Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Most Important Cookbook to Keep on Your Goth Kitchen Bookshelf

"How to Cook Children: A Grisly Recipe Book" presents recipes supposedly written by witches - and the main ingredient in each is a child!

I like the illustration on the paperback cover better. "Esmelia Sniff" is the fictional witch said to have edited this collection.

Delightfully Dark Items for Goth and Steampunk Home Decor

This steampunk mirror has an intriguing shape to it. Painted to look antique, it features bat wings and gears.

I have an aversion to cuckoo clocks, as I associate them with old people (both sets of my grandparents always had them ticking away, and my crazy aunt has multiple clocks timed differently from each other in the most annoying way possible). But this cuckoo clock is pretty cool in that it depicts a witch's house, complete with small about-to-be-eaten children.

This amazing gargoyle chandelier is from the early 1900s. I'd love to have this hanging over my dining table! I'd have to stop putting flowery Williams-Sonoma tablecloths on the table, and switch to something darker and more Victorian!

I'd love to store my amethyst and red dishes sets in this massive Victorian Gothic black hutch. Made in Germany in the late 1800s, this has carved gryphons and gargoyles on it. Imagine all the creepy potion bottles you could display in it, too!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Living Dead Dolls Ghosts and Demons of Series 24

The 24th Living Dead Dolls series came out in September 2012, just in time for Halloween. The series depicts mythological angels and demons.

Agrat Bat Mahlat

In Jewish mythology, Agrat Bat Mahlat is the queen of demons, one of the four angels of prostitution. The doll wears a black dress with red shirt, a tiny red crown, and long stringy black hair.

Andras is a demon, a "marquis of hell." He is supposedly male, but this ruffly dress-wearing doll sure looks female to me.

Beelzebub is a Middle Eastern demon, "Lord of the Flies." He started off being worshipped by the Philistines as "Baal Zebub." Accordingly, this living dead doll wears a costume and headpiece resembling a fly's black and red eyes and wings.

Xezbeth is an Arabic demon of lies. The living dead doll wears long flowing white hair, a grey gown, black cape, and two tiny black horns.

Yuki Onna is a snow woman spirit from Japanese folklore. The Yuki Onna living dead doll wears a white silk robe with black oni belt, and ever so long black hair.

Bat-Shaped Baby Leash for Walking Your Babybat

As the foster mother of a little autistic boy who wanders off, I'm fully in support of leashing your younger kids when you go out to places where your child might become separated for you. Here's a really cool bat-shaped leash for walking your toddler and keeping them safely nearby. Bat wings decorate this soft padded plush backpack-style harness.

Also available on Amazon.

Just be sure to have a snappy retort for a few unintelligent mundanes who are sure to criticize your use of a leash at all, on top of the inevitable "Why are you and your kid wearing so much black?" question.

A Year of Jack Skellington

You can send your true love a year of Jack Skellington dolls, making them the happiest goth ever.

Each Jack Skellington comes with a different facial expression, and in a different colored coffin box (for the most part - there are a couple repeats of grays, purples and blacks). The box for October, of course, is orange. My favorite is the sad-looking Jack in May's white coffin.

You Can Be Buried in an Anne Rice Coffin If You Really Want To

Uh, so apparently Ghana has this tradition of burying people who can afford it in fantasy coffins. This one is made to resemble the paperback book of Anne Rice's The Vampire Lestat. It's six feet long.

Click the listing to see more pictures of this coffin. I wish they'd taken a photo with a person in it or standing next to it!

I do spend a lot of time every day with my nose buried in a book - not sure I need my entire body buried in one!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Newly Released Dead Can Dance in Concert Album

I'm very excited that this Dead Can Dance In Concert album was just released (recently, on April 16, 2013).

The CD reportedly contains abridged songs/content, however, so you might want to grab the MP3 album instead.

The 16 songs featured are:

  • Children of the Sun

  • Anabasis

  • Rakim

  • Kiko

  • Lamma Bada

  • Agape

  • Amnesia

  • Sanvaen

  • Nierika

  • Opium

  • The Host of Seraphim

  • All in Good Time

  • Ubiquitious Mr. Lovegrove

  • Dreams Made Flesh (my favorite of these!)

  • Song to the Siren

  • Return of the She King

And I am VERY delighted to see that they plan to release a vinyl version (3 records total) on April 30, 2013. Vinyl! I miss it so much!

Best Gothic Lemonade Dispenser for Summertime

Here's a really cool skull-shaped skull beverage dispenser! Actually, were I having a summertime gothic garden party, I'd dispense with the lemonade (get it? har, har) and serve pink lemonade, or better yet, a nice blood red sangria.

Bat Pajamas for Goth Kids and Adults

Today I'm learning about the Japanese kigurumi pajama trend. Of course my eyes were naturally drawn to the gothier costume possibilities: bat pajamas you can wear in public!

I can't see any reason why one wouldn't be able to comfortably walk around all day going about their business dressed in this Bugsy the Bat costume!

Your kid can have the same bat pajamas too!

The Sazac bat costume isn't my favorite - the red and black look cool, but not very realistic. It's also available on Amazon.

The Sazac bat costume also comes in a kid's version.

This bat costume version is made from cozy fleece. It's way more expensive though.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Dark and Unusual Jack-In-the-Box Toys

I swore to myself that I wasn't going to feature any clown-themed jack-in-the-boxes. Too boring - after all, most jack-in-the-box toys are based on clowns, and creepy ones at that. But check out this one with glowing eyes and monkey-like visage! Aieeee!!

This toy also has glowing eyes, but features a devil face.

I'm not sure why this Phantom of the Opera jack-in-the-box creeps me out so much. I enjoy the musical but it doesn't scare me at all.

This isn't exactly a jack-in-the-box, it's a tiny jewelry charm in the shape of a jack-in-the-box. Open it and a skull or demon pops out. Thought to be circa 1900.

Of course, since I love The Nightmare Before Christmas so much, this is my favorite Jack-in-the-box, but it's decorative, not functional.

Steampunk OOAK Abney Park Dolls

I'm really surprised to see these, actually. The seller took an incredible amount of time to create this 1:12 scale doll depicting Robert Brown from steampunk band Abney Park.

The doll's costume features a vest made from antique kid gloves, striped pants, and yes, goggles. Adorable! It's also being offered on Etsy.

This is a one-of-a-kind creation.

There's also a steampunk doll made in the likeness of former Abney Park member Nathaniel Johnstone. The doll sports dread-falled hair and the musician's trademark mismatched socks.

Next up is a doll made to look like Kristina Erickson. The doll is also available on Etsy.

My least favorite doll here is Jody Ellen's likeness. No offense to Jody, or the doll's creator, but this just looks like a Barbie.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Gorgeous Victorian Hair Combs on eBay

I love the extra sparkle the garnets give to this Victorian hair comb. Check out the carefully crafted metal hinge - nowadays that would be shoddy plastic. I can just see this poking out of the glossy black hair of an elegantly dressed goth girl.

I wish the seller had taken better photos of this lovely Victorian mourning comb.

This Edwardian comb might work well in a steampunk costume.

This black and red comb is made from black celluloid and studded with red rhinestones. It's thought to be early 1900s (which makes it very late Victorian).

Zombie Matryoshka Dolls

Here's an interesting way to decorate your kitchen counter, fireplace mantel or coffee table: Zombie nesting dolls.

The set of six Matryoshka dolls depicts zombies in varying stages of decay. My favorite is the little zombie girl with a pink bow in her hair.