Saturday, November 25, 2017

Sourpuss's New Black Cat Themed Kitchen and Home Decor Products

One of my favorite quirky clothing companies occasionally comes out with some kitchen and home decor items to complement their clothing styles. Here's a quick peek at their Black Cat line of home products!

These black cat salt and pepper shakers are super cute. I wish they winked in different eyes though, to make it easier to tell the salt shaker from the pepper one!

Sourpuss's Black Cats serving platter features retro cats climbing into skulls and pumpkins. I admit it might be too Halloween-ish to use year-round.

The Black Cat rug is small, so might be best in a bathroom or an entryway.

Who wouldn't enjoy this Black Cat pillow on their bed or sofa?

The New Shelley Victorian Doll from Blythe

New for November 2017: Blythe's new steampunk-themed Neo-Blythe doll, Shelley Victorian.

I was delighted, thinking Shelley Victorian was named after Mary Shelley, the first sci-fi author. But it turns out Shelley is a name of a couple other Blythe doll models. Oh well! Anyway, I love her copper hair color, striped dress and faux leather boots. She's the perfect doll for autumn, too!

"Sometimes, I like to travel through time to meet my friends. Who you ask? H.G. Wells and Jules Verne of course! I love to chat with them, thinking up new concepts for our books and inventions."

She's available on eBay and via the Junie Moon shop.

Goth Stocking Stuffers for Christmas: Haunted Mansion Nail Polish

This is the "Beautifully Disney" Haunted Mansion mini nail polish set. It came out back in 2014, but I wouldn't hesitate to put it on my nails if the little bottles haven't been opened. The glittery burgundy color is my favorite!

Disney's Haunted Mansion polish set is also available on eBay.

Welcome Guests this Christmas with Jack Skellington

Wouldn't you love to have this "Santa Jack" Skellington airblown inflatable decorating your yard this holiday season? He stands nearly six feet tall. He just looks so darn cheerful! I wonder if I could find a way to hide a Bluetooth speaker inside him and have him playing the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack?

Friday, November 24, 2017

Nightmare Before Christmas Pet Supplies

How cool is this Jack Skellington plush dog bed? Too bad my 70 pound retrievers wouldn't likely fit well on it! I find it hilarious that Jack's bow tie doubles as a squeaker toy!

Your dog can have their very own "Zero" doghouse. It's totally ok if your dog's name isn't Zero, too!

Your dog can eat and drink out of a Jack Skellington dog bowl.

And if your pet gets cold, they can snuggle up in a Jack Skellington throw blanket specially made with pets in mind!

I prefer the look of this Jack pet throw. It can also be used as a cat mat.

For cats or small dogs, here's a Jack Skellington Cuddle Cup pet bed.

Or is Sally your favorite? Here's a Sally pet bolster bed.

Older dogs might benefit more from a Sally-themed orthopedic pet bed.

Here's a pet throw blanket featuring Sally's beautiful face. It can also be used as a cat mat.

All of these cute things are making me want to get a cat!


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Monday, November 20, 2017

Dark and Elegant Paper Plates for Creating a Beautifully Bleak Thanksgiving Table

If you're hosting a Friendsgiving like I am, and your friends attending lean towards the more macabre side of life, or have dark senses of humor, why not spread a beautiful feast for them on dark themed place settings?

I am really tempted by the darkly botanical still-life themed "Porcelain Baroque" foiled paper plates from Talking Tables. I probably spent too many years reading Victoria Magazine because I really love florals like these.

There's a matching set of "Porcelain Baroque" napkins available as well.

I probably would serve wine out of my existing wine glasses and not paper cups, but just in case you'd want these for water, here's the matching "Porcelain Baroque" paper cups.

Or for convenience sake, you might choose these disposable black plastic wine glasses. Tacky? A bit, but I still like them for a busy Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Since I really don't care to spend the rest of Thanksgiving evening washing my silverware by hand, I'd probably pair these paper plates with this set of black disposable flatware.

I know that not many goths find the color (or the metal) gold attractive. We're usually more attracted to silver tones. However, some of you might like this "Porcelain Baroque" party bundle with its elegantly foiled paper plates and matching disposable gold patterned flatware.

If you want to serve your Thanksgiving guests on something dark yet classic and simple, here are some black plastic plates with silver rims.

Paired with something simple, these black paper lace napkins might not come across as "too Halloweeny."

I like the look of these embossed napkins too!

The designer of these cloth-like paper napkins calls them "Black Elias."

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Nightmare Before Christmas Coat Racks for Hanging Gothic Outerwear

I stop by the amazing German Etsy shop, Raxfox, once a month or so to see what's new and whimsical. I'm delighted to show you these Nightmare Before Christmas coat racks!

You can hang your coats up on The Mayor of Halloweentown, on Zero the ghost dog, on Sally, and on the fabulous vampire. Makes me want to watch the movie all over again!

