What are the best gothic books ever written?

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    #1The Phantom of the Opera

    The Phantom of the Opera
    The Phantom of the Opera is a gothic novel by the French writer Gaston Leroux. It tells the story of the deformed Erik, who haunts the Paris Garnier opera house, who then falls in love with the soprano singer Christine Daaé.

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    Tiffany Xu
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I’ve seen The Phantom of the Opera live. It has an amazing musical score and I have fond memories of the show. When the book came recommended, I was intrigued on how different it could be from the musical. Well, it’s REALLY different and it’s also REALLY great. I highly recommend it if you’ve seen the show before or if you like dark dramas. I will never hear the songs the same way again."
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    #2Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
    Jean-Baptiste Grenouille was abandoned as a child to the dirty streets of Paris, where he discovered he had a special talent: a unique sense of smell. Able to create the most exquisite fragrances, there is only one smell he hasn't been able to capture: the scent of a virgin.


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    Han Wan
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "A suspenseful thriller you will not want to put down. Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, abandoned on the streets as a child grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift of a powerful sense of smell. He creates fragrances yet there is one itch he can't scratch and that's to kill and keep killing."
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    #3The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a book by Robert Stevenson about Gabriel John Utterson, a lawyer, tries to investigate strange events that happen to his old companion, Dr. Jekyll whenever he takes a potion and become an evil Mr. Hyde.

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    William Brooks
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "One of the all time classics in both gothic horror and science fiction, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a must read. The classic story about man tampering with nature and facing the consequences is well loved for a reason, Stevenson's literary sensibilities were well ahead of their time and in terms of plot and pacing it reads almost like a modern novel."
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    #4The Monk (Penguin Classics)

    The Monk (Penguin Classics)
    The Monk is a book by Matthew Lewis and Christopher MacLachlan that tells the story of a young girl who entered the monastery disguised as a boy. There a monk will molester her and the story will be filled with profanity.

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    Kevin Aguilar
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "While the language is a little old-school since the book was written so long ago, the stories told in the book are incredibly engaging and even a little bit shocking. There are so many little sub-plots and side stories that I was following, it made it hard to put the book down. Once you get used to the old english, it is definitely worth a read."
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    #5The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics)

    The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics)
    The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics) is a book written by Arthur Conan Doyle. The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics) was published by Signet.

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    Peter Lucas
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "So I was looking for the best gothic books ever written to read in my free time. My teacher told me to buy The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics) and boy do I love it, it exceeded my expect ions. "
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    #6The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories

    The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories

    This book is a collection of revisited classics such as 'The Red Riding Hood', but with a dark and creepy environment. These stories are held in an enormous gothic mansion, full of dungeons, halls and hidden passages. 


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    Bruce Hudson
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories turned out to be way better than I expected. I did not know that a lot of these gothic stories were classics that are retold a lot. I really enjoy classics such as this."
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    #7The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

    The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

    The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories is a selection of Lovecraft's terrifying tales including classics like 'The Outsider' or 'The Call of Cthulhu'. It is 452 pages of psychological and paranormal stories written by the reinventor of the terror genre. 


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    Mark Schmidt
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "If you like to read and into Goth, then you should read "The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories". It's a collection of short stories. The style of writting of Lovecraft is very good and very descriptive. Horror fans will really enjoy this read. It wasn't for me, but I can see it's appeal to others. "
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    #8The Castle of Otranto

    The Castle of Otranto
    Published in 1764, 'The Castle of Otranto' is one of the most influential gothic novels of all time. Manfred, the evil ruler of a medieval realm is planning to wed Isabella, the fiancée of his recently deceased son, despite having his own wife. She will manage to escape both the dungeons where she was being held hostage, and both her and the peasant who helped her escape will become the protagonists of a prophecy.  


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    Angela Moore
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "I had never heard of this book before. I'm so glad I picked it up, I read it straight through."
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    #9The Mysteries of Udolpho

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

    Emily St. Aubert is an orphan who finds herself in a castle she doesn't want to be in and separated from the man she loves. In that castle, owned by Montoni who is her aunt's new husband, she will have to face many challenges, both real or coming from her imagination. 


