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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Sorrowland
In the Ravenous Dark
Madam
Ruby Falls
Yes, Daddy
The Whispering Dead (Gravekeeper, #1)
Circus of Wonders
The Lights of Prague
House of Hollow
Mirrorland
The Drowning Kind
Blessed Monsters (Something Dark and Holy, #3)
The Mary Shelley Club
Mina and the Undead
Cunning Women: A feminist tale of forbidden love after the witch trials
The House by the Sea
The Death of Mrs. Westaway
The Drowning Kind
Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)
Not One of Us
The Last House on Needless Street
Her Dark Lies
Mrs England
The Caretakers
The Au Pair
The Glass House
After Alice Fell
Mirrorland
Girls of Brackenhill
A Keeper
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare BlakeMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom RiggsFallen by Lauren KateHaven by Hope CollierThe Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Eerie/Scary/Gothic Cover Art.
211 books — 65 voters
The Woman in Black by Susan         HillThe Thirteenth Tale by Diane SetterfieldThe Little Stranger by Sarah WatersThe Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. JamesThis House Is Haunted by John Boyne
Historical Ghost Fiction
171 books — 283 voters

Blindsight by Peter WattsHyperion by Dan SimmonsShip of Fools by Richard Paul RussoLeviathan Wakes by James S.A. CoreyHull Zero Three by Greg Bear
Space horror
285 books — 237 voters

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba BrayClockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareClockwork Princess by Cassandra ClareClockwork Prince by Cassandra ClareRebel Angels by Libba Bray
Victorian Paranormal YAs
142 books — 80 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
324 books — 448 voters

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

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