Hi! I’m Hellen Die, researcher, chef, food stylist, photographer, writer and dishwasher of The Necro-Nom-Nom-Nomicon.
The “Nom” is all about putting the “gore” in gourmet and will take you through every stage of a horror-themed dinner party, from appetizers to soups and salads, side dishes, home-made bread and crackers, hearty main courses, sweet desserts, and drinks. These recipes all include 100% edible and readily obtainable (or easily sourced) ingredients like squid ink, fresh produce, and — for the truly brave — consumption grade insects.
The Necro-Nom-Nom-Nomicon is a carefully curated collection of elegant recipes and techniques I’ve spent the past 20 years perfecting. There are no ‘beanie weenie hot dog spiders’ or ‘banana pop ghosts with chocolate chip eyes’ in this book. Instead, it’s full of step-by-step recipes aimed at a more mature palate. Yes, it looks like I’m serving you a real flayed human skull, but take a bite — it’s gourmet prosciutto. Oh, and those bubonic plague boils? Buttery flaky pastry dough filled with fresh zesty lemon curd. Here, why not wash that all down with a light and refreshing AB+ blood shooter? And who could resist a truly disgusting, but delicious slice of anatomically correct “Death by Chocolate” cake, complete with an embedded white chocolate skull?
Around here, I’m pretty much a one-demon show, but I do share taste-testing duties with my ever-present partner and crime, Lucifur the Lord of Barkness.
She may be tiny, but she is 9 pounds of furry fury and helps keep me in line, on track, and churning out disgustingly delicious treats. She also manages most of my social media accounts and responds to all fan mail.
A little history about where I come from and how I do what I do:
I’ve been employed for over 15 years in Hollywood in film and television and spent the majority of that time working on horror films. I’m a member of both the DGA as well as the WGA. I’ve done everything from write episodes for the wildly popular and bloody Syfy series, “Z Nation,” to costume design “Sharknado 3” and “Sharknado 5.” I’ve built props and slung blood for horror films like “Hatchet,” and “Hansel vs Gretel,” and now I’m taking all those experiences scaring people and moving them from the (big and small) screen into the kitchen.
In 2017 I was recognized by Saveur magazine for my work and was the people’s choice for “most obsessive” blog.
If you have any questions you want to ask me that haven’t been answered here, feel free to reach out to me via my Contact page or on any of my social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!
If you’re a brand representative wanting to partner with me, looking for product placement opportunities, or if you’re interested in working with me to create a recipe, photos, and/or blog posts for your company, please visit my Work With Me Page or send me an email so we can discuss how I can help you and/or your company.
So, from the kitchen of the little girl who grew up with a family who lovingly called her “The Devil’s Spawn,” may I say to you…
Hellen Die (and Lucifur)