Gothic Conventions

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Preternatural
Beyond what is normal or natural
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Uncanny
Strange or mysterious/ Familiar yet unfamiliar
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ambiguous
Uncertainty
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Ambivalent
Having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas
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Pathetic Fallacy
The attribution of human emotions or characteristics to inanimate objects or to nature; for example, angry clouds; a cruel wind.
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Byronic hero
An idolised but flawed character
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Revenant
A person who has returned (after a lengthy absence or death)
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Sensational
causing or intended to cause intense feelings, esp of curiosity, horror, etc
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Vertiginous
Affected by vertigo; dizzy, revolving or whirling.
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Antithetical
Directly opposed or contrasted
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Arcane
Known or understood by only a few. Requiring secret knowledge to be understood; mysterious; esoteric
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Sublime
Inspiring deep veneration, awe, or uplifting emotion because of its beauty, nobility, grandeur, or immensity. Of high spiritual, moral, or intellectual worth.
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Terror
Intense, overpowering fear.
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Horror
An intense, painful feeling of repugnance and fear.
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Grotesque
Characterized by ludicrous or incongruous distortion, as of appearance or manner
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Macabre
Suggesting the horror of death and decay; gruesome
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Occult
Of, relating to, or dealing with supernatural influences, agencies, or phenomena. Beyond the realm of human comprehension; inscrutable
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Tyrannical
Characteristic of a tyrant or tyranny; despotic and oppressive - a ruler who exercises power in a harsh, cruel manner.
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Predatory
Living by preying on other organisms.
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Omnipotent
Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.
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Malevolence
The quality or state of being malevolent - having or exhibiting ill will; wishing harm to others; malicious.
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Morbid
Of, relating to, or caused by disease; pathological or diseased. Psychologically unhealthy or unwholesome
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Repressed
To put down by force, usually before total control has been lost; quell. In a psychological view it means to exclude (painful or disturbing memories, for example) automatically or unconsciously from the conscious mind.
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Parody
mimicry of someone's individual manner in a humorous or satirical way. something so badly done as to seem an intentional mockery; travesty
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Masochism
The tendency to gain pleasure from ones own pain or humiliation.
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Unreliable Narrator
This narrative mode is one that can be developed by an author for a number of reasons, usually to deceive the reader or audience. Most often unreliable narrators are first-person narrators.
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Necromancy
A claimed form of magic involving communication with the deceased – either by summoning their spirit as an apparition or raising them bodily – for the purpose of divination, imparting the means to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge.
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Sensibility
Sensibility refers to an acute perception of or responsiveness toward something, such as the emotions of another.
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The attribution of human emotions or characteristics to inanimate objects or to nature; for example, angry clouds; a cruel wind.

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