~ Tales from the Dark ~
Besides its original meaning, “of or relating to the Goths, a Germanic tribe” (and thus the Gothic language and Gothic architecture), the word has been used since the 18th century to refer to several different things. In this case, we’re focusing on Gothic literature ~ technically, a British literary genre from the late 18th century, with a Victorian revival later and an even larger, more popular revival today.
Gothic literature was the predecessor to contemporary Horror Fiction. Above all, it led to the common definition of “gothic” as connected to the dark and terrifying ~ the spooky and horrific.
Prominent features of Gothic novels included terror, mystery, the supernatural, doom, death, decay, old buildings, ghosts, hauntings, madness, hereditary curses and so on.
Some examples… Edgar Allen Poe was Gothic. Bram Stoker’s Dracula was Gothic. Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein was Gothic.
In a more contemporary vein are the so-called Southern Gothic novels from American authors, such as William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams. Like its parent genre, it relies on supernatural, ironic or unusual events to guide the plot. Tennessee Williams described Southern Gothic as a style that captured “an intuition of an underlying dreadfulness in modern experience.” One of the most notable features of the Southern Gothic is the grotesque ~ a stock character who possesses cringe-inducing qualities.
So whether ghosts, crumbling castles, spirits hanging out in antiquated graveyards, “shades” (spirits) in the woods or cringe-inducing creatures prowling through the night, we’re looking for your best in Classic Goth! This does NOT include contemporary horror movies ~ as in Dice and Slice ~ or the “Goth lifestyle.” Blood and gore is not the focus. Express the Terror and the Darkness through your art, your mood, your settings, your characters, your use of feeling and suspense – not via severed body-parts. Please submit only that which portrays/exemplifies the classic genre as described above.
Artwork only, please! No shirt designs.
As always, entries for this challenge must be done primarily in black in keeping with the focus of the group: no straight b&w photography (this is not a group for straight photography). Submissions can be done in any medium… including photos…but they must be altered or manipulated or combined to elevate your work from “just a photo” to a digital creation using Photoshop or any other program of your choice.
Some color is acceptable. So is a minimal amount of white: conversely, don’t use so much black we can’t see your image – or your story – at all! See the guidelines and our Features if you have any questions on our group requirements.
You may vote for more than one. Look for creativity, originality, artistic merit mood, and how well you think the entries fit the challenge theme.
If you enter, PLEASE VOTE!!
As always, No Padding of the Ballot Box! Soliciting votes, either via Facebook, Bubblemail and/or any other means, will disqualify your entry and could result in your expulsion from the group! It may sound harsh, but it’s FRAUD. It isn’t fair to other members and it’s also against Bubble policy. So let the artwork win on merit, not on popularity!
Winner gets a winner’s banner, special mention on our Group Home Page and a permanent feature in our Winners Forum ~ in addition to a $20 voucher from the Bubble (provided the entry gets at least 4 votes). He or she will also be among our Featured Artists in the group.
Ties are recognized so if we have more than one, all winners win!
If we have more than 20 entries we will recognize the Top 10. Less than that, and we will recognize the Top 5 (who also get a banner and a permanent place of honor on our Winners Page).
Be sure your entry is accepted in the group by voting time!
Please note that entries not compliant with our focus, group requirements and/or the challenge theme will be removed at the discretion of the hosts.
Hope you’ll have some fun with this! We’re looking forward to a lot of spooky Gothic art!
Per our policy from the beginning, hosts as members too, may enter challenges at Back in Black.