Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What Every Lolita Girl Wants for Christmas

Nella, the December 2011 Pullip from Groove. She wears a black frilly, ruffly dress with black and white sailor bows; plus harlequin stockings and a lacy bonnet.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Nightmare Before Christmas Plush Calendar

There aren't really any nooks and crannies to tuck spooky little treats into, so I suppose this really isn't an Advent calendar. This Nightmare Before Christmas Countdown Calendar is a plush calendar that hangs on your wall. It features Jack Skellington and his kidnapped Santa.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide for Goths: For the Girl Geek Goth

The "Save Yourself" Emily USB drive shows Emily with a mask and bat symbol.

This Emily the Strange USB drive features a red-and-white color scheme.

This Emily the Strange USB drive features Emily's typical black-and-white hair and a swirly red logo.

Each of these drives hold just 4 gigs.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Autumn Reads for Goths

"Zone One" is getting incredibly good reviews. I never tire of post-apocalyptic novels, and I have room in my life for another good zombie tale or two. This comes highly recommended by Justin Cronin, author of the post-apocalyptic vampire novel "The Passage" novel I enjoyed so much this fall.

Damned, by Chuck Palahniuk

Damned is narrated by a 13 year old girl named Madison, who dies after being abandoned by her parents at a fancy Swiss boarding school. She then goes to hell, and embarks on an infernal quest to confront Satan.

It's a Chuck Palahniuk book, so of course you won't be bored reading it.

Mr. Darcy's Bite, on Amazon

I never personally get tired of Pride & Prejudice retellings, mashups or imaginings. Here, Mr. Darcy is clearly quite too affected by the full moon. Quite refreshingly, in this romance, he's found to be not a vampire, but a werewolf.

The President's Vampire

The President's Vampire is a sequel, so it might not be quite so enjoyable if you haven't read Blood Oath. It's a great quick suspenseful read. The "war on terror" is reimagined as "the war on horror."

Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer is written for teens, and features a choose-your-own-adventure method to select your preferred ending. The feisty heroine fights evil, though you might find yourself rooting for the vampires.

A Cthulhu Christmas

Here's a cute little Cthulhu Santa figure, on Etsy. Not sure Cthulhu is supposed to be so lovable and harmless looking.. but hey.

Hang this Cthulhu wreath on your front door for a merrier, scarier Christmas. (Also available on Amazon).

This Cthulhu Christmas Sweater is a limited edition, sold by wacky Seattle-area Archie McPhee. Dare you to wear it to your next family gathering!

Enjoy some Cthulhu Christmas carols and this Carol of the Old Ones on YouTube.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Funko's New Maleficent Plush Toy

This adorable 4" Maleficent villain vinyl figure will be released on November 12. She'll be joined by fellow villainess Cruella de Vil. And for some reason there's an expensive $99 metallic version of Maleficent.

3 Cool Books about Buffy and Joss Whedon

Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them: Essays by authors including Sharon Shinn, Emma Bull, and Elizabeth Bear. They write about the impact of Whedon's work on his female fans.

It's also available on eBay.

The Buffyverse catalog is geared towards the serious Buffyholic. Contents include thorough listings of licensed Buffy comics, episodes, DVDs, scripts, novels, audiobooks and soundtracks, Buffy board and card games, and magazines; as well as unlicensed scholarly and media materials (books, essays, journal articles, interviews, scholarly articles, derivative works and parodies). A major reference for geek and pop entertainment writers.

Also available for a bit less on eBay.

Joss Whedon: Conversations is a collection of interviews and conversations the authors (an English teacher and a literature professor) had with Joss about his life and work. Topics include Joss and feminism; Serenity; crafts; the web; metaphysics; and of course, Buffy.

Just $6.75 this week on Amazon.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Cute Little Tiny Jack Skellington Figure

Funko produced this tiny Jack Skellington figure. At just under 4 inches, he's great for a stocking stuffer, decorating your cubicle at work, or tucked away in your purse for any time you need a smile.

He's also available on eBay, where you can also find a Sally figure.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Can You Resist This Johnny Depp Willy Wonka Doll?

This Korean Pullip doll is based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Tim Burton's version. The doll wears Johnny Depp's hairstyle and mournful dark eyes; as well as a red velvet coat, black outfit, and big hat.

The doll is a pre-order, due to ship in February 2012.

An Oompa Loompa will also be created to complement Willy Wonka, using the Dal style doll.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Bloody Red Riding Hood Doll for Halloween

If only Halloween were a gift-giving holiday like Christmas is. Then I'd put Pullip's Bloody Red Riding Hood on my wish list. It's from Pullip's new Creator's Label. The doll is a collaboration by several different designers.

