December 29, 2014

New Dark Links for the Last Monday of the Year


Cosplay for the Recently Deceased

These two ladies, Amy and Hannah, love cosplaying together. They primarily focus on Beetlejuice related cosplay. Check out their Facebook page for a cool Beetlejuice Christmas tree. They also showcase other cosplayers with cool costumes, not always "dark" but still interesting to look at.

Cosplay for the Recently Deceased, on Facebook

Dancing with Death

This is a Facebook page, not really a blog, but I thought you'd enjoy their daily posts on the darker side of life. In October, they are more of a Halloween lifestyle community. So far this is a cozy little place, with 240 fans.

Dancing with Death, on Facebook


DJ LadyNoir

I learn so much from browsing goth DJ playlists. Her most recent event was at Club Ascension.

DJ Wolfman

This DJ broadcasts on Nightbreed Radio and via podcast.



A supernatural podcast by L.E. Muesch. New episodes are broadcast on the 13th of every month. Each episode features a new haunting story.


Deflated Mouse

This Etsy shop is based in New York. Theda sells all sorts of adorable bat-themed merchandise: bat jewelry, bat-shaped pillows, and occasional vintage items that aren't batty.

My favorite item here is this set of bat cameo hair clips.

Diana Levin Art

This Los Angeles area artist creates "creepy cute" gothic fantasy art. You can buy prints and mini prints, ACEO trading cards, and pendants based on her art. My favorite piece here is the Wizard of Oz steampunk wicked witch.

Monkey Wrench Clothing

This shop is based in Kansas City, Missouri. They have a brick and mortar shop and also sell online. In addition to brands like Voodoo Vixen, they sell custom clothing. There are a few steampunk items here as well, and a few gifty type items.

Wild Kitty

This Australian shop specializes in retro rockabilly clothing. They carry many plus sizes. Besides men and women's clothing, they sell housewares, hosiery and shoes.

My favorite item here is this Polka dot rose dress.

UC Studios

This shop sells lots of cool El Dia de Los Muertos prints, plus pinup prints, papier mache skulls, and original art. I'd rather own the original Day of the Dead doll that's depicted in this print, than a print. I'm wondering where the dolls might be for sale!

UC Studios


A Haunting on the Screen

This horror blog is currently reviewing The Babadook.

You Only Live Twice

This horror blog specializes in "afterlife cinema." Movies that depict what happens after we die. Currently reviewing "Life After Beth" and a movie called "I Origins."

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Dark and Dreary Goth/Industrial and Steampunk Songs for a Macabre Christmas Holiday Season

Earlier this month, a bunch of students at Dark Side University had a gothic holiday song listening party online, courtesy of YouTube's vast archive. We all threw out favorite songs for each other to check out, and I wanted to share some of the URLs with you here. This isn't a comprehensive look at gothic Christmas music availability, it's just a peek into what we were enjoying listening to together during this dark bleak holiday winter season.

Not goth, but give a listen to This Vale of Tears, by Frozen Zone

How about Abney Park's Little Drummer Boy? They have a ton of other Christmas songs too.

Ok, who has seen this video of Siouxsie singing the French traditional Christmas Carol "Le Divine Enfant"?

Annie Lennox also did a version of Le Divine Enfant.

Here's The Cruxshadows doing "Happy Xmas (War is Over)".

Here's the "Gothic Christmas" song by symphonic rock band Within Temptation. It makes me giggle. I like it.

I'm checking out Erasure's cover of the 1582 sacred Christmas carol "Gaudete" which means "At this Time of Grace."

This is supposed to be The Cure doing "Merry Christmas Everyone" but I can barely understand the vocals.. I'm skeptical?

Razor Skyline wrote in and asked if I would play their excellent song "The Longest Night of the Year."

"Welcome Christmas," by Love Spirals Downwards, is on the legendary Dark Noel Vol 1 album, which Amazon just informed me I purchased back on December 12, 2000. Now I feel old, and like it's time to sort out my CD bookcase because I haven't held this CD in my hands in years.

The Dark Noel volume 2 album is also very good.

Here are Mediaeval Baebes performing "Gaudete" at RenFair in Maryland in 2013.. their outfits are gorgeous!

Unto Ashes has a nice winter album. You can listen to Winter Born on YouTube.

Have you yet heard Bjork sing the Icelandic Christmas Cat song "Björk - Jólakötturinn - Hvít Er Borg Og Bær - Icelandic Christmas Cat - (1987)."

We all decided that the Sisters of Mercy's "Driven Like the Snow" belongs on every goth winter music playlist.

London After Midnight has a Christmas song.

My very favorite gothy Christmas song by ethereal non-goths: "Frosty the Snowman" by the Cocteau Twins.

L'ame Immortelle sings "Tiefster Winter".

Oh here's another great song - Medieval Baebes performing "The Angel Gabriel."

You can listen to the Black Snow Christmas compilation #1 and
Black Snow #2.

You most likely already know about Nox Arcana's many wonderful wintertime holiday albums: Winter's Eve, Winter's Knight, and Winter's Majesty.

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Dark Gothic Blog of the Year for 2014

This year I want to showcase Goth Gardening, which I have so enjoyed reading every time I have stopped by these past few months.

"Goth Gardener's" real life last name means "the child from the land of spiders" in Polish - how cool is that?

It's really difficult to write high quality blog posts multiple times per week - she manages 10 to 15 posts a month, which is every other day! It's been so fun, in a non-creepy-stalking way, to see the things she shares about her life and adventures somewhere in (I think) Virginia?

The blog began back in May with her first musings on gardening.

You can read about her tour of the Ashland Holiday Home Walking Tour, read about her excitement regarding her upcoming wedding, check out the beautiful outfit she wore to her staff holiday party, and learn from her about the house of Poe's "Lost Lenore." You can read about her goals for Bat Fit 2014 - I am impressed, I didn't have the courage to blog about my own personal goals.

She loves Christmas, and recently ran a Goth Gardening Gift Giving Contest on her blog. I'm enjoying learning about her Candlemas tradition as well as the legend of the Snowdrop.

Is there much actual "gothic gardening" content here? You'll just have to peruse the back entries to find out. (I'll give you this one hint: purple shamrock plants).

Why am I featuring this one blog in particular? I think it's a great example of a fun blog by an upbeat, intelligent goth who explores a lot, shares cool spooky finds, isn't afraid to share personal things, and isn't trying to prove to anyone how goth or dark or morbid she is. She's just living her interesting life, working towards her goals, and letting us Internet goths have a quick peek at what that looks like for her. Bravo.

I like her advice here and wish young goths would read that particular post.

--Copyright 2014 Carrie Carolin

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