Gothic Lifestyle

Authored by: Catherine Spooner

The Gothic World

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415637442
eBook ISBN: 9780203490013
Adobe ISBN: 9781135053062

10.4324/9780203490013.ch37

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Abstract

For some readers of Gothic fiction, it is not enough merely to consume Gothic narrative on the page (or latterly, the screen): they wish to live gothically, to extend their reading or viewing experience to everyday life. As goth musician and writer Voltaire recalls of his childhood,

I spent countless hours watching “monster movies” — as I called them — enveloped in a dark desire to escape to a fantasy realm such as theirs. A dark, romantic place filled with mystery and drama. A land far-removed and completely unlike the unbearably mundane location in which I lived: the sprawling suburbs of New Jersey.

(Voltaire 2006: vi)

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