Thursday, August 10, 2017

New Children's Book: How to Make Friends with a Ghost

This quirky picture book was written with kids aged 4-8 in mind. It's Rebecca Green's debut picture book and I think it's just darling. You can read the author's blog post about how the book came about.

Kirkus Reviews sniffs a bit that "Both she and the ghost are paper-white with pink cheeks, and the palette is limited to black, white, gray, brown, a rusty orange, and a pinkish red." Well, that's what I like about the illustrations in this book!

"How to Make Friends with a Ghost" comes out September 5.

Here's the "How to Make Friends with a Ghost" book trailer:

Here's what Kirkus Reviews had to say in full.

Might be a nice semi-cheerful yet still dark book to add to a child's library!

New Dark Art book by Junko Mizuno: Ravina the Witch

Even if you aren't regularly a fan of Junko Mizuno, I thought you might like to check out the new Ravina the Witch? book anyway.

"Once upon a time, on the coast of a tiny European country, there was an enormous cloud of toxic fumes. In this cloud lived a young girl named Ravina. And she is about to be unleashed on the human world!"

"A bewitching and beautiful tale of an orphan girl who was raised by crows in a trash heap. One day, a dying witch gifts her with a mysterious magic wand and her life changes forever! Now, the human world is hers to play with... Or will this land of fear and corruption prove too much for the fledgling witch? In a time of witch hunts, Ravina must have her wits about her!"

I can't wait to read this lavishly illustrated and curious book!

-Carrie

Hilarious Feisty Pets Plush Toys

I might have a dorky sense of humor, but I'm laughing so hard at this concept! Feisty Pets turn from sweet, slightly moping little pets into grimacing fierce wild animals when you squeeze them!

Some sort of mechanism inside makes their eyes and eyebrows change, mouths open and grimace, baring their teeth.

Here's a hilarious Feisty Pets demo video from Vat19.com:

My favorite toy is probably Glenda Glitterpoop the feisty unicorn!

I think several of my younger relatives are going to ind a Feisty pet plush toy under their Christmas tree this year. Or perhaps I will plop a couple into my nephews' trick-or-treat bags!

Pier 1's Darling El Dia De Los Muertos Cat Pillow

I wanted to show you this cute cat pillow from Pier 1 Imports. Sadly, they didn't do a very exciting job of photographing it.

Sold only online, this El Dia de Los Muertos themed pillow is already on sale! Maybe they decided it wasn't selling fast enough for their liking? Who cares! Our good fortune.

Ghost Stories and Victorian Sci-Fi Tales to While Away Long Hot Dreary Summer Nights

If you're looking for some compelling and slightly chilling short stories to enjoy on your travels this summer, here are three new books to consider adding to your library or ereader device.

Ghostly Tales: Spine-Chilling Stories of the Victorian Age is a lovely hardcover compilation of classic stories by Victorian-era authors including M.R. James, Elizabeth Gaskell, Robert Louis Stevenson, F. Marion Crawford, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You've probably read most of these stories already if you're a fan of the classic ghost story genre; but if not, here's a nice volume to slip into your suitcase for your Labor Day Weekend or end-of-summer travels. Great reads for pulling through while we anticipate autumn!

Great American Ghost Stories: Lyons Press Classics is another compilation of ghostly classics. Authors include Edith Wharton, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, O. Henry, Bret Harte, and even Harriet Beecher Stowe. (It barely needs mentioning that of course an Edgar Allan Poe short story is included here).

Frankenstein Dreams: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Science Fiction arrives September 5, 2017. The author, Michael Sims, "has gathered many of the very finest stories, some by classic writers such as Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, and H.G. Wells, but many that will surprise general readers." The book contains twenty stories.

Enjoy your sci-fi and ghostly reading!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Voodoo Vixen's Retro Cat Clothes

I wanted to show you these cool cat-themed retro dresses from Voodoo Vixen. I'm starting to think about my in-between summer and fall wardrobe, and might pick up a dress or two myself.

The Katniss wiggle dress might be perfect for Corpgoths and office professionals.

Voodoo Vixen also offers the Katniss print in a skater dress style.

This is the Katniss Blue Raining Cats skater dress. I love the trim on the neckline and sleeves!

Here's the blue cats dress as a wiggle dress.

You can also get the blue cats print in a skirt.

Around the holiday season, you might like wearing the Raining Cats dress in red.

The last cat-themed Voodoo Vixen dress I wanted to show you is their dark Clockwork Cats flare dress. Great for autumn!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Adorable New X-Files Picture Book for Kids

Back in the 1990s almost all my goth friends just happened to be obsessed with the X-Files TV show. The show wasn't gothic or even very horror-genre, we just liked it a lot and I remember going to quite a few X-files viewing parties.

Just in case you have kids or (dare I say it, grandkids!) who might be coaxed into liking the show, check out this cute X-Files picture book!

The darling illustrations are by Kim Smith. Mulder and Scully are depicted as young kids camping out in a backyard.

Quirk Books will publish this book on August 15. Grab your copy on Amazon or via Barnes and Noble.

The truth is still out there, I guess.

Monday, July 31, 2017

iRebell's Gothic Smartphone Cases and Bags

I wanted to show you the delightful iRebell shop on Etsy. This German company specializes in alternative bags, handbags and some home decor (mostly pillows).

Here's their Vampire shoulder bag, which seems to be a nice unisex option.

This is their "Vampires Flight" shoulder bag.

I love the lacy look of this Vlad gothic shoulder bag.

Here's their Vlad pillow for your vampire-themed bedroom!

See what else is for sale at the iRebell shop!

