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...)

TopicTopicMessagesLast Message 
A dream I had last night105 unread / 105pgmcc, Today 11:30am
So whatcha readin' now, kids? - Volume Four250 unread / 250housefulofpaper, Yesterday 3:53pm
Dracula158 unread / 158housefulofpaper, Friday 1:12pm
Conrad Veidt (OT)273 unread / 273LolaWalser, Thursday 12:49pm
Phantasmagoria and Haunted Screens: Gothic Films (and more) - Nine198 unread / 198alaudacorax, Thursday 9:47am
Gothic gossip in the new new Carolean era92 unread / 92alaudacorax, June 3
Interesting Editions150 unread / 150alaudacorax, May 16
Melmoth the Wanderer35 unread / 35Buchmerkur, May 2
The Picture of Dorian Grey10 unread / 10housefulofpaper, May 1
Folk Horror193 unread / 193housefulofpaper, February 17
Goth music-post 1970s117 unread / 117benbrainard8, February 10
Gothic in Dickens34 unread / 34housefulofpaper, December 2023
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein234 unread / 234housefulofpaper, October 2023
Southern Gothic27 unread / 27housefulofpaper, October 2023
Off Topic, mostly1 unread / 1LolaWalser, October 2023
M. R. James4 unread / 4Rembetis, July 2023
The Gothic gossip goes on183 unread / 183benbrainard8, July 2023
Reading Group #13 (Lovecraft's Birthday: 'Dagon,' 'The Rats in the Walls,' 'The Haunter of the Dark'71 unread / 71LolaWalser, July 2023
Phantasmagoria and Haunted Screens: Gothic Films (and more) - Eight408 unread / 408LolaWalser, June 2023
Dark Shadows Trivia2 unread / 2LolaWalser, March 2023
Editions of "Dracula"86 unread / 86housefulofpaper, November 2022
The Haunting of Hill House — Easton Press limited edition3 unread / 3housefulofpaper, November 2022
So whatcha readin' now, kids?--vol. 3427 unread / 427benbrainard8, October 2022
German Gothic?9 unread / 9housefulofpaper, September 2022
E. T. A. Hoffmann35 unread / 35housefulofpaper, September 2022
Arthur Rimbaud9 unread / 9benbrainard8, June 2022
Gothic music?226 unread / 226alaudacorax, May 2022
OT - Treasures, or possibly interesting items in our collections - new thread50 unread / 50housefulofpaper, April 2022
Mrs. Radcliffe29 unread / 29pgmcc, February 2022
Do you like Anne Rice's books ?27 unread / 27housefulofpaper, December 2021
The Monk: A Romance77 unread / 77benbrainard8, November 2021
Vathek.34 unread / 34benbrainard8, November 2021
Yet more Gothic gossip.428 unread / 428housefulofpaper, October 2021
Scary Stories: An Invitation to Join LT's October List of the Month7 unread / 7alaudacorax, October 2021
Ray Bradbury book covers24 unread / 24alaudacorax, October 2021
Frankenstein remix19 unread / 19alaudacorax, August 2021
Jane Austen Horrid Novels17 unread / 17alaudacorax, July 2021
The Three Impostors (Machen)42 unread / 42housefulofpaper, June 2021
OT - Treasures, or possibly interesting items in our collections194 unread / 194housefulofpaper, May 2021
Reading Group #27 ('King Pest')20 unread / 20LolaWalser, May 2021
Seeking an Admin for this Group31 unread / 31Bob_Reader, April 2021
New fine editions of Gothic Literature3 unread / 3Bob_Reader, April 2021
Reading Group #36 (Poe: 'The Cask of Amontillado,' 'Ligeia,' 'The Pit and the Pendulum')55 unread / 55alaudacorax, April 2021
Reading Group #30 (The Island of Dr. Moreau)31 unread / 31alaudacorax, March 2021
The crow 1994 - the greatest movie I've ever seen!14 unread / 14benbrainard8, January 2021
Poe by Lee12 unread / 12WeeTurtle, December 2020
Mexican Gothic (book)3 unread / 3WeeTurtle, December 2020
Gothic Films - episode seven182 unread / 182alaudacorax, December 2020
Gothic Artworks26 unread / 26housefulofpaper, October 2020
Reading Group #3 ('The Horla')35 unread / 35alaudacorax, July 2020
Exorcists and Exorcism - Books/Films18 unread / 18frahealee, July 2020
