By Carol Siegel
In Goth’s darkish Empire cultural historian Carol Siegel offers a desirable examine Goth, a tradition between Western formative years. It got here to prominence with punk performers equivalent to Marilyn Manson and was once made notorious whilst it used to be associated (erroneously) to the Columbine highschool murders. whereas the fortunes of Goth tradition shape a element of this book’s tale, Carol Siegel is extra attracted to pursuing Goth as a method of resisting regimes of sexual normalcy, in particular in its get together of sadomasochism (S/M). the area of Goth can seem wide-ranging: from motion pictures similar to Edward Scissorhands and The Crow to renowned fiction comparable to Anne Rice’s "vampire" novels to rock bands corresponding to 9 Inch Nails. yet for Siegel, Goth looks as a method of being sexually undead―and loving it. What was once Goth and what occurred to it? during this ebook, Siegel tracks Goth down, unearths the resources of its darkness, and indicates that Goth as a reaction to the fashionable international has no longer disappeared yet simply escaped underground.