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"The difference between Terror and Horror is the difference between awful apprehension and sickening realization: between the smell of death and stumbling against a corpse." --The Gothic Flame (1957) by Devendra Varma

"Finally, there is the archetypal function of the basic gothic story; for such a function it must have or it could not have persisted as it did.” --Love and Death in the American Novel (1960) by Leslie Fiedler, p. 128.

"The word "Gothic" in the early eighteenth century was used as a term of reproach. To Adisson Siena Cathedral was but a "barbarous" building, which might have been a miracle of architecture, had our forefathers "only been instructed in the right way." Pope in his Preface to Shakespeare admits the strength and majesty of the Gothic, but deplores its irregularity. In Letters on Chivalry and Romance, published two years before The Castle of Otranto, Hurd pleads that Spenser's Faerie Queene should be read and criticised as a Gothic, not a classical, poem. He clearly recognises the right of the Gothic to be judged by laws of its own. When the nineteenth century is reached the epithet has lost all tinge of blame, and has become entirely one of praise."--The Tale of Terror (1921) by Edith Birkhead

Ruin of the Castle of Machecoul of Gilles de Rais
Ruin of the Castle of Machecoul of Gilles de Rais

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Gothic means of or relating to the Goths and by extension, barbarous, rude, unpolished, belonging to the "Dark Ages", medieval as opposed to classical. It may also refer to the style of fictional writing associated with the Gothic revival, emphasizing violent or macabre events in a mysterious, desolate setting. In England it is also used to refer to a typeface formerly used to print German, also known as black letter. In contemporary times it is used to denote the goth subculture or lifestyle.

Gothic may refer to:


Germanic people

  • Goths or Gothic people, the ethnonym of a group of East Germanic tribes
    • Gothic language, an extinct East Germanic language, spoken by the Goths
    • Crimean Gothic, the Gothic language spoken by the Crimean Goths
    • Gothic alphabet, one of the alphabets used to write the Gothic language
    • Gothic (term), a term used to describe things pertaining to the Gothic people

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Modern culture


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