The goth Bible: A Compendium for the Darkly Inclined

Corrections and Omissions

In any printed work there are bound to be errors and omissions. By the time a book is published, information can be long out of date, and what is in print gives a false impression. As well, what an author intended to be included can fall through the cracks during the seemingly endless stages of production involved with producing a book.

Following are some corrections and omissions:


Photographs and Other Artwork

The photographs at the start of the first 12 chapters of the book as well as the cover of Propaganda Magazine on page 15 were shot by
world-renowned photographer Fred H. Berger, who also publishes Propaganda Magazine.


The photographs of 6 of The + Section were left out of the book. They are included here:

Blue Elf
Photo by Warren Baird



Photo by Hugues Leblanc



The photograph of Sky Claudette of The + Section on page 6 originally included her partner Vlad.
Because Vlad was not part of The + Section and the publisher did not have a release for his image, that photograph was cropped.
It is reproduced here in its original state.

Sky Claudette and Vlad

Photo by Sabastian Seal


The cover of Ascension Magazine from Italy on page 101 did not print well. Here it is as it should be:


The drawing of the crow on page 155 is not by Hunter Gough but was done by Hugues Leblanc




The interview with goth super songress Sera de Morte beginning on page 91 was done in 2001/early 2002. Some information is inaccurate now and should have been excluded from the book--the author apologizes for the confusion. Sera is no longer working with Producer Kim Morrissey. Following is an excerpt from an article translated from German which appeared in GOTHIC Magazine, the full article available on the website of Sera de Morte:

"Shortly after Sera's success began on the web internationally, she started receiving calls from music industry people. She signed with a local producer who made her many promises, most of which were lies to aide in his own personal selfish gain. After a year had gone by, with many promises broken, she decided to fight back.

"Sera at points had to hide out during the course of the legal proceedings in fear for her life. Her ex-producer, even though he had been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, and became very unpredictable, was still allowed to roam free during the course of the legal proceedings. It was a terribly frightful and draining two year ordeal for Sera. Still, she is a mountain climber, and a survivor...and is pressing on for higher ground, determined to leave those memories in the grave.

"The CD Mya's, Book of the Dead is an album full of messages to other artists, and industry thieves: those artists who still feel they would sell their soul to make it in music should think twice. It also has songs in which Sera wrote about what she went through, and what had been taken from her by her producer. The song Bleed Me was directed at her producer; she was victimized by him, and nearly bled dry. Sera claims that 'He seems to have no remorse and still does not to this day; he still lays blame on everyone else for what he did to me.' In the song Bleed Me the words 'Bleed Me, until there's nothing inside; Bleed Me, I've already died' is a comparison to the myth of a vampire that tries to drink of the blood of the dead. The myth goes: if a vampire does drink of the dead, then that vampire dies. That was a subtle invitation, and a warning to her producer to 'Go ahead and drink...but if you do, in the end you will die!'"


The interview with Neil Gaiman has information about model Donna Ricci who claimed in an interview in Bite Me! magazine, issue #5 that she was the model for the character of Death in Neil Gaiman's comic series Sandman.
Neil says this:

"I'm afraid you fell for that Donna Ricci person's fibs about being involved in Sandman. For the record, I've never met her, nor have any of the artists, none of the Sandman covers she has up on her website are actually photographs of her (they're mostly very expensive London fashion models that Dave McKean hired, and obviously not her)."


The name of Terri Kennedy owner of the world famous shop Ipso Facto is spelled correctly twice on page 30 but the third time has a 'y' at the end. It should be an 'i'.


Robert Tritthardt, the creator of the delightful comic Writhe and Shine, was one of the organizers of the goth convention Convergence 5
and should have been listed as such on page 107.


Fields of the Nephilism should be, of course, Fields of the Nephilim.


Covenant is from Sweden (not from Denmark) .


