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...)

ThemaThemaBeiträgeLetzter Beitrag 
Mrs. Radcliffe3 ungelesen / 3pgmcc, Heute 9:00am
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein121 ungelesen / 121alaudacorax, Heute 8:32am
Conrad Veidt (OT)226 ungelesen / 226LolaWalser, Gestern 8:12pm
So whatcha readin' now, kids?--vol. 3263 ungelesen / 263alaudacorax, Gestern 7:50am
Yet more Gothic gossip.403 ungelesen / 403alaudacorax, Mittwoch 8:23pm
Phantasmagoria and Haunted Screens: Gothic Films (and more) - Eight174 ungelesen / 174housefulofpaper, September 10
Gothic music?207 ungelesen / 207WeeTurtle, September 1
OT - Treasures, or possibly interesting items in our collections - new thread42 ungelesen / 42WeeTurtle, August 20
Frankenstein remix19 ungelesen / 19alaudacorax, August 19
The Monk: A Romance76 ungelesen / 76alaudacorax, Juli 25
Goth music-post 1970s97 ungelesen / 97benbrainard8, Juli 17
Jane Austen Horrid Novels17 ungelesen / 17alaudacorax, Juli 16
The Three Impostors (Machen)42 ungelesen / 42housefulofpaper, Juni 5
Folk Horror136 ungelesen / 136housefulofpaper, Mai 31
OT - Treasures, or possibly interesting items in our collections194 ungelesen / 194housefulofpaper, Mai 19
Reading Group #27 ('King Pest')20 ungelesen / 20LolaWalser, Mai 15
Seeking an Admin for this Group31 ungelesen / 31Bob_Reader, April 23
New fine editions of Gothic Literature3 ungelesen / 3Bob_Reader, April 21
Reading Group #36 (Poe: 'The Cask of Amontillado,' 'Ligeia,' 'The Pit and the Pendulum')55 ungelesen / 55alaudacorax, April 16
Dracula76 ungelesen / 76benbrainard8, März 20
Reading Group #30 (The Island of Dr. Moreau)31 ungelesen / 31alaudacorax, März 9
The crow 1994 - the greatest movie I've ever seen!14 ungelesen / 14benbrainard8, Januar 26
Poe by Lee12 ungelesen / 12WeeTurtle, Dezember 2020
Mexican Gothic (book)3 ungelesen / 3WeeTurtle, Dezember 2020
Gothic Films - episode seven182 ungelesen / 182alaudacorax, Dezember 2020
Gothic Artworks26 ungelesen / 26housefulofpaper, Oktober 2020
Editions of "Dracula"66 ungelesen / 66pgmcc, August 2020
A dream I had last night61 ungelesen / 61AndreasJ, Juli 2020
Reading Group #3 ('The Horla')35 ungelesen / 35alaudacorax, Juli 2020
Exorcists and Exorcism - Books/Films18 ungelesen / 18frahealee, Juli 2020
Southern Gothic24 ungelesen / 24frahealee, Juni 2020
The Haunting of Hill House42 ungelesen / 42LolaWalser, Juni 2020
Shirley Jackson29 ungelesen / 29frahealee, Juni 2020
Canadian Gothic - who knew?!35 ungelesen / 35frahealee, Juni 2020
Hawthorne Impressions8 ungelesen / 8frahealee, Juni 2020
Gothic D&D!: Ravenloft8 ungelesen / 8WeeTurtle, Mai 2020
Gothic in Dickens30 ungelesen / 30pgmcc, Mai 2020
Do you like Anne Rice's books ?25 ungelesen / 25benbrainard8, Mai 2020
The short stories of Walter de la Mare12 ungelesen / 12LolaWalser, Mai 2020
Seven Gothic Tales - Karen Blixen28 ungelesen / 28frahealee, Mai 2020
The Castle of Otranto13 ungelesen / 13frahealee, März 2020
Gothic Background, Definitions, Motifs, etc.58 ungelesen / 58frahealee, März 2020
Yet more Gothic gossip.1 ungelesen / 1alaudacorax, März 2020
More Gothic gossip.309 ungelesen / 309alaudacorax, März 2020
Reading Group #20 ('Pigeons from Hell')38 ungelesen / 38frahealee, Februar 2020
Reading Group #14 ('The Repairer of Reputations')43 ungelesen / 43frahealee, Februar 2020
Christmas Ghost Stories17 ungelesen / 17frahealee, Februar 2020
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's 200th birthday30 ungelesen / 30housefulofpaper, Januar 2020
Reading Group #13 (Lovecraft's Birthday: 'Dagon,' 'The Rats in the Walls,' 'The Haunter of the Dark'65 ungelesen / 65frahealee, Januar 2020
Reading Group #33 ('The Judge's House')44 ungelesen / 44frahealee, Januar 2020
