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just some motivational quotes from everyone’s favorite boys in makeup (◠‿◠✿)

This is a beautiful thing. I’m really not sure which is my favorite. 

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Happy Birthday, Tim Burton! 

August 25th, 1958


And one more, because the images are wonderful. Happy Birthday, Tim Burton. Thank you for all the delightful, spooky things. 

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Gothy vampire eye candy via gothicrealm:

Photo: Annabel Lee and Dorian Daimonion in Leipzig, Sachsen.

Gothy vampire eye candy via gothicrealm:

Photo: Annabel Lee and Dorian Daimonion in Leipzig, Sachsen.

Via thedarkestthirst:

Carmilla Vs. Clarimonde

So who is the preeminent 19th century literary female vampire?  Is it Joseph Sheridan LeFanu’s 1872 Carmilla? Or is it the (perhaps not as well known, but still very important) Clarimonde, from Theophile Gautier’s La Morte Amoureuse (also often titled The Dead Leman or just Clarimonde in some anthologies)? 

LeFanu’s Carmilla has been the ‘sorta-kinda’ basis of numerous films, from Vadim’s Blood And Roses to Hammers so-called Karnstein Trilogy to a Showtime special resetting the tale in the antebellum south. Of these, Hammer’s The Vampire Lovers with Ingrid Pitt is surely the closest film adaptation to the original novella…surprising, since Hammer rarely exhibited any concern for their Gothic source materials. And these film adaptations are surely why it’s so much more well known. Despite the boobs-n-blood soft-core lesbianism aspects of the films, the orignal novella is hardly prurient reading. LeFanu, if you ask me, was an old fuddy-duddy. I’m not 100% convinced he had any notion whtsoever that he was penning anything like a ‘lesbian vampire tale’, not being certain he fully grasped what that would be. I’ve long suspected he was merely trying to be ‘queer’ in the sense of ‘odd’ or eerie. But, there are all kinds of essays around arguing these issues, and mostly from folks much more educated and scholarly than I.  

Carmilla is unarguably claustrophobic, ghostly, eerie, dreamlike, and at the same time — frankly, quite confusing, with more characters and subplots that lead nowhere than one can imagine any modern writer getting away with.

La Morte Amoreuse, on the other hand, is comparatively ‘saucy’. Or at any rate, more intentionally so, I’d say. In Gautier’s tale, a young seminarian is betwitched by the decadent courtesan Clarimonde, a vampire who feeds the now-priest a sleeping draught each night and then not only drinks his blood, but also debauches him with pretty frank-for-its-time sex. The tale has one foot in the rambling 19th century Gothic novel tradition (the period Italian setting, for example) and one in the more adventurous ‘now’ that Gautier was into.

But Gautier’s tale, though frequently anthologized, as all public domain vampire classics will be, never caught on with filmmakers like Carmilla did, and so is less familair to genre fans.  

Me? I like ‘em both, each in their own way. LeFanu’s Carmilla is a maddening read soemtimes. It can drag. It can wander. You’d dearly like to know what’s up with the Comtesse/Mother and her evil servants, the conenction of dead Laura’s mother to the Karnstein family, what was the nature of the good Baron Vordenburg’s relationship with the mortal Carmilla/Mircalla/Millarca…oh, and more. 

But Gautier’s La Morte Amoureuse has its thrills and eerie atmosphere, and is a nice glimpse of the other Gothic vampings — particularly the much rarer female vampires — going on in the mid-19th century. 

Oh. That&#8217;s clever. I need a skirt like that, yes. 

Oh. That’s clever. I need a skirt like that, yes. 

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Today’s clothing modification question

Do I take the ivory linen blazer that I unearthed yesterday and add some subtle “blood stains” to the cuffs and the lapels? And should I do that with ink or with fabric paint?

Happy birthday, Mr. Burton. Thank you for everything. Via 365daysofhalloween:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the king of creepy - Tim Burton!(original image is a Tim Burton inspired drawing by Vaughn Pinpin)

Happy birthday, Mr. Burton. Thank you for everything. Via 365daysofhalloween:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the king of creepy - Tim Burton!

(original image is a Tim Burton inspired drawing by Vaughn Pinpin)

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I&#8217;d like this now, please. Jack &#8216;o lanterns AND rain.

I’d like this now, please. Jack ‘o lanterns AND rain.

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File under: perks of being an Eldergoth

Having a specific fashion aesthetic + packrat tendencies + being slightly forgetful = when you finally have the time to go into the very depths of your closets and storage bins, you find the lost kingdom of stretch velvet (non-panne) dresses! Why hello, new wardrobe without shopping, how are you?


I’m going to be honest…

My goal in life is pretty much to become a sassy goth Luna Lovegood.





A few unusual angels. (sources: x, x, x, source for fourth is unknown.) 

The first four aren’t that unusual; they line up pretty closely with the Biblical descriptions of cherubim and seraphim.

Ever wonder why most Bible stories with angels start out with the angel saying something to the effect of, “Okay, now don’t freak out…”?


and the fifth one is actually a Throne, which is technically an angel, but it’s the highest class of angels

Yep. Angels don’t look like humans with wings, folks. 

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Vlad, trying to determine if he can get away with chewing the ribbons on my new bloomers if he just acts cute enough.

This may come as a complete surprise to some of you, but I adore this movie. Also, those last three lines? Starting with "You’ve been practicing that speech, haven’t you?" - those lines MAY get quoted back and forth a lot between one of my dearest friends and me. Maybe. 

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The Crypt of Curiosities: S.O.P.H.I.E


To mark 6 years since we lost Sophie Lancaster I am holding a S.O.P.H.I.E SALE until Monday evening or until sold out, I have marked prices down really low and I am going to give 20% of whatever we make in the sale to the The Sophie…

What is Auntie Jilli’s First Rule of Tumblr? Always reblog Peter Murphy in a cage from Bela Lugosi’s Dead. Always.

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