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The Black gothic aesthetic exists.


From his questionable defense of the lack of diversity in his work to

potentially racist depictions in The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton has made it clear what his aesthetic is and isn't. However, the gothic aesthetic in horror at large is not all-white and I'm here to offer some examples.


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Eve's Bayou (1997)

Written and directed by Kasi Lemmons, Eve's Bayou is a southern gothic story through-and-through. On the surface, the Batistes are a beautiful Black family of considerable wealth and influence. However, the lovely and rich are not immune to trials and tribulations. Secrets, misfortune, and possible ghosts of those misfortunes haunt them and fill the Louisiana bayou they call home with dread.


Bones (2001)

Though it isn't billed as such, many of Bones' themes and aesthetics are very much gothic. Rage and hurt warps Jimmy Bones (played by Snoop Dogg) into a vengeful spirit that haunts the manor where he was wrongfully murdered. Like many classic gothic stories, there's a tragic romance and the past is not at rest.


Blacula (1972)

Blacula, in my opinion, is a Black gothic romance. African Prince Mamuwalde mourns not just the loss of his humanity to vampirism, but also the loss of his true love. The story shows us the bittersweet beauty of death which is pretty big with gothic stories.


Beloved by Toni Morrison

I consider Toni Morrison's book Beloved to be the quintessential Black horror story. A family of former slaves are haunted by a malevolent spirit. And this story is based on the very true and tragic story of Margaret Garner who killed her daughter rather than having her sold into slavery.


Darkly by Leila Taylor

Last but certainly not least is Darkly, which is non-fiction. I consider this to be the Black gothic bible. It's a deep and heartfelt look into the relationship between Black folk and America's gothic soul.


Now, go brush up and meet me at Hot Topic. Thanks for reading!



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