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Sunday, 3 July 2011

Were you a spooky kid?

Being 'born Goth' might be a vaguely ridiculous notion - no, you didn't spring from the womb wearing shades and pop straight into nappies trimmed in black lace - but I have a theory that, for many, maybe even the majority of, Goths, the 'warning signs' were there very early, for the knowledgeable onlooker to spot...

  • We all have some pop skeletons in our musical closets, especially from those pre-Goth years, but were you, from an early age, attracted to music that had 'spooky' themes, minor chords, or an overall dark, creepy or melancholy feeling? I'm not saying, "Did you listen to the Banshees from the age of two?" because depending on the kind of household you grew up in, you probably didn't. But I was thinking back last night, and I realised that some of my favourite childhood tunes included the entire back catalogue of Enigma, 'Things That Go Bump in the Night' by AllStars, 'Dream On' by Depeche Mode and 'Wuthering Heights' by Kate Bush. If your child starts buying those Halloween music compilation CDs, you may have a budding Gothling on your hands.
  • A strong interest in fantasy, sci-fi, and/or the supernatural. This on its own is not necessarily a warning sign of Gothdom, but I suspect I wasn't the only spooky kid who practically papered my room with images of faeries, unicorns and dragons and feverishly read everything I could get my hands on by Tamora Pierce, Tanith Lee and Robin Jarvis.
  • It's a cliche, but as a child Halloween was the best night of the year for me - I won my hometown's costume competition five years in a row dressed as a wicked witch and was subsequently banned from entering. Before going to bed I would sneak peeks out of the window on the landing in case I caught a glimpse of a witch gliding across the night sky on her broomstick. Halloween began to pervade many areas of my life - I even insisted on bathing in a gloop called Witches' Brew, which turned the bathwater blue or green.
  • Enjoyment of the mystical, occult, or historical. I acquired my first set of Tarot cards aged 10, and my mum would spend weekends taking me to look at standing stones (Avesbury Ring and Stonehenge are both within reasonable driving distance from my lair, um, house) or visit ruins or other historical sites. Folklore, too, is often a big draw for babygoths.
  • Fascination with creepy creatures. Aged six, I joined the nature club at school so that I could go for bat-watching walks. Other young Goths might be intrigued by spiders, snakes, wolves, etc.
  • Creativity. I have always loved writing both fiction and poetry, and did so almost continuously. Many young Goths are also doodlebugs - I have endless sketchbooks from my pre-teen years including drawings of unicorns, and, somewhat ominously, hooded figures standing in graveyards. Yeah, I was a cute kid. ^^
  • Being the 'weird kid' at school. Way back in the primary school days, many of us might have been regarded as a weirdo, or loner. Even if we had a reasonably solid group of friends, interests such as reading, writing, and in my case during the late primary years, Wicca, were often enough to set a kid apart as 'strange'.
Of course, how you bring up your babybat might make a difference as to whether or not he or she turns out Goth-like. I was always encouraged to experiment with my wardrobe. When I was very young, my mum and I would go to the parish churchyards and take grave rubbings. I grew up listening to Celtic music as well as my mum's Adam Ant and Kate Bush records and my dad's Roxy Music and Alice Cooper (the first and second bands I ever saw in concert, aged nine and thirteen respectively). I read a lot of poetry and was obsessed with books like The Whitby Witches. Oh, and spent hours trying to train a stubborn cat to sit on a broomstick.
Me, as 'The Littlest Witch', aged roughly 7
Overall, I don't think it's a big surprise that I turned out like this.

Were you a creepy kid and obviously budding babybat? What 'warning signs' of Gothdom might your parents have spotted?

Goth gossip: Most heart-warming story of 2011 so far - sixteen-year-old Goth girl Sandra-Lee Prewitt has an inoperable heart condition, and for her prom, her grandmother secretly arranged for her to travel in a black-and-ivory horse-drawn hearse. Awesome grandma Mrs Prewitt told the Northern Echo, "Sandra-Lee has been very down recently because all of her friends are going to the prom in limos and she wasn’t able to get one. But she loves anything to do with goths, so I knew she would love this."

