101 Gothic Reads You Might Enjoy

101 Gothic reads from the 18th century onwards. How many have you read?

Disclaimer: This is a list the leans into my expertise (18th and 19th century British Gothic and Gothic romance). There are some examples of multiple books for one author – that’s because I’ve read them! I think they’re fascinating or they’re pretty well-known works. It’s not a definitive list and any other Gothic scholar or fan’s list would be different! This isn’t a ‘should have read’ or a ‘must read’

In Castle of Otranto various soldiers attempt to lift the massive helmet off of Conrad but alas and alack, he is flat.
  1. The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole – 1764
  2. The Old English Baron – Charlotte Reeve – 1778 (version originally published as The Champion of Virtue in 1777)
  3. The Recess – Sophia Lee – 1783-5
  4. A Sicilian Romance – Ann Radcliffe – 1790
  5. Romance of the Forest – Ann Radcliffe – 1791
  6. The Castle of Wolfenbach – Eliza Parsons – 1793
  7. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe – 1794
  8. Things as They Are, or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams – William Godwin – 1794
  9. The Monk – Matthew Lewis – 1796
  10. The Children of the Abbey – Regina Maria Roche – 1796
  11. The Italian – Ann Radcliffe – 1796
  12. The Mysterious Warning – Eliza Parsons – 1796
  13. The Castle Spectre – Matthew Lewis (play) – 1797
  14. Wieland, or The Transformation – Charles Brockden Brown – 1798
  15. Maria, or The Wrongs of Woman – Mary Wollstonecraft – 1798
  16. The Abbess – William Henry Ireland – 1799
  17. Castle Rackrent – Maria Edgeworth – 1800
  18. Zofloya, or The Moor – Charlotte Dacre – 1806
  19. The Count of Montabino – Sarah Wilkinson (chapbook) – 1809
  20. ‘The Vampyre’ – John Stagg (poem) – 1810
  21. Zastrozzi – Percy Shelley – 1810
  22. Christabel – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (poem) – 1816
  23. Mandeville – William Godwin – 1817
  24. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen – 1817
  25. ‘The Sandman’ – E T A Hoffman (short story) – 1817
  26. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley – 1819/1831
  27. Nightmare Abbey – Thomas Love Peacock – 1819
  28. ‘The Vampyre’ – John Polidori (short story) – 1819
  29. ‘The Black Vampyre’ – Uriah Derek D’Arcy (short story) – 1819
  30. Melmoth the Wanderer – Charles Maturin – 1820
  31. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner – James Hogg – 1824
  32. Demon – Mikhail Lermontov (poem) – 1829-39
  33. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo – 1831
  34. ‘The Queen of Spades’ – Alexander Pushkin (short story) – 1832
  35. ‘Young Goodman Brown’ – Nathaniel Hawthorne (short story) – 1835
  36. ‘The Sylph’ – Vladimir Odoesvkii – 1837
  37. ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ – Edgar Allan Poe (short story) – 1839
  38. ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ – Edgar Allan Poe (short story) – 1842
  39. The Black Spider – Jeremias Gotthelf (novella) – 1842
  40. ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ – Edgar Allan Poe (short story) – 1843
  41. Varney the Vampire – commonly attributed to James Malcolm Rymer and Thomas Peckett Prest – 1845-7
  42. String of Pearls – (Penny Dreadful) – 1846-7
  43. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte – 1847
  44. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte – 1847
  45. The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne – 1851
  46. ‘The Old Nurse’s Story’ – Elizabeth Gaskell (short story) – 1852
  47. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins – 1858
  48. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens – 1861
  49. Uncle Silas – Sheridan Le Fanu – 1864
  50. ‘Carmilla’ – Sheridan Le Fanu (novella) – 1872
  51. ‘The Body Snatcher’ – Robert Louis Stevenson – 1881
  52. Weird Stories – Charlotte Riddell – 1882
  53. The House of Ulloa – Emilia Pardo Bazan – 1886
  54. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson (novella) – 1886
  55. ‘The Horla’ – Guy de Maupassant (short story) – 1887
  56. ‘Let Loose’ – Mary Colmondeley (short story)- 1890
  57. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde – 1890
  58. ‘A Wicked Voice’ – Vernon Lee (short story) – 1890
  59. ‘The Damned Thing’ – Ambrose Bierce (short story) – 1893
  60. ‘The Great God Pan’ – Arthur Machen (novella) – 1894
  61. ‘The Crimson Weaver’ – Robert Murray Gilchrist (short story) – 1895
  62. The King in Yellow – Robert Chambers – 1895
  63. ‘The Hungry Stones’ – Rabindranath Tagore (short story) – 1895
  64. ‘The Library Window’ – Margaret Oliphant (short story) – 1896
  65. The Beetle – Richard Marsh – 1897
  66. Dracula – Bram Stoker – 1897
  67. the Turn of the Screw – Henry James (novella) – 1898
  68. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle – 1902
  69. ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ – W. W. Jacobs (short story) – 1902
  70. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary – M. R. James – 1904
  71. ‘For the Blood is the Life’ – Francis Marion Crawford (short story) – 1905
  72. ‘Lazarus’ – Leonid Andreyev (short story) – 1906
  73. ‘The Willows’ – Algernon Blackwood – 1907
  74. ‘The Shadow’ – Edith Nesbit (short story) – 1910
  75. ‘The Eyes’ – Edith Wharton (short story) – 1910
  76. ‘The Beckoning Fair One’ – Oliver Onions (short story) – 1911
  77. ‘Outside the House’ – Bessie Kiffin Taylor (short story) – 1920
  78. Footsteps in the Dark – Georgette Heyer – 1832
  79. Jamaica Inn – Daphne Du Maurier – 1936
  80. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier – 1938
  81. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie – 1939
  82. The Bishop of Hell – Marjorie Bowen – 1949
  83. My Cousin Rachel – Daphne Du Maurier – 1951
  84. Moura – Virginia Coffman – 1959
  85. The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson – 1959
  86. Thunder Heights – Phyllis Whitney – 1960
  87. The Mistress of Mellyn – Victoria Holt – 1960
  88. Picnic at Hanging Rock – Joan Lindsay – 1969
  89. The Silence of Herondale – Joan Aiken – 1975
  90. Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice – 1976
  91. Flowers in the Attic – Virginia Andrews – 1979
  92. Gaywyck – Vincent Virga – 1980
  93. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer – Patrick Suskind – 1985
  94. Beloved – Toni Morrison – 1987
  95. The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters – 2009
  96. The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry – 2016
  97. The Apple Tree Throne – Premee Mohamed (novella) – 2018
  98. The Monster of Elendhaven – Jennifer Giesbrecht – 2019
  99. Mexican Gothic – Silvia Moreno Garcia – 2020
  100. Dowry of Blood – S. T. Gibson – 2021
  101. The Feast of Innocents – Colina Harker – 2022

I’m going to do another list more focused on the 20th and 21st centuries so keep an eye out!

Published by SamHirst

This started off as a story blog to share the little fictions that I like to write but it's turned into something a bit more Goth! I'm Dr Sam Hirst and I research the Gothic, theology and romance and at the moment I'm doing free Gothic classes online! We also have readalongs, watchalongs and reading groups. And I post fun little Gothic bits when I have the chance. Find me on twitter @RomGothSam

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