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    Joe Howell
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "Lets go wear dark clothing and live in a castle. Won't that be great? Won't that be original? Maybe we can have some romantic ups and downs as well. Generic."
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    #10The Turn of the Screw

    The Turn of the Screw
    The narrator is a young governess, sent off to a country house to take charge of two orphaned children. She finds a pleasant house and a comfortable housekeeper, while the children are beautiful and charming. But she soon begins to feel the presence of intense evil.

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    Bobby Turner
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I could see this book turned into a movie. This could either be a horror movie or a teen drama movie. It is a gripping story. It had enough twist and turns to keep me invested in the story. "
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    #11The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a classic novel by the acclaimed French writer, Victor Hugo. It tells the story of Quasimodo, a disfigured hunchback who rings the church bells at Notre Dame, and the gypsy Esmeralda who changes his life.


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    Stephanie Kennedy
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Awesome book to read!"
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    #12The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story

    The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story

    The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story is modern gothic novel written by Susan Hill. First published in 1983, it is the first book in the The Woman in Black series.


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    #13We Have Always Lived in the Castle

    We Have Always Lived in the Castle
    We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a chilling novel about a hideous (and possibly murderous) family living in the depths of a creepy estate. A struggle arises when a family member visited their humble abode.

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    Yuan Jia
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "This book will be a little bit different from others you may have read. Instead of a plain-as-day, right-in-front-of-your-face plotline, you're presented with a harrowing story of a strange and unusual family who are kind of isolated by their peers and neighbors. Why, you ask? That's the fun part. You get to decide. Why do so many people seem to hate this family? Surely, it can't be just because they're a little weird, right? Shirley Jackson leaves you drawing your own conclusions in this fast-paced and creepy tale."
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    #14The Historian

    The Historian
    This is the story of a young woman that while exploring her father's library is plunged into a labyrinth where she will find out about her father's past and the fate of her mother, and she will learn about Vlad the Impaler, and his possible connections with her situation in the current days. 


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    Joyce Turner
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "This book is filled with twists and turns that send chills don your spines. The author keeps you on the edge of your seat with suspense and interesting revelations throughout the pages of the book."
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    #15The Woman in White

    The Woman in White

    The Woman in White is a classic mystery fiction novel written by Wilkie Collins. This 19th-century fiction book is first published in 1859. The novel tells the story of an art teacher who meets a mysterious woman dressed in white.


    Melissa Wilson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I saw an old movie version of this awhile ago. The book is so much better!"
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    #16Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)

    Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)
    This thriller written by Anne Rice combines terror, suspense and erotica. The first book of The Vampire Chronicles tells the story of Louis de Pointe du Lac, a vampire who tells the story of his life to a reporter.


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    Graciela Quezada
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This book was given to me as a gift, for my birthday! I wasn't sure it would be something that I could get in to but after reading the first few pages, I was hooked. The book is an amazing story of a Vampires tales and life. This book doesn't just have good ratings because it's decent...do yourself a favor and buy this booK! "
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    #17Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

    Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

    Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe is a collection of short stories by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. It was first published by Doubleday on November 18, 1966, with a total of 832 pages.


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    Yi Tan
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I consider myself a big fan of Edgar Allan Poe so this book was pretty good. I like how his poems have a dark touch and really makes you think. This compilation of his poems is a nice work of art, recommened for any Allan Poe fans and for people who have a dark taste."
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    #18The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book written by Oscar Wilde, which is about Dorian Gray whose painted portrait of himself done by Basil Hallward ages instead of him as he commits sins and vile acts. 


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    Liliana Uribe
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I am one of the people who looks up to the people with the likes of Oscar Wilde, with that said, this is also extremely relevant to gothic books and yes, I would say this is recommended to the specific topic at hand. The Picture of Dorian Gray is well, about Dorian Gray, and the way the book depicts Dorian Gray is definitely interesting."
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    #19The Scapegoat

    The Scapegoat

    The Scapegoat is a classic gothic mystery fiction written by Daphne du Maurier. This tells the story of an English man and a French man. With over 300 pages, this book was published in 2000 by University of Pennsylvania Press.


