Gothic Literature

It’s my favorite time of year, folks. Those October through December days are here and I, for one, am ready to kick it off with the creepy, spooky, and kooky month that’s full of tricks, treats and scarily good books to read. For this blog entry I want to take it back—back to the beginning of horror, back to 1764 with the introduction of the Gothic Novel. Gothic tales blend horror and romance, featuring large, crumbling architecture, isolated heroes, a villain who has fallen from grace, supernatural elements and a dark, foreboding sense of dread. Awesome, right? The genre’s shifted over the years, but its core components have stayed the same and here are some, both old and new, including the first ever book to called Gothic, titles-- some are scary, some only just, some familiar, others not so much; they, without a doubt, however, Gothic.




The Castle of Otranto
White is for Witching
Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus
Summer of Night


We Have Always Lived in the Castle
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Other Mother
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow


The Bloody Chamber, and Other Stories
The Elementals
The Woman in Black
The Haunted Looking Glass: Ghost Stories


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