Check out Sandra's dress, ride, and semi-tearful delight in this vid from the Echo:

43 comments:

Julietslace said...

I used to LOVE a program called Mona the Vampire. <3

ultimategothguide said...

Ha, me too!

snapexforever said...

Wow. This post made me think about it, and... suffice to say I don't see how I couldn't have seen it earlier!

Nina @ Death Books and Tea said...

I could never read anything without some fantasy element in it...not without disliking it to some degree anyway. And my parents never let me get a pack of tarot cards...and still don't today... And spending hours trying to teacha cat to sit on a broomstick? You were awesome-and still are today.
Nina @ Death Books and Tea

Emily Lynn G. said...

YES I've been waiting for this one for a long time!!! I thought about it for a long time, "am I really a goth or is this just a phase," and looking at these "warning signs"made me realize I was a little off from the start...not that there is anything wrong with this! GREAT post today! :D For me, I loved murder crime shows, playing with insects, any rock music I could get my hands on, and tons of fantasy novels. I also loved the Casper the Ghost movie, and Growing Up Creepie.

HattersMadGirl said...

When I was a kid, my favourite books were about witches, halloween, vampires and so on, my mother read them to me and I loved it. That was the time my fascination for vampires grew, by the way, if I would have been goth at that time, I probably would have been a vampire one. ;) I had (and still have it!) a little Dracula doll, who said in a rumanian accent "I want to suck your blood, haha!" <3. I was always very excited for halloween, but my father did not like it, so I did not celebrated it that much as a kid, in Germany 'trick-or-treating' was not very common at that time, anyways, so... :(
I collected little glassy wands and dreamt of being a witch. No surprise Harry Potter became one of my fav films. :P
And I was somewhat a weirdo. I always thought I was totally normal, but later I found out that I wasn't. I also was very creative, I drew and wrote with joy.
But even if I had all of those "baby-bat-moments", I still was very 'mainstream' - I listened to Britney Spears and pink was my favourite colour. o.O I guess this was mainly my mom's influence, at home she listened to Madonna and Kylie Minogue and other pop stuff...

GlumPlum said...

I'm very glad you posted this. I have to say that I, from a young age, was definately showing all the "warning signs" for Goth-dom. Just in all honesty, I was always obsessed with the darker things in life. I remember reading "The Stolen Child" (a poem about faeries stealinga child away beacuse the world is "more full of weeping than you can understand.") with my mother and wanting, so badly, for faeries to come and steal me away.
My father is a sci-fi fanatic so me and my sister were pre-disposed to it, but I can't remember fantasy ever not being a big part of my childhood.
And I've been drawing and doodling since I could pick up a pencil. You wanna know, I was always obsessed with the eyes of my drawings. I think that's why I got into make-up artistry at such a young age.
I also remember whenever I saw someone dresses alternatively, wanting so badly to just talk to them and really just stare and try to memorize how they looked. I anted to look like the and be "cool" enough to go up and talk to them. In magazines, I always cut out pics of anyone I thought of as "dark." And let me tell you, Nightmare Before Christmas was commonly watched in my house by me. I loved going on the computer whenever I could sneak it, and going to listen to the metal, industrial, rock, screaming, etc. music that my mother would never switch her oldies for.
I also remember for the longest time trying to hide my obsessions with these things 'cause I just could never picture my parents accepting this as me. I didn't ant to shock them or disappoint them in some way. They always turned me away whenever I stared at someone dressed alternatively but it wasn't as big a catastrophe as I had envisioned it. Me and my parents understand each other now.
But back to your post, I really believe that some kids are just born "darker" than others and it's not wrong at all, they just have different tastes than other kids.
I was always the quiet girl left out growing up. I just wasn't interested in what the other kids were doing. I was outcasted for the longest time.
Some kids are just more open to alternative-ness I think. :)
-Kelli <3

ReGreta said...

When I was little I loved (among other gothy things) a movie starring Fairuza Balk called The Worst Witch.

Laurence 'The Beard' Williams said...

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

DOUBLE YES!

Carry on ^^

Serenity said...

Oh my goodness, that last news story was beautiful! I loved her boots, but her outfit, that carriage!, ugh! That's so wonderful, and I know that this memory will live on in her heart forever. <3!

cam. said...

