October 29, 2013
Mark B. Ledenbach shares his Halloween collection, amassed and curated since 1988. His audience is primarily serious collectors of vintage Halloween memorabilia, but people simply wanting to know more about the hobby will enjoy this site too. His FAQ on buying vintage Halloween items is really interesting, and the blog provides fascinating pics and articles.
Take Back Halloween
A costume resource guide for "Women with imagination." Removing the "sexy" aspect of women's Halloween costumes, and creating costumes instead that are witty, clever, empowering or really cool. The inspirational costume ideas here help you figure out how to put together a costume with things you already have - without even having to sew! This site encourages you to dress as your favorite heroine, pay tribute to your heritage, be a queen for the day, channel the Goddess, or channel Hollywood red carpet glamour.
Costume categories here include Notable Women, Glamour Grrls, Goddesses and Legends, and Queens.
Hallow-Holics Anonymous is a creepy blog dedicated to Halloween and horror movies. They find really interesting things to post about. Check out their Halloween Hotties vintage pinups post and their recent post on drive in trailers for movies featuring the devil.
365 Days of Costumes
This costume store called Theatrical Costumes Etc. in Boulder Colorado took on the challenge of posting a pic of an employee in costume every day this year. You'll love browsing the pics!
The official Facebook presence for the National Halloween, Horror, Haunted House and Hearse Convention. It will next take place from May 2-4, 2014.
Nearly 20,000 fans keep Halloween alive year-round on this Facebook page.
Former members of the legendary Halloween-L mailing list joined this Facebook group to keep in touch and share their love of the holiday.
13 Nights of Halloween
ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween offers this Facebook page for fans to keep track of which shows are playing next. 455,000 people love this page! The movies play from October 19-31.
Designing the Fear
Behind-the-scenes looks at haunted attractions, home haunts and haunted Halloween events. Recently they're featuring Queen Mary's Dark Harbor.
A pleasantly cheerful blog with homemade DIY Halloween crafts, Halloween recipes, and a blogroll of good Halloween blog links.
Scareworld is a magazine for professional haunt vendors and haunted house attractions in Europe. Probably not all that interesting if you're not in the biz, and they haven't updated the blog since July unfortunately.
A 1000 fan Halloween page with makeup, decor, signs and memes. Cutesey stuff, not very dark.
Another Facebook Halloween page with cute pics and images. "Celebrating Halloween all year long."
A Halloween Facebook page that's mostly reposts from other places, but they do find interesting pics.
I Eat, Sleep and Breathe Halloween
A woman runs this 45k fan Facebook page with lots of interesting Halloween and horror pics, postings and news info.
41,000 fans enjoy the Halloween and spooky pics posted here on this Facebook page.
Vintage Halloween Collectibles
Really interesting pics of vintage Halloween postcards, collectibles, ephemera and toys.
The Pumpkin Season - When Witches Fly
My favorite Halloween fan page. The curator just finds extremely interesting things to share, and doesn't just repost the same pics from other places over and over.
This Halloween Facebook fan page has an astonishing amount of fans - nearly 140,000! They post several interesting pics a day - mainly Halloween recipes, spooky houses, and some cosmetics tips.
Fun for Halloween
6-8 Halloween related Facebook posts per day, often recipes.
Boo Halloween Boo
Lots and lots of intriguing Halloween recipes are posted here, plus the occasional cute costumed kid and spooky black kitty pic.
This page posts a lot of interesting vintage Halloween advertisements and photographs.
A Halloween crafts and DIY costumes/decor page. I like a lot of the projects posted here recently, even though I'm too lazy to attempt them.
Memories of Halloween
This page posts about Halloween movies, costumes, props, books, recipes, decorations, ghosts and the paranormal.
Everyday is Halloween 365
This is my second favorite Halloween facebook page. The things they post here are quite a bit darker than other pages, with hardly anything cutesy.
Halloween Hollow Haunts
Halloween and horror postings influenced by the past twenty or thirty years. I like the vintage 1980s things they show here.
Gothic Crafts and Halloween Treasures
This page is getting off to a good start. Recently they've shared projects including a a printable bat box, shown snapdragon seed pods that look like skulls, and shown a cool idea for decorating your jacket with safety pins.
Everyday is Halloween All Hallows Eve
This page is heavy on the dark gothic fantasy art and video postings.
--Copyright 2013 Carrie Carolin
October 19, 2013
Ania Tomicka Art
The gallery of an Italian pop surrealist artist. She draws in sort of the "Big eye girl" style. Her gallery includes paintings, drawings and digital art.
San Gato Photography
This stunning photography gallery displays the works of Cat Lippi, who resides in St. Augustine, Florida. She specializes in horror and conceptual photography. There's also a section for her Make Believe photography and the set photography she does on local horror movie sets. Gorgeous work here, you'll love looking through the galleries.
Sarah Troester Photography
A German photographer's beautiful dark fairy-tale and fantasy inspired photos. The costumes shown here in the photos are incredible.
The Macabre Doctrine
Alexandria blogs from Idaho, writing about horror movies, the paranormal, hauntings and old murder cases.
This site is Witch Christina's archive of free occult, magic and mythology etexts and ebooks. Subjects include gods and goddesses, spellbooks, fairy tales, tarot, rituals, Freemasonry, horror tales, Celts and Druids, and many more. A nice resource.
Here's an unusual band! Calavera Calavera hail from Madrid. They play a fusion of industrial electro, Caribbean and goth music. You can check them out by listening to their four songs available on Bandcamp.
Dead Souls is a Joy Division tribute band from San Francisco. I've checked out a few of their Youtube videos and I'm impressed by the vocalist!
