Reading List on Gothic Literature

This list includes both properly acknowledged, classic gothic books, books that have a hint of gothic about them and parodies of gothic. The list reflects the many-faceted nature of gothic in literature. Some of the stories feature vampires or other monsters, others are without any supernatural element other than a peculiar atmosphere of menace. Not all of the books on this list are high-brow or literary (gothic often isn’t), but I have enjoyed all of them. This is not a complete list of all the gothic literature in the world or even of all the gothic literature that I have read. You may even think some of this isn’t “properly” gothic at all according to some arcane definition. Finally, I close with some texts analysing the gothic.

Gothic Novels

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
Charles Brockden Brown, Wieland
Anne Bronte The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories
Daphne du Maurier, Jamaica Inn
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
Neil Gaiman, Graveyard Book
William Godwin, Caleb Williams
Susanna Gregory, A Wicked Deed, (book 5 of the Matthew Bartholomew mystery series)
Charlaine Harris, Dead Until Dark, and the rest of the Sookie Stackhouse series
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
E.T.A. Hoffmann, Das Fräulein von Scuderi
James Hogg, The Private Confessions and Memoirs of a Justified Sinner
Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Andrew Michale Hurley, The Loney
Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories
Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Henry James, The Turn of the Screw
P.D. James, The Black Tower, (book 5 of the Adam Dalgleish detective series)
Sheridan le Fanu, Carmilla
Sheridan le Fanu, Uncle Silas
Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera
Matthew Lewis, The Monk
Marie Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger – inspired by Jack the Ripper
James Oswald, Natural Causes, and the rest of the Inspector McLean series
Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan, (Gormenghast 1)
Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast, (Gormenghast 2)
Mervyn Peake, Titus Alone, (Gormenghast 3)
Ann Radcliffe, The Italian
Ann Radcliffe, The Romance of the Forest 
Ann Radcliffe, A Sicilian Romance
Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho
Anne Rice, Interview with a Vampire
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
Anne Rice, The Queen of the Damned
James Malcolm Rymer, Varney the Vampire or the Feast of Blood
Walter Scott, The Bride of Lammermoor
Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Bram Stoker, Dracula
Josephine Tey, The Franchise Affair
Horace Walpole, Otranto
Oscar Wilde, The Canterville Ghost
Emile Zola, Therese Raquin

Gothic Short Stories

M.R. James, Thin Ghost and Others
M.R. James, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary
M.R. James, More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary
Sheridan le Fanu, Green Tea
Edgar Allen Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher
Edgar Allen Poe, The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Edgar Allen Poe, The Pit and the Pendulum
Polidori, The Vampire and Other Tales

Books on the Gothic

Punter, David (2004), Gothic, Wiley Blackwell Guides to Literature