But instead of a father leaving the boy alone with his mother, Kripke offers a more gothically
rendered violation of the mother.
Here, the generations of printer's ink that runs through Starzl's veins find literary expression in prose that evokes the sympathetic yet gothically
tragic small-town, Midwestern, American atmosphere of Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio stories.
For he projects its very inchoateness both Romantically as a "lightning which has yet found no conductor" and Gothically
as a "void" which is at once prolific and devouring (DP, 528, 517).
Despite the deadpan humor of titling a group of white canvases "The Black Paintings," or of gothically
opining, in the press release, that one's gallery exhibition is an "opening to the black world .
The tigress thus metaphorically represents the man's poetic creativity which stems from an instinctive rather than a Gothically
constructed aspect of his imagination.
So imagine my dismay as the main Indian villain of The Missing turns out to be this hideous ogre who is so gothically
revolting and so psychopathically amoral that he seems little more than a cardboard cut-out bogey man.
The orchestral introduction was gothically
dark and the set - towering, semi-reflective panels which simultaneously distorted action on stage and revealed ghostly figures behind - was chillingly effective.
Filmed mostly in the flatly lit, wide-screen Technicolor that was popular at the time of Whale's death, the film also incorporates gothically
staged flashback shards (the aftereffects of a stroke cause Whale to lose control of his memory, among other capabilities, throughout the story), bits from his movies and dead-on re-creations of '30s Hollywood film sets.
The temple in which Luxima suffers her "excommunication" of loss of caste is Gothically
lit by a "faint blue light which issued from the earth, in a remote part of the cavern, and which seemed to proceed from a subterraneous fire, which burst at intervals into flame, throwing a frightful glare upon objects in themselves terrific" (186).
funereal, its progress eerily subterranean with a few apocalyptic outbursts, this lengthy piece is admittedly gritty (and occasionally fidget-making), but its overall impact is gripping and persuasive.