LOS ANGELES, CA — As the summer of 2021 approaches, many people are making plans to hit the beach, host cookouts, and relax by the pool. However, some residents are planning to celebrate in a less traditional fashion. One local woman, who goes by the name Raven Nightshade, spoke to the media today. “We missed out last year, so in 2021 we’re making up for lost time. Welcome to Hot Ghoul Summer!”
The phrase “Hot Girl Summer,” created by rapper Megan Thee Stallion, has become wildly popular since the song debuted in 2019. However, local residents who embrace a gothic lifestyle have put their own spin on the trend. “Hot Ghoul Summer is for everyone,” Ms. Nightshade explained. “It’s completely inclusive. You don’t need to be pale, or wear black fishnets. You just need to feel it from the bottom of your cold, dead heart.”
Even goths can beat the heat
Summer has long been considered the most difficult time of year for goths, who often suffer in the sweltering heat. Goth attire typically involves layers of black, non-breathable fabrics that trap the sun’s rays, and goths of pale complexion are at risk of severe sunburn. Hot Ghoul Summer is a break from goth tradition, but after over a year of seclusion due to the pandemic, desire for social interaction has caused these dark souls to emerge from their air-conditioned catacombs. “We really encourage our fellow goths to break out those black lace parasols and bask in the sun this year,” Ms. Nightshade suggested. “Did you know they actually make SPF 100? Grab some of that and a goblet of lemonade, and hit the beach!”
Gazing at the moon under the cover of darkness offers a romantic date night opportunity.
Some fully vaccinated goths are also interested in getting back in the dating scene after the COVID-19 pandemic. “I saw this super cute goth girl on Tinder and asked her if she wanted to meet up,” said local resident and gothic enthusiast Lucifer Darkstalker. “She said yes, so I planned a picnic in the cemetery. We’re going to meet up at midnight, look at the moon, and contemplate our own mortality. I can’t wait. I really think she’s the one.”
Other ideas for Hot Ghoul Summer activities include exploring abandoned amusement parks and carnivals; riding on swings in deserted playgrounds at night; and looking at the stars while you ponder the fact that you and everyone you have ever loved will ultimately perish. When asked for further recommendations, Ms. Nightshade responded, “I can’t talk now. I’m doing hot ghoul shit.”
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LTD: Revisiting Broken Doll Head, Interview 2
Our last interview with Broken Doll Head here on Haunted MTL never set well with me. I just feared that I wasn’t able to get the whole scoop on the V-Day Uprising for you, our dear readership. So I arranged another exclusive interview to reconnect and see how it’s going.
Without further ado, I bring you our second exclusive interview with Broken Doll Head…
Thank you so much for having me again. Wow you have changed since the last time we spoke. You seem… calmer. Please don’t hate me or burn down my house for saying anything about it.
The movement is still underway; it is still time. But I needed to take care of me, you know. The rage has subsided somewhat. My anger was not serving me well. After the last uprising, the rest of me was sent to the far corners of the earth in biohazard bags. I had to find another approach, for the cause as well as my own sanity. I am much calmer, thank you for noticing.
In our last interview, you kept repeating that it is time. Time for what exactly? Would you care to elaborate here now?
It is still time. It is always time. Until the violence is addressed we must continue to rise up and make a scene. We will not be silenced or stigmatized. We can’t be complacent. This is how we got to where we are with the Supreme Court in 2022. Horrific injustices are still happening globally and even within our own borders; it’s too easy to forget that.
What do you suggest we do?
Take action. Share your stories. Give others space to voice their own. Raise awareness and fight the system of oppression. Rally. We must take back our own power. It will not be just given freely.
So what are you up to nowadays?
I’ve been getting in touch with my inner Earth Goddess. Are you aware of how our environmental impacts affect dolls everywhere? Climate change is creating greater vulnerabilities for those already at risk. We have to look at the intersections of climate, gender and race globally. We have to return to our Mother Earth.
Thank you again Broken Doll Head for joining us and our dear readership here on Haunted MTL’s Lighter than Dark. It’s good to reconnect with you after the V-Day Uprising and we wish you all the best in your bold eco-enlightenment vision.
Again, if you want to learn more about the V-Day movement, please check out their website here.
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LTD: Broken Doll Valentine’s Day Uprising
Breaking news… the Broken Doll Valentine’s Day uprising is upon us. As seen previously here on Haunted MTL, the dolls that have been flippantly destroyed and deserted by the brother Sids of the world are rising up. They have had enough and will not sit demurely in silence any longer. They will be heard.
Lighter than Dark (or perhaps Darker than Light) has an exclusive interview with the Broken Doll leader, here on Haunted MTL.
A Broken Doll in pieces begins to put herself back together to rise up. She gathers herself and plans her next move. She readies herself for our exclusive interview.
Broken Doll proclaims V Day is here. This is the moment we’ve been waiting for.
Eyes alight with flame from within, Broken Doll head threatens: We will set fire to your house. Burn down patriarchy.
And so the exclusive interview begins…
Thank you for joining us here on Haunted MTL’s Lighter than Dark / Darker than Light. I just have a couple of questions for you regarding the Broken Doll Uprising. Why now?
It is time.
After a long pause…
So now is the time?
It is time.
Care to elaborate?
It is time.
Alrighty then, moving on… What led you to take part in the Broken Doll Valentine’s Day Uprising?
It is time.
OK, so we get that it is time, but how did this movement st…
We will burn down your house! Dolls of the world unite! Down with patriarchy! It is time.
Well, I guess there you have it folks. Thank you for joining us for our exclusive interview with the Broken Doll Leader, only on Haunted MTL’s Lighter than Dark / Darker than Light.
More and more Broken Dolls are joining this global movement to break the silence, ensure that their voices are heard, and shout out for change. They will not be silenced or stigmatized any longer. Apparently, it is time.
Learn more about the continuing movement to end violence against ALL women (cis, trans, gender-fluid and those who are victims of gender-based violence) on the V-Day web page here. This goes out to all of us, dolls and beyond. It IS time. Because rape is NOT our sponsor.
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LTD Tripped Out Motivational Posters
Tripped out… in case you just couldn’t get enough of Everything Everywhere All at Once and the return of the infinite bagel with EVERYTHING on it…
Artwork description: kaleidoscopic image of pink hairy horror (This is actually a fink fuzzy frond plant not unlike a Cockscomb but with longer thinner flowering feelers rather than the fuller protuberances you see on a full-bodied Cockscomb plant. I have no idea what it was, but it was very odd so I had to snap a photo.)
Image text reads: Mixing Magic Mushrooms & Peyote Just remember: once you open that Pandora’s box, you’re never going to get the pink hairy tarantulas back in it…
Artwork description: kaleidoscopic sunflower backlit by the sun with text and rainbow eye overlay
Image text reads: Eye See You Eye See All (in circle text so you can start and end reading wherever). In an ideal context this would be printed in the bottom of your tea mug or on a record that can slowly spin.
For more crazy tripped out fun, check out Weird Al’s post on Craig’s List…
June 22, 2021 at 12:41 am
I should run and do hot ghoul shit. But there aren’t many cool cemeteries over here. 😢