Sunday, October 30, 2016

Alice in Wonderland Magnetic Playset for Rainy Autumn Sundays

Here in Seattle, we're used to rainy days. We hardly ever get bored - just make a cup of tea, light a fire, jump online and amuse ourselves. But once in a while the power goes out - then what? Oh horrors! I think I'll pick up this new Alice in Wonderland playset from Unemployed Philosophers Guild. That way I'll have it on hand to stave off boredom once a storm strikes and my home has lost power and we've drunk all the bourbon. Imagine all the bizarre scenes I could set up on my refrigerator, waiting for a hapless housemate to walk by and freak out, or rearrange to get their revenge on me!

The playset includes a dozen characters from both Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

The Gothic Halloween Costume I'm Tempted to Just Wear Around the House Every Day

I wouldn't wear this lovely Black Widow Baroness costume for doing housework. Nor does it look comfy enough to lounge around in (the fabric seems cheap and stiff). But I love the way it looks, and I'd be tempted to throw it on for a dinner party, a cocktail party, or one of the book club evenings I host in my home. (I'd skip the itchy looking wig and mask though!)

I might even wear it to feel elegant when I'm drinking tea, even if I'm home alone.

Love the spiderweb on the skirt and the lacy sleeves!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Aah, to Be a Teen Again and Wear These Lovely Nightmare Before Christmas Dresses

I can only admire these dresses from afar - sadly, I wear womens/misses sizes not juniors now that I'm an eldergoth. For those of you who can still fit into clothes at Hot Topic, enjoy a peek at these:

This striking Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Moon dress comes in junior sizes. (Ie, very small!) It's also really, really short, so I wouldn't want to see it on anybody under 18! I love that it features the iconic Spiral Hill.

This Jack Embroidery Dress is another Hot Topic/Disney Nightmare Before Christmas licensed dress.

Those of you living in warmer climes might wear this Snow Hill Nightmare Before Christmas dress to Christmas dinner, or a holiday party.

Here's Torrid's plus-size Snow Hill dress version, too.

Mint green doesn't look great on everyone, but just in case you like it, here's the Jack and Zero filigree dress.

Which of these is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

New Book on Victorian Sex, Manners and Etiquette

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners came out this week. It sounds very humorous, but also seems like it will impart good information about life in the Victorian era as well.

"Ladies, welcome to the 19th century, where there's arsenic in your face cream, a pot of cold pee sits under your bed, and all of your underwear is crotchless. (Why? Shush, dear. A lady doesn't question.)

"UNMENTIONABLE is your hilarious, illustrated, scandalously honest (yet never crass) guide to the secrets of Victorian womanhood, giving you detailed advice on:

  • ~ What to wear
  • ~ Where to relieve yourself
  • ~ How to conceal your loathsome addiction to menstruating
  • ~ What to expect on your wedding night
  • ~ How to be the perfect Victorian wife
  • ~ Why masturbating will kill you
  • ~ And more

The chapter titles are hilarious, and I love that in the opening, the author addresses the book's readers as "Slatterns."

Let's peek at some reviews of the book:

I Shall Faint: 'Unmentionable' Unpacks Victorian Womanhood (NPR)

Unmentionable, at Goodreads

Portland Book Review

Daily Mail: A drunken roll in the hay will produce idiot children, sex standing up can kill you and after-dinner hanky panky may trigger a stroke: New book reveals what Victorian ladies were told about sex

The Irregular Reader

And you can visit the author's official page for the book.

You might also enjoy Salon.com's "Stop Romanticing the Victorian Era! article and author interview.

Lizzie Borden Costume for Halloween

I'd love to dress up as Lizzie Borden for Halloween someday. I doubt I could get my boyfriend to agree to a couples' costume - he likely wouldn't enjoy being dressed as an axe murder victim all night!

There's also a plus size version of the Lizzie Borden costume.

Both costumes are also sold on eBay.

Don't forget your prop axe!

I actually prefer this one - it's bloodier!

You could even carry around a little Lizzie Borden doll for another fun prop.

Dark and Lovely Halloween Costumes for People Sick and Tired of Looking Scary

What if you look spooky enough the rest of the year, that you feel like just looking beautifully elegant with just a touch of the macabre, rather than going all-out horrifying? Here's a few lovely costumes you might enjoy wearing instead of blood-drenched gore-themed ones this year.

This "Dark Medieval Maiden" costume is new for the 2016 Halloween holiday season, from InCharacter Costumes.

The deep purple color of this "Roaring Beauty" costume makes me think it could work for some goth purposes. Too bad the lace isn't a spiderweb pattern, but close enough maybe?

