This study maps the influence of the Gothic mode in the Czech postmodern prose,
especially in the novels published at the turn of the millennium: it primarily
concerns books by Václav Vokolek, Miloš Urban and Jan Jandourek.
Through analyticalinterpretative probes into these texts are demonstrated the
main possibilities of the Gothic mode and consequences of its implementation in
the contemporary Czech literature: distortion of the perspective and blurring of
the individual identity, instability of the setting, expression of
civilizational and existential fears. The study illustrates capturing of the key
Gothic themes in the analyzed works of fiction and also the specific
transformation and modification of these topics within individual author
poetics. Special attention is particularly given to specifics of the setting,
often combining typical Gothic topoi, which may be part of seriously intended
opposition of the sacral and the profane, or they can also be presented as
exposed cliché sceneries.