Gothic and Horror Book Safes for Flasks or Macabre Treasures

I'm tempted, though I don't usually use leather products, to buy one of these gothic and horror book safes. Some people joke that they use them to hide flasks, but I'd use mine for a little sentimental jewelry and secret documents!

I can't even begin to imagine how they hollow these out so precisely, nor how long it takes! Each BookRooks book safe begins as a leatherbound hardback book. They're fitted with magnetic closures so your treasures don't spill out even if the book is dropped or turned upside down.

They have a nice offering of classic gothic and horror books that you might own already, and if not will blend seamlessly into your home library.

Shop for other leatherbound hollowed out book safes on Etsy at BookRooks!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Living Dead Dolls' Limited Edition Sweet Tooth Doll for Autumn 2017

Hallowe'en might be over now (heavy sigh), but there's no reason we shouldn't be tempted to add "Sweet Tooth" to our Living Dead Dolls collections!

She's a limited edition for Autumn 2017, wearing stripey stockings, a darling orange tiered dress trimmed with black, and vibrant long orange hair.

Imagine the macabre stories one could act out with this creepy little dollie. And how magnificent would she look if nestled between lacy gothic black pillows on one's bed like a boudoir doll?

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Goth Shop of the Week: Curiology UK

Curiology UK is our goth shop of the week! We think you will love this collection of earrings, rings and necklaces.

These pieces are made to order, so you can be sure that your Occult moon necklace is unlike any other.

Imagine the compliments you will receive wearing this moon cycles necklace. The laser-cut details are exquisite!

This In Loving Memory layered diorama necklace is a bit more macabre but not over the top.

The Dearly Departed necklace looks like a depiction of a goth fairytale, so of course we are loving it!

The crow inside the glass dome of this Raven cameo necklace is a bit eerie but so cool. We love the intricate details on this pendant nacklace.

Cats typically give off a regal air, and this lunar kitty ring is no exception. The colors and metal finishes are fully customizable on this ring.

You could wear this full moon ring as a statement piece or pair it with other rings for a layered look.

I just ordered these Dracula's castle earrings and I am excited to try them out.

Explore the rest of Curiology UK's Etsy shop and let us know what your favorites are!

Classic Gothabilia from Vintage Goth Shop

Vintage Goth Shop has some incredible finds that I am enjoying looking through.

Items like this Vintage Siouxsie Long Sleeved Shirt grabbed my attention immediately.

This 1800's Black Lace Mantilla Shawl evokes a feeling of lament and I love it.

You could frame this Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Passenger - 45 Disc and Posterto hang on your wall.

How fun is this vintage, sequin El Dia de los Muertos Skull Mask? I would paint my face in full sugar skull makeup, and wear this mask on the back of my head.

I have to have this 1980's vintage handmade skull corset. It would be perfect to wear to the masquerade Halloween party I'm attending this month.

This beaded capelet is classy and beautiful. How would you wear this unique vintage find?

Have fun searching through Vintage Goth Shop's unique items for that perfectly one-of-a-kind addition to your home or wardrobe!

Fall Preview: Dark and Gothic Fiction for Chilly Autumn Nights by the Fireplace

Who else loves to read for hours on long, chilly, frosty autumn evenings? Here's a list of intriguing dark books that have come out recently or are arriving on shelves soon.

Sip

Sip, by Brian Allen Carr.

"A lyrical, apocalyptic debut novel about addiction, friendship, and the struggle for survival at the height of an epidemic. It started with a single child and quickly spread: you could get high by drinking your own shadow. At night, artificial lights were destroyed so that addicts could sip shadow in the pure glow of the moon. Gangs of shadow addicts chased down children on playgrounds, rounded up old ladies from retirement homes. Cities were destroyed and governments fell. And if your shadow was sipped entirely, you became one of them, had to drink the shadows of others or go mad. One hundred and fifty years later, what’s left of the world is divided between the highly regimented life of those inside dome cities who are protected from natural light (and natural shadows), and those forced to the dangerous, hardscrabble life in the wilds outside. In rural Texas, Mira, her shadow-addicted =friend Murk, and an ex-domer named Bale search for a possible mythological cure to the shadow sickness—but they must do so, it is said, before the return of Halley’s Comet, which is only days away."

I am obsessed with post-apocalyptic and dystopian books (but prefer those written for adults, not teenagers/YA) so this is definitely hitting my bookshelf this fall. I like the unique take and creativity here - sipping shadows? Cool! I'm a bit nervous, however, at hearing several reviews referring to this also as a Western. Not my thing, but maybe those elements won't be too prominent or annoying.

