Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith Review

I really liked Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, so when I found out about this, I put it on my want-to-read list! My awesome brother-in-law got it for me for Yule.

I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did, since I felt Abraham was the reason I loved the last book. But if you love vampires and history, you'll love this. This book is kind of written like Interview With The Vampire (it's even mentioned); it's Henry telling Seth Grahame-Smith his life story. It changes between regular third person narration, and Henry's own thoughts - They are clearly separated, so you won't get confused. Henry was born in 1583, so there's A LOT to cover in just under 400 pages, which Grahame-Smith somehow manages to do. Of course he skips some parts here and there, and everything that happened before the last book are flashbacks.

The story starts properly shortly after Abraham Lincoln's death. Henry is sent to Europe by the Union to hunt down a murderer called A. Grander VIII. He goes back to his birth city; London - where he meets Henry Irving, Bram Stoker, Arthur Conan Doyle.. and Jack The Ripper. Not gonna tell you his identity though!  After the head of the Union is killed, Henry goes back to America, and gets a body guard. While he's out with him, he meets Nikola Tesla and Mark Twain. They become friends too, and later as Henry starts to work for more presidents Tesla goes with him to Russia on a mission. It's hard to recap everything in this book, but we see the world wars, other historical events in America in more recent times AND the time of the first English settlers. Henry was there for all of it! It was really interesting to see how Grahame-Smith again twisted history with vampire fiction.

If you liked the first book, Interview With The Vampire and Anno Dracula, you'll love this! I recommend all of these. I also watched the movie adaption of the first book again while I was reading this. I will always be a SUCKER for vampires ;) Now, off to read Dracula - AGAIN!

Buy the book here! Click here to buy Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Click here to read my review of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, also by Seth Grahame-Smith!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Festivals & concerts I look forward to in 2019

This is looking to be a great year for (goth) concerts already! I might be going to more shows this year, but that will probably be local shows - unless another REALLY good thing pops up. Let's have a look at how the concert year of 2019 (so far) will be for me!

Wave Gotik Treffen - Leipzig, Germany
This one doesn't come off as a surprise to anyone, does it? This year will be my 7th WGT. We have our accommodation (which we'll be sharing with Jossie) and trip booked, so we're pretty much all set! Getting very excited already. The band announcements started even earlier this time. So far my must see bands are Cradle Of Filth, Nitzer Ebb and Sad Lovers & Giants. Can't wait to see all my online friends, there will be a lot of people I will be meeting for the first time this year! :D
If you're new to WGT, check out my WGT guide, which has been updated recently!

The Cure @ Øyafestivalen - Oslo, Norway
I was at my parents' house when my sister found out they were announced for Øyafestivalen, a festival I've never really wanted to go to - No wait! Mayhem played there on my birthday in.. 2014? But I moved to the US in july that year. This time The Cure are headlining august 7th - the day before my 25th birthday. I guess that's a good way to start off the celebration! I HAD to get a ticket right away, I had no idea if it would get sold out quickly or not, but it still isn't! This will apparently be their biggest show in Norway ever, which makes me feel better for missing them in the past.

M'era Luna Festival - Hildesheim, Germany
Right after seeing The Cure in Oslo I'll be flying off to Germany again, to attend my first M'era Luna festival! My friend Attic Ghost is kindly letting us stay at his place, which actually was the main factor for us going, haha. M'era Luna doesn't really seem that appealing to me, but I'm willing to give it a try. Fields Of The Nephilim and VNV Nation are playing, the rest I'm not super excited about or / and seen them before.
But I think it'll be fun to meet people, and celebrate my birthday!

The Sisters Of Mercy @ Rockefeller - Oslo, Norway
In september I'll be flying to Oslo again to see *gasp* The Sisters Of Mercy! I haven't heard many good things (who is even in the band nowadays anyway?), but I want to see them at least once, just to have done it. I love Sisters, despite Eldritch being kind of a joke in the goth community. They're playing a relatively small venue, and I see the facebook event already has more people interested than it can fill - There are still tickets though! But since I saw the interest on facebook I sat in front of my computer waiting for the tickets to launch - and I found out Simen's brother was doing the same, haha! I think it'll be super fun, despite all the things I've heard!
Facebook event - Website (It looks awful, I know)

So those are the ones I'm planning to go to so far this year! Last year I checked out Subkult and Prague Gothic Treffen, but I highly doubt we'll make it there this year. We'd love to go back to both of those, though! But I think these four are pretty good, I'm satisfied with that! BRING ON SUMMER.

What festivals and shows are you going to this year?
If we're going to the same ones, hit me up so we can meet! :D

Thursday, February 7, 2019

ABCs Of Goth

I saw some posts on facebook where people were doing this kind of thing, so I thought I would do one too, it seems like a good challenge! Let's see if I can manage to list a goth band for every letter in the (english) alphabet.

Chameleons Vox @ WGT 2018
Ash Code
Bolshoi (,The)
Chameleons (,The)
Death Cult
Echo & The Bunnymen
Flesh For Lulu
Gene Loves Jezebel
Inkubus Sukkubus
Jesus & Mary Chain (,The)
Kommunity FK
Love & Rockets
Mission (,The)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Psychedelic Furs (,The)
Sad Lovers & Giants
Tones On Tail
Virgin Prunes
XII. Století
Years On Earth
Zero Le Creche

Yay, I did it! Obviously didn't manage to keep it stricly goth rock, but close enough! I had to cheat with ONE - I found Quasimodo through Alex Malkavian's ''Every Goth Band Ever'' list. But I think I did pretty good! I tried not to mention the super big obvious ones, that would have been too easy! Maybe there are some bands on here you didn't know? Feel free to do one of these yourself, and let me know if you do!
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