The Secret Life Of Lobsters

by Trevor Corson, 2004 Harper Collins Publishers

The Secret Life Of Lobsters, Trevor Corson, 2004Written by journalist Trevor Corson, who spent a short but observant time in the field on a lobster boat, this well researched book approaches the life and ecology of the American Lobster from a variety of viewpoints. Starting with personable introductions to some of Little Cranberry Island, Maine’s lobstermen and their boats, setting traps along the coast. Offset by the scientists who studied lobsters in laboratory tanks, and on research vessels large and small, including manned submersibles and a robotic lobster researched by the US Navy, both the commercial and scientific tools of the trade are presented in fascinating details. From Francis H. Herrick in 1895 til cutting edge computer modeled larva distribution patterns, there is much to be learned about the biology and ecology of the Maine Lobster and it’s human predators, who are also it’s most concerned conservators. Their molting and reproductive habits, their larval stage, which holds a few surprises, as well as social behavior is all revealed. This book was a great look into a little known world. I could have used a few more recipes at the end but sometimes the simplest way to cook a lobster is the best way.

Vending Appearances September 2015

Mark Splatter at Morbid Anatomy Flea Market, The Bell House, August 30, 2015, photo credit Village Voice, NYCFirst of all a thanks to everyone who visited the Morbid Anatomy Flea Market at The Bell House on August 30 which was a resounding success with a lot MORE vendors, more fun, more people and more great and curious STUFF! Looking forward to the next one on October 18th. Silkscreen Patches, Tshirts, Totebags and Wet Specimen Preparations all did very well, but on the other hand, some of my more natural object assemblages got very little attention. I’ll have to give them more play and display next time.

Next up in September is NYC’s NecroComiCon, September 20 at The Delancey. This is a nighttime event in the gothic scene with Live Bands, Costume Contest, DJs, vendors and hosted by NYC’s own Master of Ceremony, Voltaire. Other Vendors will include Wren Briton of PureVile and Dellamorte & Co.

NecroComiCon 2, September 20, 2015 at The Delancey

Then in October on the 5th and 6th, I’ll be in Philadelphia for Death Salon at their Dark Artisans Bazaar, held at the world renowned Mütter Museum for a two day intensive program of lectures presented by today’s leading minds on death and its anthropological, historical, and artistic contributions to culture.

Morbid Anatomy Flea Market

Sunday, August 30th is the next Morbid Anatomy Flea Market, where I will be vending my waters. This will be the Summer Market Redux! Since the prior event called for an encore! My sikscreen products like patches, tshirts, totes and postcards will be just one focus. I will also have as usual some wet-specimen preservations, both large, small and even teeny-tiny ones. Some curios, constructed from Dead Horse Bay and other Natural and vintage/antique repurposings and upcycled goods. I will also have a few other vibtage odds and ends to add to the flea market aspect of the day, rather than solely my own crafted goods.

This time however, the Morbid Anatomy Museum will be holding the event for the first time OFFSITE! At the Bell House, where Secret Science Club also held the annual Rogue Taxidermy Contest where in 2013 I walked away with the Belle Of The Ball trophy!) on the other end of the block on 7th Street towards 2nd Avenue. This means more space, more beverages, and more vendors! My next scheduled vending event is in October at the Death Salon taking place at the Mütter Museum, Philadelphia on October 5-6th.collectors-slide-0RVS-slide

Date: Sunday, August 30th
Time: 12pm to 7pm ( Morbid Anatomy Members will be able to enter at 11am; become a member at )
Admission: $1 ( add $4 to go to see our Museum Exhibition )
Location: The Bell House, 149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215 ( A block away fro the Morbid Anatomy Museum )

More information can be found here!

Murder Of Crows

Murder Of Crows, Friday August 7th at Mercury Lounge, NYC with The Brickbats Return, The Harrow and Peeling GreyThis Friday, August 7th at The Mercury Lounge is a special night for music in NYC – Three live bands on one stage with after party and Djs from California and England! Thanks to The Red Party and Salvation and the others for collaborating on an event of this magnitude – no small feat for the NYC club and booking landscape.

