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Gothic Literature

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Welcome! This is a community for the discussion, analysis and criticism of Gothic literature. Witty, intelligent and erudite discussion is particularly appreciated.

The Gothic novel flourished in Britain in the late eighteenth through the nineteenth centuries, spawning sub-genres such as Southern Gothic (1920s to 1950), and is still highly influential today.

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Sir Edward Burne-Jones, "The Baleful Head"


Take - An old castle, half of it ruinous.
A long gallery, with a great many doors, some secret ones.
Three murdered bodies, quite fresh.
As many skeletons, in chests and presses.
An old woman hanging by the neck with her throat cut
Assassins and desperadoes 'quant suff.'
Noise, whispers and groans, threescore at least.

Mix them together, in the form of three volumes to be taken at any of the watering places, before going to bed.

- from anon, "Terrorist Novel Writing", 1798


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Good links for Gothic:

Gothic Literature Page
Literary Gothic
The Monstrous Feminine in Literature and Art
The Library of the Classics
Blackmask Online: Gothic Tales
International Gothic Association
Horrormasters
Gothic Labyrinth
Literature of the Fantastic
Gaslight
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