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Springtime in Arkham
image This should appeal to all H.P. Lovecraft fans. It's Springtime in Arkham, a collection of scents inspired by the world of Lovecraft. For only $155 you can buy the entire set, sold together as the 'Gibbering Madness Pack: More eternal evil than you can shake a stick at'. The fact that these are only available from April 1 to June 1 makes it all seem a little like an April Fool's day joke, but I think they're quite real. I'm actually tempted to buy the CTHULHU scent: A creeping, wet, slithering scent, dripping with seaweed, oceanic plants and dark, unfathomable waters.
Categories: Literature/Language, Paranormal
Posted by The Curator on Mon Apr 04, 2005
Comments (20)
Definitely something I would buy if I were rich.
Posted by Citizen Premier  in  spite of public outcry  on  Mon Apr 04, 2005  at  05:30 AM
Alex, if you buy that stuff, you got to mail me a sample. Just spray some on a dollar bill and mail it to me.
Posted by X  in  McKinney, TX  on  Mon Apr 04, 2005  at  11:24 AM
Better yet, a $155 dollar bill.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Mon Apr 04, 2005  at  12:05 PM
I've been wanting this for years:
http://www.toyvault.com/cthulhu/plush_cthulhu.html
Posted by Winona  in  USA  on  Mon Apr 04, 2005  at  12:06 PM
What in the world is that thing....You got some small strange issues Winona. Soooo, you Single??
Posted by X  in  McKinney, TX  on  Mon Apr 04, 2005  at  12:29 PM
LOL!!!! Nope. smile
Posted by Winona  in  USA  on  Mon Apr 04, 2005  at  12:48 PM
Slowly, the gaping maw of Agh-Argh-Ack opened, and his spiked tentacles thrust Stephen into its endless depths. Flames lept about the room, and the howl of Hell's Chorus of The Damned rose in a deafening roar, as the foundations of the cursed old mansion crumbled beneath them, swallowing Stephen and the Great Snot God forever... I Love 'Craft
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Mon Apr 04, 2005  at  07:52 PM
if you enter the site, at the bottom of the Welcome page you will see:

UPDATED: April Fool's Day, 2005. 2am, or thereabouts.

What I found most perplexing were the links to charities:

A portion of the profits will be donated to the following charities in an effort to boost our fundraising efforts: Safe Haven For Donkeys in the Holy Land, Bat Conservation International, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program, and the Animal Assistance League of Orange County.

These charities sound kinda bogus on the face of it, but upon examination actually appear legit. An amusing twist.
Posted by andychrist  on  Mon Apr 04, 2005  at  08:53 PM
I think Bat Conservation International is a real and legitimate organization.
I haven't heard of any of the others.
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Tue Apr 05, 2005  at  05:40 PM
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is definitely a real charity, so is Bat Conservation International.
(I guess it says a lot about me, that I'm familiar with these two groups, come to think of it.) };-)

BTW, The individual scents are only(?) fifteen bucks a pop.
5 ml in a blue glass bottle, that's what, like 5 drops?
(Just looked it up, it's equal to 0.17 ounces, American.)
Posted by Captain DaFt  on  Wed Apr 06, 2005  at  12:36 AM
That's the same size as those tiny little tubes Avon ladies give out for free. (I used to sell Avon, can you believe it?)
Posted by Winona  in  USA  on  Wed Apr 06, 2005  at  12:36 PM
Yes. Yes I can. It explains so much.

wink
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Wed Apr 06, 2005  at  12:39 PM
Winona, so did I when I was in my early teens. It wasn't the coolest job, or the best way to make money, but I enjoyed the special offers I got!
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Wed Apr 06, 2005  at  12:39 PM
Chary: mad

Boo: yep, the money sucks, but I saved money on tons of stuff. And I was the coolest Avon lady in the district, lol. (Or at least the only one with purple hair for a short period of time)
Posted by Winona  in  USA  on  Wed Apr 06, 2005  at  12:48 PM
Ha! I was the only one with pink hair.
smile
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Wed Apr 06, 2005  at  12:58 PM
Aren't we the rebels. LOL
Posted by Winona  in  USA  on  Wed Apr 06, 2005  at  01:19 PM
Cap'n Daft, 5 ml. is very close to one teaspoon in American liquid measure.
Depending on how strong the scent is, it would be enough for anywhere from one to a few uses. At $15, that seems pretty expensive to me, but then I don't buy much perfume.
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Wed Apr 06, 2005  at  07:34 PM
Black Phoenix is a real parfume company. The reason their parfumes are so expensive is because they are pure oils rather than mixed with distilled water or alcohol. They have a distinct morbid/literary/mythological theme for most of their scents, so the lovecraft line could very well be real. smile
Posted by GJ  in  GA, USA  on  Wed Apr 06, 2005  at  10:11 PM
I have only just found this site and yes, I can assure you that Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land does exist! It is a British charity, working in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, which not only cares for tortured and abandoned donkeys but which also provides free veterinary care for working donkeys, animals which are absolutely vital to their owners.

Check out http://www.safehaven4donkeys.org for more information!
Posted by Wendy  in  UK  on  Wed Jan 04, 2006  at  12:11 PM
I have, in fact, purchased one of the perfumes from the "springtime in arkham" line, though just this year. It must have been a leftover. Quite nice.
Posted by Vryce  on  Mon Oct 23, 2006  at  10:51 PM
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