For whatever God-forsaken reason, humans love scaring each other.
Being scared by a book is a truly terrifying experience. In fact, if you think about it, reading a book itself is a truly terrifying experience. The electricity and chemicals in someone's brain mixed with certain metaphysical forces in order to create an idea for a story. Those ideas got translated into symbols we call letters. Eventually, the reader either picks up a dead piece of tree or a device that harnesses lightning and stares at those symbols.
And then their brain does things. The fact that those symbols can make someone frightened is, in my opinion, really cool.
Anyway, one of the ways in which people on the internet scare themselves is with the concept of "gothic." This means taking something that most people are familiar with and twisting it to make it unsettling, if not downright frightening. I grew up in Illinois, so "Midwest Gothic" struck a chord with me. One of the examples of Midwest Gothic was, "Summer nights are full of bonfires and laughing and even though the fire is blazing, the light of it doesn't reach very far. Shouldn't it reach farther? Shouldn't you be able to see everyone's faces clearly? You haven't had anything to drink. The fire doesn't feel very warm at all." (Thanks, Pinterest, for this quote!)
Anyway, I thought I'd try my hand at some Yarn Gothic. If you engage in yarn crafts of any sort, you'll know what I'm talking about.
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.