Well, it’s official, you can call off the search and stop the debates because this box is officially the best subscription box I have ever received, EVER. I may be slightly biased, because I am featured inside this one, well one of my original short stories is anyway, but facts are facts and this box is basically perfection. Every item is stunning, everything is packed and presented perfectly and when the spoiler card is essentially frame worthy, you know you’re on to a winner. If you are a fan of horror, or all things Gothic or Victorian, then this box of wonders brought to you by The Wick Wish Candle Company is basically everything you’ve ever dreamed of. So, since we have slid quietly into the autumn and as the nights grow darker and the air a little cooler, let’s sit back and peek inside this world of Gothic wonders but beware, as with all things worth having, it is not for the faint of heart…
So what is in this beautiful box? First up, it being a candle box and all, there are of course the three featured candles. Keeping in theme with all things Gothic, we have a candle named after the queen of Gothic literature herself, Mary Shelley. Smelling of cinnamon, blood orange and teakwood, it basically smells like autumn in a candle. Next up, the bad boy we all fell for in our early teens, it’s the delicious Lestat Di Lioncourt. He smells of oak moss, incense and graveyard dirt, an earthy scent which entices the recipient to an early grave. Last, but not least, we have a more recent edition to the Victorian genre with the fabulous Crimson Peak. This one smells of tea leaves, firethorn berries and bergamot and quite honestly brings be back to the film.
Along with these stunning candles, there is also a Victor Frankenstein dark roast coffee by Mocking Byrd Coffee Company, which smells almost as delicious as the candles which accompany it. It’s only fitting that Mary Shelley has her dark and twisted Doctor to keep her company. To stir this delicious concoction, we have a black stainless steel Little Rose teaspoon, because coffee this good cannot be touched by any old ordinary spoon. There is also two Annabel Lee inspired bath melts by The Witch’s Bath. These smell positively delightful and I am looking forward to having a gothic style bath, candles lit, bath melts melting along with my stress and worries.
But the gothic goodies don’t stop there. There are three original and exclusive tarot cards designed by incredible artists. We have Death by Sheila Goicea, the curator of the wonderful Foals, Fiction and Filigree, The Devil by Allie Surges of Princess Gloom and finally The Lovers by Jackie Powers of Powers of Jac. Every single one of these pieces is beyond stunning and will 100% be getting framed and hung on my office wall. There is also a reproduction of All is Vanity by the artist Charles Allan Gilbert in 1892, a picture than genuinely hangs at this moment in my Victorian style bathroom.
Finally, the part I am most excited about…a penny dreadful containing an original and exclusive short story by yours truly entitled The Grave Digger, about, well you’ve guessed it, a Grave Digger in Victorian London. The responses to the story have been really positive so far and I want to thank everyone for their kind words and support.
This entire box is presented perfectly. Contained inside a matte black box with a simple sticker denoting its contents, each candle is individually wrapped in black tissue paper and individual stickers saying things like, ‘Ghosts are real’, ‘Gentleman Death’ and, ‘Beware; for I am fearless.’ The spoiler card is designed to look like a mourning card, encased in a translucent envelope and will also be displayed somewhere in my office in due course. Even the shredded paper placed inside to protect each item is black! But best of all for me is the wonderful presentation of my story. It looks so authentic, so truly Victorian, even containing original Victorian product adverts on the back and I want to thank Rachel from the bottom of my heart for creating something so lovely to show off my story…you my friend, are an artist.
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