- December 5, 2003 - Monthly Newsletter  - Issue #6 - Pls FWD -


Hello reader!

As you certainly noticed, if you know this newsletter, its colors and other details have changed, and this means that the entire design of the site changed as well. I hope you'll find the new design more useful and appealing.

And this isn't the only change...

There's a forum in which you can discuss gothic culture and other matters with all of us and other visitors who may stop by, and in time I hope that the interest on the forum will grow enough for it to become a more sophisticate board. You can visit it here.

Now you can send ecards to your friends, with exclusive images and several themes for your choice. Every month, images will be added and changed. You can see them here.

There are new articles, of course. The former Month's Subject section was renamed to Darklore, and this month the article is about Ghosts & Hauntings. There you can find information not only on the old legends, but also on the point of view of those who believe in them and those who don't.

The Music section has the story of one of the best bands of goth rock, Type O' Negative, and the Library section has the life story of a very cynic but creative horror writer of the late 19th century, Ambrose Bierce.

The Movies and the Visual Arts sections have articles about two classics of the gothic culture: the silent movie "The Cabinet of Dr.Caligari" and Hieronymus Bosch, the Medieval painter, author of some of the most terrifying images of hell.

There are also two new stories by Moonlight and Andrew Wooldridge and a new poem by Stuart Howson; and last but not least, 3 new illustrations in the Image Gallery, accompanied by excerpts from the works of Keats, Aeschylus and G.C. Harman.

The columnists Heidi, Susan and Bernhard, the writer Moonlight, all the contributors and I would like to wish you a very good month, lots of fun in the end-of-year parties and that your next year will be filled with progress and release from any problems that may be bothering you.

Your webmistress, Marion Phillips

Fighting Against Destruction

The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King, Bernie Wrightson (Illustrator)

stephen king bookRoland Deschain and his ka-tet are bearing southeast through the forests of Mid-World, the almost timeless landscape that seems to stretch from wreckage of civility that defined Roland's youth to the crimson chaos that seems the future's only promise. 

Readers of Stephen King's epic series know Roland well, or as well as this enigmatic hero can be known. They also know the companions who have been drawn to his quest for the Dark Tower: Eddie Dean and his wife, Susannah; Jake Chambers, the boy who has come twice through the doorway of death into Roland's world; and Oy, the Billy-Bumbler.

In this fifth novel in the saga, their path takes them to the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis, a tranquil valley community of farmers and ranchers on Mid-World's borderlands. 

Beyond the town, the rocky ground rises toward the hulking darkness of Thunderclap, the source of a terrible affliction that is slowly stealing the community's soul. One of the town's residents is Pere Callahan, a ruined priest who, like Susannah, Eddie, and Jake, passed through one of the portals that lead both into and out of Roland's world.

As Father Callahan tells the ka-tet the astonishing story of what happened following his shamed departure from Maine in 1977, his connection to the Dark Tower becomes clear, as does the danger facing a single red rose in a vacant lot off Second Avenue in midtown Manhattan.

For Calla Bryn Sturgis, danger gathers in the east like a storm cloud. The Wolves of Thunderclap and their unspeakable depredation are coming. To resist them is to risk all, but these are odds the gunslingers are used to, and they can give the Calla-folken both courage and cunning. Their guns, however, will not be enough. 

Monsters With Human Faces

Bed Of Nails by Michael Slade

michael slade bookThis story is about an insane serial killer who's known as the Ripper, and he believes he's the legendary Jack The Ripper.

He's one of the dwellers of the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital at Colony Farm in Vancouver.

He believes that he is actually the real Jack the Ripper who can go back in time through a wormhole in space caused by his magical manipulation of the tarot card The Hanged Man.

He blames Inspector Zinc Chandler of the Special External section of the RCMP for his inability to do go anywhere besides Victorian England. 

Ripper holds Zach responsible for ruining a magical rite the Ripper was performing. He also knows that Zach's efforts led to his present captivity.

When the Goth visits the Ripper at the hospital, he begs the psycho to teach him the art of time travel. The Ripper does so in return for the Goth's promise to kill and then eat Zinc. 

The police feel that two murders, one and a half years apart in Vancouver and Seattle, were committed by the same person. Zinc, who is involved in both cases, is taking a vacation to the South Seas Cook Islands lured there by the Goth who intends to spring his trap while on tour.

Michael Slade is the king of psychothrillers, and his latest work Bed Of Nails comes as close to horror as the genre is defined without actually crossing over the line. This is not a work for the faint of heart for there is very gruesome, gory and explicit scenes spread throughout the story line.

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- Darklore:
Ghosts & Hauntings - the history of the legends, the opinion of the believers and the opinion of the skeptics

- Music:
Type O' Negativethe story of one of the most respected and controversial bands of goth rock

- Library:
Ambrose Biercea cynical 19th century writer, direct heir of Poe, who gave the gothic literature a touch of dark humor *download 2 of his works*

- Movies:
The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligarione of the first movies ever made, this is also a classic of horror

- Visual Arts:
Hieronymus Bosch - one of the greatest inspirations to symbolist and surrealist painters. 


- 3 new illustrations in the Image Gallery, accompanied by verses of John Keats, Aeschylus and G.C. Harman

- A new dark story by Andrew Wooldridge, the sequel of Moonlight's series Vampyre Kiss and a new poem by Stuart Howson in the Stories & Poems section

- Our Forum - a place for talks on gothic culture and other interesting matters

- Ecards - send exclusive ecards to your friends. Several themes available. New additions every month.

- The old tagboard that was on the index page, is now our guestbook and has its own page. There you can leave short comments, suggestions or complaints, which may be answered by us.

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