What are the best suspense and gothic-themed novels?

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    #1The 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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    Trishla Jaiteley
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The Picture of Dorian Gray is no longer considered a literally work that causes scandal, as it did when Oscar Wilde first published the book in 1890, due to opinions of it was a book of corruption and immorality. Today, it is book that I would definitely recommend for people that enjoy suspense and some Gothic aspects. Ironically, it's a story many can relate to in today's world - the lengths people would go in order to be beautiful and stay young. A must read!"
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    #2The Tell-Tale Heart

    The Tell-Tale Heart

    The Tell-Tale Heart is a book containing poems and short stories written by literary icon Edgar Allan Poe. It was released in February 1983. It includes the title story Tell-Tale Heart, the Murders in the Rue Morgue and William Wilson.


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    Ethan McDonald
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "When I was in 5th grade I totally memorized Poe's "The Raven" and every since then I have been struck and stuck on Poe. Everyone should have this volume featuring Stories such as the Tell Tale Heart. If you haven't read it ...what are you waiting for. If you have..time to re read it. Pick this up today."
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    #3Interview 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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    Roger Howard
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book is an all time classic for the genre. The way that the author details the characters and lays out the scenes through words is a work of art. If you are interested in gothic type culture you will absolutely love this book. It's not my favorite sub-genre, but even so I have to say I was completely drawn into and entertained by this book. "
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    Dracula is classic horror, Paranormal and fantasy fiction written by Bram Stoker. It was published September 18, 2012 Canterbury Classics as a part of Word Cloud Classics series.


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    Chen Cui
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Dracula is one of the top suspense gothic themed novels out there. It is a classic and one that everyone should read ate least once."
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    #5Wuthering 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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    Alice Guerrero
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Wuthering Heights is a suspense and gothic-themed novels"
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    Frankenstein is a science fiction book written by Mary Shelley which centers on scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque and cognizant being through a scientific experiment. 


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    Saúl Castro
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "I had never read the book despite seeing so many movies about frankenstein. A bit underwhelming, but still a great read. No wonder its a classic."
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    #7The Moonstone

    The Moonstone

    The Moonstone is a Victorian mystery novel by Wilkie Collins originally published in 1868. Considered to be the first English detective novel, it tells the story of a large diamond called the Moonstone and the people who aim to have it.


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    Jeremy Carpenter
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Excellent classic that touches upon some cool themes from the 19th century. You'll be missing out if you've ever been enchanted by the suspenseful themes and Victorian settings that was a part of the fiction of the period and don't at least crack open The Moonstone. The moment you get to near the end of each page, you're going to want to continue and time will get away from you--take it from one who knows!"
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    #8The Haunting of Hill House

    The Haunting of Hill House
    Published in 1959, this book narrates the story of Hill House, a haunted mansion that it is said to have held many supernatural encounters. One day, Dr. John Montague, decided to find out for good what was going on in that house, and with three other people decided to stay a night there, with terrible consequences for all of them. 

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    Kathy Williamson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I'd been meaning to read this classic horror novel for some time and I finally got around to it. I remember reading Shirley Jackson's The Lottery in middle school, and how chilling it was. The Haunting of Hill House is of the same quality. It isn't quite as scary today as when it first came out, I'm sure, but the quality of writing is great. The pacing was a bit slow, but this book inspired an entire genre, so you have to give it that!"
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    #9The Thirteenth Tale

    The Thirteenth Tale

    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is a gothic historical fiction on how children allegorically think of their birth. It tells the gothic strange encounters of the protagonist throughout the story.


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    #10Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Something Wicked This Way Comes is a fictional horror novel written by Ray Bradbury and was published in 1962. This book tells the story of two 13-year old boys and their unforgettable, horrifying experience with a traveling carnival.


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    Harry Ramos
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "The best suspense and gothic-themed novel is Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. Fans of gothic-themed horror will be absorbed by this tale of two 13-year old boys who unearth terrifying and long-held secrets of the town they live in and a show that is the source of the terror."
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    #11Harvest 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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    Olivia Brown
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This book is incredible! I'm new to the genre, I'm more of a fantasy person, but I decided to give this one a try. This book is a bit slow in the beggining, but the end completely pays off. It's a slow burning story, beautifully written and with the correct pace. It's such an inmersive story I couldn't put it down. The themes it approaches and the way it does is innovative and interesting, which makes this an awesome example of a horror book."
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    Dolly is a standalone horror fiction novel written by Susan Hill which centers on centers on the story of young cousins Leonora and Edward living set during summer. 


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    Danielle Fowler
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This novella has surprises at every turn. I found the book both heart breaking and wonderful at the same time. I can't like, however, you may be haunted by the young characters like I was."


Best What are the best suspense and gothic-themed novels
1The Picture of Dorian GrayBooks 37 Free
2The Tell-Tale HeartBooks 35 Paid
3Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)Books 32 Paid
4DraculaBooks 31 Paid
5Wuthering Heights Books 28 Paid
6FrankensteinBooks 27 Paid
7The MoonstoneBooks 25 Paid
8The Haunting of Hill House Books 23 Paid
9The Thirteenth TaleBooks 23 Paid
10Something Wicked This Way ComesBooks 21 Paid

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