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Offline Eli_Freysson

Is gothic horror still a thing?
« on: July 27, 2015, 11:00:14 AM »
I like archetypes. I like images we consider classic. Images that would make a great poster or book cover. Good fantasy images on Deviantart can give me a certain awestruck feeling that I almost never get from prose. My personal favourite moments in my own writing is when I feel I achieve an image. And there is a lot about the Gothic imagery and feel that I really like. That sense of spooky atmosphere enhanced by gloomy architecture and aesthetic.

I have read Carmilla and Dracula and some short stories from that era, and while they do have those things they are also dated. I think Dracula itself suffers from poor pacing once the Count gets to England, Dracula himself makes poor use of all his powers and the climax barely is one.

Is someone writing Gothic with a modern approach to storytelling?
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Offline RussetDivinity

Re: Is gothic horror still a thing?
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2015, 02:48:53 AM »
Well, if they're not, then I'll definitely have to claim that niche!

The closest I can think of offhand is some downright eerie moments in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, though I'm not sure if the book as a whole would count as modern Gothic horror. It does have a very strong sense of atmosphere, though, and Losthope is about as gloomy a manor as you would expect from the name.

Offline Eli_Freysson

Re: Is gothic horror still a thing?
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2015, 10:50:41 PM »
Sooo, should I take from the dearth of replies that what I'm looking for doesn't really exist?
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Re: Is gothic horror still a thing?
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2015, 05:11:06 AM »
Yes, probably.
I think @Arry really likes horror, so let's see if she checks this thread and can provide you with some more ideas.

It's not really my style, so I can't remember anything. I can think of gothic/victorian, but it doesn't really have the 'horror' part. Try checking G.W. Dahlquist The glass book of the dream eaters and see if this is in line with what you're looking for.
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Offline Eli_Freysson

Re: Is gothic horror still a thing?
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2015, 09:47:32 AM »
Yes, probably.


Well, I guess I'll go do it myself then. Watch this space (for several years, I have quite the backlog)
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Re: Is gothic horror still a thing?
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2015, 07:32:17 PM »
I am sure there are. I don't read as much horror as I used to, and have always been kind of crap at putting books in boxes like this, so don't immediately have an answer.

This is a list of 10 modern gothic horror books. http://horrornovelreviews.com/2013/07/07/top-ten-modern-gothic-novels/ incase anything there is of interest to you.

Of the books I've read in the last year, Christopher Buehlman's The Lesser Dead comes to mind, though not sure if 1970s NY has the imagery you are looking for.

I do know that When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord was described as gothic, and I absolutely loved the book, but having read it, am not sure it meets what you are looking for.

I feel like I've read more that would be worth recommending, but can't think what they were at the moment. If I remember, I'll come back.

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Offline SarahW

Re: Is gothic horror still a thing?
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2015, 10:03:14 PM »
I sure hope so, back when I was more into fantasy, Gothic horror was basically my thing. I'd read and watch nothing else.
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