Encyclopedia Gothica (Hardcover)

By Liisa Ladouceur, Gary Pullin (Illustrator)

ECW Press, 9781770410244, 313pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2011



Encyclopedia Gothica is a guide through that shadowiest of subcultures: modern Goths. It collects and defines more than 600 words and phrases used by these children of the night so that you too can engage in conversations about deathhawks and rivetheads and who is more u]bergoth: Bela Lugosi or Robert Smith. Compiled by acclaimed Goth journalist and poet Liisa Ladouceur, it gives readers insight into the unique vernacular of this fascinating community, describing in detail and with black humour the fashion, music, and lifestyle as well as sharing insider slang such as Baby Bat, Corp Goth and the Gothic Two-Step, and the first ever Goth Band Family Tree. From absinthe to zombies, it's the Encyclopedia Gothica.

About the Author

Liisa Ladouceur is a music and culture journalist. She writes a music column for "Rue Morgue" magazine and can be heard on the weekly all-horror podcast on Rue Morgue Radio. She has been recognized as a Goth expert on numerous television programs and hosted the 2010 Gothic Toronto literary event at the Luminato Festival. Gary Pullin is an illustrator and the art director for "Rue Morgue" magazine. They both live in Toronto.

Praise For Encyclopedia Gothica

"A wickedly funny portrait of this community in black…If you're the sort who gives out gifts on Hallow's Eve, Encyclopedia Gothica is ideal for babybats and elder goths who'll appreciate the wealth of reminders of the experiences that make up goth life." —NOW Magazine (October 2011)

"We knew that we were going to like this book from the very first page. . . . Ladouceur is a rare gem of a commenter that has the ability not only to laugh at herself, but to be able to get you to laugh at yourself too." —www.HoustonPress.com (October 2011)

"Ladouceur has compiled a thorough and amusing encyclopedia about all-things-Goth . . . Whether you want to read about Nosferatu, Goth Juice or mall Goths you'll find brief and truly informative segments in Encyclopedia Gothica." —www.AntiMusic.com

"Encyclopedia Gothica, contrary to what you might think of goth culture, doesn't take itself too seriously. Just the opposite: Ladouceur's humour is a welcome rarity in an oft-misunderstood subculture." —Maclean's (November 2011)

"For those who continue to fear Goths, this book is a powerful antidote. Despite their spiky, menacing exterior, Encyclopedia Gothica details a culture as harmless and geeky as your average Star Wars fanboy or Kiss Army foot soldier." —National Post (November 2011)

"Anyone who identifies as a Goth but wishes that people would stop asking what that means now has a book that they can point people to. Including illustrations from the talented Gary Pullin, Encyclopedia Gothica is the essential Goth reference whether you're wondering who Sisters of Mercy are or what absinthe is (and why Marilyn Manson has his own brand of the green stuff)." —www.GeeksOfDoom.com