About

My name is Zakkarrii Edison Daniels.

My first step into goth was through Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. The darker themes and, of course, vampires, spoke to me in such a way that I wanted to know more about the inspiration for the work. I found Dracula and devoured it, I found Anne Rice and loved it, and got into movies like Lost Boys. I wanted to be a part of that world with strange sounds and unconventional fashion choices. But I also wanted to know why I found these things so appealing and whether or not I was alone.

Turns out, happily, I wasn’t alone in finding something that spoke to me in these pieces of work. I was a part of a strange community of people hunting around, hoping to find something dark and mysterious wherever I could get it in the age of social media. Though there was an online community for the goth culture, I wouldn’t actively participate in it until much later. Like now. I write about a lot of different things, not all of them purely goth related. At Living the Strange Life I like to examine the overlap between goth culture and the mainstream, or lack there of in some cases. 

I don’t want to just be a goth. I want to be an active member in this community. The opportunities and friends the goth life has given me has had a positive impact on how I see myself and my desire to become a better person. So often goth is seen as something superficial and pointless, a rebellion against society. But there is more to it, and I will happily show you that as I learn more about living the strange life.

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