- Jan 11, 2009
I am rereading an excellent essay, "A Gothic Approach to Lovecraft's Sense of Outsideness," by Kirk Sigurdson (Lovecraft Studies 28), as part of an intense personal study of Lovecraft's "The Haunter of the Dark." I have long felt that "Haunter" is Lovecraft's Gothic masterpiece, but now I am uncertain that I actually understand the Literary meaning of Gothic and how it differs from other terms such as "the fantastic," "the uncanny," &c. Frustratingly, "The Haunter of the Dark" is not discuss'd in Sigurdson's essay. My linking it to Gothic literature is that it contains the haunted edifice, like unto the fantastic castles of an old Gothic novel, it has the victim who is in dire peril (and indeed is extinguished at the story's conclusion), and it has the cliche of the bolt of lightning. Am I wrong in thinking the story is an example of the Gothic in Lovecraft's writing? Are there other tales in which the Gothic is prevalent?