Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sourpuss's New Tentacles Skirt for Corpgoths in Spring

Ok, ok, you probably wouldn't wear Sourpuss's new Tentacles Pencil Skirt to court or to a high-profile business meeting. But for around the office, you can add a dark edge to your corporate attire with this skirt, paired with a nice little black cardigan.

If you were so inclined, you could pull your outfit together with these steampunk octopus earrings, too!

New Disney Haunted Mansion Metal Earth Puzzles for Rainy Days

I like the idea of having little geeky craft kits around the house for something challenging to do on a long rainy Sunday evening. However, I want to point out that these intricate metal puzzles are not really for kids. Don't make my mistake of trying to put them together with a young child - you'll both get frustrated at the tiny pieces. These aren't toys, but tiny complex models. Stick to Lego if you have a kid hovering nearby wanting to "help"!

I have so many friends who are obsessed with Disney's Haunted Mansion. Surely several of them will scoop up the Metal Earth 3D Haunted Mansion kit!

The Haunted Mansion 3D model kit can also be purchased on eBay.

You can't go to all the trouble of putting together the Haunted Mansion and then not park the Haunted Mansion Hearse out front!

The Haunted Mansion Hearse 3D Metal Earth model is also available on eBay.

Happy haunting!

Checking Out Film Novelizations from Goth Movies of the 1980s and 1990s

On a recent rainy day, I got a wild hair to research film novelizations from dark and gothic films of my youth. I thought it might be really fun to put on one of the movies in the background, make a big pot of blackcurrant tea, and read through the film novelization.

I was really hoping to find the novelization for "The Craft," but no luck so far!

Here are three I'm tempted to get:

The Lost Boys, by Craig Shaw Gardner. This author has written a lot of film novelizations, including one for Tim Burton's "Batman," so this is probably well written.

The Crow: City of Angels, by Chet Williamson. Chet Williamson also wrote The Crow: Clash By Night. I was disappointed to not be able to find the novelization for the first film - I know I could go read the comic, but I prefer to read text, not look at pictures.

Bram Stoker's Dracula, by Fred Saberhagen. Saberhagen wrote many Dracula-themed and vampire-themed books, so he was perfect to write this novelization. I wonder if I could read it all the way through without remembering Winona Ryder's awful voice in this film and Keanu Reeves' horrid accent!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Neil Gaiman American Gods Coloring Book

Coming at the end of April - Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" coloring book!

Imagine how many pleasant rainy afternoons one could spend enjoying coloring scenes from this fantasy/mythology masterpiece of a novel!

Or perhaps you'll enjoy coloring these pages while watching the Starz "American Gods" series..

You can discuss the coloring book with other fans over on Goodreads, too.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

My Current Favorite Goth Umbrella for Spring

I adore pagoda umbrellas, and this lace and bows one from the Hilary's Vanity shop on eBay is just too perfect!

Imagine yourself romping gaily through a cemetery picnic, clutching this darling umbrella to protect yourself from wind, ran or - horrors - the sun!

This umbrella is made from satin, and trimmed with lace around the edges. So cute!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Nightmare Before Christmas Scarves for Spring from Canis Picta

Here's some adorable lightweight Nightmare Before Christmas scarves that I thought might be perfect for spring. They won't keep you warm or keep rain off of you, but they'll wittily accessorize your springtime goth outfits.

They're from a shop called Canis Picta that sells all sorts of cool pop-culture goodies.

Their Nightmare Before Christmas scarf selection includes Zero's face, Zero in a repeating pattern, Sally's dress print, Jack Skellington's face, Shock, Lock, Barrel, a combo of This is Halloween/Making Christmas, and Jack Skellington's suit print.

I'd have a hard time deciding - Which one tempts you the most?

It occurs to me that these are so large, I might drape them over a table, a bookcase, or another area of my home for a nice dark decorating touch!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Another New Dark YA Book for Young Goths: The Mesmerist

I wanted to introduce you to this new dark little novel for pre-teens and young adults. "The Mesmerist" comes out February 7.

Thirteen-year-old Jessamine Grace and her mother make a living as sham spiritualists—until they discover that Jess is a mesmerist and that she really can talk to the dead. Soon she is plunged into the dark world of Victorian London’s supernatural underbelly and learns that the city is under attack by ghouls, monsters, and spirit summoners. Can Jess fight these powerful forces? And will the group of strange children with mysterious powers she befriends be able to help? As shy, proper Jess transforms into a brave warrior, she uncovers terrifying truths about the hidden battle between good and evil, about her family, and about herself.

Who doesn't love a book set in dark Victorian London, am I right?

Here's a lively, intriguing little tale that can keep a kid occupied during boring dark or rainy winter evenings. I'm interested in the topic of mesmerism, so might check it out myself!

Related links for The Mesmerist:

Strange Black Flowers: The Ronald L. Smith Official Webpage

The Mesmerist Review, at Awake at Midnight

The Mesmerist, on GoodReads

The Mesmerist Review at Hit or Miss Books

The Mesmerist, at Kirkus Reviews

The Mesmerist Review at Publishers Weekly