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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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Shirley Jackson 14WeeTurtle, Yesterday 10:24pmignore
More Gothic gossip. 155WeeTurtle, Yesterday 10:10pmignore
Gothic music? 164elenchus, Sunday 11:56amignore
Reading Group #14 ('The Repairer of Reputations') 26elenchus, Friday 1:27pmignore
Gothic Films - episode five 109housefulofpaper, April 8ignore
So whatcha readin' now, kids? 236LolaWalser, April 7ignore
Gothic Poetry 37frahealee, March 30ignore
Earth Hour 2018 2frahealee, March 30ignore
Canadian Gothic - who knew?! 32frahealee, March 22ignore
Reading Group #30 (The Island of Dr. Moreau) 25frahealee, March 21ignore
Reading Group #35 (The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner) 9frahealee, March 20ignore
Reading Group #13 (Lovecraft's Birthday: 'Dagon,' 'The Rats in the Walls,' 'The Haunter of the Dark' 58frahealee, March 20ignore
Reading Group #6 ('The Minister's Black Veil') 29frahealee, March 20ignore
Reading Group #25 (Lovecraft: 'The Outsider' & 'The Call of Cthulhu') 25frahealee, March 15ignore
Reading Group #8 ('Young Goodman Brown') 23frahealee, March 15ignore
Dracula 52frahealee, March 12ignore
Reading Group #3 ('The Horla') 32frahealee, March 8ignore
Melmoth the Wanderer 24frahealee, March 6ignore
Vampire stories 9frahealee, March 6ignore
'The Grove of Ashtaroth' by John Buchan (1912?) 15frahealee, March 4ignore
Reading Group #18 ('The Vampyre') 31frahealee, March 4ignore
Gothic Background, Definitions, Motifs, etc. 29WeeTurtle, March 3ignore
Varney the Vampire 7frahealee, February 8ignore
Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla 34frahealee, February 8ignore
The crow 1994 - the greatest movie I've ever seen! 12WeeTurtle, February 7ignore
The Haunting of Hill House 36pgmcc, January 27ignore
Hello! 99frahealee, January 18ignore
The Monk: A Romance 69quitude07, January 15ignore
Reading Group #12 (M. R. James' Birthday: 'The Mezzotint,' 'Casting the Runes,' 'Rats') 65frahealee, January 14ignore
Reading Group #5 ('The Listener') 46frahealee, January 5ignore
Reading Group #6: 'Green Tea' 42frahealee, December 2018ignore
Gothic in Dickens 12alaudacorax, 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
Seven Gothic Tales - Karen Blixen 8frahealee, December 2018ignore
Conrad Veidt (OT) 120LolaWalser, December 2018ignore
Reading Group #28 ('Rapaccini's Daughter') 38frahealee, December 2018ignore
How to tell you're reading a gothic novel 8WeeTurtle, December 2018ignore
Southern Gothic 22frahealee, October 2018ignore
Bloodborne: Gothic video game? 4WeeTurtle, October 2018ignore
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's 200th birthday 26housefulofpaper, 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
Frankenstein remix 10housefulofpaper, 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_schoolmarm, 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
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
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
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
Happy New Year! 6brother_salvatore, January 2012ignore
Achievements in slowness 23LolaWalser, December 2011ignore
Reading Group #22 ('The Beckoning Fair One') 12pgmcc, December 2011ignore
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