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19

Jul

Gothic Charm School

New Nocturnal House post at Gothic Charm School! Still Life, by Michael Montoure! 

evilsoutherngentleman:

lyricalred:

evilsoutherngentleman:

anothergoth:

Does having amazing people such as Atticus (evilsoutherngentleman), The Lady of the Manners aka Aunt Jillie (gothiccharmschool), and Voltaire as some of your main inspirations in life and role models count as being raised by bats?

These are obviously not the only people who inspire me, but just those off the top of my head (my full role model list is endless and impressive)

Yes it does. I’m everyone’s slightly kooky internet uncle that preaches the value of self love without harming others, celebrating spooky things, and exploring the unseen world. Now run along, you adorable scamp.

It warms the cockles of my black little heart to know that we all have such a lovely internet uncle… though I had heretofore privately referred to Atticus and Jillie as Fairy GothParents. 

*quietly adds “raised by bats” to resume*

Years ago, when I had a resume, I listed “super powers: invisibility for 30 minutes every third Tuesday of the month.” During an interview, a creative director asked me to demonstrate it once: “Sorry, I used up this month’s power to spy on your competitors.”

Auntie Jilli’s Basic Rules: 

  • Be as kind as you can manage to people, including yourself.
  • Figure out what sort of strange and fabulous creature you want to be, then work toward becoming that.
  • Embrace your cliches. 
  • If you can’t fall asleep for some reason, read a book.
  • When in doubt, fuzzy fanged bunnies give surprisingly good advice.

Also, my current resume lists “Freelance Bio-Exorcist since 1988”. 

18

Jul

The question is, should I be wildly self-indulgent (after all, employment doesn’t mean unlimited spending, even I know this) and order an extra bottle of blackphoenixalchemylab's Blood Popsicle (from the Only Lovers Left Alive limited edition series) and use it to scent my bloodbath salts from staxilicious?

roachpatrol:

neophyte-redglare:

Gypaète barbu & Fils “Gypaetus barbatus” © Paolo Schwab

that dark vulture looks absolutely convinced that the lighter vulture is a ghost

roachpatrol:

neophyte-redglare:

Gypaète barbu & Fils “Gypaetus barbatus” © Paolo Schwab

that dark vulture looks absolutely convinced that the lighter vulture is a ghost

thelethifoldwitch:

Hide your mouth, the first thing she’d been taught. Hide your fangs, hide your red as blood lips, your pale as snow skin and your hair shining brighter than lank dead hair ought.
Hide
Aorta Meridiana Faust had little intention of hiding. Perhaps a cloak to cover her mouth, perhaps a little muggle product in her hair to make it more lifelike.
But she was truly damned if she was ever going to hide.
(Image Source)

thelethifoldwitch:

Hide your mouth, the first thing she’d been taught. Hide your fangs, hide your red as blood lips, your pale as snow skin and your hair shining brighter than lank dead hair ought.

Hide

Aorta Meridiana Faust had little intention of hiding. Perhaps a cloak to cover her mouth, perhaps a little muggle product in her hair to make it more lifelike.

But she was truly damned if she was ever going to hide.

(Image Source)

How did I forget to mention this in the book recommendation post?! (Because I hadn’t had coffee yet, oh right.)
Anyway, are you looking for lush, hypnotic stories with a creepy fairy tale air? GO FIND THE BLOODY CHAMBER BY ANGELA CARTER. I prefer her short stories to her novels, and The Bloody Chamber is my favorite collection of her work.
(AAAAAUGH, WHY is there no digital version of it available in the US? I want to have a copy on my phone at all times, dammit!)

How did I forget to mention this in the book recommendation post?! (Because I hadn’t had coffee yet, oh right.)

Anyway, are you looking for lush, hypnotic stories with a creepy fairy tale air? GO FIND THE BLOODY CHAMBER BY ANGELA CARTER. I prefer her short stories to her novels, and The Bloody Chamber is my favorite collection of her work.

(AAAAAUGH, WHY is there no digital version of it available in the US? I want to have a copy on my phone at all times, dammit!)

druidspell said: If the Birthday Unending is eternal, that means it is now and always Nov 21: it's not quite my birthday (11/25), but 11/21/14 will be 15 yrs since my attempt to end my timeline. Due to the eternal nature of the Birthday, I'm able to present my 12 year old self, because finally I can love her and want to celebrate her. We come bearing candy corn for the Corn Maze, because we are Autumn's children and the corn calls us home; and birthday candles for the bonfire because fire makes s'mores more fun.

seananmcguire:

OH.

HELLO.

WE SEE THAT YOU ARE SMALLER THAN YOU WILL BE, AND MORE AFRAID.  THE WORLD IS VERY FRIGHTENING WHEN YOU ARE TWELVE, BECAUSE YOU ARE JUST BIG ENOUGH TO BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND HOW SMALL YOU ARE, AND JUST SMALL ENOUGH TO BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN NEVER BECOME BIGGER.  IT IS HARD, WE THINK, TO LOVE YOURSELF PROPERLY AT TWELVE; IT IS A LIMINAL STATE, AND SO FEW OF US ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO ENTER IT FILLED WITH LOVE AND LAUGHTER AND CONVICTION THAT TOMORROW WILL BE BETTER.

BUT IF YOU WILL COME WITH US, AND SIT AWHILE BY THE BLOOD PITS, WE WILL TELL YOU A SECRET: YOU, JUST YOU, SMALL AND SCARED AND FILLED WITH SO MUCH POTENTIAL THAT YOU COULD POWER NATIONS, YOU ARE INCREDIBLE.  YOU ARE MAGNIFICENT IN YOUR SUCCESS AND IN YOUR FAILURE, AND THEY FUEL ONE ANOTHER, THEY MAKE YOU STRONGER.

