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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