Gothic Literature

A place for devotees of Maturin and Le Fanu, Radcliffe and Lewis, Dacre and Walpole, Poe and Blackwood, Brown and Lovecraft, Machen and Bierce, Stoker, Beckford, Shelley, Jackson, the Bronte sisters, and all the rest.

Those who prefer the mystic to the mundane and the fervid to the bloodless—those who can see the fever in the gloom and detect the delicate irony in the shadow of overwhelming dread—those who are not afraid of the brooding, pernicious cynicism that is so often the mark, or perhaps the stain, of genius: this is your group.

Where the ruins of forgotten glamours, the trappings of cobwebs and myrrh-reeking evils, meet the surprisingly modern interpretations of past inspirations—darker inspirations—a tradition of tempering the cerebral with the macabre continues to exist. The Gothic defies categorization: always fresh, always dated, always derivative, always defiantly inventive, always drivel, always absolute gold. Distinct from any other major literary movement in its bizarre capacity for allowing us to marry our inner literary snob with our inner patron of what a certain outrageously popular contemporary author once deemed 'good trash,' the Gothic constantly propels us forward as much as it beckons us back.

And so, to those many acolytes who bow at the altar where the romantic worships the repulsive, and the world is never quite what it seems, please join me in discussing and appreciating that curious genre that glosses reality as much as it illuminates the latent horror all around us, and the still more sinister things waiting within us.

(A note to new members: if you're interested in joining our fairly loquacious little reading group, please feel free to comment on older threads as well as our featured story/poem/whatever. For example, just because we finished 'The Fall of the House of Usher' quite a ways back doesn't mean we wouldn't all love to hear what somebody new has to say...)

