Great Plains Gothic

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Imagine the literary “gothic” persona set in the Great Plains. Vast open fields, incredible stars at night, tornadoes. Let the Great Plains be the setting for your own gothic folklore!

This is pretty free-form, but ought to strive for style and craft, as if we’re Mary Shelley or Emily Brontë.

It’s a tall order, but fear not! It is well within your capabilities! I believe in you!

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  1. Avatar Joshua Leon

    Does the time period matter? Say, perchance, it was placed in modern-day Great Plains?

  2. Avatar Eloquent Mess {(LoA)}

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gothic_fiction

    “Gothic fiction, which is largely dominated by the subgenre of Gothic horror, is a genre or mode of literature that combines fiction, horror and Romanticism. Its origin is attributed to English author Horace Walpole, with his 1763 novel The Castle of Otranto, subtitled (in its second edition) “A Gothic Story.” The effect of Gothic fiction feeds on a pleasing sort of terror, an extension of Romantic literary pleasures that were relatively new at the time of Walpole’s novel. Melodrama and parody (including self-parody) were other long-standing features of the Gothic initiated by Walpole. It originated in England in the second half of the 18th century and had much success in the 19th as witnessed by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Another well known novel in this genre, dating from the late Victorian era, is Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The name Gothic refers to the (pseudo)-medieval buildings in which many of these stories take place."

  3. Avatar HSAR

    That’s actually a fun little picture :D

  4. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    Can you give me some more descriptive terms of ‘gothic’ other than authors of books I may have read so long ago that I no longer have a strong grasp of their works? Otherwise, you are getting some Emo Little House on The Prairie scenes with black Amish dresses.

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