Gothic Fiction Definition – What’s the best definition for the gothic fiction genre? Books in the gothic genre (sometime referred to as gothic horror) combine elements of horror and romance; they feed off of a pleasing sort of terror. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and works by Edgar Allan Poe fall into the gothic genre. The stories tend to be moodily dark, with lighter aspects or romances. The themes evoke a feeling of curiosity and fascination opposed to all out fear and disgust through harsh element of violence and gore.

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gothic fiction definition book coverGothic Fiction Definition – Examples

Review this list of popular examples to help you get a better understanding of the gothic fiction genre.

1. Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

2. Dracula by Bram Stoker

3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

4. Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice

5. Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

7. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

8. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

9. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

10. The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

11. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

12. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

13. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

14. The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis

15. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe

16. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

17. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

18. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

19. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

20. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

21. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

22. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

23. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

24. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

25. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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Gothic Fiction Definition – Related Book Genres

* Dark Fantasy Fiction Genre

* Ghost Story Genre

* Horror Genre Definition

* Occult Fiction Genre

* Romance Genre Definition

* Vampire Fiction Genre

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