If all is going as planned I’m in Japan right now so while I’m away I’m sharing some of the most viewed posts of the last 12 years. This one was from 2014. And I still have my lovely fiji mermaid…
It takes a lot to faze me. Consider me fazed.
So, I get weird shit in the mail all the time because I have readers who know me and who see weird shit and automatically think of me. I’d like to think that’s a compliment. Last week someone sent me a severed hand on a stick. I’ve gotten scrotums and cobras and a box of dead hamster and books on Victorian venereal diseases and old taxidermy manuals and each time I think “My God, I’ve found my tribe” and Victor thinks “Is it too late to divorce her?” And the answer to both of these is a resounding “Oh, hell yes“.
And today I opened a box from a reader (Stefano) who I once met at a reading. He is lovely and Italian and he found this in a small shop in New York and thought I needed to have it because his wife was afraid it was going to eat their faces off while they slept.
She has a point, Stefano.
Hang on. I’m shrinking down more pictures. You need to see the rest of this but it’s publishing slowly. Probably because this creature is busy eating your computer screen so it can get to you. Just saying.
Photo #2 for everyone going “WHAT IS THAT?”. It’s a mermaid, you guys. Obviously.
It would be easier to say that this terror doesn’t belong in my house, except that it fits perfectly between the insect funeral scenes and the dead mice playing musical instruments.
There’s grass and stuff in its mouth and I want to take it out but I’m pretty sure that’s a trick to get you to feed yourself to it. Not falling for it, mermaid.
Regardless, the bar has been set, people.
Stefano, my hat is off to you. Also, please clean out a spare bedroom as we will be sleeping at your house until we have ours blessed by a priest. A young one and an old one.
PS. Someone asked what the cats think of it. Ferris Mewler is hidden in a cupboard. Hunter S. Thomcat is keeping an eye on the situation.
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Omg. That is equal parts horrifying and amazing. Hope Japan is 100% amazing.
I…….I…. That is some weirdass shit, right there.
I’m sorry, that’s all I’ve got. Glad to see that Hunter is on the ball, Have he and Ferris adjusted to it? I mean, like, no trying to eat any residual organic matter, or anything like that?
This mermaid is legitimately the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen, and bear in mind I watched every episode of The O.C.
Find “Trilogy of Terror” on youTube starring Karen Black. Watch the 3rd vignette. You will find that it reminds you a lot of this creature. Do not put it in the stove. I know this is an older post so I hope it’s not too late. Otherwise, well done Stefano!
I think his face is so cute!
Well, there’s my nightmare material for the next month.
I love you and everyone who follows you, reads your blog posts, comments on your blog posts, everything. It is such an amazing and inspirational group of people. And this post is epic, lol.
Happy to see you looking so beautiful in Japan!
I am new to your blog so I am totally delighted to read the blogs you are resending. Mercy! How you help me. Read all your books and am slowly colouring « You are Here ». Hope your trip is full joy.
I choked and spit my breakfast all over when I saw this thing. I was SO not ready for that level of weirdness! I should’ve heeded the warning signs. 😳
I love her! I feel like she could make a great guardian for a household provided you make sure to feed her (only using people that deserve it, of course!)
This is just….I mean, just the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen. Like horror story weird, not Silence of the Lambs weird but just, oh god I have no words….
You’ve done it again Jenny, you’ve managed to leave me speechless and that’s not easy to do mind you!
With all the stuff your readers have sent, you will definitely have decor to spare for the bookstore. I hope to see this one greeting people on the way in.
It’s a Fiji Mermaid! (Often spelled “Feejee.”) They used to be a common sideshow gaff, usually made from a monkey and a fish taxidermied together.
This one looks more sculpted than taxidermied, though.
Oh, my God! The horror!! Run away quick with everyone in your house! It is a demon that will sneakily consume you, and you all will become podmermen, podmermaids, podmercats, and a podmerdog! Don’t delay! I mean, of course, after you get home from (Japan!).
This is the very best thing I’ve ever seen. Ever. In this life and any other one I’ve ever had. Do you ever find it in a different location in the house? 😮 And where do people send these treasures? A PO Box in a Catholic church nearby, just in case?
