Next to a beautiful, elegant woman, between the silky spirals of her train, on the back of a chair, in a dark angle in the background, he accurately painted, although almost invisible, the animal that recalled the face of the protagonist. He thus had a series of ladies and gentlemen from the squirrel, from the lizard, from the sea horse, etc.
From "The Real Face,"
by Guido Gozzano
, "first and finest representative of the Crepuscolari
, the poets of the Twilight." [more inside]
You might have seen the hours of music from Bloglin
last year, but Мишка
("Mishka," or "bear cub" in Russian) has another treasure trove of music: free albums, anthologies, and mixtapes on Bandcamp
. They started a bit slow with a single mixtape in 2009
, and 2010 wasn't too active. But in 2011 they had 9 releases, and already 14 in 2012, the newest being the debut album
from 19-year-old nu-disco producer Cream Dream
. A handy rundown of the releases to date below the fold. [more inside]
One of the side effects of being a 5-day, live show was that the Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows
featured regular technical and acting flubs. Many
, many flubs [more inside]
Flannery O'Connor reads A Good Man is Hard to Find
aloud at Vanderbilt University in 1959. [more inside]
Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Collection
provides visitors with the opportunity to view a virtual reconstruction of Walpole's extensive collections--everything from armor to wall hangings--housed in his custom-built Gothic villa, Strawberry Hill
. (For video tours and discussions of its ornamentation, ongoing restoration &c., check out the Strawberry Hill Youtube Channel
.) Objects can be viewed according to maker, type, or room; there's also a virtual tour, based on contemporary paintings and sketches. For more about Walpole, plus links to e-texts of his fiction (most famously, the pioneering Gothic novel The Castle of Otranto
), visit The Literary Gothic
(Belgium, 1971, aka ‘The Legend of Doom House’) is a movie
that has been described as ‘bizarre, lurid and baffling;’ ‘a mysterious curiosity;’ and ‘exquisitely bonkers.’ An international cast led by Mathieu Carrière and Susan Hampshire (playing five
rôles) also included Orson Welles
. Its director, Harry Kümel
, is otherwise best known for his stylish lesbian
vampire flick Les Lèvres Rouges
’). The movie
was adapted from an unusual
, first published in wartime Brussels—the work
of Jean Ray
(aka Raymond Jean-Marie de Kremer): a convicted embezzler & prolific hack
, who was, nevertheless, one of the foremost exponents
of the fantastique
in French-language fiction. Please note that some of the links above are NSFW
(some nudity) & several contain SPOILERS
. [more inside]
has penned an appreciative essay
about architect Antoni Gaudi
, designer of buildings such as the bone-like Casa Batlló
and the unfinished Gothic cathedral La Sagrada Familia
A couple hours of streaming music
, courtesy of the friends of Bloglin
(potentially NSFW banner, if you aren't blocking scripts). Browse through the audio on Soundcloud
(57 uploads to date, and most are mixes), or sort through Blogin by categories (29 Keep Watch mixes
, 167 mixtapes
, and 3,235 music posts [though many are reviews and don't include handy downloads]
). The music is mostly electronic, with some odd jaunts
into post-rock/gothic styles
and even some punk
. [more inside]
"Among medieval artistic media it was the microchip"
: the historian Alexander Murray on ivory carving. The Gothic Ivories Project
, a new website launched this week by the Courtauld Institute in London, aims to build a database of every surviving ivory sculpture made in Europe between 1200 and 1530. The 400 objects currently on the site, ranging from combs
, include some images of astonishing beauty
Women Running From Houses.
A celebration of 1960's - 1970's gothic romance paperbacks. via
Historian Mike Dash's
schtick is writing lengthy, well-researched blog posts about obscure mysteries that often draw on archival sources. Read about the Monster of Glamis Castle
, the strange miniature coffins of Arthur's Seat
, the (supposedly) murderous landlords of the Ostrich Inn
, or the case of the time-tripping Scotswoman
We see it every day on signs, billboards, packaging, in books and magazines; in fact, you are looking at it now — the Latin or Roman alphabet, the world’s most prolific, most widespread abc. Typography is a relatively recent invention, but to unearth the origins of alphabets, we will need to travel much farther back in time, to an era contemporaneous with the emergence of civilisation itself. The origins of abc
Her name is Shawnee Jenkins...
