Thursday, 1 December 2016

Book Suggestions Volume VI

Greetings literature fans, I figured it was time for another book blog, so here are a few reads recommended either by you guys, or by the world at large screaming in excited hysterics. If you would like to recommend some good books for future book blogs, please write to me here and select 'other'. Enjoy!

Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel 



Series of six best-selling fantasy novels. He holds the secret that can end the world. The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life.The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it. Sometimes legends are true. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time. 





The Blackthorn Key


Follow the clues. Crack the code. Stay alive. Potions, puzzles and the occasional explosion are all in a day's work for young apothecary Christopher Rowe. Murder is another matter. It's a dangerous time to be the apprentice of Benedict Blackthorn. A wave of mysterious murders has sent shockwaves through London, and soon Christopher finds himself on the run. His only allies are his best friend, Tom, courageous Molly, and a loyal feathered friend, Bridget. His only clues are a coded message about his master's most dangerous project, and a cryptic warning - 'Tell no one!' The race is on for Christopher: crack the code and uncover its secret, or become the next victim...A brilliant, fast-paced adventure perfect for fans of Percy Jackson. 




The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul



When a passenger check-in desk at London's Heathrow Airport disappears in a ball of orange flame, the explosion is deemed an act of God. But which god, wonders holistic detective Dirk Gently? What god would be hanging around Heathrow trying to catch the 3:37 to Oslo? And what has this to do with Dirk's latest--and late-- client, found only this morning with his head revolving atop the hit record "Hot Potato"? Amid the hostile attentions of a stray eagle and the trauma of a very dirty refrigerator, super-sleuth Dirk Gently will once again solve the mysteries of the universe...







Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay



J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay. When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone...Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best. Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader's bookshelf.



Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch



According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon-both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle -are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist...



The Name of The Wind


'I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me' So begins the tale of Kvothe - currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeepter - from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin. The Name of the Wind is fantasy at its very best, and an astounding must-read title.




Have you read any of these titles before, if so what did you think of them? I can personally attest to the awesomeness of anything by Douglas Adams and Neil Gaiman. Once again, if you have any books you'd like to recommend, please go ahead and do so! Reading is good for the mind, soul, and imagination. Have a wonderful week, thanks for visiting, see you again! ^^;  ;^^


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Where to Shop - DevilNight

It's always satisfying and exciting to discover a new place to find the things you love and covet most, and I'm constantly being asked where I get clothes, shoes, jewellery, etc. from. So how about a little series of blogposts that put the spotlight on the best webstores? Does that sound like a good idea to you? Anyway, let us begin...

Dress by Punk Rave
If you watch my videos regularly (and you should because: cool) then you've probably heard me mention DevilNight.co.uk a few times. I choked a bit when I first stumbled upon their website, because they stock several of my top favourite fashion brands; Punk Rave, RQ-BL, Pentagramme, Devil Fashion, and Dark in Love.

They also stock an impressive and promising range of Medieval and Victorian gowns. It's one of those places I could go mental at if I had the funds to do so. Since first discovering DevilNight, I've been lucky enough to receive three garments from them.





High-Waisted Skirt by Punk Rave
In my experience, some lesser-known webstores recreate and sell knockoffs of some of my most beloved brands, and I had feared that this might be one of them, but to my delight, the garments I received were 100% genuine and beautiful.

My first acquisition was a high-waisted, terribly elegant skirt by Punk Rave. I wore it in an OOTD video entitled Aquatic Shimmer. My second was a really cool dress with a high neck, also by Punk Rave, made of soft, suede-like fabric as well as raggedly fishnet. Perfect for me really, and perfect for the current chilly season. Thirdly, I got a hooded dress by Dark in Love that is pleasingly swooshy as has a distinctly witchy vibe. I showed it off in a video wherein I showcased the newest releases from Dark in Love.

DevilNight provides a variety of different 'theatrical' styles of dress, including 50s pin-up, Steampunk, and Lolita, and fortunately supply plenty of mens' things as well as womens'.



DevilNight is active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. On their Instagram it's really nice to see people showing off their wedding outfits that they've bought there. A lot of people seem to find their perfect alternative wedding outfit at DevilNight. Let me know if you like the idea of highlighting and/or reviewing alternative webstores, I think there are so many out there, especially small businesses, that could really do with a bit more love and attention!

Until next time, stay spoOky ^^;  ;^^

Hooded Dress by Dark in Love





Wednesday, 2 November 2016

MunchPak Giveaway!

