"Frankenstein" is an obvious (possibly too obvious!) starting point. I would also recommend "Interview with the Vampire", there's not really an awful lot of out-and-out horror in it, but it's absolutely dripping with dark, gothic atmosphere.


I've heard a lot of good things about Interview with The Vampire. Thank you so much!


The Monk by Matthew Lewis is a stone classic.


Absolutely. Noel Caroll (The Philosophy of Horror/1990) even suggests that this one was he harbringer of the horror genre altogether.


Of the pre-Victorian Gothic classics, this is my definite favorite after Frankenstein.


I'll be sure to look into it. Thank you!


The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is a great place to start. It's a classic for a reason. I love the way she depicts the persona of the house. It's a very gripping and ominous story. It's not too long either so you can get through it pretty quickly.


*Dracula* by Bram Stoker is the best, IMO. (There's a free kindle version.)


FWIW, it's available as a free eBook for all devices. You don't need a specific program or device. The book is in the public domain and has been transcribed by Project Gutenberg (and presumably others). Pedantic point? Yes! But I don't want people to think they need Amazon's locked-down Kindle device in order to get free literature.


I appreciate it. I'd like for as many people as possible to get the chance to read it!


**''Dracula'' must be read in parallel with ''Frankenstein'' !**


The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell, The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters, and The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling


LOVE Laura Purcell and definitely second that recommendation.


Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver


If you wanna try southern gothic I recommend Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Beloved A feast of snakes The feast of all saints by Anne rice


You might enjoy the work of Poppy Z. Brite... I've only read their short stories, but can recommend ["His Mouth Will Taste Of Wormwood",](https://www.tor.com/2016/07/13/not-sublimated-not-fading-to-black-part-ii-poppy-z-brites-his-mouth-will-taste-of-wormwood/) an anthology rich in baroque, gothic prose and characters.


That sounds like something right up my ally. I'll def check it out. Thank you!


I wouldn't go back to the old/original gothics if you're looking to get immersed. Even the best have aged considerably in style and while Monk or Melmoth or Vathek, for example, are outstanding books they require a bit of extra effort from the modern reader to enjoy. That isn't to say you shouldn't read them - you should if you want to "get" where gothic came from - but if you're looking to sit back and get immersed I would wait until you're in the mood for them. For more contemporary gothic, go straight to Laura Purcell. Silent Companions is her best-known work, but all her books are excellent. I particularly like The Corset (which has the much lamer title The Poison Thread in the USA). The Victorian setting will also scratch your itch for foggy streets and creaking old manorhouses. If you want something that's a bit stranger but still rich in gothic atmosphere, try Diane Setterfield, Once Upon A River.


In another sub-Reddit a user dropped in this link of books recommended by the author of {{Mexican Gothic}}. I found Mexican Gothic to be just an okay book, and wouldn’t really recommend it.... but I’m also widely read in Gothic lit and think I’m biased. https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/2186-silvia-moreno-garcia-horror-picks-to-take-your-reading-beyond-stephenki?ref_=pe_3652430_597364190&rto=x_gr_e_nl_horror&utm_campaign=October2021Horror&utm_content=Horror.Recs&utm_medium=email&utm_source=horror_newsletter


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The Reapers are the Angels is a good Southern Gothic zombie novel.


I’ve fallen into the gothic wormhole for a few months now. The Haunting of Hill House, Turn of the Screw, Hell House, The Woman in Black, Rebecca (more thriller than horror IMO) also check out Algernon Blackwood he wrote a lot of short stories, some gothic, some not. People don’t talk about him enough.


I can't think of any Blackwood that's particularly gothic. I'd say he's pretty securely in the tradition of the weird. For gothic short fiction of that era, Conan Doyle's collection seems a good place to start.


The Damned and The Empty House are gothic(ish). He’s certainly more weird tales/stories.


Read {We have always lived in the castle} yesterday. It was amazingly eerie!


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I just finished The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni, and I absolutely loved it. It has a lot of the themes and trappings of a traditional gothic novel, with a few unexpected elements mixed in.


The Red Room by H.G. Wells is a good short story.


I just finished Drood by Dan Simmons. Definitely very Gothic. I was a bit disappointed by the ending but felt it could have been shorter but I still enjoyed it.


Also Castle of Otranto is said to be one of the first gothic horror books so if you wanna go back to the beginning essentially then start there. I haven’t read it yet but I plan to