Wednesday, November 26, 2014

25 Goth Pet Names

So you've taken a look at my list of unusual Goth pets and decided (after a lot of research and consideration because you will be bringing a real living creature into your house that relies on you for its care and preservation, eyebrow raise), hey, maybe it's time to get a new pet. But what to name it? As a kind of fun, silly post I thought I'd make a list of 25 Goth pet names.

Music Names:

  • Murphy
  • Siouxsie
  • Eldritch
  • Eloise
  • Banshee 
  • Balaam
  • Lulu
  • Seraphim
  • Jezebel

Literary Names;

  • Lestat - Interview with a Vampire
  • Mina - Dracula
  • Harker - Dracula
  • Shelly - Mary Shelley
  • Bunnicula - Bunnicula
  • Byron - Lord Byron
  • Hippolita - The Castle of Otranto
  • Annabel - Annabel Lee
  • Carmina - Carmina

  • Bela (Lugosi) - Dracula, etc.
  • Morticia - Addams Family
  • Maleficent - Sleeping Beauty
  • Nosferatu - Nosferatu
  • Lily - The Munsters
  • Jack - Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Victor - Corpse Bride

What are your pets names, and how did you chose them?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Gothic Spiderweb Kitchen Accessories from Sin in Linen

Whoo, I love getting mail! Don't you? This week I had some really fun stuff come my way, and the thing I was especially excited for were these Spider Web Kitchen Linens sent to me by my friends at Sin in Linen.* Thanks guys!

So, what they sent me was this lovely apron, modeled by yours truly:

(P.S. has my hair gotten long or what??)

The apron is nice quality and covers pretty much your whole front (a lot of aprons I've seen have fairly low neck lines, but this one is quite high over my chest), but not very thick so try not to spill a lot of liquid down yourself. The waist ties fit comfortably around my (plus-sized) waist with enough room for a big bow, and the pocket is nice for sticking a spoon or other small item in while you're being nice and domestic. I like the detail of the lower layer, which brings it to a nice mid-thigh length on me.

Here is the bow detail:

And the matching oven mitt and pot holder set:


The pot holder and oven mitt are lovely and functional. Once I was done modeling pre-made pies (better looking than they were tasting, in my opinion) I actually went to cook something, including holding hot pans, and they worked perfectly to keep the heat away. 

Mmm. Bacon.

Unfortunately, when I actually went to use it I discovered something tragic: there was a little bit of water on the counter top and when the pot holder got a little wet the dye started to run, leaving blue over the spider webs.

It's kind of disappointing, especially since the pillows I reviewed from Sin in Linen over the summer didn't have that problem at all. I was a little nervous to wash them, since I didn't want to end up with completely blue stuff. Luckily I decided to just try completely rinsing the pot holder since it was already fairly blue, and when it dried the blue was gone. So apparently it's just a matter of rinsing these out thoroughly before you use them and making sure all the black dye has gone, then it isn't as much of an issue.

Besides the blue dye scare, I'm really happy with these products and they're a great way to spook up the kitchen while you're making nice treats. Plus, one-size fits all, and at $22 for the apron and $14 for the pot holder and oven mitt set they're sold at a great price. Maybe if you're really into it you could also add in a matching gothic Spider Web table cloth, and if I had my own place rather than a shared flat I would have loved to have decorated with that as well. Holiday presents for the spooky Goth in your life? Maybe!

If you're not much of a cook, you might also want to see some of the items in their Skull D├ęcor section which has really cute stuff, including this awesome skull bedding.

Have you guys gotten anything fun in the mail lately? Or what have you been baking? Please, share recipes in the comments down below!

*Disclaimer: Items reviewed in this post were sent to me for review, but all opinions are completely honest and my own. Any questions can be directed to and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Cheers!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

5 Goth Ways to Patch Denim Holes

I've only just started wearing jeans again after having worn just skirts (and the occasional yoga pant) for many years, but one thing I always loved about jeans was how they looked when patched. Something about patched jeans appeals to me, so even if I'm not going to tear up my one pair of skinnies I'll be keeping this list around for if that ever happens. So, here are five Goth-approved ways to patch holes in your denim:

Spider webs!