Great post!
I was an R.L. Stein junkie (though honestly didn't read anything until later even though I was in a Goosebumps book club). I loved Scooby Doo, Tales From the Crypt and Are You Afraid Of The Dark. I was always a bit spooky but hadn't even heard of goth until high school.
I guess the signs were there though...

Tenebris In Lux said...

Yep. Totally!

I just finished watching The Mighty Boosh series and I think it would have been something that I would have loved when I was little (well, ignoring the sometimes-adult themes every so often, but whatever :-D)

Hahaha, when I saw this title, I thought you were talking about hardcore Marilyn Manson fans (called Spooky Kids because the band used to be called Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids). In that case .. another guilty yes *blush*

Dalestair Ophelia Zodiac said...

Oh gosh... I had so many of these signs. I loved my Mum's Alice Cooper records and I still prefer Halloween to Christmas. I loved the supernatural before the Vampire craze hit the world again and my favourite cartoons and shows when I was 7-11 were things like Ruby Gloom, Growing Up Creepy, Young Dracula ect. Oh, and I had a Count from Sesame Street plushie. :)

I was the loner at school and used to get bullied so much by the preppy kids. While I don't identify with Goth myself, who I am and what you've described have a striking resemblance. :)

Anyway, love the blog and another great post from you. :)

VictorianAndroid said...

I for sure had a lot of fantasy influence in my childhood. Both my parents love fantasy and my dad is also really into science fiction. I just wish I had realized how cool of a kid I really was. It isn't until now that I apprecieate how different I was as a little kid.

Sakara said...

from a very young age i was fascinated in natural history, and combined that with my desire to draw anything and everything, i was often sat doodling in front of a David Attinborough documentary.
I also remember as a kid being addicted to Arthur C Clarks paranormal series - Mysterious world i think it was called.

I always used to find graveyards fascinating and my mum never worried about that, i had a collection of coloured glass pebbles that some of the old graves has decorating the tops..i know, i know, but to me they seemed magical.

A Stranger Nightmare said...

Hi...

I just discovered your fantastic blog and decided to have a look about a week ago.

This post particularly facinated me, as even though I have grown up in a strict Christian family, as I got older I got more and more freedom and discovered I really liked Rock music, and that Halloween was as fun as Christmas or even a little more!

Even now at 15, I don't fit in with my peers, as I'm a shy type who isn't good at sports and who likes to read classical novels, not to mention, listening to 'non mainstream/pop' music.

I've always been facinated by 'goth' in itself, and I started liking the music eg: Sisters of Mercy a year and a half ago, and since then have started dabbling in the fashions.

I am still very very much a babygoth, and this guide has helped me so much, and has also helped my parents to accept me as a goth. Again, thank you SO much for writing up this guide!

I will be lurking around here, waiting for more posts. See you round. :)

-Cherish

snapexforever said...

Already posted, but I feel the need to elaborate.

Basically, everything here applies to me. Always loved Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven even before I knew what it was called, for the creepy yet beautiful chills it gave me. I read a lot of R.L. Stein and from there moved right on to fantasy like LotR (at age nine...I flew through reading levels, since reading was all I did at that age. I was sadly too shy to do friend dates, though I had a couple at school).

Even in early high school, when my style was a bit 'girly' and decidedly mainstream, when my dad and I went to Washington D.C. and I got to pick out sites to visit, I was enamoured with the graveyards and we ended up visiting basically every cemetery the city had to offer and taking copious pictures.

In school, being "weird" was *all* I was known for. I only had a few scarring incidents since I was luckily pretty much sliding under the radar the whole way up to high school or so, when I came out of my shell a little. I read Lord of the Rings in fourth grade, as I mentioned, and people were always teasing me for my weird fantasy books (not in a necessarily mean way, though, just because...most people were reading the Babysitter's Club :P). I loved rats and kept them for pets, and was also always doodling them during class, which made everyone know me as "the rat girl". And I was so cripplingly shy I didn't know how to go about giving myself any other reputation.

I was constantly in my own world (and still am, largely, even as a college grad), and writing has been my passion since 8 or so. I write poetry and fantasy.