The event is titled Murder Of Crows: live bands: The Brickbats Return again to the stage after nearly 200 years. Peeling Grey from Los Angeles are appearing for the first time in New York and with their album release party. The Harrow are from New York and one of its best new artists in years.

Yours truly will be behind the merch stand with my own brand of Deathrock and Gothpunk clothing and accessories from Mark Splatter Printwerk along with my good friends from California of Release The Bats and Killer Pins!

Then on August 30th I will be vending again at the Morbid Anatomy Museum Flea Market Summer Reprise among an increased group of vendors at a larger space next door to the Museum at The Bell House!

The Info:

Those Damn Goths present : A Murder Of Crows

2 Nights of Bands, DJs, Merch Booze, Friends & Fun!


10:30 – 4:00AM
The Brickbats (The Return) (NY)

Peeling Grey (Record Release Party) (CA)

The Harrow (NY)

Sean Templar (The Red Party, UNDERWORLD) (NY)

Martin Oldgoth (thirteen13 radio show, Nostalgia) (UK)

Dave Bats (Release The Bats, Helter Skelter) (CA)

Patrick Cusack (SALVATION, Albion) (NY)
Spinning The best Creepy Crawlies All Night!
Very Special Guest MC Voltaire!

Mandana Banshie (Dorian Gray)

Mercury Lounge

217 East Houston
Doors 10:30 – 4:00 am

$10 Advance Tickets

$15 at Door



10:00 – 4:00AM

DJ Sean Templar

Joe Cyn

Dave Bats

Martin Oldgoth
Special Guest Hosts:

Jenn Bats (Killer Pins)

Brigitte Gothtart (Thirteen13)



$5 BEFORE 11PM / $12 AFTER

Mark Splatter Printworks!

Killer Pins!

Graphic Library #00015

 Antonio Gisbert Perez - The Execution by Firing Squad of Torrijos & his Companions on the Beach at Málaga, 1888, Museo Nacional del Prado Another amazing painting, this is a Spanish historical painting depicting the execution of the liberal field marshal José María Torrijos (1791-1831) by absolutist troops. “…commissioned in 1886 directly by the liberal government of Praxedes Mateo Sagasta (1825-1903) during the regency of Queen María Cristina of Austria (1806-1878), as an example of the defense of freedom for future generations.”

The scene draws you in first by it’s seaside setting, but quickly alerts one to the danger by its grey atmosphere. The presence of blindfolds rules out the impression of shipwreck or disaster at sea. The padre administering last rights, the soldiers in the background, and the bound hands among the crowd deliver the message before the title finally imforms one of the grave scenario, despite its uplifting message and the martyrdom of freedom. These sensations and the overall color palette make this one of my favorite paintings.

More Info: Museo Nacional Del Prado
Artist: Gisbert Pérez, Antonio
Title: The Execution by Firing Squad of Torrijos and his Companions on the Beach at Málaga
Date: 1888
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Location: Museo Del Prado, Madrid

California Deathrock – The Photo Book

 Mark Splatter circa 2003 at a Release the Bats photo session with Amelia G and Forrest Black 
2000-2005 was a particularly relevant time in deathrock culture. I had just moved to California from New Jersey, as the proprietor of, a webzine that served as a sort of beacon for the dark-minded music aficionado. Part reference guide, part webzine, it was a place where bands like UK Decay, TSOL, and The Mob first got more than just a mention in a collectors’ trade list. I was a young zine publisher who’d taken up web design in its infancy and was eager to share my love for anything remotely Misfits-esque, or even darker, more somber sounds like Southern Death Cult and Kommumity FK.

The New York presence of adherents for such sounds was lacking, apart from a small corps of gloom rockers like Charlie the Slut and Paul Morden, who took me under their wing as an aspiring DJ, and our close friends. When I visited California to meet some of the Los Angeles correspondents I was blown away by the packed floor of a club dedicated to just such sounds at Release The Bats. NYC always stood apart as too homogenous and sophisticated in its tastes to cater to such a niche and outmoded (although beloved) style. It was a no-brainer that the West Coast was where I wanted to be, where deathrock, as many argue, was born. 

