Tuesday, October 17, 2017

New Dark Non-Fiction Book: California Infernal - Anton LaVey and Jayne Mansfield

Those of you intrigued by the history of the Church of Satan or its founder, Anton LaVey, might want to check out this new book from Trapart Books.

Not a history book, California Infernal: Anton LaVey & Jayne Mansfield: As Portrayed by Walter Fischer is a book of photographs.

This makes for fascinating browsing, and possibly quite a coffee table conversation starter. Who could resist peeking into the infamous Black House in San Francisco?

There are reviews of the book at Eternal Jayne; and at Reprobate Magazine; and notes on foreword writer Carl Abrahamsson's page.

Whimsical Jack Skellington Nightmare Before Christmas Wreaths from Tis the Season

If you love the "Nightmare Before Christmas" film, you might want to check out this incredible Etsy store, Tis the Season. They carry other kinds of wreaths, but my favorites here are the Nightmare Before Christmas ones specifically.

This Jack Skellington Wreath is an impressive 4 feet tall and made with premium black and white ribbon.

Here is a smaller size Jack Skellington wreath that I find very charming.

Here is a creepy and cute Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath with a cheerful skeleton face in its center.

I love the additional of the cute black and white pumpkins that adorn this Jack Skellington Pumpkin wreath.

Tis the Season offers some fun and spooky wreaths for Halloween and we hope that you enjoy shopping their impressive Etsy store.

Gorgeous Bat Home Decor by Design Toscano

What better way to creep out your guests that with this set of creepy vampire wall sculptures hanging on your house?

Your house will look extra startling with this vampire bat cast iron door knocker looming on your door.

A perfect addition to that spooky tree along your walkway might be this Demon of the Night Vampire Bat Statue. Its glowing red eyes and blood filled mouth make for one grim looking bat.

If you want to tempt that brave Halloween visitor with something mysterious, you might love this set of Vampire Bat boxes.

This is a fun way to startle unsuspecting guests in your kitchen! Vampire Bat Key Rack

For those more serious about bringing the menace factor up a notch, check out this Witching Hour Vampire Clock Sculpture.

You can shop for all of these Design Toscano bat home decor items at Amazon.com.

Happy Haunting!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Cute Little Devil Doll from Blythe

Just in time for Halloween, the Japanese doll company, Blythe, released "Cute Little Dee," a devil-themed Middie Blythe doll.

"Cute Little Dee" wears a black and white gingham dress, a red cape, and darling little bat wings. She carries, of course, a wee pitchfork.

This doll came out in late September and currently is selling on eBay and on Junie Moon.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Victorian Style Boots from Ellie's Shoes

If you are searching for a pair of Victorian style boots, you might love these boots and booties from Ellie's Shoes.

Black Velvet 2.5" Inch Heeled Boots, on Amazon

Women's Stiletto Heel Lace Trim Victorian Ankle Bootie, on Amazon

Missy Ankle Bootie, on Amazon

Stella Ankle Bootie, on Amazon

Rebecca Women's Vintage Victorian Gothic Granny Lace up Boots, on Amazon

Amelia Victorian Boot, on Amazon

And for men, I love this pair of wingtip boots.

Men's Wingtip Ankle Boots, on Amazon

Enjoy perusing through Ellie's Shoes' Victorian boots and booties selection. I hope you enjoy these styles as much as I do!

Sugar Skull Plates from Sourpuss

Every year near Halloween, as soon as the stores begin stocking sugar skull items, I find it nearly impossible to resist a new purchase. These plates from Sourpuss are my latest obsession.

Blue Sugar Skull plate, on Amazon

Pink Sugar Skull Plate, on Amazon

Green Sugar Skull Plate, on Amazon

Red Sugar Skull Plate, on Amazon

You can mix and match these plates or go with all one color to match your existing serveware. Having one plate in each color will incorporate all of my existing sugar skull dishes perfectly!

New Bat Costumes from Forum Novelties

If you are like me and like to entertain young children this Halloween, you may not want to wear a costume that is too gruesome. Yet you still want to pay homage to our goth heritage? These bat costumes from Forum Novelties are great options.

