What are the best 1764 to 1937 horror and Gothic novels?

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    Dracula is a Gothic horror book written by Irish author Bram Stoker, which was first published in 1897. It follows the story of the vampire Dracula attempting to move from Transylvania to England to find new blood and spread his curse.


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    Li Song
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "Reading is a hobby I have. Today I was looking for a read to kill down time at work. I came across Dracula. I had seen the movies but never bothered to read the book. After finishing it I was surprised how good it was. I liked the setting and characters. I was creeped out by the story and that is a good thing."
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    #2The 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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    Kenneth Brown
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I had heard of the play and decided I would try the book. The story is very interesting and detailed. I loved seeing how different the Phantom was compared to how he has been depicted before. He was actually a real cool character. The story was very Gothic but had a lot of romance and horror elements."
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    #3Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë tells the story of Catherine and Heathcliff. After she rejects him for a boy from a better background he develops a lust for revenge that takes over his life. This tale of hauntings, passion, and greed remains unsurpassed in its depiction of the dark side of love.


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    Cheryl Ramirez
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "This one is a classic for a reason, y'all. I first read it in highschool and can't even count the times I've read it since—I won't say much because spoilers, but you won't regret picking this one up."
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    #4The 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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    Kyle Berry
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Nice book!"
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    #5The 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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    Shirley Ward
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "This is a surprisingly dark and even at times terrifying novel! The story is romantic and inspires deep thought, without being too hard to read compared to other examples of more esoteric classic literature. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and it left me with a lot to think about when I was done."
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    #6The 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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    Emma Ward
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "The Castle of Otranto is quite a creepy, thrilling novel. I thought the story was full of suspense and moments that made me wish I wasn't alone."
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    #7Collected Ghost Stories

    Collected Ghost Stories

    Collected Ghost Stories is a speculative fiction written by M. R. James. Originally published in 1931, this includes the books Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories and The Haunted Dolls' House and Other Ghost Stories.


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    Jeffrey Hamilton
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "A good book that goes along with horror and Gothic novels from the past is Collected Ghost Stores by M.R. James and first published in 1931. This book has 30 classic tales of gothic horror and ghosts and demonstrates that even people many generations past loved reading this kind of stuff. I loved this book. "
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    #8The 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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    Kyle Williamson
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "Wow is all I can say to this."
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    #9The 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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    Eugene Gardner
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This book is a classic. Even if you are not a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes I would still give this book a try. It is a perfect marriage between a good detective story and a Gothic tale. This version comes with illustrations which help bring the grim world to life even more. It is so dark and beautiful. "
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    #10The 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.


    Janet Gray
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I used to hide this book under my mattress because it terrified me when I first read it as a kid. I decided to read it again, and it's just as terrifying. The Woman in White is a classic for good reason. The book is complex and haunting, with twists that grab you even on a re-read. "
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    #11The 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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    Christian Davis
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Turn of the Screw is a powerful story. Every character is so fascinating. It is a great read. "
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    Carmilla is a thrilling sensual novel by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu for young adults. It is about a girl named Laura, who was torn between fear and sensual attraction with her new mysterious friend Carmilla.


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    Cheryl Carpenter
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "Carmilla was a good book but it better geared for the younger minds. I would recommend this book for a teenager."
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    #13The 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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    Cheshta Chavan
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Big H.P. Lovecraft fan here, so I really enjoyed reading this collection. Some were familiar, others I had never seen before. You'll love it."
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    #14The 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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    Joan Peterson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I think this book, for it's time, touched on a subject that was very provocative and fascinating, multiple personalities. The characters have survived in our minds over the centuries, and it's one of the best gothic novels of that time period for this reason."
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    #15Complete 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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    David Garza
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I can't imagine what it must have been like to read Poe's work when it was new in the 19th century. Today it stands, with good reason, among the classics. The moods and suspense he was able to create are still difficult to rival, and there's no doubt in my mind he'll always be considered a horror and Gothic master."
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    #16Books of Blood

    Books of Blood

    Books of Blood is a book by Clive Barker that tells the story of a family who lives in what so-called "highways" by the paranormal experts. They will help the family with their paranormal problems. 


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    Steven Wagner
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Books of Blood was published in 1984. Therefore, it does not fit the 1764 to 1937 time period. Otherwise, it is a pretty interesting book."
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    #17Halifax Haunts: Exploring the City's Spookiest Spaces

    Halifax Haunts: Exploring the City's Spookiest Spaces
    Halifax Haunts: Exploring the City's Spookiest Spaces is a book about the paranormal written by Steve Vernon. Originally published in 2009, this book features the horrowing history behind Halifax.

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    Paul Gomez
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "A retelling of well known spooky stories and urban legends, from the city of Halifax. The author is a fine story teller and does a wonderful job of bringing these old legends to life and conveying the proper sort of atmosphere. "


Best What are the best 1764 to 1937 horror and Gothic novels
1DraculaBooks 42 Free
2The Phantom of the OperaBooks 38 Paid
3Wuthering Heights Books 37 Paid
4The Hunchback of Notre DameBooks 31 Paid
5The Mysteries of UdolphoBooks 30 Paid
6The Castle of OtrantoBooks 26 Paid
7Collected Ghost StoriesBooks 25 Paid
8The Monk (Penguin Classics)Books 22 Paid
9The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics)Books 19 Paid
10The Woman in White Books 18 Free

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