Thursday, February 1, 2018

Happy New Year Creeps!

Wow, 2017 came and went without any posting here on the ol' Blood Curdling Blog of Monster Masks, but that doesn't mean that this blog is dead. Far from it! Each month, over 1,000 of you rubber-lovin' head hunters still visit catalog posts; and over 12,000 posts from the archive are revisited re-read every month.

When I took time off from the blog, my intention was to spend time more time in the studio, and that has certainly been the case. I was more productive in 2017 than in any year in the past. These days I regularly post what's going on in the studio on the Devil's Workshop Instagram account. Feel free to join me there!

 With that being said, I still do plan to bring back the blog at some point. Over the past 15 months since I've stopped posting, I've continued to build up a pile of mask related materials, and I have MUCH to share. In fact, just last week I was fortunate enough to score a beautiful 1952 Topstone catalog...

 So fear not fellow mask freaks and rubber necks, the blog will indeed return. I don't have a date in mind, as I have a major pinball conversion project to tackle first, but I do indeed intend to bring this blog back when that is complete. I do miss firing up the old scanner and digitizing old ads, catalogs and articles.

In the meantime, enjoy the archives! In addition, enjoy these early months of the calendar year when a flurry of sneak peeks and new releases from mask makers 2018 lineups begin to appear.  Hope to see a bunch of you at Maskfest this year. It's the 10th year for Maskfest and it's primed to be the best ever. Cheers!

Friday, October 7, 2016

The Art of the Halloween Mask

The Art of the Halloween Mask is an exhibit focusing on the art of Halloween Masks throughout the ages. Featuring modern day world class artists in the field of mask production and special effects and a collection of vintage Halloween masks dating back to the 60s. Show opening: Saturday, October 15 at 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM in PDT. Click here for additional info.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Happy Happy Halloween Button Sets


Just a quick bit of shameless self-promotion... earlier this year the Devil's Workshop released a Halloween III inspired button set titled Happy Happy Halloween featuring the classic Don Post Studios Silver Shamrock masks. There are 6 buttons per pack for only $9.99. These are limited to only 100 sets. When they're gone they're gone so get yours today...





Thursday, April 21, 2016

2016 Death Studios Sneak Peaks

Still a ways to go before resuming regular posting, but in the meantime, here are the Death Studios sneak peek sculptures for the upcoming 2016 line-up. Although these photos have been online since February,  it's been an annual tradition to post pics of the DS sneak peek sculpts here for many years. Plus, it felt good to log into the ol' blog again ;-)


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Masks of Halloween III: The Crimson Ghost Mask Room

This video by the Crimson Ghost Mask Room is easily the most informative single source of information ever created on the Don Post Studios Halloween III masks. If you're a fan of the film, this video is a must watch...














Sunday, March 13, 2016

While I'm still several months away from resuming regular posting, I thought it would be nice to post updates on the Devil's Workshop 20th Anniversary releases that have (and will) be coming out in 2016...

The first 20th anniversary release of the year is a one-off Crypt Keeper. The Crypt Keeper was originally released back in 1997 as "The Keeper" and was the first official replica collector series mask produced by the Devil's Workshop and was limited to 18 copies.


This was the Crypt Keeper copy released this past January.
 The finishes of the Keeper varied as the run went on. This is how the mask was finished near the end of the run...

Compared to how the first copies looked...


Here is a scan of the original mail-order flyer featuring the Crypt Keeper from the 1997 Devil's Workshop catalog...

The ol' bag of bones made an appearance in David Lady's Guide to Monster Masks...

 Here is another shot of the Keeper along with the other collector series replicas that the Devil's Workshop was offering around 2000-2001...

With the February release already in the books, expect another post here covering the history of that mask  sometime soon. And keep your eyes on the Devil's Workshop Instagram page for the March release coming up soon...



Monday, January 18, 2016

Weird and Wacky

Whew! It's been a crazy week here in Phantomland. Your ol' pal and the Mrs. have two new additions to the family in the form of newborn twin girls. I'll be taking longer breaks in between posts for a several months. I'll be needing spare time to catch up on sleep and to hang with the gals. In addition, I want to reserve any spare computer time for promoting the Devil's Workshop 20th anniversary. So in between new posts, enjoy the archives.

I also plan to open up a small store to sell the occasional mask. I have a handful that I no longer have room for from my personal collection that need good homes. I also have a good stack of old mask catalogs that I'll be selling here too.

Friday, January 15, 2016

1973 Collegeville Catalog

An incomplete version of the 1973 Collegeville Catalog was previously posted here back on the Blood Curdling Blog of Monsters Masks back in 2012. Here now is a complete version scanned cover to cover...