Who doesn't love free surprise snacks in the post? Use the form below to enter to win one of two MunchPak Minis, a box of yummy mystery snacks sent to your door!

The giveaway is open to everyone and is international, all you have to do is be subscribed to my YouTube channel! If you are not yet part of the mighty Belfry Bat family, click here to subscribe, it's easy and free. And makes you instantly cooler ;)

You can get entries by visiting my page on Facebook, following me on Twitter, writing a tweet, knowing the name of my black cat, watching the giveaway video, and by finding the mystery word of the day. The mystery word changes every day, and lets you have one extra entry every day until the giveaway is over. Woo! The mystery word can be found here.

Please enter using your YouTube username so I can easily find you if you win!

Stay spooky, and good luck!

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Making Black Ice Cream!

Hi! Obviously I had to try making this. I love ice cream (probably too much) and the colour black, so.
Having been unable to obtain black ice cream from anywhere, I had to try making it myself. Being a profoundly terrible cook/baker/everything, I used the easiest recipe I could find.

Watch me:



Ingredients:

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tin sweetened condensed milk
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Black gel food dye
  • Monin caramel flavour syrup
I whipped the cream until it was stiff with a stick mixer, but an electric beater would have been better. Then I poured the condensed milk onto it, the pinch of sea salt, and flavour syrup to taste. I folded it together carefully, before adding (what turned out to be) a generous amount of black gel food dye.

I found that whipping the mixture, instead of stirring, helped the colour to combine with the other ingredients better. After 24 hours this should have definitely been frozen, but thanks to my freezer being as asshole, the big reveal of my creation was a fail. The taste was alright, although it mostly tasted of condensed milk. 

In future, I would use a stronger flavouring agent, and perhaps activated charcoal in addition to food colouring to create a darker colour. I would also make sure the freezer door was closed properly! Bah!

'Til next time, thanks for visiting! Would you try black ice cream?



Tuesday, 4 October 2016

DIY Blackaroni and Cheese!

The internet lost its shit over black ice-cream, and continues to do so as this weird black food trend marches on. Personally I am in favour of it, and decided to give it a go! I saw that YouTube channel Threadbanger made black macaroni and cheese, but it looked so hard, since they made the pasta from scratch.

I figured I could make an easier, and even cooler version, that even a non-skilled kitchen derp like me could achieve. My ingredients were...

I didn't actually measure anything, as usual. I measure ingredients in amounts of "that looks about ok". This made enough for two good sized servings. I boiled the pasta in hot water for 8 minutes, then drained it. I mixed the ingredients for the cheese-sauce in a separate pot, then when it appeared cheese–sauce-like enough, I added a small dollop of black gel food dye from Wilton.

This dye was amazing, it was such a deep colour, but it didn't stain the tongue, lips, or mouth. It is also flavourless. The amount needed was very small, roughly 1/3 teaspoon. I got mine here from German Amazon, but it is also available at the USA Amazon. It combined with the cheese easily. Would you ever try Blackaroni and Cheese? Here's the video of me making it, enjoy!





Monday, 12 September 2016

Exquisite Demon OOTD

I took some photos for Dark in Closet, an online gothic fashion store that I instantly died when I saw. There I found a dress I had seen around and wanted for ages, even though it was something unlike I had worn before. It's from my favourite brand Punk Rave, so I knew it would be beautiful, and even prettier in real life than photos. I thought the whole outfit for my little photo session was so cool, that I wanted to make an OOTD video of it. Here's the video, list of everything I'm wearing below!

Watch me:


I'm Wearing:

Here are the photos I took for Dark in Closet...



Thanks for visiting, see you again soon! x




Wednesday, 7 September 2016

The Goth Dictionary

I wanted to gather a list of terminology used within the global Goth scene, because why not.  Please leave a comment here (or on YouTube) if you have anything to add! Here is the video first of all. In this video I'm wearing a bat necklace from Dystunctional Doll's eBay store, inverted pentagram earrings by Curiology, red contact lenses from Pinky Paradise, and my bolero and belt both came from Queen of Darkness

Watch me:


Moontan
The opposite of a suntan. The paleness achieved by never going into the sun.

Gothip
Gossip specifically spread within and about the black scene. 

The Scene or The Black Scene
The global social scene or people actively involved in our splendid and outré subculture.

Darque
An action or statement that is nihilistic and causes a reaction of, “Oooo”.

Drac
Something markedly cool and pleasingly creepy. ie: “Oooo, drac”.

