Monday, August 24, 2009

How To Be Goth - Part III - Gothic Literature

True Goths are very intelligent, most would consider themselves nerds. They especially enjoy reading Gothic literature. Any authors from The Victorian Era (1837-1901) are accepted amongst the Gothic culture, but some authors, like Edgar Allan Poe or Lord Byron, are especially enjoyed. These authors are the ones who wrote more Gothic types of books. Darker themes and such.
I love Gothic literature, but also enjoy some more modern stories as well, such as The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka or Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice.

Real Goths also enjoy doing any for of art and poetry is usually one of these. If you have poetry you would like to share, see my Gothic Literature blog, which I will mention more of in a second. But if you are not good at writing, try another form of art, Drawing, Music, Making Clothes anything!

Anyway, reading my other blog, Gothic Literature, will help introduce you to many authors. I have a daily poem by many Gothic writers and book reviews. Remember, the blog is new and I am still updating it.

My favorite authors are:
Franz Kafka, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Baudelaire, Ann Rice, Jane Austin, Emily Brontë, Lord Byron, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Sir Aurthor Connan Doyle, John Keats, J.s LeFanu, H.P Lovecraft, Jim Morrison, Ann Radliffe, Christina Rossetti, Saki, Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Bram Stoker, Mark Twain, H.G Wells, Oscar Wilde, William Wordsworth.

But there are so many more authors to choose from. The Literary Gothic is a great website to start from. Some links include entire poems and stories.
Back to your poetry. If you have any poems, stories of any length or any prose, please email or visit Gothic Literature, and leave a comment on any post stating you have a poem and leave your email so I can get back to you.
I will answer your email the same day. All you need to qualify for acceptance is a dark theme and proper spelling.
Note: Twilight, Harry Potter and any book like this is NOT Gothic literature.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

How To Be Goth - Part II - Dress Goth

Dress Goth
There are so many styles for a Goth to choose from and now that you know the basics of Gothic music, it's time to dress the part. The first thing you should do is find out what style suits you (pardon the pun.) I prefer combat boots and a black trench coat, but with so many different styles, one can easily decide what works best for him or her.
Some Goth types include:
Traditional Goth
Romantic Goth
Victorian Goth
Medevil Goth
Goth Punk
Cyber Goth
Mopey Goth
Rivet Head Goth
Metalhead Goth
Baby Bat is a humorous approach at the types of Goth, with good explanations for all of them.

After choosing your style or styles, go to to find the clothes you want to purchase.

Next Post: Part 3 Gothic Literature

Note: Also consider making your own clothes, or go to a thrift shop. Hot Topic is not a good choice unless buying one or two accessories.

How To Be Goth - Part I - The Music

Step I - Listen to Gothic Music
Most modern Goths don't even know about The Bauhaus, let alone Joy Division or The Sisters of mercy. While a Goth can listen to any genre of music s/he so chooses, it's best to at least know of bands that started the Gothic Subculture.
I have written a list of some the of the best original Goth bands below:

Echo and The Bunnymen
Joy Division
The Cure
Clan of Xymox
Siouxsie & the Banshees
45 Graves
The Church
Cocteau Twins
Depeche Mode
The Mission U.K
The Sisters of Mercy
Fields of the Nephilim,
The Cult
Christian Death
The Birthday Party
Corpus Delecti
The Damned
Dead can Dance
Gene Loves Jezebel
Mephisto Walz
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Rozz Williams
Rosetta Stone
Sex Gang Children,
Tones on Tales
Virgin Prunes
Two Witches
Flesh For Lulu
Love and Rockets

I have made a youtube playlist of some of the mentioned bands as a sample of what this music sounded like:

However Goths do not only listen to Dark-Wave, many modern metal or modern alternative bands are popular amongst Goths including:

The 69 Eyes
The Rasmus,
Lacuna Coil,
London After Midnight,
Type O Negative
Emilie Autumn
Lacrimus Profundre
Icon And The Black Roses

And even sometimes
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Nine Inch Nails
Marilyn Manson
Rob Zombie

However the previous seven bands are not Goth, they are in some cases appreciated by Goths.

Part 2 - How To Dress Goth. (Coming Soon)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor rants about Twitter again

Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor has explained once again why he has decided to quit using Twitter as a way to stay in touch with his fans.

The singer expressed his frustration at the fact that unwanted followers cannot be completely blocked from the social networking website.

"Yes, I deleted my account and I'll explain why since somehow someone apparently thinks this is newsworthy," Reznor wrote.

"Twitter seemed like an interesting way to quickly reach a large number of people, and people that seem to exist outside of the world of fans.

"Then... around the time news broke of my engagement, a faction of troublemakers showed up whose sole intent was to disrupt, harass, insult and incite…In a reasonably moderated community, these people can be made to vanish - on Twitter, it's a free-for-all - hence they flock there. It depresses me to think my art and life's work can attract this kind of scum…if that was your intention you trolling, cowardly pigs - you've succeeded."

On a lighter note, Reznor went on to say that although Nine Inch Nails are playing their "last shows for the foreseeable future", his "best work is yet to come".

He added that the Nine Inch Nails Blackberry application, which follows the release of the band's own iPhone application, has had some hiccups and will take longer to complete than expected.

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Tommy Lee Replaced On Tour After Injury

Sevendust's Morgan Rose will sit in for Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee on the band's Crüe Fest Tour after the drummer burned his hand last week while playing with sparklers, according to Billboard.

Rose began subbing for Lee last Friday in Cincinatti, and appreciative Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx took to his MySpace page to say that Rose "came charging in like a knight in shining armor."

Lee hurt his left thumb and forefinger in the accident, but, with his hands in bandages, still managed to play piano for part of the show, on the songs "Home Sweet Home" and "Girls, Girls, Girls."

During a show on Saturday in Detroit, Lee told the crowd, "First of all, I suck. I was having fun and I burned myself."

In Sixx's MySpace message to his fans about the accident, he called Rose "the hero of the day." "Tommy messed up his hand pretty bad," the statement read. "Yes, accidents do happen, and yes, frustration does happen to everybody, including Tommy, who would rather play drums (even with a damaged hand) than just about anything in the whole world.

"But following doctor's orders for a few shows is what we have to do right now (or cancel shows). We all wanna say we're sorry Tommy has to sit out a couple shows, but we hope to have him back up on the drums ASAP ... I think Morgan needs a standing ovation for his dedication to kicking ass and helping not only Mötley Crüe out, but the road crew and everybody else out here whose lives would (have) been [affected] ... As for now, Mötley Crüe is a five-piece band — making history, one injury at a time."

No word yet on when Lee expects to be back behind the drum kit for the tour, which runs through September 2.

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Johnny Depp Plays Vampire in New Burton Film

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp love working with each other. The two have collaborated on seven films together, including hits like Edward Scizzorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the upcoming Alice in Wonderland. Now, Depp has professed his desire to turn a childhood obsession into a movie, and Tim Burton will help him get it there.

Dark Shadows was a hit television show in the late '60s, and featured everything from witches and werewolves to zombies, vampires and time travel. It's no wonder the dark and brooding Depp was such a fan.

"I was obsessed with (lead character) Barnabas Collins," said the actor, after confirming the film at this year's Comic Con. "I have photographs of me holding Barnabas Collins’ posters when I was five or six."

And director Tim Burton confirmed the film's production as well. "That’s the plan," he said. "There was something very weird about (Dark Shadows), it had the weirdest vibe to it. I’m sort of intrigued about that vibe. It’s early days on it, but I’m excited about it."

So with the release of next year's Alice in Wonderland, you can rest assured that your supply of Depp and Burton won't run out any time soon.