Saturday, March 31, 2012

Danny Elfman vs. Mefistofele

Whoever was in charge of this production of Mefistofele must have seen the movie Forbidden Zone. Here is the scene "Ecco il mundo" from the opera, featuring Samuel Ramey as Mephistopheles:

And now, here is the scene from Forbidden Zone (obviously itself trying to be a more 1970s version of Max Fleisher cartoons of the 20s.) That is a young Danny Elfman in the role of Satan.

The musical character between the two excerpts is of course quite different, one from the other; and I doubt even the Ramey version is at all like what composer Arrigo Boito had in mind in 1868 when he wrote the piece. Still, when I saw the clip, Forbidden Zone was the first thing that sprang to my mind.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What's it All About?

Why do you dress like that? Wasn't Halloween last month? What's wrong with you? Such common questions, and all stem from the single biggest curiosity about gothic lifestyle: What is being Goth all about?

Well, the best source to check is probably -- other goths! Here are the musings of folks over on the forums of Goth Blog regarding the subject.

Being goth is not about fashion. It's about how you live your life and how you view life. It's appreciating the beauty in the darkness. Laughing at dark humor. It's NOT about wearing all black, painting your face white, and being depressed. If you want to paint your nails, do it. If you don't want to, then don't. You also sound like you think you have to wear white makeup and black eyeliner to be goth. Just so you know, you don't have to be pale as fuck to be goth. It's mainly just a personal preference. Personally I like being pale, but I know goths who are tan or have naturally dark skin. Bottom line is be who you want to be and fuck what everyone else thinks of you. As long as you are true to yourself and dress in things that you like, you can't go wrong.

Goth is so difficult to define. But what it means to me: enjoying the darker side of life, dark humor, appreciation of darker side of things in general.

To me, Goth is about freedom from convention, and an embrace of the intellect, literature and art, as individual as there are people who embrace it.

To me Goth is a state of mind, its somthing your born with. maybe you don't know it til you get older, but it is somthiogn you do not grow out of, its not a phase. we are artistic, free thinking people, who look at the darker side of life and laugh. Alot of adult goths end up in jobs where their allowed to be somewhat creative and be themselves, IT guys, engeneers, businessmen, artists. when i went on the cruise i met goths who had jobs i never could have imagined. and enjoyed listening to how they incorporated goth into their work and daily lives. No matter wher ei go in my life i will always be goth. its not all doom and gloom, its not all black. but those are parts of it too. so is music, art, books, goth has its hands everywhere. Anyways so thats what Goth is to me..whats it to you?

To me Goth is not only fashion or choice. You have people who make themselves goth and those who are natural goths. the ones that try to be goth are either trying to rebel against their parents or are trying to be something they are niot. you either are or you arnt. It's finding that instead of being afriad of dark things it's embracing them. for me, goth lets me live outside expectations of my family and teacher's and set my own expectations for myself.

Those who refuse to stray from death and gloom because they are so "goth" or they can't be happy because they are "goth as fuck", aren't really goth. That's not what being goth is about. Unfortunately there are a lot of douche bags out there giving goths a bad name.

Goth is someone who finds beauty in dark places.

i agree with pretty much every body on "goth is" because honestly I dont think there is a wrong answer... I believe it is being understand to everyone or trying to be at least... goth is who are are and what you do and every part of you... or maybe thats just me if so would not be the first time

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Goth Homemaking: The Blackest Chicken of All

Was last month's Funeral Chicken not Goth enough for you? Well, for those who need to take it up a notch, there is a breed of chicken called a Silkie that you will want to know all about.

Silkie is the other dark meat. You know, really dark. It is a kind of chicken; living, it is coated with soft fluffy feathers which can be any color, but this bird is literally black to the bone. The black meat of a Silkie is generally considered an unusual or even undesirable quality in most European and American cuisines, but in Asia, Silkie meat is a gourmet food. Chinese cuisine especially values the breed, but it is also a common ingredient in some Japanese, Cambodian, Vietnamese and Korean dishes. A few fusion restaurants in metropolitan areas of the West have also cooked it as a part of traditional American or French cuisine. They reportedly have a more gamey flavor than regular meat chickens.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Unzipped Flesh Makeup Tutorial

If you're hardcore you can actually just go around wearing your makeup like this all the time.

Friday, March 16, 2012

One Lovely Blog Award

Well, well, well! I got not one but two One Lovely Blog Awards within two days!
Actually this "award" is more like a chain-letter game: what one does upon accepting the award is proceed to award it to fifteen more lovely blogs, then for some reason list seven random facts about your own self. Well, whatever; it works for making new friends, it seems.
15 Lovely Blogs
  1. Georgiana's Gossip Guide
  2. L'Oeuvre au Noir
  3. Quack Doctor
  4. The Gibson Girl's Guide to Glamor
  5. Steff Metal
  6. X-Entertainment
  7. The 18th Century Blog
  8. Mindspill
  9. Mimbulus Blog
  10. Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog
  11. HuntingtonBlogs Art
  12. Parasitic Hootenanny
  13. Va-Voom Vintage
  14. Chienkiri
  15. Under Odysseus
7 Random Facts
  1. I've translated the play Eugenie by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (author of The Marriage of Figaro and the Barber of Seville.)
  2. I'm an avid tea drinker, and commonly put away a gallon of the stuff daily.
  3. I don't like tomatos.
  4. I am hispanic.
  5. ...but I speak no Spanish.
  6. There are only three bands I've ever intentionally gone to see perform: Rammstein, Bella Morte and a virtually unknown instrumental group called The Freeway Philharmonic.
  7. I don't own a single pair of pants; only skirts.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Quack Remedies: Valentine's Meat Juice Enema

The Quack Doctor's blog has a post all about an old-time invalid food called Valentine's Meat Juice. However, eating was apparently not the only thing it was used for:

An enema described in The Philadelphia Medical Journal in 1900 comprised one egg, one tablespoon of Valentine’s Meat-Juice, 4oz sterilised milk, ½oz. brandy, ½ tsp. salt, and 5oz of sterilised water. Two ounces of this mixture was to be administered every two hours ‘as high up in the large bowel as possible.’

