Monday, July 25, 2016

Ammunition Couture's Avant Garde Gothic Fashions

For any creative goth dressers out there, you may want to check this out. Ammunition Couture on Etsy has all kinds of latex garments that are one of a kind. It'll enhance any boring outfit and give it that edge you're looking for. These pieces are sophisticated and feisty - take a closer look.

For us pale souls, this latex bonnet would provide shade. Though, now that I think about it, hopefully it's not too hot to wear. This is definitely an eye catching piece and has some disturbing features. I've never seen anything like this before.

I love this slick and sheen latex corset. Sometimes lace and wire is absolutely dreadful to wear. I have a feeling latex would provide more comfort.

I can see this pewter latex ensemble being used in a horror science fiction film. Possibly for a better Queen of the Damned movie? The poofy sleeves remind me of vintage Victorian dresses. Sttunning!

I couldn't help but show one of the classics for punk and goth clothing - a black rubber cuff. It's thick, adjustable, and a great accessory for your already unique attire.

This may seem overly simple, but that means you can let your mind go to all the dark places to enhance this piece. Or use the black harness to enhance an outfit.

Clearly this black chain harness would give all your outfits a hard edge. It reminds me of something an executioner would wear. Definitely a bad ass piece of clothing.

Another uncommon piece is this latex cinch belt. It looks like a piece of armor. A woman with a mysterious and strong personality would do well wearing it.

These are very gorgeous latex accessories and garments. There are a lot of things I have never seen before and they are one of a kind. Check out Ammunition Couture on Etsy and comment below on what your favorite piece is.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Gothic Romantic Jewelry by Precious Remains

These beautiful pieces of jewelry are a must have. They can be worn at funerals, weddings, parties, or all the time. Enhance your attire with these romantic pieces of jewelry by Precious Remains on Etsy.

Take a peek!

The Gothic cross hanging from the Victorian style brooch is amazing. If you look closely at the entangled Gothic cross choker you can see a rose in the center of the cross. This is something I imagine the Queen of the Damned wearing.

This Gothic Lolita choker is gorgeous. The black rose looks thorny and the rose's petals don't look soft what-so-ever. It's elegant, but looks a little evil.

I love how simple this black velvet bat choker is. The bat is really unique and has touches of Victorian design. It would be cool if you could use this as a garter for a more vampire like wedding.

The "Bella Morte" necklace is something any Queen of Darkness would covet. The flower shaped lace makes this piece even more alluring.

I think the way the beads drape over the collar bone and neck here is really pretty. This Mortianna's Funerary choker is a little over the top, but I would definitely wear it. The lace looks like it's crawling up her neck.

These Belladonna lace wrist cuffs are quite fancy. I can see wearing these for a little bit of a doll look. I love how they veil your hands.

This Ophelia bracelet is a traditional lace cuff. The amber stone gives it a more curious feel. This would be great for diversifying your outfits. I enjoy sporting the ghostly look once in a while.

Dracula choker with chains also has very beautiful metal work. The bronze looks like you're peering into a mirror watching as the vampire prepares to feed.

I can see these pieces of jewelry being incredibly seductive. Precious Remains on Etsy is worth taking a peek. Comment down below and let me know what you think.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Caitlin McCarthy's Hauntingly Beautiful Dark Art

As I go into my dark and cool basement, hiding from the sunshine, I decide to browse Etsy for some more art. I found some dreary and disturbing ink work that makes for great greeting cards. Take a look at these enigmatic pieces by Caitlin McCarthy on Etsy.

I love how beautifully eerie this digital print is. A lot of my Wiccan friends wound love this Season of the Witch print as a card.

I feel like her third eye is searching through my soul. It's incredibly creepy! This Oracle print would be great on your walls to give your room a more mystical and freaky aura. Or your friends can open it up as a card and be surprised by this all-seeing eye in their face!

Wouldn't this be a great card for the family during the holidays? I don't think some of my family members would appreciate this devilish Krampus card. Merry Krampus!

For a holiday I am incredibly excited for, The Witches print is a dark and whimsical card idea. Especially if you have a sister or two that you feel bonded with, or even cursed with.

Doesn't this woman look like she's in the middle of a seance? The way her eyes are creepily rolled back look like she's entranced. This Beyond the Veil print is oddly alluring.

I love this testament to Mary Shelley and the castle in the background. Since her birthday is slowly creeping up (August 30th) it would be a cool gift idea for your horror writer or reader friends.

This is something I haven't seen in a while: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow print. I think the illustration is loosely based on the Johnny Depp movie. I love the Beetlejuice-like stripes on Katrina's top.

Most of the art has a bit of a Tim Burton feel, especially since most of the characters have dark eyelids that look incredibly somber. If you're looking for simple and stunning artwork for your home, office, or just a greeting card, take a look at Caitlin McCarthy on Etsy. Is there any that you prefer over the rest? It honestly is a difficult choice for me, because they're all so perfectly macabre.

