War easily provides real-life Gothic horror. Case in point: the rise of black market human organ harvesting and trading in Syria.
Some of this reads like cyberpunk dystopia:
His acquaintances call the man Abu Hussein. He said he's employed by a gang that works in the human organ trade - specializing in kidneys. The group's business is booming. About one million Syrians have fled into Lebanon because of the civil war in their home country and now many don't know how they can make a living. In their distress, they sell their organs. It's a dangerous and, of course, illegal business. That's why the gang has its operations performed in shady underground clinics.
Or medical horror:
Later that evening it became evident not everyone benefits from this trade. Raïd, sitting in the back of the car, was feeling unwell. His kidney had been cut out from the front, seven days ago. "I need the drugs. You said you would get me the drugs," he said to Abu Hussein who just minutes earlier had been bragging how well his organization took care of the Syrians.
But when Raïd asks for painkillers, Abu Hussein shouts at him: "Shut up. I don't care if you die. You're finished anyway."
An abandoned car is reclaimed by nature. Call it a zombie car, like they do in China.
A parked car in Huayang village, in China’s Sichuan province, was left for so long that thorny vines and ivy grew up all around it. In China, abandoned cars are known colloquially as “jiangshiche,” or “zombie cars.” But the Huayang example, hidden almost completely by leaves, quickly became the most famous zombie car in China...
An unusual perfume is available from Demeter Fragrances: Funeral Home.
This scent actually started out to be Flower Show. Now our founding perfumer personally did NOT like most white flowers so this was a tough fragrance for him to develop. When a friend first smelled this one and exclaimed: “it smells like my Grandfather's funeral... call it Funeral Home!”, so we did.
Most customers seem to approve of the scent. Disturbingly so:
I definitely get the lilies coming thru on this one with just a slight hint of death underneath...
To my nose I get a very slight hint of formaldehyde which quite accurately depicts a scent one might find in a real funeral home. Amazing!
However, one reviewer found it too Gothic:
I found it highly unpleasant. I was expecting a lot of woody mahogany notes, a lot of white floral, and maybe some dust. All I really ever got from it was the dust. It almost smelled like a mixture of dirt, dust, and mold. And not in a good way. It was a very strong, almost punch you in the face scent. I'm a fan of ominous, mysterious scents. This one just came off as dirty.