Horror vs. Gothic Fiction: The Overt – Covert Horror Spectrum. Know Your Book Genre.

What is the difference between horror and gothic fiction? Horror is full of overt terror and gothic fiction often teases, nay tickles the fringe of horror, but the effect is quite different. This is a general rule that can be broken. It depends on the story. Gothic fiction invokes in me a mood that emphasizes … Continue reading Horror vs. Gothic Fiction: The Overt – Covert Horror Spectrum. Know Your Book Genre.

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Greek Myth – Why We Seek Someone Else To Feel Complete

Ever wonder why you feel incomplete? Do you know we are actually only a half of one person, craving to find the other half? You were once one. Search your heart and you will know this is true. As a whole person, humans were once wise and powerful. You once had four arms and four … Continue reading Greek Myth – Why We Seek Someone Else To Feel Complete

A Mood I Enjoy in Music & Gothic Fiction + “My Regards to Those Able to Keep Their Courage” NC Club [Dream Pop Song]

A Mood I Enjoy in Music & Gothic Fiction + "My Regards to Those Able to Keep Their Courage" NC Club Welcome to the world of Dream Pop The Character's Mood: The slow power of a being who has "seen it all before" and pities humankind for their shortsightedness, but is in awe of their … Continue reading A Mood I Enjoy in Music & Gothic Fiction + “My Regards to Those Able to Keep Their Courage” NC Club [Dream Pop Song]

“Dad is Back” [3:31] Narrated Gothic Flash Fiction. Thanks for the support!

 Dad is Back [Strange Tales by SM Dotson] This short story is based off a dream I had in 1993 or 1994.     Dad died a month ago. He took two years to die from cancer. He had traveled to the brink of death many times, only to return to have a normal conversation … Continue reading “Dad is Back” [3:31] Narrated Gothic Flash Fiction. Thanks for the support!

Evolution of the Golem – From Golem to Robot – From Jewish Mysticism to Science Fiction

Evolution of the Golem - From Golem to Robot - From Jewish Mysticism to Science Fiction A Golem is a magical creature made from inanimate materials. He is usually summoned to perform a particular deed such as protect a city. The earliest extant text mentioning a golem is from the Jewish tradition. Many of the … Continue reading Evolution of the Golem – From Golem to Robot – From Jewish Mysticism to Science Fiction

My Ultimate ‘The Cure’ Gothic Fiction Playlist

Something often neglected in laudations of The Cure is Robert Smith's lyrical world building. Through his robust discography, Smith has created a gothic fiction world. He gives strength to the Anima as if she could live in the material world if only for a short time. It took the only girl I loved and drowned … Continue reading My Ultimate ‘The Cure’ Gothic Fiction Playlist

“The Devil’s Pipe” Gothic Fiction Short Story~Flash Fiction~Horror~SM Dotson

Welcome to another of SM Dotson's Strange Tales. Today, I'm sharing short fiction inspired by southern gothic stories. I'm particularly fond of Ambrose Bierce and his American Civil War short fiction. Another theme from the reading below, is that of pipe smoking. I bought my first corn-cob pipe when I was 13 as Osco drug … Continue reading “The Devil’s Pipe” Gothic Fiction Short Story~Flash Fiction~Horror~SM Dotson