Alternative and Gothic artists

Anne Stokes Anne Stokes logo circular logo for Anne Stokes gothic artist in red and grey

Anne Stokes is a highly acclaimed fantasy artist whose art covers a broad range of themes from magic and enchantment to gothic and steampunk.

Anne has a fascinating career history and has designed tour merchandise for some of the biggest bands in the world including Queen and the Rolling Stones. Working as a sculptor, Anne has created jewellery for Terry Pratchett’s Discworld whilst her work as a freelance illustrator has led her to develop art for books, records and even concept art for Dungeons and Dragons.

Today Anne’s sought after designs are available on a wide variety of products including those we exclusively develop here at Something Different. Thanks to her impressive talent Anne has a huge worldwide following of fans, many of whom see her products as collectors’ items.

If you’re interested in buying our Anne Stokes products, explore some of our current collections using this link here. 

Nene Thomas Nene Thomas logo the Gothic and fantasy artist from the USA

Based in Oklahoma, Nene Thomas’s career began to take off in 1994 when she was asked to contribute to a popular collectible card game called ‘Magic: The Gathering’. Nene continued working on projects such as this as a contract artist for many years before deciding to become a print artist, giving her the freedom to hone her skills and develop the kind of art she was most interested in. 

During the first decade of her career, Nene painted almost exclusively in watercolours with a touch of acrylic here or there, however in 2004 she developed a passion for digital art.

Currently Nene’s work is licensed for many different products, including our exclusive canvas wall plaques. In addition to her licensed work, Nene is also collaborating with her husband on a fantasy novel series which will feature her breathtaking art and illustrations.

Nene’s beautiful art is purchased by her fans and other fantasy enthusiasts all around the world. Known in particular for her depictions of faeries, Nene’s work is striking, ethereal and instantly recognisable. 

You can view our full range of Nene Thomas products by clicking here.

Lisa Parker Lisa Parker logo the Gothic and fantasy artist

Lisa Parker has been drawing ever since she could first hold a pencil. Drawing and nature have always been her main passions in life.

Originally beginning to work with pastels, Lisa eventually moved into using the medium of watercolours before meeting the late Mick Cawston who suggested her style would be better suited to using oils.

Whilst Lisa has continued to surround herself with animals, her interest was piqued by magic and witchcraft and the true meaning behind it. Through her paintings, Lisa aims to bring a little magic and mystery to all of our lives and her spellbinding designs have developed a large and loyal legion of fans making many of her products collectibles.

Much of Lisa’s work is still inspired by animals and you’ll find cats, unicorns, owls and wolves featured in many of her paintings.

If you’re interested in seeing our growing range of Lisa Parker products you can visit our dedicated Lisa Parker page here. 

James Ryman James Ryman logo the fantasy and gothic artist

UK based artist James Ryman creates amazing Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction themed artwork and illustrations. James Ryman has been a professional artist for over 20 years and his work has been featured and used in video games, as movie concept art and of course in fantasy themed magazines, comics and books. Clients and projects James Ryman has worked for and on include Blizzard Entertainment, Warcraft TCG, Warhammer Online, and Sony Online Entertainment. We love the mixture of ultra realistic and beautifully drawn figures combined with stunning fantasy, sci-fi and horror elements. 

Nemesis Now Nemesis Now logo gothic giftware and artist manufacturer and wholesale

Nemesis Now have been supplying licensed collectables, Gothic and Fantasy giftware, and Heritage gifts to retailers throughout the United Kingdom and Europe for over 15 years.

Their colossal collection of alternative giftware features gothic, fantasy, historic and bizarre products from the world’s finest fantasy artists and is home to the most in-demand licensed television, film and music merchandise.

Based in Stoke-on-Trent, England, their head office is the centre of everything that they do. Their team of over 40 employees work tirelessly to bring the best new products to the market as quickly and efficiently as possible.

There are many more Alternative and Gothic artists, which we’ll cover at a later date. So be sure to check back or follow on Twitter


Top 10 most Goth Looking Animals in The World

Being Goth is a very dark culture atleast in the clothing aspect. Being Goth is associated with wearing black, in all varieties. Black hair, black makeup, black clothes, black home. Although there are alot of Goth sub cultures, that bring a little colour into the scene, the stereo typical Goth is known for, well, basically all black everything. So if you see an animal – that isn’t normally black – but is black, it’s right to assume it may be Goth. Just like these top 10 goth animals in the world.

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Top 10 Most Goth looking Animals In The World.

