January 9, 2013
Saskia's blog. She's interested in steampunk, vampires, tea drinking, and darkness. She's currently sharing her outfit posts (something I don't have the guts to do!), her favorite books, films, TV shows and music from 2012, her current explorations of feminism, and her helpful Beginner's Guide to Bleach and Hair Dye.
This Toronto, Ontario-based clothing shop sells fetish clothing, some cybergothy clothing with glowing trim, corsets, straitjackets, stockings and leggings, catsuits and jumpers, plus PVC cosplay costumes.
There are also some amazing PVC kimonos here.
I've seen a lot of skull-shaped candles in my last 20 years of running Dark Side of the Net. They're all starting to look the same. So I'm delighted to see the intriguing textures on these beeswax skull candles. Skulls within skulls on top of skulls! This beaded skull candle looks amazing, too.
The dark artwork of Mauricio E. Quirante, sold either as art prints on high quality paper, or for more money, limited edition Giclée prints.
This online shop sells goth and alternative shoes, corsets and accessories. Currently their selection of everything other than corsets seems small - seven styles of shoes, two pieces of swimwear, eleven styles of stockings and goth leg warmers.
But there are 170 corsets to browse and choose from, including leather corsets, vampire corsets, burlesque corsets, brocade and lace corsets, goth corsets, and the occasional steampunk style.
The Soapy Shop of Horrors
This UK-based shop makes me giggle. They sell really fun, cool shaped soaps and candles including coffins, skulls, gargoyles, brains, spiders on webs, octopi, and some non-horrific soaps too. I don't think I could bear to touch this spider soap, it looks too creepy!
Victorian Gothic Clothing UK
Couture bespoke (custom) Victorian wedding dresses and dresses for occasions, from East Hoathly in the UK. There is also a section of lovely ready-to-wear skirts, overskirts and lush capes.
This Tumblr presents many beautiful gothic home decor items and much Victorian decor inspiration. Readers are encouraged to submit photos. So fun to browse!
Gothika on Facebook
OK, so this isn't a Tumblr! It's a Facebook page, but basically since it's a source of daily postings of goth, Victorian, and vampiric pictures, it seems to function more like a Tumblr. Lots of black and white, dreary and macabre images here to admire.
I wish they would post their sources of the many many images they obviously have drawn from elsewhere. Not only is it good net etiquette, it is a helpful research standard practice. It gives so much more to the community if viewers can then go on to find more images by the same artist or photographer to enjoy as well.
Gothic & Enchanted
Another picture-heavy Facebook page that doesn't usually attribute where the photos came from. Still, it's lovely to see the images they've selected come popping up in my news feed a few times per day.
Club Dead and Buried London
A deathrock club in London. DJ Cavey Nik spins here, and they feature live acts as well.
GOTHIC REGIONAL RESOURCES:
California Gothic Project
Here's an admirably ambitious project, offering to help promote and advertise goth events, clubs and businesses in California. Users are encouraged to log in and share flyers, ads and updates.
There's a blog, a club list, an events list, a list of goth and alternative stores, a calendar and a set of forums. The site is very new - it started in December. So if you find yourself annoyed that there isn't much info here, go add some yourself! This could turn into a really useful, cool resource!
However, I am really, really not a fan of websites that automatically start playing music when you visit them.
This community for goths in Ottawa, Canada features forums, event listings, editorials and articles. There's also a helpful list of scene resources such as bands, artists, photographers, designers, shops, authors, artists and models.
Horror in the Hammer
A network of horror fans in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. They put on a few horror-related events each year, such as Fright Night Theater and the Hamilton Zombie Walk.
The King Long Read
This blogger started off with really good intentions - reading all of Stephen King's works chronologically. He hasn't updated since October 2012, but I have enjoyed browsing his past posts and hearing his thoughts on some of my own favorite (and least favorite) of King's works.
--Copyright 2013 Carrie Carolin