Friday, August 3, 2018

Dying to Read This New Children's Book About Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley

I'm staring at my calendar, wishing mightily that August 28 would hurry up and get here so I can finally hold Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein in my hands!

This new book is designed to be read by 5 to 8 year olds (but I won't let that stop me!) It gently explains to the child reader how Mary was unhappy at home, ran away, moved to Switzerland, and got the idea for Frankenstein on a stormy night.

I'm so intrigued to see the pictures inside - the cover looks deliciously dark, and I love the striking use of color.

You can pre-order the book on Amazon to be sure it gets to your coffee table as soon as possible! I'm scared to gift this to my niece as it's a bit dark for her parents' liking, and I might get a dramatic text message as a result!

Monday, July 16, 2018

New Diet Cookbook Written by.. Count Dracula?

Arriving in September: The Bloody Good Diet Cookbook, by Count Dracula.

Well, actually this cookbook wasn't written by Dracula, but by Richard Germaine, author of similar tongue-in-cheek cookbooks.

The Bloody Good Diet Cookbook purports to serve recipes based on one's blood type.

This little gem comes with a themed apron as well - might make a nice gift for the vampire fan in your life.

Beautiful Gothic Beds for Dark Side Home Decor

Lately I've been feeling that my bedroom is really bland and boring. (Not what happens in it, but the decor!) I'd show you a photo, but it would be too humiliating. Instead, I'm wandering around shopping for beds on the Internet. Come take a look at some of my favorite finds lately:

This Meridian canopy bed is upholstered in grey velvet, with crystal button tufting. It comes in Queen and King sizes. It's very regal looking, and a nice alternative if your partner can't quite handle full-on black velvet all over your shared bedroom.

The company makes a matching upholstered velvet nightstand too.

They also offer a matching upholstered dresser, but that might be going a little too far down the "Gray" path. It might work if you had a really big bedroom.

This bed gives you the option of melding your favorite gothy black velvet with modern style: the Meridian Lexi Black Velvet Bed.

Here's a tufted Leatherette bed, in black, with crystals.

Here's a slightly different take on the tufted bed: a tufted platform bed, also with crystals.

This black velvet upholstered sleigh bed is by Baxton. It's a slightly more modern, simpler way to add a luxe regal gothic air to your bedroom.

Princess goths might like the look of this platinum and silver gray bed, which comes in Queen, King or California King sizes.

I love the look of this Baroque cast metal bed, but my boyfriend and I are too clumsy - we'd surely stub our tones on it or bang our shins on it day in and day out. This is a nope.

What do you think of this massive acrylic black headboard from The Parisian Apartment on Etsy?

A New Dark and Darling Nursery Rhyme Book for Goth Younglings

Mother Ghost: Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters just came out yesterday! It's a collection of darker nursery rhymes, tailored for children aged 4-8. I've absolutely got to add this to my "Spooky auntie" bookshelf!

The haunting rhymes include "Mary Had a Little Ghost," "Zombie Miss Muffet," "Wee Willie Werewolf," "Twinkle Twinkle Lantern Jack," and "Sing a Song of Witches." I'd probably rename "Mary, Mary, Tall and Scary" to "Carrie, Carrie, Tall and Scary," but that's just me..

I can't wait to read these to my baby nieces and nephews!

Reviews: Kirkus Review, Publishers Weekly,

Author: Rachel Kolar

Illustrator: Roland Garrigue

Summer Gothic and Horror Book Club Picks

If you host or are a member of a gothic book club, here's some picks your group might possibly enjoy reading this summer!

The Hazel Wood, by Melissa Albert.

I started reading this dark modern urban fairy tale back in May. I'm thoroughly enjoying it, perhaps because the main character, Alice, is so well fleshed out. I really worry about her and wonder what will happen to her. The dark fairy tale overlay is interesting too, and I found myself wanting to know more about the world of the Hinterland. This is a YA book, but a sophisticated one, and your book club members likely will enjoy the world-building and fresh take on fairy tale archetypes.

This book is already slated to be an upcoming film.

