You are dressed in your gothic best, yet something is amiss. Could it
be that Love's Baby Soft or that lemony sports scent aftershave just aren't expressing the essence of your tenebrous soul?
Mistress found a divine website to accent your gothic presence with aplomb. Introducing
BLACK PHEONIX ALCHEMY LAB! They have literally hundreds of unusual and original scents
and oils to fit every mood and occassion. Fragrances such as Banshee, Sepulcher and Lucy's Kiss
are sure to delight your senses! You must visit them to believe how exciting this site is. Be sure to check them
|Click here to get all the GOREY details!
|Artwork courtesy of www.goreydetails.net
The late Edward Gorey was an artistic genius, lending his unique tenebrous artwork
to mainstream media. Chances are you have seen Gorey's handywork countless times and never knew it. In turn, he
has inspired an entire generation of mad for macabre artists who carry on the Gorey traditions of details and subtle disturbances.
Explore his official website, shop, and enjoy this beloved master of the bizarre!
I love this site! Pushin' Daisies dubs themselves a "mortuary novelty shop". They have the most fascinating and ecclectic merchandise I have ever
seen! Where else could you find a chocolate casket, coffin luggage, skull bandages, tombstone soaps, Six Feet Under DVDs, reaper T-shirts, hearse cufflinks and Egyptian collectibles all in one place?! They even have a chat board called
"Coffin Talk" to connect with other TENEBROUS minded individuals. Take time to surf their entire shop - you'll be amazed with
what you find!
|Click the flag to find a wealth of booty!
Who can resist a pirate?! Why "Captain Jack Sparrow" is enough to make any young wench swoon and shiver Mistress' timbers!
If you love pirates or know someone who does, we have surfed the seven seas and found a booty of great sites to explore and
shop! Become savvy about pirate history on "Pirate's Realm". Shop like a prirate at "Dead Men Tell No Tales" and "The Pirate Soul". Dress like a pirate with "The Pirate Store" and "The Leather Works". Still not enough for you scurvey dogs and scalliwags? Then be sure to stop
by and visit the world famous "Sailor Jerry" with his legendary tattoo work and gift shop treasures. If ye be
a landlubber after this, then ye be forced to walk the plank!
|Art courtesy of http://eireen.deviantart.com/
This Creature Feature is dedicated to the Memento Mori - precious treasures
that remind us of the inescapable.
With a sudden rise in the popularity of a more romantic vampire icon (blame Twilight and True Blood), the awareness and demand for Memento Mori and Victorian Mourning Jewelry is flooding the fashion industry. These morbid and often ornate trinkets
can add the perfect Gothic statement to any outfit. Originally designed to be worn as part of a grieving wardrobe, brooches,
rings, lockets and tear catchers have a certain flair and uniqueness that makes them true works of wearable art. MEMENTO MORI, Earthly Adornments, Laurelle Limited, Time Dances By andTear Drop Memories are great online antique shops where you can view and purchase authentic pieces. I will
warn you in advance, these items are very rare and quite costly. To shop vintage goth jewelry can seem like
buying a diamond fromTiffany's. Lay-aways and payment plans are negotiable at some of the above mentioned. Your local
antique shops, Ebay.com as well as better flea markets and estate sales are also great places to treasure hunt for
these rarities. But, if you are like me and want the style without the major investment, there are tons of amazing
artists who are inspired by Memento Mori. Absolutely check out Alchemy Gothic Jewelry! Making creations since 1977, this British pewter-crafter has stunning and affordable designs with
friendly prices. What makes their pieces extra desirable is the fact that they become collectible over time.
Mistress is especially fond of the Requiem Tryptich Coffin locket. Obscuria and Gorey Details are Tenebrous Magazine favorites to visit for official Alchemy. There is an amazing assortment
of goods on Etsy these days! Gorgeous and unique, hand-made creations make fabulous finds on a budget. TARTX and No Monet feature vintage art with modern interpretation. Fascinating dark-themed accessories and
baubles made with clip art, bottle caps and watch parts seem to have a soul of their own and a haunting story to share.
