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.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
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
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
"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.
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.
Here's a cute little Cthulhu Santa figure, on Etsy. Not sure Cthulhu is supposed to be so lovable and harmless looking.. but hey.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
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.
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
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.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
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
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
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
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.
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.
"An illustrated history of the Undead." Adam-Troy Castro's gruesome book begins with "A Is for Arterial Spray."
He also wrote Z is for Zombie, a guide to the end of the world.
Finally, an alphabet book for children to enjoy! Cutesey, and not very creepy (unfortunately).
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.
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!)
Monday, October 17, 2011
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
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.
"Purple Owl" is one of my favorite Eerie Alley patterns.
Happy haunting and crafting!
Monday, October 3, 2011
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.
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.