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Grinning Skull Studios August New Releases!

18 Aug

Well, it’s that time again, here I am to let you know of the latest 5 releases from us here, please have a look yourselves, or share the links to help this small press hobby publisher out!! For you fantasy RPGers out there, we have 100 Desert Encounters

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Will the new “IT” Movie, see a new wave of Creepy Clown sightings?

13 Jun

A subject not talked about on here for ages is that of the Clown sightings of the past few years. The worldwide craze started by the Northampton Clown, caused much fear and loathing in the community in the UK and US and started a viral sensation that now is but a distant memory.

September sees the release of the new version of Stephen King’s seminal horror, “IT” which I’m sure that we are all familiar with. The movie looks like something most fans of the horror genre will be looking forward to, but maybe not if you’re caulrophobia (Phobic of clowns) but the whole thing has got me thinking that while the whole craze is old hat now, we might be seeing a resurgence of such antics again once the movie has been released.

If you haven’t seen the trailer for the new film yet, where have you been? No longer will we see the great Tim Curry don the guise of the infamous “Pennywise the dancing clown”, but now Bill Skarsgard will play the evil alien entity who disguises itself as a variety of head fucks to feast on the young residents of the town of Derry.

For those of you who haven’t seen the trailer, here it is before we carry on with the discourse.

Looks ok, but the proof of the pudding will be seeing the movie in its entirety. It does look as if the movie will deal with the first part of the story (when they were kids) with a sequel in the works probably to carry on the second part of the story (when they are adults) and have to face “IT” once more to stop its reign of terror.

This aside, I’m pretty sure we are going to get the onslaught of clown sightings as a response to the movie’s release. There will always be some joker (get it?!) ready to put on the clown suit and mask and start scaring people for a variety of reasons, be it for publicity, for viral hits or simply to spite those who live in fear of clowns. This is a big issue, seriously bigger than you’d realise, some people really do have a proper fear of all things clown. the last time I blogged about them, at one point I received 160,000 hits in a day just on one post about the subject and over 100 private messages and emails! A real boost for my humble site stats for sure, but a real eye-opener in terms of how much this subject affects people’s lives and psyches.

I recently took my kids to the circus, myself hoping that the clown/s there would be creepy enough to entertain me (well, I’m not scared of clowns if you’re wondering) but what I ended up finding is that “real career clowns” if I can call them that, are somewhat watered down compared to the traditional idea, which for me at least was a bit disappointing!

What I will do here, is monitor the subject in the media over the course of the movie release, and what I find, I will blog about. One thing is assured this time, is that if my own area sees the return of the Doncaster Clown (or other pretenders to the title) I will try my best to get an interview with the guy, in fact, if there are any other regional clowns, I’ll also try to start up a conversation with them, just to see what motivates these folks to do what they do!

Who knows, I might end up making some clown related PDFs, minis or similar type stuff to cash in on the craze (well, if it happens) and the very least should help me shift some books!

Whatever happens, mark my words. The clowns will return, and I’ll be here to keep you up to date with the associated craziness that comes along with it! Let me know your thoughts and comments on the subject!

A Tale of Two Bossk’s: Cleethorpes Geekabilia 2017

11 Jun

Back in April, I managed to get myself and most of the kids to Cleethorpes in North Lincolnshire (otherwise known as “Cleggy” to us here), not just for a week away with the family, but to attend a small Con they were holding there. I thought I’d share some pics of the event and some thoughts about it!

Now, me and the kids love any kind of attendable Con, so we were quite happy that while we were there enjoying the time away, we’d also get the chance to get to visit the event. Now, amongst the attending guests, I’d heard that Allan Harris, the actor who’d  played the bounty hunter Bossk in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, was attending, so being that Bossk was always one of my fave character in Star Wars, it was an opportunity to maybe grab a selfie with the guy to add to my Bossk selfie collection!

He’s da Bossk!! My mate Bossk. My collection of Bossk Selfies caught so far!

