Touring musician and author of the book, Paint it Black: A Guide to Gothic Homemaking, Aurelio Voltaire, shares tips for spooky living in this informative and hilarious web series. With his acerbic co-host, a desiccated corpse named Orville Deadenbacher, Voltaire and partner spookify a tiny New York City apartment with macabre furnishings and creepy craft projects. They are like a young Vincent Price and Crypt Keeper filling in for Martha Stewart in the homemaking show of the damned. It's like Pee Wee's Playhouse for the spooky set.


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EPISODE ONE: "Size Matters"

In the pilot episode, Voltaire talks about the horrendous state the Lair was in. He then takes us on a little trip to a local boutique hotel where he realized that despite its size, there was much that could be done with such a small living space. A Gothic painting party is just what the place needs to begin getting it in shape!

How-to project: Spooky Wine Bottle Candelabra

Episode sponsor: Alchemy Gothic

Featured Musical Artists: Mr. Maxwell  and So Long Until the Seance

Status: STREAMING NOW!

First Air Date: October 6th, 2016 at 12 noon EST

 

 

 

 

EPISODE TWO: "Let There Be Light"

The Lair gets a new ceiling and a new floor! Then Voltaire combs New York City's lighting district for the perfect Gothic chandelier.

How-to Project: Cemetery Gates Lamp Post

Episode sponsor: Ceilume Ceiling Tiles

Featured Musical Artists: The Murder of Jane Crow

Status: STREAMING NOW!

First Air Date: October 13th, 2016 at 12 noon EST

 

 

 

EPISODE THREE: "A Shame of Thrones- Part one"

Voltaire finds a way to make gray walls more interesting with help from another realm. Then, distraught by just how terrible their furniture is, Orville and Voltaire embark on finding Gothic thrones worthy of the Gothic Homemaking hosts they are. All goes well until... ZOMBIES!

How-to Project: Vinyl Wall Decal Application

Episode sponsor: Absolom Roche

Featured Musical Artists: Sapphire Rebellion and Regulo Junior

Status: STREAMING NOW!

First Air Date: October 20th, 2016 at 12 noon EST

 

 

 

 

EPISODE FOUR: "A Shame of Thrones- Part two"

The majestic Gothic furniture Voltaire and Orville found on the internet arrives at the Lair. Can they get it all through the tiny door in one piece before the zombies attack? The news bringing carrier bat may also have a very exciting piece of mail to share with the gents!

How-to Project: Haunted Library End Table

Episode sponsor: Haunt Furniture

Featured Musical Artists: 

Status: STREAMING NOW!

First Air Date: October 27th, 2017 at 12 noon EST

 

 

 

 

EPISODE FIVE: "Wardrobe of the Damned- Part one"

In an attempt to de-clutter the Lair, Aurelio Voltaire tosses his old pipe and drape wardrobe and goes about sourcing the building of a custom coffin-shaped wardrobe. A tour of Gothic clothing stores provides some inspiration as to what to fill it with. 

How-to Project: Sourcing Custom Furniture

Episode sponsor: Gothic Renaissance 

Featured Musical Artists: 

Status: STREAMING NOW!

First Air Date: November 2nd, 2016 at 12 noon EST 

 

 

 

SEASON TWO COMING ON APRIL 3rd, 2017!!!!!

 

 

EPISODE SIX: "Wardrobe of the Damned- Part two"

A coffin shaped wardrobe must be picked up from the bowels of New Jersey. To that end, Voltaire secures the only appropriate vehicle for such a task. With a coffin in the Lair, Voltaire sources vintage coffin handles and other funerary finery to adorn the new piece of furniture. 

How-to Project: Mystical Vanishing Chest and Summoning Table

Episode sponsor:  Whitby Goth Weekend

Featured Musical Artists: The Tomb of Nick Cage

Status: STREAMING NOW!

First Air Date: Monday, April 3rd at 6:66pm EST

 

 

EPISODE SEVEN: "Bats in the Bell Tower"

Inspiration in Los Angeles leads our hosts to finding bat-themed items to populate the Lair. In doing so we discover the difference between "high design" and "Halloween" decorating. Ultimately, Voltaire realizes that nothing beats populating the space with REAL bats!

How-to Project: The Purple Lighting Project

Episode sponsor: 

Featured Musical Artists: TBA

Status: STREAMING NOW!

Air Date: Monday, April 10th at 6:66pm EST

 

 

 

EPISODE EIGHT: "He Who Gaffs Last"

When a japanese ghost appears in the Lair and calls Orville a "taxidery gaff," Voltaire travels the country to find out what that is, exactly. In the process, he attempts to lift Orville's spirits by finding him the perfect girlfriend.

How-to Project: Kurai Kirin Taxidermy Gaff

Episode sponsor: The Green Wolf

Featured Musical Artists: 

Status: STREAMING NOW!

Air Date: Monday, April 17th at 6:66pm EST

 

 

 

EPISODE NINE : "A Bone to Pick"

What's a Gothic lair with no skeletons in and out of its closet? Voltaire goes in search of human remains and meets artists who make their art from the remains of the previously living. A maker of macabre accessories takes us to Dead Horse Bay in search of bones.

How-to Project: TBA

Episode sponsor: Mourning Bright

Featured Musical Artists: Craig Duncan and the Outlaws

Status: STREAMING NOW!!!

Air Date: Monday, April 24th at 6:66pm EST

 

 

 

EPISODE TEN : "Birds of a Feather"

No lair is complete without a stuffed raven. Voltaire travels from New York City to Los Angeles to Nashvile in pursuit of one only to discover the complex web of laws that make acquiring one nearly impossible. Though by the end of the episode, the Lair is without stuffed corvids.... NEVERMORE!

How-to Project: TBA

Episode sponsor: Vinyl Wall Adornments

Featured Musical Artists: TBA

Status: In Production

Air Date: TBA