Eye Kandy Cosmetics
While not specifically tailored to goths or the dark alternative scene, Eye Kandy Cosmetics sells some really cool glitter and mineral sprinkles that I think might appeal to cybergoths and perkigoths. They also present a "Liquid Sugar" sealant to help keep the pretty shiny stuff on your eyelids. but
This London company offers bespoke luxury leather clothing. Not everything here will speak to your goth sensibilities, but I think you'll enjoy looking through the things here. Check out the Men's leather tailcoats, for starters.
My favorite garment here is this leather corset dress coat.
This shop sells hand blended perfumes, as well as bath and body products. Their current collections include a "Long Ago and Far Away" theme (perfumes named Pumpkin Coach, Gingerbread House, Black Apple, Cathedral and Spider's Design); Myths and Legends (scents named for Hades, Demeter's Lament, Pandora's Box and Persephone); and an entire line of fragrances called Vampyre.
This club is a darkwave dance party in San Francisco. It doesn't seem to have any actual upcoming events since May 2013, but I'll leave this link in here just in case they become active again this autumn, cuz it sounds like they put on fun events.
Batty for Bats
A Facebook group for people (not just for goths) who love bats. Photos, artwork and bat-related product pics are posted.
A horror review blog. This guy has a huge horror movie collection, and his blog is a good way to learn about obscure horror movies you might not have heard of before.
The Classic Horror Film Board
Here's a nice active horror forum with posts on classic horror, the Golden Age of horror, Universal Monsters, Sherlock Holmes and other cool topics.
Horror and sci-fi reviews from an entertaining writer.
Raz's Midnight Macabre
This adults-only blog is currently taking part in a 30 day Horror Movie Challenge. Not a lot of commenters are responding - maybe drop an encouraging comment or two?
--Copyright 2013 Carrie Carolin
Dark Side of the Net - 20 years of Darkness
On October first this year, I opened Dark Side University, which has been a work in progress since I first announced it in 2002. I am very excited about this project and passionate about it, and it's true it's been sucking my time away from updating Darklinks and from the Darklinks goth social network.
Dark Side University is a goth community offering free classes on gothic, horror, vampiric, and Halloween topics. You don't get credit or a grade, just the fun of learning new things and discussing dark topics alongside other cool people from the subculture.
It's meant to be for adults, and courses are taught at the college level. There are homework assignments, but nobody raps your hands with a ruler if you don't complete them. Still, we hope if you choose to take one of our courses, you'll make time in your busy life to participate in it fully.
Back in the early 2000s when I was able to devote much more time to Dark Side of the Net and immerse myself in the online goth community, I was so inspired by the goth people I was meeting. So many people in small towns, isolated from other goths, with so much passion for our subculture and so many interesting ideas. I thought what a shame it was that it's so difficult to find interesting classes on dark topics in the real world (aside from the occasional horror film university course). I learned so much from people running goth businesses, promoting dark events, creating clubs and festivals, working professionally in bands. I wondered if there was a way to share all of everyone's expertise in dark topics. I watched online education blossom and then explode, and became interested in presenting a place where goth students and goth experts could come together to learn and share knowledge.
I finally settled on the Ning platform to facilitate our courses, and carved out time in my life to finally begin. I'm very excited, and I hope you will take a look around!
The current and upcoming course offerings include:
- History 102: The History of Halloween, October 1-31, 2013.
- Gothic Literature 102: Bram Stoker's Dracula October 1-31, 2013.
- Media Studies 102: The Life and Films of Vincent Price October 25-Nov. 8, 2013.
- Business 101: Promoting Your Goth Business Online November 1-30, 2013.
- History 101: History of the Gothic Subculture November 1-30, 2013.
- Media Studies 101: History of Horror Television December 1-31, 2013.
- Gothic Literature 103: Dark Fairy Tales December 1-31, 2013.
- Gothic Literature 101: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein January 1-31, 2014.
- Mythology 102: Dark Goddesses January 1-31, 2014.
- Mythology 101: The Mythology of Death February 1-28, 2014
For now, Dark Side University is free. It's never been conceived as a money-making venture, but in the future it will likely have to charge minimal amounts (a few dollars per class) to pay its expenses and attract quality professional lecturers and professors. Also, I've learned through my many years of teaching in-person Internet and eBay classes, people tend to show up more, learn more and work harder in classes they've paid to attend.
How do you sign up? Just head over to Dark Side University and create an account. You'll need to fill out a captcha, provide an email address that the Ning Network can verify, and fill out a short profile about yourself. Mostly it serves to prove to me that you are a real person and not a spammer or a bot.
Note that we require you to leave at least one real, truthful link to your own personal blog, your own personal website you actually run and maintain (Don't leave something like www.yahoo.com or www.vampirefreaks.com as I know you don't personally own and operate those domains), your own personal Facebook or Twitter link. Which link you choose is up to you, but you must leave one. A huge number of people have been leaving their email address in place of a link, and that simply won't work for us here.
Reading comprehension is going to be critical for you to benefit from the courses offered here, so filling out your profile incorrectly will get your application to DSU denied. I am quite shocked at the number of applications I've had to decline because the person unfortunately could not seem to be able to leave a clickable working link to their blog or one of their social profiles.
Once your application is approved, you can log into the community and take a look around. There's a FAQ available for people who want to teach classes (in short, you need to have a college education in real life but it doesn't matter what subject it's in; and I'll want you to participate in one online course before offering to teach one yourself).
Thanks so much to our first professor, Alisdair Smyth (shown on the left), who is an English professor in real life, currently teaching our Dracula class! This picture was taken in Seattle this summer when we went wine tasting and started developing the first few courses for DSU!
Please "Like" the Facebook page for Dark Side University if you're interested in keeping up with what we're doing here.