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Gothic Literature

A place for devotees of Maturin and Le Fanu, Radcliffe and Lewis, Dacre and Walpole, Poe and Blackwood, Brown and Lovecraft, Machen and Bierce, Stoker, Beckford, Shelley, Jackson, the Bronte sisters, and all the rest.

Those who prefer the mystic to the mundane and the fervid to the bloodless—those who can see the fever in the gloom and detect the delicate irony in the shadow of overwhelming dread—those who are not afraid of the brooding, pernicious cynicism that is so often the mark, or perhaps the stain, of genius: this is your group.

Where the ruins of forgotten glamours, the trappings of cobwebs and myrrh-reeking evils, meet the surprisingly modern interpretations of past inspirations—darker inspirations—a tradition of tempering the cerebral with the macabre continues to exist. The Gothic defies categorization: always fresh, always dated, always derivative, always defiantly inventive, always drivel, always absolute gold. Distinct from any other major literary movement in its bizarre capacity for allowing us to marry our inner literary snob with our inner patron of what a certain outrageously popular contemporary author once deemed 'good trash,' the Gothic constantly propels us forward as much as it beckons us back.

And so, to those many acolytes who bow at the altar where the romantic worships the repulsive, and the world is never quite what it seems, please join me in discussing and appreciating that curious genre that glosses reality as much as it illuminates the latent horror all around us, and the still more sinister things waiting within us.

(A note to new members: if you're interested in joining our fairly loquacious little reading group, please feel free to comment on older threads as well as our featured story/poem/whatever. For example, just because we finished 'The Fall of the House of Usher' quite a ways back doesn't mean we wouldn't all love to hear what somebody new has to say...)