Ayam Cemani Chicken

The blackest chicken in the world, the most Goth Looking animals
Black Goth chicken

Now this chicken deffinetly wins the award for taking ‘all black everything’ too far. Not only are its feathers, beak, toes, tongue and comb black but its bones are also black. Impressive you might rightly think, but it gets better. Even the meat from the ayam cerami chicken is black, making this the most Gothic animal in the world.

Black Goat.

Black Goat the most Goth Looking Goat in the world
Black Goth Goat

This black Goat looks like its just walked out of a slipknot concert, or been chilling with Baphomet. This Goat would of been number one on the Gothic animal list, if only it wasn’t for the amazing work done by the black af chicken.

Grammostola pulchra

Grammastola pulchra, the blackest spider in the the whole world
Black Goth Tarantula

This fury little fucker will give most people nightmares, but being Gothic isn’t normal. So every black hearted Goth would agree that this black tarantula is absolutely stunning.

Super Black pastel ball python

Super black pastel ball python snake
Black Goth Snake

Firstly, I have no idea if this picture of a black snake matches the name but they’re both black snakes, so it’ll have to do. A black snake would definitely be on the wanted list for most of the Goth community. plus whether you like snakes or not, this black gothic looking snake looks awesome. On top of that, do you know if you dream of a black snake you’re in for some good luck?

Violet carpenter Bee

The violet carpenter bee, the black bee looks very similar to the The goth moth
Black Goth Bee

The violet carpenter bee, looks extremely similar to the Gothic moth. What makes this Gothic looking animal more unique, is the fact that it was officially announced extinct in 2002, But then rediscovered in 2018. So not only is it Gothic in colour but also anti-social af too. Pretty hardcore if you ask me.

Black squirrel

Black squirrel a gothic looking aninal
Black Goth Squirrel

This Gothic looking animal is a rare species of grey squirrel, about one in 10,000 greys have a darker pigmentation causing them to be black. These squirrels deffinetly are the weirdos mister.

Black penguin

Completely Black penguin, the most Goth Looking animal in the world
Black Goth Penguin

This penguin, this very specific Goth penguin. Has national geographic puzzled, they think its had an extremely rare mutation. Dr. Allan Baker said the following:

“Well that is astonishing, I’ve never ever seen that before. It’s a one in a zillion kind of mutation somewhere. The animal has lost control of its pigmentation patterns. Presumably it’s some kind of mutation.”

Dr. Allan Baker

The Goth Penguin says:

“I was born into the Gothness, all other penguins merely adopted the Gothness.”

Black lizards

Black Goth Looking lizards
Black Goth Lizards

These lizards are black gridled lizards, not only are they keeping up their Gothic look extremely well, but they also live a solitary life in the wild, only coming out for sexy time.

Black Wasps

Black Gothic animals, the black wasp
Black Gothic Wasp

Why wear black and yellow when you can wear all black? That’s what this wasps doing.

Black Foxes

Black foxes, black goth looking fox
Black Goth Fox

The Black foxes are known as rare mythological creatures, they also look awesome af. So, mythological plus awesome is deffinetly worthy of being part of this most goth looking animals in the world list.

Final thoughts.

I’m very aware that there’s animals missing from this list, such as crows, bats etc. But do they really need to be on this list? I think not, it’d be a pretty boring list if it just had the obvious on it.

RECOMMENDED READING: 14 different types of goths – which one are you?

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How to smudge, when to smudge and what smudging does

What is Smudging:

Smudging – the ritual of burning sage – is done to clear a space or person of negative energies. If your home feels stale or sad, if an argument has taken place and the air still hums with anger, if an unpleasant energy lingers after a visitor. These are times to smudge. One may also smudge one’s self to banish anger, ailment, sadness or illness.

Here’s some links to our range of high quality smudge sticks, incense cones and incense sticks. 

What does smudging do:

The smoke produced from burning sage, helps to change the molecular structure of both the air and energy. Which produces a cleansing effect.

As the sense of smell is strongly linked to memory and instinct. Smudging is very effective for combating feels of anger, fear, anxiety, grief and depression.

In addition to this, smudging can help clear the air of bacteria, pollen, pet dander, dust, mold spores and other potential allergens to improve allergy symptoms.

How to Smudge a space:

How to perform a smudging ritual with a feather and smudge bowl

Holding your Smudge Stick (sage bundled alone or with other herbs) in your power hand, place one end over a continuous flame. You may use a candle or gas stove for this purpose. It will take a while for your smudge stick to light completely. Hold it over the flame until the entire tip of the stick is smoldering like the end of a cigar. Then extinguish the flame to let the sage smolder gently.

