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Yesterday marked the 80th anniversary of the death of H.P. Lovecraft, one of the grand masters of horror fiction.

We’re big fans of his work here at Storied Threads and have several items inspired by his tales of cosmic horror, so in honor of the anniversary of his passing, here are a few of our very favorites. You might say we’re mad for them.

Cthulhu Tablet 1We have a variety of bags with a Lovecraft theme, including the “Cthulhu Waits Dreaming” bags, which are available in messenger ($36), tablet ($51), and laptop sizes ($56). The tablet and laptop sizes are padded to protect your electronics against Shoggoths, Byakhees, and other things that go bump in the night.

 

 

YellowSign1While the character the King in Yellow and his sigil, the Yellow Sign, are widely associated with Lovecraft, those concepts were actually created by Robert Chambers, a “weird fiction” writer who influenced Lovecraft, and over time Chambers’ creation was absorbed into the so-called Lovecraft Mythos. One of our more popular items is this Yellow Sign embroidered bookmark ($8) bearing the slogan, “The play’s the thing.” Yes, the quote is from Shakespeare, but it was too good of an eerie joke to pass up.

 

This re-animator Geek Merit Badge ($8) was inspired directly more by the film Reanimator starring cult fave Jeffrey Combs than by the Lovecraft story Hebert West: Reanimator in that the syringe’s mysterious contents glow in the dark, but either way, this patch is Lovecraftian at heart.

 

 

MiskatonicU2A recurring location in the Lovecraft stories was the fiction college Miskatonic University, which was said to be modeled after Brown University in Lovecraft’s home city of Providence, Rhode Island. If you’re a self-styled alumnus of this revered yet troubled institution of higher learning, grab one of our Miskatonic U neckties ($17) to impress your friends at your next class reunion.

You can find these and other Lovecraft-inspired creations under the Literature section of our web store.

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…but it’s aliens.

ufologistFirst up in our collection of out-of-this-world patches is a couple of Geek Merit Badges, starting with the UFOlogist ($8), for that aspiring flying saucer-seeker. This patch features a glow-in-the-dark tractor beam for a special extra(terrestrial) touch.

 

 

 

xenolinguisticsOnce you’ve been abducted, you’ll want to communicate with your new alien friends, at least well enough to ask them not to experiment on you. For that handy skill we have the Xenolinguistics Geek Merit Badge ($8). Fun fact: the alien language is actually the word “hello” spelled out in Microsoft Word wingdings!

WarOfWorlds

 

Sadly, alien visitors are not always friendly. Sometimes they just want to burn our civilization to the ground and terraform the planet — such as the invading Martians did in H.G. Wells’ classic War of the Worlds. Our War of the Worlds-inspired bookmark ($10) depicts a Martian tripod turning its deadly heat ray on London.

XFilesOf course, you might not believe in little green men, so for you skeptics we have one of our all-time best-selling items, the X-Files-inspired “I Want to Believe” patch ($8). We also make this design available on small messenger bags ($38) and tablet bags ($53). Want it on a laptop-size bag? Contact us and ask us about it!

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On Tuesday we unveiled our new Notorious RBG patch, so in keeping with the theme of persistent women, we’d like to spotlight a few designs that should appeal to strong women — and those who stand behind them.

PawneeGoddessesFirst we have the Pawnee Goddess patch ($14), one of our best sellers. Wear this and let everyone know you are a goddess, a glorious female warrior, queen of all that you survey, and enemies of fairness and equality will hear your womanly roar.

 

 

 

Though She Be LittleNext is another favorite among our customers, the “Though she be but little, she is fierce” patch ($7), quoting the great line from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The quote is also available on an embroidered bookmark ($8).

 

 

 

poc-superheroEven if you don’t have superhuman abilities, you might be a real-life superhero — someone who gives of herself to benefit others and fights injustice wherever you find it. For you, we have the Superhero Geek Merit Badge ($8). We have four variations, for women and men, for people of color and in Caucasian flesh tone.

