December 28, 2011

Gothic Lolita Links

ABC Lolita

"American-Born Chinese Lolita" blogs about the tea parties she's attended; the Lolita meetups she's attended; and what she's sewing and wearing lately.

Aesthetic Lolita

A lot of beauty reviews, Lolita beauty tips, and tips on fashion.

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright San Francisco Blog


The US flagship store for the brand, located in San Francisco, blogs about their newest offerings. They carry BTSSB as well as the sub-brand Alice and the Pirates. They're currently blogging about an after-Christmas coat sale.

Andrea Nicole Baker

Andrea blogs about her love of Gothic and Lolita fashion and the lifestyle. Recently she's been excited about a new DAL doll, and the upcoming Jane by Design TV show (which I think my teenager and I will check out, too!)

F Yeah Lolita

A Lolita fashion and lifestyle blog that's one of my favorites for keeping up with what's going on. Currently posting about the Lace & Petticoats documentary, the current trend in fawn fur, and reviews of steampunk shops.

Lolita Valentines

A Livejournal community for sending appreciation to your fellow lolis. Pics are hosted on Tinypic. As Valentine's Day is now just a couple months away, the community is gearing up again.

Lolita Weekly

This blog features outfit pics, clothing and brand reviews, and news on shops and Loli fashion.

Makelovely's Blog

She tries to post her outfit every day, and shares info on brands she's discovered.

Midnight Circus

Ria blogs about her Lolita fashions she wears, plus finds, events and fun things.

Miss Lumpy

"Beauty & Opulence for Modern Maidens." A Lolita lifestyle and aesthetics blog. Some recent posts of interest include Lolita Beauty Don'ts, photos from a Lolita brunch, and a review of some fabulous paper eyelashes.

The Weekend Lolita

Andie's blog features beauty product reviews, interesting Lolita-related things she's found online, plus posts on food, outfits and music.

The Fashionate Traveler

This blogger travels to Japan twice a year, and encourages readers to be adventurous and seek out new experiences. Check out the fabulous beaded outfit she wore for Christmas; her gorgeous gothic curly updo for an event; and the neon brights she recently purchased. Lots here to enjoy reading about!

Parfait Doll

Victoria Suzanne blogs about her passions: pastels, Pullip dolls, dollhouses, and her teacup Pomeranian. Many recent posts have concerned Christmas gift suggestions for Lolitas, but they weren't affiliate spammy and I expect her blog to continue on posting interesting Lolita finds in the months ahead.

--Copyright 2011 Carrie Carolin

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December 27, 2011

New Goth Links for December 28, 2011


Ray Caesar

A British digital fine artist who draws rather a lot of tentacled women. His work is part of the Pop Surrealism movement. Stop by his blog every now and then to see some of the fascinating things he's currently working on.

Hidden below his "About" page is the gallery of Ray Caesar's works, from 2003 til the present. You can even get a sneak peek at his work for 2012.

My favorite work here is "Silent Partner" from the 2009 gallery. I suspect you'll greatly appreciate it as well.

Ray Caesar on Facebook

Ray Caesar on MySpace

Bob Lizarraga

Oh, you're going to have fun here! There are portraits based on classic horror; weird dark tiki prints; and fun Hollywood and classic horror-themed caricatures. The artist is obviously a huge fan of monster and horror films, and quite talented at expressing his enjoyment of them.

Bob Lizarraga

Bob Lizarraga's Blog

Mizna Wada

This Japanese artist draws and illustrates adorable gothy little girls - sometimes bleeding; sometimes getting into mischief; and always with a perky, feisty attitude.

Don't miss the adorable Spooky ABC book, and her cute Paper doll, too.

Mizna Wada on Tumblr

Sarah Dolby

Quite possibly my favorite dark artist of all time. (Check out Sophia's Lament). A New Zealander, she works in oil on canvas. I so wish this website were updated for 2011 though.

Victoria Frances

An incredibly talented artist from Spain. Her website is frustratingly slow to load, has music you can't turn off, and is a bit difficult to navigate, but the incredible artwork is worth the wait. You can see why she has such passionate fans. (Official)

Victoria Frances, on Wikipedia


Blood Milk Jewelry

An artist's blog that supports and reinforces her etsy shop but is also full of many other interesting things, not just ads for her lovely things. She shares music videos she's currently enjoying, discusses intriguing movies she's seen recently, and points out interesting works by other artists.

