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Quarantine House

Inspired by this Washington Post article: Quarantine is endless dirty dishes. It was always a running joke in the Goth House comic that the house, in spite of being inhabited by a bunch of gothy posers who acted as if they survived entirely on coffee and cigarettes (and possibly blood), the kitchen was always full of dirty dishes, and nobody would own up to being responsible.

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Armageddon Revisited

Hey everybody! I wanted to revive the tradition of publishing a Goth House nightmare on Friday the 13th, but since everything in real life is pretty nightmarish right now, I was having trouble figuring out a script. I looked through the archives for inspiration, and saw this: Owen’s Nightmare, originally published — according to notes — on July 5, 2005, which wasn’t a Friday the 13th so I don’t know what was up with that. Owen, along with his wife Peaches (her real name) were recurring characters in Goth House world, evangelists who would sometimes show up to denounce Halloween…

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I’m in heaven, I’ve got scars that can’t be seen

Ground Control to Major Tom New Year’s Eve, 1980. I was with my immediate family, watching television in a hotel room in Redding California. We were on our way back to King County after spending Christmas with family in southern California. I was thirteen. Because it was the turning of the decade, the show featured a retrospective on the 1970s. This included a clip of David Bowie performing “Space Oddity.” I don’t remember exactly what he was wearing. It might have been his Ziggy Stardust getup, or the dress with the handprints. What I remember is having two thoughts, right…

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Confuse a fascist today

(The following is a slightly modified Twitter thread) Stonekettle & Sarah Kendzior had the same message, which people ignored. Who will stop him? Nobody. That ship sailed. And when I warned you all this would happen if you didn’t show up, liberals called me a corporatist and a fascist and said we needed to burn it all down and start over. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Careful what you wish for, I guess. — Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) December 13, 2019 But, I dunno, it’s not that I’m an optimist, it’s just that I refuse to give my oppressors the pleasure and comfort of my…

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Goth House: A Friday the Thirteenth nightmare!

Back when I was updating the comic regularly, I liked to do nightmares whenever a Friday the Thirteenth came around. Here it is, the first published Goth House Comic since… uh… 2009? Really? That long? The backstory here is based on a project I’m still PLANNING to do someday, which is finish out the story of the rise and fall of the band. The upshot is that after a rise and fall and a bunch of other events, the old Goth House crew ends up sharing a house together again, in Seattle this time, for money reasons. Some of them…

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New Orleans Voodoo & Houma Rougarou Fest

Part of Rougarou Month here at Goth House Press! I’ve spent the last few days in New Orleans with friends. On Friday we went to the Voodoo Festival, got soaked by tropical storm Olga, and saw a fantastic set by Guns and Roses. It might seem strange that New Orleans has so many big outdoor music festivals, given how often they get rained on, and sometimes rained out, but somehow it always seems worth it. My boots are still muddy, though. Next time I’m wearing galoshes. After an incredibly soggy Friday, Sunday was sunny and kind of hot. We drove out…

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The Slaughtered Lamb

It’s Rougarou Month here at Goth House Press to celebrate the upcoming release of Stripping Down to Scars. Inspired (sort of) by this article about 1981 werewolf movies from the Los Angeles Review of Books, I wanted to talk about the movie An American Werewolf in London. In 1981 I was 15 and lived way the heck out there in suburbia with no fellow horror fans around, so I didn’t have any practical way to watch horror movies new in the theater. But I was a dedicated watcher of Siskel & Ebert, and sometimes they would review a movie that…

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Write-a-thon 2019: Final thoughts

Shown above: most excellent villains Hello everyone! It’s the last day of the Clarion West 2019 Write-a-thon, and there is still time to sponsor me, or sponsor someone else. We’re all great! And all the money goes to Clarion West! As I explained in the previous essay, my original goal for this year was to write rapid drafts of books 3-7 in the rougarou series, but after it took me three weeks to write the draft of book 3 I realized I would be lucky to finish the rapid draft of book 4 in the next three weeks. So, what…

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Write-a-thon 2019: the story of the story

Hello everyone! We’re already halfway through the Clarion West 2019 Write-a-thon and here I am, finally writing my first essay about it! (Sponsor me! Or sponsor someone else! We’re all great! And all the money goes to Clarion West!) (Note: at publication time we are 4/6 of the way through now, that’s what prepping for a birthday party will get you. Which reminds me: it’s my birthday. My birthday always falls during Clarion West, which means that I spent my birthday while I was at CW sewing a second head on a stuffed cat to be given to Ellen Datlow.…

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Overthinking song lyrics: Duran Duran: Girls on Film

Welcome back to our ongoing series, Overthinking Lyrics! Lindsey and Julie listen far too closely to another Duran Duran song. This time, it’s Girls on Film. Lindsey Witch: Girls on Film, one of their bigger early hits, was pretty controversial due to the video. Julie Witch: Even without the video I always assumed it was about porn. Or about how modeling might as well be porn. LW: Yeah, the song is a tad racy. The video flies past racy to weird with naked women. The full version has nudity, and even the one they could show on MTV has suggestive…

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This Is Not A Halloween Blog About Vampires


It’s that time of year, I know: the spooky season.  Goth Christmas, if you will.

What kind of goth? That’s a silly question.  Now where was I?

Oh, yes, it’s the time of year when the world is full of ghosts and pumpkins, witches and spiders. When creepies are crawling everywhere, and vampires are moving among the mortals.

But this is not a blog post about vampires.

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