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    Christine Lawrence
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book is classic gothic story, it is full of mystery and suspense and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. Enjoy this mind bending read!"
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    #20The Great God Pan

    The Great God Pan
    The Great God Pan is a classic horror novel by Arthur Machen, first published in 1890. It tells the story of a surgeon, Dr. Raymond, who conducted an experimental operation on a woman's brain so that she may see the spiritual world.

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    Marie Martin
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "The Great God Pan is classic horror, which allowed me to imagine for myself some of the horrors that unfolded during the story. I felt uneasy while turning the pages and excited to learn what happens. This book definitely still has a creepy feeling today even though it was written over a century ago."
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    #21Mr. Splitfoot

    Mr. Splitfoot
    Mr. Splitfoot is a gothic, mystery novel for young adults and adults written by Samantha Hunt. It was first published in January 2016. It was an NYT Editors' Choice, a Paris Review Staff Pick, and An Indie Next Pick.

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    Ruth Grant
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "For those who like to read goth based novels or just like a good spooky mystery, then this book should be considered for reading. Te author is established with respectable credentials and fans seem to like this book."
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    #22When Comes Darkness

    When Comes Darkness

    When Comes Darkness is a Gothic poetry book about some of the darkest thoughts of the human mind, written by Paul Day. It was published February 21, 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.


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    Ananya Chatterjee
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I love a good horror story that keep me staying up reading at night. I have to say this book did for me. Its suck a wonderful Gothic tale and well written. Paul Day did again."
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    #23Harvest Home

    Harvest Home

    Harvest Home is a gothic novel written by Thomas Tryon. Published in 1973, Harvest Home focuses on the village of Cornwall Coombe and centers on the characters of Ned and Beth Constantine.


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    Eugene Ellis
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book's description makes no mention of it being a gothic novel but it's cover and description certainly have gothic elements. It features the story of a man who moves to a new region and has to get used to it's odd inhabitants and the weird way they do things. I think calling it one of the best gothic books ever written might be a stretch but it looks like a fun read. "
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    #24Flesh Gothic

    Flesh Gothic

    Flesh Gothic is a gothic and horror story for adults written by Edward Lee. It was originally published in 2005. It is about a series of murders inside a big mansion.


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    Tejas Rangarajan
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is my first haunted house story and I have to say I'm incredibly satisfied with my purchase. The author made me feel like I was really there. The characters aren't cliches whose intentions are well obfuscated at times. My friends don't think highly of Edward Lee, but I think he's done a fairly well first impression with this novel. A fair bit of warning: This novel is quite graphic at some parts. I wouldn't recommend this for your kids. Still, a good horror read with well appleid Lovecraftian influence."
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    First published in 1980, Bellefleur is a gothic novel by multi-award-winning author, Joyce Carol Oates. It follows the Bellefleur family through several generations, telling tales of their eccentricities and supernatural abilities.

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    Howard Holmes
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "these are books with quite some intriguing tales. anyone would find them very interesting "
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    #26Secrets of the Morning

    Secrets of the Morning

    Secrets of the Morning by V.C. Andrews is a gothic fiction novel originally published in June 1991. This is the second book in Andrews' Cutler series. It was followed by the Twilight's Child in February 1992.


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    Wayne Wagner
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is not my kind of book, I have to admit. Those who are okay with gothic books and behaviors can read it and maybe will like it. To each their own. Just not interested in reading anything gothic. "
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    #27Jane Steele

    Jane Steele

    Jane Steele is the young adult, mystery, thriller novel written by Lyndsay Faye. It was released in March 2016. It was nominated for the 2017 Edgar Award for Best Novel. It is a reimagining of Jane Eyre as a killer.


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    James Brooks
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "You'll enjoy this one for sure. This novel, written by Lyndsay Faye, is an award winner. You will be on the edge of your seat throughout. So set aside a weekend because you will not want to do anything else."

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