virus: Re: gothic

Ken Pantheists (
Sun, 05 Jan 1997 04:11:00 +0000

Alex wrote:

I'm not sure it presents no position on anything; it must actively or
passively assault the belief in good, evil, morality, amorality and
reason, and as such take a position that Nullity is Preferable. It
may not be a /deep/ position, but it is a position ...

The gothic never takes the position that nullity is preferable. It takes
the position that nullity makes the world threatening, cold, lonely and
arbitrary and irrational. That ultimately, any "position" is an evasion
from Nature and that your autonomy is as flimsy as a tent in a storm.

It does passively assault the status quo--- but it doesn't replace it
with anything-- at least true gothic literature doesn't-- there are
exceptions in popular texts-- there are popular texts that function as
true gothics-- Pulp Fiction is an example.

I to was deranged at an early age by lovecraft and moorcock.

You might find something interesting in "Black Angels", an essay I have
posted on my homepage.

  Ken Pantheists