What does gothic horror means?
Gothic horror is a movie or book that's unpleasant, painful, scary, intense and also the features of a Gothic horror like candles,chandeliers or lots of black creepy settings. Horror and Gothic Horror both have the scary and intense feelings that very much make them similar except Horror is not usually Gothic.
The heyday of Gothic horror novels was about 1790-1820. Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto (1764) is widely regarded as the first Gothic novel. Gothic horror stories have continued to appear down to the present. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) is widely regarded as 'Gothic horror' though it appreared long after the heyday of the Gothic novel.
Gothic horror creatures are creatures that are found in horror, especially the gothic horror subsection. Indeed, as Wikipedia states: "Prominent features of Gothic fiction include terror (both psychological and physical), mystery, the supernatural, ghosts, haunted houses and Gothic architecture, castles, darkness, death, decay, doubles, madness, secrets, and hereditary curses."
Gothic horror is not the same as it once was - "gothic" once conjured up the images of women in flowing white dresses running across stately lawns. Nowadays, you're more likely to get "goth" instead of "gothic." Click on the two related questions to see what modern writers recommend for each of these two writing styles.
"Gothic fiction (sometimes referred to as Gothic horror) is a genre of literature that combines elements of both horror and romance. As a genre, it is generally believed to have been invented by the English author Horace Walpole, with his 1764 novel The Castle of Otranto." - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gothic_fiction
There are several conventions or devices of the gothic horror genre. They include weather, which can be used as a metaphor, such as a mist which stands for keeping things hidden. Dreams and dream like states are frequently used in gothic novels. Revenge, darkness and ambivalence are also common devices.