36 comments on “Let’s Recommend | Gothic Fiction

  1. Ooooh nice post! I love Gothic fiction, my favorite is Poe, and I really love The Woman in Black, and Sheridan le Fanu’s stories. I definitely need to read more, The Silent Companions is arriving to my mailbox soon, and the others are on my tbr, can’t wait to read them. 🙂

  2. This is an excellent list! I’ve only read Rebecca and The Book Collector so far, but have been meaning to read the other two. I’m reading This House is Haunted by John Boyne right now which is a delightful homage to gothic horror that I’m enjoying immensely so far, so I hope it ends well.

  3. I looooove Gothic stories! I’ve only read Rebecca off this list, but I’ve read Shirley Jackson’s Haunting of Hill House! I tried to read We Have Always Lived in the Castle but for some reason it didn’t resonate? I might have to go back and try again. The other books are on my TBR!

    I’m also reading This House is Haunted at the moment, so I’ll see how that turns out! One Gothic book that some folks have been talking about is The Girl From Rawblood; have you heard of it? It didn’t intrigue me from the start so I set it aside but I heard such good things I definitely have to go back and try again at some point.

    Great post!

    • Oh, I just read The Haunting of Hill House earlier this month and loved it as well!

      Similarly to you, The Girl from Rawblood is one I’ve seen a lot of positive things about, so I’ll need to look into it more.

      Thank you for your comment, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! 😊

    • I really enjoy The Haunting of Hill House, and if you want to see a film version, be sure to watch The Haunting (1963), an old black and white movie. Don’t watch the Catherine Zeta Jones one from the 90s.

  4. I haven’t read much gothic fiction, the only one I’ve read is Rebecca. That book was amazing. I tried reading Frankenstein but couldn’t get through it. Great post 🙂

    • Rebecca definitely got me hooked on du Maurier! It feels like a perfect example of gothic fiction to me. That’s a shame you didn’t get on with Frankenstein. I didn’t either when I read it years ago, but revisited it last year and engaged with it much more.

      Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! 😊

  5. No gothic works spring to mind, so I either read too many books, or not enough in this genre. I’ll start with one of your recommendations, because it is a style I used to favour!

  6. I love love love Gothic fiction! I studied it in college and have adored it ever since, though I’m ashamed to say that I’ve only read one of these! Definitely need to get to the others. I’m planning to read Rebecca for the first time this autumn 🙂

  7. There are so many Gothic novels! Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite, Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, etc!

    • Great recommendations – thank you! I really must try some Austen one of these days, and I have often thought I’d start with Northanger Abbey since it supposedly has gothic vibes.

      • It’s both Gothic and humor. There were many pulp novels around the time she wrote Northanger Abbey, complete with heroines, locked doors, creepy attics, secrets, and fainting protagonists, so Austen wrote her own Gothic novel that also spoofs on those pulp works.

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  10. This is a good list. I am pleased that you put two Shirly Jackon novels on it. However, I’d like to recommend an underrated and forgotten piece of gothic literature back from the 19th century. It’s entitled “The Phantom Ship,” by Frederick Marryat. It’s easily in my top five list of best gothic lit. The book is about a young man’s father who is condemned to roam the sea as the Flying Dutchman, cursed for murdering a man at sea. The book has an ominous and dreary tone of hopelessness and despair throughout the whole story. It also has the best ghost story in the book I have read. Give it a try.

  11. Definitely one my favourites has to be Carmilla. It actually spooked me in particular scene, and I think that says a lot with just mere words!

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