What was that? That noise out there in the hallway? That high pitched singing It's coming closer. I don't know. Should we take a look? Perhaps some things are better left buried What will we see as I pull open In private detective Clayton Lane's world, the glass is always half-empty, and it's usually half empty of cheap whiskey. When a timid little man walks into Lane's office hoping to find his runaway wife, Clayton assumes it will be much of the same old thing; a wife hitting the sheets with another A meeting between old business associates brings to light unpleasant truths.
From the events this past autumn, I am compelled to relate my perilous trial. The supposition that darkness is merely the absence of light is both popular and false, as those who practice the occult can affirm.
In the dark cellar of number thirteen Jolimont Street, a house the Professor had As the Professor's assistant, it was my duty to perform whatever tasks he laid out for me. It was a simple enough arrangement, until he took me on my first investigation at a run-down house in South Entrance.
The house at Grosvenor Lane showed me a brief glimpse of the world beyond, a world that Ben Wells fears being at home, and for good reason. Will Ben's love for his spouse be enough for him to face what he doesn't understand, or will fear overcome courage? Follow the spiraling events as a family is torn apart and devoured by the flames This work is a collection of horror stories for ages 12 to Read at your own risk.
A print version may be purchased online at The Book Patch. While he accepts that some people have extraordinary abilities, any talk of the possibility that ghosts or demons may be responsible for the unexplainable events plaguing his family is totally absurd in his opinion. But when a horrific murder takes A supernatural thriller revolving around a series of mysterious voices accidentally recorded on an old reel to reel tape recorder.
Seemingly they are the voices of the dead, lost in limbo, reaching out through the darkness for someone to hear them, to help them find peace. The story follows one Showing results: of Published: Dec Downloads: Pages: I was a child who ached to see ghosts. I imagined the bedroom furniture had been rearranged by invisible hands, that the woods behind my house recorded the tread of wandering dead people.
Because I was basically safe and well-loved, it was a form of ecstasy to be scared. I wanted very badly for there to be wrinkles in the known world—a rush of magic, of mystery—so I read a good dose of R. Stine, V.
Andrews, and Stephen King. Though I learned to love reading by reading these books, I later forgot almost entirely about them. Virginia Woolf and Toni Morrison seemed to occupy not just a different genre from Stephen King, but a different medium altogether, a different universe. Still, all those years spent curled up in a damp basement with mystery and horror novels had left their mark, and when I began drafting my own stories as a young writer, I found the tug of secrets, or of the unspoken past, preoccupied me.
The shared ingredients of early Gothic fiction were clunky: the virginal maiden, the perverse tyrant, the crumbling castle. What was, and remains, so potent about Gothic fiction is the way it cultivates the readerly ecstasy of standing outside oneself by being afraid.
Such dislocation is not only pleasurable, but also unsettling in ways that can be both psychologically and socially illuminating.
What Gothic fiction gets right is the unspoken as a powerful engine of storytelling. There is no crumbling castle in my first novel History of Wolves.
Best Gothic Books Of All Time
The virginal maiden is a scrawny outcast living off the land in the northern Minnesota woods. The villain or villains are ordinary middle-class people doing what they think is best for the people they love. The secrets of the book are supernatural only in the sense that death itself, especially of a very young person, feels so unnatural as it unfolds.
Here, then, are eleven mostly contemporary Gothic tales that unsettle and illuminate in the best ways. For me, Jane Eyre will always be the quintessential Gothic novel. We follow plain, poor, orphaned Jane to her scut job as a governess in a big English house—the kind of rambling place that keeps its secrets imprisoned, quite literally, within its attic walls.
The two sisters and one surviving uncle live in isolation in the old family house, growing much of their own food and keeping mostly to themselves. Their Gothic idyll is punctured when a greedy cousin arrives from out of town, but his effect is only to force the two sisters inward even more.The first Gothic novels began to emerge in the mid to late s, and this style of literature continued to gain in popularity throughout the s and in the early s.
There are several common and distinct themes that can be seen across the genre, including components such as the isolated protagonist, a brave hero, a distressed virgin, an evil villain, and an eerie setting such as a crumbling old castle or other such Gothic architecture. Many works of Gothic literature feature a combination of horror, romance, and mystery, with tales that often centre on kidnap, death, the supernatural, and debauchery.
If you have a Kindle device or app, most of these books are available for free; if you prefer to read an actual book, you can pick most of them up fairly cheaply online, or keep an eye out for them whenever you visit a charity shop.
