I've been a bit lax about posting my Goth gossip snippets on the ends of posts for a while, so I hereby bring you this bumper edition of spooky news and handy tidbits about what is currently going on in the world of dark culture.
|Source: Wayward Victorian Confessions|
- Wayward Victorian Girls are fraught with anticipation about Emilie Autumn's upcoming new album FLAG (Fight Like A Girl). Snippets released from tracks Gaslight and Girls! Girls! Girls! have recieved varied reviews; many plague rats have confessed to feeling disappointed by EA's latest direction. EA has also recently been having spats with other musicians, accusing Mindless Self Indulgence of sexism and Lady GaGa of copying her.
- More from the world of Emilie Autumn - fans of Repo! The Genetic Opera, in my opinion one of the best movies aimed at Goths the world has ever seen, somehow managing to turn Barbie lookalike Paris Hilton into a delightful slice of Goth girl pie, may be either excited or alarmed to learn that its makers have teamed up with the punktorian princess herself for upcoming project The Devil's Carnival. Unfortunately, thus far this collaboration has produced no more than a twelve-minute long snoozeathon of a trailer. Click here to watch it if you don't believe me.
- Pauley Perette's much-beloved Goth girl character Abby is both a source of amusement and irritation for Goths the world over - on the whole we rather like a bit of Abby (not all of us, but most as far as I can tell) but are sick of being told that we look like her. We can probably expect to be hearing the 'you look like that chick off that show' spiel a lot more now that Abby has reached the top of a poll to find TV's most likeable star. (Funny how people like Goths on TV but are scared of them in the street...)
- Not specifically Goth, but relating to 'unusual' people or people with body modifications more precisely, I was appalled to see in the paper that a member of the choir of army wives who had the Christmas number one single in the UK, has been subjected to a cyberbullying campaign because of her tattoos. Samantha Stevenson, 28, of Military Wives received comments saying that she was 'disgusting' and 'shouldn't be allowed on TV'.
- First lady of burlesque Dita Von Teese has released a fragrance for women named Femme Totale (great Valentine's gift, hint hint). It comes in a black glass bottle and includes peonies, patchouli, jasmine and Bulgarian rose. Click here to read the full press release.
- Abney Park have released a novel set in their world of steampunk adventure. Entitled The Wrath of Fate and penned by 'Captain' Robert Brown, the band's lead singer, the book is on sale now from Abney Park's site.
- Hammer Horror are bringing steampunk to the big screen, uniting two much-loved facets of dark culture. Hammer Films has acquired the rights to the novel Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, described as 'Victoriana meets the zombies' by the Independent. Boneshaker is summed up thusly, "set in an alternate version of 1880s Seattle, where the city has been walled in and a toxic gas has turned many of its remaining residents into zombie-like creatures called "Rotters". A young widow hunts for her teen son in the Seattle underworld, while dealing with airship pirates, a criminal overlord and heavily armed refugees."
- Classic Goth-beloved TV show The Munsters will also be returning to screens in the US; NBC plans to relaunch the series as a 'visually spectacular one-hour drama', which will be 'edgier' and 'darker' than the 1960s original. No further details have been released as yet.
- I'm sure many will be pleased to hear that old favourite band Die Laughing are reforming for their 20th anniversary in 2012. To celebrate, they've released a short movie 'showing what it was like to record a Goth album in the 1990s'. You can see it here.
- The Melancholy Romantic reports that even Ukraine and the Russian Federation have felt the growing influence of steampunk. Click here to read more about a musical duo whose name translates as Time and Glass...