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

Sawkill Girls
The Witch of Willow Hall
Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies, #1)
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
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
Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëDracula by Bram StokerWuthering Heights by Emily BrontëThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar WildeThe Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
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Modern Gothic
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Not The "Normal" Paranormal
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Wuthering Heights
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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Some ghosts are so quiet you would hardly know they were there.
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