January 30, 2013
I'm pretty sure you've all seen this fashion photographer's stunning "She Has Waited Too Long" series on your Tumblr and Facebook feeds. You might also enjoy "Epine" and "Cigue" though they're not ultra-dark or even remotely goth. Beautiful work here.
Gorgeous pop surreal digital paintings and illustrations by Elodie, who lives in France. Check out her "Alice" series, and I imagine you'll also enjoy the fairy tale inspired "Tales" and her collection of paintings about life and death, "Memento." A very talented and imaginative artist, I'm so glad I have gotten to experience this gallery today.
A gallery of surreal art by Sebastian Eriksson. My favorite works by him are from his "Revelation" series. Check out his creepy "Bound" piece while you're here.
Torvenius creates beautifully dark album covers, sculptures and plays around with concept art. The sculptures are really creepy (shown above is "Stitched Stillborn.") I also like some of his sci-fi digital illustrations, such as the dark China Tower.
Gothic Addiction, Dark and All
I'm not really sure where to categorize really active, interesting goth/dark Facebook pages like this. Maintained by an admin, and mostly consisting of users liking but not contributing, this doesn't really constitute a community. But these pages are really popular and useful in showing people lovely gothy things. Gothic Addiction, Dark and All specializes gothic, dreary, horror and skull-themed images.
Gothic Divas and Heavenly Voices
This Facebook group is for the celebration of female voices in gothic, darkwave, and ethereal music. I really enjoy the Youtube videos that group members post, reminding me of bands I enjoy that happen to have female vocalists. Currently 149 members. I hope the group is moderated carefully - I already see a bit of off-topic self promotion and links going on.
Keep it Real, Keep it Goth
This site seems to specialize in event and gig announcements. There's a website with a forum and events calendar, and a busy Facebook page. I'm glad to see a good, useful and well maintained resource like this!
This Australian store sells goth, fetish, punk and burlesque clothes and shoes. They also carry high heels for men, which is really cool. They're really active on their Facebook page, too, posting tons of pics of beautiful goth girls.
Puimond Progressive Corset Design creates fabulous bridal, burlesque, fetish and lingerie corsets. I also see some waist-training corsets here. They do a lot of custom work. The corsets here are incredibly gorgeous. They're based in LA.
I've seen a lot of corsets on webpage shops throughout the years, so when I say these are unusual and distinctive corsets, different from everything else out there, please believe me! I'm not a corset wearer at all, but this is the only place I'd consider investing in one if I were to suddenly get more fashionable and adventurous.
Sally's Song Dolls
This is yet another creepy doll shop on Etsy. What singles this shop out for me is the incredible amount of work that obviously goes into these dolls. Often people just slap some fake blood on a burned baby doll, throw on a tattered black dress and try to sell it for $60. In this case, you can see the extra attention and handiwork paid to the dolls' hair, face paint, costumes and props.
I'm really intrigued by the Bloodycup doll, which is available as a custom order.
Skullis creates and sells crystal and gemstone skulls for home decor and jewelry. I really like browsing around here - you can get quite distracted for a long time as there are so many items here. Check out the disturbingly huge Titan skulls - weird!
Some of the colors here are a bit too pastely and some of the crystal items are New Agey, so I just pass on by those to see more interesting things, like this raven and skull sculpture.
Tara Greer designs this beautiful gothic, medieval and Celtic jewelry in California. Styles here include Renaissance, Egyptian, Moorish, Nouveau and more. There are men's rings here, plus women's rings, necklaces, earrings, and crown-shaped rings for weddings. As you might expect, there are more than a few crosses, skulls and octopi featured on jewelry here. I think you'll enjoy looking through the collections!
The Blood Sprayer
"All the filth that's fit to publish." Here's an extremely useful horror movie news site. There are multiple contributors, so the news is fresh and posted often. I like that this site isn't just a bunch of brief horror film reviews, there's much more to it than that. The Twitter feed has a post every other day or so, too.
Chilling Scenes of Dreadful Villainy
I've had so much fun browsing the vintage horror and B-movie stills archived here. Someone has worked really hard to find or screencap all of these. Great bait/fodder for Pinterest and Tumblr sites.
A Fascination with Fear
I love that this horror blog creates and sticks to monthly themes. Currently it's "A Frigid Fortnight - Spotlighting Winter Horror." The bloggers (Christine and Marie) are currently indulging in recasting "The Shining", recommending winter horror films, and discussing really bloody winter horror films. I really enjoy the writing and topics here - I haven't been this excited about a horror genre blog in a long time!