It's so funny, because it seemed like *everyone* knew I was gothically inclined before I did. I didn't know what 'goth' was before mid-college (! yes...) so for the longest time I just assumed it was what the media portrayed it to be. Thank god for college procrastination and the internet...
I did get referred to as goth occasionally, but by late high school I just assumed it was my ever evolving yet casual fashion sense and nothing else. ("I'm not goth!" I would have said in an annoyed, offended tone). Even long before I dressed goth or showed anything outwardly, my parents would buy me bat wall hangings and feather quills and knew exactly which creepy movies were up my alley. I don't even think they noticed when I began dressing the part, to be honest. It was just always me in a way, and sometimes I think they truly know me better than I know myself!

Daisy Fiend said...

Hahaha, This makes me think of so meany great stories!
When I was in 3ed grade the only books I would read from the school library were books on: Ghosts, Halloween, Witches, Scary Stories, Vampires and so on. And when I was 8 - 10 there was this site online called Scary.com and I would go on it EVERYDAY! :) I also watched old horror movies with my dad :)

Excerpts From Hell said...

Thats a quite interesting theory. Because if my parents would of looked they would of seen the signs I'm sure....

I own four decks of tarot cards (didn't like the first three)....

I think my favorite author has been Stephan King since I was 8. Not to mention Edgar Allen Poe as my favorite poet since I was ten.....

I've played classical music since I can remember. And while thats not too goth I tend to associate it with being goth......

I loved snakes and bats and all sorts of not so cute but cute to me creatures....excluding spiders....

So I think they might of seen the signs had they looked hard enough :)

E said...

Oh my. Well, I just answered 'yes' to every last one of those questions and clicked over to the comments and SOMEONE ELSE WATCHED MONA THE VAMPIRE FUCK YES. I loved that show so damn much, I once made my family late for a dinner reservation because an episode came on.

Speaking of which, I can remember reading ghost stories (even though they scared me out of my wits) as early as second grade, and wishing there were more books that were about the monsters, instead of about the people being scared by the monsters. Does anyone remember the Bailey School Kids? Those were my favourite books all through elementary school, and I wanted nothing more than to be Mrs. Jenkins when I grew up.

I also suspect I have an instinct for alternative fashion, because one of my favourite dress-up outfits was a black witch dress with sparkly bits on the collar, paired with a tutu, stripey tights, rubber boots, and a silver wig. I have pictures. I look like a rather childish approximation of a spooky prom outfit.

Okay, curbing nostalgic ramble now. Thank you greatly for this post, you have no idea how awesome this toddle down memory lane has been.

And FUCK YES MONA THE VAMPIRE.

ReGreta said...

@cam. Oh, I forgot about Goosebumps. I was a huge R.L. Stine fan. I use to have 2 or 3 dozen of those books when I was a kid.

ReGreta said...

Something else I forgot. I loved a show called Count Duckula when I was a kid. It was a cartoon about a vampire duck who was a vegetarian and wouldn't drink blood, but his butler who'd brought him back to life kept trying to get him to be the devious vampire he was in his previous incarnations.

SaryWalrus said...

Hey, I was just wondering if you knew your picture was being used here:

http://adenepsau.blogspot.com/2011/06/gothic-makeup-designs.html

On what ever it is, that is.

Riskia said...

Oh boy! Where to start?

Well I was a creepy kid from a young age. I knew what being Goth was when I was but an 8-year-old girl. At that age, I was determined that this was who I was. I was already into it in a few ways:

- I was already attracted to "darker" music and heavier music... And hated the everyday pop music...

- A book was not interesting unless it was fantasy or horror. I could never read a book that mainly described the life of a teenage girl going through her teenage troubles, or anything around that... BORING! It simply HAD to include ghosts, ghouls, werewolves, vampires, dragons, fairies, or other mythical creatures. I had started reading Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" in it's earlier years (before it became the only book mainstream girls would read), but never obssessed over it. When it started getting overly popular, I stopped reading it and got rid of them. In the end, I was insulted by the new image that Twilight gave to vampires. My bloodsucking demons of the night had become everyday people who sparkle and refuse to do what they do best: drink blood!

