What is a gothic body? Is there such as thing? Various scholars have theorised gothic embodiment and physical difference in gothic works, testifying to the specific corporeal side to the gothic. Bodies marked as different can, as evidenced in these works, become inextricable linked to the gothic or explored in gothic writing. This blog post will focus on a specific physical 'difference' or marked body, namely the body disabled by amputation. Examining Lon Chaney's characterisation of an amputee in The Unknown (1927), I will explore what amputation might mean when marked as different or other, and how amputation might take on different affective significations.