I’ve created the Electric Phantom to bring together those who escape the afterworld and our reality, the modern world, electric and digital.
Above seeking a sense of accomplishment during the creating processes, I aim to revive French writers and offer meaningful art with The Electric Phantom project.
Bringing old memories, French literature, and composing about some past experiences, can give you, ultimately, some refreshing thoughts and help you to appreciate our era, to find a well-balanced lifestyle. Perhaps, to be a happy Goth!
The Afterworld, a fantasy world
Sketched in contemporary artwork, it’s a place that living carcasses can’t fetch. The beyond is a place full of contrasts, both dark and light.
A world where darkness cohabits with bright colors.
This fascination with the afterlife can be seen in the lyrics of gothic music, the plots of gothic novels, and the themes of gothic art.
Fantasy, too, has long been an important aspect of the goth subculture. Whether through an interest in gothic literature, horror movies, or fantastical artwork, goths often explore fantastical themes and ideas that transcend the boundaries of everyday reality. This connection between goth culture and fantasy can be seen in the many works of fiction, music, and visual art that goths create and consume.
Memories are frightening and welcoming, cruel and tender. Some fairy tales described a place beyond the grave where souls express themselves.
With solid imagery in sci-fi and fantasy, artists are probably the best messengers for ghosts to communicate with. When imagination gets unleashed, we travel and forget everything we know and fear.
What is a Goth today?
Composing a project like this without mentioning the gothic world would have been terrible negligence.
There are many references:
- Around 1440 to designate the medieval time.
- The Germanic people, barbarian warriors of the forest.
- The Gothicism or Gothism in Sweden.
- Gothic architecture was born in France, etc.
- The goth subculture, which originated in the UK in the early 1980s.
What about today? No, they don’t haunt graveyards and cemeteries looking for revenge.
Put simply, a Goth is someone who finds beauty in things others consider dark. They love all that is dark and mysterious. That doesn’t mean they are evil, it just means they have a different perspective to many. And it also doesn’t mean they are unkind, violent or lacking in humour, in fact quite the opposite is true.
France, a land of belittled Goths
France has always been a coveted land, intersecting souls, which led to many conflicts. The French are divided and complex.
These circumstances and experiences have made France a country where education has been considered essential. “Each generation of children is a barbaric civilization that adults must educate.”
“Chaque génération d’enfants est une civilisation barbare que les adultes doivent civiliser”. Hannah Arendt
The French have a reputation for being snobby and rude. However, following an education that values history, tinged with sad realities, won’t make you a depressed person.
Some people want to explore, understand, recognize then finally appreciate gothic art, helping to acknowledge the human condition without veiling the face.
The happy goth, challenging the common stereotype
A “happy goth” is a person who identifies as both goth and happy, challenging the common stereotype that goths are always gloomy and melancholy. The goth subculture, which originated in the UK in the early 1980s, is characterized by its interest in dark, macabre, and fantastical themes, as well as a distinctive fashion style that often incorporates black clothing, leather, and lace.
Despite its dark themes, goth culture can also be a source of joy, community, and self-expression for many people. Whether through
dance parties, music events, or simply spending time with like-minded friends, goths often find happiness and fulfillment in their subcultural pursuits.
Strengthened by the failed experiments of Charles Baudelaire, I develop in this article, and some other writers like Friedrich Nietzsche, Charles Bukowski, and Mark Manson more recently. You have all the keys to being a happy Goth.
We should not be afraid to welcome ghosts, and death, appreciate melancholy, and assume our tastes and pride in dark and refined art. Whether through exploring the darker side of life and death, or simply through a love of all things fantastical, the goth subculture provides a space for people to explore their interests in the mysterious and the unknown.
And you, are you a happy Goth?