Women's Adult Bat Costume, on Amazon

Forum Novelties Women's Bat Corset, on Amazon

Bat Hair Clip Ears, on Amazon

Bat headband Ears, on Amazon

Adult Bat Costume, on Amazon

Adult Bat Dress Costume, on Amazon

Men's Bat Suit, on Amazon

Enjoy shopping for the perfect bat costume for Halloween this year - or simply add a set of bat years and call it a day.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Haunting Dark Art by Sophia Rapata

I'm really enjoying browsing through Sophia Rapata's Etsy store today.

Most of what's for sale here are prints, but there are a few originals, such as this marvelous "A Happy Shadow" pastel and graphite painting.

"Portrait of a Sad Girl" is mesmerizing and haunting.

This print is called "Witch Flesh & Her Familiar."

I really like the adorable little girl depicted in "Woodland Wanderer."

"Ghost Vamp" is a bit disturbing - I assume it was intended that way.

I suspect several of you will enjoy perusing "Bat Lady Contraption."

Not all here is morose - the artist has given herself permission to create a few happier pieces, such as "Flower Field Dance." (Love the striped stockings!)

If pressed to choose just one favorite, I'll say it's "Twin Sisters."

See more of Sophia Rapata's shop here:


New Dark Children's Fiction for Autumn: The Gravedigger's Son

Patrick Moody's new children's book, The Gravedigger's Son came out yesterday. It's meant for 8-12 year olds, but I intend to read it too, eldergoth though I am!

“A Digger must not refuse a request from the Dead." —Rule Five of the Gravedigger’s Code

Ian Fossor is last in a long line of Gravediggers. It’s his family’s job to bury the dead and then, when Called by the dearly departed, to help settle the worries that linger beyond the grave so spirits can find peace in the Beyond. But Ian doesn’t want to help the dead—he wants to be a Healer and help the living. Such a wish is, of course, selfish and impossible. Fossors are Gravediggers. So he reluctantly continues his training under the careful watch of his undead mentor, hoping every day that he’s never Called and carefully avoiding the path that leads into the forbidden woods bordering the cemetery.

How can anyone resist an intriguing premise like that?

Reviews for The Gravedigger's Son

The Gravedigger's Son, on Goodreads

The Gravedigger's Son, at Kirkus Reviews

Artificial Human Skull Firelogs for Creepy Gas Fire Pits

Imagine going over to someone's house and seeing what looks like a human skull burning in their gas fireplace or fire pit! Wouldn't that utterly creep you out, perhaps send you fleeing towards the door? These skull logs are fairly expensive, but should last quite a long time.

Happy burning!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

New Buffy Book Out Today: Slayers and Vampires - The Complete Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Buffy & Angel

Today is a very exciting day for several of my fanatical Buffy friends. Slayers & Vampires came out today - a behind-the-scenes oral history of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" TV shows.

Chapters include:

  • Blonde on Blonde
  • Hellmouth or High Water
  • High School Confidential
  • Bewitched, Bothered and Buffy
  • Soul Man
  • You Gotta Have Faith
  • The Spy Who Loved Me
  • A Fight for Love and Glory
  • More Than A Feeling
  • Leaving Sunnydale
  • Back in Black
  • Out of the Past
  • Here Comes the Son
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • L.A. Law
  • Beyond Buffy
  • Girl Power Forever

Slayers & Vampires is available as a hardback, as a Kindle ebook, as an audio CD and an audiobook.

You can read reviews of the book at Hypable.com, Vice.com and at Kirkus Reviews.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Black Cat Noir Dishes from Omniware

As the weather is growing colder again, I'm drinking much more hot tea. Perhaps I will treat myself to these adorable Cat Noir tea things from Omniware.

The Cat Noir line includes a 24 ounce teapot, a set of four mugs, and a "tea caddy infuser holder" which is just a fancy way of saying "a plate."

You can also shop for these tea things on eBay.

Enjoy your teatime!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

New Plush Walking Dead Itty Bittys from Hallmark of All Places

I really do try not to clutter up my house with toys. But come on! The Walking Dead is my very favorite TV show of all time (next to the Battlestar Galactica reboot).

I simply must own these adorable Walking Dead Itty Bittys. They're tiny, after all - they can't possibly take up too much room on my desk or on a display shelf, right?

The boxed set includes Screwdriver Eye Walker, Michonne, Daryl Dixon, and Rick Grimes.

I'm actually quite surprised that Hallmark created these. I guess it's not my grandmother's greeting card store anymore!

For now, the best place to buy Walking Dead Itty Bittys online is eBay.

Happy shopping!