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Vampire Goth is a subculture that blends the romanticism of Gothic tradition with the horror of vampirism. Gothicism is attributed to the use of Gothic horror in fiction during the 18th century.
The first Goth inspired story was written by the English author Horace Walpole in 1764 in his novel The Castle of Otranto “A Gothic Story.” Combining horror and romance, Gothicism feeds off of melodrama and parody that is used in reference to the popular Romantic literature of the times.
“The Vampyre,” which is a short story that was written by John William Polidori in 1819, is the forerunner of the fantasy gothic genre. This was the first Gothic story that combined vampirism with literature. It was a huge hit because of its blatant use of vampire horror for the public’s viewing.
Also, fans loved the story of the aristocratic vampire who stalks those in high society, which is what the modern tale of vampires has become. Another Goth story, the novel Uncle Silas written by Joseph Sheridan le Fanu in 1864, is written about an aristocratic vampire living in a forbidding mansion with an air of gloom and doom as the reader anticipates the events.
Also written by Sheridan le Fanu is the novella Carmilla, in 1872, which portrays a female vampire as the villain. This gothic vampire story directly influenced the next, and greatest, vampire novel to be published -- Dracula by Bram Stoker in 1897.
Today the subculture of the century-old gothic vampire is well and thriving. Fans of the popular vampire novels, such as the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer and the Southern Vampire Mysteries starring Sookie Stackhouse, can often be spotted in a crowd by their dreary and pale appearance. Some goths sport dark sunglasses even indoors while others might wear a long black cape.
There are vampire societies that are mostly formed online, such as the Vampire Freaks and the Vampire Rave, where fellow Goths gather to converse about their melodramatic, blood thirsty lives. You may meet a vampire Goth who prefers to drink lots of red wine, or whom obsessively despises garlic. Of course, vampire Goths have seen all of the old and new vampire movies.
They have read everything related to Gothic horror tales and vampires, and are keen to the latest television series about vampires including True Blood and The Vampire Diaries. If you meet a vampire Goth, they are probably planning a trip to mecca, also known as Dracula’s castle in Transylvania, of which they will tell you that there is really such a place and they do offer tourist packages. And they are right, of course.
However, if you want to become a vampire Goth yourself, you need to start by playing the part. Listen to Goth bands who have recorded vampire themed music. Some bands to start with are Theatres des Vampires, Nosferatu, and Inkubus Sukkubus.
Then it is time to dress up. A pale face and dark hair are prerequisites. Create a pale face using white facial toner and light tinted foundation; stay away from costume makeup that flakes easily and will make you look more like Bozo the Clown.
Dark hair can range from pitch black to maroon and with any color in between, such as green, purple, or midnight blue. A new concept of vampire Goth follows that you can have light hair, too, but it needs to be shocking light, such as platinum white, and all in a solid bolt of color, not highlighted. The idea for the hair is to have a shocking head of hair that does not look human, rather like someone who is from “the other side.”
Most vampire Goths use a thick coat of black eyeliner around the bottom lashes of their eyes, including male vampires. This gives your eyes a dramatic effect, thanks to the pale skin on your face. You can draw a thick line that follows the natural shape of your eye.
Alternatively swoop the eyeliner upward in the outer corner of the eye so it gives you a cat-eye appearance. Some people add black tear drops or swirls at the bottom of the outer corner using the eyeliner.
Use a black eye shadow, preferably cream-based, on the entire eyelid. Extend the eye shadow out to the outer edge of the eyelids near the temples. Top your look off with a double, or triple, coat of black mascara. If you are going out for the evening, go with a pair of false eyelashes for the dark volume. On your lips, for guys and gals, go with black lipstick or a dark plum or red hue. Outline the lips in a color coordinating shade to prevent lipstick from bleeding or blending with your pale foundation. You are now a vampire Goth.