Wicked Halo

"Your source for all things wicked and awesome." A fun blog to browse. Tags and subjects include pop surrealism, interior design, fairytales, fashion, music and illustration. You'll find a lot of intriguing, beautiful dark things and artists to discover here.

A Zombie Gentleman's Diary

This is actually a Tumblr, not a blog, but with so many interesting dark things to look at, I wanted to share it with you.



"Fashion for the dead." A Canadian goth/cyberpunk/Lolita web store, quite famous and respected. The site is in both English and French, as you'd expect. They sell clothing for men and women, plus accessories (handbags, fangs, jewelry, etc).

Deadly Grounds Coffee

This coffee company uses a hearse for their company car - and wait til you see the cool packaging on their beans! You can order their coffee on their website, or buy it in a couple retail locations (such as in Hell, Michigan).


An Austin, Texas-based steampunk store. They sell eyewear (including pink goggles!), corsets, flasks, pocket watches, and jewelry. They also sell "steambath" products, but only at their physical store.

Sick on Sin

A Canadian store selling horror themed t-shirts for men, women, kids and pets. The infant tees are particularly adorable. There are also accessories on offer, such as buttons, magnets, keychains and pocket mirrors.

Sweet Heart Sinner Creations

An eBay store selling goth, psychobilly, retro humor, Edgar Allan Poe, and Halloween art. Don't miss the Alice in Wonderland category, too.


Gabrielle Faust

Somehow this fabulous vampire author's link never made it into the Darklinks database. She's the author of the popular techno-horror series "Eternal Vigilance." Currently, she'll be appearing at a coffee house in Austin, TX on January 8, 2012.

Gabrielle Faust on Facebook



This blog features horror movie reviews, book reviews, interviews, and several podcasts.


Cast Macabre

"Bringing fear to your ears." This is a horror fiction podcast. While there hasn't been a new podcast uploaded since September, this site is still worth keeping your eyes (and ears) on.

From Dusk Till Con

This is an incredibly important resource for those interested in horror and zombie conventions. Besides news on upcoming conventions, guests of honor, and events, there's an active set of forums.

-Copyright 2011 Carrie Carolin

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November 16, 2011

4 Cool and Morbid Hearse Clubs

I think it's pretty cool that owners of classic hearses band together into communities, create events and drive their hearses around in caravans and parades!

Denver Hearse Club

A pretty active hearse club in Colorado.

NOLA Hearses and Pro Cars

They're proud they've been banned from 6 New Orleans-area cemeteries.

Mortis City Hearse Club of Michigan

This Detroit area hearse club features forums, a gallery, mailing list and chat room for area enthusiasts.

Rain City Hearse Club

A Seattle-Tacoma area club.

Rain City Hearse Club, on Facebook

November 9, 2011

4 Seemingly Cool Dark and Gothic Restaurants

Tokyo's Alice in Wonderland Restaurant

Extensive photos from this blogger's visit to the themed restaurant in Tokyo. I'm jealous!

Alice in Wonderland Restaurant, at

Draculas in Australia

This chain of restaurants features burlesque and cabaret dinner theater shows. Dracula's in Queensland is currently featuring "Redrum Cabaret," and in Melbourne they're performing "Sin and Tonic." I definitely hope to check one of these out if my dream comes true and I get to tour Australia in the next couple of years.

Dracula Dinner

This Dracula-themed dinner show takes place at several different restaurants (often hotel restaurants) in Germany. You can also book a themed show for your office party or private event. The site is in German, of course. You can browse through the photo gallery.

Pizzeria Dracula

A pizza place in Krakow, Poland. They seem to have a large selection of pizzas, and apparently serve on plates bearing a cute Dracula illustration.

New Goth Links for November 9, 2011


Dr. Shroud, the Animated Series

A really interesting, morbidly playful web series from 2005. Dr. Shroud is a reformed vampire who is a plastic surgeon and vampire killer. You can watch the episodes on Newgrounds and on YouTube.

Dr. Shroud on Facebook


The Alterium

A social network for the alternative, goth and fetish lifestyles. It appears to be run on the Ning platform. There are blogs, groups, events and a section for music.

Vampire Social

A fairly large and active vampire social network that also looks like it's run on Ning. Lots of groups, and very active forums. There's also a bit of a focus on vampire dating here.

