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Glamgoria was a high quality underground publication which rapidly attained cult status in the goth subculture.

The brainchild of goth icons and gruesome twosome  Ace Merlin and Dee Monique, supported by Dave Milner’s gothic production company Darkhouse Productions, it was to be found by those who sought in the hallowed aisles of Forbidden Planet (and various Soho outlets for the purloiner of specialist goods which shall not be named) … in the words of Dave Milner the magazine filled an important gap, as the majority of  magazines around at the time were full of banal tedium, and needed a touch of true gothic horror  … “I gave them glamour, hope and “Glamgoria” …

Dave later recounted that the reason they had to pack it all in was that whenever he went to gigs people kept throwing eggs at him, and as he can’t stand to see food go to waste the only solution was to consign Glamgoria to history – but history not forgotten of course.

For mysterious reasons known only to them, the creative forces behind Glamgoria developed an instant fondness for one Mr David Farrant – and an almost – OK overt – necromantic devotion to our old chum, the Highgate Vampire.  Dee Monique especially became so enamoured of this rotting hunk that she ensconced him in her living room, enthroned no less.

Dee Monique, Theos Daemon Kakos aka the Highgate Vampire and Ace Merlin relaxing at home

Yep, that despotic old revenant sure knows how to pull the ladies. During its years of publication Glamgoria saw the bloodlines of many gothic artistes and children of the night merge into one horrific cauldron of media output, resulting in Highgate Vampire related music videos by bands such as Inkubus Sukkubus and The Witching Hour and a crazy array of short films, often inspired by Dee Monique’s gothic literature and by the real life circumstances surrounding the legend of the Highgate Vampire.

Dee Monique with her master creation, the Highgate Vampire