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 
Phantasmagoria and Haunted Screens: Gothic Films (and more) - Eight107 unread / 107housefulofpaper, Yesterday 8:54pm
The Three Impostors (Machen)42 unread / 42housefulofpaper, June 5
So whatcha readin' now, kids?--vol. 3233 unread / 233housefulofpaper, June 4
Folk Horror136 unread / 136housefulofpaper, May 31
Yet more Gothic gossip.324 unread / 324LolaWalser, May 23
OT - Treasures, or possibly interesting items in our collections194 unread / 194housefulofpaper, May 19
Reading Group #27 ('King Pest')20 unread / 20LolaWalser, May 15
Seeking an Admin for this Group31 unread / 31Bob_Reader, April 23
New fine editions of Gothic Literature3 unread / 3Bob_Reader, April 21
Reading Group #36 (Poe: 'The Cask of Amontillado,' 'Ligeia,' 'The Pit and the Pendulum')55 unread / 55alaudacorax, April 16
Gothic music?202 unread / 202WeeTurtle, April 16
Dracula76 unread / 76benbrainard8, March 20
Goth music-post 1970s85 unread / 85LolaWalser, March 13
Reading Group #30 (The Island of Dr. Moreau)31 unread / 31alaudacorax, March 9
The crow 1994 - the greatest movie I've ever seen!14 unread / 14benbrainard8, January 26
Conrad Veidt (OT)222 unread / 222LolaWalser, January 14
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
Editions of "Dracula"66 unread / 66pgmcc, August 2020
A dream I had last night61 unread / 61AndreasJ, July 2020
Reading Group #3 ('The Horla')35 unread / 35alaudacorax, July 2020
Exorcists and Exorcism - Books/Films18 unread / 18frahealee, July 2020
Southern Gothic24 unread / 24frahealee, June 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
Gothic in Dickens30 unread / 30pgmcc, May 2020
Do you like Anne Rice's books ?25 unread / 25benbrainard8, 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 #13 (Lovecraft's Birthday: 'Dagon,' 'The Rats in the Walls,' 'The Haunter of the Dark'65 unread / 65frahealee, 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
Frankenstein remix12 unread / 12alaudacorax, April 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
Melmoth the Wanderer24 unread / 24frahealee, 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
The Monk: A Romance69 unread / 69quitude07, 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
Caleb Williams16 unread / 16frahealee, September 2018
The Mysteries of Udolpho50 unread / 50frahealee, September 2018
Gothic Films - episode four193 unread / 193LolaWalser, August 2018
Jane Austen Horrid Novels11 unread / 11Rembetis, May 2018
Interesting Editions131 unread / 131frahealee, April 2018
The Bronte Sisters12 unread / 12housefulofpaper, April 2018
Goblin Market.25 unread / 25LolaWalser, April 2018
My Last Duchess.41 unread / 41alaudacorax, March 2018
Wuthering Heights4 unread / 4Tess_W, March 2018
The Most Important News You'll Ever Hear2 unread / 2housefulofpaper, March 2018
Gothic Books - New?1 unread / 1Matthew1956, March 2018
Reading Group #21 ('The Great God Pan')44 unread / 44Rembetis, March 2018
Gothic Literature - Box Sets9 unread / 9housefulofpaper, March 2018
Gothic gossip.307 unread / 307alaudacorax, November 2017
Gothic films - part three195 unread / 195alaudacorax, October 2017
So whatcha readin', kids?343 unread / 343alaudacorax, August 2017
Gothic films (2)351 unread / 351alaudacorax, January 2017
Gothic films303 unread / 303alaudacorax, April 2016
Petition for a hardcover Flannery O'Connor!2 unread / 2erbisoeul, March 2016
Recommended Reading/Comments on Gothic Themes14 unread / 14IanFryer, February 2016
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