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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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OT - Treasures, or possibly interesting items in our collections 107LolaWalser, Today 12:44pmignore
Yet more Gothic gossip. 119LolaWalser, Today 12:26pmignore
Gothic Films - episode seven 110frahealee, Today 9:53amignore
Editions of "Dracula" 33frahealee, Today 9:15amignore
Gothic in Dickens 30pgmcc, Today 5:28amignore
Do you like Anne Rice's books ? 25benbrainard8, Tuesday 2:53pmignore
So whatcha readin' now, kids?--vol. 3 64alaudacorax, Monday 9:36amignore
The short stories of Walter de la Mare 12LolaWalser, Sunday 3:32pmignore
Goth music-post 1970s 32benbrainard8, Sunday 12:14amignore
The Haunting of Hill House 39LolaWalser, May 16ignore
Conrad Veidt (OT) 186robertajl, May 15ignore
Gothic music? 190benbrainard8, May 11ignore
Seven Gothic Tales - Karen Blixen 28frahealee, May 5ignore
The Castle of Otranto 13frahealee, March 8ignore
Gothic Background, Definitions, Motifs, etc. 58frahealee, March 8ignore
Yet more Gothic gossip. 1alaudacorax, March 5ignore
More Gothic gossip. 309alaudacorax, March 5ignore
Reading Group #20 ('Pigeons from Hell') 38frahealee, February 23ignore
Reading Group #14 ('The Repairer of Reputations') 43frahealee, February 13ignore
Hawthorne Impressions 7frahealee, February 8ignore
Dracula 68frahealee, February 6ignore
Christmas Ghost Stories 17frahealee, February 6ignore
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's 200th birthday 30housefulofpaper, January 30ignore
Reading Group #13 (Lovecraft's Birthday: 'Dagon,' 'The Rats in the Walls,' 'The Haunter of the Dark' 65frahealee, January 29ignore
Reading Group #33 ('The Judge's House') 44frahealee, January 16ignore
Reading Group #35 (The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner) 13frahealee, January 15ignore
Gothic Films - episode six 213frahealee, January 4ignore
How to tell you're reading a gothic novel 9frahealee, December 2019ignore
Canadian Gothic - who knew?! 34WeeTurtle, December 2019ignore
Gothic Poetry 38frahealee, December 2019ignore
Modern Gothic writers? 36Rembetis, November 2019ignore
Shirley Jackson - Fine Editions 5Emily_Jones51, September 2019ignore
Gothic Films - episode five 203WeeTurtle, September 2019ignore
Reading Group #30 (The Island of Dr. Moreau) 26frahealee, September 2019ignore
So whatcha readin' now, kids? 260frahealee, September 2019ignore
Gothic D&D!: Ravenloft 6WeeTurtle, August 2019ignore
Bloodborne: Gothic video game? 12housefulofpaper, August 2019ignore
Paperbacks from Hell 3LolaWalser, July 2019ignore
Frankenstein remix 12alaudacorax, April 2019ignore
Shirley Jackson 24alaudacorax, April 2019ignore
Earth Hour 2018 2frahealee, March 2019ignore
Reading Group #6 ('The Minister's Black Veil') 29frahealee, March 2019ignore
Reading Group #25 (Lovecraft: 'The Outsider' & 'The Call of Cthulhu') 25frahealee, March 2019ignore
Reading Group #8 ('Young Goodman Brown') 23frahealee, March 2019ignore
Reading Group #3 ('The Horla') 32frahealee, March 2019ignore
Melmoth the Wanderer 24frahealee, March 2019ignore
Vampire stories 9frahealee, March 2019ignore
'The Grove of Ashtaroth' by John Buchan (1912?) 15frahealee, March 2019ignore
Reading Group #18 ('The Vampyre') 31frahealee, March 2019ignore
Varney the Vampire 7frahealee, February 2019ignore
Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla 34frahealee, February 2019ignore
The crow 1994 - the greatest movie I've ever seen! 12WeeTurtle, February 2019ignore
Hello! 99frahealee, January 2019ignore
The Monk: A Romance 69quitude07, January 2019ignore
Reading Group #12 (M. R. James' Birthday: 'The Mezzotint,' 'Casting the Runes,' 'Rats') 65frahealee, January 2019ignore
Reading Group #5 ('The Listener') 46frahealee, January 2019ignore
Reading Group #6: 'Green Tea' 42frahealee, December 2018ignore
Gothic for Children 45frahealee, December 2018ignore
Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh 9frahealee, December 2018ignore
Reading Group #19 ('The Masque of the Red Death') 20housefulofpaper, December 2018ignore
Reading Group #28 ('Rapaccini's Daughter') 38frahealee, December 2018ignore
Southern Gothic 22frahealee, October 2018ignore
Reading Group #4 (Poetry: 'Ulalume,' 'Darkness,' 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner') 41frahealee, October 2018ignore
Reading Group #24 ('The Wendigo') 15frahealee, October 2018ignore
Reading Group #10 ('The Yellow Wallpaper') 49frahealee, October 2018ignore
Reading Group #36 (Poe: 'The Cask of Amontillado,' 'Ligeia,' 'The Pit and the Pendulum') 54housefulofpaper, September 2018ignore
Reading Group #9 ('Canon Alberic's Scrapbook') 35frahealee, September 2018ignore
Reading Group #16 ('The Kit-Bag') 16frahealee, September 2018ignore
Reading Group #15 ('The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar') 16alaudacorax, September 2018ignore
A dream I had last night 52frahealee, September 2018ignore
Caleb Williams 16frahealee, September 2018ignore
The Mysteries of Udolpho 50frahealee, September 2018ignore
Gothic Films - episode four 193LolaWalser, August 2018ignore
Jane Austen Horrid Novels 11Rembetis, May 2018ignore
Interesting Editions 131frahealee, April 2018ignore
The Bronte Sisters 12housefulofpaper, April 2018ignore
Goblin Market. 25LolaWalser, April 2018ignore
My Last Duchess. 41alaudacorax, March 2018ignore
Wuthering Heights 4Tess_W, March 2018ignore
The Most Important News You'll Ever Hear 2housefulofpaper, March 2018ignore
Gothic Books - New? 1Matthew1956, March 2018ignore
Reading Group #21 ('The Great God Pan') 44Rembetis, March 2018ignore
Gothic Literature - Box Sets 9housefulofpaper, March 2018ignore
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
Gothic films 303alaudacorax, April 2016ignore
Petition for a hardcover Flannery O'Connor! 2erbisoeul, March 2016ignore
Recommended Reading/Comments on Gothic Themes 14IanFryer, February 2016ignore
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
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