It’s finally spooky month! *throws skull-shaped confetti* One of my favourite sub-genres (if it can be called one) of horror is Gothic fiction. I started studying Gothic in 2012 and I absolutely adore it. Obviously it’s not for everyone, considering that the vast majority of Gothic books are classics, but modern Gothic is a thing and it’s pretty damn good, considering that some of it is set in a contemporary or even a futuristic setting. Despite me saying that I love Gothic, there are obviously quite a lot of books that I haven’t read and really want to, which is why I have compiled this here list of Gothic books that I want to read. Oh, and JSYK, Dracula and Frankenstein aren’t on here because I’ve already read them and love them.
– I finally have a copy of Poe’s complete work! (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:・ﾟ✧ I’m hoping to read this book this month, but it’ll probably take me the whole month to get through. It’s understandably huge
so I’m planning on taking it steady, instead of trying to power through it in a week or two. But at least I finally have it!
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
– Another book I have a copy of (an incredibly beautiful copy, if i do say so myself)
, and I should get around to reading this some time, and quite quickly, considering that it’s only 10 chapters long. I honestly didn’t expect this book to be so short, because I always think of classics as being quite long books. Well, either long or incredibly short.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
– Some people don’t consider Jane Eyre
to be a Gothic novel, but my uni lecturers who specialise in Gothic do, so therefore I do too.
– Apparenly, as in according to my mother, this book is pretty difficult to read because there’s tons of Yorkshire dialect in the speech, but I’m not too far from Yorkshire, and I managed to breeze through the Geordie in Dracula
Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite – Vampires! (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:・ﾟ✧
Carmilla Sheridan Le Fanu – Lesbian vampires! (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:・ﾟ✧
The Vampyre by John William Polidori – More vampires!!! (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:・ﾟ✧
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo – Fun fact: I haven’t seen the Disney version of Hunchback for some reason. I probably won’t watch it until I’ve read the book, whenever that is.
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux – Not gonna lie, I can’t stand the musical that is based on this book. But despite that, I kind of want to read the book so see if it’s not as cheesy and even a bit scary.
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice – VAMPIRES!!!!!
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – I got a gorgeous copy of this book for Christmas last year and it’s been sitting on my shelf ever since, so I should definitely get around to read it some time soon. And yes, it’s a Gothic novel, shush.
Are there any Gothic books that are on your list of books to read?