This is my favorite way that I discovered on Pinterest and I'm just stunned that I didn't think of it before. Basically you sew around the hole and then weave the thread in a spider web shape. Wouldn't it be cute in white thread on black denim or with a small spider bead? Tutorial here.

Safety Pins

This one reminds me of middle school when all the Cool Alt Kids would rip intentional holes in their jeans and string safety pins through them. Still, this is a great punky look. Youtube tutorial here.

Fabric Patch

Have a small scrap of Halloween fabric left over from another DIY (or need an excuse to buy pretty fabric like the ones on my Dark Fabric Pinterest Board)? Here's how to patch denim using whatever fabric you prefer: Tutorial here.

Fish net

For a variation on a fabric patch, why not cover the hole with a scrap of fish net? Again, in a contrasting color this would work wonderfully. If you wanted something even more deathrock, use safety pins to keep the net in place. Similar to this.

Cute Monster

For something a little cuter on less fancy jeans, how about a monster face? Using the hole as the mouth, arrange felt eyes and teeth in a monster shape and stitch in place. Tutorial here.

How do you patch your torn denim? Or do you just get a new pair?

Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination

If you're planning on visiting London anytime between now and late January, I've got an exhibit you can't miss! Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination at the British library, which runs until January 20th of next year.

From the website:
From Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick and Alexander McQueen, via posters, books, films - and even a vampire-slaying kit - experience the dark shadow the Gothic imagination has cast across film, art, music, fashion, architecture and our daily lives. Beginning with Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto, Gothic literature challenged the moral certainties of the 18th century. By exploring the dark romance of the medieval past with its castles and abbeys, its wild landscapes and fascination with the supernatural, Gothic writers placed imagination firmly at the heart of their work - and our culture. Iconic works, such as handwritten drafts of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the modern horrors of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and the popular Twilight series, highlight how contemporary fears have been addressed by generation after generation. Terror and Wonder presents an intriguing glimpse of a fascinating and mysterious world. Experience 250 years of Gothic’s dark shadow.
Now, it should come as no surprise that I love Gothic fiction. My favorite novel in my teens was Jane Eyre, and I've been open about my love for dark literature from the beginning of this blog. I just got done writing my final paper for one of my classes this semester on the evolution of vampires from folklore traditions to literary ones, so I'm up to my eyes in Gothic fiction and this is definitely right up my ally.

To view more about the exhibit, including times and ticket prices, check online here.

If you can't make it to London (looks at train prices, winces, looks away) then you might enjoy the Gothic horror podcast that accompanies the exhibit so that you can get a taste for the history.

What do you think? Given the chance, would you visit the exhibition?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Reader Question: Going Darker

Howdy there Mary!So I had a few quick questions that I felt you might be able to help mewith. See, I've been into the subculture for 4 years now but I've justfinally reached the age where I can actually express it more in myappearance and I was hoping you could give me some advice on a few commontopics.
1- Do you know why so many Goths shave off or draw on their eyebrows?
I can't seem to find any real info on this or any particular reason for whyit's done within the community. I've just noticed that most Goths will shavethem off and draw eyebrows on (guys and girls). And I have nothing againstit; in fact, I think it's pretty rad and awesome and cool. It's just thatI'm afraid maybe I'll look less Goth because I don't do that. I mean, I likemy eyebrows the way they are... I don't want to get rid of them or have topluck them, etc. Maybe if I knew why they did it, it'd make more sense and Imight do it then.
2-I was also considering dying my hair jet black and I was wondering if youhad any advice on the process. I've never dyed my hair before and havenaturally black hair so I wasn't really sure if it was a good idea. I'vealways wanted to dye my hair and I thought jet black would be a nice choicesince it wouldn't require bleaching plus it'd be a lot like what I alreadyhave. What do you think? Do you think it wouldn't make a noticeabledifference?
3-In terms of piercings, I was thinking of getting my ear cartilages piercedalong with my nose (not a septum piercing, just the nostril), do you thinkthat's too many at once or that it's better to get them all done at once(I'm not sure when I'll be able to get more)
Please let me know what you think. Thanks! :)
Hi Sara, and thanks for writing in.

