Sunday, February 26, 2012

Goths Up Trees

A friend of mine recommended me to this site with the comment, "Goths and trees, together at last!" She loves this sort of random humor.

I actually rather like the above photo, it reminds me of a painting I saw at the Chicago Art Institute that I cannot recall the name for.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gothic Homemaking: Funeral Chicken Recipe

A while ago I was in a play, that happened to be getting its performance at a large church complex. A couple of the cast members were folks normally involved with the church.

One day, when our rehearsal room had just previously been used for a funeral reception and the last of the tables were being cleared, one of the church regulars remarked that it was a little known secret, but the best thing cooked by the kitchens at this place was a dish unofficially called "Funeral Chicken." It was a breaded chicken that happened to be the cheapest thing they offered, so it was often requested at funeral dinners.


3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2 inch strips
1 egg yolk, beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2-3 cups oil for frying

  1. Combine the egg yolk, buttermilk and garlic powder in a large bowl. Place the chicken pieces into the bowl and stir to coat with the mixture. Cover, and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  2. In a large plastic bag, mix the flour, bread crumbs, salt and baking powder. Remove the chicken from the bowl and drain off an excess liquid. Place chicken into the bag, seal, and shake to coat with breading.
  3. In a large, heavy skillet, heat the oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
  4. Carefully place chicken pieces into the oil and cook until golden brown and juices from the chicken run clear. Drain on paper towels.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Oingo Boingo - Pictures of You

(This is actually a fan-made video; not an official work of the Boingo boys. I thought it nicely done, though.)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Magno - The Soap of Goths

Looking for that special soap to get your blacks blacker and your whites blacker too? Then this is the stuff for you -- Magno, a bar of jet black soap that comes from Spain. The scent is beloved by men and women alike. And despite its color, it actually does get you clean!

"It's like a summer cruise, only there's no boat and you don't actually go anywhere..."

Monday, February 13, 2012

Real Gothic Literature

Let us wash last post's notion of gothic literature from our brains, and look at some real literature. The blog of Mike Kelly, Curator of Books in the Fales Library & Special Collections at NYU has a post about the new Gothic literature, recommending the above pieces as the best examples available.

Gothic fiction, in tone, feeds on a pleasing sort of terror. It places heavy emphasis on atmosphere, using setting and diction to build suspense and a sense of unease in the reader. Melodrama and parody (including self-parody) were other long-standing features of the Gothic in literature. It is an offshoot of Romantic literature (which is not be confused with romance literature and those trashy books they sell in the checkout line at the grocery store) but, ultimately, the genre has given way to modern horror fiction. The New Gothic literature can thereby be a bit hard to sort out from any old gore novel, and some of its authors -- like Anne Rice -- have gotten fairly mainstream. Check it out! And feel free to post any other Gothic literature recommendations in the comments.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Worst Fanfiction Ever Written

Type the phrase "worst fanfic ever" into Google, and what you get are web pages about a certain Harry Potter fic entitled My Immortal. The story is so bad that there is disagreement as to whether or not it was written as a joke or a trollfic -- on the one hand, the author (Tara Gilesbie) makes a few references within the text that suggest her to have a better education than her supposed writing style would generally mark. But others say they know the author from various online forums where she has posted items of similar tone and spelling, meaning at the least, if she's a troll she's a very devoted one.

The story has a tendency to be deleted from any site where it's made available, presumably due to the sharp drop it brings in user IQ. Here is one that survives as of this writing.

The story tells the tale of a goth vampire student coming to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, where Harry and Draco have also inexplicably transformed into goth vampires, and both pursue romantic relationships with her. The love scenes are wonderfully described with such phrases as "He put his boy-thingie into my you-know-what and we did it for the first time."

The following dramatic reading is available through YouTube:

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