This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is a Halloween Freebie, and what better time is there to read some Gothic fiction? I can be hit or miss when it comes to Gothic fiction so even if some of these aren’t my favorites, I think anybody interested in reading classic Gothic fiction should read these books and stories.
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen: By far my favorite gothic fiction story, mainly because it pokes fun at other gothic fiction stories. Plus, Henry Tilney has dogs so how can you say no to him?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: I’m not a huge fan of this book mainly because it’s not long
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë: There are aspects of this book that I don’t like, but it’s pretty much the most Gothic Gothic ficiton story. The moors, the agony, the Heathcliff.
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux: I love both this book and the musical. I just love something about a dude that wears a mask and haunts an opera house.
Poe: Basically, just read his short stories and poems and whatever else he wrote and you’ll be good.
“The Vampyre” by John Polidori: This is one freaky story about vampires. It’s also one of the earliest that paved the way for Dracula. I really want someone to make some kind of movie of it with Benedict Cumberbatch as the vampire.
Dracula by Bram Stoker: Speaking vampires, if you’re going to read All the Gothic Fiction, you should read Dracula. Because vampires.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: The other most Gothic fiction to Gothic other than Wuthering Heights is Frankenstein. Get ready to experience the sublime and very poor decision making by a college student. Thanks, Victor!
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson: I can’t believe this guy also wrote Treasure Island. Also, this one is hard to read since everybody knows the biggest plot twist of the book.
A Chrismas Carol by Charles Dickens: I didn’t realize this was considered Gothic fiction, but Wikipedia included on its list so I’m counting it. I mean, it does have ghosts and Scrooge.