Which Gothic novels would you recommend?
Rebecca, Jane Eyre, Northanger Abbey, The Haunting of Hill House, We have Always Lived in the Castle, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Frankenstein, Dracula, and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde are the Unholy Trinity.
@Steven have those except Unholy Trinity. Haven’t heard of that. Thanks.
@Gemma no, sorry, the first three ARE the Unholy Trinity of gothic fiction!
You may also enjoy Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula series.
@Steven oh aha ? ? ? yes, I reread your comment ?
I love The Picture of Dorian Gray ?
@Laura me too, it’s one of my favourites
@Gemma mine too ?
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Jane Eyre, Castle Warlock, Donal Grant.
Picture of Dorian Gray, anything by Poe, Frankenstein, Dracula…
The works of Phyllis a Whitney and Victoria Holt. Rebecca, Woman in Black, The haunting of Hill House, Ammie Come Home, The gothics of Marilyn Ross,particularly the novels based on Dark Shadows.
The Mysteries of Udolpho
@Bill Listening to this one right now. Wonderful!
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde! Other than scaring the beheebies out of me when young, want to read for the message and theory.
Yolanda Wiggins it’s one of my best books
#1. Frankenstein!!! Carmilla or Mathilda are great. So is Brothers Grimm
Romance of the Forest and A Sicilian Romance both by Ann Radcliffe.
Wuthering heights and jane eyre
The Birds is a short story
The Gormenghast trilogy, by Mervyn Peake.
@Joe ooh, yes. The BBC adaptation done years ago was a bit of a misfire, and I’ve got the radio plays downloaded but have yet to listen to them.
@Steven, Yes, the BBC adaptation was appalling. I never knew about the radio plays though, interesting, thanks.
@Joe the radio series was broadcast in 2011, and called The History Of Titus Groan There was also a documentary on Peake’s life, called 100 Years Of Mervyn Peake.
Thanks, both should be good; he had an interesting life.
I’d recommend you get over the gothic craving and read something else 😉
if you are interested in Gothic Horror, what about The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe. I think it may be a short story but so was The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde and that was worth reading.
I’m guessing Jekyll and Hyde would be classified more as a novella-too short for a novel, probably too long for a short story. I haven’t read much Poe, but Stevenson did write short stories of a gothic description too-The Body Snatchers, The Suicide Club, and perhaps A Lodging for the Night and The Bottle Imp would qualify too.
Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Marturin and The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis (the character is so evil!).
@Jodi I have the monk, though haven’t read it yet.
@Gemma It’s long, but ultimately satisfying.
The Castle of Otranto, Frankenstein, anything by Dickens, Poe…
Dracula. The first hundred pages build a sense of mounting dread like nothing else you’ll ever read.
I will have to read this!
Fascinating, @Pat!!! Was “Dracula” the first instance of “vampires” in literature, do you know??
@Jamie No, it wasn’t. Here’s a list: https://stason.org/TULARC/education-books/vampire-literature/09-Was-Dracula-the-first-fictional-vampire-story-to-be-wri.html
@Pat if you liked Dracula, read The First Man. Truly amazing
The interesting thing about Frankenstein and Dracula (the books) is how different they are than our childish vision of the characters.
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