Gothic fiction originated in 1764 with the publication of Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto. From there, this genre which combined elements of horror and romance swept through England, continental Europe, and even reached colonial America with the works of Washington Irving amongst others.
I’ve decided this shall be the year I study Gothic Literature in depth. Now, if I was a purely logical person, I’d probably start my reading where it all began, namely inside that Castle of Walpole’s.
But since I enjoy doing things in my own odd ways- I thought it would be more fun to go about this in an entirely different manner. Namely, fate would decide.
4 cards were pulled from my Bohemian Gothic Tarot Deck.
1. Devil- American Gothic
2. Lovers- German Gothic
3. Death- French Gothic
4. Tower- English Gothic
Eyes shut. Shuffling. Card picked…
So, my long journey into the depths of the Gothic shall begin in France!
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