Reading Group #35 (The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner)13 ungelesen / 13frahealee, Januar 2020
Gothic Films - episode six213 ungelesen / 213frahealee, Januar 2020
How to tell you're reading a gothic novel9 ungelesen / 9frahealee, Dezember 2019
Gothic Poetry38 ungelesen / 38frahealee, Dezember 2019
Modern Gothic writers?36 ungelesen / 36Rembetis, November 2019
Shirley Jackson - Fine Editions5 ungelesen / 5Emily_Jones51, September 2019
Gothic Films - episode five203 ungelesen / 203WeeTurtle, September 2019
So whatcha readin' now, kids?260 ungelesen / 260frahealee, September 2019
Bloodborne: Gothic video game?12 ungelesen / 12housefulofpaper, August 2019
Paperbacks from Hell3 ungelesen / 3LolaWalser, Juli 2019
Earth Hour 20182 ungelesen / 2frahealee, März 2019
Reading Group #6 ('The Minister's Black Veil')29 ungelesen / 29frahealee, März 2019
Reading Group #25 (Lovecraft: 'The Outsider' & 'The Call of Cthulhu')25 ungelesen / 25frahealee, März 2019
Reading Group #8 ('Young Goodman Brown')23 ungelesen / 23frahealee, März 2019
Melmoth the Wanderer24 ungelesen / 24frahealee, März 2019
Vampire stories9 ungelesen / 9frahealee, März 2019
'The Grove of Ashtaroth' by John Buchan (1912?)15 ungelesen / 15frahealee, März 2019
Reading Group #18 ('The Vampyre')31 ungelesen / 31frahealee, März 2019
Varney the Vampire7 ungelesen / 7frahealee, Februar 2019
Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla34 ungelesen / 34frahealee, Februar 2019
Hello!100 ungelesen / 100frahealee, Januar 2019
Reading Group #12 (M. R. James' Birthday: 'The Mezzotint,' 'Casting the Runes,' 'Rats')65 ungelesen / 65frahealee, Januar 2019
Reading Group #5 ('The Listener')46 ungelesen / 46frahealee, Januar 2019
Reading Group #6: 'Green Tea'42 ungelesen / 42frahealee, Dezember 2018
Gothic for Children45 ungelesen / 45frahealee, Dezember 2018
Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh9 ungelesen / 9frahealee, Dezember 2018
Reading Group #19 ('The Masque of the Red Death')20 ungelesen / 20housefulofpaper, Dezember 2018
Reading Group #28 ('Rapaccini's Daughter')38 ungelesen / 38frahealee, Dezember 2018
Reading Group #4 (Poetry: 'Ulalume,' 'Darkness,' 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner')41 ungelesen / 41frahealee, Oktober 2018
Reading Group #24 ('The Wendigo')15 ungelesen / 15frahealee, Oktober 2018
Reading Group #10 ('The Yellow Wallpaper')49 ungelesen / 49frahealee, Oktober 2018
Reading Group #9 ('Canon Alberic's Scrapbook')35 ungelesen / 35frahealee, September 2018
Reading Group #16 ('The Kit-Bag')16 ungelesen / 16frahealee, September 2018
Reading Group #15 ('The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar')16 ungelesen / 16alaudacorax, September 2018
Caleb Williams16 ungelesen / 16frahealee, September 2018
The Mysteries of Udolpho50 ungelesen / 50frahealee, September 2018
Gothic Films - episode four193 ungelesen / 193LolaWalser, August 2018
Interesting Editions131 ungelesen / 131frahealee, April 2018
The Bronte Sisters12 ungelesen / 12housefulofpaper, April 2018
Goblin Market.25 ungelesen / 25LolaWalser, April 2018
My Last Duchess.41 ungelesen / 41alaudacorax, März 2018
Wuthering Heights4 ungelesen / 4Tess_W, März 2018
The Most Important News You'll Ever Hear2 ungelesen / 2housefulofpaper, März 2018
Gothic Books - New?1 ungelesen / 1Matthew1956, März 2018
Reading Group #21 ('The Great God Pan')44 ungelesen / 44Rembetis, März 2018
Gothic Literature - Box Sets9 ungelesen / 9housefulofpaper, März 2018
Gothic gossip.307 ungelesen / 307alaudacorax, November 2017
Gothic films - part three195 ungelesen / 195alaudacorax, Oktober 2017
So whatcha readin', kids?343 ungelesen / 343alaudacorax, August 2017
Gothic films (2)351 ungelesen / 351alaudacorax, Januar 2017
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