Dark times call for dark aesthetics. And as I mentioned in a discussion of the recent Spin compilation of 'Goth Essentials', spooky stuff sells, despite disparaging remarks from many in the mainstream media. Case in point, Hot Topic's stock (HOTT). In comparison to most clothing retailers which have been suffering in this decaying economy, Hot Topic shares are up to 32 cents with the company seeing 14.2 billion dollars in fourth-quarter profits, according to Market Watch and the Wall Street Journal. Whatever your views may be of this mass chain, there's no denying that much of the store's clothes, accessories, music, and magazines have a place under the black umbrella of dark art and culture.