I LOVE Christmas. All those twinkly lights and greenery and candles and spices and roaring fires in the night – it’s so darkly magical. One of my favourite parts of Christmas is decorating the tree, and with such a variety of decorations available now it’s easy to create a Gothic Christmas Tree. Here’s 13 items I’ve found that can help you create a tree that would make Tim Burton proud…
Surprising as it may be, fashion brands are a significant part of the Goth subculture – they inspire new looks, allow artists and designers within the subculture to make a living from their talents, and help Goths to establish an identity. Below I’ve featured 13 brands that are particularly well known in the movement…
Things you’ll never hear a stereotypical Goth say….
If you’d like to see more artwork like this, take a look at my website www.BlackWaterFall.com, or my deviantArt page http://trellia.deviantart.com.
It’s hard to pin down what exactly constitutes a “Gothic” novel. Does it have to fall in the horror genre? Does it have to include elements of the supernatural? I personally think that any book with dark elements, a sense of “place” as character, a dose of the weird and bizarre and a strong psychological angle is definitely on its way to being classed as “Gothic.” For the purpose of this list of my top 13 Modern Gothic novels, I’ve kept the definition fairly broad – there’s a big mix of genres in there, so hopefully there’s something for everyone looking for a taste of modern Gothic.
Industrial music is something like Goth’s even darker, angstier brother, the yang to its yin. Whereas Goth music is traditionally brooding, contemplative, apolitical and often has feminine overtones, Industrial is loud, angry, anti-establishment and abrasive. Whereas Goth looks to the past (folklore, the Victorian period etc.) for its aesthetics, Industrial looks to the future, with its focus on electronic music and often sci-fi inspired imagery. And yet the two scenes, somewhere along the line, became intermingled, meaning that Industrial is now recognised by many as part of the Goth scene.
Industrial music is in fact a huge and bewildering genre, taking its inspirations from many other genres from experimental to metal to even hip hop. In this list of 13 different types of industrial music, I’ve tried to give a guide to some of the main kinds of Industrial music. I am indebted to the fantastic website Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music as a reference for this list (http://techno.org/electronic-music-guide), as well as Wikipedia.
This Halloween, spare a thought for all those dark and creepy animals that are often regarded with fear and repulsion in some cultures, but revered in others. I’ve also included links to charities that help protect their welfare, if you want to do more to help them.
In general, ALL music in the Gothic genre would be suitable for Halloween. But in case you’re looking for something that’s especially in keeping with the season, I’ve made this list of 13 songs that I like to play at Halloween.
One of the great things about Halloween for Goths (apart from the fact that it’s essentially Goth Christmas) is that lots of affordable, spooky decorations suddenly go on sale everywhere. And what’s more, plenty of these items would be suitable for Goths to use on an everyday, all-year basis. Below I’ve selected 13 wonderful Halloween goodies I’ve found that I think any Goth would be happy to buy and use all year.
I did a 4 year Japanese degree and have spent most of my working life either in Japan or in the field of Japanese things, so naturally I love the language. I thought I’d share here 13 kanji (Japanese characters) that have dark, spooky or otherwise Goth-friendly meanings. If you’re looking for cool kanji for tattoos, artwork or simply out of curiosity, have a look at this list!
Note 1: About the word “kanji” – Kanji should more properly called “Chinese” characters, as they originally came from China (Japanese has its own phonetic characters which would more correctly called “kanji,” but as they’re phonetic they’re quite as interesting). A lot of kanji (or hanzi, in Chinese) have the same meanings in both languages, but a lot are different. And they usually have different pronunciations too.
Note 2: Unlike in Chinese, characters in Japanese usually have two or more ways to read them. The rules on how to read them are complicated, but a basic rule is that kanji are usually pronounced differently when read on their own than they are when combined with other kanji (but this isn’t always the case).
Note 3: Most words in Japanese are actually compounds of two or more kanji. For example, the word “spider,” “kumo,” is made of two kanji characters. For simplicity’s sake here, I’ve only used words that require only one kanji character.
Note 4: Some kanji are pictographic (i.e. they are stylised drawings of what they mean), but most are made up of simpler kanji (called “radicals”) combined to form a new meaning.
You can’t talk about Gothic without reference to Gothic literature, a movement of “romantic horror” from the 1700s to early 1900s, which was the basis for most of the motifs found in the Gothic aesthetic today. If you’re interested in getting into classic Gothic literature but aren’t sure where to start, why not try some from my top 13 favourite Gothic classics?
By the way, I wanted to give this list the more snappy title of “13 Classic Gothic Novels.” But the fact is, several aren’t even true novels (there’s novellas and a play in there). However, I would say that all the items on this list have been influential in the world of Gothic, and definitely worth a read.
By the way, all of these works can be downloaded FOR FREE from Project Gutenburg. (www.gutenberg.org).