Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Review: Evil Supply Co. Mr. Ghost Parcel - February

This month's Evil Supply Co. Mr Ghost Parcel theme is Positivity & Necromancy and I was expecting a very cheerful, fun parcel and that's exactly what I got! For the uninitiated, Mr. Ghost Parcel's are a monthly subscription from Evil Supply Co. stocked with fantastic goodies (such as notebooks, stickers, and patches) with a delightfully ghoulish theme. 

Once again, thank you to Evil Supply Co. for sending this my way--y'all are the best. 

Here's the overview of the entire parcel:

Like last month's parcel, this month contains a fabric bag rather than a silk-screened plastic folder. I do miss the folders, but I've found this bag pretty useful as well. My other one is currently holding all of the patches and badges I have been accumulating to add to my future punk vest project. This month's I might use to hold some crafting supplies, but here are some other options I've found:
  • Makeup bag 
  • Cord holder
  • Snack pouch for work or school
  • Craft supply bag
  • Hold receipts or other small papers you need to keep
  • Keep things organized in your bag/purse
  • Actually keep your ESC stuff in it maybe

Next up are the notecards and envelopes. Unlike last month, these are the classic fold-open cards which I do tend to prefer but I suppose it's nice to have a mixture. I absolutely love the skeleton one, it's very cute and very Evil Supply Co. The envelopes are plain purple and light blue.

Next up is the art print and the patch. The art print would be absolutely adorable in a little frame, so I'm tucking mine away for now until I can find one that I specifically like. The patch is also very cute, with a little cheerful skull. This will be going straight into the patch bag to add to the vest.

Next up are my favorite part of the Mister Ghost parcels: the notebooks! Honestly if you buy nothing else from Evil Supply Co. (although you should, obviously, I post about them so often and love them dearly) the notebooks are a fantastic idea. There are several designs right now on their store that will be in my next order if I can help it.
This month are two really fantastic ones. The first is a green one with the front announcing "Research Notes on the Undead." Yes, it's very tempting to use this one as a research journal for my history seminar. The other is also perfect-- "THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN LIFE IS BEING A TOTAL BASTARD." This could either be a quote book, a happy memory journal, or a to-do list. Personally I'm going to save this for my to-do lists around finals time this April.

Lastly are the stickers! There are two cute little ghost stickers this time around which I really love, they almost remind me of the Mario ghosts. I'm definitely going to be hoarding these. The graveyard stickers are a little bit weirder to work with (call me slow, it took me a little while to figure out that the lighting on the back right tombstone--Art History major fail) but I love the color scheme and I'm sure I can find a use for them.

So, that was this month's Evil Supply Co. Mister Ghost parcel! The next parcel's theme is entitled The Business of Vampires and I am so excited to see it-- anything vampire themed is probably pretty good by me. If you want to purchase yours or subscribe to the package and get yours along with me, go to their website here.

Also, to add to my list, what would you use the new ESC bags for?

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Bats: Three Ways

CW: Animal Death

Apologies for the lack of post this Wednesday! Things are picking up around here (I'm much busier than I thought I would be and can't seem to say no to new responsibilities, you know how it goes), but here's a little insight into what I've been up to! Last night I was taken on a tour of the biology department specimens at my school by my biologist friend and I found a lot of lovely things! I just wanted to show you the three ways I've found bats here!

The first we saw were these little brown bat taxidermy pieces, they look so cute!

Next was a larger, fully articulated bat skeleton! Look how delicate his little bones are! They're like fish bones.

Lastly, a diaphonized bat. Diaphonization is a process of rendering the flesh of an organism clear using an enzyme solution and then dyeing the bones. They're wet specimens so we had to be careful pulling this one out but he's also really cute!

Yay, bats! It was really nice to learn more about bats from someone who actually knows about biology and not just my weird gothy interest.  It makes me want to add more (ethically sourced, before someone asks) bats to my collection. Right now I just have this little bat which was a gift. His name his Nostradamus.

What have you all been up to lately?

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Peter Murphy (and Nivek Ogre) in a Horror Movie?

Recently the lovely folks over at World Goth Day posted a link about a new horror film in development with some familiar faces. According to the film's creator Chris Alexander, Peter Murphy of Bauhaus and Nivek Ogre of Skinny Puppy will both play roles in the new film, with Peter starring.

The film's plot seems somewhat elusive so far (I've heard murder and very little else) but Chris Alexander did call it "an erotic, violent fever dream driven by mood, music and atmosphere" which could be either brilliant or awful, you know how it goes. 

Of course, this won't be Peter Murphy's first appearance in a horror film (or any films, recalling Twilight.) The Hunger, a vampire flick featuring David Bowie, has a memorable opening sequence that includes Peter Murphy singing Bela Lugosi's Dead. Nivek Ogre also made an appearance in Repo! The Genetic Opera.

Of course this wouldn't be the first time a film which seems promising is announced and then flounders, but I'll keep my eye out for Peter and Nivek and see if anything else comes to light.

Assuming the film makes it out of development, would you go to see it?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Reader Mail: Telling your friends about Goth

My name is Kari, 15 years old. I am extremely interested in the Gothic Subculture, I've already passed this along to my parents, which are perfectly fine with me becoming Goth (I'm sure they're just happy I'm being myself. ) But unfortunately, my close friends actually don't know this. My friends are very open minded but I'm afraid if I tell them, they'll get freaked. But if I don't tell them and I start incorporating the goth look into my style, they'd get even more freaked. I know to take it slow and not dive into it all at once, this is actually who I am and who I want to be but I want to let my friends know about how much of a change (to them) this is going to be. Any advice? Thanks so much!

Hi Kari! Thank you for writing in to me.

Congratulations on having the conversation with your parents about Goth! From what I've heard from readers they are usually the most difficult people to explain things too, but I'm glad your folks seem to be on board.

Friends can be tricky as well, though, but honestly what I would say is that dressing Goth and expressing yourself as a Goth more is probably not going to actually be that big a deal. You're still you and, hopefully, they like you more for your personality than your appearance. Yes, it might take some getting used to, but if you're making an effort to still connect with your friends that shouldn't be too hard!

It might also be worth explaining to them a little bit about what Goth is and is not. If they don't know what it is, perhaps broach the subject by asking them what they think about Goths. Take some time to talk about what you like about it, then suggest that the style is something you might want to explore. This doesn't need to be a sit down discussion with them all, just casually as it comes up.

And just remember, if people aren't willing to accept you as you really are, they're not worth being around anyway. This might be the beginning of some wonderful new friendships for you. Good luck!

Readers, what advice do you have for Kari?