Absinthe expert Wolfgang is concerned that some of the information on absinthe beginning on page 125 is inaccurate or misleading and will further stereotype goths as not knowing what they are talking about. The author's sources for basic information on absinthe were an internet site, a book on absinthe, and in addition, many comments from The + Section on the subject. Wolfgang knows his stuff, and here are the facts:

- the antique bar-top dispensers with brass taps dripped water, not absinthe (author's poor wording here)

- while Wolfgang agrees that a vintage pressed tin spoon can be purchased for $50 US, he would like to point out that "Some run into the thousands of dollars."

- Wolfgang says absinthe is not 'bitter'. The author derived this information from the above-mentioned sources, including the opinions of The + Section who had tasted absinthe (the majority); almost all called the taste bitter. Wolfgang clarifies: "Properly distilled absinthe is not bitter. Wormwood itself is extremely bitter but the distillation process removes most of the bitterness in the drink. At worse (or at best), a good artisanal absinthe may have just a trace of bitterness in the aftertaste. To my dismay, I'm also aware of several modern brands of poor quality absinthes that are bitter to the point of being almost undrinkable. These products should be avoided at all cost."

- The author stated that absinthe in the past was a minimum of 75% alcohol. Wolfgang says: "The most well known brand of absinthe Pernod & Fils was bottled at 68%. Fine absinthes were usually bottled between 65 and 75%. As for the dilution ratio, the traditional ratio is 5 to 1...but of course it depends on the personal taste of the drinker so I'll not stick too long to this detail."

- While in the book the lighting of absinthe is not attributed to a specific time or place, Wolfgang would like to point out that "The fire ritual is a modern Czech invention, and it should be presented as such. There's not a single vintage reference anywhere in the world about the fire ritual that I know of and this observation is also shared by Mme Delahayes."

- The book says "disreputable manufacturers were known to color the cheap stuff with copper compounds and to fortify it with methanol..." Wolfgang says: "They didn't fortify it with methanol. Methanol is just a byproduct of a poor distillation. They were using cheap base alcohol but they were not 'adding' methanol."

- The book says "Hallucinations were known to turn ugly." This information was gleaned from various sources, including articles that led to a ban on absinthe in Europe, although those initial reports were usually exaggerated, and in some instances the case histories were proven false. Absinthe does have a reputation for producing hallucinations, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Wolfgang says: "What a bunch of crap! Nobody hallucinates from absinthe. One can feel hungry, euphoric (as reported by Deacon Syth on page 127) or even horny, but nobody hallucinates. Those who reached that point where suffering from delirium tremors caused by acute alcoholism and this is not related to absinthe drinking in particular, it is related to regular heavy drinking of ethanol that may or may not come from absinthe."

- Finally, Wolfgang has this to say: "You report that I said no modern absinthe can compare to vintage, this is a little misleading. The reason I said that was because of the extra long aging on vintage bottles but the best homemade and artisanal absinthes are absolutely comparable to vintage absinthes, except for the old age of course. These are in fact comparable to vintage absinthes people were tasting back then. What you report about my comment on modern absinthes refers to modern commercial absinthes; this should be specified."


Goth parent Kitte Ka'at's interview was accidently deleted from the book, and follows:

Kitte Ka'at (born Vietnam, resides Eugene, Oregon) has two children:
"Lillith will be 12 this September.
She likes bright colors and anything fuzzy. She is goth in attitude but thinks goth is kinda strange and silly.
It's that silly thing her mom and sister do sometimes. Silly is not a bad word in my house,
we encourage all forms of silliness and laughter provoking behavior.
My teenager Roxanne, who is 15 in June, is a chip off the old gothic block.
We go to shows together, listen to the same music, wear the same clothes, literally!
She is very gothic in her style of dress, but it is by her own design, not because I dress her that way."

If you dress goth in public with your children, what reactions do you get?

