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Gothic writing

If you wish to write a piece of English in a Gothic style, the following ideas and vocabulary night be of use:

Gothic elements include the following:

  1. Setting in a castle or old mansion.
  2. An atmosphere of mystery and suspense.
  3. An ancient prophecy is connected with the castle or its inhabitants.
  4. Omens, portents, visions.
  5. Supernatural or otherwise inexplicable events.
  6. High, even overwrought emotion.
  7. Women in distress.
  8. Women threatened by a powerful, impulsive, tyrannical male.

 

Ideas to include:

Wind, especially howling

Rain, especially blowing

Doors grating on rusty hinges

Sighs, moans, howls, eerie sounds

Footsteps approaching

Clanking chains

Lights in abandoned rooms

Gusts of wind blowing out lights

Characters trapped in a room

Doors suddenly slamming shut

Ruins of buildings

Baying of distant dogs or wolves

Thunder and lightning

Crazed laughter

 

Vocabulary:

Mystery diabolical, enchantment, ghost, goblins, haunted, infernal, magic, magician, miracle, necromancer, omens, ominous, portent, preternatural, prodigy, prophecy, secret, sorcerer, spectre, spirits, strangeness, talisman, vision
Fear, Terror, or Sorrow afflicted, affliction, agony, anguish, apprehensions, apprehensive, commiseration, concern, despair, dismal, dismay, dread, dreaded, dreading, fearing, frantic, fright, frightened, grief, hopeless, horrid, horror, lamentable, melancholy, miserable, mournfully, panic, sadly, scared, shrieks, sorrow, sympathy, tears, terrible, terrified, terror, unhappy, wretched
Surprise alarm, amazement, astonished, astonishment, shocking, staring, surprise, surprised, thunderstruck, wonder
Haste anxious, breathless, flight, frantic, hastened, hastily, impatience, impatient, impatiently, impetuosity, precipitately, running, sudden, suddenly
Anger anger, angrily, choler, enraged, furious, fury, incense, incensed, provoked, rage, raving, resentment, temper, wrath, wrathful, wrathfully
Largeness enormous, gigantic, giant, large, tremendous, vast
Darkness dark, darkness, dismal, shaded, black, night

 

Verbs:

creak

moan

squeak

sigh

groan

clank

slam

grind

whisper

whoosh

bam

bang

shriek

knock

howl

scream

blam

crash

growl

snarl

bark

hiss

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