The Cosmetic Ultralounge

Lashes and Stars

The Gothic imagination mistrusts the home. Where others associate home with comfort and warmth, the Gothic aesthetic fills the home with ghosts, secrets; cold, cavernous spaces. From Neil Gaiman’s parodic “Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire” to Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”, the home is the site of malevolent forces. A proper Gothic home must be correctly outfitted to channel this atmosphere. With that in mind, I lay out some suggestions for making your home a bit more dark and unwelcoming.

I really don’t care for domestic work. I have moved a lot and reached a point of learned helplessness when it comes to contemplating walls whose color cannot be changed or kitchen appliances that insist upon their white plastic expanses. Decorating is a lot of work; work that more often than not has to be dismantled…

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