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Today is Groundhog Day, which people know either as the day people disturb some poor sleeping marmot to inaccurately predict the weather for the next six weeks, or as the Bill Murray comedy about a weatherman trapped in a time loop with Andie MacDowell.

time-travellerWe prefer the latter, personally, so in honor of that fine piece of comedic cinema, we’re going to do a little time-traveling, starting with our Time Traveler Geek Merit Badge ($8 on our web store). We’d like to point out it’s totally coincidental that our design invokes the opening credits for the current iteration of Doctor Who. Our patch came out several years before Peter Capaldi stepped onto the TARDIS.

 

tardis-scarfSpeaking of the good Doctor, we all know that he has quite the fashion sense. So can you if you buy one of our Time Lord Seal scarves to keep warm this winter (however many weeks it may last. We’re looking at you, Mr. Groundhog). This scarf ($21 on our web store) is made of soft blue cotton flannel and is embroidered in silvery-gray thread.

Doctors Name Small 2

 

 

Now, we admit that our Doctor’s Name messenger bags aren’t bigger on the inside, but they have plenty of space to hold a hardcover book (messenger size, $36 on our web store), a tablet computer (tablet/netbook size, $51 on our web store), or a full-size laptop (laptop size, $56 on our web store). The tablet and laptop sizes are padded to protect electronics and have adjustable straps.

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It’s no secret we here at Storied Threads are avid readers and draw a lot of inspiration from our favorite books — and we’re definitely in a literary frame of mind as Boskone, a Boston-based convention that focuses heavily on genre literature, is coming up in a few weeks.

(Sorry, folks, we won’t be there vending, we’re just going to actually go to the con as guests. That’ll be a new experience!)

bibliophileSo this week we’re spotlighting some items that should be of interest to our reader friends, starting with the Bibliophile Geek Merit Badge ($7). We also offer variations of this design on an embroidered bookmark and on a messenger bag. FYI, we haven’t made tablet or laptop sizes in this design yet, but if that sounds like something you or a fellow reader would be interested in, drop us a line and ask about a custom order!

me-timeSpeaking of bookmarks, we have several designs listed in our Literature section, but I’m going to spotlight the “Me Time” bookmark ($8).

We came up with this idea after hearing a lot of stories — too many, in our opinion — of people being harassed in coffee shops and on public transit while they were just trying to sit and read in peace.

Make sure the top of this bookmark is peeking out and send a clear message that you’re not there to chat, you’re there to read.

 

 

Nevermore Messenger Bag

Nevermore Messenger Bag

While we honor several great authors, we’re going to pick on Edgar Allan Poe for our final item, a messenger bag bearing the most famous line he ever wrote, from the poem The Raven ($34). As it happens, the basic messenger bag is the perfect size for holding a hardcover or trade paperback size book!

Remember, these and other designs are also available as stickers, laptop skins, T-shirts, and more at our Redbubble store.

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One of the gifts we received at Christmas was a copy of the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot. While the original is still our favorite, we enjoyed the new version a lot (and I think we can all agree it was WAY better than Ghostbusters 2).

mass-hysteriaWith that in mind, this week we’re spotlighting some of our ghostly designs, starting with a patch inspired by one of the many, many quotable lines from the original film. The Mass Hysteria! patch ($10 at our web store) features a cat and a dog living together in perfect harmony — surely a sign of the end of days.

 

 

Ghost HunterNext, for all you aspiring Ghostbusters, we have the Ghost Hunter Geek Merit Badge ($8 at our web store), which features a ghost that glows in the dark. Oooo, spooky!

Finally we have this simple patch featuring a cute little ghost trying its best to scare you (and failing adorably). This ghost also glows in the dark (as shown below), and you can get it from our webstore for just $8.

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On Tuesday we debuted our safety pin patch to benefit the ACLU, and today I wanted to remind people of two other patches we sell that support charitable causes.

Cosplay is not ConsentOur first fundraising patch is our Cosplay Does Not Equal Consent patch, which we created in response to stories of women getting harassed and assaulted at conventions. The message here is simple: a sexy, revealing costume does not mean anyone can touch the wearer without her permission. Proceeds from this patch are donated to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN).

bgsdOur other patch is #bgsd, which stands for “bitches get shit done.” This patch is officially sanctioned by the hashtag’s originator, writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Bitch Planet, Captain Marvel), and the proceeds to go her preferred charity, the Girls Leadership Institute.

Please confider giving to these organizations, even if you don’t buy a patch. They’re all very worthy causes and could use all the help they can get.

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