100 Best Gothic Books Of All Time


Making its debut in the late 18th century, Gothic fiction was a branch of the larger Romantic movement that sought to stimulate strong emotions in the reader — fear and apprehension in this case. Gothic fiction places heavy emphasis on atmosphere, using setting and diction to build suspense and a sense of unease in the reader. Common subject matter includes the supernatural, family curses, mystery, and madness. The list was compiled based on votes from the Goodreads community

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë


2. Dracula by Bram Stoker


3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë


4. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley


5. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier


6. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


7. The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe


8. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson


9. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux


10. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield


11. Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) by Anne Rice


12. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins


13. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen


14. The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón


15. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova


16. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson


17. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson


18. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu


19. The Monk by Matthew Lewis


20. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo


21. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James


22. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe


23. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole


24. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft


25. The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter


26. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill


27. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle


28. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind


29. The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman


30. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton


31. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters


32. The Angel’s Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #2) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón


33. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne


34. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving


35. Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales by H.P. Lovecraft


36. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu


37. Villette by Charlotte Brontë


38. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco


39. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier


40. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka


41. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin


42. Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt


43. Collected Ghost Stories by M.R. James


44. The Gormenghast Novels (Gormenghast, #1–3) by Mervyn Peake


45. The Italian: Or the Confessional of the Black Penitents by Ann Radcliffe


46. Dragonwyck by Anya Seton


47. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon


48. The Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches, #1) by Anne Rice


49. Hell House by Richard Matheson


50. Affinity by Sarah Waters


51. The Distant Hours by Kate Morton


52. The Ghost Writer by John Harwood


53. Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier


54. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde


55. The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier


56. The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson


57. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg


58. Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell


59. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë


60. In a Glass Darkly by J. Sheridan Le Fanu


61. Rappaccini’s Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne


62. The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens


63. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas


64. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins


65. Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger, #1) by V.C. Andrews


66. The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox


67. Young Goodman Brown and Other Short Stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne


68. Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin


69. The Shivering Sands by Victoria Holt


70. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo


71. On the Night of the Seventh Moon by Victoria Holt


72. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie


73. Vathek by William Beckford


74. Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite


75. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin


76. Asylum by Patrick McGrath


77. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott


78. The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton


79. The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter


80. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood


81. The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre by John William Polidori


82. The Ivy Tree by Mary Stewart


83. Bride of Pendorric by Victoria Holt


84. At The Mountains Of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft


85. Complete Ghost Stories by Charles Dickens


86. The Prince of Mist (Niebla, #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón


87. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


88. Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart


89. Hawthorne’s Short Stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne


90. Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe


91. Don’t Look Now by Daphne du Maurier


92. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe


93. Kirkland Revels by Victoria Holt


94. The Manuscript Found in Saragossa by Jan Potocki


95. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters


96. Tales of Unease by Arthur Conan Doyle


97. Wieland and Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist by Charles Brockden Brown


98. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick


99. Thornyhold by Mary Stewart


100. The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman


Source: https://www.goodreads.com


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