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

A Study in Drowning
The Stranger Upstairs
Black Sheep
The September House
The Scarlet Veil (The Scarlet Veil, #1)
Hemlock Island
The Library of Shadows
The Square of Sevens
The Spirit Bares Its Teeth
The Ghost Illusion
What Kind of Mother
The Fiction Writer
In These Hallowed Halls: A Dark Academia Anthology
The Christmas Guest
The Stranger Upstairs
The September House
The Last House on Needless Street
The London Séance Society
Reckless Girls
Beware the Woman
Silver Nitrate
The Salt Grows Heavy
The Death of Mrs. Westaway
The Sanatorium (Detective Elin Warner, #1)
The Midnight House
The Wife Before
House of Roots and Ruin (Sisters of the Salt, #2)
Looking Glass Sound
The Ghost Illusion
Blindsight by Peter WattsHyperion by Dan SimmonsShip of Fools by Richard Paul RussoLeviathan Wakes by James S.A. CoreyAlien by Alan Dean Foster
Space Horror
299 books — 273 voters
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane SetterfieldRebecca by Daphne du MaurierThe Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz ZafónThe Historian by Elizabeth KostovaThe Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Modern Gothic
680 books — 1,483 voters

Rebecca by Daphne du MaurierJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëDracula by Bram StokerWuthering Heights by Emily BrontëHer Little Flowers by Shannon  Morgan
Best Gothic Novels/Suspense Novels
379 books — 524 voters
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn MuirThe Luminous Dead by Caitlin  StarlingCarmilla by J. Sheridan Le FanuWilder Girls by Rory PowerCemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Queer Horror
478 books — 222 voters

Frankenstein: The 1818 Text
Wuthering Heights
Jane Eyre
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mexican Gothic
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
The Haunting of Hill House
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Turn of the Screw
The Castle of Otranto
The Thirteenth Tale
The Phantom of the Opera

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