"Well, most of my clothes are black, so I guess I dress goth all the time, if you look at it that way.
I do not go all out with the boots and the make-up unless there is a special occasion.
Some people are really cool about it, some are disdainful. I have seen the entire spectrum over the years.
The most common is just mouth open, whiplash head-turn, staring. "

If your children dress goth, what reactions have you seen in public when you're with them?

"Some people are really cool about it, some are disdainful. I have seen the entire spectrum over the years.
The most common is just mouth open, whiplash head-turn, staring."

How do your parents, and your in-laws react to you being a goth?

"My mom, the only parent who matters, and that I still communicate with, has gotten used to me over the years.
She had to come to the conclusion that I am not hurting anyone or anything, including myself, especially my kids,
who I would die for, by being who I am, and once she was able to assimilate that bit of reality,
she stopped worrying. Now we are great friends.
My in-laws, I was so lucky to have who I got for in-laws! They are both very open and accepting people.
Not at all quick to pass superficial judgment on anybody. They took the time to get to know me,
and they just assumed that since their son is so in love with me, that I must be OK in the meantime."

Do you believe there are special difficulties in being a goth parent, and if so, what are they?

"Only in how other are judgmental. I do not feel that my gothiness contributes negatively in any way to my parenting ability.
If anything, I am much more open and accepting of my children's' right to express themselves."

If someone asked you if they should give up being goth to have children, what would you tell them?

"I would tell them that giving up your true nature and artistic expression of self will only make you feel resentful,
stifled, and repressed and that will be harmful to your children and their attitudes in the long run.
The old saying is "If momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." You can't be true to anybody else until you are true to yourself.
And it's VERY important to be true to the little ones that you are raising up into the world. If you, as a parent, are happy,
then your children learn how to be happy people. If you are unhappy, that's the kind of folks you'll be raising, and who needs more unhappiness in the world?"

Do you believe there are special difficulties in being a goth parent, and if so, what are they?

"Only in how other are judgmental. I do not feel that my gothiness contributes negatively in any way to my parenting ability.
If anything, I am much more open and accepting of my children's' right to express themselves."

Have you ever had trouble with the law, with a school or school board, with a religious,
financial or medical institution, with a government bureaucracy, etc., because you are a goth parent?

"My ex-husband tried to have my daughter taken away because I am a pagan. So, in the grand scheme of things,
not as much as I have for my spiritual proclivities. I have battled the possibility of having trouble with the schools
by putting in volunteer time anytime I can help out there. I have met all my kids' teachers
and helped out in the classroom. It's hard for people to make negative assumption about you, when they have met you,
and know you, and see that you are a good and helpful person, no matter how strange one might look."

How has your life as a goth changed since you have become a goth parent?

"I was 19 when I had Roxanne. So, I never had the club/bar scene to lose.
My kids and I love shopping together, gothness has nothing to do with that.
I guess my life has not changed any more or less for me
when I became a parent as it would have for anybody, goth or not, who has had a few kids."

How do you feel being goth has helped you in being a parent?

"It has made me not be afraid of weird things my kids want to do, because I do them too.
I understand that black lipstick and colored hair harms nobody. That black walls in the bedroom are not going to make
her worship Satan and go around killing people. That a few piercing are not a big deal really.
It gave me a good perspective on what behaviors are actually scary in kids and what are "just goth."
Lucky for me, my daughters have never had self-destructive tendencies.
I have listened time and again to their friends telling me how they wished their mom would let them have purple hair,
or get their nose pierced. I always have to wonder what these other parents are so worried about.
I have had a nose ring and purple hair since I was 14 and I am a happy and productive member of society.
I work full time, I pay my taxes, and all my bills, I love life! So what's the fear about?
A child's love in unconditional, and if it isn't then the parent truly needs to take a cold hard look
at how they have been treating that child.
My kids love me just the same, no matter what my interests are at the moment,
because our family is built upon mutual love and respect for one another.
We honor each other's right to have our own likes and dislikes
and we don't pass judgment on each other's opinions about stuff. "