Eldergoth
Someone over the age of around 35 or who has been in the scene since the 80s. 
Usually given great respect.

Babybat
Someone new to the scene who is still finding their way around. Also "Kindergoth" or "noob".

Necro
Something deathly and dark yet undeniably cool. ie: “we cooked a necro-dinner, 
everything on the plate was black”.

Normal
Noun. Regular people that do not fall into any alternative subculture. ie: “he was 
hanging with a bunch of Normals.”

Mallgoths
Usually a cluster of teenagers looking spooky in a mall or other public place to 
attract attention. 

Bat
Another name for a Goth in general.

Über
Also called “fancy”, someone with striking, over-the-top, gothic style with no detail forgotten.

Bleak
Used to describe music, meaning good, because that’s how we like it. ie: “Hollow Hills is nice and bleak”.

Depression or Mope
Cumulative noun, a large group of Goths. ie: “there’s a heavy depression coming in” or “a whole mope entered the bar at once".

Trad
Goths who have a taste for traditional style and artists, typical markings include teased hair, angular eyeliner, 80s inspired fashion, and pike shoes. 

Deathrocker
Too punk for Goth, too Goth for punk. Fans of Deathrock music, typical markings include deathhawks, studded jackets, and torn stockings worn as any garment.

Waver
Fans of dark wave, cold wave, and other wave music, much crossover with Trads as far as taste and style goes.

Poseur
Someone who dresses up for attention and often talks about how dark and mysterious they are, doesn’t actually know anything about the subculture.

Tourist
Someone who dresses up in a “goth-costume” and hangs out in the scene, but isn’t actually a goth themselves.

Weekender
Someone who only dresses Goth on the weekends for parties on events, but has a normal lifestyle throughout the week. This is often forced upon people who work in a corporate environment or similar.

Mansonite
Someone categorised as a hardcore Marilyn Manson fan or imitator.

Colourful
Grey.

Phaser
Someone going through an obvious rebellious or fashion phase who will some day grow out of it.

Cybergoth or Graver
Fans of electronic “doof doof” music, often sporting UV reactive tube hair, fluffy leg warmers, and stylised gas masks.

Goth Moth
A normal person who hangs out with groups of Goths. Like a moth flying around and around a flame.

Bubblegoth
Also called “Perky Goth”, one who is generally cheerful, energetic, and may wear accents of pink or other colours. Probably has pink hair.

Goose
When someone tries dressing up to look very dark and fancy, but crosses the line into looking comical.

Doomcookie
Someone obviously trying way too hard to appear gothic, often marked by melodramatic poetry or behaviour. The doomcookie does not know that he or she is one. Also called a “TryHard”.

Batcave
A club in London considered a birthplace of the scene, where many classic, cornerstone bands peformed. Also the term used to categorise the sort of music played there. ie: “tonight’s gig is 80s, Dark Wave, Batcave, and Electro.”

Batcaver
Fans of Batcave bands who conform to the traditional style. 

Gothic Two-Step
The classic dancemove involving staring at the ground looking forelorn and stepping from side to side.

Part-Timer
Someone who only takes part in the scene some of the time, and otherwise appears normal. 

Elitist
An asshole who thinks they’re better than everyone else for no reason. Judges others openly, and often quizzes others on their knowledge of classic bands or obscurities. Elitists usually are not part of the scene for long. 
Which bring us to…

Gother Than Thou
The patronising attitude of looking down on others as not being “goth-enough”.

Goth Card
A fictional club-membership card used as a joke. ie: “you’re listening to Taylor Swift? That’s it, hand in your Goth Card, you’re out”.

TRVE
An unattainably high level of gothness. One must eat only black food in measures of 666 grams, bleed black, piss black, and probably be dead.

Goth Points
Something that doesn’t exist, used humourously ie: Carl McCoy asked for a photo with me, goth points off the charts right now!”

Post-Goth
Someone who has figuratively “handed in their goth card” and has taken on a normal lifestyle and fashion sense. 

Goth in a Box
Someone who has undergone an overnight transformation by buying all their clothes and accessories from a mainstream alternative store like Hot Topic. Instant fashion from a box, without any originally or personality woven in.

Not-a-Goth
Someone who is obviously a Goth but furiously denies it, ie: “I may be driving a hearse in a black frockcoat while smoking a clove and worshipping Peter Murphy’s cheekbones, but I’m not a Goth.”

Goffik
No one likes dropping the G-Bomb all the time, a less embarrassing way of saying "gothic". 
Also "goffix" or "goffs".