gothic literature


Young Adult Gothic Literature Reading List

Last week I wrote Gothic Literature – A History, and discussed what the genre is and where it came from. I also recommended a few fabulous books that helped to shape the genre itself. One of the things I mentioned was that the cool thing about Gothic literature, is that it’s still around today, even after hundreds of years, still haunting and thrilling, delighting and scaring. Today I wanted to highlight a few young adult Gothic novels for your reading pleasure!   Above, from left to right, top to bottom. Click on the title to read a little more abo[...]


Gothic Literature: A History

It's Gothic Horror month here at The Midnight Society. There have already been some fabulous posts like Both Things I Know About Gothic Horror I Learned from Jane Austen Who Learned from Ann Radcliffe from Erica Davis and My Favorite Gothics from Jenna Lehne. Today I wanted to talk about Gothic literature and tell you a little more about it. There's so much I could say about this subject, as it includes most of my favorite stories and authors, but for the sake of not rambling, I tried to keep my wits about me. But first, let me share my Gothic lit[...]


Both Things I Know About Gothic Horror I Learned from Jane Austen Who Learned from Ann Radcliffe

  It's Gothic Horror month so I'm taking the duration of this post to consider both (BOTH) of things I know think about Gothic Horror: Ann Radcliffe is the mother-king of the Gothic Horror novel. Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey is a love letter to Ann Radcliffe. While Jane Austen's isn't exactly known for horror, she is my home girl. But I know little to nothing about Austen's home girl: Ann Radcliffe.  So I did some digging. I spent the entire last quarter of an hour Googling Ann Radcliffe. And I am fascinated: Top 13 Things I Now Know[...]


TGIF: Thank Gothic; It’s Fabulous!

I had great fun in recent weeks reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, a Gothic novel described by my friend as "miserable people treating each other miserably in a miserable setting." I loved it! First, there were moors for drowning. Also, when a ghost scratched at a window, the narrator accepted her appearance as plausible before he got the explanation! Finally, Heathcliff is so wicked, so so wicked that I love him and hate him in equal measures. This reading got me thinking that I've never appreciated Gothic fiction the way I should, so join me on a[...]