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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