October 22, 2014

New Dark Links for a Rainy Day in Autumn

Song for the day:

Kirlian Camera - In The Endless rain


DARK BLOGS:

Dark Corner Books

A multiple-author blog covering horror and the fantastic in books and movies. Currently blogging about the upcoming Poe-based Stonehearst Asylum film; Edgar Allan Poe themed Halloween parties; and about Ridiculous Horror Movie Villains.

http://darkcornerbooks.com/

Mr. Frights

"Mr. Frights is a promoter, producer, and fan of all things horror & halloween. Halloween 365 a year!" He's currently blogging about 30 Family Friendly Halloweeny Movies; the 2014 Skittles Halloween commercial; and new Halloween books for kids.

http://www.mrfrights.com/


DARK EVENTS:

Bram Stoker Festival

This festival will take place this upcoming weekend, October 25-26, in Dublin, Ireland. Oh what I wouldn't give to be able to go!

http://www.bramstokerfestival.com/

The Bram Stoker Festival on Facebook

London Month of the Dead

This is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen in 21 years of running Dark Side of the Net. London Month of the Dead is an ambitious assortment of macabre events hosted all throughout October until All Soul's Day. There are cemetery tours, talks and lectures, taxidermy workshops, a seance in a chapel, a death cafe, and themed cocktails. This is so cool! I may make it my mission in life to save up and attend next year, if they continue the tradition. I'm so excited about this! I wish I had time to make an entire blog post about it. Highly recommended!

http://londonmonthofthedead.com/


DARK LINKS AND RESOURCES:

Misfit Wedding

Here's a handy directory of UK/British resources and vendors to help plan your alternative wedding. Themes include steampunk, rockabilly, goth, vintage, fantasy, and geek weddings. Resources include vendors for dark cakes, cars and vehicles, clothing and shoes, decorations, flowers, food and drink, hair and makeup, jewelry, etc. I'm not getting married any time soon (or ever again maybe!) but I'm having fun browsing the resources. They've actually taken the time to create a sub page about every business, with a review and recommendation, plus a link to the business's webpage and related social networking presences. A ton of work went into this very professional website!

http://www.misfitwedding.com/

Misfit Wedding on Facebook


DARK SHOPS:

Aryer Studio

This Decatur, Georgia shop sells intriguing Halloween and dark Christmas ornaments. There are also some prints and gothy blank notecard sets.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ARyerStudio

Sweet Midnight

"The darker side of cute." This online goth shop is located in Bisbee, Arizona. They sell gothic jewelry, horror themed giclee prints, a Bela Lugosi grave rubbing, and some coffin purses. They also have an Etsy presence.

http://www.sweetmidnight.com/

Sweet Midnight on Etsy

Sweet Midnight on Facebook

Valkyrie Corsets

This Etsy shop is based in Brighton in England. They specialize in burlesque and bridal corsets. My favorite is this green raw dupioni silk corset.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/valkyriecorsets

Valkyrie Corsets on Facebook


GOTH BLOGS:

Goth Gardening

I'm so glad to see that the enthusiasm for gothic gardening hasn't waned! Recent posts here include Scarecrows and gardens along the James River; Books As Our Guides; and a report on Office Appropriate Spooky outfits. Enjoying reading through the archive of past posts here!

http://goth-gardening.blogspot.com/

Roses and Vellum

An Australian blog, with posts about steampunk, goth, Halloween, fashion, Victorian and Edwardian topics, and other lovely dark things. Recent posts include a horse dressed up for Halloween, Thoughts on Faeries, Recent Reads and Outfits, and an interview with shopkeeper Ingrid of Chameleon Candour.

http://rosesandvellum.blogspot.com.au/


HALLOWEEN:

Halloween ComicFest

On the Saturday before Halloween, you can walk into participating comics shops and get a free Halloween ComicFest comic! Visit the website and use the store locator to see if any shops near you are taking part in this festive event.

http://www.halloweencomicfest.com/

Halloween Comic Fests on Facebook

Haunted House Association

Here's a really good place to search out haunted houses and events in your local area.

http://www.hauntedhouseassociation.org/


Administrivia: I've shut down the Darklinks goth social network, which was suffering from lack of use. Members have been invited to join my year-old project www.darksideuniversity.com instead. Visit the Dark Side University Facebook to see our list of upcoming courses, including Business 101: Promoting Your Goth Business; Mythology 104: Krampus, the Devil of Christmas; and Gothic Literature 104: Victorian Ghost Stories for Christmas.


