Friday, April 27, 2018

Creepy Zodiac Jewelry from Anomaly Jewelry

Anomaly Jewelry sells "badass jewelry for kickass women." This Etsy shop is based in New York.

There are a lot of lovely and distinctive items here, but I particularly wanted to point out the Zodiac pieces. They feature creepy little hollow-eyed babies, one for every star sign. Above is a Taurus necklace.

The Scorpio necklace features a baby with crab claws.

The Virgo necklace features a heart-shaped chastity lock - I'll let you figure out why that is!

Take a look at their other jewelry, some of which is goth-friendly, like this Bat & Flowers necklace.

RESOURCES:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnomalyJewelry

Anomaly Jewelry on Facebook

Stunning Gothic Fantasy Gowns by Superstitchious

Superstitchious is a gothic fantasy Etsy clothing shop based in London. There are some fabulous looking gowns here, and I hope you enjoy browsing!

Lorelei Velvet Dress

Velvet Forest Dress

Raevena Gothic Medieval Velvet Chiffon Wedding Dress

Renaissance Dress

Don't these make you want to host a ball or perhaps an elegant tea party in a forested backyard? I'd feel so magical when wearing one of these flowy gowns.

RESOURCES:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SuperstitchiousCo

Superstitchious Clothing on Facebook

Superstitchious on Instagram

Superstitchious Interview at The Costume Rag

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sneak Peek: Jasmine Beckett-Griffith's Alice Wonderland Oracle

Coming in September from dark fantasy artist Jasmine Beckett-Griffith - her new Alice: The Wonderland Oracle deck. I love all things Alice and I'm quite excited to try it out!

The deck will come with 45 colorful Wonderland themed cards and a 132 page book on how to use and interpret the cards.

The guidebook's author is Lucy Cavendish, who created Witchcraft Magazine back in 1992.

It will be fun to invite friends over this fall to read our Alice Oracle cards and peer into our futures!

Sneak Peek: The Nightmare Before Dinner Cookbook

The Nightmare Before Dinner: Recipes to Die For: The Official Beetle House Cookbook is based on the Tim Burton themed "Beetle House" restaurant menu. The bar/restaurant of course can't use Tim Burton or his movie names in their business, so instead they proclaim they pay "tribute through food and drink to all things dark and lovely."

There are two Beetle House restaurants, one in New York and one in Los Angeles. I haven't had the pleasure of dining at either, and I really want to!

This dark and lovely cookbook is scheduled to be published in September.

Besides featuring goth movie themed recipes, the book will offer a section on how to throw a Tim Burton themed party at your house.

Add this to your wishlist or pre-order it so you'll have it arrive in time for your 2018 Halloween preparations!

Check out Beetle House NYC and Beetle House LA on Instagram.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Botanical Bat Linens for a Dreary Spring and Summer

It's getting warmer here in Seattle, and I need to switch out my heavy flannel sheets and faux down duvet for lighter weight bedding. Tired of my silvery blue flowery set, I'm tempted by the Bat Botanical linens by Sin in Linen.

Besides the Bat Botanical pillow shams and sheets, Sin in Linen makes a matching tablecloth in the pattern. While I might not use it on my formal dining table very often, I'd be tempted to bring it along on a cemetery picnic!

As a side note, the pattern is actually called "Elysian Fields" and also comes in blue-and-white.

Rainy Day Reading: Pride and Prometheus

I'm a fan of both Jane Austen and Mary Shelley, so imagine my delight when "Pride and Prometheus" was published earlier this winter! I'm not yet tired of literary mashups (though I am chuckling to notice that the publisher is trying to refer to this as a "fusion" book.)

"Pride and Prejudice meets Frankenstein as Mary Bennet falls for the enigmatic Victor Frankenstein and befriends his monstrous Creature in this clever fusion of two popular classics."

It's getting great reviews so far at Amazon, if those can be trusted. Vox.com calls it "achingly sincere."

I think it's fabulous that the author, John Kessel, chose Mary Bennett as the protagonist - a more interesting choice than the obvious Lizzie Bennett character.

John Kessel won the Nebula award for the novelette version of Pride and Prometheus, which was published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in January 2008.

Living in Seattle as I do, there are still many long, rainy days and nights ahead of me before summer comes. I'm looking forward to my next evening spent in front of the fireplace, dogs curled on their beds at my feet, wine glass in one hand, Kindle in the other, exploring this book!

RESOURCES:

Pride and Prometheus at Simon and Schuster

Dread Central's Review of Pride and Prometheus

Hypable.com's Review of Pride and Prometheus

John Kessel Interview, at The Secret Understanding of the Hearts

Pride and Prometheus Review at BiblioSanctum.com

Pride and Prometheus Book Review at BookPage.com

Pride and Prometheus Book Review at Geek Girl Authority.com

Pride and Prometheus on Goodreads

Pride and Prometheus at Publishers Weekly

Pride and Prometheus Review at Tor.com

Pride and Prometheus Review at Vox.com


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Monday, March 26, 2018

Dark Crystal Gifts for Fans of the 1980s Fantasy Film

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to attend one of the limited showings of The Dark Crystal on the big screen, via Fathom Events. After seeing it, I got curious about what related books and gifts might have been produced recently. Here's some of my favorite finds:

I wish I was taking college classes so I could bring my lunch to campus in this Dark Crystal lunchbox! New from Aquarius Cards & Gifts.

On rainy spring weekends, you can put together this 500 piece Dark Crystal puzzle.

Or while away the dreary hours with the Dark Crystal board game.

The Dark Crystal Visual History book might just have to be my next coffee table book, waiting for my visitors to peruse it while sipping the cocktails I serve them. It was published back in September. The Amazon listing lets you peruse multiple color photos of the glorious inside pages!

I'd better get a bigger coffee table, because look what comes out in July also? The Jim Henson's Dark Crystal Artist Tribute book! Stunning, from what I can see of the preview pages.

I'm very intrigued by this Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: A Discovery Adventure. What in the heck is this? Very mysterious. I'll have to wait to find out until it's published in

The Dark Crystal adult coloring book comes out in July. I probably won't sit around coloring on nice summer days, but I might buy one and put it away for dark fall and winter evenings in front of the fireplace.

Volume 2 of the Power of the Dark Crystal graphic novel comes out in late April.

Hmm who else is tempted to rewatch this fantasy classic later today?