Gothic

Gothic fiction is a genre of literature that combines elements of both the uncanny and romance. As a genre, it is generally believed to have been invented by the English author Horace Walpole, with his 1764 novel The Castle of Otranto. Gothic fiction is considered to be the parent genre for both Horror and Mystery, among other genres.

The effect of Gothic fiction feeds on a pleasing sort of terror, an extension of Romantic literary pleasures that were relatively new at the time of Walpole's novel. Melodrama and parody (including self-parody) were other long-standing features of the Gothic initi
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Sawkill Girls
The Witch of Willow Hall
Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies, #1)
Dracul
Blood Communion (The Vampire Chronicles, #13)
The Winters
The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow
In the House in the Dark of the Woods
Band Sinister
In the Night Wood
The Clockmaker's Daughter
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #3)
Small Spaces
A Room Away From the Wolves
Daughters of the Lake
The End of Temperance Dare
The Retreat
The Craftsman
Bitter Orange
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls
Melmoth
Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)
Blood Communion (The Vampire Chronicles, #13)
Craven Manor
The Carrow Haunt
The Winters
The Stranger Diaries
Every Single Secret
In the House in the Dark of the Woods
The Woman in Black by Susan HillThe Thirteenth Tale by Diane SetterfieldThe Little Stranger by Sarah WatersAn Inquiry Into Love and Death by Simone St. JamesThis House is Haunted by John Boyne
Historical Ghost Fiction
138 books — 214 voters
Rebecca by Daphne du MaurierJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëDracula by Bram StokerWuthering Heights by Emily BrontëFrankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Best Gothic Novels/Suspense Novels
306 books — 424 voters

Pet Sematary by Stephen KingThe Woman in Black by Susan HillDracula by Bram StokerThe Haunting of Hill House by Shirley JacksonThe Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
Spooky Books
179 books — 41 voters
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare BlakeMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom RiggsAsylum by Madeleine RouxBad Girls Don't Die by Katie AlenderThe Diviners by Libba Bray
Young Adult Horror: Ghosts
96 books — 142 voters


Frankenstein
Dracula
Wuthering Heights
Rebecca
Jane Eyre
The Picture of Dorian Gray
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
The Thirteenth Tale
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Castle of Otranto
The Turn of the Screw
The Haunting of Hill House
The Monk
The Woman in White
Northanger Abbey

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These streets belong to us because we decided not to punch the time clock. We decided to see what and f*ck is going on out here when all those other people are going to sleep. So we walk from dusk until dawn and we rule.
Keith Kekic, Nightwalkers

This is not written for the young or the light of heart, not for the tranquil species of men whose souls are content with the simple pleasures of family, church, or profession. Rather, I write to those beings like myself whose existence is compounded by a lurid intermingling of the dark and the light; who can judge rationally and think with reason, yet who feel too keenly and churn with too great a passion; who have an incessant longing for happiness and yet are shadowed by a deep and persistent ...more
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