How about the subtle elegance and all-purpose easiness of this hooded witch cape? Probably quite comfortable.

I feel this Ghostly Bride costume is somber, not scary.

This velvet and lace costume is definitely leaning more towards the sinister side. It's so elegant though, I felt compelled to mention it.

What do you think? Do you have any favorites? Let me know in our comments area below.

Whimsical and Fanciful Court Shoes from Poetic Licence

I'm currently loving these Poetic Licence court shoes for dressy autumn outings - dinners, the theater, and cocktail parties. I love the touch of historical nostalgia or whimsy that these court shoe styles lend to my outfit.

"Backlash" Court Shoes in Black and Gold

"Hold Up" Court Shoes

"Backlash" Court Shoe in Black and Blue

"Backlash" Heels in Grey, Purple and Pink

Shop for Poetic License shoes on Amazon and on eBay!

Three New Cool Bowler Bags from Rock Rebel

New from Rock Rebel: Fun bowler bags for your nights out on the town. Besides your wallet, phone, lipstick, etc. these are big enough to stash a water bottle, extra t-shirt or pantyhose, a Kindle or Nook, and other necessities for when you leave your house for an adventure.

Dracula Bowler Bag

Edward Scissorhands Bowler Bag

Rocky Horror Picture Show Original Cast Bowler Bag

Which one is your favorite? Let me know in our comments area!

Gruesome New Cookbook: Feeding Hannibal

Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur's Cookbook came out last week, on October 18. The book is by the food stylist for the show, Janice Poon. It features recipes from the show's various episodes, such as "Heart Tartare Hearts" from Episode 206 and "Foie Gras Timbits" from the same episode. Eww.

Besides the recipes, this book offers behind-the-scenes photos from the show.

If you often throw dark dinner parties, or have a friend obsessed with the Hannibal TV series, you might want to check this book out more closely.

Learn more about Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur's Cookbook via the following resources:

Janice Poon Art Food Styling Official Page

Janice Poon @FeedingHannibal on Twitter

Feeding Hannibal Review at Adventures in Poor Taste

Feeding Hannibal, at Goodreads

ComingSoon.Net's Feeding Hannibal Cookbook Review

Feeding Hannibal Review at Birth Movies Death

Entertainment Buddha's Feeding Hannibal Cookbook Review

The Official "Hannibal" Cookbook will Not Include Human Ingredients (Food Republic)

Friday, October 28, 2016

New Book on Tim Burton's Life and Work

Here's a great Christmas gift suggestion for the Tim Burton movie fan in your life: The new Tim Burton book on his life and films came out in October. There are behind-the-scenes photos from his movie sets, as well as lavish film stills. At the very least, toss this onto your coffee table next time you have a gothic dinner party.

You can read more about the new Tim Burton book at Live for Film.com and at SF Crows Nest.

New Labyrinth Board Game for Rainy Autumn Nights

The Labyrinth board game will be released just in time for long vacationy Thanksgiving weekends. Torture your non-geeky family members with a rousing game or two! Find out if Sarah can defeat the Goblin King, or if the baby Toby gets turned into a goblin!

Read more about the Labyrinth board game at Remeshed!

New Coffee Table Art Book: Jim Henson's Labyrinth Artist Tribute

In honor of Labyrinth's 30th anniversary this year, "Jim Henson's Labyrinth: Artist Tribute" comes out next week (on November 8). I can't wait to look through it, and it's sure to intrigue guests as a coffee table book in my home for months to come.

"In the thirty years since its original release in 1986, Jim Henson’s timeless fantasy film Labyrinth has captured the minds and imaginations of authors, artists, filmmakers, and fans across the world. In honor of the film’s 30th anniversary, return to the world of Labyrinth and see the beloved characters, imaginative locations, and unforgettable moments as realized by a collection of uniquely original artistic voices in an unprecedented celebration of the cult classic thirty years in the making."

"Labyrinth: Artist Gallery features illustrations and testimonials from comics luminaries and newcomers alike, including: Mike Allred, Joëlle Jones, David Mack, Rebekah Isaacs, Eric Powell, Gustavo Duarte, Jill Thompson, Mark Buckingham, Tula Lotay, Faith Erin Hicks, Ramón Perez, Dustin Nguyen, Mike Huddleston, Jeff Stokely, and many more of your favorite artists!"

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Gorgeous Leatherbound Editions of Gothic and Horror Classic Books for Your Dreary Library

I enjoy collecting books that have a very vintage look to them. These leatherbound editions of classic horror and gothic books are incredible. Your library will look morbidly sophisticated as you swap in some of these classics. Each book is stunning and looks as though it has been around for centuries (some stories have!) This is a goldmine for avid readers such as myself - take a look.

