Halloween Meltdown ’15: LEGO!

legoBansheeEarlier every year, right? I know, it’s only August, but I’m not going to be in the US for Halloween, so I need to get my fix while I still can.

Those of you who aren’t Lego nerds may not be aware of the company’s ongoing Minifigures line. Understandable, given that you’re (presumably) mature, reasonable adults. I, however, am not, and I love Lego, and I love monsters. So I’m thrilled to learn that the next series of minifigures is all about, er, monsters.

The Brothers Brick have the whole set of photos over on their excellent Lego-centric blog. The series has a werewolf, a bunch of zombies, a gargoyle, a very cool ghost, and more. It’s not as good as a reboot of the Monster Fighters line, but it’s still pretty cool.

My favorite of the bunch is the banshee, and I will seriously stand in the Lego aisle at Target for three hours feeling through the blind packs until I find the damned thing. That is how awesome I am.

Eastward Bound… Again

I’ve been a bad blogger again, I know. Lots of writing and editing and dissertating (about one chapter left!) and other tomfoolery have taken up most of my brainspace lately. Now it seems I’m heading back to Japan at the end of August, and this time I’ll be there for quite a while. I’ll be teaching English, and while there’s no definite time frame, odds are good I’ll be there for at least a year.

So anyway, stuff’s nuts, yo. But I’m still here, and I hope to post some stuff on this thing pretty soon. In the meantime, I thought I’d take a second to shamelessly promote a thing we did, a book sort of thing, which will be out later this year. The Folkloresque: Reframing Folklore in a Popular Culture World is due out November 1 from Utah State University Press. It’s about how pop culture uses folklore and creates new folklore, and other cool things. The different contributors explore topics like anime, comic books, British fairylore, and video games. (I wrote a chapter about video games… guess which ones.)

If you haven’t already, check me out over at HorrorTalk.com, where I’ve been somewhat more active because they give me movies to watch and deadlines and such, and like any good grad student I can’t actually get anything done unless somebody’s hovering over me waiting to critique my writing.