Gloomy, dark, dreary. 12th century era gothic architecture included pointed buildings and large stained glass windows. The novel Dracula is an example of gothic literature. The Castlevania series are gothic videogames.
Gothic literature, architecture, and occasionally games are cool. Poser "goths" who try to follow trends by buying crap from hot topic are not. Not to be confused with "emo", which is a step even further down than this..which sometimes is hard to believe.
me: You call yourself "goth"? Okay then, who wrote the original gothic novel Dracula?
poser goth: uhh I dunno. come on man you're holdin me up. i gotta meet my friends at 7 at the mall. we're all going to hot topic