It's that time of year once again! No, I'm not referring to Halloween; that's still several months away. Thursday, May 22 however, is World Goth Day--and that's the next best thing. It's a special day during which goths all around the world dress to the nines and celebrate their subculture.
This year, as previously, many diverse events are scheduled to take place. These may take the form of a picnic in your favorite cemetery or an evening in a nightclub socializing. If there's nothing going on in your area or if you're a solitary person, you can still celebrate by watching a good horror movie, playing your favorite dark-wave music, or simply getting comfortable reading some of your favorite literature. Anne Rice may work for some; and let's not forget that her new novel, Prince Lestat, has been released. That's right! The Vampire Lestat walks the darkened streets once more.
Then again, you might want to get hold of a copy of The Castle of Otranto by Horace Mann, which is considered by many to be the first Gothic novel ever written. If you don't have time or the ability to obtain the book, you can read it in PDF format here.
As for me, I plan on attending the 2nd Annual World Goth Day Luncheon
at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. That evening, I'll probably watch another gripping episode of Dark Shadows.
On Friday evening the fun continues locally as Darkness Resurrected Dance Night presents its First Anniversary Show featuring live music from Razorwire Halo in support of their new album, The Occurrence, as well as live music by Axis, our friends from Tulsa, Oklahoma. It looks like Northwest Arkansas plans on celebrating World Goth Day in style. It's going to be a great week.
If you'd like to know if anything is planned for your area, you can check the listings at the official World Goth Day website.
Whatever you do, have a great time celebrating our day--and night, of course!