The benefits to be had from this process are unclear.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Get a Whore for 50% Off

'Tis Pity She's a Whore is a lesser known work of Elizabethan Drama than other works by Shakespeare and Marlowe -- possibly because it is not, technically, actually Elizabethan drama but Jacobean. Still, its style is considered more on par with the weirdness of Queen Elizabeth's reign than the snooty crap that came later.

See, the story of 'Tis Pity She's a Whore is all about a love story. Between a brother and sister. Yes, a ROMANTIC love story -- like Romeo and Juliet except that instead of two opposing households, the reason everyone's against their love is they're already related to one another. Of course, like Romeo and Juliet, everything ends tragically for the lovers after the (anti)heroine Annabella is obliged to marry someone else (in this case, because she's already pregnant by her brother.) In fact it almost reads like a parody of Romeo and Juliet, with everything turned on its head -- and a big bloody climax to finish everything off. There's a reason the cover features a bloody heart with dagger though it -- that's not a metaphor, kids.

Good news is right now, you can get the bloody heart edition of 'Tis Pity She's a Whore for 50% off from Createspace only (the book is also available at but, as of this writing, only at full price.) To take advantage of the Createspace deal, use the super-secret code 5ALKRQS2

This means the usual list price of $15.99 is now reduced down to $7.99

Thursday, March 8, 2012

What Wine Goes Best With Human Flesh?

William Buehler Seabrook, a journalist in the 1920s, set out to live with African cannibals so he could learn the answer to a perplexing question: what does human flesh taste like? Unfortunately, after all that trouble he found that the cannibals he met weren't interested in sharing, so he was reduced to bribing an intern at the Sarbonne Hospital to steal a slice of meat from the corpse of a recent accident victim.

It was like good, fully developed veal, not young, but not yet beef. It was very definitely like that, and it was not like any other meat I had ever tasted. It was so nearly like good, fully developed veal that I think no person with a palate of ordinary, normal sensitiveness could distinguish it from veal. It was mild, good meat with no other sharply defined or highly characteristic taste such as for instance, goat, high game, and pork have.

Knowing this much, what then becomes the best wine pairing? According to World Wine, the answer may be, as we've always known: Chianti.

Yes, the wine depends on the exact dish, but the basic plate of Veal Chops is recommended to be accompanied by Chianti or Pinot Noir. Veal Shanks go with a nice Burgundy or Red Bordeaux.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Goth Popularity Contest

Wow! This blog will be a year old soon enough. Thanks to all those who've supported this madness so far!

Interestingly, these links which follow have been some of this goth blog's most popular stories to date:

St. Trinian's. Cartoons of some naughty schoolgirls.
Goth Breakup Lines. The prefect words to get rid of your unwanted lover.
Gothic Fairies. Not your grandma's fairy figurines.
Just Call It Steampunk. A woefully accurate song about the state of Steampunk.
Gothic Love. Gothic dating website information.
Elizabeth Bathory. The murderous aristocrat, sometimes compared to a female Dracula.
Goth Problems. A comical collection of issues it seems only the Gothic have to deal with.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

This Is Goth CD

Customer Reviews
Most helpful customer reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
Great bunch of stuff
By A Customer
I just got this album yesterday and only have made through about the first disk and some of the second disk but from what I have heard, this is a great compilation. So far my favirotes on this cd is Inkubus Sukkubus, I really love the girls voice on this song. I also liked Razed in Blacks song, Switchblade Symphony and the Mission U.k. song. With this cd you get a lot of songs, 36, for a really great price! So pick this one if you are a goth fan or if you are new and what to check out what the music is like!

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
What are you reviewing?!?
By Jenn-y
I have no idea what techno CD these people are reviewing, but it is definately not this one. Almost every song on this compilation is standard fare on most other compilations. If you listen to Nazarene, Walking on your Hands, Pagan Love Song, Ignore the Machine, Snake Dance, Thalia, Witches, or Spiritual Cramp and you think they are techno, then you've got something wrong with your head. There are several songs with a 'techno' flavour, absolutely, but they are still quite goth. What makes the genre so great is that it's not brutally standardized, like many others are. There is great diversity in goth music, and this covers most of that diversity, though not quite all, unfortunately.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
This IS Goth!
By Sinister
Cradle of Filth!!! Cradle is about as Goth as my grandmother. This cd IS goth in a nice layed out way, too. It has all the requirements I would have for a goth CD, except maybe they could've sneaked in a few more of the older bands like Bauhaus, SoM, or Banshee.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Zachariah: Early Steampunk?

While the above poster and the tagline "The First Electric Western" might lead one to think that Zachariah was an early Steampunk movie, sadly the poster is about as far as it ever gets in that regard. The film itself is of the same class as Rocky Horror Picture Show, but the songs are not nearly so catchy, and instead of the heroes learning to loosen up and release their inhibitions they learn the value of vegetarianism.
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