I am so jealous. This thing makes my skull drawer seem like a Barbie doll collection.
It’s a Sanded Grootfish. Poor Groot. Hey, but it sounds like lutefisk, so it must be legit.
A book abot this. https://www.amazon.com/Mermaid-Mrs-Hancock-Novel/dp/0062859951/ref=sr_1_1?crid=32323435ISKQS&keywords=the+mermaid+and+mrs.+hancock&qid=1560363127&s=books&sprefix=The+merm%2Caps%2C183&sr=1-1
I think you should forward this to Guillermo del Toro and Stephen King. They need new horror ideas! And, if they don’t already know about you, the three of you need to exchange contact information!
Do you still have this thing?
I’m impressed you didn’t have to move in with Stefano. That is one of the more terrifying things I’ve seen. Incidentally- I didn’t plan on reading the phrase,” It fits perfectly between the insect funeral scenes and the dead mice playing instruments” but it was exactly what I needed.
My favorite thing on the internet today. #deathmermaidgoals
You definitely need to read Mira Grant’s “Into the Drowning Deep”. That would fit right into that book.
A similar Figi Mermaid used to hang in the Little Curiosity Shop in Seattle! Next to the mummies and the piece of rice with the lord’s prayer written on it. Not sure if it is still there-the waterfront has changed lots over the past few years, but if you get a chance it is worth the trip. Plus we’d love to see you up here!
Does anyone else think this looks like Groot?
As a priest (a relatively young one), I’m curious if you ever got your house blessed or the mermaid exorcised?
Hope you are having an AWESOME time
Go to the robot restaurant & send us other tips on where to go & what to see! My son is flying there to visit friends the end of July as a graduation present!
Hey Stefano? The weirdest thing I own is a Mongolian Sheep Knee. Can you hook me up?
I’m fairly certain this just stopped showing up in my dreams from last time and now it’s back. I love how you make the horrifying to approachable. I always want to turn away, but you not only look, you take it into your home. It’s a lesson to me. 🙂
How did I miss the original post?? THIS IS AWESOME. And by awesome, I mean I want it and it will totally haunt my dreams. Also, I keep getting the feeling that she and Copernicus would make a lovely couple.
I forgot to post the other day that “Please standby for a demonstration of relevancy” is the single best demonstration of the power of the internet.
I read that, imaging you hitting Send, Jose rolling his eyes at the stupid bitch, and their IT department suddenly screaming “HOLY SHIT WE ARE UNDER ATTACK” until their whole system crashes and takes down the lights too. And Jose sits trembling in the dark…
I assume you’re aware that the Demonstration of Relevancy made it into the news feed of the PR industry? Mostly as a ‘how not to PR’ and ‘how to not internet.’
Wow! That’s a fricking Fiji Mermaid! PT Barnum came up with them back in the day and had them in his sideshows. The front half is more than likely a mummified monkey attached to some sort of fish.
HEB now offers Mermaid ice cream.
It boasts “sweet teal glitter swirls.”
I thought that was the most horrifying mermaid thing anyone could possibly dream up.
So thank you for this reminder of something even worse!
YOUR HOUSE MUST BE HUGE, because you seem to have a number of strange and oddly beautiful things displayed in it. I never thought I would live to see the day when I would open my email and see a mermaid skeleton. I am humbled by your taste in art.
Actually it kind of reminds me of Groot and since I love most things marvel its kinda cute…
I’m pretty sure I saw that on an episode of the X-Files…
This is equally terrifying and mesmerizing. Also, I may need to have my phone blessed. I am sure there is some weeping angles shit going on (that which holds the image of a creepy ass mermaid becomes the mermaid).
It’s weird because I totally started off reading this and was terrified.
By the end of it, I’m entranced and kind of in love with it?
Which I think means that it can curse people through photographs.
After I saw this post in 2014, I immediately went about trying to find this for myself.
And I did. The exact same one.
She lives in my office.
I named her Rapunzel.
I love her!
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OMG! This is such a weird but sweet thing I have read about today! Hats off to you for bringing this out!
Is it me or does that mermaids face look like groot?
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