Horror Movie a Day
Exactly that. Every day a different horror or old B-movie is reviewed in depth. While I'd like to see more pics from the movies (posters, or a screencap here or there) perhaps it's ok since the writing is so good here.
--Copyright 2013 Carrie Carolin
January 27, 2013
Tom Banwell Designs
Tom Banwell sells steampunk masks and leather masks. There are also some pretty fairy/pagan head wreaths though those likely won't be of interest to my gothiest readers.
I'm so enjoying looking at their stunning hats, bridal wear, feather headdresses and fascinators. They also sell veils, feather fans and jewelry. Everything here is gorgeous! The shop is based in Los Angeles.
My favorite item here is this purple peacock fascinator.
"Your flesh is dying for these. Bath and body products for the walking dead." This store makes me laugh. I love their sense of humor. Note that I haven't tried any of their products, so I don't know what they smell like. This store sells Coffin Candy, Lip Embalm, body lotions, shower gels, solid perfumes, body butter, mineral eye shadows, face wash, body wash, and lots of other goodies.
Check out their shrunken tiki head soap, which is scented with pomegranate.
Cracked Brain Creations
Creepy handmade horror dolls are on offer here, including a steampunk Frankenstein, a doll with bleeding eyes, and a voodoo doll.
The gothic and Victorian jewelry here is inspired by Hammer horror films, dark fairy tales, pagan rituals and gothic novels. Besides the lovely jewelry, the shop sells bookmarks for grimoires, hair adornments, and witch balls.
You might enjoy the Feral Nuptials wedding/handfasting jewelry section, too.
"Peculiarities for a more elegant and darker sensibility." This LA-based shop sells hair accessories, some dark chokers, handmade bags, an altered journal or two, and vintage jewelry.
My favorite piece here is this red and black mourning veil.
--Copyright 2013 Carrie Carolin
January 15, 2013
Clockwork Mice and Toy Spiders
Lilly Peppermint's blog. Currently she's taking the Goth Challenge; blogging about things she loves; sharing pics of her gorgeous outfit from a recent Victorian gothic picnic; and sharing what it's like to be a goth at a folk festival.
Little Black Bloody Hood
Minxie, an English literature major, blogs from the Philippines. She shares her paintings, poetry, and shares a look at her educational experiences. I think you'll like her open honest writing style, her sense of humor, and her enthusiasm.
Cody is a college student in New York. She blogs about goth and lolita fashion, shares some book and movie reviews, and posts some goth lifestyle and fashion advice at times too.
Deus Ex Machina
Nebel Violet blogs from Haifa, Israel. She is currently attempting to go to fashion school in Germany. She blogs about makeup, goth fashion, takes the goth challenge, and shares a generous amount of pictures of herself. (I'm stingy with mine!) Check out her recent goth photo shoot and her DeviantArt page too.
This girl originally blogged from her home in Belgium, but recently moved to Norway. She's taking the Goth Challenge, sharing photos from her trips, and sharing what it's like to live in her city.
Veracious and Goth
Gin blogs about her life as a goth in St. Louis. Currently she's wondering if she's a goth stereotype; resolving to not buy anything new this year (using DIY or or buying second hand); and posting about goth fashion and the goth lifestyle.
Hope you enjoyed this little goth tour around the world as much as I did! I find it so fascinating to read about the lives of goths in other countries.
--Copyright 2013 Carrie Carolin
January 12, 2013
1. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - January 25, 2013
This could be really, terribly cheesy. But I'm intrigued enough by the presence of Jeremy Renner and Famke Janssen, and I do enjoy a good dark fairy tale retelling. I don't feel the need to see it in 3D (arrows seemingly whizzing by my face? No thank you) but probably can't avoid it.
2. Warm Bodies - February 1, 2013
This is most likely going to be terrible. I'll want my $10.50 and 2 hours of my time back, I can imagine. I'm not sure why the revered John Malkovich agreed to be in this zombie romance, other than he's a bit quirky. I'm a bit suspicious of how hard the studio is working to promote this, creating multiple social media presences online for it and spending a huge advertising budget on a relatively unknown actor and director. (I mean, really, does this movie need an Instagram AND a Pinterest site? A Tumblr?) Almost seems like this should have been straight-to-Redbox. Still, my curiosity has been piqued. At the very least we'll get another good zombie movie drinking game out of it!
