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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Phantasmagoria and Haunted Screens: Gothic Films (and more) - Eight183 non-lus / 183alaudacorax, Aujourd'hui 10:42am
Yet more Gothic gossip.416 non-lus / 416benbrainard8, Lundi 3:25pm
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein155 non-lus / 155LolaWalser, Dimanche 4:31pm
Scary Stories: An Invitation to Join LT's October List of the Month7 non-lus / 7alaudacorax, Samedi 6:50am
Ray Bradbury book covers24 non-lus / 24alaudacorax, Jeudi 5:43am
Interesting Editions134 non-lus / 134alaudacorax, Octobre 13
Vathek.26 non-lus / 26housefulofpaper, Octobre 12
Conrad Veidt (OT)227 non-lus / 227petricor, Octobre 1
Mrs. Radcliffe10 non-lus / 10alaudacorax, Septembre 29
So whatcha readin' now, kids?--vol. 3263 non-lus / 263alaudacorax, Septembre 26
Gothic music?207 non-lus / 207WeeTurtle, Septembre 1
OT - Treasures, or possibly interesting items in our collections - new thread42 non-lus / 42WeeTurtle, Août 20
Frankenstein remix19 non-lus / 19alaudacorax, Août 19
The Monk: A Romance76 non-lus / 76alaudacorax, Juillet 25
Goth music-post 1970s97 non-lus / 97benbrainard8, Juillet 17
Jane Austen Horrid Novels17 non-lus / 17alaudacorax, Juillet 16
The Three Impostors (Machen)42 non-lus / 42housefulofpaper, Juin 5
Folk Horror136 non-lus / 136housefulofpaper, Mai 31
OT - Treasures, or possibly interesting items in our collections194 non-lus / 194housefulofpaper, Mai 19
Reading Group #27 ('King Pest')20 non-lus / 20LolaWalser, Mai 15
Seeking an Admin for this Group31 non-lus / 31Bob_Reader, Avril 23
New fine editions of Gothic Literature3 non-lus / 3Bob_Reader, Avril 21
Reading Group #36 (Poe: 'The Cask of Amontillado,' 'Ligeia,' 'The Pit and the Pendulum')55 non-lus / 55alaudacorax, Avril 16
Dracula76 non-lus / 76benbrainard8, Mars 20
Reading Group #30 (The Island of Dr. Moreau)31 non-lus / 31alaudacorax, Mars 9
The crow 1994 - the greatest movie I've ever seen!14 non-lus / 14benbrainard8, Janvier 26
Poe by Lee12 non-lus / 12WeeTurtle, Décembre 2020
Mexican Gothic (book)3 non-lus / 3WeeTurtle, Décembre 2020
Gothic Films - episode seven182 non-lus / 182alaudacorax, Décembre 2020
Gothic Artworks26 non-lus / 26housefulofpaper, Octobre 2020
Editions of "Dracula"66 non-lus / 66pgmcc, Août 2020
A dream I had last night61 non-lus / 61AndreasJ, Juillet 2020
Reading Group #3 ('The Horla')35 non-lus / 35alaudacorax, Juillet 2020
Exorcists and Exorcism - Books/Films18 non-lus / 18frahealee, Juillet 2020
Southern Gothic24 non-lus / 24frahealee, Juin 2020
The Haunting of Hill House42 non-lus / 42LolaWalser, Juin 2020
Shirley Jackson29 non-lus / 29frahealee, Juin 2020
Canadian Gothic - who knew?!35 non-lus / 35frahealee, Juin 2020
Hawthorne Impressions8 non-lus / 8frahealee, Juin 2020
Gothic D&D!: Ravenloft8 non-lus / 8WeeTurtle, Mai 2020
Gothic in Dickens30 non-lus / 30pgmcc, Mai 2020
Do you like Anne Rice's books ?25 non-lus / 25benbrainard8, Mai 2020
The short stories of Walter de la Mare12 non-lus / 12LolaWalser, Mai 2020
Seven Gothic Tales - Karen Blixen28 non-lus / 28frahealee, Mai 2020
The Castle of Otranto13 non-lus / 13frahealee, Mars 2020
Gothic Background, Definitions, Motifs, etc.58 non-lus / 58frahealee, Mars 2020
Yet more Gothic gossip.1 non-lu / 1alaudacorax, Mars 2020
More Gothic gossip.309 non-lus / 309alaudacorax, Mars 2020
Reading Group #20 ('Pigeons from Hell')38 non-lus / 38frahealee, Février 2020
Reading Group #14 ('The Repairer of Reputations')43 non-lus / 43frahealee, Février 2020
Christmas Ghost Stories17 non-lus / 17frahealee, Février 2020
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's 200th birthday30 non-lus / 30housefulofpaper, Janvier 2020
