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Top Ten Tuesday: Classic Gothic Literature


Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a Halloween Freebie. I’ve chosen Classic Gothic Literature to get you in the mood for Hallows Eve. 🎃

The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole12923

This was the first book which popularised the gothic tradition. It’s supernatural, melodramatic and includes ghostly interventions.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde489732

Oscar Wilde’s only novel caused a scandal when it was first published in 1890. It explores taboo subjects as Dorian Gray becomes increasingly hedonistic.

Wuthering Heights by Emily BrontëWuthering Heights

Set in the bleak Yorkshire Moors, Wuthering Heights has dark characters who are passionate and inclined to violence. You can read my review with spoilers here.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontëjane-eyre

Jane Eyre contains some gothic features, including the setting and Mr Rochester’s dark secret.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen50397

Jane Austen gently pokes fun at the gothic genre in this novel. The heroine Catherine Morland has an overactive imagination and loves to read gothic tales.

Olalla by Robert Louis Stevenson24874334

At around 50 pages, this novella is a super quick gothic read. It is said to have inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens18245686

There are gothic elements in this book, such as the portrayal of Miss Havisham who has a ghost-like aura. And who can forget her spooky wedding cake!

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson6443632

It wouldn’t be a gothic list without doppelgängers! Interestingly, Jekyll and Hyde are as one – they’re two sides of the same coin.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelleyfrankenstein

Speaking of doppelgängers, Dr Victor Frankenstein also has a double. He creates a being in a gruesome manner and his actions have chilling consequences.

Dracula by Bram Stoker22438118

Without Dracula there would be no Vampire Diaries, Buffy, Twilight or the myriad vampire books and TV shows in popular Western culture. In Stoker’s classic novel, Dracula himself is sinister and shadowy. He represents the ‘Other’.

Have you read any of these classic Gothic works? Let me know in the comments and feel free to link your Top Ten Tuesday post!

13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Classic Gothic Literature

    1. Thank you! Yes, definitely! Frankenstein and Dracula are so much more different to what I had expected.

      The more Top 10 Tuesday posts the merrier 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Dani! ❤


  1. I took a Gothic lit class in college and I love all of the classic Gothic lit I’ve read so far. I’ve never read Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde…I really need to get around to that!

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