- As Amy said, it IS a cliché, but Halloween was also my favorite night of the year! People would even attempt to dress as me after a while! I did not take this as an insult at all, it was quite flattering! (I also believe that the fact my father's birthday is on Halloween has something to do with my dark tastes) ;)

- My interest in Folklore kept growing through the years. Divination, Tarot, stones, herbs, etc... I recently took a university course for highschool students (I am in highschool) that was about mythology, numerology, divination, healing plants, "magic" stones, Tarot, etc... I found it ever so fascinating and I was into it from the start! It was the best week I ever had in school!

- I admit that I was ALWAYS obssessed with wolves and bats! They were always my favorite animals! Bats are so adorable! You have no idea how many wolves and bats I STILL have on my bed (mere plushes of course)!

- When I was younger, I would beg my mother to stay up a little longer to finish the stories I would write, or to finish a chapter of the book I was reading, or to finish my drawing of a mythical creature I had just invented. My mind was darkened up by that age and I look back to my stories (I was only french at that age) entitled such as: La Corneille (The Raven), Petit Fantôme Seul (Lonely Little Ghost), or La Petite Fille Aux Chats Noirs (The Little Girl With Black Cats). Don't even get me started on my drawings!

- I went through a stage where everyone would reject Little Me because of my dark tastes. I was bullied from grade 2 to grade 7, but I finally put a stop to it in grade 8. I am in grade 9 today (15 years of age) and I scare everyone so no one dares to bother me anymore. But Little Me would take comfort in sitting in a corner at recess and drawing/reading/writing. I was happy that way! It was always better than playing soccer or playing princess...


Overall, I believe was a dark little Gothling from a very young age. Most of the people who grew alongside me understand why I am who I am today!

March Hare said...

Whilst I would not be a Goth today though I still maintain some Gothic tendencies I think the love and signs have and always will be there. As a child I loved vampires, werewolves, unicorns, dragons, basically anything to do with fantasy or horror, which my mum loathed. I grew up collecting Pocket Dragon ornaments, watching Mona the Vampire, Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark, my favourite animals were all canines and bats and Halloween was and still is my favourite holiday.

As I grew older I became obssessed with The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland I always wore black but I listened to Britney Spears and watched James Bond movies lol (still do) and Sabrina the Teenaged Witch, Sailor Moon and Dragonball Z were a must.

I was never into the music though I only really like pop although the Bauhaus' Bela Lugosi's Dead is a brilliant hit and I do have a couple of Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails songs on my ipod but whilst I adore everything Gothic I'm not one anymore, I'm not anything though I still have my tartan skirts, spiked and chained black boots and corsets and I'll never part with them.

Great post btw!

x-akurei said...

... Oddly I never realised just how much of an "spooky" child I was until now.

I remember that my parents used to take me for walks in the woods, just when it was going dark, and then tell me scary stories or hide from me and then frighten the life out of me by sneaking up on me - because I asked them to. I loved the CBBC show Young Dracula too (oh wait, that still applies...). Oh, there are lots of things, definitly far too many to list now I think about it properly!

AislingChild said...

... Extremely odd feeling to read lots of the things that describe you put down as gothy warning signs!

Angel of Darkness said...

Oh my goodness, yes that was so me. I remember at Halloween I would always watch the shadows and dark places at night for a sign of a monster. And then there was my friend the Skeleton that would hang on our door on Halloween, my friend monsters, etc. I can still remember when me and my family when I was young went to a ghost town and then so a bat cave, best tri ever!

Angel of Darkness said...

Not to meantion that as a kid I loved the movies like James and the Giant Peach, Corps Bride, etc. and later found that all these movies I still love are by Tim Burton.

Ms. Lou said...

As a kid I loved reading gothic romances like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. I remember reading Wuthering Heights when I was 10 and the librarian didn't believe I'd read it, until I told her all about the book! I also have always been intrigued by tarot cards, astrology, ghost stories etc. And ofcourse I loved Hallowe'en! I was indeed the wierd kid in my small town and at Catholic school. The early warning signs were all there. :)

akumaxkami said...

Yup, I was a spooky child. I was obsessed with witches and Halloween at a young age and I loved all things spooky and eerie.

