When someone hears the word "goth," they may only think of the common stereotype of a black-clad, sullen teenager who obsesses over unhappiness and all things beyond the grave, typified by Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice and later mocked on South Park. But while there are some truths embedded in this stereotype, being goth is far more multifaceted than one might expect. The following figures from across literature, film, and music helped shape and define this rich and varied subculture.
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Goth Contributions: As the singer of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Siouxsie's dark lyrics and fashion sense (heavy eyeliner, fishnets, and gravity-defying hair) heavily influenced gothdom as we now know it.
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Goth Contributions: The author of numerous stories and poems of torment and ennui, perhaps Poe's most significant contribution to goth subculture is his seminal (and oft parodied) work "The Raven."
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Goth Contributions: Bauhaus's "Bela Lugosi's Dead" might be the most recognizable goth anthem of all time. Singer Peter Murphy's deep intonations and macabre lyrics echoed Ian Curtis, while his clothing and hair were reminiscent of Siouxsie Sioux's fashion sense.
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Goth Contributions: Nurmi played the late-night horror host Vampira on television. Under this nom de plume, the actress also appeared in several B films, including Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space. She is a clear influence on Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.