A Southern Gothic Outlook: Light and Obscurity [ARTICLE]

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

"There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so." -William Shakespeare

“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” -William Shakespeare

While living in New Orleans, Louisiana, I found a vibrant and thriving Gothic community, with several venues hosting local DJ’s and movie nights. Even though there have been varying hosts and locations, the pulse remains the same. The underlying flow is unity and solidarity. There are always times when individuals don’t get along. My question is this: can we stay unified to bring to the world a greater appreciation for life and what lies beyond? My answer is a resounding “yes.”

There is more bravery and passion among those that call themselves “Goths” or “vampires” than I have witnessed anywhere else. I arrived in New Orleans on a train with only a duffel bag and a yearning for a different life. The community gave me not only a sense of belonging and a new beginning, but a job in my chosen profession. Through the music and shared stories, I was taught one of the most important life lessons: no one is ever alone. I learned about spirituality and duality from those who took me under their wing and had faith in the broken person I thought I was.

Believe in miracles, but never expect them.

Believe in miracles, but never expect them.

All those who seek connection should be allowed the same opportunities I had. Outsiders view the Gothic Community as being on its last breath. Nothing could be further from the truth. The greatest challenges will be to remain unified through hardship and pain, to feel confident and empowered to create social events outside of the internet, and to support one another despite any personal animosity. When we see a fellow soldier struggle on the battlefield of life, shouldn’t we pick him up and march on together? We are on the same side after all.

In a world so full of judgment, we have the unique opportunity to be around those who (for the most part) are quite accepting. To be able to dance and converse with individuals from all walks of life is such a gift that most never experience. We live in a time of ever increasing social challenges, and our ability to unify based on communal passion is an example to be followed. We as a collective, must continue to fight for social justice within our own community and in the larger spectrum of society. If we don’t, who will?

The Gothic community continues to amaze me with support through life’s most challenging times. I have seen hundreds of people search for missing members of our Gothic family. I have seen people come together for natural disasters, family issues, suicide prevention, death, marriages, and other beautifully challenging things that happen during our short lives. We are a collective that embraces the light and darkness of existence with open arms, and I look forward to facing life’s challenges together.

If you believe in life, it is because of obscurity. If you believe in joy, it is because of sadness. And if you believe in God, it is because of the Devil. – Father X, Exorcist, Church of Notre Dame, Paris


Author: Lady Thirteen

I reside in New Orleans, Louisiana and I am an actor and filmmaker. I primarily create films for the horror and thriller genre. I first got into modelling after being inspired by the SuicideGirls and wanted to add my own twist to photosets. I loved the darker aesthetic, being inspired by Ingmar Bergman and Francis Ford Coppola. I possess a particular appreciation for clothing and cultures from bygone eras.

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  1. Excellent article. Those outside the Goth community have our preconceived notions reinforced by years of social norms telling us what “certain types of people” are like – this was an enlightening inside look at the camaraderie and philosophical outlook of said community in a part of the world already considered by many to be on “the fringe”. Well done, and thank you. It means all the more coming from such a lovely and talented contributor to the world of horror/thriller entertainment.

    Kindest regards,
    S. Michael Simms

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    • About FREAKING TIME someone calls the mundanes out on their BS. I’ve seen more love from my dark sisters of the night than any of the day walkers could imagine. The Nola scene is like the zombie genre, it will NEVER die.

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