Bristol University: the tower © Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Library Photographs Collection
Gothic architecture can be identified as buildings that have a pointed arch, the rib vault, the flying buttress, window tracery, pinnacles and spires.
The RIBA photographs and drawings archives contain some very ghoulishly Gothic images.
The style has taken on connotations of ghouls, ghosts and all things spooky. Perhaps it's the combination of tall, looming archways, and the use of cold stone that makes the architecture appear so scary?