Morticia & Co.

We're closing in on October, so I'm in the mood for something a little bit horror related. Here's a list of some of my favorite goth queens and ghoulish gals who take a page from the Morticia Addams playbook.

First up is, of course, Morticia Addams: Originally a comic strip, the character was played to perfection by Carolyne Jones, ex wife of Aaron Spelling. I really love Combustible Edison's groovy lounge-tastic tune "Morticia's Theme".

Lily Munster: Yvonne DeCarlo is probably more glamorous and beautiful than anyone in this list. She had quite the resume before becoming a Munster including being Moses' wife in The Ten Commandments.

Check out The Drunken Severed Head's post on Yvonne, which includes a link to her record Yvonee DeCarlo Sings.
Click here to check out probably the best spot for good quality vintage photos of DeCarlo.

Elvira: Cassandra Peterson is literally the queen of all media. She's done everything from "The Fall Guy" to Coors beer commercials, to hosting her own show, to having her own pinball machine, to starring in movies... you name it, she's done it. She claims to have even slept with Elvis.

Below is a clip from her days hosting "Midnight Madness", where she would basically lounge on a couch and say horrible puns. It was great fun, though, and this clip really shows why: not only do viewers enjoy the lovely Elvira, but they got to learn some fun trivia about the movie being shown.

Siouxsie Sioux: The first media appearance of Siouxsie Sioux came on Bill Grundy's show where he made a flirtatious comment towards her. As it happens, The Sex Pistols were also present and Steve Jones calls the host a "dirty sod" (among other things) on live television. This incident caused a public scandal and ultimately led to the demise of the Pistols. Click here to view it - I find it hilarious when the closing elevator music fades over the drunken cursing punk mayhem happening onstage. Definitely worth a look.

Vampira: Before there was Elvira, there was Vampira (Maila Nurmi). For a truly bizarre little clip check out Vampira dancing with Liberace - there's no sound, but very odd indeed. I was surprised to learn she was pretty well connected. She dated Orson Wells, was good friends with James Dean and married the guy who would later write Dirty Harry.

Lydia Deetz: Winona Ryder's character in the film Beetlejuice; also featured in the animated series. Basically a goth girl icon.

Bella LaGhostley from one of my favorite cartoons, The Groovie Goolies. Do you notice a faint resemblance to Vampira?

and finally...
Bellatrix LeStrange
: An evil character from the popular Harry Potter series. She is played by Helena Bonham Carter in the films (whom I happened to meet at a Barnes & Noble.... sorry for the namedropping, but I thought it was really, really cool).


  1. Nice little post.I love "ghoul" girls like Mortica and Lily Munster.
    Looks like you are doing some Photoshop or Image Ready work now too. I used to fool around with it and maybe will try some more soon when I begin setting up pages on the sidebar. The Imeem player has been working well on my Mozilla recently too. I like your post widget and tried to put it on my site but so far no luck, it will not show. I will try later too.

  2. Great, your blidget thing works! (for today anyway). your RSS feeds have been on and off on my site ore a couple weeks. I can read them in my little RSS favorite thing to see when you update, but not all the time on my sidebar. I hope they return to normal soon. Right now they send me back to my own site. Weird, but sometimes they are up. Maybe up- in other parts of the world but not here in Kunming China, I just don't know. In anycase I can check on your blidget when you up date and it looks pretty good too, the red blends in with my gray back ground.

  3. I love all of them. I always grew up loving ghoulish women like those. I enjoyed those tv shows and movies. When I got a little older, I went through a dark phase and was really into gothic music, etc. I loved them even more then. Great blog post.

  4. Thanks to everyone for the positive feedback. Not getting paid for this, my reward is simply having a creative outlet and hearing that other people enjoyed it too.

    willy - thanks so much for adding the retrosapce blidget to uranium cafe. You've been a regular commentor on retrospace almost since day one - much appreciated! I plan to try and add your blidget when I get the opportunity - these sort of things usually take me way longer than they should and never work right the first time.

    I hope everyone got a chance to check out the Siouxie clip with Bill Grundy and the Sex Pistols - it's one of my favorite clips of all time - "you dirty sod!" Ahhh, back when rock was actually rebellious and not a Viacom product...