The best gothic novels, ghost stories and early horror 1764-1937
The roots and classics of dark and weird literature in a period from the publishing "The Castle of Otranto" to H.P. Lovecraft's death.
1 Dracula
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2 The Complete Stories and Poems
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3 Frankenstein
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4 The Picture of Dorian Gray
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5 Jane Eyre
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6 Wuthering Heights
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7 The Strange Case of Dr. Jek...
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8 The Call of Cthulhu and Oth...
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9 The Turn of the Screw
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10 Carmilla
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11 The Phantom of the Opera
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12 The Woman in White
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13 The Strange Case of Dr. Jek...
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14 A Christmas Carol
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15 Collected Ghost Stories
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16 The Hound of the Baskervill...
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17 The Monk
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18 The Castle of Otranto
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19 The Moonstone
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20 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow...
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21 Northanger Abbey
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22 The Mysteries of Udolpho
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23 The Island of Dr. Moreau
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24 At the Mountains of Madness...
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25 Ghost and Horror Stories
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26 Rebecca
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27 Best Ghost Stories of Alger...
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28 The House on the Borderland
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29 The Masque of the Red Death
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30 The Fall of the House of Us...
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31 The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
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32 Uncle Silas
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33 The Great God Pan
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34 At the Mountains of Madness
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35 Dracula's Guest and Other W...
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36 The Yellow Wallpaper and Ot...
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37 The Fall of the House of Usher
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38 The Best of H.P. Lovecraft:...
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39 Gothic Tales
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40 Best Ghost Stories of J. S....
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41 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow...
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42 The Monkey's Paw and Other ...
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43 In a Glass Darkly
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44 The House of the Seven Gables
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45 The Murders in the Rue Morgue
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46 The Canterville Ghost
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47 The Tell-Tale Heart and Oth...
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48 Melmoth the Wanderer
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49 The Time Machine
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50 The Horla and Other Stories
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51 The King in Yellow and Othe...
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52 Young Goodman Brown
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53 The Ghost Stories of Edith ...
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54 The Manuscript Found in Sar...
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55 El caso de Charles Dexter Ward
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56 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
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57 The Horror Stories of Rober...
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58 The Italian
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59 The Private Memoirs and Con...
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60 The Mystery of Edwin Drood
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61 Shadows over Innsmouth
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62 The Thing on the Doorstep a...
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63 The Willows
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64 The Gormenghast Novels (Gor...
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65 The Beckoning Fair One
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66 Seven Gothic Tales
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67 The Collected Ghost Stories...
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68 The Metamorphosis
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69 The Beetle
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70 The Wind in the Rosebush, a...
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71 The Canterbury Tales
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72 Wieland and Memoirs of Carw...
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73 One Thousand and One Ghosts
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74 Vathek
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75 The Complete John Silence S...
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76 The Werewolf of Paris
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77 The Invisible Man
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78 Les Fleurs du Mal
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79 The Haunted Hotel & Other S...
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79 Dagon and Other Macabre Tales
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81 The Vampyre: A Tale
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82 The Three Impostors and Oth...
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83 Varney, the Vampyre (Myster...
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84 Tales Of Unease
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84 Early Horror Works
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86 Hawthorne's Short Stories
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87 Ghost Stories
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88 El horror de Dunwich
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89 The Jewel of Seven Stars
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90 The Witch Of Prague & Other...
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91 Zofloya
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91 Sweeney Todd: The String of...
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93 The White People and Other ...
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94 Black Spirits and White - A...
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95 Lair of the White Worm
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96 Ghost Stories of an Antiquary
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97 The Bride of Lammermoor
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98 The Casebook of Carnacki th...
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99 The Yellow Wallpaper
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100 Dracula & Dracula's Guest
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message 1: by Nona (new)

Nona I appreciate The Castle of Otranto's place in literary history but I found reading it to be a tortuous experience. It wasn't so much the overblown aspects of the story but that they were so badly told.

On the other hand I think The Werewolf of Paris is terribly unappreciated and left out of too many discussions on Gothic literature.


message 2: by Gregory (new)

Gregory Rothbard Love this list... thanks for making it easier to find many great eerie tales.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads What's The Canterbury Tales doing on it?


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Susanna wrote: "What's The Canterbury Tales doing on it?"

I'm wondering about that as well!


message 5: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Great list of books. I see that I read only a little part of the great novels listed here.


message 6: by Gregsamsa (new)

Gregsamsa Nona wrote: "I appreciate The Castle of Otranto's place in literary history but I found reading it to be a tortuous experience. It wasn't so much the overblown aspects of the story but that they were so badly ..."

I agree. Same with Anne Radcliffe. It's funny how her novel The Italian is so famous in this genre while The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis is all but forgotten. Not that The Monk is some great piece of literature but it was at least pretty fun in an over-the-top hysterical way, whereas The Italian was just incompetent. It's got all the gothic trappings, however, such as big spooky flights of stairs, people lurking about by torchlight, shady assassins with knives hidden in their shirts. Unfortunately it's edited so poorly people go up the same set of stairs more than once, put out torches that they just put out a few paragraphs ago, and in one sequence a conspirator gives a knife to one of his henchmen, goading him to commit a nefarious deed. The henchman takes it, listens to more emotional goading, and then takes the knife... again.


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swoephowx how do I save this list in my (obviously) goodreads account?


message 8: by Tracy (new)

Tracy swoephowx wrote: "how do I save this list in my (obviously) goodreads account?"

If you click on "like," it will show up in your "My Liked Lists."


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