IT CAN BE HARD, TO ENDURE.  SO HARD.  WE KNOW.  WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE DAYS WHEN YOU WISH TO PULL DOWN THE STREAMERS AND SET THE CORN MAZE OF YOUR HEART ON FIRE, AND SAY “I AM DONE, I AM DONE, NO MORE, LET ME REST.”  BUT YOU MUST FIGHT THROUGH THOSE DAYS, FOR YOU ARE UNENDING, AND YOU ARE AMAZING, AND YOU ARE WORTH ALL THE EFFORT IN ALL THE WORLD.

YOU ARE LOVED.

HERE IS YOUR SEAT AT THE TABLE.  HERE IS YOUR CONICAL HAT.  HERE IS A PLACE WHERE YOU MAY PLAY FREELY, AND WITHOUT FEAR, FOR NOTHING HERE WILL HARM YOU.

WELCOME TO THE BIRTHDAY.  WELCOME TO THE BIRTHDAY.  YOU ARE FINALLY HOME.  WELCOME TO THE BIRTHDAY UNENDING.

Have I mentioned lately how much I adore seananmcguire? I do. For many, many reasons. 

Little pumpkin people and their bats! From littlewhitebat.

Little pumpkin people and their bats! From littlewhitebat.

Eye candy! 
Photos by Richard Pryde.

Eye candy! 

Photos by Richard Pryde.

Anonymous said: Dear Auntie Jilli, I was wondering if you could recommend any other books which are on a Vampire Chronicles or Night Circus level of decadence? I absolutely love the imagery in both of them and discovered them through you, thanks awfully ^^

Off the top of my head, in no particular order:

  • The Blood Opera Sequence by Tanith Lee (Dark Dance, Personal Darkness, and Darkness I).
  • The vampire books by Freda Warrington - A Taste of Blood Wine, A Dance in Blood Velvet, and The Blood of Poppies (the reprint comes out in October).
  • The Seance by John Harwood.
  • The Delicate Dependency by Michael Talbot.
Look at what ophidiae sent me! Thank you VERY much, dear!
Why yes, I just decanted the bloodbath salts from staxilicious into the jar. 

Look at what ophidiae sent me! Thank you VERY much, dear!

Why yes, I just decanted the bloodbath salts from staxilicious into the jar. 

drewrausch:

My Blacks Don’t Match! - Page 21

drewrausch:

My Blacks Don’t Match! - Page 21

fyeahgothicromance:

calantheandthenightingale:

That post about the Universal monster film reboots made me realize something: there’s a very real possibility that Gothic horror will end up the next “big thing.”

We’ve already seen huge trends favoring paranormal romance, high fantasy, zombies, and dystopian worlds; now that all these trends…

I hadn’t noticed this trend before. It’s funny how that list of fading trends stated above sort of set the groundwork for a renewed interest in Gothic fiction/aesthetic. It makes sense that the Gothic would be the next big thing.

That said, I get why people would be upset or freaked out by this notion because things do tend to lose a sense of authenticity when they get swept up my the masses as a trend. The quality of work slides and things start to look and feel uniform and pre-manufactured to adhere to a mainstream audience’s palette and projects start getting made by people who probably have no business making them. On the other hand, the Gothic as a trend would bring new people to the genre, people who might not have picked it up otherwise, people who might start to see and interpret things in new ways and, maybe, go on to contribute to it sometime in the future.

Trends come in and fade away and eventually come back again. It’s an endless cycle that probably can’t be avoided. The Gothic was “in” during the Victorian era and then fizzled out around the early 20th century. It had a little comeback in the 40’s and 50’s with pulp fiction and gothic romance novels and arguably monster movies and then it faded away again. Then the 80’s happened with Anne Rice and The Cure and Bauhaus and the 90’s with The Crow, and then it faded again. 

Looking back at the pattern of trends, it’s funny how the resurgence of the Gothic and similar tales and motifs tend to go hand in hand with a resurgence comics and superheroes - how they got big just before and during WWII, fell out of favor during the 60’s and early 70’s and then came back during the 80’s and early 90’s and, well, here we are. It’s like we need them both to go hand in hand.

The Gothic has been due for a comeback for a while now, I think. Although we’ll get a surge of strange posers and a wave of mediocre (if not terrible) movies and books and shows, those who truly love the genre will still be here when it fades out of the limelight. We’ll look at all those crappy creations and whine and complain and make fun of them and then go on as we always have.  

Also, if it trends, imagine how cheap the clothes are going to be.

It’s already happening to a degree - AHS “Coven” and other stylistic siblings have pushed certain parts of the Gothic aesthetic. Witness the creeping popularity of “witchy” fashion, of dark lipsticks, and so on. 

If a new surge of awareness about Gothic happens, I’ll be happy. Especially if the literary roots and the haunted decadence of the visual aesthetic play a big part in it.

michaelmontoure:

jenniferlovely:

We were reading a book about shadows ‘Boris and the Wrong Shadow’ so she had to prove a point to me about her shadow

wait what no Jen your daughter is supposed to be adorable not terrifying you make her stop being terrifying right now


She’s just taking after her Auntie. 

michaelmontoure:

jenniferlovely:

We were reading a book about shadows ‘Boris and the Wrong Shadow’ so she had to prove a point to me about her shadow

wait what no Jen your daughter is supposed to be adorable not terrifying you make her stop being terrifying right now

She’s just taking after her Auntie. 

Yes, this is EXACTLY the sort of photo I needed to see today. Bat! Pumpkin!

Yes, this is EXACTLY the sort of photo I needed to see today. Bat! Pumpkin!

(Source: lushghost)