May 22, 2012

World Goth Day Links

The official World Goth Day site. Find out about the history of World Goth Day, and visit the forum to see what's going on around the world today.

World Goth Day Facebook Page

World Goth Day Official Twitter page

A very important part of World Goth Day is promotion of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, on Facebook

In Memory of Sophie, on MySpace

S.O.P.H.I.E. on Twitter

I recommend reading this excellent blog post, The Goths-Eye View.

And I'm chuckling over some of my similar early-goth memories, while reading I Recall My Own Gothy Past on World Goth Day.

CNN posted this article called The Dark Side of World Goth Day.

You'll like the photos and sentiment expressed here on Why My Heart Wears Black.

Check out the gorgeous photographs that Visceral Industry took at a World Goth Day celebration in Brisbane.

It's World Goth Day in Finland, too, with a lovely photograph Mothmouth offered up of herself.

--Carrie Carolin

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May 20, 2012

Horror Film Festivals in 2012

Horror film festivals specialize in showing films, not just gathering horror film fans for autograph sessions, panels and vendors rooms.

Here's a list of horror film festivals taking place in 2012. Several on this list have already occurred - they're listed here so we can anticipate their return in 2013. As you can imagine, an overwhelming percentage of these festivals take place in the month of October.

This is not meant to be a complete, inclusive list of every horror film festival in the world. Following is a list of festivals I personally find interesting or intriguing.


November 6-11, 2012

"The national horror festival of Wales." They play shorts as well as films, plus stage panels and parties. (Last year there was a "Mask of the Red Death" party that sounded intriguing!)

Atlanta Horror Film Festival

September 28 - 30, 2012

This festival showcases independent horror, sci-fi, gore, and thriller films from all over the world.

Bonebat Film Fest

April 21, 2012

This comedy horror film fest took place very close to my own neighborhood, at my favorite movie theater: The Big Picture. Sadly, I was too busy to attend, and I missed out on seeing "Dead Heads" and "Monster Brawl." Shucks.

Boston Underground Film Fest

March 29-April 1, 2012

This festival featured shorts and music videos in addition to underground films.

Bram Stoker Film Festival

October 25-28, 2012

Held in Whitby, this year's festival marks the 100th anniversary of Bram Stoker's death. Besides the films, the festival features a fashion show, a Vampires Ball, and an "1880s night."

Buried Alive Film Fest

November 9-11, 2012

Held in Atlanta at the Plaza Theatre.

Buried Alive Horror Film Festival on Facebook

Celluloid Screams

October 26-28, 2012

Held in Sheffield in the UK every autumn.

Chicago Horror Fest

September 28-30, 2012

"Babes, blood, booze." Chicago is a fantastic city to live in if you like horror, goth, steampunk, zombies and the like. There's always something cool going on, like this upcoming horror film festival. They'll announce this year's guest host shortly.

Dark Carnival Film Fest

October 19-21, 2012

Held in Bloomington, Indiana. This is the festival's sixth year. In addition to horror films, they show dark fantasy and sci-fi films.

Eerie Horror Film Festival

October 11-14, 2012

Erie, Pennsylvania is the location of this horror film fest.

Everybody Dies Film Fest

October 12-13, 2012

Held in Brea, California.

Fear Fete

October 5-7, 2012

Baton Rouge, Louisiana's horror film festival. It's held at the Mall of Louisiana.

Festival of Terror

October 25-31, 2012

Held in Montezuma, Costa Rica. Besides horror, they showcase sci-fi, suspense, thriller and animation shorts and features.

Freakshow Film Fest

October 26-28, 2012

Held in Orlando, Florida. Last year they presented Clive Barker with a Lifetime Achievement award during their gala.


August 23-27, 2012

London's horror and fantasy film festival is in its twelfth year.

Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Festival

April 6-8, 2012

This was held back in April in Nashville. True Blood's Kristin Bauer was the guest of honor, and Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead made an appearance too.

Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Festival, on Facebook

Horror Sci Fi

March 29-April 5, 2012

Phoenix, Arizona-based horror and sci fi film festival.

H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival

May 11-13, 2012

A really cool film festival that's part of CthulhuCon.

Hudson Horror Show

May 19, 2012

Held in Poughkeepsie, New York. They screened classics such as Day of the Dead, Phantasm and Friday the 13th along with cheesy fare like The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires.

Indie Horror Fest

March 23-25, 2012

Another production by Spookshow Entertainment. Held in Chicago.