Memento Mori isn't just defined through jewelry. It is a movement that has
elements in art, fashion and literature too. Although the morbidity level was a bit too high for Mistress' approval,
it should be mentioned that photography of the recently deceased was very popular in the Victorian era. You will no
doubt encounter this in antique shops while hunting mourning items. Often, the only image a family had of their
loved one was a post-mortem portrait. Locks of hair carefully preserved in frames as well as human ash stored in tiny
vials are all common souvenirs of the departed. Taxidermy of beloved family pets, resin castings and skulls are
classic Memento Mori. Widow's weeds (from the old English word waed, which means garment), black ribbons, black lace
edged hankies, black rosaries and black parasols are Victorian mourning traditions that are tenebrous style
Still don't feel morbid enough? Mistress had a few recommendations
to inform and inspire you. "Walking The Twilight Path" written by Michelle Belanger is an incredible read for anyone seeking a better understanding of death. The
book covers the history, practices and spirituality of mortality with dignity, grace and awe. If you need guidance and
path working to aid in grief or just looking for Memento Mori themed cartomancy, The Graven Images Oracle and the Bohemian Gothic Tarot are both award winning divination tools worth checking out. Both utilize
beautiful and unusual imagery that is perfect for tenebrous hearts.
Finally, in parting, if all this Memento Mori hasn't sated your Gothic
soul, then try speaking with the dead directly. Although spirit communication is an extensive and controversial
subject, Mistress suggests visiting The Enchanted World Of Amy Zerner & Monte Farber before you embark on your quest. These metaphysical experts have created safe, reliable, self-explorative tools
to help heal, entertain and enlighten you. Their spirit communication boards go way beyond the typical Ouija to promote positive experiences with the mystery of life after death. Mistress wanted to be sure
you checked out their Spirit Of The Ancestors Alter Kit (link and photo below) as the perfect modern Memento Mori.
|Click here to visit the "Enchanted World" of Zerner & Farber!
Suz Winspear, the lovely Gothic writer from Worcester, England. Known for her poetry and Gothic Monolgues, which she frequently
performs live throughout Worcestershire and the West Midlands.
may find poetry by Suz in our Poetry Parlour and her brilliant prose in our Athenaeum.
Click the photo above to visit Suz's feature in our Sanctuary!
|Click to visit Loved To Death!
Well, Vamps and Ghouls, it is almost the bloodiest and most dreaded of days ... Saint Valentine's Day
! This February 14th could bring a deep sense of haunting romance and a warm "squish" to your senses.
Mistress has searched and found some celebratory items sure to keep the unworthy away and draw the attention of that
special mate your precious tenebrous heart truly deserves. Baubles are always traditional tokens of affection,
so when darker tastes dictate try Paraphernalia
, Raven Eve
and Loved To Death
adornments to enchant your beloved. For the allure of eternal beauty, Mistress has found a new delight in Morbid Mists
fragrance line and the "Twilight
" inspired Volturi
cosmetics. She especially loves the Twilight Lip Venom
- it looks like a vial of blood and gives your lips a sexy "bitten" look. For the Valentine that needs
to cuddle in the darkness, Mistress suggests plushies from Emily Strange
and Teddy Scares
. Emily's "Wolf Kitty" is especially adorable! Finally, to seal the deal, present your true love
with the essential Valentine candy, a chocolate heart - anatomical of course - courtesy of Blue Lips
|Click Here For Candy!
|Artwork By Roman Dirge
Get dark themed treats such as ghost peeps, gummy mummies and chocolate
vampire slayer candy bars all year round here! Click the "Tummy Monster" to check it out.
|Click here to shop with A,V, Phibes!
A. V. Phibes is a compelling cartoonist with a real wit and edge.
This site is a playground for folks who just can't help being a little twisted. You'll find free dowloads, cute little
gifts and lots of fun stuff that will give your dark self the giggles!
|Click here to shop Thee Basket Bootique!
|Artwork By Jessie Wilcox Smith
The was a reason why that wolf wanted Lil' Red Riding Hood's basket of goodies - chances are
she was carrying a custom made gift to Granny from Thee Basket Bootique! I found this great little shop while surfing gothauctions.com! All I can say is WOW! They have the neatest ideas for tenebrous gifting tastes and a basket to celebrate every
possible occasion. Stuck on what to get the ghoul in your life? Check this site out!
|Graphic Courtesy Of Dark Side Ink
My Sister went to Salem Mass. recently and brought back the coolest T-shirt for me
as a souvenir. The label led me to the creator's website, "DARK SIDE INK". What an awesome find! They design some of the most unusual T-shirts that will
definitely start up conversation. They also offer a line of very interesting hand poured candles they call "DARKNESS FALLS". Mistress adored their moto, "Everyone has a Dark Side!"