There are some book club discussion questions available at LitLovers.

Reviews: Kirkus Review, Goodreads, NPR, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist.


The Hunger, by Alma Katsu.

I'm deeply intrigued by this historical re-imagining of the ill-fated Donner Party, "with a supernatural twist." This book came highly recommended by Stephen King - I do like his taste in other authors' books. Just reading the publishers' blurb about the wagon train survivors wondering if there is something hungry waiting for them in the dark, gives me a bit of a chill. This apparently is a page-turner, though I feel after reading several reviews, I'd need to put it down and take a few breaks now and then!

Will there be much for your book club members to talk about? The author's previous books generally come with thoughtful in-depth reading group guides - this book's guide hasn't yet been created but is likely to appear soon.

Reviews: Goodreads, Locus, USA Today, Kirkus Review, Publishers Weekly, Chicago Review of Books.


A People's History of the Vampire Uprising, by Raymond A. Villareal.

This fictional oral history tells the story of people catching a virus and turning into "Gloamings." They develop an allergic reaction to sunlight, a narcissistic personality, and a radioactivity that makes them not show up on film. The book is a political satire but also a suspense thriller. I'm really intrigued, and will put this as a suggestion to my own book club this summer here in Seattle.

The book has been optioned and will likely become a film destined for the big screen.

As a side note, is it just me, or is the cover sort of annoying and obnoxious? I wish they'd gone with something more attractive or less in-your-face.

Reviews: Kirkus Review, Goodreads, The Washington Post, Tor.com, Publishers Weekly.


The Wicked Deep, by Shea Ernshaw.

If your book club will tolerate reading YA novels, this one might be a nice quick summer read to enjoy together. "Life and love in a cursed town by the sea" sums it up pretty well. The town of Sparrow has a history of witchcraft and drownings - such a pleasant way to while away a hot summer day, am I right?

Reviews: Goodreads, Bookpage, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Review, Fine Print,


The Witches of New York, by Ami McKay. It's set in Gilded Age New York City. This book is described as "Practical Magic with a Victorian twist." I think it would definitely provoke lots of interesting discussions at your book club meeting.

Reviews: Goodreads, Publishers Weekly; The Globe and Mail, Tor.com, Kirkus Review.

Reading guide for book clubs: http://amimckay.com/2017/10/reading-guide-for-witches/.

Horror Building Art Prints from Kayla Brinker

This week I wanted to show you these horror movie themed 8x10 giclee prints from Kayla Brinker. This Florida-based artist prints them on acid free archival paper. Note that frames are not included in purchase price. The originals were drawn with art pens and colored with watercolor paints. Their size makes them convenient to tuck away various places in your home for guests to come across. Perhaps lovingly hanging between family portraits on the landing of your stairs, sitting on a small table in the guest room, or placed on a mantel.

Now you can hang a representation of the Maitlands' house from Beetlejuice on your wall.

The house from Coraline ("The Pink Palace).

This print depicts Annie Wilkes' house from Stephen King's Misery.

Look at this nice simple unassuming little house. Aww.. except it's the house from A Nightmare on Elm Street!

Here's my personal favorite: Kayla's illustration of The Overlook Hotel from Stephen King's The Shining.

I have several friends who would enjoy owning this print of The Bates Motel.

Shop for other architecture horror movie art prints at Kayla Brinker Art on Etsy!

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Gothic Art Prints of Caitlin McCarthy


I thought you might enjoy perusing Caitlin McCarthy's art shop on Etsy.

"Til Death" is probably my favorite of her drawings.

Themes in her shop include mermaids, werewolves, witches, Lucy from Bram Stoker's Dracula (the Coppola film), and the occasional vampire.

It's almost time to start thinking about Halloween again (yay), and here's her "Samhain Witch" print to help us get in the mood.

Mary Shelley is in the news a lot lately, due to it being the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein. Love this print of the author!

The artist lives in California. Visit the links below to learn more about her.

RESOURCES:

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

Caitlin McCarthy Art on Facebook

Caitlin McCarthy Art on Tumblr