Victorian Scarlett's Splendid Gothic Cameo Jewelry

I have been itching to find some vintage style jewelry for a while. These dark Victorian cameo pieces of jewelry by Victorian Scarlett on Etsy are stunning. There's quite an inventory so I picked my favorites - come take a peek.

The deep red on the lily on this black Victorian choker really pops. It's a very romantic piece in my opinion.

I really like how the cat on this kitty brooch looks like it came from a Tim Burton film!

The metal work on these dark pink rose dangle earrings is amazing. The teal jewels really stand out against the red. I am very grateful that these do not remind me of Christmas.

I have a confession that you guys cannot utter a word to anyone about - I love peacocks. What's really special about this Victorian peacock necklace is that it looks almost skeletal. I love the macabre style of this cameo piece!

I find this umbrella and rose brooch to be very unique and pretty. This would stop people in their tracks since it's so different.

I'm very glad they have steampunk items too. This filigree key charm keys holder has a very cool copper finish that I am in love with.

Living in the Pacific Northwest, I would sport this skeleton squid cameo necklace. The Cthulhu tentacles are a great way to make it even creepier.

Speaking of the ocean, lovers of the big black sea would totally want to check this black and white Victorian anchor pendant out. It's eerie how the anchor looks like it is worn.

The dark colors on these glass floral buds earrings are absolutely gorgeous. I can see myself wearing these everywhere I go.

This is like a macabre wild west kind of pendant. The guns and roses skeleton necklace is definitely rocking it!

If you're into creepy crawlies, then you need to check this spider cameo necklace out. I would probably always scare myself every time I looked down.

The classic look for this Victorian brooch is fantastic. The antiqued gold brooch with a woman almost looks haunted.

This isn't super disturbing or anything, more so mysteriously beautiful. This black fae brooch has a gorgeous metal framing.

I don't know why, but I really like this pink corset on black Victorian cameo pendant. I think the vintage style of the corset is calling to me.

What do you guys think of these splendid pieces of cameo jewelry by Victorian Scarlett on Etsy? There are still other pieces to see in their store, so take a look. Comment below if you find something you thoroughly enjoy. It's hard to pick just one!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

New Intriguingly Dark Books for Leisurely Mid-Summer Evenings

Autumn Cthulhu

This collection of Lovecraft-themed short horror stories was published in May. It's edited by Mike Davis. I've never heard of any of the authors, but the story titles sound intriguing: "Lavinia in Autumn," "The Night is a Sea," "There is a Bear in the Woods," and "The Black Azalea" among others. I do really enjoy having a book of nice dark short stories around, for nights when I don't have time to dive into a novel or longer piece.

I love that this book is the culmination of a successful Kickstarter project!

Autumn Cthulhu, on Amazon

Autumn Cthulhu on Goodreads

Autumn Cthulhu Book Review at This Is Horror


Gris Grimly's Tales from the Brothers Grimm

I am SO excited about this one! I adore Gris Grimly's illustrations and darkly quirky sense of humor.

"The Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales are brought to life for a new generation of readers in their original, uncut form by the modern master of gothic horror, Gris Grimly."

Gris Grimly's Tales from the Brothers Grimm, on Amazon

Gris Grimly's Tales From the Brothers Grimm, at Common Sense Media

Gris Grimly's Tales From the Brothers Grimm, at Goodreads


In the Shadow of Frankenstein

I love short story collections! They fit my busy lifestyle perfectly.

This book consists of "twenty-four electrifying tales of cursed creation that are guaranteed to spark your interest―with classics from the pulp magazines by Robert Bloch and Manly Wade Wellman, modern masterpieces from Ramsey Campbell, Dennis Etchison, Karl Edward Wagner, David J. Schow, and R. Chetwynd-Hayes, and new contributions from Graham Masterson, Basil Copper, John Brunner, Guy N. Smith, Kim Newman, Paul J. McAuley, Roberta Lannes, Michael Marshall Smith, Daniel Fox, Adrian Cole, Nancy Kilpatrick, Brian Mooney and Lisa Morton."

I'm extra excited to read the stories by Halloween expert Lisa Morton and by fantastic horror author Nancy Kilpatrick!

In the Shadow of Frankenstein: Tales of the Modern Prometheus, on Amazon

In the Shadow of Frankenstein Book Review at Diabolique Magazine

In the Shadow of Frankenstein at Goodreads


Jane Steele

Now this is what I call a beach read! I'm looking forward to reading this during my Boston beach house vacation later this summer. The book reimagines Jane Eyre as a gutsy, spunky serial killer. Quite a lot of liberties were taken with the original source material, but I think it will be refreshingly altered and delightfully dark. Apparently the narrator admits she's read Jane Eyre several times, hrm, and writes this book as her confession.