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Gothic for Children 38WeeTurtle, Today 12:45amignore
Gothic Films - episode five 77alaudacorax, Yesterday 10:17pmignore
Reading Group #28 ('Rapaccini's Daughter') 38frahealee, Monday 11:01amignore
More Gothic gossip. 116housefulofpaper, Sunday 1:54pmignore
Gothic in Dickens 3frahealee, Sunday 3:20amignore
Seven Gothic Tales - Karen Blixen 1WeeTurtle, Saturday 10:48pmignore
How to tell you're reading a gothic novel 8WeeTurtle, Saturday 12:36amignore
Dracula 42alaudacorax, November 29ignore
Gothic Poetry 33frahealee, November 15ignore
So whatcha readin' now, kids? 159housefulofpaper, November 7ignore
Southern Gothic 22frahealee, October 31ignore
Reading Group #5 ('The Listener') 43frahealee, October 31ignore
Reading Group #3 ('The Horla') 30frahealee, October 31ignore
Bloodborne: Gothic video game? 4WeeTurtle, October 31ignore
Vampire stories 4frahealee, October 30ignore
Reading Group #18 ('The Vampyre') 29frahealee, October 30ignore
Reading Group #8 ('Young Goodman Brown') 17alaudacorax, October 30ignore
Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla 33frahealee, October 29ignore
Varney the Vampire 6frahealee, October 29ignore
Reading Group #6 ('The Minister's Black Veil') 20frahealee, October 29ignore
Reading Group #6: 'Green Tea' 41frahealee, October 25ignore
'The Grove of Ashtaroth' by John Buchan (1912?) 11frahealee, October 25ignore
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's 200th birthday 26housefulofpaper, October 21ignore
Reading Group #4 (Poetry: 'Ulalume,' 'Darkness,' 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner') 41frahealee, October 21ignore
Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh 2frahealee, October 21ignore
Gothic music? 151alaudacorax, October 17ignore
Reading Group #24 ('The Wendigo') 15frahealee, October 10ignore
Reading Group #10 ('The Yellow Wallpaper') 49frahealee, October 9ignore
Canadian Gothic - who knew?! 20WeeTurtle, October 8ignore
Reading Group #12 (M. R. James' Birthday: 'The Mezzotint,' 'Casting the Runes,' 'Rats') 62alaudacorax, October 7ignore
Gothic Background, Definitions, Motifs, etc. 24frahealee, October 6ignore
Reading Group #36 (Poe: 'The Cask of Amontillado,' 'Ligeia,' 'The Pit and the Pendulum') 54housefulofpaper, September 30ignore
Reading Group #9 ('Canon Alberic's Scrapbook') 35frahealee, September 30ignore
Reading Group #16 ('The Kit-Bag') 16frahealee, September 29ignore
Reading Group #19 ('The Masque of the Red Death') 12frahealee, September 28ignore
Reading Group #15 ('The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar') 16alaudacorax, September 28ignore
Conrad Veidt (OT) 118alaudacorax, September 28ignore
A dream I had last night 52frahealee, September 27ignore
Caleb Williams 16frahealee, September 12ignore
The Monk: A Romance 38frahealee, September 12ignore
Hello! 98frahealee, September 11ignore
Frankenstein remix 10housefulofpaper, September 8ignore
The Mysteries of Udolpho 50frahealee, September 8ignore
Gothic Films - episode four 193LolaWalser, August 26ignore
The Haunting of Hill House 18frahealee, August 12ignore
Jane Austen Horrid Novels 11Rembetis, May 2ignore
Interesting Editions 131frahealee, April 30ignore
The Bronte Sisters 12housefulofpaper, April 27ignore
Goblin Market. 25LolaWalser, April 26ignore
My Last Duchess. 41alaudacorax, March 31ignore
Wuthering Heights 4tess_schoolmarm, March 30ignore
Earth Hour 2018 1frahealee, March 24ignore
The Most Important News You'll Ever Hear 2housefulofpaper, March 15ignore
Gothic Books - New? 1Matthew1956, March 11ignore
Reading Group #21 ('The Great God Pan') 44Rembetis, March 10ignore
Gothic Literature - Box Sets 9housefulofpaper, March 2ignore
Gothic gossip. 307alaudacorax, November 2017ignore
Gothic films - part three 195alaudacorax, October 2017ignore
So whatcha readin', kids? 343alaudacorax, August 2017ignore
The Three Impostors (Machen) 37alaudacorax, January 2017ignore
Gothic films (2) 351alaudacorax, January 2017ignore
Gothic Artworks 23LolaWalser, November 2016ignore
Reading Group #20 ('Pigeons from Hell') 34veilofisis, November 2016ignore
Gothic films 303alaudacorax, April 2016ignore
Petition for a hardcover Flannery O'Connor! 2erbisoeul, March 2016ignore
Recommended Reading/Comments on Gothic Themes 14IanFryer, February 2016ignore
Reading Group #33 ('The Judge's House') 36alaudacorax, August 2015ignore
Terror and Wonder - The Gothic Imagination at the British Library 30housefulofpaper, February 2015ignore
Totally New 7housefulofpaper, January 2015ignore
The Gothic Society 2housefulofpaper, March 2014ignore
The Castle of Wolfenbach - a tutored read begins tonight! 8SqueakyChu, November 2013ignore
Reading Group #23 (Hamlet) 56alaudacorax, September 2013ignore
Reviews 37veilofisis, May 2013ignore
Shakespeare and the Gothic 16housefulofpaper, May 2013ignore
Reading Group #37 ('Monos and Daimonos') 8housefulofpaper, May 2013ignore
Reading Group #34 ('Schalken the Painter') 13veilofisis, May 2013ignore
Reading Group #35 (The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner) 8housefulofpaper, January 2013ignore
Goethe's 'The Bride of Corinth' - whose poem? 21alaudacorax, November 2012ignore
Reading Group #32 ('Under the Pyramids') 31alaudacorax, November 2012ignore
The Castle of Otranto 11housefulofpaper, October 2012ignore
Book ID request - does this sound like Michael McDowell's Blackwater series? 3tros, September 2012ignore
Lit. Crit. on the Gothic? 27housefulofpaper, August 2012ignore
Reading Group #31 (The Arabian Nights: 'The City of Brass') 18alaudacorax, August 2012ignore
Reading Group #30 (The Island of Dr. Moreau) 22veilofisis, June 2012ignore
Gothic Literature Links 14SqueakyChu, June 2012ignore
Reading Group #29 ('The Body Snatcher') 14alaudacorax, May 2012ignore
Novel Titan predates Titanic 3naimahaviland, April 2012ignore
Vathek. 17LolaWalser, March 2012ignore
Reading Group #27 ('King Pest') 18alaudacorax, March 2012ignore
Reading Group #26 ('The Vaults of Yoh-Vombis') 16veilofisis, February 2012ignore
Reading Group #25 (Lovecraft: 'The Outsider' & 'The Call of Cthulhu') 20alaudacorax, January 2012ignore
Happy New Year! 6brother_salvatore, January 2012ignore
Achievements in slowness 23LolaWalser, December 2011ignore
Reading Group #22 ('The Beckoning Fair One') 12pgmcc, December 2011ignore
Off Topic - Member Giveaway 1naimahaviland, November 2011ignore
Link to 33 scary stories 5veilofisis, October 2011ignore
Gothic Edinburgh 1brother_salvatore, October 2011ignore
Reading Group #17 (Manfred) 24alaudacorax, October 2011ignore
Reading Group #2 62alaudacorax, September 2011ignore
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