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Gothic script is sometimes thought to refer exclusively to 'Blackletter' or 'Gothic minuscule', a type of writing originating in the mid-twelfth century, but recurring in the form of print-fonts and used in some German publishing and newspapers well into the twentieth century. Marbled papers were also used to bind the collections of those poetic writings that eighteenth-century enthusiasts termed 'Gothic'. Monica Soare writes of graffiti's role as a Gothic signifier in Bernard Rose's horror film Candyman. Tapestries were often used to instruct children, especially by female tutors, yet they have also been employed in Gothic texts to warn, seduce and deceive. Though many bands might claim to be precursors of Goth and Dark Wave music, there is a consensus that Black Sabbath's eponymous first album of 1970 introduced many of the themes and imagery associated with Goth bands.

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