IT WAS MY FIRST HALLOWEEN PARTY in college, and although it wasn’t my first introduction to the works of Edgar Allan Poe, it was the first time I felt the full impact of a Gothic horror story. Poe’s, “The Masque of the Red Death” comes to life, in this story of a pre-Halloween party reading of the master’s famous Gothic tale.

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The Masque of the Red Death Comes to Life

IT WAS MY FIRST HALLOWEEN PARTY in college, and although it wasn’t my first introduction to the works of Edgar Allan Poe, it was the first time I felt the full impact of a Gothic horror story. Poe’s, “The Masque of the Red Death” comes to life, in this story of a pre-Halloween party reading of the master’s famous Gothic tale.

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Which “Nosferatu” Should I Watch?

Does clarity make Gothic horror more horrible? Yes, it does. That’s why you’ll want to watch the infamous “Nosferatu” (1922) Kino Restored version. Otherwise, those toothy fangs will just make you laugh. See the comparisons between the Kino, the “Redux”, and the free online version, below.

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Notre Dame Gargoyle, photo by photo Brian Jeffery Beggerly, ArtGothic.com

Gothic Mystique Part One: Outfoxing the Poor

MOST OF US STILL CONJURE UP IMAGES OF GARGOYLES when we think of Gothic art. It proves how gruesome imagery sticks to the brain and the church knew this even back then. Thanks to some brilliantly freaky art in cathedrals and on castles, the fear of evil was never too far from our thoughts. ~ Today we refer to Goth as an entire constellation of fashion, music, literature, motion pictures and attitudes that have a direct link back to the earliest 11th century grotesqueries hanging off the corners of cathedrals. ~ How did this movement from Gothic to Goth happen?

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Gothic Architecture Begins with a Headless Saint

WHAT IS IT ABOUT GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE? Simultaneously beautiful and ugly, soaring and grotesque, futuristic and historic, Gothic architecture brings us in, yet shoos us away. The endless painstaking details in stained glass, chiseled stone, ribbed roofs, awe-inspiring tracery, color and intricacy—it can be so fascinating, and so overwhelming. But if you can remember the headless, preaching Saint Denis, you are well on your way to unravelling the huge story of Gothic art.

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Living with a Gothic Cathedral: St. Giles’ Church, Wrexham

ALL MY LIFE I HAVE BEEN BLESSED with a truly magical view of arguably the most beautiful piece of medieval ecclesiastical and Gothic architecture in Wales: St Giles’ Parish Church in Wrexham. And I am ashamed to say I have been taking this for granted. Some would argue that I could be forgiven for this, as being born and bred in the town, I have grown up with this incredible Gothic church right by my side, like a familiar friend who has been there all my life. ~ Others, I’m sure, would look up at her awesome tower—complete with four turrets which reach 136 feet into the sky and are beautifully decorated with Gothic art by way of spooks and gargoyles staring back down at you with a glare of menace—and think I was crazy. ~ And they would most likely be right.

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Gothic Art Meets NCIS in “The Name of the Rose”

WHAT COULD A 14TH CENTURY GOTHIC MYSTERY possibly have in common with a 21st century NCIS TV show? In 1986′s, “The Name Of The Rose”, the biggest foe is the devilish anti-Christ. At once darkly creepy, yet romantically nostalgic, a sinister tone is set with the idea that the devil himself is the perp. “Have you not heard the devil is hurling beautiful boys out of windows?”

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19 Gothic Tales for Your Ears (and Teeth)

“19 Classic Gothic Tales” from the Story Circle will not disappoint. These are true Gothic stories full of macabre plots, twisted figures, bone-chilling accounts, and delightful voices. One could only wish that the audio book included the title of each story for the chapters, and a time-length for each as well. But you are in good—if not icy—hands, because the stories are carefully curated, so right after a long, intense rambling of a fevered mind, is a short, gothic fairy-tale with a quick finish.

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