Good morning readers, and apologies for the lack of updates recently. I had a vague plan to update monthly if not more often, but between a new job and various home upgrades, not to mention the devastating effects of a worldwide lockdown have all been massive obstacles.
One happy break in this ponderous routine was Record Store Day on July 18. Like many other old goths, I made all haste for my local stockists – Beyond Vinyl of Newcastle – to pick up my first ever brand new vinyl by The Sisters of Mercy.
It was such a revolutionary experience, it inspired me to record a short, light-hearted video for YouTube. It was an uphill struggle as I am very unfamiliar with the editor, not using a script and battling temperatures in the upper twenties.
Nevertheless, as a bit of fun commentary and discussion, I hope you enjoy it. I’ll be considering other topics to record, so let me know in the comments what you’d like to see me comment on and of course feel free to subscribe!
We’ve survived obscurity, infighting and the monotonous breakups of multiple favourite bands. A little thing like a global pandemic cancelling all social events and travel on World Goth Day isn’t about to set us back anytime soon!
A cultural phenomena of its own, Coronation Street has been recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running soap opera television show, having been broadcast since December 1960. It has amassed a huge and dedicated following, with fans eagerly tuning in to the characters and storylines set in the working-class industrial North of England.
A recent addition to the sprawling cast was character Nina Lucas, as played by actress Mollie Gallagher who has her own unique identity and appearance in keeping with the goth style of her character. Nina is a long-lost, suddenly-discovered soap-opera-trope style relative of beloved veteran character Roy Cropper, as played by David Neilson.
Here’s a house-listing to tempt the most ardent VampireFreaks user! For a mere $225,000 you can pick up a modest one-bed, one-bath property in the charming neighbourhood of Arundel Village, Baltimore that’s hiding (not very effectively) a dark secret from the world.
From the moment you step through the glossy black front door of this unassuming home, you’ll be transported to a world of, uh, more glossy black furniture and fittings. And glossy black upright lounge casket of course, a real conversation piece for when friends come ’round to drink knock-off absinthe-flavoured alcopops and marathon the ‘Twilight’ films.
A dark and creative author, and a notable member of the UK goth and alternative scene, many have been expressing their grief as well as their appreciation for the detailed mythical worlds she created. Her writing career truly began with the publication of The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit in 1987 – the beginning of the Wraeththu Series, a complex post-apocalyptic, alternate reality fantasy series. It would be revisited and explored in depth many times over the years since with further novels, anthologies and short stories set in the world for which she was best known.
In 2003 Constantine founded Immanion Press, a publishing house with the rights to her previous works (released through Tor in the US and MacDonald in the UK) which were becoming harder to access, as well as a lack of interested British publishers for her newer material of which she was a prolific producer.
As well as her own work Immanion Press published other authors, including most notably the equally creative and award-winning author Tanith Lee. Constantine worked as an editor throughout her life, in addition to her own writing, and even mentored many budding writers who began with fan-fiction set in her Wraeththu universe – with some having work published in anthologies and short story form through Immanion. Additionally, Constantine was an experienced occult author with many non-fiction titles to her name and a fascination with Ancient Egypt as well.
Fans and friends have been paying their respects and sharing their memories online. World-famous fantasty author Neil Gaiman updated his Tumblr recalling his convention encounters with her, the respect both he and Terry Pratchett had for her work, and noting the world was a poorer place without her. On Facebook, goth scribe Mick Mercer, penned a brief but heartfelt goodbye to the author. Many more have been sharing their grief, memories and appreciation on Twitter.
Storm Constantine passed away at the age of 64 with her husband Jim Hibbert by her side.