Gaia_Noir said...

@ReGreta: OMG COUNT DUCKULA! :D That show was hilarious, I'm glad someone else remembers it.

What a great post! It's really interesting to see where everyone's hobbies and preferences began.

I think some of these signs, but only specific types, were there for me? I definitely remember buying a beautiful soft black velvet silver studded choker (from Body Shop, of all places), aged 12, and having this beautiful lightbulb moment when I tried it on in the mirror, like 'Good God, so THAT'S why I've been failing so badly to want to look like the All Saints/have a 'Rachel from friends' haircut/enjoy the Spice Girls'. I'd really been trying hard to get into all these things since about 7 or so when all my friends went crazy about sparkly heels for the school disco and glittery lipgloss and Mizz magazine, but it just wasn't coming naturally to me! I'd only managed to avoid that route by wearing the crappiest, baggiest hand-me-down from my (male) cousin and try not to think or talk about the music and boys and magazines everyone else discussed, since none of it seemed interesting and it worried me to think I was messed up for not liking them. It was awesome to suddenly realize these was actually *gasp* an alternative(!), and it involved different music and boys and magazines (and some glorious books, fashion and philosophy later too). That was a great day :D !

I read The Hobbit aged 6 and was obsessed with that and Narnia, though oddly I don't actually like anything else about dungeons-and-dragons classic fantasy - I just loved the epic, thrilling, 'this world is bigger than the 9-to-5-grind-everyone-is-stuck-in' feeling of creative possibilities and adventure that they gave me. And I still do, and hope it never goes away as long as I live :)

Anonymous said...

Starting at age 4, I've been a fan of the Universal Monsters, and I've never been scared of the Horror genre. My hero growing up was Dracula for crying out loud. XD

Anonymous said...

I didn't really start out as a spooky kid, I never liked Tim Burton, but I was a geek. My dad's a huge geek, he's the IT guy at his office and the geekiness rubbed off on me. I was and still am socially awkward, and I'd prefer watching re-runs of Stargate Atlantis or Star Trek to doing whatever girls my age do. I don't even know. I didn't like music at all until about a year back, either. I started out like a "normal" girl until I was about nine I guess, then I got into tom-boyish stuff and all my friends were guys. When I was ten I had an emo phase, but I was to emo as hipsters in black are to goths, I guess. I dunno, really.

Anonymous said...

I loved vampires and witches as a kid. The Lost Boys and Fright Night were the vampire movies I enjoyed watching. Even Tales from the Crypt movie of Demon Knight. That was my favourite. I do have a fear for spiders but I use to catch a little one and have it as a pet. I liked other creepy movies like Sleepy Hollow and Edward Scissorhands. I enjoyed halloween themed music and fantasy creatures. I liked watching disney movies too. I was always said to be weird. I use to wear a dress and play outside pretending to be a princess or something. Now I feel it's embarrassing because I'm not really into princesses anymore. I'm not much girly as I was back then. But I always loved video games and anime. I liked Aqua and Britney Spears and such. I use to think Goths dressed in black sometimes with dark red and looked a lot like vampires. Well, I'm sure some of them are like that. But I had no idea about the other types and that you didn't have to always wear black. At least I learnt something three years ago when I looked it up.

BlacKat said...

Well, I grew up where anything considered bloody or gory was off-limits, along with anything that includes swearing or sex. Meant no modern horror, no halloween, very little TV. Also didn't have access to modern music of any sort.

So what did you get? A spooky kid who listens to requiems, dresses in black, reads Poe and Lovecraft, and spends time drawing spiders.

VictorianKitty (Sophistique Noir) said...

I'm the oddball here - I didn't show any "dark" inclinations as a kid but I was always brooding, creative and preferred things that were elegant. Sci-Fi/Fantasy were big in my household, and reading and other intellectual endeavors were highly valued. Those things definitely helped shape me.

When I was a kid, Goth was still a pretty small underground subculture in the U.S. so I never "saw" a Goth until high school. Had I seen an example as a young girl, I imagine I would have adopted many of the "warning" signs quite early... :)

Minakitty said...

