Okay all you gorgeous creatures that go bump in the night, ‘tis the season to be spooky and show them that “something wicked this way comes”… that’s right it’s Halloween season, that one night of the year when the veil thins and we cavort in the company of ghouls, ghosties, witches and, of course, our favourites, VAMPYRES…!!!
We’ve got some seasonal information mixed with a little entertainment for you, grab a coffee, tea, soda, absinthe or whatever and kick back for a few.
Firstly, what’s hot around here;
Starting in the home town, the Windy City is going to be seeing,
Bouncing east from here, more or less, we find that the Iron Garden has a splendid event planned, you can find all the details at the Facebook event page;
Now, if you’re planning to get down that way perhaps you might need a little something to really carry the night, how about making a date with the extraordinary Dnash…
Now, any party requires three things, food, drink and dancing…. Hmm dancing, *snaps fingers* I know, let’s go get our dear friend Psivamp… an eclectic mix of Techno/Electronica and Trance to put you right in that zone. The artiste kindly received a little something I put together to go with a track from his 2004 album “Doppelganger”, even had some kind words for about the presentation and thus, my Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen I give you my interpretation of, “The Shield”…
Off to the haunts of lost boys, and ghouls, the Wyld West now and we hear that Lady Shannon McCabe is throwing quite a bash out that way…‘Shannon McCabe’s Vampire Ball‘
Speaking of which, in 1987 Warner Bros. brought out a wonderfully youthful tale of dastardly deeds in a west coast town and to go with it a wonderful soundtrack, this song, originally penned in 1967 by Morrison and Krieger, was an integral part of that soundtrack and here it is given a wonderfully wistful and melancholic makeover by an outfit named “Johnny Hollow”
We’ve also patched in, and touched base, with some of our International friends to find out what’s happening in some faraway locations…
Courtesy of the London Vampire Magazine and the self-described “Dastardly Dandy” Darren Demondaz, what’s goin’ down in ol’ London Town…
“An Alternative Halloween in London
It’s the Night when the Pagans herald in the New Year and the boundary between this world and the next comes down. The Souls of the Departed are allowed back, for one night only, and they will wish to visit their old homes and hearths and will expect to be remembered and will wreak havoc if they are not. This is most likely the origin of the practice of ‘Trick or Treat’ or ‘Begging’ as most people now call it now. Halloween is mid-week too this year which means there will be two weekends or more of fabulous, fetishy, macabre and bizarre amusement to be had in London for those that wish to embrace the coming of the darker seasons and in the following weeks the skies will be lit with fireworks.
Obviously all London clubs will wish to host something if the extended dates fit with their event or nightclub. There will be more Halloween themed events than you can brandish a bloodied machete at and Goths everywhere will be quite forlorn for the period as they won’t stand out anymore! I will, most certainly, be slapping the ‘Halloween Special’ tagline on my own Retro Club-night Yesterday’s Shadow and that’s on the 21st October but it’s a Goth Club anyway so most wouldn’t note any great difference there.
Here are a few noteworthy events in London that you might be interested in if you are looking for something other than a goryfied fancy-dress party.
If you wish to learn something new about Gothic and Macabre London you would do well to look at the epic series of events from ‘A Curious Invitation – The London Month of the Dead’. They will be hosting various events over the period ranging from talks about the Necropolis Railway and the Crypts and Catacombs of the City. There are even workshops to learn Mouse or Insect Taxidermy and many of these events, night-time tours, talks and tales are actually hosted within the prime locations of London’s Magnificent Seven Cemeteries. They are also hosting a Halloween Ball ‘A Theatre of Blood’ on the 27th October at London’s ‘Coronet’. Look for the full listing for all of the events here http://londonmonthofthedead.com/
Without a doubt one of the largest Halloween events will be ‘The Festival of the Dead’ on the 21st October at London’s Troxy. FotD are a huge international affair and are setting up events all over the UK and Europe with circus, theatre and carnival themes to be seen on a very big scale.
Also on the 21st October will be ‘Deep Trash in the Underworld’ at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. A devilishly deviant occult-themed night of visuals, installations, live art and gothic-techno tunes from DJs Patricia MacCormack and Kasey Riot (aka Cellardoor). For this Night Witchcraft, Voodoo, Teratology and magic are featured heavily with work submitted and performed by over 40 artists.
