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Darkest Academia, also known as Gothic Academia and Goth Academia, is an academic aesthetic that incorporates gothic studies, literature, poetry, arts, architecture, music, the occult, and general Gothic related topics. It is related to finding beauty within the darkest places.

Visuals[]

Black and red dominate darkest academia's color palette. Academia visuals typically feature architecture; however, goth academia features Gothic architecture almost exclusively. Skulls, headstones, blood, and other symbols of death are staples in Darkest Academia visuals. Religious and occult imagery, especially related to Christianity, are featured frequently.

  • Statues, especially marble statues
  • Crows
  • The Moon
  • Swords
  • Fog
  • Moths

Philosophy[]

Although both Dark Academia and Light Academia have religious themes that appear infrequently in their visuals, Goth Academia is distinguished by its recurrent use of religious imagery.

Fashion[]

  • Tweed jackets
  • Dress shoes
  • Scarves
  • Black dress pants
  • Black turtlenecks
  • Black Doc Martens
  • Semi-Baggy Sweaters

Writing[]

Many popular works within Darkest Academia generally have a dark, gothic atmosphere to them. Some of the influential writers are:

  • Anne Rice
  • Ann Radcliffe
  • Bram Stoker
  • Carson McCullers
  • Charlaine Harris
  • Cormac McCarthy
  • Dorothy Allison
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Emily Bronte
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Eudora Welty
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Harry Crews
  • Horace Walpole
  • Howard Phillips Lovecraft
  • Matthew Gregory Lewis
  • Mary Shelley
  • Toni Morrison
  • Truman Capote
  • William Faulkner

Movies and series[]

  • Wednesday 2022
  • The Pale Blue Eye 2023
  • Dracula 1992
  • Dracula 2020
  • Dracula 2013
  • The Order 2019
  • Mary Shelley 2017
  • The Alienist 2018
  • The Lizzie Borden Chronicles 2015
  • Salem 2014
  • Ripper Street 2012
  • Interview with the Vampire 2022
  • Interview with the Vampire 1994
  • Dorian Gray 2009
  • Sleepy Hollow 1999
  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 1994
  • Opera 1987
  • Crimson Peak 2015
  • Jane Eyre 2011
  • Victor Frankenstein 2015
  • The Illusionist 2006
  • Alias Grace 2017
  • Penny Dreadful 2014
  • Penny Dreadful: City of Angels 2020
  • The Originals 2013
  • Legacies 2018
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 2018
  • Charmed 1998
  • Constantine 2014
  • Grimm 2011
  • Supernatural 2005
  • The Magicians 2015
  • A Discovery of Witches 2018
  • The Craft 1996
  • The Witch 2015
  • The Harry Potter film series
  • The Crow 1994
  • The Raven 2012
  • A Christmas Carol 2019
  • Rebecca 2021
  • The Addams Family 1991
  • The Addams Family 1993
  • Sherlock Holmes 2009
  • Edward Scissorhands 1990
  • Sweeney Todd 2007
  • Will 2017
  • Anonymous 2011
  • Gargoyles 1994

Music[]

Darkest academia music is typically calm and soothing. It is usually relaxed jazz or classical and operatic music, especially violin or piano. Since it is Darkest Academia, the sound and feel of the music are emotional. For example, a piece called "Notre Dame, Notre Potrimoine" by Leon Noel. It is a classical piano piece that has a darker tone. Darkest Academia is not entirely, but for the most part, filled with sombre music. A jazzy example would be, "A Little Death" by The Neighbourhood. A popular artist associated with this aesthetic and similar ones is Hozier.

Proto-Goth and post-punk music like Joy Division, The Cure, Bauhaus, or The Smith also fit this well, both musically and aesthetically.

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