The Castle of Otranto has everything that one would expect to see in a gothic novel: the hero, the villain, the distressed virgin, and accidental and murderous death, all set across the backdrop of an eerie castle. The protagonist, Lord Manfred, is driven by his insatiable greed, which sets into motion a tragic tale of mysticism and eeriness.
After his son dies, Manfred seeks to marry his betrothed, Isabella, in an attempt to produce another male heir and avert an ancient prophecy. Aubert, is an orphan who becomes entrapped by her uncle after the death of her father. Not only is she denied her the inheritance that she is owed, but strange and supernatural things begin to happen, and she is left to investigate these mysterious happenings from within the castle.
It takes place in Madrid, Spain, and explores the archetypical tale of evil and weak clergymen. It incorporates elements from traditional gothic literature, for example the isolated protagonist, the virginal woman, the evil villain, and the brave hero, but builds on these classic elements with themes such as power and morality. The Monk is an archetypal devil-in-disguise tale, in which Evil persuades an upstanding Spanish monk, named Ambrosio, to rape and murder a woman who is later revealed to be his sister.
Jane Austen was heavily influenced by The Mysteries of Udlpho when she produced her satirical novel, Northanger Abbey. Northanger Abbey tells the tale of 17 year old Catherine Morland, a tomboy from a family of ten children, who is very fond of reading gothic novels, including The Mysteries of Udlpho by Ann Radcliffe. Catherine is invited to go to Bath with some family friends, the Allens, where she is introduced to the social scene, new friends and acquaintances, and young love.
The novel is a satire on the gothic genre, but it still manages to have become one of the best-loved gothic novels of all time. The fantastical aspects of the tale are rooted in science; yet Frankenstein also features the terror, power, romance, isolation, murder, death, and good versus evil which make it a classic work of gothic literature. The story centres on Viktor Frankenstein and his scientific experimentation that resulted in the creation of life from inanimate flesh.
Frankenstein led to a long list of novels, plays, films, and television shows inspired by the story of an experimental scientist who brought life to inanimate flesh and grew to regret his actions as the monster became sentient and evil.
Edgar Allan Poe is one of the leading writers from the Romanticism literature movement, and American literature as a whole. The Fall of the House of Usher is one of many short stories penned by Poe, who was one of the first writers to bring psychological madness to the gothic genre. Sinister familial secrets and jealousy set the stage for a dark and chilling horror story that will get into your head, refusing to leave you alone.
The lead male character in the story is Heathcliff, an outcast with questionable social origins and bloodlines. Heathcliff succeeds in infiltrating polite society, where he meets Catherine, with whom he seems to have a sort of supernatural connection.
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Wuthering Heights incorporates plenty of those gothic elements that we love, including isolation, death, mystery, power, and male versus female, set against the haunting backdrop of the Yorkshire Moors. Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish author who penned this classic gothic novella whilst under the influence of cocaine. The story tells of a physician named Dr Henry Jekyll who transforms into a psychopathic monster, named Mr Hyde, after ingesting a drug which was intended to separate the good from the evil in a personality.
Dr Jekyll slowly descends into madness as he eventually succumbs to his murderous, evil alter ego. The full details of his transformation are gradually revealed in layers, with the science behind the transformation being chronicled. And what a novel it is!
The story is a beautiful and brooding account of a man, Dorian Gray, whose inherent vanity leads him to wish for everlasting youth. Although The Picture of Dorian Gray was written years ago, it is often startlingly modern in its sexual and moral ambiguities.
The novel provides a great insight into the lives of the upper classes in society in the late s. The story of Dracula focuses less on Count Dracula, himself, and more on the hunt for him.
The most famous vampire in history acts as a metaphor for the pollution of English blood; and the hunt for Dracula is symbolic of the determination to stamp out and eradicate the source of the corruption.
Dracula has strong elements of graphic violence, sexual tension, and the vampire as an enigma, which all serve to explain why the novel, like its lead character, has become immortal.
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Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Join Goodreads. Making its debut in the late 18th century, Gothic fiction was a branch of the larger Romantic movement that sought to stimulate strong emotions in the reader - fear and apprehension in this case. Gothic fiction places heavy emphasis on atmosphere, using setting and diction to build suspense and a sense of unease in the reader.