You may hold your smudge stick in your hand, making sweeping movements to keep the stick lit, or you may place the stick in a clay, stone, or metal bowl. Abalone shells are often used for this purpose. Should you choose to carry your smudge stick in a vessel, you must fan the smoldering tip to keep it lit.

Feathered fans are employed for this purpose, or you may use your power hand. Whether brandishing your smudge stick like a wand or carrying it in a vessel, you may find it helpful to blow on the tip to keep it lit. Do recall that you are waving a burning thing about the house. Be mindful of falling ash or embers if you are not using a vessel: they will fall, they may flame!

When your smudge stick is ready, you may say a prayer of blessing, or other such affirmation, and begin to walk around the room (or rooms) widdershins (counter-clockwise). You may smudge one room only, but it is advisable to smudge the entire living space. This will help you chase the negativity from room to room, and away entirely.

When walking around your space, make sure the smoke touches every single opening, every single corner. Ring your threshold, every corner in the room, under the bed, in your closet, around your windows – do not forget your drains, faucets, heating vents, radiator plugs, cable inlets, stove vent, phone jacks. Ring your furniture, smudge under the table, and behind the bookcase.

You may direct the smoke with your breath to reach hidden areas. Be thorough, and take your time. Pay attention to the way the smoke drifts. Does it linger in some places and run from others? Does it pool, or rise? Are there disturbances or even images in the smoke? Paying a sharp third eye to detail may tell you much.

How to end a smudging ritual:

How to end a smudging ritual by letting the smudge stick burn out in a smudging fire safe bowl

When you have made the full circuit around your space, return to your starting point, and re-affirm your blessing or prayer. If you have not used the entire stick, you may retain the remainder for future use.

To extinguish the stick, you will need a vessel; any vessel that cannot burn will do. Grind the smoldering tip against the vessel gently but firmly, until all embers are gone. Be sure the smudge stick is completely extinguished before disregarding it.

When it is totally unlit, do thank it for the work it has done for you, remembering that it was once a living thing. You will feel a marked difference in your living space: a sense of calm, positivity, and sanctity. Once you have cleansed your space by smudging, you may then bless it with a prayer, anointing oil, sacred water, Palo Santo, or House Blessing incense.

Remember, there is a difference between cleansing and blessing. Cleansing banishes negative energy, Blessing invokes benevolent or Divine energy.

How to smudge a person:

How to smudge a person using a smudge stick

You may smudge yourself the same way you smudge your space: let the smoke drift over every part of your body, lingering over chakras, pulse points, meridians, or lines or energy. If you have a physical manifestation of a mental state (a pain in the … neck, for instance) describe a small circle with the smudge stick over this area, and pay it special attention. You may choose to pray or chant a mantra while doing this.

Final thoughts:

Whether you need cleansing, purification, healing, or protection during meditative rituals, members of the sage family can help you. Choose the herb that calls out to you, and work with it regularly to access its deep natural wisdom.

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The best ways to spot counterfeit goods


Stay Vigilant

Updated 26th March 2020. nobody wants to be tricked into buying fake products. Almost every industry is affected by fraudulent counterfeits and the Giftware industry is no exception. Both retailers and end-consumers can be duped into buying poor quality imitations leaving them disappointed.

As well as being left out of pocket and unable to return counterfeit goods you could be stuck with an item made from potentially dangerous materials which carry real health and safety concerns. store. a legitimate seller of Nemesis Now and other manufacturers giftware.

What to Lookout For

There are some clear visual indicators which can help you identify an imitation Nemesis Now Product:

No base print detailing licensing information.


Lack of detail and poorly painted.



Unstable handles and appendages.


  • Badly sculpted with lack of detail and definition.
  • Stainless steel insert does not fit perfectly.
  • No guarantee of stainless steel insert safety testing—All of our Goblets, Chalices, Tankards and Shot Glass stainless steel inserts are tested in accordance with German Food, Articles of Daily Use and Feed Code of September 1, 2005 (LFGB), Section 30 & 31. This includes an odour and taste test as well as a test which examines the safe use of heavy metals.

Also, bear in mind that some counterfeiters use our original images—However, this is not always the case which makes them easier to identify.

Do Your Research

With third-party e-commerce sites such as eBay and Amazon it is especially difficult to identify the authenticity of the seller. This might require some additional research to determine their authenticity. We recommend you search for a “Seller Information” page where you can verify information such as Business Name, Business Address, Trade Register Number, VAT Number and Contact Details in a simple Google search. If the seller has little or none of this information readily available we would urge caution.

