Friday, February 24, 2012

Jack Skellington and Sally Pop Vinyl Figures

New from Funko and Disney - Pop Vinyl Jack Skellington. Great for corpgoth office cubicles or making your dorm room creepier and more homelike. He's also sold on Amazon.

Also new - Jack's girlfriend Sally. At just 3.5 inches tall, these tiny figures make fun collectibles that don't take up a lot of room on your shelves. Also available as a set of two, on Amazon.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Zombie Head Decanter

This zombie head decanter would be a great conversation piece at your next gothic dinner party. Fill it with wine and slowly pour it out as the night commences.

I know that decanters are supposed to be used for wine, not cocktails, but I'd be sorely tempted to serve a Midori Sour in here. The green tinge to the drink would look ultra gross in this zombie head.

Also available on Amazon.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Get Ready to Freak Out - Beetlejuice Doll for 2012

I'm not really a doll collector any more, but I do enjoy reading some of the blogs and keeping up with what's going on in the collectible doll scene. I was blown away today though because I had no idea this was in the works! The Tonner Doll Company created a licensed Beetlejuice fashion doll for 2012!

Her name is Ms. Beetlejuice and she's quite pricey, like most Tonner dolls.

Ms. Beetlejuice stands 16 inches tall.

What do you think? Pretty cool?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Scariest Addams Family Toy Ever

I know I'm supposed to think this is cool because the Addams Family is an awesome goth icon.. but frankly this Lurch doll creeps me out! It's a vintage toy from 1964.

This profile view of a boxed Lurch doll doesn't help convince me that this doll won't come alive in the middle of the night and kill my pets and family!

Living Dead Dolls Parodies Raggedy Ann & Andy

New for 2012 from Living Dead Dolls - Rotten Sam & Sandy, a creepy but not too bloody take on Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls. I'm actually surprised at the subtleness of these dolls, and the absence of blood, gore and pointy weapons.

Rotten Sandy, on eBay

Rotten Sam, on eBay

Or you can buy the set together on Amazon. Each doll comes with a death certificate and boxed in their own coffin packaging.

I'm old enough to have played with my aunt's cherished, worn out Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, so this spooky set with their triangular noses pull on my heart a bit.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

2 Darkly Romantic Valentine's Gifts for Goths

Gingerdead Cookie Cutters, on eBay

Either bake up a batch of these skeleton gingerbread men cookies to present to your Valentine, or gift the cutters to your favorite goth baker.

Lolita Lempicka "Couture Black," from Sephora

Who cares what it smells like (though I love iris and jasmine scents) - the bottle is so beautiful. (Pity about the hideous yellow on the box, which I'd throw away). Great for adorning a goth maiden's vanity table. Also available on Amazon and on eBay.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

3 Beautifully Dark Books to Anticipate in 2012

The Wolf Gift, by Anne Rice

The Wolf Gift will arrive on Valentine's Day. This is Anne Rice's foray into werewolf fiction. Sadly, it appears one of the themes of the book is, yet again, salvation.

The Twelve - the sequel to The Passage

The Twelve, by Justin Cronin. I'm so eagerly awaiting this sequel. It's due on October 16. I was so engrossed by and obsessed with The Passage last year. Can't wait to find out what happens next, on long rainy dark evenings this fall, curled up in front of my fireplace with a snoring dog or purring kitty.

The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel, by Stephen King

The latest Dark Tower novel, The Wind Through the Keyhole, debuts April 24, 2012. I'm a bit behind in my Dark Tower series reading, so I'd better catch up before then. Also available in a Kindle edition.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

9 Intriguing Non-Fiction Books for Goths

Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the Origins of an Enduring Legend is, interestingly enough, published by National Geographic. Chapters include A Vampire in Venice 2006; Twilight Zone; Gatherings from Graveyards; The Vampire Epidemics; Corpi Morti; Terra Damnata; The Wanderers; and The Larvae. The tale of Lord Byron's ghost story contest, causing Polidori to write "The Vampyre," is recounted here as well.

Food for the Dead: On the Trail of New England's Vampires. A scholarly look at the consumption outbreak in early New England, and the cremations, exhumations and oddness that followed.

The Private Letters of Countess Erzsebet Bathory. Over 40 historical documents and letters written by Countess Bathory are included here, translated into English. Historical supporting material helps put the letters in context and deepens our knowledge of the Countess's life.

Goths: A Guide to an American Subculture. This book covers goth music, fashion, body modification, goth fiction and literature, and the goth community (this last chapter is a bit outdated already). The book ends with a look at rejecting conformity and an overview of how subcultures form.

Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires: The History of Corpse Medicine from the Renaissance to the Victorians. This sounds like a gross and depressing read: "charts in vivid detail the largely forgotten history of European corpse medicine, when kings, ladies, gentlemen, priests and scientists prescribed, swallowed or wore human blood, flesh, bone, fat, brains and skin against epilepsy, bruising, wounds, sores, plague, cancer, gout and depression." It may well be fascinating to the right people though. I think I'm too wimpy to stomach this read!

Haunted Air would make a fabulous goth coffee table book. It contains vintage Halloween photographs taken between 1875–1955. Someone clearly spent a ton of time scouting vintage photograph and postcard markets to compile this beautiful book. As you can imagine given the dates taken, the photos are all in black and white.

Worldwide Gothic: A Chronicle of a Tribe.

Natasha Scharf's excellent well-researched book on the goth scene, the history and emergence of goth music, and the current state of goth music.

The Haunting of America: From the Salem Witch Trials to Harry Houdini. Chapters include:

  • Colonial America: The Devil in Salem

  • Whig, Tory and Spiritualist

  • Is That You, Mr. Splitfoot?

  • Spiritualism Spreading Like Wildfire

  • Home and the Power of Levitation

  • Women at the Seance Table

  • From Seance to Science

  • A Magician Among the Spirits

Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting. This book discusses everything from Victorian-era mad men scientists to Salem witches, frontier beasts, haunted houses, undead Americans, freak show oddities, alien invasions, even Freddie Krueger.

Enjoy a serious, dark read on a long winter's night, esconced in front of your fireplace with your favorite brew (whether it be tea, wine, beer, coffee or cocoa).