Wednesday, May 22, 2024

World Goth Day


It's a dreary, gloomy day here in the Ozarks. Dark, ominous-looking clouds continue to appear near the western horizon while streaks of lightning flash across the sky, thunder resonates across the landscape, and rain pelts the roofs above our heads. All of this can mean only one thing; today is World Goth Day.

May yours be as spooky as mine! It is fitting that it be this way.  

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

A Unique Halloween Display

 Finally the spooky season has arrived. It is still warm here, but the wind is blowing, creating a constant rain of falling leaves. It feels like Halloween. 

The other night, I was at my favorite pub when an acquaintance stopped by to tell me about a Halloween display she had seen while taking a walk in town. "It's made up of spooky dolls," she told me; and, after letting me know that the display was close to my neighborhood, I knew I couldn't resist going to check it out. 

When I arrived at the site, I wasn't disappointed for there, staring back at me, was a plethora of dolls. Most of them were spooky indeed, and those that didn't appear quite as spooky, were frightful anyway; this, because of their vintage nature, and their association with the others.

As you can see, they are an interesting lot. Pinhead is in attendance as is Wednesday Addams and an equally spooky gal called Friday. In the background is a musical group that reminds me of a "Day of the Dead" ensemble. They're called "Ghouls Gone Wild." What an appropriate name for a band performing on All Hallow's Eve. And it was so nice of Chucky to drop in! 

Next, we get a more inclusive look at the cast. 

Now, we get to see that Edward Scissorhands is in attendance as well as Freddy Krueger, who, as usual, is creating a nightmare on a street I will not name to protect the home owner's privacy. Finally, there's a young lady in attendance who is decorated in chains and appears to be holding a microphone. She reminds me of Germany's metal vocalist Doro Pesch, but the sign in front of her says "Slayer." Hmm... I wonder what's up with that. One thing's for sure: the music on Halloween night is going to be wild! 

Finally, we get a look at who's on the other side of the lawn. 

These folks here, spooky in their own right, seem to be the party goers. In any event, I am more than impressed with this Halloween display. As a matter of fact, I love it, and that's why I wanted to share. 

Here at the Gothic Embrace, I seem to have started a tradition of featuring vintage Halloween photos--art from years gone by. So, in keeping with that tradition, here's something to gaze at: 

There is little more enduring as we think about Halloween than Jack o' lanterns, and here are several sitting by a hay field. What better image can sum up the season and All Hallow's Eve itself? 

A Happy Halloween to you all! 

Saturday, May 20, 2023

World Goth Day 2023


Once again May 22 draws near and that means that World Goth Day is just about upon us. This is the day--well, one day upon which the goth subculture gets to celebrate itself. I suppose the argument can be made that Halloween is probably the goth national holiday, but that's not actually official, and World Goth Day is definitely one of the big days for us. 

In the Arkansas area there are two groups that I know of that hold bi-weekly or monthly goth events. These include Club Nevermore in the Little Rock area, and Gloom Collect in Fayetteville. Still, with World Goth Day being on a Monday this year, it doesn't seem that there will be an event occurring on that night. So, what's a celebratory goth to do? Well, how about listening to some dark music programming? 

In my search for events taking place on May 22, I stumbled upon this. KEXP FM from Seattle is holding a World Goth Day event from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Pacific time. Here's what they have to say about their event: 

"Join KEXP all day on Monday May 22nd for World Goth Day. Celebrate the sound of darkness, as KEXP DJ’s Evil Eva, Noctis Ravenway, Wednesday Addams, Scary Larry, and Kevin Cole-d Hearted play goth favorites, old and new, from around the world, all day from 7 AM to 7 PM Pacific. Summon your inner goth and listen live on May 22nd, or on-demand after broadcast.

So, there you have it! It goes without saying that KEXP streams their programming, so if you feel like celebrating, you might just want to give them a listen. 

A great World Goth Day to all! 

KEXP World Goth Day Event

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Vintage Halloween Photos: 2022

It's the last weekend of October and the spooky season has arrived in all it's glory. This can mean only one thing: All Hallows Eve is drawing nigh. As has become the tradition here at The Gothic Embrace, it's time once again to celebrate by extracting vintage photos and illustrations from Halloweens past. 

As always, it is assumed that these materials, being so old, are now in the public commons and no copyright infringement is intended. So, let's move on to the first photo. 

 Now, this pic has got to be old. They just don't make them like this anymore. Not only is the style of artwork unlike most anything we see these days, but I have always appreciated how so many such pieces featured black cats at least in the background. Another feature of these earlier Halloweens was the presence of poetry; or, at least, rhyming lines above or below the illustration. 

What's not to love about this? I have seen this work of art, or very similar ones, for years now. As a matter of fact I purchased a spooky license plate for the front of my vehicle several years ago, and this is basically what I drove around with. The rain, and just plain wear and tear has pretty much ruined that plate, though. I guess I need to get another. 

What I like about this graphic is its rustic nature. Notice the scarecrows in the background, the rural type fencing, and the Jack O' Lantern, perhaps also a scarecrow, on the left. 

This is incredibly touching. I mean, how can any wicked old witch resist?

The above illustration is not only special because of its age and relationship to Halloweens of old, but because a Facebook friend posted it on one of the interesting groups he moderates. You see, he just lost his beloved Jaspee, a cat very much like this one. RIP, Jaspee, knowing that Thomas loved you. 

Well that pretty much does it for this year. I hope you've all enjoyed the photos. A Happy Halloween to all!