Gothic fiction offers mystery and suspense, and thrills and chills without straying wholeheartedly into horror. The LoveReading team have chosen some of their favourite fear-inducing novels, whether they offer a shiver of foreboding or are full-on hide behind the cushion reads. Containing the most intimidating atmosphere and creepy setting, traditional and modern Gothic novels often house vulnerable characters and are visited by the supernatural. Some of our most famous classic novels are classed as Gothic fiction, including Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, and Dracula by Bram Stoker.
The most recently written novels on our list sit in a wide range of genres, from thriller and suspense to family drama and relationship. All have that undeniably dark edge that suggests a Gothic influence, a deliciously spine-chilling atmosphere that hooks the reader and haunts the pages.
In her debut Rawblood: “Catriona Ward has created a moving, original tale of love and destruction, one that is truly enthralling and memorable”. This is a ghostly tale, where the house set on Dartmoor, sits centrally and sucks you into the storyline.
Andrew Michael Hurley excels in writing deep, dark and stunning stories. Starve Acre is a novel that will remain in your thoughts: “Folklore gathers in the background, grief preys on the unsuspecting, and a compelling story unfolds”.
Bitter Orange is: “an atmospheric, stormy beauty of a read… Claire Fuller peels open the lives of the characters with exquisite care. Feelings spin and slice across the page, freedom, isolation, and menace all tumbling together in an uncertain dance”.
If you adore the gloriously dark and deeply emotional then step this way, as we really do have some absolute treats of reads waiting for you.