She wears a wolf imprint on her white gown; plus a luxurious bloody looking cape. She carries a basket of goodies for her grandmother.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Little Goth Girl Sticker Paper Doll

Little Goth Girl Sticker Paper Doll, on Amazon

Just released today! I highly doubt I'll be seeing this on display at my favorite local specialty toy store that happens to stock paper dolls. But I'm excited that this book was produced at all, and by a respected paper doll artist.

I'm not ashamed to be found playing with this paper doll on one of Seattle's many rainy days!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Now They're Making Zombie Books for Little Kids

There's no way my mother would have let me read "Zombie in Love" when I was four to eight years old! It tells the story of Mortimer, a zombie who very much wants to be in love.

At the Zombie Nite Cafe, ghouls, werewolves, and veiny eyeballs order meals such as "scrambled brains" and "malformed meat patties." Another book designed for four-to-eight year olds.

Also available on eBay.

A New Beautifully Dark Tarot Deck

Ludy Lescot Tarot, on Amazon

One of my favorite tarot publishers, Lo Scarabeo, developed this Ludy Lescot deck, based on the instructions of an esoteric student in New Orleans. The artist is Patrizio Evangelisti. The artwork is particularly dark and gothic. The deck, however, has taken some unfortunate liberties with renumbering a couple Major Arcana cards.

Also available on eBay.

4 Horror Alphabet Books

V is for Vampire, on Amazon

"An illustrated history of the Undead." Adam-Troy Castro's gruesome book begins with "A Is for Arterial Spray."

Z is for Zombie, on Amazon

He also wrote Z is for Zombie, a guide to the end of the world.

H is for Haunted House, on Amazon

Finally, an alphabet book for children to enjoy! Cutesey, and not very creepy (unfortunately).

The Dangerous Alphabet, on Amazon

A collaboration between Neil Gaiman and Gris Grimly (one of my favorite illustrators!) It's a rhyming book for kids.

Fun Zombie and Sugar Skull T-Shirts for Autumn

I'm thinking of adding a couple t-shirts by Black Market Lowbrow to my fall wardrobe. I work at home, so I wear pajamas and a T-shirt all day.

While tattoo-inspired, lowbrow, skull art like this is more often worn by rockers, not goths, the sugar skulls and zombie theme appeal to more than just rockers.

"Undead Girl" T-Shirt for Juniors

"Smoke" T-Shirt for Juniors

"Poison" Zombie T-Shirt for Juniors

Women's Aubrey Sugar Skull T-Shirt

Men's "Ruca" Lowbrow T-Shirt

Beautiful Leatherbound Books for the Goth Library

Stock your library shelves with beautiful leather bound gothic classics. (And Alice in Wonderland, which no library is complete without). Invite friends into your library for a drink, and let them peruse your shelves, looking for treasures to revisit. (No cigars though, cigar smoke is bad for books!)

H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction, on Amazon

Alice in Wonderland

Edgar Allan Poe

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Jane Eyre, one of Charlotte Bronte's two gothic novels

American Gods and Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman

Monday, October 17, 2011

Cute Little Beetlejuice Doll

This pocket-sized Beetlejuice figure is just over 3 inches tall. His head swivels, too. Great stocking stuffer if you're an early Christmas shopper like I am.

Say it with me three times, won't you? Beetlejuice.. Beetlejuice...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Beautifully Spooky Fabric for Halloween Crafting

"Halloween Monsters" by Eerie Alley, on eBay

I'm so excited about Eerie Alley's Halloween fabrics. I'm not much of a quilter or a crafter, but I like to drape interesting fabrics over my dining table, mail table, bookcases and coffee table.

"Halloween Monsters" also comes with an orange background.

"Skulls" comes in purple and in orange.

"Purple Owl" is one of my favorite Eerie Alley patterns.

Happy haunting and crafting!

Monday, October 3, 2011

In The Gothic Kitchen

If you entertain often, here are some goth kitchen and serving items to dress up your parties.

Protect your goth garb while you cook with this skull and crossbones apron.

There's a matching potholder and mitt too, as well as a skull and crossbones dish towel.

The Newlydeads is a set of El Dia de Los Muertos-themed salt and pepper shakers. They look a bit shy.

I can't seem to keep anything alive in my garden, so I won't be using this crowned skull herb grinder, but maybe you have better gardening mojo than me.

I might serve a few pieces of sushi on this skull and bones appetizer plate.

For perkigoths, here's a pink and black skulls salt and pepper set.

Plain old salt and pepper shakers rest in this skull holder.

This adorable Vampire Kiss salt and pepper set is made in the kitschy 1950s style.

Serve specialty salts and fiery pepper out of these flaming skull salt and pepper shakers. Great for year-round table decor, not just Halloween.

If you prefer something less colorful, here's a set of black and white skulls for your salt and pepper.