Perhaps you might like to find out more about Haunted London and there are, if you believe, one hell of a lot of Ghosts in London who presumably prefer London to Hell! ‘London’s Ghouls & Ghosts (aka Spooky London) have a guided tour and talk just outside central ‘Feltham Halloween Guided Ghost Walk’ on the 22nd October – look them up if you want to know more about the Ghosts of London as they host regular events.
For a Night of Medieval Enchantments do consider ‘The Serpent’s Lair’ on 29th October hosted by Serpentyne (mediaeval/symphonic/metal band) at Nambucca, with suitable support acts and DJs for this most Ye Olde styled magical and musical night.
London’s Largest Alternative Fetish Club – Antichrist – will be having their Halloween Extravaganza on the 3rd of November with a Mad Max Themed Night of Mayhem at their new labyrinthine venue ‘Fire’ in Vauxhall.
Farrukh Hyder (a noteworthy photographer of London’s Alternative Scene who submitted the photos to accompany this article) and Daniela Fanetti will also present a Free Night of photography, fashion and cabaret at the Resistance Gallery on 9th November featuring works with fetish, erotic and punk themes.
After that Halloween is officially over and you may respectfully commence with Christmas shopping.”
Thanks to Darren, yeah, uhhh Christmas, right…!!!
Okay, keeping up with the old “frequent flyer” thing again we zoomed off to Italy to pay our good friends at Lega Italiana Real Vampires a quick visit and find out what’s cooking in their neck of the woods for Halloween, courtesy of the delightful Vice-President Of LIRV, Lady Maria, we learn that…
RVL: We understand that LIRV is planning a major Halloween event this year, what sort of party will it be?
MA: Lirv will make a great Halloween party with other new friends. In Genoa this year this city will always be full of games and fun and our long black veil ball !!! then we will send you the photos of the event!
RVL: Is it an “invitation only” event or are tickets to be available to the public? And, do you expect a major turn out for the event?
MA: Only with invite, we are more people…
RVL: Is Halloween a major focus of the year in Italy in general?
MA: In the last few years halloween is a very well-liked party here in Italy as well. Especially for fun and different parties every year. We always have a lot of fun!
RVL: So, without giving anything away what can the people who attend expect from your Halloween event?
MA: our Long Black veil ball our dance in themed costumes, with always different shows and games that capture participants from the beginning to the end!
RVL: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers at this time about either the television project or your Halloween event?
MA: There will be pleasant scary and unforgettable surprises !!!
On the way back we swung by Sao Paulo, Brazil… as you do… and courtesy of noted local identity and author, Prince-Lord Axikerzus, we’ve got a line on the hottest parties in town for the Halloween in a place noted for its parties…
Prince-Lord Axikerzus gave us a little low-down on the business there, apart from being the speaker for October’s Wiccan and Pagan events, World Dragon Day and World Pagan Pride Day he is also the speaker for two big festivals there, the Festival of Halloween Bosque dos Gnomos and the Festival de Halloween Casa de Bruxa.
I commented to Prince-Lord A,
“I see, wow, are you going to be busy…! *Laugh* When do the Festival of Halloween happen, October 31st?”
Lord A told me, “No no… All events running this weekend and on the next weeks”
So, starting the weekend of October 7 it seems there’s going to be back-to-back parties around there for the rest of the month… how’s that grab the “party animal” in you?
Now, I have to admit something here, a serious confession… I have a particular Halloween favourite, bit of a predilection actually, something sublime that just takes your breath away and leave it to a Texas band to put it into words right? What would Halloween be without a little…
Going to leave you with a bit of tribute here… TO US…!
A little thing I put together celebrating the cinematic culture and, strangely enough, demonstrating that Hollywood has had a long, deep and meaningful affair with us, so much so in fact that they have repeatedly demonstrated a predisposition to having mesmeric, definitely Sanguinarian, Hybrid Vamps around… curious eh?
So, hey, there’s a bit of news for all the ‘Weeners’ out there, and rest assured we’ll keep updating the information at our Facebook page right up until the last moment. If you have a Halloween event going on that you would like people to know about please feel free to send us the information in a message to our John Reason’s Real Vampire Life Facebook page.
Heading toward the evening in question, this is well worth a catch-up…
We wish you a very happy creepy night and whatever you’re going to get up to, or down to, be safe, consume responsibly and we’ll catch you, all safe and sound, on the other side, yes?
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