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 films - part three 79LolaWalser, Yesterday 8:05pmignore
Gothic gossip. 291alaudacorax, Sunday 11:23amignore
Interesting Editions 103housefulofpaper, June 19ignore
The Three Impostors (Machen) 37alaudacorax, January 18ignore
Gothic films (2) 351alaudacorax, January 3ignore
Southern Gothic 9housefulofpaper, December 2016ignore
Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla 22alaudacorax, December 2016ignore
Gothic music? 117veilofisis, November 2016ignore
Gothic Artworks 23LolaWalser, November 2016ignore
So whatcha readin', kids? 301LolaWalser, November 2016ignore
Reading Group #20 ('Pigeons from Hell') 34veilofisis, November 2016ignore
A dream I had last night 30pgmcc, October 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
My Last Duchess. 33thorold, November 2015ignore
The Monk: A Romance 29pgmcc, September 2015ignore
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
Reading Group #21 ('The Great God Pan') 39housefulofpaper, November 2014ignore
Reading Group #6: 'Green Tea' 40pgmcc, October 2014ignore
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's 200th birthday 8pgmcc, October 2014ignore
Caleb Williams 12alaudacorax, August 2014ignore
How to tell you're reading a gothic novel 6SqueakyChu, May 2014ignore
Reading Group #4 (Poetry: 'Ulalume,' 'Darkness,' 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner') 38housefulofpaper, May 2014ignore
Goblin Market. 4alaudacorax, May 2014ignore
The Gothic Society 2housefulofpaper, March 2014ignore
Dracula 31pgmcc, March 2014ignore
Reading Group #36 (Poe: 'The Cask of Amontillado,' 'Ligeia,' 'The Pit and the Pendulum') 48alaudacorax, March 2014ignore
The Mysteries of Udolpho 49alaudacorax, November 2013ignore
The Castle of Wolfenbach - a tutored read begins tonight! 8SqueakyChu, November 2013ignore
'The Grove of Ashtaroth' by John Buchan (1912?) 10pgmcc, October 2013ignore
Reading Group #23 (Hamlet) 56alaudacorax, September 2013ignore
Hello! 97alaudacorax, June 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
Varney the Vampire 5destiny13, 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
Reading Group #28 ('Rapaccini's Daughter') 34housefulofpaper, September 2012ignore
Reading Group #18 ('The Vampyre') 15housefulofpaper, September 2012ignore
Lit. Crit. on the Gothic? 27housefulofpaper, August 2012ignore
Reading Group #9 ('Canon Alberic's Scrapbook') 32housefulofpaper, 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
Frankenstein remix 4housefulofpaper, May 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
Reading Group #24 ('The Wendigo') 11veilofisis, January 2012ignore
Achievements in slowness 23LolaWalser, December 2011ignore
Reading Group #22 ('The Beckoning Fair One') 12pgmcc, December 2011ignore
Reading Group #19 ('The Masque of the Red Death') 11alaudacorax, November 2011ignore
Off Topic - Member Giveaway 1naimahaviland, November 2011ignore
Link to 33 scary stories 5veilofisis, October 2011ignore
Gothic Edinburgh 1brother_salvatore, October 2011ignore
Reading Group #16 ('The Kit-Bag') 15alaudacorax, October 2011ignore
Reading Group #12 (M. R. James' Birthday: 'The Mezzotint,' 'Casting the Runes,' 'Rats') 52pgmcc, October 2011ignore
Reading Group #17 (Manfred) 24alaudacorax, October 2011ignore
Reading Group #2 62alaudacorax, September 2011ignore
Reading Group #15 ('The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar') 14veilofisis, September 2011ignore
Reading Group #14 ('The Repairer of Reputations') 24alaudacorax, September 2011ignore
gothic stories of non western world 3Dario_de_Giacomo, September 2011ignore
Reading Group #13 (Lovecraft's Birthday: 'Dagon,' 'The Rats in the Walls,' 'The Haunter of the Dark' 57pgmcc, August 2011ignore
Reading Group #11 ('The Gospel According to Mark') 32veilofisis, August 2011ignore
OT: convention talk 5brother_salvatore, August 2011ignore
Reading Group #10 ('The Yellow Wallpaper') 46alaudacorax, July 2011ignore
Where Their Fires Are Not Quenched 10LolaWalser, June 2011ignore
Reading Group #8 ('Young Goodman Brown') 11veilofisis, June 2011ignore
Gothic Library Display 36Thulean, June 2011ignore
Reading Group #5 ('The Listener') 42veilofisis, June 2011ignore
Reading Group #6 ('The Minister's Black Veil') 19alaudacorax, May 2011ignore
The Old English Baron 9Thulean, May 2011ignore
Gothic and Romantics? 4veilofisis, May 2011ignore
Reading Group #3 ('The Horla') 29veilofisis, May 2011ignore
Reading group? 51veilofisis, May 2011ignore

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