Halloween Special: Tyler Thacker

Moving from the bedroom to airplanes, bed bugs have found a new home. A cheaper alternative to sugar, high fructose corn syrup increases the risk of fatty liver disease, obesity, inflammation, and diabetes. Tyler Thacker’s foray into hyper-realism offers an insidious snapshot of the hyper-ominous afterglow of a contemporary zeitgeist’s shelf-life in a capitalist system. Halloween is always a little frightening, sure, but what’s truly terrifying are the reverberating specters of consumers navigating globalization: aka each one of US! Itching, scratching and gouging our way toward an uncertain future.

Barn Hallows Halloween Special – Darby Milbrath

WARNING: The music you are about to hear is terrifying, not for the faint of heart. For this years’ annual Halloween mix from Darby Milbrath, we’re treated to a truly fearsome sound collage that may just bring you to tears. Spirit music, harmonic chants, nuns, and demonic whisperings from Charles Manson, Darby’s mix is a…

Halloween Special: Olga Abeleva

Is that a monster under my bed, or is it me? Olga Abeleva’s characters, while verging on fantasy, are relatable. They occupy quotidian planes in moments that seem to exist in the psychic space that prefaces a disaster—flames licking the edges of a curtain; a scorned lover chain smoking woefully outside, plotting revenge; a cockroach scuttling toward an unassuming hand; a knife dancing between flesh. Almost as if each painting is a window into the same world, these characters coexist, unaware of the inevitable tragedy doomed to befall them. Sounds pretty scary, right? What’s scarier is thinking about all the ways in which you, dear reader, are unaware of the doom that’s waiting for you—just around the corner! – Rebecca Storm

Halloween Special: Bea Parsons

In the week leading up to October 31st, we will be sharing the bone-chilling work of some of our favourite freaky artists, alongside a hair-raisingly festive little interview! What if you burned everything you feared down to the ground? A smouldering heap of ghosts. Is dominating your fears synonymous with escaping them? Bea Parsons’ work feels…

Char Esme’s Faces

Walking down a dark slanted street in Queens, NY, flickering street lamp, the faint smell of compost. Suddenly overcome with the feeling of dizziness, anxiety, and nausea, you stumble to the edge of the road, sliding yourself against the wall, step by step closer to home. Your grasp on reality is loosening rapidly, like a rope…

Darby Milbrath’s Halloween Mix

Darby Milbrath returns for her annual Halloween mix of scary classical and ambience music. Warbling strings that are thought to be made by the devil. Artwork by Nick Bierk.  Darby Milbrath is a Toronto based artist and editor at Editorial. See more of her work HERE.  

Halloween Special: Somer Stampley

Stampley’s world is a celebration of the dreaded Bitch, a vixen decal slapped on the bumper of a truck speeding towards hell, a murderous nymphomaniac she-devil behind the wheel.

Halloween Special: Emily Mae Smith

A hot bullet sears through a glistening ice cube gouging out a peephole through which can be seen an alluring, anthropomorphic broom. This is the nightmare painted by Brooklyn-based artist Emily Mae Smith. Smith seems haunted by this broom, repeatedly painting it into different contemplative landscapes, as if she can’t escape it.

Halloween Special: Marijpol

Picture a world populated peacefully with monsters—trolls, goblins, people with tentacles for legs, tiny alien people, or giant people coexisting with humans on Earth. Imagine: somewhere in some nondescript home, a demon sits mostly nude on the living room floor and, their children asleep, opens their skull from the back to calmly contemplate a sheet-wrapped corpse.

Quintessa Matranga’s rhetoric

Preemptively enter the underworld through Quintessa Matranga’s rhetoric, as the artist’s latest suite of paintings have already begun their afterlife on their coffin-shaped canvases. These coffins—displaying dislocated body parts bedded in cheetah print, ghouls zipped in leather, demons, dissevered mouths screaming, and dragons descending on hearses—create a poetically macabre narrative between art and distortion, a study of the posthumous by a living artist.

Halloween Special: Kuato Ubiq

Welcome to the beautiful Xerox hellscape that is Kuato Ubiq’s work. It’s an aesthetic born from years of entanglement with the NYC punk scene, his visual work expertly shifting from show fliers to nihilistic futuristic paintings, to freaky animations.

Halloween Special: Rhys Lee

Rhys Lee’s paintings give the impression of having been kept in a basement or attic for decades, destroyed by dank conditions, dust, mold and water damage, and then discovered years later, long after the passing of the subject, their colours still eerily vivid.

Halloween Special: Heather Benjamin

In the week leading up to October 31st, every day we will be sharing the bone-chilling work of one of our favourite freaky artists, alongside a hair-raisingly festive little interview!  John Cale once sang that fear is man’s best friend, and he was right. Although, maybe by best he meant most familiar. Ironically, the only…

Halloween Special: Char Esme

In the week leading up to October 31st, every day we will be sharing the bone-chilling work of one of our favourite freaky artists, alongside a hair-raisingly festive little interview! Stay-tuned! Char Esme lives in Queens, NY but her art kind of indicates that she maybe actually lives in a made-up universe she invented. She…

Halloween Special: Andrea Lukic

In the week leading up to October 31st, every day we will be sharing the bone-chilling work of one of our favourite freaky artists, alongside a hair-raisingly festive little interview! Stay-tuned!  Andrea Lukic is a Vancouver-based artist and zine-maker. She is also the bassist-vocalist in the West Coast punk band Nu Sensae. Her visual art…

Halloween Special: Kim Westfall

In the week leading up to October 31st, every day we will be sharing the bone-chilling work of one of our favourite freaky artists, alongside a hair-raisingly festive little interview! Stay-tuned!  Kim Westfall is a painter who was born in Seoul but now lives in New York City like the rest of the artists who…

Halloween Special: Adrienne Kammerer

In the week leading up to October 31st, every day we will be sharing the bone-chilling work of one of our favourite freaky artists, alongside a hair-raisingly festive little interview! Stay-tuned! The first name we want to feature on our list is Adrienne Marcella Kammerer, a creepy Canadian artist currently exhibiting in Toronto. Working primarily…