Well, I'm sure everyone has different reasons for having fake eyebrows. In Goth you'll see people doing it more often probably the same reason people here dye their hair more often than non-Goths: we draw inspiration from each other. When enough people do their eyebrows a certain way, they become inspiration for more people to do the same. Here are a few more reasons:

  1. They think their natural brow shape doesn't suit them (that's why I keep mine plucked, anyway)
  2. They might change their hair color often and want to be able to match their eyebrows more easily
  3. It makes you look super other-wordly 
  4. You have a lot of options for different fun looks (dotted brows, stickers, etc.)
That's not to say that not shaving off your brows is un-Goth, obviously not everyone does, but that should provide some explanation. 

Going from dark near-black hair to proper black shouldn't be hard at all! But yes, it will make a difference in your hair. Most black dyes that are available now have a slight blue tinge to them, so the tone is different as well as the shade. I think it compliments a lot of Goth looks quite well (I say, having just dyed my hair black again recently and having had black hair for over four years now), but if you're unsure try a semi-permanent or vegetable based dye that should fade sooner just to get an idea of how "true" black looks on you.

There's no reason not to get your nostril and cartilage done at the same time, it might even be cheaper depending on your piercer. However, I would caution you against doing both cartilages at the same time. It can be a slow healing process and they're known for being quite sore piercings, and you'll want to keep one ear free for sleeping on/resting your head on, etc. Even if you don't usually sleep on your side, you never know, and ear pain is the worst. 

I hope I was helpful and answered some of your questions! Readers, if you draw your eyebrows on, why do you do it? And what advice do you have for taking the plunge and dyeing your hair truly black?

And remember, if you have a question you'd like me to answer, go to my contact page or send me an e-mail at

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Goth Hair Tutorial Youtube Playlist

I received an e-mail from viewer recently asking me how I handled my """goth""" hair and what advice I had to pass on to someone looking to goth-up their look. Unfortunately, my approach to Goth hair ends at dyeing it black and putting it up in a bun (I'm very finnicky about hair resting on the back of my neck) so I didn't have much to offer. But what I can do is make a playlist and share it so that I can pass on good advice from people who actually know what they're talking about!


What hair advice do you have?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Reader Mail: Goth and Religion

Hi Mary Rose I am a sixteen year old girl who lives in a very small town anda religious house where I go to church every Wednesday and Sunday and wealways pray over our meals and my father is a leader in the church I waswondering if you clear up my confusion if Goth is religion therefore itwould be sac religious for me to be looking into dressing Goth anddecorating my room gothic I'm not sure if I am very much into Goth I do likethe casual Goth outfits and the like so I'm very confused about what Ishould do please write me back with some advice :) 
-eagerly awaiting your response 

Hi Lilvamp!

Simply put, the answer is no. Goth is not a religion,Goth is a style of dress, a type of music, and a subculture for people who enjoy those things together, and there are Goths of every major religion. As long as you're not openly antagonistic, you're likely to meet and make friends with Christian Goths, Muslim Goths, Jewish Goths, Pagan Goths, non-religious Goths, and more.

I don't want to generalize too much about your family and home town but you might face some raised eyebrows because the media tends to wrongly associate Goth with satanism/paganism/the occult, etc. You might want to read up on the history of the subculture, even a quick browsing through the Wikipedia page should help, which will give you something to respond with if they ask questions. If you keep up with other important things (going to church, maintaining good grades, minding your manners, etc.) then it's likely that the people around you will eventually get used to how you dress and not give you any more trouble.

I hope that helps!

As always, send any questions or subjects for me to write about to me on my contact page or in an e-mail to