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Has anyone heard of the regional gothic meme? I wouldn't call them memes, but a lot of them are certainly very interesting. I like how a few words can be more unsettling than a full paragraph. https://www.tumblr.com/search/regional+gothic

I wrote a few. Some are not really regional but I consider this a fun writing challenge or exercise of sorts. There are some regional influences, since I grew up in Taiwan, but these are differences in upbringing rather than environment. Write one and post!



●You see pregnant Chinese ladies walking along the street. Their distended, spiderlike abdomens swell each day. Their silken complexions remain pale. Their babies are never born. One lady turns to look at you with expressionless eyes. Long, dark strands cling to her face.

●The coffee does nothing. No matter how strong it is, you will not awaken.

●The geckos living in the walls are as pale as the paper talismans distributed by the temple. When they chirp at night, you think of old bones clicking together. You don't remember how long you've been in the wall at the temple.

●An incense stick continuously projects a white ribbon of smoke. A scaly body emerges slowly from beneath the steps of the shrine. It is a white snake, and it is endless.

●They don't make things like they used to anymore. They don't make anything anymore.

●Your grandmother told you not to point at the moon or else your ears will be cut. The moon goddess dislikes being pointed at. One morning, you open your eyes and realize there is only silence.

●Your grandmother told you that objects gain souls when they become a century old. You are almost sure your fingers were unadorned this morning. You try to pull off the ring but it's stuck.

●You are heating a cast iron to grill a steak. You plan to grill a steak, you are going to grill a steak, you are about to grill a steak, you are grilling a steak. Smoke floats behind, above, around your head. Hot oil comes from impossible directions, from everywhere or out of nowhere. You have grilled a steak. Everything burns and you wonder what the difference between animal flesh and human flesh is.

●You feel the abrasive slurry of waterstones long after your hands are clean and dry. The knives were done sharpening days ago but the liquid gleam of the final polish makes them look wet. They are demanding to be used.

●Panhandlers at the train station tell different stories. There are new tales to be heard daily. The panhandlers collect your coins. You collect their misfortune.

●An allergic reaction to sunlight begins with a stinging sensation and reddening of exposed skin. Then, rashes develop and the resulting hives may last several weeks. It has been several years.

●You decide to take a shower after dinner but it seems that your housemate decided before you. The bathroom door is locked and the sound of running water can be heard. You decide to nap for a few hours and wait. It is past midnight now. The hallway is dark and the sound of running water can be heard.
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Morbidhanson wrote:

Has anyone heard of the regional gothic meme? I wouldn't call them memes, but a lot of them are certainly very interesting. I like how a few words can be more unsettling than a full paragraph. https://www.tumblr.com/search/regional+gothic

I wrote a few. Some are not really regional but I consider this a fun writing challenge or exercise of sorts. There are some regional influences, since I grew up in Taiwan, but these are differences in upbringing rather than environment. Write one and post!


I haven't heard of it, and to honest I don't really get what they are in particular other than snippets of writing. (What are the " rules"?) Because of that I won't attempt my own, but I will praise yours! I particularly liked these:


●The coffee does nothing. No matter how strong it is, you will not awaken.


●They don't make things like they used to anymore. They don't make anything anymore.


●Panhandlers at the train station tell different stories. There are new tales to be heard daily. The panhandlers collect your coins. You collect their misfortune.


I think these would make great first lines in a story. They make me want to read those stories.

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It sounds interesting. It seems like the rules are to write short snippets of ominous scenarios that is idiosyncratic to a particular region? There's nothing particularly unique about where I live so I have no idea what to write lol
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I'm not too sure about to explain the rules. I guess the scenes don't have to be obviously ominous or dreadful. There just has to be a feeling of foreboding, that something is wrong.

All I know is that this feeling must result, these "regional gothics" are usually written with bullet points, and they are short and must use "you." I don't really consider the regional aspects to be all that important but considering a specific region does help when you're trying to focus on what makes a particular place eerie. Or when you want to turn something about a place into something eerie.


For instance:
●You slather a generous amount of sunscreen over your body. It's sunny outside. You grab the largest parasol you can find. It's sunny outside. You wear a long sleeved shirt and gloves. It's sunny outside. You put on a hat and pull a veil over your face. It's sunny outside. It's always sunny outside.

●Driving down the mountain one day, you notice there is fog. It is almost afternoon by the time you reach the foothills. You still can't see more than a few feet ahead. The fog has followed you here.

●The school parking structure is always packed. There is no way to make a U-turn in those tight spaces. All you can do is drive around and around until you eventually return to the same entrance from which you came. Still, you might find a vacant parking spot while doing this. Or you might find something far worse.

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