Fiction - Horror and Gothic Novels
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These are some of the best of the horror and gothic horror genres eg. stories that have won awards or been highly placed on best-seller lists. Gothic novels are ones that include elements of horror and romance. For prolific authors only their best-known works have been added with no more than 6 titles by any one author. The list includes individual short stories and novellas but not anthologies or collections.
1991. Vachss wears an eyepatch and loves dogs.
1794. 4 volumes. Often cited as the archetypal Gothic novel, 'The Mysteries of Udolpho' plays a prominent role in Jane Austen's novel Northanger Abbey, in which an impressionable young woman, after reading Radcliffe's novel, comes to see her friends and acquaintances as Gothic villains and victims with amusing results.
1904. A young girl's diary, recounting tales told her by her nurse, and her increasingly deep delvings into magic. Often described as one of the greatest of all horror short stories.
1897. Stoker's title character's name was inspired by Vlad the Impaler, son of Vlad II Dracul.
2003. Won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel
2001 novel; Worldwide bestseller
1993. Grant also wrote using the pseudonyms Geoffrey Marsh, Lionel Fenn, Simon Lake, Felicia Andrews and Deborah Lewis.
1999. In which Mary Magdalene is a vampire, Judas is good, and Peter (possessed by the devil) betrays Jesus.
1843. "The Tell-Tale Heart" is widely considered a classic of the Gothic fiction genre and one of Poe's most famous short stories.
1977. King's third published novel, and first hardback bestseller.
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