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

New Releases Tagged "Gothic"

The Final Girl Support Group
The Taking of Jake Livingston
The Book of Accidents
Small Favors
The Stranger Behind You
Build Your House Around My Body
The River Has Teeth
What We Devour
The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor
Where the Briars Sleep
Mrs. Rochester's Ghost
A Lesson in Vengeance
Mrs England
White Smoke
The Death of Mrs. Westaway
The Family Plot
The House by the Sea
The Year of the Witching (Bethel, #1)
The Devil Makes Three
The Drowning Kind
Her Dark Lies
Girls of Brackenhill
Dark and Shallow Lies
A Keeper
Not One of Us
Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëWuthering Heights by Emily BrontëFrankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft ShelleyRebecca by Daphne du MaurierDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Best Gothic Books Of All Time
355 books — 3,000 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
632 books — 1,353 voters

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
284 books — 241 voters
Rebecca by Daphne du MaurierJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëThe Forgotten Garden by Kate MortonI Capture the Castle by Dodie SmithMariana by Susanna Kearsley
So You're a Homeowner...
185 books — 85 voters

Frankenstein: The 1818 Text
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 Turn of the Screw
The Castle of Otranto
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Woman in White

Related News

Mexican Gothic begins when happily ever after turns into a nightmare. The story unfolds with the Taboada family receiving a mysterious letter from...
Rae Hachton
Ellie, would you frolic in the land of forever with me?
Rae Hachton, Pretty In Black

Emotions don’t interfere in my acting, nor in my life.
Simona Panova, Nightmarish Sacrifice

More quotes...
Underground Knowledge — A discussion group This global discussion group has been designed to encourage debates about important and underrep…more
16,134 members, last active 18 hours ago
Bookworms FADEL Fortnightly meetings to discuss and comment on readings. Lierature and Language students, and pr…more
2 members, last active one year ago
Castle Dracula This group is for everyone who loves vampire books. Horror, gothic, classic, fantasy, paranormal…more
579 members, last active 10 hours ago
Tanith Lee Fans For all fans of Tanith Lee's fiction. Facebook Group:…more
19 members, last active 25 days ago
Dreamer in a Nightmare
2 chapters — updated Aug 26, 2020 07:53PM — 0 people liked it
5 chapters — updated May 13, 2015 06:37PM — 0 people liked it


Tags contributing to this page include: gothic, dark-romanticism, gothic-fiction, gothic-literature, gothic-suspense, and modern-gothic