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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OT - Treasures, or possibly interesting items in our collections149 per llegir / 149BillyDodd, Avui 7:37am
Phantasmagoria and Haunted Screens: Gothic Films (and more) - Eight39 per llegir / 39housefulofpaper, Ahir 12:24pm
So whatcha readin' now, kids?--vol. 3183 per llegir / 183alaudacorax, dissabte 6:55am
Yet more Gothic gossip.234 per llegir / 234alaudacorax, dimarts 5:24pm
The Three Impostors (Machen)41 per llegir / 41LolaWalser, febrer 16
Folk Horror129 per llegir / 129Julie_in_the_Library, febrer 1
Seeking an Admin for this Group11 per llegir / 11housefulofpaper, gener 28
The crow 1994 - the greatest movie I've ever seen!14 per llegir / 14benbrainard8, gener 26
Conrad Veidt (OT)222 per llegir / 222LolaWalser, gener 14
Poe by Lee12 per llegir / 12WeeTurtle, desembre 11, 2020
Mexican Gothic (book)3 per llegir / 3WeeTurtle, desembre 8, 2020
Gothic Films - episode seven182 per llegir / 182alaudacorax, desembre 3, 2020
Dracula75 per llegir / 75housefulofpaper, novembre 2020
Gothic Artworks26 per llegir / 26housefulofpaper, octubre 2020
Reading Group #30 (The Island of Dr. Moreau)27 per llegir / 27conceptDawg, octubre 2020
Gothic music?196 per llegir / 196alaudacorax, setembre 2020
Editions of "Dracula"66 per llegir / 66pgmcc, agost 2020
Goth music-post 1970s69 per llegir / 69benbrainard8, juliol 2020
A dream I had last night61 per llegir / 61AndreasJ, juliol 2020
Reading Group #3 ('The Horla')35 per llegir / 35alaudacorax, juliol 2020
Exorcists and Exorcism - Books/Films18 per llegir / 18frahealee, juliol 2020
Southern Gothic24 per llegir / 24frahealee, juny 2020
The Haunting of Hill House42 per llegir / 42LolaWalser, juny 2020
Shirley Jackson29 per llegir / 29frahealee, juny 2020
Canadian Gothic - who knew?!35 per llegir / 35frahealee, juny 2020
Hawthorne Impressions8 per llegir / 8frahealee, juny 2020
Gothic D&D!: Ravenloft8 per llegir / 8WeeTurtle, maig 2020
Gothic in Dickens30 per llegir / 30pgmcc, maig 2020
Do you like Anne Rice's books ?25 per llegir / 25benbrainard8, maig 2020
The short stories of Walter de la Mare12 per llegir / 12LolaWalser, maig 2020
Seven Gothic Tales - Karen Blixen28 per llegir / 28frahealee, maig 2020
The Castle of Otranto13 per llegir / 13frahealee, març 2020
Gothic Background, Definitions, Motifs, etc.58 per llegir / 58frahealee, març 2020
Yet more Gothic gossip.1 per llegir / 1alaudacorax, març 2020
More Gothic gossip.309 per llegir / 309alaudacorax, març 2020
Reading Group #20 ('Pigeons from Hell')38 per llegir / 38frahealee, febrer 2020
Reading Group #14 ('The Repairer of Reputations')43 per llegir / 43frahealee, febrer 2020
Christmas Ghost Stories17 per llegir / 17frahealee, febrer 2020
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's 200th birthday30 per llegir / 30housefulofpaper, gener 2020
Reading Group #13 (Lovecraft's Birthday: 'Dagon,' 'The Rats in the Walls,' 'The Haunter of the Dark'65 per llegir / 65frahealee, gener 2020
Reading Group #33 ('The Judge's House')44 per llegir / 44frahealee, gener 2020
Reading Group #35 (The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner)13 per llegir / 13frahealee, gener 2020
Gothic Films - episode six213 per llegir / 213frahealee, gener 2020
How to tell you're reading a gothic novel9 per llegir / 9frahealee, desembre 2019
Gothic Poetry38 per llegir / 38frahealee, desembre 2019
Modern Gothic writers?36 per llegir / 36Rembetis, novembre 2019
Shirley Jackson - Fine Editions5 per llegir / 5Emily_Jones51, setembre 2019
Gothic Films - episode five203 per llegir / 203WeeTurtle, setembre 2019
So whatcha readin' now, kids?260 per llegir / 260frahealee, setembre 2019
Bloodborne: Gothic video game?12 per llegir / 12housefulofpaper, agost 2019
