Ava Luxe has a few scents (Kama, Ambra Tibet) that rival my favorite niche houses. In addition, Ava Luxe has one of the best civet notes in the industry in my opinion. However, I'll save the dissertation on the Ava Luxe line and focus on gothic scents.
Depends on your definition of gothic. To me, gothic can be anything from Blake and Goya to Clive Barker. Each person has his/her own connotation of gothic and what notes and accords define a gothic scent. Church gothic (incense, wood), cemetery (earth, stone), catacombs (water, stone, moss,) halloween/samhain (pumpkin, anise, spices) vampire (musk, copper, lush sensual notes) are some interpretations of gothic I have discussed among friends. Gothic scents from Ava Luxe could possilbly include:
Moss- reminds me of an episode of the Night Stalker, "The Spanish Moss Murders", in which Kolchak pursues a creature made of Spanish moss. The scent is very mossy, earthy, and murky.
Shambala Tibet--the scent to which Mike Perez refers in his post--is loaded with earth, smoke, and incense. Love the use of Haitian vetiver here.
Midnight Violet- very earthy and darkly floral, somewhat reminiscent of Tauer's Orris.
For gothic scents, I would recommend looking elsewhere. In honor of my 666th post, ComDiva recently introduced me to Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. I ordered a few samples from BPAL along with their Samhainaphobia 2007 (Haitian vetiver, patchouli, and clove with bourbon geranium, oakmoss, and balsams) for the coming season. Goth Rosary is another line for gothic scents.