~ be sure to check them
|Art courtesy of Eugenio Recuenco - Click to see more!
Everyone wishes for a fairy tale life with happy endings and wishes fulfilled, but did
you know those endearing childhood fables Walt Disney depicted were actually horror stories? Tales so dark & sinister, that read before
bedtime, guaranteed terror and nightmares! For example, the pulchritudinous Sleeping Beauty, rosebud lips poised for true
love's kiss to break the spell, was actually found as a one hundred year old cadaver, rotted flesh and all. It made it a true
act of heroism for the prince to kiss the decaying corpse. Can you imagine the bloodied condition of Cinderella's feet after
running in glass slippers? Think of the carnage in Grandma's cottage after the woodsman rescued her and Little Red
Riding Hood. She likely was scrubbing wolf guts off the ceiling for a week! This Creature Feature is dedicated to the tenebrous
side of beloved fairy tales.
I recommend that you get all the facts straight about those lovely apologues you
thought you knew by reading one of the actual unedited versions of The Brothers Grimm agglomeration. Mistress loves Grimm's Grimmest for a truly frightening experience. Author, Bob Curran wrote a tremendous collection of books exploring every possible fairy tale creature known. Curran works with an amazing artist,
Ian Daniels, who's illustrations absolutely thrill the imagination. If you want to manifest your own
fairy tale, Kenny Klein's book, Fairy Tale Rituals, unveils fanciful secrets and instructs how to perform authentic magic spells inspired
by your favorite stories. The Fairytale Tarot by Irena Triskova and Alex Ukolovby features tenebrous artwork from some of the
lesser known Eastern European traditions. The deck makes a great path working tool for a unique divinatory experience.
Want to become a fairy tale Gothic prince or princess? There are places all over the
web to sate your fantasy! These are just a few Mistress has shopped: The Tudor Shoppe, The Historical Clothing Realm, The Dark Angel and Holy Clothing. Lime Crime cosmetics can deliver fairy dust color and enchanted kiss lips. Rapunzel will envy your
locks with a little help from Cosplay Wigs USA. Top off your ensemble with Disney Couture accessories. This stuff isn't intended for kids with luxury label quality and dark minded
design details. Mistress lusted for their poisoned apple ring.
Hollywood has been crushing on tenebrous fairy tales recently. There is a lot of hype
surrounding Kristen Stewart's portrayal of Snow White. Due out June 2012, it promises to paint a shadowy adventure of evil and deceit. A recent
film interpretation of Sarah Blakey-Cartwright's book "Red Riding Hood" made the big bad wolf even more terrifying than usual. Other fairy tale films to explore
on DVD that might make your heart beat faster are: The Company Of Wolves, Snow White A Tale Of Terror and Pan's Labyrinth.
Passed down through the generations, fairy tales were surely created to teach and inspire
us that against all obstacles, one will survive. Life can be a dark journey, as we tenebrous souls all know. Within the ebon
forest, where killer wolves, smoldering dragons, foreboding towers and truculent witches dwell, find your emulous protagonist
inside and venture on till magic finds you. After all, there's no need to be afraid of the dark!
|Click here to meet Prince V in The Sanctuary - Artwork by Prince V
|Click here to discover more Poe!
2009 marked the bicentennial of Edgar Allan Poe's birth
(January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849). A brilliant and misunderstood man, Poe gave us some of the most definitive, macabre
literature ever written in his short life. His works have inspired countless artists for the past two centuries.
In honor of this special occasion, Gothic Alchemy has issued some exquisite commemorative jewelry. Be sure to check it out! Also, stop by the http://www.poemuseum.org/ for a run down on the festivities still to come. The
http://www.houseofusher.net/ is an incredible source of works and information to keep
you up all night. If reading isn't your cup of tea, Mistress is especially fond of the 8 timeless Poe
films created by the legendary director, Roger Corman. House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum, Premature Burial, Tales of Terror, The Raven, The Haunted Palace, The
Masque of the Red Death, and The Tomb of Ligeia can all be found on DVD at Amazon.com. However you choose to celebrate, be sure you do! Take a sip of absinthe, curl up in your favorite shadowy nook and let the master
of horror drive you into a delightful depth of tenebrous madness!
|Photography by Han How at http://inspireinfinity.deviantart.com/
Let Mistress help you add some excitement to your tenebrous existance by improving your
social life while at the same time sating your fascination with blood! Whether you love Guro Lolita style
, have surgical intrigue or adore gory horror films, Tenebrous has found blood spattered goodies
everywhere! Worry not if you don't have a strong stomach, there is plenty of fun with cool &
trendy stuff to explore. Try VonErickson Laboratories
for unusual jewelry. They feature "Blood" and "Stitches" necklaces that look amazingly real.
