“Every time the phone rang, my heart jumped. Was it Alexander? And when it wasn’t him my heart would break into a million pieces. It had been two longs days since I had seen my Gothic mate. I was so preoccupied with Alexander, dreaming of the next time we’d be together, nothing else mattered. I didn’t wash the spot where his tender love lips had pressed against my flesh. I was acting like I was straight out of a Gidget movie! What had happened to me? I was losing my edge! For the first time in my life I was really afraid. Afraid of never seeing him again and afraid of being rejected.”—Raven, Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber
Hey, hey you guys, you know- I liked Vampires before everyone else; I read Twilight before it was a movie.
As if! I liked Buffy before Twilight was even written.
I liked The Lost Boys before Buffy came out.
That was the end of the 80s, Anne Rice redefined Vampires as tortured, dark, romantic figures in the 1970s.
You're so close, but Bela Lugosi actually turned Vampires into seductive Byronic anti-heros when he starred in and, to some extent, helped direct, Dracula the play - before he stared in Dracula- the film directed by Todd Browning. Dracula, of course, was written by Bram Stoker who was the first to give a vampire human qualities.
You're so close, it makes my tiny black heart 3 times bigger! But, actually John William Polidori wrote the first Romantic vampire story, The Vampyr, in 1819- almost 80 years before Dracula was published. "Byronic" is the perfect word to describe vampires in fiction ever since; The Vampyr was based off of a fragment of a horror story Lord Byron told in the same famous literary contest in which Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley first conceived of Frankenstein. Many people think Lord Ruthven, the vampire of Polidori's story, was largely based off of Byron himself.
Yeah, that's interesting because-
I AM A VAMPIRE.
You shut your whore mouth, Carl! For the last time, WE DON'T BELIEVE YOU ARE A VAMPIRE.
I keep telling you guys to call me Sir Lysander Ravenblood, Esquire! Caamaawwnnnn!
Something that none of you might know is that I’m proudly part of a group of girls called Pinups for a Cause where we help charities raise money usually by selling baked goodies such as cupcakes all while wearing vintage attire and 5 inch heels. Now yes, some might wonder how does a goth girl dress up as a pin-up and most of you are probably picturing that rockabilly style but nope not quite.
I’ve been having a hard time finding inspiration besides the rockabilly style which is what is the closest to gothic pin-up but to me has always been more punk, personally. Since the beginning I was marked and gladly accepted the role as the resident gothic pin-up but how does on mix the gothic with the vintage that’s not too modern but still comfortable with modern pieces that are affordable. And I’ve had a hard time finding that balance for myself and it has nothing to do with the high heels that make me a bit shaky. And I’ll admit that I’m not the most ‘girly’ or feminine in the traditional stereotypical sense sometimes.
I’ve been trying to draw inspiration from a few women who portray that gothic glamor with that vintage edge. Some of these woman include Dita Von Teese and Vampira who I both admire in there style and performances. Vampira was the 50’s queen of horror while Dita is the modern vintage goth glam that I want as well. They both have some killer curves which myself as a plus size woman loves to have and I’m not shy to wear corsets to achieve these shapes. I have red hair (which isn’t natural but black was so brown was boring and all the goths I knew had black hair so I wanted to be different) so it’s hard to picture not only hard to picture that way but on someone that’s probably at least 10 sizes bigger. Never the less I will be bringing the gothic vampire vintage glam to the up coming events as I find my own balance and personality which will require a lot more shopping but how many pin-ups do you know that have little bats buckles on their shoes, yes I’m weird like that but love it.