May 20, 2011
This Pop Surrealist painter produces exact type of big-eyed, pouty little dark girls we all love to look at.
She also has a delightful Etsy shop. I've so enjoyed browsing through her gallery this morning. Her works are not uberdark, but I bet you'll like looking through here very much.
Oh my gosh, I love this horror photography so much. The lighting sets the mood perfectly. I am so excited to be sharing this link with you today! My favorite photo from his portfolio is #14 (the undead spider-covered woman holding a living baby).
"All Things Vampire." Currently blogging about The Vampire Diaries, some vampire books they've read recently, and some funny vampire-related Youtube videos.
H. P. Lovecraft and His Legacy
A horror writer has chosen to focus on author Howard Phillips Lovecraft. He blogs about Lovecraft's ancestry, his life, his friends, his legacy, and his interpretations. This is a more intellectual blog than I'm used to seeing about this particular author, so I'm glad to have found it.
It's refreshing to see a writer's blog that offers more than just spamming of affiliate links to their own book or thinly veiled affiliate book reviews. Here, the author of Alex van Helsing: Vampire Rising shares interesting thoughts, cool finds, and info on the craft of writing. I especially enjoyed the Time Period Settings post.
Blog of Dark Shadows
An excellent, authoritative blog on both the upcoming Dark Shadows movie and the old TV series. They post news and articles frequently, plus the site is well designed and beautiful to look at. Good job!
Life Toward Twilight
A dark ambient band who also describe their sound as "post-industrial." Their albums include "Blood" and "I Swear By All the Flowers."
This Denver-based kids' store specializes in dark stores for the kids of goths, rockers and punks. You can order online or visit the store in person. They sell adorable kids' Doc Martens, baby high heeled shoes from Heelarious, and very cool Frankenstein and pirate shoes from Sourpuss. Their clothing selection includes their own designs, plus Sourpuss, Iron Fist Clothing, Illicit Clothing, and other cool brands. This makes me wish I had a little babybat of my own to dress up!
Dark Highlands is a "semi-annual collection of artwork, poetry, and short fiction that focuses on darker works in the fairytale fantasy, fable or folk tale genres." They publish PG-13-or-under material. I don't normally link to paper publications that don't offer content on the web, but I mention this today because they're currently seeking submissions, due before September 30, 2011.
May 16, 2011
Danielle's photographs capture the world of horror, humour and erotica. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Many of the photographs here are deliciously bloody - you'll love it! You can check out her most recent work on her blog.
A doll artist who creates incredibly creepy art dolls. "Crinkles" is really freaking me out right now. She also occasionally features one of her paintings from time to time. Her Etsy shop features her digital prints as well as some of the dolls.
The art of Nathalia Suellen. Digital artwork from a lady raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. My favorite is Kill My Only Enemy.
A monthly club in Philadelphia. The participants are bohemians and socialites interested in "neo-vintage." House DJs include Dave Ghoul and DJ Kiltboy. Besides music, the event features vendors and craftspeople. The club is hosted at the Doubletree Hotel. (Hey, I've stayed there before!) The next event is Saturday, June 4, 2011.
This comic is currently on issue #2. Not much here other than a few peeks at the pages and info on where to order it. I don't normally link to commercial pages about comics, so today is an experiment. Check out the blog for more info on this comic.
This is a small one-day horror event held at the Grand Midway Hotel in Windber, Pennsylvania. $15 gets you in to see Kyra Schon, paranormal expert Rosemary Ellen Guiley, and religious demonologist Adam Blai. There are also several creepy bands playing and other authors in attendance.
This free-to-play game bills itself as "the world's first MMORPG set in a world of modern Vampires." They've tried to optimize the game for any platform so you can even run it on a cheap $200 netbook. The game has only 4,896 likes on Facebook so it might not be the most addictive game all your friends are playing.. but if you're bored and like vampires, you might enjoy checking it out really quickly.
A live action role-playing improv group in Seattle. They work in the worlds of Changeling: the Dreaming, Mage: The Ascension, Vampire: the Masquerade, and Werewolf: the Apocalypse. It's nice to see a really active group still in existence and having (making!) lots of fun.
A dark electro artist's music. She plays gothic, electro-industrial, synthpop and oontz-inspired music.
An online shop selling taxidermy mementos, jewelry and art. There are hair accessories, home decor items, and even a few antiques. The brick-and-mortar shop is located in San Francisco. They also sell on Etsy.
A UK-based "paranormal events company." They sell tickets to paranormal investigation events at old halls, abbeys, and places such as Morecambe Winter Gardens. You can also hire them to help you plan private events, such as a paranormal "hen's night," birthday party or group night out.
Dark Side of the News
DARK MOVIE NEWS:
Cheesy foreign vampire chick film.
Director Neil Jordan is working on a vampire mother/daughter flick named "Byzantium."
Universal Studios is balking a bit now on "The Dark Tower."
Thor's Chris Hemsworth signed on to " Snow White and the Huntsman" today.
Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" just got a May 11, 2012 release date.
Hermes Press is reprinting the classic Dark Shadows comic book.
Living Dead Dolls 13th Anniversary Contest
You can win an exclusive Celebrating Sadie 10" doll. View the video on YouTube, then guess how many Living Dead Doll heads are in the jar.
NBC will be airing "Grimm" on Friday nights. It's written by former "Buffy" writers. The premise is that a homicide detective learns he’s descended from an elite group of hunters, known as “Grimms”. They “fight to keep the balance of humanity safe from the supernatural creatures of the world.”
A new trailer for True Blood Season 4 was released.
Neil Gaiman discusses his "Doctor Who" episode.
American McGee is back at work.
What was your favorite piece of news today?
The Great New England Steampunk Exhibition
September 16 - 18, 2011 at the Courtyard Marriott/Central MA Expo Center in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
The Asylum Steampunk Convivial
September 9-11, 2011 in Lincoln in the UK.
Neo Victorian Fete
June 10-12, 2011 in Templecombe, Somerset, Great Britain. Steampunk croquet, egg and spoon race, and other outdoor activities.
World Steam Expo
May 27-30 in Dearborn, Michigan. Abney Park will perform. Events include Victorian Morning Calisthenics, lots of interesting panels, a charity masquerade ball, and a high tea luncheon.
The Steampunk Worlds Fair
May 20-22, 2011 in Somerset, New Jersey. Musical performers include Left Outlet, Katie Kat, Battle Circus, Bury Me Standing, and Ego Likeness. There are also featured artists, literary guests, plus circus and sideshow guests. Of course there will be a large Merchants' Bazaar as well.
Blackfield Festival - June 25-26, 2011 in Germany. Diary of Dreams, And One, Apoptygma Berzerk, Combichrist and other bands will play.
Labyrinth Masquerade, July 1-2 2011
Castle Party - July 21-24 in Poland at Bolkow Castle.
DV8 Fest - July 21-24 in York, UK.
Dark Shadows Festival - August 19, 20 and 21 in New York City
M'era Luna festival, August 13-14
Monster Mania: August 19-21 in Cherry Hill, NJ and sept 16 -18 in Hunt Valley, MD