Find tiny brains and amazing, detailed, beating heart jewelry at Monster Kookies
- each unique creation is a beautiful, wearable masterpiece! Grab a ghoulish tee from Zombie Liquorice
or Fright Rags
and top it off with a real lab coat from Just Lab Coats
to create a mad scientist vibe. Get affordable Guro Lolita gear in sizes xs - plus at Buy Costumes
. They even have great little accessories like fake blood, bandages and play surgical props. The Fairy Society
has darling designer "Lolita" band aids to fix any broken dolly with flair. Check out Mistress' favorite, Bobbie
Weiner's "Bloody Mary Professional Hollywood Make-up"
to get the best cosmetics for your needs. Now that you have the look, its time to play! Invite your
friends over, pick up a pizza, whip up a batch of Blood Punch
and ... if you haven't seen REPO! The Genetic Opera
yet, Honey, you need
to testify! A rock opera/horror film that features the amazing Sarah Brightman
as well as Paul Sorvino and Anthony Head is the brilliance of Terrance Zdunich
and Darren Smith
. A fun movie to share, you'll have a blast dressing up for it! If you can't find REPO! locally to buy (try Borders, Best Buy, Wallmart
), it is available on NEXTFLIX
. Still haven't had enough bloody fun? Check out Gothic Rose Antiques
. This is an amazing site with great treasures to view and buy. Mistress thought the antique medical devices were
particularly interesting and creepy!
|Click here to explore ZELDA Vintage Nouveau Magazine
a curious way of calling to us. An attraction to a bygone era is something that happens to everyone, whether its a sweet reminiscence
or a recaptured fragment from a past life regression. There is comfort, affordability and delight in archaic collectibles
with "retro", "gothabilly" & "vintage
Goth" as well as "steampunk" trends on the
fashion is inspired, for example, Dita Von Teese and Lucas Lanthier look like they've
been untouched by time. Decor trends too have folks relishing relics. Gothic Rose Antiques is a prime
example and a wonderful place to explore, featuring haunted goodies.
gathered a collection of great sites to adventure and shop that will sate any vintage hungry appetite.
Clockwork Couture is
a fun site for steampunk goods. Ashes carries a wide
range of clothing as well as plus sizes. The Velvet Garden features original
creations and vintage items. Absolutely Vintage is an online
antiques shop specializing in affordable authentics. Decotique carries an unexpected
variety of items at great prices. The Antique Clothier is a fun site
to browse, simulating online the experience of actually being in their store. 1860-1960 carries a whirlwind
of fashion spanning 100 years. Ballyhoo Vintage specializes
in plus sizes. For pinup cravers and gothabilly/rockabilly fans, both Starlets &
Harlets and Pinup Girl Clothing have a terrific
selection of retro gear. What's fashion without accessories to complete the look? Remix Vintage
in authentic reproductions of timeless footwear. Lauren Rennels penned two fabulous books for vintage beauty lovers,
"Vintage Hairstyling" & "Retro Makeup". The choice
cosmetic line for the vintage fashionista is Besame. Their quality
as well as authentic packaging make them highly demanded.
If all this
vintage clothing isn't your thing, why not bask in the ambience of it all? The entertainment industry culls its greatest inspirations
from vintage appeal. There are plenty of books and films to check out like "Ghost Story", "The Lady In White" or "The Shining". Bands like "Secret Sisters" and television
shows like "Dr. Who" are always generating
new vintage inspired trends. There is even a vintage Goth tarot deck - The Bohemian Gothic Tarot features beautiful art
to divinate with. When
difficult times are crushing your budget and your style, try a visit to your local thrift shop or dig through Granny's attic.
There is haute couture treasures and some personal flare to be uncovered in the past. Go ahead - try on that old fedora and
you may feel a reincarnated patch on your soul and a tenebrous grin sneak over your lips.
|Courtesy of Warner Brothers' "The Shining" - click to enjoy vintage music samples.