--Copyright 2014 Carrie Carolin

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October 13, 2014

Jazz Age Halloween Songs

(Picture via Retrospace)

I've been really enjoying listening to this Jazz Age Halloween playlist on the venerable Internet Archive. It's a refreshing break from YouTube's ads.

While the music isn't goth and isn't necessarily spooky, the themes still encompass ghosts, haunted houses, spooks, the Boogie Man, zombies, and the Headless Horseman. This may not end up playing through my speakers on Halloween Night, but it will probably be featured in the background of a couple upcoming dinner parties I'm hosting.

Visit https://archive.org/details/JazzAgeHalloween to check out the songs.

Here's the playlist:

  • 1. The Haunted House - Ray Noble & His Orchestra
  • 2. Shivery Stomp - Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra
  • 3. Mysterious Mose - The Radio All Star Novelty Orchestra - Dick Robertson
  • 4. The Boogie Man Is Here - Tom Geron & His Orchestra
  • 5. Haunting Blues - Red Nichols & His Five Pennies
  • 6. Bug-A-Boo - Red Nichols & His Five Pennies
  • 7. Got The Jitters - Don Redman & His Orchestra
  • 8. The Boogie Man - Todd Rollins & His Orchestra - Chick Bullock
  • 9. The House Is Haunted (By The Echo Of Your Last Goodbye) - Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra - Kenny Sargent
  • 10. Zombie - Gene Kardos & His Orchestra
  • 11. Mr. Ghost Goes To Town - Louis Prima & His New Orleans Gang
  • 12. Skeleton In The Closet - Nat Gonella & His Georgians
  • 13. The Goblin Band - Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra
  • 14. Hell's Bells - The New Yorkers (Sid Peltyn & His Orchestra) - Dick Robertson
  • 15. With Her Head Tucked Under Her Arm - Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees - Cyril Smith
  • 16. The Black Cat - Ozzie Nelson & His Orchestra
  • 17. Strange Enchantment - Skinnay Ennis & His Orchestra
  • 18. The Ghost Of Smokey Joe - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra
  • 19. Ol' Man Mose Ain't Dead - Nat King Cole Trio
  • 20. Swingin' At The Seance - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra - Dorothy Claire
  • 21. Horror Fantasia For Spooks And Wild Indians - Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra
  • 22. Fanfare/Cherokee (Theme) - Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra - Peggy Lee
  • 23. Old Man Mose Is Dead - Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra
  • 24. Pompton Turnpike - Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra
  • 25. Haunted Heart - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra - Johnny Amoroso
  • 26. The Headless Horseman - Kay Starr & Billy Butterfield Quintet
  • 27. Dry Bones (Head Bone Connected To The Neck Bone) - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra


--Copyright 2014 Dark Side of the Net

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September 27, 2014

Top 5 Circus-Themed Halloween Haunts

Carnival of the Dead

Detroit area haunt with wooded trail and carnival haunt. Part of Scarefest Scream Park.

http://scarefestscreampark.com/about/carnival-of-the-dead

Scarefest Scream Park on Facebook


Circus of Fear

Arvada, Colorado (near Denver). 5000 square feet, 20 live actors, fire performers,

http://circusoffear3d.com/

Circus of Fear 3D on Facebook

Circus of Fear 3D on Twitter


Circus of Horrors

Located in Las Vegas. Besides the Circus of Horrors, the venue includes "The Trilogy of Terror" - The Gates of Hell and The Vampire's Castle haunted attractions.

http://www.freaklingbros.com/circusofhorrors.html

Circus of Horrors on Facebook


The Queen Mary

The acclaimed Dark Harbor event includes a twisted circus Ringmaster as the host. While the Dark Harbor theme in general has nothing to do with circuses or carnivals, there's a lot going on here and it's a highly recommended event if you can manage to attend. There's a freak show, six mazes, two rides, and a Monster Midway attraction.

http://www.queenmary.com/events/dark-harbor/monsters/

Queen Mary Dark Harbor on Facebook


Strangling Bros. Haunted Circus

This haunted circus has four locations: Salt Lake City Utah, Dallas TX, Houston TX (opening in 2015) and Chicago (opening in 2015). The attractions feature mazes, live bands, mad magicians,

http://www.stranglingbros.com/

Strangling Bros. Haunted Circus Chicago

Strangling Bros. Haunted Circus Texas on Facebook

Strangling Bros. Haunted Circus Utah on Facebook


--Copyright 2014 Carrie Carolin

www.darklinks.com

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