10 Classic Gothic Novels

These books give us a pleasing sort of terror

Like the work of musical mastermind Meatloaf, gothic fiction combines great storytelling with a splash of horror and a generous helping of over-the-top Romanticism. You can't think of the gothic genre without thinking of bleak creatures sweeping through darkened halls and languishing in their broken love (and with that, we're back to Meatloaf again). Gothic fiction is nothing if not entertainingly morose. Here are 10 of the classic examples of the genre to curl up with on a gloomy night. 

Jane Eyre cover

1. Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Ward Radcliffe

2. The Mysteries of Udolpho

Ann Ward Radcliffe
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

3. The Tell-Tale Heart

Edgar Allan Poe
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

5. The Castle of Otranto

Horace Walpole
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

8. Rebecca

Daphne du Maurier
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