Tonight provides us a glimpse of what the future could be—a world where Goths and non-Goths mingle at death-metal shows and fetish demonstrations.
Here, on a rainy Thursday night at Quimby’s, Goths (and a sprinkle of non-Goths) have gathered to celebrate the birth of Chicago’s newest Goth zine, Kilter. These zine-fiends are inspired and invigorated by the DIY-spirit of zine-making and shove nothing but support in the direction of Kilter creators (and newlyweds) Jennifer Anne Buckley and Peter Propaganda.
“We see Kilter,” explains Buckley, “as a vehicle to expand and promote the Gothic scene at large.”
Kilter’s coming-out party is no creepy séance, but a gathering of friends and like-minded folks who are excited about reaching out to other people with an interest in dark music, dark art and the overall dark aesthetic. And although it’s always rough stuff in the unstable world of the zine, Kilter might be hitting the streets at the perfect time.
“First they said Goth was dead. Ten years later, we are waiting for the next Tim Burton movie to come out and Gothic books are flying off the shelves,” points out Propaganda.
Nyx, a writer of erotica and Kilter contributor, echoes such sentiments. “So many designers are going gothic now,” she explains. “Ed Hardy, for example, is gothic with a twist. You see the stuff everywhere, and we were wearing that stuff years ago.” (Meaghan Strickland)