Gr 7 Up-This series entry examines the look, lifestyle, and philosophy and tries to help mainstream readers understand what it means to be Goth. Clearly and simply written, individual chapters focus on the origins of the subculture, its fashions, music, literature, and films. Acker states repeatedly that there is no one type of Goth. "Although most Goths are nonviolent, the media and the actions of a few fringe characters have led many people to mistakenly believe that all Goths are vampires, killers, racists, or gun-wielding maniacs." Particularly in the aftermath of the Columbine massacre, many people are suspicious and wary of any young people who dress in black and seem pale and brooding. Black-and-white photographs and information tables help round out the presentation. This book fills a need in most libraries.-Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.