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Regional Gothic is a Tumblr-based literary genre which applies facets of the traditional Southern Gothic genre to other distinct geographical regions. Posts in the genre often are written in the second person, in the format of a bulleted list that details several dark, depressing, moody or creepy aspects of the regional lifestyle.
According to the Tumblr user wehaveallgotknives, the first known instance of the #regionalgothic tag on Tumblr was in a post by user clive-gershwin-palmer created on January 13th, 2015.
The genre pays homage to the Southern Gothic literary genre, which often incorporates distinct geographical concepts related to the American Southeast into a dark or sad story.
Regional Gothic became popular on Tumblr in March of 2015. Popular areas to portray have included the New England and Great Lakes regions of the United States. Some popular posts include Midwest Gothic, posted March 27th 2015 by sparklyandheroic, which has over 12,000 notes as of April 12th, 2015, and Southern California Gothic written April 5th 2015, by fanfoolishness and sharkodactyl which has garnered over 17,000 notes in the same period.
 Wikipedia – Southern Gothic
 Tumblr – #regional gothic
 Tumblr – Midwest Gothic
 Tumblr – Southern California Gothic
 Tumblr – Did you invent the reigional[sic] gothic essays?
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