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THE OLD LADY WHO INVENTED GOITH – the debut novel from Mick Mercer




Having written about Goth since it began, with a past in fanzines (starting in 1976) and music journalism, I guess it isn’t surprising what lies at the heart of my first novel, THE OLD LADY WHO INVENTED GOTH, but this is not a typical book. For a start the first edition is illustrated in a new way for a novel, while the story is a prequel to what we know and understand. 100 years ago Hermione M. Lee wanted what we have now, but it simply didn’t exist. As she was just fourteen, and a surprisingly foul-mouthed child, with The Great War brewing quietly in the distance there wasn’t a great deal she could do about it, or anything. That never stopped her trying, from the moment she found creativity crackling beneath her fingernails and in a busy life Hermione was rarely inert for long. A champion of darkness, and yet a vanquisher of gloom, Hermione M. Lee is a Gothic blueprint in action, living a life steeped in sin and intrigue, but justifiably so.


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GOTH BOOKS GALORE



If you’re looking for a book to get someone for Xmas there’s no-one with a larger selection of Goth, Punk, Post-Punk and Indie material than me. The books are printed in the UK and the US so you should get anything you order in time for Xmas. Full list of books, with urls behind the cut.

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Following actual requests from America I have done a couple of new Goth photo books, currently only in the US Letter size, of CHRISTIAN DEATH, posed in 1984, and DANIELLE DAX, posed in 1983. Although my website was updated recently these are too new to have been included, as is the ALIEN SEX FIEND 1984-1985 one. Full details for all of these behind the cut, along with masses of covers.

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HEX FILES: Resurrection update



I have deleted the earlier post because people have asked for more specific details of contents so behind the cut of this trimmer update you can see how many photos have been added, and of whom, which should prove easily enough why this is the biggest book ever published on Goth, with the American and UK sections now individually bigger than the original book was.

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A scene is obviously worth nothing if it cannot identify itself by identifying with others within it. Support is sometimes necessary, and possible. Phoenix Marie, herself a Goth, was a regular poster on my journal until she became ill, and when she began her fundraising effort I did an interview in my magazine to spread the word about her fundraising appeal, but felt a limited edition Goth book might be more helpful. She is responding to treatment, which is why it is vital she completes the course, which she must pay for herself - the alternative being the onset of advanced old age and crippling pain. The 104 page book costs £9.99 and contains 100 of my favourite photos from my archive, and full details are behind the cut.

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THE MICK 52 (160 pages, no adverts, free as a pdf download) contains the most interesting in-depth interviews anyone has ever done with UK DECAY and BLACK TAPE FOR A BLUE GIRL. There are also interviews with the equally brilliant WILL DANCE FOR CHOCOLATE (Indie), RESIST (Electro-Goth-Industrial), MOMENTO MORI (Gawf), and SCREAMING BANSHEE AIRCREW (Post-Punk/Goth), plus a fascinating look at Mexican Goth, through the eyes of the impressive EL CLAN. Go to http://www.mickmercer.com/themick.html and look below the three covers of the issues currently up. Select Take The Mick #52, right click, save as, etc. Happy New Year!
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Goth magazine THE MICK 50 and THE MICK 51 are both now up for free download. All free, containing interviews with inspiring artists, from yours truly, the longest-running Goth writer in the world. There is also your chance to show Goth Solidarity by helping one of our own, with the Phoenix Marie appeal. Details behind the cut.

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THE BATCAVE – two exclusive books


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THE BATCAVE remains the best known Goth club in the history of the genre, and here we have two huge photo books of classic images, of exciting bands, covering its original existence.

THE BATCAVE Volume 1 – £19.99
A 620 page photo book containing 818 images of happenings at The Batcave during 1983. You will find Alien Sex Fiend (three gigs), Ausgang, Danielle Dax (posed session), F1 Electric, Marc Almond, Pork Helmets, Sexbeat, Specimen (four gigs), along with the club itself, including staff, regulars, crowd and cabaret artistes/dancers.

THE BATCAVE Volume 2 - £19.99

A 572 page photo book containing 789 images of happenings during 1984/1985, featuring: Alien Sex Fiend, Anorexic Dread, Ausgang, Bone Orchard, Christian Death (Rozz Williams), Let’s Wreck Mother (post-Sexbeat), Pepperlip (featuring Jo Bones), Sexbeat (that’s Sophie on the cover), Specimen (two gigs), Tabatha’s Nightmare (Mark Tinley/Marcus Scott), Zero Le Creche and Zor Gabor (former Banshee guitarist John McKay), along with shots within the club of staff, crowd and regulars.

The vast majority of these photos are previously unpublished. Details on how to order prints of images included in rear of each book.

You need to register on the Lulu site to buy books which is easy. DO NOT use their express post, which costs far too much. If in the UK or US just use the normal inland service (not ‘express’), and if you are outside the UK or US stick with ‘economy’ which is simply their term for normal airmail. (If so inclined buy more than one book because the postage costs come down sharply. All books are very well packaged. If you are a business when you buy more than 10 books the cost of the actual books decreases too.)

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THE BATCAVE Volume 1
THE BATCAVE Volume 2
- be patient while these pages load an you will see a preview where you can see some sample pages.

To keep up to date on all my book titles, including the new ones planned (including Flesh For Lulu, three volumes on Specimen, two on Alien Sex Fiend, three Gothic Image titles etc please keep an eye on http://stores.lulu.com/mickmercer - where you can also find all the existing books listed.