January 19, 2012
Snowed in for five days now, we're spending lots of time reading, huddling by the fireplace with hot cocoa, taking long wintry walks through the snow, and watching movies. Today I'm in the mood for these two:
Stephen King's delightful tale of a writer kidnapped, injured and snowbound by a crazed fan, forced to write her preferred version of his story.
Easy to watch, not too complicated, and nothing that will give one nightmares. Just a good fun light horror/suspense film, perfect with popcorn.
Who can forget the snowy maze scene? The desolation, isolation and creepy long hallways? Perfect for a snowy evening where you're terrified by the film, yet cozily wrapped up in your blankie in front of your cheery fireplace. Good luck getting to sleep after viewing though, no matter how many times you've re-watched this film.
January 14, 2012
This is a very active set of forums and a great place to keep up with news on The Cure. Sometimes I think posters here know when The Cure is playing a show before even members of the actual band do! There are subforums for media coverage; Cure trivia; trades; solo projects; and buying/selling.
2. Gods and Alcoves
I've really been enjoying this blog on goth, post-punk and alternative music. The blog covers the formative years, 1979 to 1989. Besides the blog, there's a list of influential bands, a timeline, and recommended listening. The photographs reproduced here are fabulous, too. This is shaping up to be a very very important goth historical resource. Well done.
3. Joy Division Central
Here's an old fashioned site design that's clean, easy to navigate and works with any browser. Great way to showcase the tons of info here. This Day in Joy Division History; plus extensive info on bootlegs, concerts, sessions, places of interest, media coverage, band history, tribute bands, and so much more. Someone has put a ton of work into this site.
4. Cure Connections
Another active and useful Cure fan forum, this one quite slickly designed. Any time I've been looking around here, there have been over a hundred people online busily catching up on news and info on The Cure. It's part of The Cure Community site.
5. Dark Grave
If you're into goth music, I'll bet you've already been to this site. If not.. here are news, reviews, downloads and info on new goth bands.
6. Some Dizzy Whore
A Morrissey/Smiths fan blog that someone works hard on - I see something new here frequently. Currently blogging about Morrissey joining the No Cruel Cosmetics campaign and sharing info on his first show in 2012.
-Copyright 2012 Carrie Carolin
January 13, 2012
1. Closer - a Joy Division Celebration
In April 2012, in Australia, Peter Hook's band Peter Hook and The Light will perform Joy Division's "Closer" album, live and in entirety. They will do so in four cities: Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, and Adelaide. I would love to see this. There's no Australian travel in my immediate future however, sadly!
2. The Raven Movie Premieres
On March 9, The Raven will hit theaters. Starring John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, the film is highly fictionalized. Edgar Allan Poe does detective work to find and stop a serial killer in Baltimore.
3. Dark Shadows Movie Premieres
Tim Burton's long-awaited project premieres May 11, 2012.
4. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter Premieres
Starring one of my favorite dark brooding actors (Rufus Sewell), this movie based on a mashup novel comes out on June 22, 2012.
5. Blade Animated Series
On Friday, January 13th, Marvel's Blade animated series will debut on the G4 network. It's already aired in Japan in 2011. Twelve half-hour episodes will air.
6. Prometheus Movie Premieres
This film takes place before the events in Alien, but is not a "prequel." You won't see Sigourney Weaver in it, for example. I'm looking forward to the beautifully dark story this will surely tell. The film opens in June.
7. The Woman in Black Movie Premieres
Daniel Radcliffe experiments with a role in a spooky ghost story. It hits theaters soon - February 3.
8. World War Z Movie Premieres
Brad Pitt interviews survivors of the zombie apocalypse. It will premiere just in time for Christmas 2012 - how lovely.
9. Paranorman Movie Premieres
The yearly get-together for denizens of alt.gothic. This year it's on June 15-17, 2012 in Buffalo, NY. Sadly, I don't think I can go this year due to having so many foster kids.
11. Southern Gothic Festival
A gothic and industrial music festival held in New Orleans. This year it takes place July 12 - 15.
12. Midlands Goth Festival
A music festival that takes place February 18, 2012 in Birmingham, UK. Some of the bands appear to be "goth metal" or metal, not goth though.
13. Whitby Gothic Weekends
The most important yearly goth event in the world. This year's events take place April 26-30 and Halloween through November 5, 2012.
Leipzig, Germany is taken over by gruftis for an entire weekend. This year it takes place May 25-28.
15. Resistanz International Industrial Festival
An industrial music festival, April 7-8 in Sheffield, UK. This year's lineup includes Icon of Coil and Be My Enemy.
16. World Horror Con 2012
Horror professionals meet up in Salt Lake City March 29 - April 1, 2012. Mike Mignola is the Artist Guest of Honor, and Dacre Stoker appears as a special guest.