A Handful of Dark and Gothic Coloring Books to Mitigate Summer Travel Boredom

If you're doing a lot of traveling this summer, whether on an airplane, boat or road trip, you might want to occupy yourself with a dark and lovely coloring book (in between listening to your goth music, watching movies on your tablet, etc!) Here are some of my recent favorites:

I can't believe this Nightmare Before Christmas coloring book has been out for two weeks and I don't own one yet! Rectifying that immediately!

The Neil Gaiman Coloring Book features scenes and characters from Neil's books for children, including The Graveyard Book; Coraline; Fortunately, the Milk; Instructions; and Crazy Hair.

Or you might be interested in the American Gods coloring book.

I'm actually quite tempted by the Alien coloring book. Wouldn't it use up most of my green and red crayons though?

If you're looking to while away your time with something a little more gory, how about The Beauty of Horror II coloring book?

This Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Big Bads & Monsters coloring book would be really fun if you're participating in a Buffy re-watch.

The H.P. Lovecraftcoloring book comes out in September, just in time for Labor Day Weekend travel boredom to kick in! It features activities and puzzles as well as coloring pages.

>Here's a new twist on adult coloring books: The Extreme Stickering Day of the Dead. When you're done placing the stickers, you can pull out the page to frame for your bedroom wall.

Imagine the dark, macabre edge you could give the costumes in this Burlesque coloring book!

Here's one of the weirder, creepier coloring books recently published: Carnival oddities. It's a grayscale coloring book.

The Mystic Misfits coloring book features the art of White Stag.

Sadly, we'll have to wait until October for the Labyrinth adult coloring book to come out!

Enjoy your creepy coloring projects!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Two Cute New Isadora Moon Vampire Books for Little Darklings

These darling Isadora Moon books feature a half-vampire, half-fairy girl who always has magical adventures. She loves bats, sunshine and nighttime - pretty incongruous, I admit! Two new books about her are coming out in August. They're meant for kids aged 6-9 years.

Let's take a look:

Believe it or not, I do know a few goth families who enjoy camping. (I am not completely sure how I am friends with such odd people, to be honest! Camping? Bleck). The newest Isadora Moon book, Isadora Moon Goes Camping, might be a nice gift for their younger kids to read on the way to the campground.

Next up is Isadora Moon Goes to School, featuring a dilemma: Should she go to fairy school or vampire school? (My vote, if I got one, would be for vampire school!)

You might enjoy checking out this post on the author's blog about all the different foreign editions of the book covers. I much prefer the striped tent on the cover of the international versions!

Monday, July 24, 2017

New Haunted Mansion Madame Leota Accessories from Dooney & Bourke

A new collaboration between Disney and luxury handbag manufacturer Dooney & Bourke brings us these stylish Haunted Mansion themed Madame Leota handbags. The designs include a crossbody bag, shopper tote bag, and a wristlet.

Love the color combo and spooky-yet-elegant design!

Besides the handbags, the line includes a MagicBand for checking into Disney attractions and hotels more easily.

Is Madame Leota one of your favorite Haunted Mansion characters? Let us know in the comments section!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer Reading for Goths: The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter is most definitely not a beach read. With six characters to follow, and a complicated narrative structure, this book is something you'll want to concentrate on and ponder.

The tale involves five daughters of dark scientists from literature: Mary Jekyll, Diana Hyde, Catherine Moreau, Beatrice Rappaccini, and Justine Frankenstein. The women begin to explore secrets of the Société des Alchimistes. It's not a mashup, but definitely nods to diverse Victorian-era authors and themes.

Of further possible interest, you might want to see how the author (Theodora Goss) manages to weave Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and Jack the Ripper into the storyline.

This book was based on the author's short story The Mad Scientist's Daughter, first published on Strange Horizons.

Let's take a look at some of the reviews of this book, which came out this week:

REVIEWS:

Goodreads' Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter Page

Kirkus Review: Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

NPR: The Alchemist's Daughter is No Frankenstein's Monster

Publishers Weekly's Review of The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter at Fantasy Literature.com

You might also enjoy this interview with the author: The Big Idea: Theodora Goss.


The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter is also available on eBay and at Barnes and Noble.

Fabulous Little Goth Notebooks from Harriet's Imagination Shop on Etsy

Lizzie Borden Notebook

I just discovered these really cool writing journals from Harriet's Imagination, which is an Etsy shop offering artwork by talented artist Tanya Mayers.

Broken Doll Notebook

The journals are spiral bound, and you can choose between lined (for writing) or unlined (for doodling, drawing and sketching).

Rapunzel Fairytale Notebook

Gothic Romance Notebook

Birdcage Girl Notebook

Goth Girl Journal

What a lovely, dreary place to create your morbid musings or showcase your murderous artwork! Shop for more of these darling journals at the Harriet's Imagination store!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Darling SDCC 2017 Beetlejuice Keyring Set

I wanted to show you these cute Beetlejuice keyrings. They're a pre-order on eBay because San Diego Comic-Con doesn't start until July 20.

This exclusive set comes with Beetlejuice, Lydia and Sandworm key rings.

Only 300 will be produced and sold!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Vampires Adult Coloring Book for Whiling Away a Sunday

If it's rainy here on Sunday afternoon (I'm in Seattle, so it's likely!) I am tempted to spend an afternoon in front of my fireplace, pot of blackcurrant tea by my side, cheerfully coloring an illustration or two from Vampires: The Adult Coloring Book.

Perhaps as the evening begins, I'll switch from tea to bourbon!

This coloring book is by artist Jade Summer, who also created an intriguing Grimm Fairy Tales adult coloring book. I'm tempted to add that one to my library as well!

You can visit Jade Summer's official page here.