Werewolf Ball

"Werewolf Ball is the social networking website for Werewolves, Shifters, Therians, and Otherkin. We are a home for real people across the globe." Resources and databases for werewolf-related info.


William Castle's Blog

Legendary horror filmmaker of the 1950s and 1960s blogs about his current projects. He recently announced that his daughter Terry is taking over William Castle Productions.

Del Toro Films

A fan site for dark director and author Guillermo del Toro. His films include the lavishly dark and beautiful Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, Blade 2, Mimic and several other in the dark and horror genres.

The fan site offers news on everything he's up to (I'm looking forward to his final book in the Strain Trilogy: The Night Eternal), plus an active discussion forum.


Evil Pawn Jewelry

This shop sells really cool skull cameo designs on rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings. They also sell vintage style goth necklaces, elegant hair combs, and unusual skull and pirate engagement rings. Truly gorgeous things here.

A shop selling adorably spooky goodies including skull-bedecked baby bibs; Frankenstein aprons; bat and skull kitchen mitts, pot holders and kitchen towels; monster and vampire pillows; tote bags and hats with dark and horror themes.

It makes me nervous that the copyright notice says 2008 though - is this shop still open? I'd suggest using the contact link to verify before purchasing anything.

--Copyright 2011 Carrie Carolin

Dark Side of the Net

October 30, 2011

13 Morbidly Cool Dark Etsy Shops

1. Agorables

Lowbrow art featuring skulls, zombies, Day of the Dead, and monsters. They sell wallets, prints, greeting cards, notepads, and belt buckles.

2. Lisa Falzon Art

Lisa Falzon sells her fabulous dark fantasy artwork prints here. She also sells some adorable pocket mirrors featuring her artwork.

My favorite print for sale here is The Dreaming Box.

Her blog is here and she has a Facebook page too.

3. Grigio Design

This shop sells jewelry featuring skeletons, Lolita, Day of the Dead, and vampires. I really like the cameo earrings and the fat bat necklace

4. Monster of My Heart

This artist has a strange fascination with human teeth. There are huge "human tooth" pendants, as well as loose replicas you can leave around the house to frighten your roommates. I really like the chocolate brown leather bracelet, colorful skull keyrings, and sugar skull brooches. There are a lot of really weird things here you might want to peek at, I can't even describe most of them.

5. Pocket Full of Poziez

I've long been a fan of Queeniez' creations. She makes adorable stuffed goth toys, as well as pillows, prints, tote bags and other goth necessities. Her dreadfully cute creations get illegally copied and ripped off a lot, so be sure you are buying straight from their talented creator.

Pocket Full of Posiez on Facebook

Queenie Posiez, on Twitter

6. Wishing Thorn

This shop sells "peculiarities and vintage goods." Currently stocked with intriguing vials and bottles, toxins and poisons, weird stickers, odd art prints, and eerie vintage photographs.

7. Solocosmo

This store purveys the artwork of Jessica Grundy. Her prints are of colorful-haired girls who are slightly, cheerfully goth, but not uber-spooky. There are also magnets, buttons, necklaces and mirrors featuring her art.

8. Indigo Chyld Resources

Fabulous dark digital collage supplies. Background sheets, digital scrapbook kits, Halloween images, and other digital artwork to help your crafts projects. Also, she makes really cool paper dolls, including my favorite, the Lizzie Borden paper doll.

9. Wool & Water

This shopowner is on vacation until Halloween is over, so you'll have to check back to see the delightful dark goods here.

10. HidenSeek

"The art of fairytales, wild bears and dark forest creatures." Art prints, jewelry, postcards, and mirrors featuring lost children, girls who look remarkably like Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood. I love fairy tales, so this store is especially tempting to me.

11. Sacred Stitches

Nice dreary skeletal artwork on shirts for men and women, plus some prints and pillows featuring similar dark illustrations.

12. Cyanide Sweetheart

Cute Alice-in-Wonderland themed jewelry, some skull poison rings, and other gifts. I seem to recall there being a lot more items for sale here when I first started working on this post 2 weeks ago; maybe they were all so cool they sold out right away!

13. The Witching Hour

Cool goth jewelry, clothing, purses and accessories. A bit tradgoth, a bit Victorian, and then some disco thrown in for the heck of it.

--Copyright 2011 Carrie Carolin

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