. I didn't know it was based on a real life person. 


Franken-head.



Poe and his toes.


I love Fawn.


Dresses from Crimson Peak. 


Hitch and a crow. My muse. 



Talk to the hand!

The freakish exhibit is on display through the end of May at the MIA.
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4 comments:

A Colorful World said...

I'm sure your book will be a sensation. I'm just not into that much darkness. I like dark themes, but hold back from anything dealing with demon possession, demonic rituals, etc. Just can't go there. These displays are just TOO much! :-) I've never even seen Pan's Labyrinth...sorry, dear Sharon. But, I promise I will read your book!

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Crazy, strange, fun! Thanks for sharing!

Pat Tillett said...

That must have been a spooky house when all these things were there.
Nice photos Sharon!

Linda Hensley said...

Very cool and I especially love those wings, and like the way you describe it too.