Today is World Goth Day!
Notre Dame Catholic Cathedral comes to mind when I think of Gothic architecture. It is unfortunate that the lead roof and oak spire began to burn up from a fire that was caused by new reconstruction on the building.However since then there has been rumors that a public swimming pool may be built on the roof. Notre Dame means “Our Lady of Paris.” It was completed in 1290 CE, under the charge of the Bishop Maurice de Sully.
To celebrate World Goth Day you may wish to read a Gothic novel such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus published in 1818. Her protagonist Victor Frankenstein is a daunting scientist sporting much perseverance he creates in his laboratory a huge monster at least 8 feet tall. The creature is made through Alchemy and Chemistry including reanimation of dead corpse tissue. Lots of fun for Gothic readers!
Below illustration: Steel engraving (993 × 78 mm), for the frontispiece of the 1831 revised edition of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, published by Colburn and Bentley, London.
Another famous Gothic author I enjoy reading is Edgar Allen Poe who died a very mysterious, controversial, death on October 7th 1849.
His short novel The Black Cat was published on August 19th 1843 on The Saturday Evening Post. A story about the study of psychology on guilt and how it slowly, eats away at the protagonist. The murderer covers up his crime and thinks he is untouchable, but he is so guilt-ridden that he betrays himself, from his very own nagging conscience.
You can read it here The Black Cat on The Saturday Evening Post. Below illustration of The Black Cat by Byam Shaw.
Source & Reference:
- Haggerty, George E. (1989). Gothic Fiction/Gothic Form. University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press. p. 37. ISBN 978-0271006451.
- Davis, Michael T. “Splendor and Peril: The Cathedral of Paris, 1290–1350.” The Art Bulletin (1998) 80#1 pp: 34–66.
- Saturday Evening Post The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe
- Featured image of gargoyle on Notre Dame Cathedral (Public Domain.)
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