Reading Group #13 (Lovecraft's Birthday: 'Dagon,' 'The Rats in the Walls,' 'The Haunter of the Dark'65 non-lus / 65frahealee, Janvier 2020
Reading Group #33 ('The Judge's House')44 non-lus / 44frahealee, Janvier 2020
Reading Group #35 (The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner)13 non-lus / 13frahealee, Janvier 2020
Gothic Films - episode six213 non-lus / 213frahealee, Janvier 2020
How to tell you're reading a gothic novel9 non-lus / 9frahealee, Décembre 2019
Gothic Poetry38 non-lus / 38frahealee, Décembre 2019
Modern Gothic writers?36 non-lus / 36Rembetis, Novembre 2019
Shirley Jackson - Fine Editions5 non-lus / 5Emily_Jones51, Septembre 2019
Gothic Films - episode five203 non-lus / 203WeeTurtle, Septembre 2019
So whatcha readin' now, kids?260 non-lus / 260frahealee, Septembre 2019
Bloodborne: Gothic video game?12 non-lus / 12housefulofpaper, Août 2019
Paperbacks from Hell3 non-lus / 3LolaWalser, Juillet 2019
Earth Hour 20182 non-lus / 2frahealee, Mars 2019
Reading Group #6 ('The Minister's Black Veil')29 non-lus / 29frahealee, Mars 2019
Reading Group #25 (Lovecraft: 'The Outsider' & 'The Call of Cthulhu')25 non-lus / 25frahealee, Mars 2019
Reading Group #8 ('Young Goodman Brown')23 non-lus / 23frahealee, Mars 2019
Melmoth the Wanderer24 non-lus / 24frahealee, Mars 2019
Vampire stories9 non-lus / 9frahealee, Mars 2019
'The Grove of Ashtaroth' by John Buchan (1912?)15 non-lus / 15frahealee, Mars 2019
Reading Group #18 ('The Vampyre')31 non-lus / 31frahealee, Mars 2019
Varney the Vampire7 non-lus / 7frahealee, Février 2019
Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla34 non-lus / 34frahealee, Février 2019
Hello!100 non-lus / 100frahealee, Janvier 2019
Reading Group #12 (M. R. James' Birthday: 'The Mezzotint,' 'Casting the Runes,' 'Rats')65 non-lus / 65frahealee, Janvier 2019
Reading Group #5 ('The Listener')46 non-lus / 46frahealee, Janvier 2019
Reading Group #6: 'Green Tea'42 non-lus / 42frahealee, Décembre 2018
Gothic for Children45 non-lus / 45frahealee, Décembre 2018
Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh9 non-lus / 9frahealee, Décembre 2018
Reading Group #19 ('The Masque of the Red Death')20 non-lus / 20housefulofpaper, Décembre 2018
Reading Group #28 ('Rapaccini's Daughter')38 non-lus / 38frahealee, Décembre 2018
Reading Group #4 (Poetry: 'Ulalume,' 'Darkness,' 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner')41 non-lus / 41frahealee, Octobre 2018
Reading Group #24 ('The Wendigo')15 non-lus / 15frahealee, Octobre 2018
Reading Group #10 ('The Yellow Wallpaper')49 non-lus / 49frahealee, Octobre 2018
Reading Group #9 ('Canon Alberic's Scrapbook')35 non-lus / 35frahealee, Septembre 2018
Reading Group #16 ('The Kit-Bag')16 non-lus / 16frahealee, Septembre 2018
Reading Group #15 ('The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar')16 non-lus / 16alaudacorax, Septembre 2018
Caleb Williams16 non-lus / 16frahealee, Septembre 2018
The Mysteries of Udolpho50 non-lus / 50frahealee, Septembre 2018
Gothic Films - episode four193 non-lus / 193LolaWalser, Août 2018
The Bronte Sisters12 non-lus / 12housefulofpaper, Avril 2018
Goblin Market.25 non-lus / 25LolaWalser, Avril 2018
My Last Duchess.41 non-lus / 41alaudacorax, Mars 2018
Wuthering Heights4 non-lus / 4Tess_W, Mars 2018
The Most Important News You'll Ever Hear2 non-lus / 2housefulofpaper, Mars 2018
Gothic Books - New?1 non-lu / 1Matthew1956, Mars 2018
Reading Group #21 ('The Great God Pan')44 non-lus / 44Rembetis, Mars 2018
Gothic Literature - Box Sets9 non-lus / 9housefulofpaper, Mars 2018
Gothic gossip.307 non-lus / 307alaudacorax, Novembre 2017
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