Down the Rabbit Hole (#3)

Down the Rabbit Hole: A collection of sites from the internet that inspire or intrigue us. Each site leads to another, creating an endless journey that takes us down into the beautiful depths of the internet. Click through the links and escape into our world as we venture: Down the Rabbit Hole.

Gothic, romantic, beautiful, evil, & evocative. We often turn to the darker side of this World, or of not this World, for inspiration, especially around this time of year. It is difficult not to.

We turn first to a newly released film, “Crimson Peak”. Visually it was stunning, and it contained a bit of everything. Guillermo Del Toro cites his inspiration as everything from Gothic Architecture to his grandmother’s cameo.

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Gothic Architecture itself has inspired many a provoking stories.

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As gothic literature is concerned, one of the first examples of such a genre was by a man named, Horace Walpole, who wrote Castle of Otranto in 1764.

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Another place that has inspired gothic literature is New Orleans. There are many haunting locales that occupy New Orleans and its rich history.

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One such author inspired by New Orleans, is Anne Rice. She was born and raised there.

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Her main enigmatic character from The Vampire Chronicles, Lestat, is a gifted violinist. Which makes us wonder what pieces of music might one hear emanating from Lestat’s parlor window in the middle of the night. Something like this?

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That piece, by composer Heinrich August Marschner, is thought to have been inspired by the short story “The Vampyre” by John William Polidori. He was physician to Lord Byron, a creator of dark, romantic poems himself. Check out the story.

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And there we have it, Ghosts & Ghouls, one small pathway down the rabbit hole into dark, gothic, beauty. We hope you enjoy the rest of autumn and can find inspiration as we do. Don’t forget to follow us on social media, and check out the rest of arlowxan.com for the latest on music, videos, and shows.

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