Newsletter                 Fall-Winter  2006-2007 

A few of Nurse Laural's favorite things: Handmade paddles from Harold (an admirer), a bouquet of lilies from yet another admirer and her October Effigies' Silent Nurse!

October Effigies

A recent addition to the ever growing Medical and Nurse Fetish object d'art collection that challenges the bookshelves and wall space of  Nurse Laural's office, is a wonderful piece from October Effigies, known simply as "Silent Nurse" (photo above). Kerry Kate (artist and owner of October Effigies) is a multi-talented artist who creates beautiful, unique "dolls" literally from a painting! The serendipitous discovery of Kerry Kate's October Effigies, brought forth a mutual admiration... she had been a fan of for years! 

Artist Statement:
I decided to be an artist at an early age. After high school I freelanced in the film industry, working in the art department, props and some wardrobe. I then returned to school part time while I worked as a baker then pastry chef. From there I quit my job and studied art for five years. Majoring in graphic design and oil painting, I also studied web design, photography, video and editing, figure, color theory, art history, theater design and ceramics.

Just out of school I moved to LA from the SF Bay Area. Craving to be creative, but tired of the standard flat canvas, I decided to make my canvases myself by creating my own patterns, stitching fabric together and then stuffing them. I started with the busts and incorporated my dark aesthetic and love for the vintage look. From there I started making torsos and finally got my own anatomy model that I have always wanted. I let my imagination take over and started a small collection. I decided that I would call them Effigies because they feel like stuffed canvases with a spirit. I wanted to set a mood with one word and I felt the word October automatically places you in a nostalgic feeling of time. Hence October Effigies was born.
Initially, I made them for myself and had no idea that I would ever start selling them. I have always loved dolls and really wanted them tailored to my fancy. I started showing them online and got an immediate response. People started offering to buy them right away. At the time it was difficult since I had made them for myself. I soon started building a website for my creations. Things moved into high gear from there. Working everyday, all day I started making them to sell and a small clientele grew.

I incorporate a lot of interests that I have had since I was a child into my dolls. Subjects like the paranormal, abnormalities in nature, superstition, folklore, Halloween, antiques, unusual botany, anatomy and obscure history. Subjects that are darker in aesthetic and hold a sense of mystery and wonder.

I now show both my dolls and paintings in Galleries and at events. People from all over the world have been buying my dolls for themselves and to sell them in their shops. I am also doing a lot of commissioned dolls for people representing a special time in their life, or to represent a mental or physical injury or sickness.

I am starting a company making reproductions of my dolls. ...Now that the dolls will be more affordable, I’m hoping also to design and make large batches of them for bands, occasions and companies since I've gotten a lot of inquires in the past.
-Kerry Kate, October Effigies

October Effigies has been featured in several films including the BLACK DAHLIA and Silent Ghost Cinema's THE GHOST OF SLEEP and MR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM. Kerry Kate's also been featured in print publications such as SPIN Magazine, DOLL MAGAZINE, VIAL and DARK CULTURE MAGAZINE. Her hand painted dolls have been sold and shown in galleries all over the world.

Visit her website:

Medical Fetish Night at Israeli S&M Club 
Article by Simon Trainor of

Walking down the stairs that lead to the restaurant I was awkwardly calm, considering I was about to enter the Dungeon. The tiles of the restaurant were an old brown and green pattern seemingly from the 70's and scattered around were couches and chairs seated around heavy black and red tables. People sat around eating from a selection of cheese platter, sandwiches and chips. Not what I had expected from Israel's only sado-masochist (S&M) and fetish club.

It was my first time working at the club and it looked harmless, the people seemed friendly and the place did not look like a club of any kind let alone a kinky sex club of whips, chains and debauchery.

After being introduced to Amos Levy, the owner of the club, I was even more perplexed. He was a short balding man, wearing a black T-shirt and black jeans, with wide brown eyes and a business manner that one would expect from someone working in stocks and bonds. Then he showed me the Dungeon.

Looking to my right after entering through a heavy metal door were small cages with shackles situated next to the main bar. Above, a gallery or private room, depending on its inhabitancy at the time, looked down onto the dance floor where one can observe whatever show was taking place, two wooden X's strategically placed around the bottom level. I was told this was to accommodate shows of sado-maso the name for whipping and inducing pain upon someone for their own sexual gratification.

The Dungeon is located in Kedumim Square in the old city of Jaffa. The building was erected 300 years ago when Jaffa was under Turkish control and it was not until 1948 that Israel seized control from the local Arab occupants during the Independence War. For about 30 years the building was a club for the rich and the famous called The Cave, and featured prominent performers Yaffe Arkoni and Yoel Sher. Some years later the club was bought and reopened under the name of Van Gough where again it offered society's elite a refuge from the many clubs that had opened during the 90s around Allenby St., some distance from the confines of Jaffa. Just three years ago it became the Dungeon. (cont'd>) 

Our newest addition:
Nurse Victoria!
Ah... what can you say about a sultry diminutive woman who speaks softly, steps quietly yet throws target knives as a form of relaxation? Well, that is exactly what we'd say about Victoria! She works diligently and efficiently all day in our stockroom, almost stealthily processing orders with the rest of the crew, but then... watch out after hours! The vixen emerges!! 

She's quite comfortable on either side of the exam (or bondage) table: Top or bottom [get it?], so she's just as happy being the one tightening the belts around the strait jacket as she is being bound in complete mummification by one of the other nurses! 

