April 21, 2014
Inspired by Robert Smith's 55th birthday today, I hunted down interesting covers of "Charlotte Sometimes" to listen to today.
And the most bizarre Charlotte Sometimes cover I've found yet:
And no matter what else, do not view the following cover if you are not safely under the influence of altering substances:
For comparison, here's Robert Smith and The Cure performing Charlotte Sometimes live in 1985:
--Copyright 2014 Carrie Carolin
April 19, 2014
This Mexican illustrator currently lives in Portland, Oregon. He draws whimsical monsters and unusual creatures, odd and quirky people. While his art isn't spooky-horrific, I think you'll like exploring his unique style.
The Dark Rayne
Renu Sharma's dark digital art and photo manipulations. There are angels, dark fairies, women in beautiful gothic gowns, and several variations on mournful women wandering through tombstones. Renu Sharma lives in India.
This Austrian photographer specializes in dark fashion photography. Sadly, there don't seem to have been many new images uploaded in a few years, but I venture you'll enjoy browsing the gallery archive.
Dark fashion and fetish photography from a photographer based in Paris. They also do some nudes, lingerie photography and music/band photos. The photos here are very professional, and the images are quite stunning.
This freelance illustrator lives in Toronto, Ontario. She draws dark fantasy with mythological and Art Nouveau influences. Her favorite illustration tool is a ballpoint pen.
Life After Death
This comic explores what happens after The Grim Reaper becomes unemployed, gets roommates, and becomes mortal.
Life With Death
This comic follows the adventures of Kim Reaper, working to replace her father Grim so he can retire. The comic (by a female artist, by the way) is no longer updated, but you might like checking out the past pages.
Morbius, the Living Vampire
Marvel's vampire series, currently on issue #9.
DARK NET RADIO:
Dance With the Dead Radio
A Live365 radio station that plays gothic, extreme metal, and punk music. The radio station is based in Tennessee. Check the blog for the schedule of upcoming themed music shows.
The Crypt of Curiosities
This Etsy shop is based in Leeds, England. It offers gothic jewelry, including filigree bat necklaces, Edgar Allan Poe inspired jewelry, some ankhs and pentacles, and a lovely black vine and burgundy rose piece.
Grin, Grimace and Squeak
This Yorkshire-based store sells gorgeous and unique masquerade masks. There are animal themes (raven, red fox, rabbit, a wolf and various birds) plus a devil themed mask, masks with vines and leaves, steampunk circlets, and masks for weddings. The masks have a delicate, intricate look about them.
Immortal Visions Paper Crafts
Melissa Walker's handcrafted paper oddities. The shop sells Halloween greeting cards, steampunk greeting cards, Victorian greeting cards, plus vampire and mourning-themed cards as well. The cards are priced well considering how much time it takes to create each one by hand. My favorite card here is this embellished gothic mourning card.
A huge UK-based punk, gothic and alternative clothing shop. Besides clothing, they sell shoes, accessories, jewelry, and hair dye. They specialize in gothic prom dresses, and offer a large selection of plus size goth clothing too. My favorite thing here is the Kreepsville 666 bat wing top.
This Etsy shop is based in my own neck of the woods, Redmond, Washington. It offers gorgeous hand crocheted gothic, Victorian and steampunk accessories: wrist cuffs, fingerless gloves, collars and chokers, and necklaces. There are also some steampunk brooches and hat pins. My favorite item here is the Victorian crocheted wrist cuffs.
Red Queen's Black Legion
I'm a little hesitant to include this Australian alternative and Lolita clothing store, since we're well into 2014 and their website mentions 2013 in multiple places still. Their Facebook has been updated recently though, a good sign! If they're still in business and actively selling, they offer gothic and steampunk clothing, Lolita, goggles, and punk jewelry.
The Violet Vixen
Massive corset store specializing in burlesque. Besides corsets, they sell steampunk, gothic and alternative clothing, shoes and accessories. Check out the Wicked Warm Bodies black skirt and their Angel Wings corset.
Charlotte's blog on gothic interior design, and her life and interests. She hasn't posted recently, but you'll enjoy exploring her home's Halloween decorations from last year.
This Goth House
"Home improvement with a dark twist." A goth girl shares her journey and experiences renovating and decorating her goth home. I love peeking into the pics of ongoing progress - it inspires me to do more to fix up my own home.
Feast on Friday
I love this idea - here's a community for sharing gothic and spooky cooking photos and Halloween recipes, year-round. Helping bring Halloween into your home and kitchen every day!
17,000 goths joined this community to get their daily dose of bat-related pics and posts.
Gothic and Alternative Small Business Forum
This group invites you to market your gothic and alternative business here. You're welcome to post your stores, pages or anything related to your Gothic and Alternative products, hand crafted items, and art.
Locating the Gothic
"'Locating The Gothic' is an international conference and series of interlinked events exploring the concept of Gothic locations. It is jointly organised by Limerick School of Art and Design and Mary Immaculate College. Apart from initiating academic considerations of the Gothic and place, it will celebrate the city of Limerick itself as a Gothic location. With its fascinating, bloody, and Gothic mix of history, literature, art, and folklore, Limerick enlivens the Gothic imagination with native narratives that encompass tales of battles and sieges, river monsters, ghosts, cannibalism and a long-standing city-curse." The conference will be held in Limerick, Ireland between October 22-25, 2014.
--Copyright 2014 Carrie Carolin
March 23, 2014
Tonight I was in the mood for some dark and lovely acoustic/unplugged versions of songs by goth bands. Here's a few of my favorites. And thanks to Anann for several of the song suggestions!
Peter Murphy performed his A Strange Kind of Love and the intro to Bauhaus' Bela Lugosi's Dead acoustically in Stockholm in June 2013.
Robert Smith singing and performing "Boys Don't Cry" for MTV Unplugged in 1991.
And you'll likely really enjoy his acoustic version of Lullaby.
Here's Close to Me acoustic version, too.
The acoustic unplugged version of Love Cats is really jazzy and kinda weird.
Robert Smith joined Korn for an acoustic version of In Between Days along with Korn's unplugged version of Make Me Bad.
Gorgeous and haunting acoustic version of A Forest. Swoon!
Wayne Hussey performing Wasteland at the Modified Arts Centre in Phoenix AZ, USA on September 2008.
He also performed Tower of Strength among other acoustic songs in his set.
David J. from Bauhaus performing Love and Rockets' The Dog-End of a Day Gone By acoustically.
Peter Murphy performed "Cuts You Up" among other songs at an all acoustic show at SXSW in 2011.
Here's Nick Cave and Warren Ellis doing an acoustic version of The Mercy Seat.
Expect this post to be edited and grow, so come back tomorrow and see what other goth goodies we've found!
--Copyright 2014 Carrie Carolin