Real life imitates Gothic, continued: read this gorgeous post about eerie spaces from Bldgblog. It focuses on the recent discovery of Derinkuyu, an entirely underground city found in Turkey through this surreal, Gothic fashion, by:
a man who simply "broke through a wall and discovered behind it a room that he'd never seen, which led to still another, and another..."
Many great reflections and thoughts in that post, especially for the Gothically-inclined:
Do humans no longer build interesting subterranean structures like this – with the exception of militaries, where, to paraphrase Jonathan Glancey, we still see the architectural imagination at full flight...
[M]ight not some archaeologist, scanning the hills with ground-penetrating radar, stumble upon an anomalous void, linked to other voids, and the voids lead to more voids, and he's discovered yet another long-lost city?
The post references several well-chosen texts, including Stephen King's great underground rat story, Eco's Foucault's Pendulum, and The World Without Us (the only one of these I haven't read). It's fun to think of a syllabus along these lines, starting with Lovecraft ("Rats in the Walls") and Poe ("Amontillado"), not forgetting classic Walpole and Radcliffe.