Paperbacks from Hell3 per llegir / 3LolaWalser, juliol 2019
Frankenstein remix12 per llegir / 12alaudacorax, abril 2019
Earth Hour 20182 per llegir / 2frahealee, març 2019
Reading Group #6 ('The Minister's Black Veil')29 per llegir / 29frahealee, març 2019
Reading Group #25 (Lovecraft: 'The Outsider' & 'The Call of Cthulhu')25 per llegir / 25frahealee, març 2019
Reading Group #8 ('Young Goodman Brown')23 per llegir / 23frahealee, març 2019
Melmoth the Wanderer24 per llegir / 24frahealee, març 2019
Vampire stories9 per llegir / 9frahealee, març 2019
'The Grove of Ashtaroth' by John Buchan (1912?)15 per llegir / 15frahealee, març 2019
Reading Group #18 ('The Vampyre')31 per llegir / 31frahealee, març 2019
Varney the Vampire7 per llegir / 7frahealee, febrer 2019
Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla34 per llegir / 34frahealee, febrer 2019
Hello!100 per llegir / 100frahealee, gener 2019
The Monk: A Romance69 per llegir / 69quitude07, gener 2019
Reading Group #12 (M. R. James' Birthday: 'The Mezzotint,' 'Casting the Runes,' 'Rats')65 per llegir / 65frahealee, gener 2019
Reading Group #5 ('The Listener')46 per llegir / 46frahealee, gener 2019
Reading Group #6: 'Green Tea'42 per llegir / 42frahealee, desembre 2018
Gothic for Children45 per llegir / 45frahealee, desembre 2018
Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh9 per llegir / 9frahealee, desembre 2018
Reading Group #19 ('The Masque of the Red Death')20 per llegir / 20housefulofpaper, desembre 2018
Reading Group #28 ('Rapaccini's Daughter')38 per llegir / 38frahealee, desembre 2018
Reading Group #4 (Poetry: 'Ulalume,' 'Darkness,' 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner')41 per llegir / 41frahealee, octubre 2018
Reading Group #24 ('The Wendigo')15 per llegir / 15frahealee, octubre 2018
Reading Group #10 ('The Yellow Wallpaper')49 per llegir / 49frahealee, octubre 2018
Reading Group #36 (Poe: 'The Cask of Amontillado,' 'Ligeia,' 'The Pit and the Pendulum')54 per llegir / 54housefulofpaper, setembre 2018
Reading Group #9 ('Canon Alberic's Scrapbook')35 per llegir / 35frahealee, setembre 2018
Reading Group #16 ('The Kit-Bag')16 per llegir / 16frahealee, setembre 2018
Reading Group #15 ('The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar')16 per llegir / 16alaudacorax, setembre 2018
Caleb Williams16 per llegir / 16frahealee, setembre 2018
The Mysteries of Udolpho50 per llegir / 50frahealee, setembre 2018
Gothic Films - episode four193 per llegir / 193LolaWalser, agost 2018
Jane Austen Horrid Novels11 per llegir / 11Rembetis, maig 2018
Interesting Editions131 per llegir / 131frahealee, abril 2018
The Bronte Sisters12 per llegir / 12housefulofpaper, abril 2018
Goblin Market.25 per llegir / 25LolaWalser, abril 2018
My Last Duchess.41 per llegir / 41alaudacorax, març 2018
Wuthering Heights4 per llegir / 4Tess_W, març 2018
The Most Important News You'll Ever Hear2 per llegir / 2housefulofpaper, març 2018
Gothic Books - New?1 per llegir / 1Matthew1956, març 2018
Reading Group #21 ('The Great God Pan')44 per llegir / 44Rembetis, març 2018
Gothic Literature - Box Sets9 per llegir / 9housefulofpaper, març 2018
Gothic gossip.307 per llegir / 307alaudacorax, novembre 2017
Gothic films - part three195 per llegir / 195alaudacorax, octubre 2017
So whatcha readin', kids?343 per llegir / 343alaudacorax, agost 2017
Gothic films (2)351 per llegir / 351alaudacorax, gener 2017
Gothic films303 per llegir / 303alaudacorax, abril 2016
Petition for a hardcover Flannery O'Connor!2 per llegir / 2erbisoeul, març 2016
Recommended Reading/Comments on Gothic Themes14 per llegir / 14IanFryer, febrer 2016
Terror and Wonder - The Gothic Imagination at the British Library30 per llegir / 30housefulofpaper, febrer 2015
Totally New7 per llegir / 7housefulofpaper, gener 2015
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