TWO PRIMAL ELEMENTS DOMINATED this remote area of Big Sur, California: the Santa Lucia Mountains to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Their legendary battles gave rise to the storms, the sparkling blue days and the interesting legend of Gothic, City of Lost Souls.
The plaque outside the Live Oak Restaurant read: On stormy nights, Gothic is said to disappear, and on its return it brings lost souls back from the dead.
The myth was nonsense, of course, but local shops encouraged its belief.
A legend or two is always good for business…