REVIEWS/RESOURCES:

Sip, at Goodreads

Sip Review, at Kirkus Reviews

Sip Review, at Publishers Weekly

Sip Review, at This Is Horror

Sip and the Literal Future of the Acid Western (Tor.com)

The Weird Interview: Brian Allen Carr (Entropy Mag)

A Secret History of Witches

The Secret History of Witches, by Louisa Morgan.

"A sweeping historical saga that traces five generations of fiercely powerful mothers and daughters - witches whose magical inheritance is both a dangerous threat and an extraordinary gift. Brittany, 1821. After Grand-mere Ursule gives her life to save her family, their magic seems to die with her. Even so, the Orchires fight to keep the old ways alive, practicing half-remembered spells and arcane rites in hopes of a revival. And when their youngest daughter comes of age, magic flows anew. The lineage continues, though new generations struggle not only to master their power, but also to keep it hidden. But when World War II looms on the horizon, magic is needed more urgently than ever - not for simple potions or visions, but to change the entire course of history."

I probably am drawn to this book by the masterfully executed cover art, and I suspect I'm hoping this is the next Practical Magic but of course it can't and won't be. Still, I'm really intrigued, and looking forward to reading this. Not sure if I'm up to mentally keeping track of five generations of witches or jumps around in the timeline, though!

I've read another book by this author (writing under a different name), The Glass Harmonica and really was enchanted by it.

REVIEWS/RESOURCES:

A Secret History of Witches Review (Books, Bones & Buffy)

A Secret History of Witches Review (Fantasy Literature)

A Secret History of Witches Review (Girls in Capes)

A Secret History of Witches, at Goodreads

A Secret History of Witches Review (Historical Novel Society)

A Secret History of Witches Review (Kirkus Reviews)

A Secret History of Witches Fiction Book Review (Publishers Weekly)

Hashish

Hashish, by Oscar Schmitz.

"First published in German in 1902, Hashish is a collection of decadent, interwoven tales of Satanism, eroticism, sadism, cannibalism, necrophilia and death."

I have to admit, this book may be too intense and weird for me! It comes out on November 21. Now, if you can read German, you can dive into the Project Gutenberg etext right now!

The Wolf Trial

The Wolf Trial, by Neil Mackay.

"Inspired by an extraordinary true case—the first-ever documented account of a serial killer in world history. In the second half of the 16th century, Paulus Melchior, lawyer, academic and enlightened rationalist, travels with his young assistant, Willy Lessinger, to the isolated German town of Bideburg where local landowner, Peter Stumpf, is accused of brutally murdering dozens of people. A society still trapped in a medieval mindset, the townsfolk clamor for the killer to be tried as a werewolf. If their demands are met his blameless wife and children will also be executed in the most barbaric way imaginable as agents of Satan and creatures contaminated by wolf blood. Paulus and Willy must fight superstition, the cruelty of those who fear what they don’t understand, and a zealous church determined to retain its grip on the souls of Bideburg, in this compelling, utterly unforgettable, shocking tour de force."

I don't normally read serial killer books (other than Silence of the Lambs type stuff) but this one, with its werewolf elements definitely caught my interest. It might make a nice creepy read for a chilly autumn evening spent by the fireplace with wine and puppy dogs!

REVIEWS/RESOURCES:

The Wolf Trial Review (Cuckoo Writers)

The Wolf Trial, at Goodreads

The Wolf Trial Review (Publishers Weekly)

The Wolf Trial Review (Rain and a Book)

The Wolf Trial Review (The Scotsman)

The Visitors

The Visitors, by Catherine Burns.

"With the smart suspense of Emma Donoghue’s Room and the atmospheric claustrophobia of Grey Gardens, Catherine Burns’s debut novel explores the complex truths we are able to keep hidden from ourselves and the twisted realities that can lurk beneath even the most serene of surfaces. Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother John in a crumbling mansion on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster in her fifties who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to live by John’s rules, even if it means turning a blind eye to the noises she hears coming from behind the cellar door...and turning a blind eye to the women’s laundry in the hamper that isn’t hers. For years, she’s buried the signs of John’s devastating secret into the deep recesses of her mind—until the day John is crippled by a heart attack, and Marion becomes the only one whose shoulders are fit to bear his secret. Forced to go down to the cellar and face what her brother has kept hidden, Marion discovers more about herself than she ever thought possible. As the truth is slowly unraveled, we finally begin to understand: maybe John isn’t the only one with a dark side...."

I'm always up for a suspenseful book about women hidden in basements (but I hope they get rescued!) I'm wondering if the yellow wallpaper on the book's beautiful cover is a nod to Charlotte Perkins Gilman? Let's look through some reviews of this book:

REVIEWS/RESOURCES:

The Visitors, at Goodreads

Interview With Catherine Burns (The Quillery)

The Visitors Review (Kirkus Reviews)

The Visitors Review (Publishers Weekly)

The Visitors Review (Quiet Fury Books)


Enjoy your autumn reading!