Victoria's natural proclivity to low impact entertainment which mirrors her gentle personality include art, theater, reading and hanging out with her cat. However, when the moon is in the Seventh House and Jupiter aligns with Mars1 ...the knives come out, she attends female wrestling matches (only attends, she's not fond of the mud!), drives dune buggies and parties like it's 1999. 

We are so fortunate to have this lovely, often mysterious beauty on our staff, along with the rest of our beautiful, fun loving nurses! 

1-From the song, "Age of Aquarius" by the Fifth Dimension

Nurse Victoria getting ready for an exam by Nurse Cindy!

Trip the Light(ning) Fantastic...
AUSTRALIA -A woman has suffered severe burning to her anus after being struck by lightning which hit her in the mouth and passed right through her body.

Natasha Timarovic, 27, was cleaning her teeth at home when lightning struck the building. 

She said: "I had just put my mouth under the tap to rinse away the toothpaste when the lightning must have struck the building. I don't remember much after that, but I was later told that the lightning had traveled down the water pipe and struck me on the mouth, passing through my body. It was incredibly painful, I felt it pass through my torso and then I don't remember much at all." 

Doctors at the city hospital where she was treated for burns to the mouth and rear said: "The accident is bizarre but not impossible. She was wearing rubber bathroom shoes at the time and so instead of earthing [grounding] through her feet it appears the electricity shot out of her backside," a medic told local television news channel, 24 Sata (Australian News Channel). 

"It appears to have earthed [grounded] through the damp shower curtain that she was touching as she bent over to put her mouth under the tap. If she had not been wearing the shoes she would probably have been killed by the blast." 

MTC editorial: Wow! Electro stimulation has nothing on a lightening strike!

Penis Pumping Judge!
OKLAHOMA - In the trial of the former Oklahoma judge charged with indecent exposure for using a penis pump (among other really gross acts) while on the bench, Donald Thompson, 59, faces felony counts for his alleged lewd behavior while a Creek County District Court jurist (Thompson resigned from the bench in 2004). According to a probable cause affidavit, Thompson exposed himself during three separate times during cases he heard in 2003 (two of which were murder trials!). It alleges that Thompson loudly pumped himself up. Two court employees told investigators that they saw Thompson attach the suction device to his penis and five jurors reported hearing "whooshing" sounds, which they thought were coming from either a bicycle pump, blood pressure cuff, or an air cushion on the judge's chair. After a search of Thompson's former courtroom and chambers yielded items that tested positive for seminal fluid, investigators secured a search warrant to obtain a DNA sample from the ex-jurist. Thompson's demise was triggered <pun intended?> by a complaint filed against him by the Oklahoma Attorney General, who sought to oust the jurist for a variety of illicit behavior. Along with using the penis pump, Thompson also allegedly shaved and oiled his private parts, according to accounts given to state investigators by court employees.  After five hours of deliberation, an Oklahoma jury convicted Donald Thompson of indecent exposure and recommended that the former judge serve a year in prison on each of four felony counts. 

MTC editorial: Hhmmm... what was Judge Wapner doing all those years behind the bench? Or better yet, do you think Judge Judy is working on her Camel Toe?

And yet another Penis Pump Saga
CHICAGO - Cook County prosecutors say a 29-year-old man traveling with his mother desperately didn't want her to know he'd packed a sexual aid for their trip to Turkey. So he told security it was a bomb, officials said.

Madin Azad Amin was stopped by officials on Aug. 16 after guards found an object in his baggage that resembled a grenade, prosecutors said.

When officers asked him to identify it, Amin said it was a bomb, said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto. He later told officials he'd lied about the item because his mother was nearby and he didn't want her to hear that it was part of a penis pump, Scaduto said.

He's been charged with felony disorderly conduct, said Andrew Conklin, a spokesman with the Cook County state's attorney's office. Amin faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

MTC editorial: Yes! Stupidity deserves severe punishment!! 

>Israeli S&M Club (cont'd.)

Amos describes the idea for the club spawning from a conversation with a customer at his internet cafe four years ago. "He said to me, you know what? There is no BDSM club in Israel. I thought that this guy is very crazy. But I checked if there was something in what he said, and I looked at the clubs in London and New York and decided we can do it." 

The main difference separating the Dungeon from those clubs he saw in other countries is the people in the Israeli society. "The people in the other countries, they have a culture of fetish. They come in the dress code and they know the behavior. They give respect to the people who give a session. Here, because most of the people who come are from the outside and not from the community of BDSM, they don't know. It takes time. It was a lot worse and now its better."

Every Thursday the club is transformed to accommodate a different theme. From a pool of chocolate milk during chocolate fetish night and a doctor stitching up skin over a mans genitals during medical fetish night to the regular episodes of dripping hot wax on naked bodies and piercing skin in the most uncomfortable places of the human body. I have found myself continually challenged and becoming more and more desensitized.

According to my mild mannered boss, "Everything is normal."

"It's not a normal place. Inside everything is normal. This is the world. Outside everything is abnormal and if you want to make people feel normal inside you need people that are? A little bit weird."

The most remarkable thing about the club is undoubtedly the mix of people that frequent its premises. Bisexual, homosexual, heterosexual, asexual, and transsexuals from Jewish orthodox, Jewish secular, Arab Israeli or foreign backgrounds all mixing and mingling without hesitation. This is only interesting given the prejudices and marginalization that is evident in Israeli society. And now as sado-maso turns three in this Jewish State I reflect on my time cleaning up after these enthusiasts of sexual indulgences.

It is a place where even the most socially difficult individual can feel comfortable. A dungeon that they can call home.

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