HorrorBlock #7: Is anybody there?

I realised the other day that my blog has largely become a “posting what I got in my HorrorBlock” blog. Every time I say I’m going to do something more with it, like review a couple of films or games, I don’t. I really should but to be honest I haven’t watched a film at all this year. Even when I was on holiday last week I didn’t watch a film (okay, I tried to watch The Babadook but freaked myself out about 15mins in), which is a bit shocking really when I think back to the time I used to go to the cinema pretty much every day. I’ve got a very long weekend coming up next week with absolutely nothing planned (I was supposed to be doing my final exam that week but I withdrew from the module and cover had already been arranged so may as well have the time off!) so I should do something other than sit in front of my laptop.

I also have a decision to make about continuing my HorrorBlock. On Thursday night last week, the Daily Mail gossip columnist Baz Bamigboye posted on Twitter that the musical Motown is opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre in February 2016, tickets now on sale. That means that Memphis (show I work on) is not booking past October 24th so I’m out of work from October. Hopefully I can get on Motown but that still leaves a gap which again hopefully I can fill with casual work and possibly panto. Money is not tight but I need to make sure I have enough saved up in case I’m not as lucky with finding work to fill the dark period. At the moment, I it’s a fun treat which definitely cheers me up but it is a luxury.

Right so, on to the fun bit!

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HorrorBlock #6: Are you Afraid of the Dark?

I was beginning to worry that April’s HorrorBlock was MIA but it arrived all happy this morning. The first thing I noticed was that it was really heavy, which probably explains why this one took longer than the others to arrive. No matter though, it means there won’t be as long a gap before May’s HorrorBlock arrives 😛 (apparently there’s another bit of Hannibal merchandise this month).

So the big question, what as in the box which made it so heavy?

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HorrorBlock #5: I know what you did

March’s HorrorBlock has arrived so that means it’s time for my favourite activity – unboxing!

I’ve got a new phone so must apologise for the quality of the photographs as this phone (HTC Desire 510) doesn’t have a camera anywhere near the same quality as my old one (Nokia Lumia 925). I could always break out my actual camera but with DropBox integration there’s a few less steps to take and I’m lazy 😛

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HorrorBlock #4: Don’t Look

My love affair with the HorrorBlock just keeps growing! This month there is a wonderful and awesome array of things which I would actually buy for myself! Not that the ClassicBlock’s I’ve received haven’t been interesting, they were more broadly geeky and evidentially I’m not that sort of geek. I don’t think there are many people reading this blog, or at least not many people who also subscribe to the NerdBlock’s but I would definitely be interesting in hearing from other people about their views on the blocks.

So, what did I get this month?


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HorrorBlock #3: It came from beneath the bed

I was out when my NerdBlock was delivered so I rearranged for Tuesday which also happened to be the day my third HorrorBlock arrived so today I got to have two unboxings. It was a little like Christmas, but more geeky and with less socks (which is sad, I love socks).

I’ve been really enjoying the HorrorBlocks. The thing is, I’m not particularly into horror films – I often like the concepts but am too scared to watch them by myself. I still try, then spend half the night regretting it. I’ve got The Babadook to watch and by all accounts this is going to be one of the scary ones. Wish me luck on that. Last week I went with my mum to the British Library’s exhibition on Gothic: Terror and Wonder (it’s now finished, sorry) and it was wonderful. I love ghost stories and creepy abandoned buildings.

Anyway, what’s in the box?


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HorrorBlock #2: The Reckoning

Yesterday my first ArcadeBlock arrived and this morning my second HorrorBlock made an appearance. Definitely a welcome treat on a freezing wet Saturday morning when I have a matinee to look forward to.

Last months HorrorBlock was themed with official Hannibal merchandise so I was very interested to see what a non-themed HorrorBlock would contain. I should probably talk about the cost of these. I’m in the UK and NerdBlock is based in Canada so the shipping does make it a bit prohibitive, the blocks start at $19.99 (£13.04) and shipping to the UK is $12.50 (£8) – grand total of £21. This is why I’m on the fence about continuing long term. It’s a fun gift to receive and typically if I were to buy the geeky t-shirt on it’s own it would be around £20 but that’s not something I do every month. They make managing your account reasonably easy, although you do have to email them to cancel and as I haven’t tried doing that yet I don’t know how easy it is. I can’t imagine they make it difficult.

Anyway, on with the second unblocking!


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HorrorBlock #1: The Great Unboxing

The NerdBlock caught my eye some time ago. The idea of getting a box of nerdly treats each month intrigued me but I was never sure if it was worth a commitment. I watched a few unboxing videos to see what the content was like and what I saw only added to my intrigue. I’m an unashamed fan of the geeky t-shirt (the majority of my tshirts come from Rift Apparel and Last Exit to Nowhere) and I collect a variety of random figures.

Last month they announced that the November HorrorBlock would contain Hannibal merchandise. I don’t know if I’ve written about my love for Silence of Lambs and Thomas Harris’s expanded Hannibal Lecter universe but Silence of the Lambs is my all time favourite film and one of my favourite books. When I heard they were making a TV series prequel to Red Dragon I was against the idea, knowing what made Hannibal Hannibal was something I wasn’t interested in. The brief scene in the book Hannibal was enough for me. I own Hannibal Rising but hadn’t read or seen the film (still haven’t). Friends insisted I’d like the series and whilst spending time with some awesome friends of mine, we watched the first few episodes of the TV series. Almost instantly I was hooked and managed to devour the entirety of series 1 over the next few days, then promptly started on series 2. I very quickly caught up with the US and had to suffer patiently for the each subsequent episode. I stayed up to about 5am to watch the series finale…on the final WWRY matinee day. Totally worth it.

So being a bit of a sucker for merchandise, I decided to give the HorrorBlock a go


The Box arrives. Unfortunately because of customs it does rather spoil the mystery when you have the box contents on the front.

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