I guess I'm an oddball too. I've been terrified of most horror movies since I was around 10. I definitely preferred Vogue to Seventeen, and thought men in makeup were just everything (and was mocked mercilessly for it). I wasn't allowed to wear nearly as much black as I'd have liked ("Black is for hussies" the parents cried). I've always preferred non-fiction. I didn't know what goth was until college, but that was because of a magazine article! Kind of one of those "oh, so THAT'S what I've been doing" moments!

Ashlee said...

I don't believe I was like any of those things 0.0

Well, I remember playing vampires in kindergarten and liking the colour red because it was the colour of blood, but those were both because of my best friend at the time. And then in middle school my taste in music starting being more along the lines of Siouxsie.

Yeah, I wasn't a spooky person until middle school when I started being my own person. I have always been an easy-going, go with the flow, naive person. Goth is something I found, realized I liked, and grew into.

I think. The transition part is really blurry to me, when I started thinking for myself.

Traicetrak said...

Late to this comment party again, but just had to jump in and say I think it's so cool you started off with the music question. I've been thinking about this a lot on my own over the last couple of weeks. As a kid I loved making up little melodies, humming them to myself, and they'd ALWAYS end up in a minor key. I would berate myself for it, because I thought "No one wants to hear such sad, funeral music." Then, when I was 17, a co-worker at a job I worked for just 2 months started bringing in The Cure's new DISINTEGRATION album for me to hear (Yeah, I said 'new'. I'm that old.), and something just 'clicked.' Here was music exactly like the stuff I used to make up and hum to myself. It was such a moment of validation for me, I always love Robert Smith for that. Never owned any of their albums or explored their music until a few weeks ago, though. Funny, huh.

Also, my favorite class "field trip" to go on as a child was the old church cemetery connected to the private school I attended. They would walk us through and tell stories about some of the graves. It was kind of shrouded in the woods, too. Very nicely spooky. I keep thinking of how I want to go back there.

Anonymous said...

Now you put it that way, I WAS showing signs. Though my mum tried to teach me that goth was 'evil' and I believed her when I was young but was still into spooky stuff. I also thought that witch costumes were elegant and pretty but mum said to wear a bin bag because it's cheaper. Screw her! She doesn't think goth is pretty but I think it's the prettiest thing out there.


I'm 14 and I STILL love Mona the Vampire. I'm not afraid of admitting it!

InfiltratorN7 said...

Yes there were definitely warning signs in my childhood. From a young age I enjoyed sci-fi, horror and fantasy. A lot of books I read revolved around witches and dragons and the supernatural. In particular The Worst Witch series (the late 90s tv series based on these books was awesome, much better than the disastrous 80s film!) and at a younger age the Meg and Mog books. I remember reading the original Mona the Vampire book when it first came out and liking it (saw the cartoon when I was older and found I didn't much care for it. I guess I was the wrong age really). I really liked R.L. Stine's Goosebumps and Ghosts of Fear Street books. Point Horror was another favourite. They were very popular at my school at the time. Don't know if kids still read those!

TV wise I was a big fan of Knightmare and yes, of course Count Duckula and the Real Ghostbusters (the cartoon and films), Are you Afraid of the Dark?, Tales from the Cryptkeeper, among other things. My family has always enjoyed visits to graveyards and churches, abbeys, castles and museums. I still love visiting those places to this day.

Musicwise I was brought up listening to a lot of New Wave/New Romantic/punk stuff and a bit of rock and metal on the side. I became fond of classical music at an early age too. My best friend's dad was a big Alice Cooper fan and used to lend me his concert videos and when I was older took us to see him in concert. I always found alternative people fascinating to look at, I thought they dressed cool and always enjoyed checking out the record covers of metal bands back in the 80s and found myself recognising several when I saw a spread of them in Kerrang! when I was a teenager. :-)

I was always fond of Halloween though it wasn't really celebrated back when I was a kid, people were really grumpy about it, some still are dismissing it as an 'American thing' (like that's a bad thing?!!?) so I only ever got to go trick or treating once but did look forward to Halloween themed shows and horror films that would be on in the run up to Halloween.

Anonymous said...

I certainly hope you post my comment from the other day...

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