3. Beautiful Creatures - February 14, 2013
I'm terribly tired of teenager witchy/vampire "literature." But how can I resist Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons, along with fabulous home decor art direction and costuming?
Here's Emmy Rossum in a gorgeous witchy lace dress.
4. Oz the Great and Powerful - March 8, 2013
This Disney movie promises to be a bit dark. It's directed by Sam Raimi so that gives me hope it won't be a dumbed down children's movie. It retells the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz through the eyes of a circus magician, Oscar Diggs. I'm already reading a lot of complaints that since the film shares the same art director as Alice in Wonderland, the images of Oz look too much like Wonderland.
Perhaps I'm just intrigued to see Rachel Weisz as a beautifully dressed dark witch. With a $200 million budget, the special effects, cinematography and costuming can't possibly be boring, so I'm willing to spend a couple hours of my life viewing this.
5. Evil Dead the Remake - April 12, 2013
If you absolutely must remake one of my all time horror films, at least the original writer/director, Sam Raimi is the one doing it. And Bruce Campbell is a producer! This will be a real fun popcorn movie to drag a couple of friends to after a cocktail or two. Or three.
--Copyright 2013 Carrie Carolin
CEMETERIES, FUNERALS AND DEATH
The Order of the Good Death
This order was started by a mortician in Los Angeles. She's been joined by filmmakers, poets, musicians, artists, and writers "exploring ways to prepare a death phobic culture for their inevitable mortality."
"The Order is about making death a part of your life. That means committing to staring down your death fears- whether it be your own death, the death of those you love, the pain of dying, the afterlife (or lack thereof), grief, corpses, bodily decomposition, or all of the above."
The website offers videos, essays, a blog, and info on the members. If you Like the Facebook page, you'll see something interesting that's death related from the Order every couple days.
Liza Corbett, an artist in New York, uses ink, acrylic, watercolor and gouache to create her illustrations. They depict cross or sad looking women, often entwined with spiky branches or flowering plants. "Persephone" from 2012 depicts a woman in an elegant crown and headdress holding a forlorn baby with branches growing out of its body. Black butterflies flock to a skull in "The Afterlife." Two women share a heart in "The Heart Show." Which one is your favorite?
This London surreal artist has already had several solo shows: "Echoes and Exorcisms," "Arcana," "Heart in Darkness," and currently "Moreish." He works in oil, acrylic, and sometimes spray paint. The images are gruesome, full of despair, melting and full of blurred movement. You'll just have to check them out to see what I mean.
This talented artist is from Istanbul, in Turkey. His paintings and illustrations can be difficult to look at: bruised women, rat necklaces, knives through throats, severed heads. There's an Edwardian feel to the look of his style, and quite a lot here to be unsettled by.
The Cog is Dead
A steampunk band from Florida. The band's members portray steampunk time travellers from the year 1893. They plan to release a new album in Spring 2013.
Ending the Vicious Cycle
This band from Texas plays post-punk gothic rock. They're going to release a new album soon, "Big Black Heart."
The Soft Moon
This neo-post-punk band is from San Francisco. I love their layered sound, and I'm surprised how much I've enjoyed the four or five songs I've listened to by them. They describe their sound as "post-apocalyptic soundtrack" on Facebook.
Jo Jo Cusack lives in Brighton and creates adorable zombie rag dolls. She also creates creepy crockery, such as this blood cup and saucer.
This shop, operating in Austria, sells stunning corsets (overbust and underbust), "corset couture" outfits, plus costumes for ladies and for gentlemen. The collections here have fanciful names, such as "Femme Royale," "Glitter, Glam and Glory," and "Enchanted Garden Collection."
They're also available to custom make clothing, but are booked up for wedding dresses for 2013 and busy until June 2013 for other custom orders. Everything here is so gorgeous! I am so incredibly impressed.
My favorite garment here is this Queen of the Night couture outfit.
This New York based jewelry shop sells goth, steampunk, rocker and vintage jewelry. There are a lot of Swarovski crystals here, skulls and crosses, hearts, bats, and spiders. The vintage pieces, many from the 1980s, are quite lovely, but too colorful to go with my personal wardrobe.
Amber customizes Monster High dolls to make them much spookier and cooler. Here's her Deviantart gallery with photos of her ghoulish creations. My favorite is her custom Sophia Day of the Dead doll.
--Copyright 2013 Carrie Carolin