As we are in the midst of a spooky season, let’s indulge ourselves by reading some Gothic fiction! Surprisingly, this literary genre came about as a “sophisticated joke” when an author in 1764 applied the term to the subtitle of his novel (Mullan, 2014). From this, the works included in this genre began to grow throughout the years. The naming of the Gothic genre came from the fact that the first many of the early novels, to which the term applies, usually place the surroundings in gothic castles and ruins of the European Middle Ages (Pagan, 2018).
What is gothic fiction exactly you ask? In literature Gothic generally means horror, gloom, and mystery. Generally, it is the bringing together of horror and romance, the macabre and the clandestine.
To sample some Gothic literature take a peek at the list below!