Killer Film Fest

November 1-3, 2012

Held in Somerville, Massachusetts. They specialize in indie horror.

Killer Valley Horror Film Festival

March 10, 2012

A conveniently aptly named valley near Ashland, Oregon hosts this film fest.

Midnight Black

October 24-November 3, 2012

"International festival of darkness." It takes place in Los Angeles, though you wouldn't be able to find that out on their poorly designed website.

Mile High Horror Festival

October 5-7, 2012

Held, of course, in Denver.


February 17-19, 2012

Nevermore has been running for 13 years.

A Night of Horror

March 23-April 1, 2012

Another weeklong film festival. This one's held in Sydney, Australia.

NYC Horror Fest

November 8-11, 2012

The festival screens over 50 films per year.

NYC Horror Film Festival, on Facebook

New Orleans Horror Film Festival

October 25-28, 2012

Created by horror filmmakers for other horror filmmakers. (Ie, not a "fan" convention).

Phoenix Fear Festival

October 13, 2012

Held in Tempe.

Sacramento Horror Film Fest

Several events in May-August, 2012

The historic Colonial Theater hosts an event every month from May through August.

Sacramento Horror Film Festival, on Facebook

Screamfest LA

October 12-21, 2012

This festival is proud of the fact they discovered and showcased the film Paranormal Activity.

Telluride Horror Show

October 12-14, 2012

Colorado's main horror film festival.

Toronto After Dark

October 18-26, 2012

Quite possibly the longest horror film festival on the planet, at over a week long!

Tucson Terror Fest

October 18-20, 2012

Tucson, Arizona's horror film fest.

Tucson Terrorfest Horror Film Festival, on Facebook

Viscera Film Festival

July 27, 2012

Celebrating women filmmakers in the horror genre. The Bloody Red Carpet event is held at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles.

--Copyright 2012 Carrie Carolin

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May 1, 2012

New Goth Links for May Day 2012


Morbid Anatomy

Joanna, a photographer and graphic designer, runs the Morbid Anatomy Library in Brooklyn. It's a private collection available to public researchers interested in the topic. The blog offers info on upcoming related events and exhibitions, plus info on upcoming conferences.


Hollywood is Dead

Matt Busch's movie poster parodies. He re-imagines classic movie posters with a dark, horrific or tongue-in-cheek twist. For example, Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast Is Tiffany," "Horde of Dead Things," "Deadward Scissorhands," "Cadavatar" and "Bleak to the Future." Giggle. There's a gallery, a shop, and Matt's mostly abandoned blog here. I've always had a soft spot for parodies, and I so enjoy browsing this site!


Carried Away Coffins

"Sooner or later, you'll need one." This shop specializes in coffin-shaped cabinets for tattoo shops, as well as coffin-shaped mirrors, display cases and coffin bookshelves. So cool!


An extremely cool store, selling retro clothes, home decor, skull accessories, arts & crafts supplies, jewelry, books, shoes, beauty products, kitsch and curiosities. There's even a whole section for "Mod Octopods."

Virgin Blak

An alternative fashion clothing store selling punk, indie and alternative clothing and accessories. Not the gothiest store ever, but it's not meant to be. I'm including it here because you can find some cool basics and interesting pieces here to add to your wardrobe.

Virgin Blak on Facebook

Virgin Blak on Twitter

Winona Cookie

This steampunk artist makes custom illustrations, collages, and cool artworks. She's done a Steampunk calendar for Zazzle, and has a book of steampunk paper dolls coming out soon. Check out her amazing Moribund Manor Haunted House artwork, as well as "Gothic Coffin Cruisers." Her writeups under each artwork are humorously written, I think she could have a second career as a witty dark author!

Winona Cookie, on Etsy


The Good Natured

A UK-based band with a female vocalist. They describe themselves as "pop noir." Their recent EP release is called "Skeleton."

The Good Natured (Official)

The Good Natured, on Facebook

The Good Natured, on MySpace

The Good Natured, on Twitter


Carousel of Crowns

A lovely Gothic & Lolita fashion blog. Currently there's interesting commentary on the evolution of Gothic Lolita fashion in the last 19 years; some Items We Love shopping finds; and even some Gothic & Lolita home decor tips. Wish this blog were updated a teensy more often.

Hawaii Lolitas

A networking resource for Gothic Lolitas in Hawaii. Not updated often, but I can't find a Facebook replacement for this. Hopefully a nice way to find out about upcoming Lolita events in the Aloha state.

--Copyright 2012 Carrie Carolin

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