I have always wanted to read the Penny Dreadfuls: Sensational Tales of Terror. I thoroughly enjoy the show, so the book would be a fantastic read! It's a must-have in my horror collection.

"Body snatching! Premature burial! Cannibalism! The original Victorian-era penny dreadfuls entertained the masses with shocks, thrills and lurid horrors. This terror-packed anthology includes two novels..."

Most of us are going to be jumping at the opportunity to get this Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: and, Through the Looking Glass leatherbound book! Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of the pastel purple color. I love the sinister Cheshire Cat making an appearance at the very top and the various characters featured such as the White Rabbit and Mad Hatter. If you haven't read this classic, you need to join the madness and start today!

The Dracula leatherbound classic edition by Bram Stoker has such an eerie cover. Take a look at the back of the book - it's stunning! This is another classic that needs to be on every goth's bookshelf! I cannot imagine a better way of reading this dark tale than from a heavy and aged looking book.

The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe leatherbound edition is something the dreary Poe would be proud of. You can hardly see the anatomical heart on the spine, but it is the perfect symbol for this woeful poet.

"This omnibus edition collects all of Poe's fiction and poetry in a single volume, including The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Raven," "Annabel Lee," the full-length novel "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket," and much more."

The terrifying Cthulhu is definitely a showstopper on this The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales leatherbound edition. I understand how hard it is to trek through any Lovecraft story, but I definitely encourage it. Especially for people who love surreal horror stories. These are more than mere tales - they are worlds more horrifying than the apocalypse.

This is yet another classic that's been on my reading list forever. The Picture of Dorian Gray is a very pretty and ominous looking book.

"Dorian Gray meets the painter Basil Hallward, who becomes enthralled with Dorian and uses him as a model. Later, Basil’s good friend, Lord Henry Wotton, pays Basil a visit, admiring his latest work - a portrait of Dorian. Basil tells Henry of his affection for Dorian, just as Dorian arrives for his final sitting. Lord Henry imparts to Dorian his cynical world view, convincing him of the value of beauty and pleasure above all things." - Synetic Theater

Everyone knows at least one story from Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales. "Grim" is the perfect way to describe most of the stories in this book! Read the true and darker stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, or Sleeping Beauty. This is a great and useful book to just have in your library.

Get a little bit of everything macabre by owning this Classic Horror Stories leatherbound. The richly frightening stories are by authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, and H.P. Lovecraft. I'm sure most of these you have read already! This would be a great book to have during Halloween. This is also available on eBay!

These are all so beautiful and I am dying to get at least one for my collection! Do you have some of these or some other classics that are leatherbound? Tell me what you think of these very unsettling covers, I want to know how you feel about them. Comment below!

Dark Art Prints from Harriet's Imaginations

I am always so excited when I find an artist whose soul is about as dark and slightly morbid as mine! This Etsy store, Harriet's Imaginations is very unique. I love how adorably sinister each print is. The girls have very childish features, but they are set in twisted and strange environments.

It's a little unsettling how the bride and groom have gigantic heads in this Gothic Romance print. I enjoy the array of colors used to create such an eerie environment.

Don't be fooled by the innocent look in the Fallen Angel print. She may look shy, but there is a reason why she fell from heaven!

I think that the vampire in this Guilty Conscience print looks like Claudia from Interview with the Vampire. I adore the cross on her forehead - it's so evil!

The mischievous look on the girl from The Spinster print is delightful! Her dress is extra wonderful because of the webs intertwined.

Did the Queen of Hearts lose an eye? Her face looks cracked, as if her body is overflowing with thorny roses.

The girl in Lolita & Blackbirds looks so stern and fierce! I wonder why she keeps so many birds in such a large cage?

To me, The Lengths I'd Go To Be With You print is like a young woman approaching death. There is an air of romance attached to this painting. Her forlorn face is quite pretty.

These two twins should be in a horror movie! I am enthralled with the purple dresses the girls are wearing in The Outsiders print.

Don't you think the Merry Go Round print is strangely cute? She looks quite satisfied running the carousel with her smock!

I can't help but love this Tea and Tidings print, since I have such an obsession with tea! I think that these twins are creepier than the ones above.

This is such a surreal painting. The You've Moved On print looks like the fairies are guides to the realm of the Underworld.

I've never seen Lizzie Borden look so strangely elegant. It's almost as if this is a picture of her before she commits those murders.

Fill up those empty spaces on your walls with one of these dark and stunning prints by Harriet's Imaginations. These are just a few of my favorites, so if you find something you like of her's that isn't on the list, tell me about it! I'd love to see what kind of art you enjoy.