NEW MORTASHEEN MONSTERS!
Originally planned on spacing these out over the past weak, leading up to 2013, but here they are in one big last-minute, late-night load! This brings the Mortasheen world up to 500 canonical monsters.
They are as follows:
Cacchinnox - a horrible dolphin-like Joker. This makes four monster classes where a dolphin is the worst one.
Mothstrous - a conventionally “cute” Moth-man (yeah, the same design could be a male or female) nevertheless considered really creepy and gross in Mortasheen.
Astarath - a star-shaped Devil Bird who lies all the time. Jerk!
Abnortis - a giant dead fetus in the sky!
Oovule - the “ultimate” Zombie Spawn, sort of tying the whole zombie spawn class together into a weird cosmic horror thing.
Unidentified caterpillar photographed by Alex Tan
It’s hard to believe this is really a caterpillar, but it is!
It looks delicious.
Right now, in the $1 section at Target (usually near the entrance) you can pick up a number of children’s books featuring photography by Igor Siwanowicz, A.K.A. Blepharopsis.
This one is “MONSTERS AMONG US,” which plays up the “freakiness” of insects building to an adorable final word on how beautiful they really are, with a final page giving the latin and common names for every species in the book.
Arthropods make up the majority of life on Earth, we depend upon them for our survival and they can be more amazing than any fantasy realm. Igor’s nature photography is some of the most beautiful and striking work in the field, and I truly believe that almost anyone exposed to nature’s diversity at an impressionable enough age - even in one little book - is likely to appreciate it for the rest of their life.
If you have a Target near you, buy these up. Give them to every kid you know. They’re only one dollar, and they’re only available through the Easter season!
I’ve got a new article up on Cracked
"6 Insect Predators That Go Out of Their Way to be Evil"
As usual, the Cracked editorial played up the “horror” and “disgust” humor, but I’m sure most of you know by now that I think every single thing in the article is adorable, gorgeous and enriches the world by existing. Us Cracked contributors are just expected to write “in character” as essentially a bunch of jackasses.
I can’t seem to find the name, but this rare and exotic fly preys on butterflies and can be easily mistaken for one as it flutters on its incredibly massive, beautiful black wings.
Made infamous by the movie “The Silence of the Lambs”, acherontia lachesis, or ‘The Deaths-Head Moth’, has long been associated with evil or the paranormal. They have been frequently thought of as harbingers of bad luck, and have been mentioned in writings of Edgar Allan Poe and the artwork of Dali and Wulfing, as well as in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”.
I’d like to add that in traditional Romanian folklore, this moth, not a bat, is commonly believed to be the transformed soul of a vampire :)
As if their skull pattern couldn’t possibly be any more appropriate, they’re also “pirates” of sorts; by imitating the scent of honeybees, death’s head moths “raid” beehives for honey.
How can anyone like butterflies so much more than moths? Moths are bunny-eared, dove-faced flying powderpuffs.
A Japanese bagworm, photo source unknown. I’ve seen other images of this species, and yes, they always build their casing this beautifully. Log cabin caterpillars!
We caught Puss caterpillars!