March 23, 2014

Goths Unplugged

Tonight I was in the mood for some dark and lovely acoustic/unplugged versions of songs by goth bands. Here's a few of my favorites. And thanks to Anann for several of the song suggestions!

Peter Murphy performed his A Strange Kind of Love and the intro to Bauhaus' Bela Lugosi's Dead acoustically in Stockholm in June 2013.

Robert Smith singing and performing "Boys Don't Cry" for MTV Unplugged in 1991.

And you'll likely really enjoy his acoustic version of Lullaby.

Here's Close to Me acoustic version, too.

The acoustic unplugged version of Love Cats is really jazzy and kinda weird.

Robert Smith joined Korn for an acoustic version of In Between Days along with Korn's unplugged version of Make Me Bad.

Gorgeous and haunting acoustic version of A Forest. Swoon!

Wayne Hussey performing Wasteland at the Modified Arts Centre in Phoenix AZ, USA on September 2008.

He also performed Tower of Strength among other acoustic songs in his set.

David J. from Bauhaus performing Love and Rockets' The Dog-End of a Day Gone By acoustically.

Peter Murphy performed "Cuts You Up" among other songs at an all acoustic show at SXSW in 2011.

I haven't researched this closely, but this appears to be a 1991 acoustic show for KROQ (the LA-area alternative radio station): Siouxsie and the Banshees with My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult.

Here's Nick Cave and Warren Ellis doing an acoustic version of The Mercy Seat.

Expect this post to be edited and grow, so come back tomorrow and see what other goth goodies we've found!

--Copyright 2014 Carrie Carolin

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February 17, 2014

Five Interesting Dark and Gothy Blogs


Goth Gourmande

Amaya Booker's gourmet cooking blog. She's an Aussie transplant living in San Francisco, blogging about geeky things. Recent posts include reviews of restaurants she ate at during her recent trip to Las Vegas, recommendations of some cooking shows she's currently enjoying, and her recipe for low carb peanut butter cups. This isn't a very gothy blog, but the author is cool and has good taste and varied interests, so I think if you enjoy gourmet food you'll want to bookmark this.

A Grave Interest

This blog is about cemetery culture, graveyards, cemetery architecture, mourning, and genealogy. Joy writes well and shares beautiful photographs. This is her fourth year blogging about cemeteries here.


Miss Alice lives in Portugal. She blogs about goth and industrial music, her green hair, her obsession with skulls and horns, horror films, and alternative fashion.

Matilda Marble Eye

A Finnish goth blogger. She's currently posting about what goths can wear in cold weather; sharing photos of some bat cookies she baked; and sharing her mania for elegant underwear.

She Walks Softly

Dana's blog. She's interested in arts, literature, technology, science and the media. She blogs about art, anatomy, sculptures, ephemera, and other intriguing topics. She shares cool finds, such as If Alien and Predator Were Little Golden Books. I'll be back often to see what she's currently geeking out about!

--Copyright 2014 Carrie Carolin

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February 16, 2014

New Dark Links for a Wintry February Sunday Night


Creature Spot

"The spot for creature art, artists, and fans." Gorgeous and imaginative drawings, paintings, sculptures, and digital imaginings of creatures and monsters. This community site encompasses a blog as well as a forum and Facebook page.

Creature Spot on Facebook

Creature Spot on Twitter


A digital artist from Australia. She creates beautiful gothic fantasy art. Take a peek at her Amethyst Eyes gallery. My favorite piece here is "The Alpha Crow."


Gothic Readers Book Club

"A gathering of like-minded souls who read Gothic literature." They just this week disbanded; but you can benefit from their past blog posts. They recommended books and introduced contemporary new gothic authors.

Monster Librarian

"Read to survive." This is an extremely useful, helpful and important resource for horror books, dark librarians, and lovers of horror fiction. There are resources for librarians, book reviews, vampire fiction reviews, and info on upcoming horror fiction releases. I really enjoyed browsing this site tonight and got quite off track exploring their offerings.

Paranormal Book Club

A blog with paranormal book reviews (Mostly in the YA subgenre, as you can imagine) and author recommendations. They do a few giveaways, as well.


Batzz in the Belfry

A gothic rock band based in San Francisco. They feature a violinist, and they're inspired by Siouxsie, Sisters of Mercy, and Bauhaus.

Solemn Meant Walks

A post-punk goth band from Chicago. I love female vocalists!


A band from Finland that describes their sound as "noir wave" and "death disco."


The Art of Reese

Reese Hilburn's dark art, based in Los Angeles. (By the way, the artist is also a tattoo artist!) This shop sells both prints and original oil paintings. My favorite painting here is "Mother of Orkhis."

Bubbles & Frown

Bubbles & Frown is a Los Angeles-based haberdashery shop. I love how distinctive and unique their creations are. They use a lot of feathers in their pieces. I'm getting a kick out of their "Ritzy von Ritzerson" mini top hat!


A New Jersey-based maker of Lovecraftian curiosities - artifacts and specimens, mostly jewelry. Really cool stuff here!


The Haunted Librarian

"Researching, investigating, and writing about haunted locations." A busy and active blog. Recent posts include "Train Rules and Darwin," Ghost Radar: Legacy, "Sorry, I Almost Got You Killed," and "Faking It."

Seeks Ghosts

A paranormal blog with posts on historical ghost occurrences, including Mission San Juan Capistrano's ghosts and a haunted street in Scotland called Mary King's Close.


Aether NZ

You can download the first (premiere) issue of this Steampunk online magazine. Slick and interesting to read! It was published in October 2013.

--Copyright 2014 Carrie Carolin

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