Jane Steele, on Amazon

Jane Steele, at Goodreads

Jane Steele Book Review at Entertainment Weekly

Jane Steele Book Review at Kirkus Reviews

Jane Steele Book Review at NY Daily News

Jane Steele Book Review at NPR


Nevernight

If you like dark fantasy, give this a shot. If not, you might want to move on to some of the other selections!

"In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

I'll bet I find enough entertainment in this during my long cross-country flights this summer!

Nevernight, on Amazon

Nevernight, at Goodreads


Smoke, a Novel

This sounds eminently creative and quite unusual. I definitely think I'll have fun reading the Victorian-themed adventures here. I am intrigued by the world building already.

"Welcome to a Victorian England unlike any other you have experienced before. Here, wicked thoughts (both harmless and hate-filled) appear in the air as telltale wisps of Smoke.

"Young Thomas Argyle, a son of aristocracy, has been sent to an elite boarding school. Here he will be purged of Wickedness, for the wealthy do not Smoke. When he resists a sadistic headboy's temptations to Smoke, a much larger struggle beyond the school walls is revealed. Shortly thereafter, on a trip to London, Thomas and his best friend witness events that make them begin to question everything they have been taught about Smoke.

"And thus the adventure begins... You will travel by coach to a grand estate where secrets lurk in attic rooms and hidden laboratories; where young love blossoms; and where a tumultuous relationship between a mother and her children is the crucible in which powerful passions are kindled, and dangerous deeds must be snuffed out in a desperate race against time.

A grand estate? Snooping around in attics and possible mad scientist labs? I'm so there! Adding this to my Kindle right now!

Smoke: A Novel, on Amazon

Smoke at Goodreads

"Smoke" by Dan Vyleta Review: Visions of Sin (The Guardian)

"Smoke Author Dan Vyleta Keeps it Messy" NPR Book Review

"Smoke is a Gloriously Murky Vision of the Past," Book Review at NPR

Smoke Book Review at NY Times


The Witch of Lime Street

The Witch of Lime Street, by David Jaher, Crown Books, October 2015. If you aren't all that into non-fiction, I hear you, but this one reads more like a literary novel. I can't say it's a page turner, but it's definitely fascinating. I probably won't pick it up and read it all in one or two sittings, but it's nice to enjoy a chapter here and there when I have time, and I need breaks in between to mull over the interesting things I just read.

"The 1920s are famous as the golden age of jazz and glamour, but it was also an era of fevered yearning for communion with the spirit world, after the loss of tens of millions in the First World War and the Spanish-flu epidemic. A desperate search for reunion with dead loved ones precipitated a tidal wave of self-proclaimed psychics—and, as reputable media sought stories on occult phenomena, mediums became celebrities.

"Against this backdrop, in 1924, the pretty wife of a distinguished Boston surgeon came to embody the raging national debate over Spiritualism, a movement devoted to communication with the dead. Reporters dubbed her the blonde Witch of Lime Street, but she was known to her followers simply as Margery. Her most vocal advocate was none other than Sherlock Holmes' creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who believed so thoroughly in Margery's powers that he urged her to enter a controversial contest, sponsored by Scientific American and offering a large cash prize to the first medium declared authentic by its impressive five-man investigative committee. Admired for both her exceptional charm and her dazzling effects, Margery was the best hope for the psychic practice to be empirically verified. Her supernatural gifts beguiled four of the judges. There was only one left to convince...the acclaimed escape artist, Harry Houdini."

Join us as the Dark Side University Book Club reads this book together in November 2016.

The Witch of Lime Street, on Amazon

The Witch of Lime Street, on Goodreads

The Witch of Lime Street Book Review, at Kirkus Reviews

The Witch of Lime Street Bewitches With Mystery and Mayhem (NPR)

The Witch of Lime Street Book Review at Publishers Weekly


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Saturday, July 16, 2016

New Release from The Criterion Collection - Carnival of Souls Blu-Ray

Released just this week, The Criterion Collection's newest offering is the Carnival of Souls Blu-Ray.

I don't even attempt to own all of The Criterion Collection's films, but when I'm adding to my home film library (yes, I'm old and I like to keep physical copies sitting around on bookcases), I definitely reach for the version from The Criterion Collection.

This 1962 B-movie was beautifully filmed. While it doesn't quite provide MST3k-type fodder, I'm looking forward to having it on offer for relaxing cocktail party background video or to watch on a rainy summer evening.

Of course, you can watch Carnival of Souls for free on YouTube, but I'd rather have the beautiful digitally restored copy to watch on my bigscreen TV, personally.

RELATED LINKS:

Carnival of Souls, at Criterion.com

Carnival of Souls, at IMDB

Roger Ebert's Carnival of Souls Review