Skeletal tile-mosaic in the chapel floor

The Cornaro Chapel at the Santa Maria della Vittoria church in Rome sports many beautiful works of art, but I'm especially taken by the skeletal figure set into the floor tiles, whose upraised arms seem ready to snatch sinners into the underworld. The photo above was taken by Chris and memorialized in a fabulous post […]

Goths of Kenya

Middle-class Kenyan teens are inventing a local version of goth subculture, and are at the center of a moral panic about kids-gone-wild — according to an article in Think Africa Press. The article is shy on details or photographic evidence, but I hope its true about the subculture (and not about the moral panic). Anyone […]

"Bela Lugosi's Dead" stretched to nine hours

Goth anthem "Bela Lugosi's Dead" by Bauhaus time-stretched into nine hours. Oh Belllllaaaaaa! (via Dangerous Minds, thanks, Patrick Kelly!)   Bauhaus: "Bela Lugosi's Dead" live, 1982 – Boing Boing Peter Murphy in Maxell cassette ad – Boing Boing Batman/Bauhaus t-shirt – Boing Boing Bauhaus first two albums remastered and reissued – Boing Boing Peter Murphy […]

Loungy, alt-country version of The Sisters of Mercy's "This Corrosion"

For BB pals Gil and Steph, here's a fan-made video for alt-country group Lambchop's wonderful folky, loungy cover of "This Corrosion," the epic 1987 triumph of goth bombast by The Sisters of Mercy. And if it makes you yearn for some Sisters, check out the original video below.

Peter Murphy busted for DUI hit-and-run injury and meth possession

Peter Murphy, singer for Bauhaus, was arrested this weekend in Los Angeles for an alleged DUI hit-and-run that reportedly injured the other driver. A witness followed Murphy and blocked him until cops arrived. According to police, Murphy appeared to be "very confused." From the Glendale News Press: Murphy denied drinking alcohol that day, adding that […]

Bauhaus first two albums remastered and reissued

The first two albums by seminal proto-goth band Bauhaus, have been reissued today on vinyl. (Video above from The Old Vic Theatre, London, February 24, 1982.)

Bauhaus: "Bela Lugosi's Dead" live, 1982

Bauhaus perform "Bela Lugosi's Dead" in 1982 at London's Old Vic Theatre.

Siouxsie and the Banshees performing "Halloween" (1981)

Siouxsie and the Banshees in 1981 performing "Halloween," from their essential album Juju.

Hey, little deathlings: it gets better

Caitlin Doughty, host of AskAMortician has a message to the "little deathlings" out there who face social disapprobation due to their fascination with death and dying: it gets better. Life as a mortician, coroner, or affiliated professional is good and rewarding. PS: I just discovered AskAMortician and I am as happy as a pig in […]

"I am so goth, I was born black."

At Coilhouse online, a feature exploring racism and goth culture in the age of Tumblr: "Is the goth scene unfriendly to people with dark skin? What do non-white goths think about the fetishization of paleness in the gothic subculture?" [warning: linked-to site contains boobage]

Gothurday

REUTERS/Thomas Peter Revellers attend the Wave and Goth festival in Leipzig, on May 25, 2012. The annual festival, known in Germany as Wave-Gotik Treffen, features up to 150 bands and musicians playing Gothic rock and other styles of the "dark wave" music subculture attracting a regular audience of up to 20000, according to organizers. The […]

Chelsea Wolfe, folk-doom diva: the Dangerous Minds session

[Video Link at Vimeo] Boing Boing pal Richard Metzger produced a series of live artist showcases at SXSW 2012. One of the artists who was new to me from these sessions is Chelsea Wolfe. Richard describes her work: Los Angeles-based Chelsea Wolfe's intense, artful folk dirges bring to mind a slightly morbid young Joni Mitchell […]

Goths age gracefully

Surrey University sociologist Dr Paul Hodkinson conducted a series of follow-up interviews with goths he'd studied as teenagers in the 90s and found that the cohort has made a pretty graceful transition into middle age and parenthood: "It's a relatively middle-class subculture, so despite … all the going out and being into the music, goths […]

Creepy "goth mask" for Hallowe'en

If there was ever a mask made to be worn by a creepy serial killer, it's Hallowe'en 31's grotendous "Goth Mask 4." Goth Face Mask 4 (via JWZ)

The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses

I'm really digging the look of Dr. Paul Koudounaris' new book, The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses. Don't yet have a copy in my hands (it's not out 'til October), but I've pre-Amazonned one for myself. The book is packed with hundreds of gorgeous color photographs of these sites […]