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So whatcha readin' now, kids? - Volume Four274 ongelezen / 274alaudacorax, Vandaag 8:13am
Gothic gossip in the new new Carolean era102 ongelezen / 102benbrainard8, vrijdag 9:22am
Phantasmagoria and Haunted Screens: Gothic Films (and more) - Nine201 ongelezen / 201alaudacorax, juli 8
Goth music-post 1970s118 ongelezen / 118benbrainard8, juli 3
A dream I had last night105 ongelezen / 105pgmcc, juni 25
Dracula158 ongelezen / 158housefulofpaper, juni 21
Conrad Veidt (OT)273 ongelezen / 273LolaWalser, juni 20
Interesting Editions150 ongelezen / 150alaudacorax, mei 16
Melmoth the Wanderer35 ongelezen / 35Buchmerkur, mei 2
The Picture of Dorian Grey10 ongelezen / 10housefulofpaper, mei 1
Folk Horror193 ongelezen / 193housefulofpaper, februari 17
Gothic in Dickens34 ongelezen / 34housefulofpaper, december 2023
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein234 ongelezen / 234housefulofpaper, oktober 2023
Southern Gothic27 ongelezen / 27housefulofpaper, oktober 2023
Off Topic, mostly1 ongelezen / 1LolaWalser, oktober 2023
M. R. James4 ongelezen / 4Rembetis, juli 2023
The Gothic gossip goes on183 ongelezen / 183benbrainard8, juli 2023
Reading Group #13 (Lovecraft's Birthday: 'Dagon,' 'The Rats in the Walls,' 'The Haunter of the Dark'71 ongelezen / 71LolaWalser, juli 2023
Phantasmagoria and Haunted Screens: Gothic Films (and more) - Eight408 ongelezen / 408LolaWalser, juni 2023
Dark Shadows Trivia2 ongelezen / 2LolaWalser, maart 2023
Editions of "Dracula"86 ongelezen / 86housefulofpaper, november 2022
The Haunting of Hill House — Easton Press limited edition3 ongelezen / 3housefulofpaper, november 2022
So whatcha readin' now, kids?--vol. 3427 ongelezen / 427benbrainard8, oktober 2022
German Gothic?9 ongelezen / 9housefulofpaper, september 2022
E. T. A. Hoffmann35 ongelezen / 35housefulofpaper, september 2022
Arthur Rimbaud9 ongelezen / 9benbrainard8, juni 2022
Gothic music?226 ongelezen / 226alaudacorax, mei 2022
OT - Treasures, or possibly interesting items in our collections - new thread50 ongelezen / 50housefulofpaper, april 2022
Mrs. Radcliffe29 ongelezen / 29pgmcc, februari 2022
Do you like Anne Rice's books ?27 ongelezen / 27housefulofpaper, december 2021
The Monk: A Romance77 ongelezen / 77benbrainard8, november 2021
Vathek.34 ongelezen / 34benbrainard8, november 2021
Yet more Gothic gossip.428 ongelezen / 428housefulofpaper, oktober 2021
Scary Stories: An Invitation to Join LT's October List of the Month7 ongelezen / 7alaudacorax, oktober 2021
Ray Bradbury book covers24 ongelezen / 24alaudacorax, oktober 2021
Frankenstein remix19 ongelezen / 19alaudacorax, augustus 2021
Jane Austen Horrid Novels17 ongelezen / 17alaudacorax, juli 2021
The Three Impostors (Machen)42 ongelezen / 42housefulofpaper, juni 2021
OT - Treasures, or possibly interesting items in our collections194 ongelezen / 194housefulofpaper, mei 2021
Reading Group #27 ('King Pest')20 ongelezen / 20LolaWalser, mei 2021
Seeking an Admin for this Group31 ongelezen / 31Bob_Reader, april 2021
New fine editions of Gothic Literature3 ongelezen / 3Bob_Reader, april 2021
Reading Group #36 (Poe: 'The Cask of Amontillado,' 'Ligeia,' 'The Pit and the Pendulum')55 ongelezen / 55alaudacorax, april 2021
Reading Group #30 (The Island of Dr. Moreau)31 ongelezen / 31alaudacorax, maart 2021
The crow 1994 - the greatest movie I've ever seen!14 ongelezen / 14benbrainard8, januari 2021
Poe by Lee12 ongelezen / 12WeeTurtle, december 2020
Mexican Gothic (book)3 ongelezen / 3WeeTurtle, december 2020
Gothic Films - episode seven182 ongelezen / 182alaudacorax, december 2020
Gothic Artworks26 ongelezen / 26housefulofpaper, oktober 2020
Reading Group #3 ('The Horla')35 ongelezen / 35alaudacorax, juli 2020
Exorcists and Exorcism - Books/Films18 ongelezen / 18frahealee, juli 2020
The Haunting of Hill House42 ongelezen / 42LolaWalser, juni 2020
Shirley Jackson29 ongelezen / 29frahealee, juni 2020
Canadian Gothic - who knew?!35 ongelezen / 35frahealee, juni 2020
Hawthorne Impressions8 ongelezen / 8frahealee, juni 2020
Gothic D&D!: Ravenloft8 ongelezen / 8WeeTurtle, mei 2020
The short stories of Walter de la Mare12 ongelezen / 12LolaWalser, mei 2020
Seven Gothic Tales - Karen Blixen28 ongelezen / 28frahealee, mei 2020
The Castle of Otranto13 ongelezen / 13frahealee, maart 2020
Gothic Background, Definitions, Motifs, etc.58 ongelezen / 58frahealee, maart 2020
Yet more Gothic gossip.1 ongelezen / 1alaudacorax, maart 2020
More Gothic gossip.309 ongelezen / 309alaudacorax, maart 2020
Reading Group #20 ('Pigeons from Hell')38 ongelezen / 38frahealee, februari 2020
Reading Group #14 ('The Repairer of Reputations')43 ongelezen / 43frahealee, februari 2020
Christmas Ghost Stories17 ongelezen / 17frahealee, februari 2020
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's 200th birthday30 ongelezen / 30housefulofpaper, januari 2020
Reading Group #33 ('The Judge's House')44 ongelezen / 44frahealee, januari 2020
Reading Group #35 (The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner)13 ongelezen / 13frahealee, januari 2020
Gothic Films - episode six213 ongelezen / 213frahealee, januari 2020
How to tell you're reading a gothic novel9 ongelezen / 9frahealee, december 2019
Gothic Poetry38 ongelezen / 38frahealee, december 2019
Modern Gothic writers?36 ongelezen / 36Rembetis, november 2019
Shirley Jackson - Fine Editions5 ongelezen / 5Emily_Jones51, september 2019
Gothic Films - episode five203 ongelezen / 203WeeTurtle, september 2019
So whatcha readin' now, kids?260 ongelezen / 260frahealee, september 2019
Bloodborne: Gothic video game?12 ongelezen / 12housefulofpaper, augustus 2019
Paperbacks from Hell3 ongelezen / 3LolaWalser, juli 2019
Earth Hour 20182 ongelezen / 2frahealee, maart 2019
Reading Group #6 ('The Minister's Black Veil')29 ongelezen / 29frahealee, maart 2019
Reading Group #25 (Lovecraft: 'The Outsider' & 'The Call of Cthulhu')25 ongelezen / 25frahealee, maart 2019
Reading Group #8 ('Young Goodman Brown')23 ongelezen / 23frahealee, maart 2019
Vampire stories9 ongelezen / 9frahealee, maart 2019
'The Grove of Ashtaroth' by John Buchan (1912?)15 ongelezen / 15frahealee, maart 2019
Reading Group #18 ('The Vampyre')31 ongelezen / 31frahealee, maart 2019
Varney the Vampire7 ongelezen / 7frahealee, februari 2019
Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla34 ongelezen / 34frahealee, februari 2019
Hello!100 ongelezen / 100frahealee, januari 2019
Reading Group #12 (M. R. James' Birthday: 'The Mezzotint,' 'Casting the Runes,' 'Rats')65 ongelezen / 65frahealee, januari 2019
Reading Group #5 ('The Listener')46 ongelezen / 46frahealee, januari 2019
Reading Group #6: 'Green Tea'42 ongelezen / 42frahealee, december 2018
Gothic for Children45 ongelezen / 45frahealee, december 2018
Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh9 ongelezen / 9frahealee, december 2018
Reading Group #19 ('The Masque of the Red Death')20 ongelezen / 20housefulofpaper, december 2018
Reading Group #28 ('Rapaccini's Daughter')38 ongelezen / 38frahealee, december 2018
Reading Group #4 (Poetry: 'Ulalume,' 'Darkness,' 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner')41 ongelezen / 41frahealee, oktober 2018
Reading Group #24 ('The Wendigo')15 ongelezen / 15frahealee, oktober 2018
Reading Group #10 ('The Yellow Wallpaper')49 ongelezen / 49frahealee, oktober 2018
Reading Group #9 ('Canon Alberic's Scrapbook')35 ongelezen / 35frahealee, september 2018
Reading Group #16 ('The Kit-Bag')16 ongelezen / 16frahealee, september 2018
Reading Group #15 ('The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar')16 ongelezen / 16alaudacorax, september 2018
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