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 Walpole
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 Wilde
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 Brontë
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 Brontë
Jane Eyre contains some gothic features, including the setting and Mr Rochester’s dark secret.
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
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 Stevenson
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 Dickens
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 Stevenson
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 Shelley
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 Stoker
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!