A brief fairy tale about a little girl and her parents.
Who live in the basement... [more inside]
"Back in 1993 I was tutoring my sister in algebra
. Her quizzes and tests were always made of word problems with a running storyline involving many recurring places and characters. I tied the fate of the main characters to how well she did on the previous quiz, so a good performance brought them good fortune. Unfortunately, one test she completely bombed, and, well, this
is a transcription of the quiz she got next." [more inside]
A second Edgar Oliver
story was posted [mp3]
on The Moth Podcast yesterday. Recorded in January, 2006, he calls it The Apron Strings of Savannah but the Moth people call it The Story of How Edgar Became Edgar.
Explore the joy of American Tribal Style
), tribal fusion
, heavy metal
, punk raqs
, ‘80s fusion
, hip hop
, new age
, Star Trek
, or tough love
belly dance. [more inside]
This NSFW slideshow
helps serve as an introduction
into the sometimes ribauld
art of the Gargoyle. Here's your site index
for the silent orgy complete with an interactive UK map
should you wish a more personal experience with stone exhibitionists or Sheela Na Gigs
( previously 1; 2;
of the SkyscaperCity Forum presents "Lost London"
, an absolutely stunning photographic thread of old London architecture.
A luminous dragon climbing the side of a building is almost certain to be fearsome
; but, when executed properly, even a sculpture of a bunny rabbit can threaten
.... Gargoyles and Grotesques
. (some nsfw stonework) [more inside]
(awful/wonderful) Frankenstein rap. They read the book, eh?
Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl
A little Burton, a little Seuss, and pretty darn enjoyable. If you don't like youTube, you should probably stay away.
"Don Benigno Aazco carved his way 36 years deep into the green heart of the Andean forest, founded 14 settlements, abandoned his wife and many children, married his daughter, slew his son-in-law, fought drug peddlers, tamed the wilderness, and reclaimed, as best he could, the Inca Empire. And now I was going to find him." [via
The appeal of Gothic Lolita fashion
continues to grow
. Originally seen
, it has spread worldwide
and into the toy shops.
"Q: Is that another car on top?
A: Yes, it's a VW bug."
. A few more (clearer, daylight) photos here
(warning: music) produced some hauntingly beautiful, disturbing works of art: many, many paintings
, as well as photographs, drawings, and digital creations
. Sadly, he was killed
earlier this year.
, aka Blackletter
, aka Fraktur
are often associated
with Nazi propaganda these days. And indeed, at the beginning the Nazis encouraged their use...that is, until, in one of the most bizarre decrees
of the Third Reich, Hitler declared them "non-German" and even "Jewish" and banned them with immediate effect.
Funny thing is, Fraktur would take its vengeance
on Hitler fans forty years later...
(And before any typographic pedant points it out, yes, I know Fraktur is a subdivision of the Gothic/Blackletter family of fonts)
cathedral, Strasbourg (in English
). History, virtual tours, and Gothic architecture.
Gothic Miss Manners
: advice from a Gothic perspective.
Images of medieval architecture.
A great site put together by Alison Stones, Professor of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. There are two large gazetteers, one for Britain
, and one for France
. Besides photos, there are many plans, sketches and elevation drawings, which help to give an idea of the sheer scale of gothic cathedrals such as the cathedral of Saint-Étienne at Bourges
(scroll down for the human figures at the bottom).
is a polished, eclectic Goth magazine with a killer design and content to die for. With hundreds of articles and images in the categories of Art, Music, Fashion, Lifestyle, Fiction and Nonfiction, this is one of the very best online zines I've seen yet. Go to any feature, and you will find a list of related-interest articles accompanying the story, and, usually, a listing of online resources or suggestions for reading as well.
La Catedral de Girona
- visit this Gothic masterpiece on the Costa Brava through a flash exhibition that affords a fascinating exploration of internal and external architectural details, stained glass, artwork, sepulchres, and more. Be sure to take the visit
and don't miss the famous Tapestry of Creation
.(found at MeFi member Zootoon's wonderful blog by the same name - lots of great treasures there too!)
offers up a splendid smorgasboard of literary ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and, of course, gothic. As a Victorianist, I have a particular predilection for their ghost stories
. Many more Victorian tales of the terrifying--and just plain weird--can be found at this site
, which also features an ongoing reading group. [more inside]