Common subject matter includes the supernatural, family curses, mystery, and madness. When adding books to the list, please make sure "gothic" is listed on the book's main genre page. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Daphne du Maurier. Robert Louis Stevenson.
Gaston Leroux. Diane Setterfield Goodreads Author. Wilkie Collins. Shirley Jackson. Sheridan Le Fanu. Matthew Gregory Lewis.Some may find death and other macabre topics inappropriate for children, but I feel that being able to talk openly about these subjects is important. Check out my list below and let me know if you have any to add! A simple board book with few words, this primer is perfect for teaching your little babybat both how to count and the basic elements of a celebrated literary classic.
Help your child learn the alphabet with these macabre rhymes! Written and illustrated by the celebrated gothic artist, Edward Gorey, this alphabet book was first published as part of The Vinegar Works: Three Volumes of Moral Instruction in In this book, twenty-six children—from Amy to Zillah—meet their untimely ends in ways that vary from the mundane to the absurd.
Chronicling the life of Nobody Owens from age 18 months to 15 years, The Graveyard Bookis marketed toward mid-grade readers but can be enjoyed by anybody with the ability to read it. This book, or the next one on my list, would be a perfect introduction for a young reader to the works of Neil Gaiman. Like The Graveyard BookCoraline is aimed at mid-grade readers, perhaps even a bit younger, though can be enjoyed by anyone. Coraline tells the story of a young girl who discovers a doorway to another world, similar to her own but a little bit…different.
I recently encountered the 10 th anniversary edition of this masterpiece, and the chilling illustrations of Dave McKean are guaranteed to give goosebumps to readers of any age.
However, the concept of a world populated by the high school-aged children of classic monsters intrigues me. The first book stars Frankie Stein, a Shelley-esque creation who jumps right from the lab into her first days of high school. Despite being filled with ghost and ghouls, these books are generally fun and wholesome and incorporate important messages for kids and young teens.
What creepy books did you read as a kid? Have you read any of these? Know any morbid little monsters with great taste in books? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Like this: Like Loading Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Next Next post: Nightfall Review and Giveaway!Gothic fiction merges deep passions with chill dread. A Gothic story might include grand and decaying architecture, like medieval castles, English manors, or Southern mansions; grim weather, like freezing rain or oppressive heat; ghosts; darkness, with or without candles; mental illness; dungeons, basements, secret passageways, and labyrinths; eroticism; sick or sickly women; passionate and sometimes villainous men; blood; gloomy forests; and of course, the aforementioned sublime emotions and eerie atmosphere.
Gothic fiction has its beginnings in Britain during the latter half of the 18th century. The earlier half had been dominated by essays, treatises, dramas, satires, and realistic fiction that was informed by Enlightenment ideals of reason and progress. Writers and readers of Gothic fiction reveled in what was more mysterious and less pragmatic: the supernatural, the strange, and surging feelings of all kinds. Though gothic fiction has waxed and waned in popularity over two hundred and fifty years, there are jewels from nearly every decade since the first.
Notable sub-genres include Southern Gothic, which features the Southern United States, and Postcolonial Gothic, which features landscapes emerging and recovering from a violent colonial past. This is widely considered to be the first Gothic novel. In it, tender Isabella escapes imprisonment by the evil prince Manfred with the aid of a virtuous and mysterious peasant. In this frightening and thoughtful novel, a brilliant and misguided scientist uses the secret of reanimating dead matter to build a singular creature.
Mary Shelley created the science fiction genre and wrote a classic of the Gothic genre in one decisive stroke. Over two generations on a small stretch of the Yorkshire moors, acrimony, revenge, hope, disappointment, and devotion clash to spectacular results. After a gruesome tragedy that killed four family members, the remaining three—Merricat, Constance, and Uncle Julian—live in isolation. That is, until cousin Charles appears. This powerful novel follows Sethe, an escaped slave, who lives with her daughter, mother-in-law, and a strange and compelling young woman named Beloved in Ohio just after the end of the Civil War.
Aubert as she faces otherworldly terrors and an evil villain in a crumbling castle. A young woman marries a handsome widower and finds herself in the imposing shadow of his deceased first wife.
A young man lives as a libertine without compromising his breathtaking beauty—all the marks of sin fall on his portrait. Through the point of view of fifteen characters, Faulkner tells the story of Addie Bundren and her wish to be buried in her hometown—Jefferson, Mississippi. Check Your Shelf Newsletter. Enter here :. Get Book Recommendations We tailor 'em just for you.
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