The Haunting of Hill House42 unread / 42LolaWalser, June 2020
Shirley Jackson29 unread / 29frahealee, June 2020
Canadian Gothic - who knew?!35 unread / 35frahealee, June 2020
Hawthorne Impressions8 unread / 8frahealee, June 2020
Gothic D&D!: Ravenloft8 unread / 8WeeTurtle, May 2020
The short stories of Walter de la Mare12 unread / 12LolaWalser, May 2020
Seven Gothic Tales - Karen Blixen28 unread / 28frahealee, May 2020
The Castle of Otranto13 unread / 13frahealee, March 2020
Gothic Background, Definitions, Motifs, etc.58 unread / 58frahealee, March 2020
Yet more Gothic gossip.1 unread / 1alaudacorax, March 2020
More Gothic gossip.309 unread / 309alaudacorax, March 2020
Reading Group #20 ('Pigeons from Hell')38 unread / 38frahealee, February 2020
Reading Group #14 ('The Repairer of Reputations')43 unread / 43frahealee, February 2020
Christmas Ghost Stories17 unread / 17frahealee, February 2020
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's 200th birthday30 unread / 30housefulofpaper, January 2020
Reading Group #33 ('The Judge's House')44 unread / 44frahealee, January 2020
Reading Group #35 (The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner)13 unread / 13frahealee, January 2020
Gothic Films - episode six213 unread / 213frahealee, January 2020
How to tell you're reading a gothic novel9 unread / 9frahealee, December 2019
Gothic Poetry38 unread / 38frahealee, December 2019
Modern Gothic writers?36 unread / 36Rembetis, November 2019
Shirley Jackson - Fine Editions5 unread / 5Emily_Jones51, September 2019
Gothic Films - episode five203 unread / 203WeeTurtle, September 2019
So whatcha readin' now, kids?260 unread / 260frahealee, September 2019
Bloodborne: Gothic video game?12 unread / 12housefulofpaper, August 2019
Paperbacks from Hell3 unread / 3LolaWalser, July 2019
Earth Hour 20182 unread / 2frahealee, March 2019
Reading Group #6 ('The Minister's Black Veil')29 unread / 29frahealee, March 2019
Reading Group #25 (Lovecraft: 'The Outsider' & 'The Call of Cthulhu')25 unread / 25frahealee, March 2019
Reading Group #8 ('Young Goodman Brown')23 unread / 23frahealee, March 2019
Vampire stories9 unread / 9frahealee, March 2019
'The Grove of Ashtaroth' by John Buchan (1912?)15 unread / 15frahealee, March 2019
Reading Group #18 ('The Vampyre')31 unread / 31frahealee, March 2019
Varney the Vampire7 unread / 7frahealee, February 2019
Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla34 unread / 34frahealee, February 2019
Hello!100 unread / 100frahealee, January 2019
Reading Group #12 (M. R. James' Birthday: 'The Mezzotint,' 'Casting the Runes,' 'Rats')65 unread / 65frahealee, January 2019
Reading Group #5 ('The Listener')46 unread / 46frahealee, January 2019
Reading Group #6: 'Green Tea'42 unread / 42frahealee, December 2018
Gothic for Children45 unread / 45frahealee, December 2018
Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh9 unread / 9frahealee, December 2018
Reading Group #19 ('The Masque of the Red Death')20 unread / 20housefulofpaper, December 2018
Reading Group #28 ('Rapaccini's Daughter')38 unread / 38frahealee, December 2018
Reading Group #4 (Poetry: 'Ulalume,' 'Darkness,' 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner')41 unread / 41frahealee, October 2018
Reading Group #24 ('The Wendigo')15 unread / 15frahealee, October 2018
Reading Group #10 ('The Yellow Wallpaper')49 unread / 49frahealee, October 2018
Reading Group #9 ('Canon Alberic's Scrapbook')35 unread / 35frahealee, September 2018
Reading Group #16 ('The Kit-Bag')16 unread / 16frahealee, September 2018
Reading Group #15 ('The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar')16 unread / 16alaudacorax, September 2018
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