) So lets sum up just how A Rose for Emily stacks up as a Southern Gothic novel. In July 1982, Soho, London the 1st Gothic club opened its doors to a darkly clothed and Patchouli anointed youth. Repeat visitors to the club included such folks as Siouxsie Sioux, Steve Severin, Robert Smith and Nick Cavern . OK , so it wasnt just Batman who helped influence all this. As the name says, it's a dark place that is totally full of shadowy alleyways and sinister, maniacal enemies. Even the Bat-symbol can frequently be seen displayed on black t-shirts worn by even the most die-hard Goths. This book may not strike you as especially gothic, particularly if you grew up needing to befriend Jem and Scout ( and probably even Boo ), or to have Atticus for a pop, but speaking technically, it fits. While to deal with a Mockingbird isnt bloody, some of its characters can be downright foul. Mrs Dubose is an excellent example of a weird character, shes a uninteresting old bigot with a pointlessly possessive approach toward her camellias, but since we later find out shes attempting to kick a unpleasant morphine obsession, we finish up feeling sort of bad for her. Often , a drug habit or an overbearing pop is all that it takes.