Six months later I packed my bags and arrived, a 21-year-old devil lock-wearing deathpunk, and a postage stamp-sized record distributer with a case of music and a pair of DJ headphones. There it was not that it was still going strong, as it was ground zero for a full-on rebirth. New bands were evolving and converging, local bands coming into their own distinct style, Cinema Strange and The Deep Eynde pumped all sorts of energy and fishnet into our veins, and local legends were showing their faces again. Kommumity FK, Dinah Cancer and Gitane Demone resumed their positions as luminaries. Release the Bats was our Mecca, facing west. Bands from all over the globe were sending their energy into it too. Crews from further north and south were getting in touch. First the San Francisco synth-damaged Phantom Limbs with The Vanishing one on top of the other. Frank The Baptist and Diana Death from San Diego.

In that motley crew of deathrockers, gothpunks, dark new wavers, postpunks and horrorpunks were Amelia and Forrest, of Blueblood fame—one of the only established alt-porn names of the day. With their camera savvy and eye for the exotic black-clad, they managed to capture in brilliant gloss the blackest the Sunshine State had to offer, from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Now their work has been collected in this deluxe photo book, California Deathrock.

It reads without words like a yearbook of the era. Looking through the photos brings “ooohs” and “aaahhs” of recognition; the friends, acquaintances, strangers, lovers, and adversaries (if only for their makeup flair or record collections!). Fishing names and memories out of a golden era is just one of the perks of this book. The first of all being the gamut of styles, the theatrics, the glamour, the variety and poetry of appearance that this book represents, a jewel in the collection of anyone who finds beauty in the creativity and expression of the gothic style. for more info:

and to order!



Curiosity Roadshow

This week I’m once again hitting the road in search of the unknown. But this time in America where there’s a lot more left to be discovered; New England – in the heart of  Massachusetts, to one of Americas largest antiques and collectible a shows for decades. Also different is my aim- more trinkets books and other rarer objects, whereas history, scenery, music, art and alcohol has been my traditional quarry. I have been covering the schedules and maps of the event and it promises to be in comparison the antiques and flea market version of Wave Gothik Treffen, if that means anything to you dear reader. 

Graphic Library #00014

Pinocchio's Funeral Parade by Carlo Chiostri, 1901Pinocchio stands out as one of the most influential characters I’ve encountered among my journeys. In 2007 while in Florence on a DJ gig, I had several days to explore the museums. In the Museo Uffizi, at that time was an exhibition of Pinocchio including many various adaptations, editions and illustrations as well as the FULL story and history of the character Carlo Collodi created in 1883. Much darker than the Disneyfied version most americans take for granted, Pinocchio’s death is played out and finalized, when demand for the story, initially published in serial via newspaper, prompted Collodi to continue the story with a happy ending that became the finished book. In this image, four black rabbits come to take away Pinocchio, who has been misbehaving and pretending to be sick, so that the blue haired fairy can continue to nurse him. Showing no signs of getting well, the rabbits bear a coffin and intend to carry out his funeral. Needless to say this shakes him out of bed and into a miraculous “recovery”. The original book was illustrated by Enrico Mazzanti in 1883. This version of the illustration is a later, large print edition from 1901 by Carlo Chiostri.

Media: Illustration
Artist: Carlo Chiostri
Format: Book Illustration
Title: The Adventures of Pinocchio
Year: 1901

Oddities From A Gowanus Apartment

New York Times - "Oddities From A Gowanus Apartment", Brooklyn Historical Society and City Reliquary present Collector's Night 2014In October 2014, Brooklyn Historical Society and City Reliquary presented Collector’s Night 2014. I was included as one of the Collectors, and the article in the New York Times was titled “Where Cockroach Legs and Snow White Have Something In Common” and a slideshow subtitled “Oddities From A Gowanus Apartment”. A photographer was sent to my apartment in Gowanus/Park Slope and snapped a few of my collection pieces. These photographs are directly from the article photographed by Karsten Moran. You’ll see a collection of antique carving and butcher knives, stereo views, skulls, keys, and wet specimens I have both collected and prepared. Also a pretty good portrait of myself by the very talented photographer who was able to get some great exposures out of glass in a very small environment!