Another great way to check the legitimacy of a seller on eBay and Amazon is to check their reviews. The more positive reviews the better. However, be sure to check whether the reviewers themselves are legitimate by clicking through to their profile and checking if they have reviewed any other products from other sellers. If they have, they could well be a trustworthy voice.

In regards to other third-party e-commerce sites such as Wish, Aliexpress and Alibaba, we urge that you stay away from those sites entirely since the overwhelming majority of sellers are offering imitation products at very low prices. So, be wary of deals that appear too good to be true—because they usually are.

Report Any Suspected Fraud to Us

If you suspect someone is selling copies of Nemesis Now products at unusual prices we recommend that you contact us so that we can investigate the case and remove any fraudulent sellers from those third-party websites including social media or any other website where they operate.

You can contact us using any of the methods below—being sure to provide us with a link to the imitation item and the suspected seller:

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Jeffrey Dahmers childhood home where he committed his first murder

So, Some would say that the house you grow up in plays a part in shaping who you are as a person. But if that’s the case for Jeffrey Dahmers childhood home. 4480 W Bath Road in Akron, Ohio. There must be something seriously disturbing going on with this property.

The outside of the house Jeffrey dahmer grew up in as a child and the home he killed Steven Mark hicks in
Jeffrey Dahmers childhood home

What appears to be an ordinary, suburban ranch was once home to serial murderer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer.

Dahmer murdered his first victim, Steven Hicks, in this very house back in 1978 before scattering Hicks’ remains around the property.

The living room of Jeffrey dahmers childhood home and the place he killed Steven Mark hicks
The interior of Jeffrey dahmers parent house when he was a child

Dahmer later moved to Wisconsin where he murdered 16 more victims over the course of the next 13 years.

The wooded home boasts three bedrooms and three bathrooms across the 2,170 square feet of space where one can disturbingly imagine a young Dahmer playing and running around.

But perhaps we saved the most disturbing piece for last — the home was recently available for rent during this year’s Republican National Convention at a rate of $8,000 per week.

Howard Hanna, the official housing provider for the convention, made sure to add a line about the house being a former home to an infamous killer in their listing before the convention.

The kitchen inside the house Jeffrey dahmer grew up in and the house where he killed Steven Mark hicks

The home last sold in December 2005 for $244,500 to Chris Butler, founder of the band “The Waitresses”.

It’s estimated to be worth around $264,555

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Manchester serial killer: how I found out

For years there’s been talk about a Manchester serial killer, known as the canal pusher. To this day the police deny that this is true, but with 80 or more body’s being found in manchester’s canals. it’s certainly raised the eyebrows of the locals. Myself, being one of them.

Daily star newspaper from 2016 about the possibility that there is a serial killer in manchester called the canal pusher. With 61 deaths totaled
2016 daily star newspaper when the unusual death toll was at 61.

The reality, that there may be a Manchester serial killer, first dawned on me around 9 years ago. This is what I know.

If you’re a fan of Jeffrey dahmer you need to read this

A few deaths no big deal.

I’m from Manchester, born and raised. There’s some rough areas, some nice areas. There’s crime, just like anywhere else. So when you hear about a body being found in the canal, you don’t really think too much about it. I mean, alot of manchester’s bars are located along the canal. it’s easy to assume the deceased was intoxicated and had a stumble into the merky water, unable to get back out and drowned. Especially with the Manchester canals not having much to keep people out.

Manchester canal side bars with people sitting out on the grass enjoying a beer
One of manchester’s waterside bars

A body found in the Manchester canals. store for, Alternative fashion and giftware

When I heard about a body being found in the canal, I was in the car with my dad heading to work. It was the first day back after the christmas break, and the news came over on the car radio. As tragic, as the news was. With it being so close to the festive period, we both, as I imagine many would, assumed it was someone having a deadly drunken fall into the waters that run through the city.

Another body found in the Manchester canals.

Manchester police searching through the Manchester canals after another body was found dead in the water
Manchester police, searching the Manchester canals after a body was found.

Skip forward exactly 12 months, another first day back to work after Christmas. The same news again, a body had been found in the Manchester canals. “didn’t that last year? ” I asked my dad. “yeah I think so” he replied. Still, no suspicions, it was just another drunken accident.

And again…

Flowers left by the canal where a body had been found.

Another year passes, another first day back at work comes. The exact same story on the radio. Now it’s starting to grab our attention. From this point on, to me, they weren’t just accidents. Three bodies being found in the Manchester canals might not be strange. But a body being found, around the same time every year, is abit weird.