Having arrived we caught a few selfies with the Cosplayers with the kids (and Bossk, who I’m pretty sure is the same guy from before) as the kids really love getting some photos with the various characters in costume!

 

As you can see in the above pic of the girls with Harley Quinn, the guy in the top left-hand side of the photo is Alan Harris. unfortunately, my plans for a selfie with him were scuppered when I found out that grabbing a selfie was going to cost me £5! I’m far too tight for that I’m afraid (having three kids with you intent on emptying your wallet does that for you!) Look, I know the guy has to make a living doing these gigs, but what really put me off was that he was so goddam miserable! It even put me off having a chat to him.

On the plus side, whilst outside, I did spot him having a crafty ciggie which gave me the chance to grab this excellent photo. The pic speaks a thousand words!

Q: Which one is the real Bossk? A: The one having a crafty fag outside!!

Anyway, I’m not going to lie, it was a good day out, we had a laugh, the kids enjoyed it and we got chance to stick some pics in the family album (and you also got to see my Blue hair Mk2, which is now Mk4 by the way!) Not the best of Cons (It was pretty small) but a good effort none the less. Plus, I did come out with a pretty sweet haul of Tees (Punisher & Walking Dead) so I’d say it was worth going!

I’ll be attending Sheffield Comic Con in a few months time, so I’ll take some pics there to hopefully share with you lot, so if you see me there, don’t be shy and come and have a chat with this blue-haired bastard!

Another General Election, same old bag of shit. Grinning Skull’s politics rant!

7 Jun

Well, it’s a subject that I don’t entertain very often, the reason being, I fucking hate politics.

For us here in the UK, we have a General Election tomorrow to see which c**t gets put into office (or stays in) but while I usually exercise my right to vote, this year I can’t be bothered.

I have decided that however I vote, the chances are it’ll end up being one of these freaks in power. None of them are either inspiring, nor are they a strong leader I’d prefer to run this broken country I live in. Full of lies, full of broken promises, political candidates parade around kissing babies and arses, just to secure your votes, and if you are fool enough to swallow their bullshit, more fool you.

Now, I don’t want to start a discourse on here about how one party is better than the other, in my opinion, they are all the same. Nor do I want to upset any of you with your views, you vote for any you like, just that they offer nothing that I’m buying.

I’m sick of hearing about how they are going to sort things out, the economy, terrorism, health service, public sector, immigration, defence etc etc etc…Fuck it, all they ever do is squabble and back peddle. No matter how I would have voted, the results will always be the same.

A long time ago I would have voted LibDem (free the weed and all that) but after their cosying in bed with the Tories last time, what is the point? Plus Farron is not someone I could see fighting for us Brits on the international stage. It’s not like my vote would even count in my area anyway, it’s so up Labours arse round here, there’s no doubt that they’ll get in here yet again, absolutely pointless.

Whatever happens, the country will be broken. The SNP will eventually split the union (On a side note, why do the SNP leaders of late have second names of fish? Salmond, Sturgeon, what next Carp, Eel, Squid?) The NHS will end up overstretched and we’ll all have to pay up or die for medical help. Prices will go up and up and up and up, squeezing us for our last drops of blood.

There is nothing to inspire by having an election, just like the Brexit referendum that has just left chaos and doom, the only hope there seems to be is that of the movies and fiction. Still, at least the rest of the world is fucked as well, we’ll all go down together when the space brothers come and farm us for meat.

This’ll be the last time I even mention the subject, I’d rather not think about it. Time to put my fingers in my ears and sing “lalalalalalalalalala….” until it’s quiet again, I’ll just wake up the next morning and get on with things as if these monsters don’t exist…

Grinning Skull Treasure Items 1, Bundle, Out Now.

26 Mar

Just to let you know, there is now a new bundle collection of PDFs available from our publisher pages. All themed to treasure and loot!

To get your bundle now, click here, or visit our publisher page for our other publications.

 

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