110th out of 346 books — 510 voters
Hex Files: The Goth Bible
by Mick Mercer
The vast Goth underground--with its dignified, melancholic graveyard aesthetic derived from such sources as Gothic horror novels, the Addams Family, Alice Cooper, and Anne Rice--is nothing short of an international phenomenon. The Hex Files offers a five-continent survey of what's out there and how to plug into the Goth scene worldwide. 200+ illustrations.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Overlook TP
(first published January 1st 1996)
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I like the idea of what Mercer was trying to do here, creating a sort of address book of gothic musicians, record labels, writers & artists, magazines, clothing catalogues, etc. But this came during the height of the late 90's wave, when the internet was beginning to pick up a lot of promotional slack in the gothic community. Many bands have since broken up, record labels (like the wonderful Tess) have folded. As such, a lot of material is now oudated, and this serves better as a record of t...more
I have to give this five stars as I'm listed in it as an illustrator from my days of illustrating horror stories for US and UK magazines. Looks like it's a collector's item now. It is however, a valuable resource for those researching the goth scene of the late twentieth century.
Mick Mercer is a journalist and author best known for his photos and reviews of the goth, punk, and indie music scenes. He publishes a monthly online magazine called "The Mick". He also photographed the band Tragic Venus both in the UK and Europe.More about Mick Mercer...