Maybe Manchester has a serial killer

The next year, going back to work after the christmas holidays I was waiting for the news. It was the same story again, a body had been found in the Manchester canals.

A Heat map of the bodies being found in the Manchester canals

For whatever reason, I never looked into there being a Manchester serial killer. Maybe it didn’t really raise too many alarms, Maybe because I worked too much and forgot. I’m not sure, but anyway around 3 years ago, after I moved to Newcastle. I was telling my fiance (who is from Newcastle) about the weird murders happening every year around Christmas in Manchester.

To help explain more about what was going on. I decided to get on the old Google, and started to search about the body’s being found in the Manchester canals. I wasn’t expecting much, if anything really. But i was wrong, and it wasn’t just happening during december/January. I also wasn’t the only person suspicious that there may be a Manchester serial killer. Turned out, he or she is known as the canal pusher. I even found a great youtube video from curiosity, investigating the unusual amount of deaths. I’ll link the video below.


If the Manchester Canal Pusher is a real person. Operating within the city for the past 11 years, and potentially killing nearly 80 people. It would be safe to assume that there have been many or atleast a few. Potential victims who managed to escape the pusher’s pushing.

Even a seasoned pro like Ted Bundy fucked up and allowed some girls to escape. Later being able to identify him and ensure he was convicted. Are there any such incidents of this happening with the pusher?

Surviving the canal pusher

Newspaper article from 2018 about a man that encountered the Manchester serial killer known as the pusher and how he survived
2018 daily star newspaper article about a man surviving the pusher.

Well, yes there is. In April 2018, a cyclist was violently thrown into the canal at night. By what he deemed to be a “psychopath who… even tried to stop me getting back out. ” After almost drowning as his legs became tangled up in his bike underwater. The ‘pusher’ ran off and the cyclist managed to get to the bank and pulled himself to safety.

The Pusher was described as a white male, aged between 20-40. average height and wearing a black jacket. That pretty much describes around 30 million people in the UK, so not much help there then. But the question remains. Could this person have been THE pusher that is responsible for so many other deaths in the city?

Police were quick to dismiss the incident as completely unrelated to the other deaths in the canal. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest or link the cyclist’s account of what happened with any of the tragic events which have been recorded over the last 11 years.

But what if there isn’t a pusher…

Deansgate locks in Manchester, where the bars sit just in front of the canal. And the bridge that's used to cross over from the town centre
Deans gate locks, a popular part of manchester’s night life, right by the canal.

If there is no Manchester serial killer, no canal pusher. Then, is it scarier that all these deaths within the waters that run threw Manchester are accidents? If the numbers are correct – 80 deaths in 11 years – that’s an average of 7.27 deaths a year, or 0.60 per month.

Now I’m not a body count analyst, nor am I a crime investigator. But surely, these numbers need something doing about them, canal pusher or no pusher.

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How to dismember a person like Jeffrey Dahmer

First things first, this is not a tutorial on how to dismember a person. This is just an explanation of how dismemberment is done, and what it is. Most of the serial killers I’ve written about – Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy being the most commonly known names. Have dismembered their victims, but what isn’t explained. Is how the dismemberment process happens. So, I thought it would be a good idea to explain, how to dismember a person like a serial killer. (I’m not dexter)

Dismemberment: meaning in the Cambridge English dictionary.

To cut, tear or pull the arms and legs off the body of a deadperson or animal.

Why serial killers dismember their victims.

A Polaroid taken by Jeffrey dahmer.

The main reason why serial killers dismember victims, is simply to dispose of the evidence. In a more convenient way than carrying a whole dead body around. Depending on the person it can be quite a heavy object to move around, and not ideal for the average person to carry.

There’s also rigor mortis to think about. Which usually sets in around 2 hours after the deceased has passed away. Rigor mortis, from the Latin for “stiffness of death” is the rigidity that develops in a body after death. It can last anywhere between 8 to 12 hours and still has effects upto 18 hours after this.

So, once a serial killer has murdered a victim, they’re then left with a stiff dead body for the best part of 2 days. Leaving them with the question “how the hell, do I get rid of this”.

How serial killers dismember their victims

How to dismember a person using these tools by Jeffrey dahmer
Jeffrey Dahmers disposal kit.

Jeffrey Dahmer – most notoriously known for dismembering and eating his victims. – with experience in the dismemberment process. Would first behead his victim and then hang them upside down over his bathtub. This would allow most of the blood to drain from the corpse, and create less of a mess during the dismembering of the limbs.

After the draining was complete. Jeffrey dahmer would then start removing the a