Tired of literary fiction, the usual Dracula and Frankenstein and television host book club picks? Form a gothic book club in your town and choose a bit more intellectual readings to ponder over and discuss with your book club members. Take turns hosting at each other's dark and drearily decorated houses, seeing who can outdo each other with book-themed cocktails and desserts each month.
Following are some suggestions for intriguing reading for thoughtful goths:
Chapter and Verse: New Order, Joy Division and Me (2014): Bernard Sumner's take on things. Book reviews include The Guardian and The Register; and here's an article where Peter Hook dissects the autobiography and one where he bashes it.
Robert Smith: The Cure and Wishful Thinking (2005): While we wait for a more updated biography or (dare we hope) a Robert Smith autobiography, this will have to do.
Morrissey (2014): Autobiography from the lead singer of The Smiths. Morrissey can be a bit polarizing, so not everyone in your book club might want to read this.
Dark Entries: Bauhaus and Beyond (2001): This looks like a nice drama-filled read for your book club. Maybe set out some extra wine or whisky for your book club meeting this month.
Siouxsie and the Banshees: Entranced Story (1989): Out of date, but still an interesting read on one of the seminal goth bands.
Siouxsie and the Banshees: The Authorised Biography (2003): Perhaps then move onto this more updated biography for the second half of the month of your book club.
Edgar Allan Poe: Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance (2008): Of all the many Poe biographies out there, I chose this one from its melodramatic title and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Sure to spark some lively discussions.
Ministry: The Lost Gospels (2013): Al Jourgensen's stories of his time in the industrial band. You can read reviews of the book at Intravenous Magazine and at Louder than War. There are some outtakes from the book at Vice, too.
Bram Stoker and The Man Who Was Dracula (2002): Read the publisher's excerpt and you'll see why I think this book would lend lots of drama and excitement to your book club discussions this month. Wow.