For my senior seminar paper this past semester, I learned about Gothic novels. This subject peaked my interest. I decided to make a list of Gothic novels people should read, especially if they are interested in the subject. Some can be exchanged, such as the novels by Anne Rice and Stephen King. I believe as long as you’ve read one of their novels that can be considered Gothic, you are good. You also don’t need to read all of Edgar Allen Poe’s works, but at least one story and a few poems. I created this list using List Challenges and Good Reads. There is also a bonus book that has been grouped with the Gothic Novels but isn’t an actual Gothic Novel.
I haven’t read all of the following books, but I do plan to.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- Any and All Works of Edgar Allen Poe
- Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice
- The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft
- Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirly Jackson
- The Monk by Mathew Gregory Lewis
- The House of the Seven Gable by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- The Legend of Sleepy Hallow by Washing Irving
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Lewis Stevenson
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
- The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
- The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Gothic Parody: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Pst….I also made a list on list challenges. Click here.