|The characters in the background are lifted straight from Francisco de Goya.|
|A dream house with its own Ferris wheel and carousel: how could she run?|
As all good Catholics know, the root of the word carnival can either be translated as "Goodbye Meat" or "Hello Friday Fish Fry." How did a religious celebration expand its meaning to include "traveling amusement show?" These covers are similar to Bad Trip Gothics, only without the drugs. The multi-colored lights, wuthering calliopes, and masked costumes all create a festive atmosphere — but with that crucial ashen lurch towards the dark side. Here's some career advice for our fleeing heroine: head for the circus midway, there's always room on stage for one more hootchy-kootchy girl. (And where redheads like these two are especially prized.)
Assignment: "Gothic" is derived from "Visigoth," the Germanic tribe who sacked Rome, brought on the Dark Ages, and so gave The Church a stranglehold on Western souls. Was this good or bad for the Gothic Romance Paperback industry?
For more carnage see tumblr: Gothic Romance (and click the photo below to see a trailer for the spookiest Gothic Carnival movie ever filmed.)
|The Carnival of Souls says Farewell to Flesh, eternally.|