As All Hallows Eve approaches on October 31st, tis the season to discover new and recent Gothic fiction in the historical suspense, romance, and mystery genres.
We can thank English writer, art historian, and politician Horace Walpole (1717-1797) for creating the Gothic fiction genre. After having a terrifying nightmare, Walpole was inspired to write The Castle of Otranto. Published in 1764, it combines many of the elements we see in Gothic novels today: an atmospheric isolated estate, a puzzling family mystery, and a heroine in peril from evil forces. Other classic authors of the genre include Ann Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, the Bronte sisters, and Daphne du Maurier.
Jane Austen fans will agree that Catherine Morland, the Gothic fiction addicted heroine of Northanger Abbey, would delight in the many contemporary authors who have embraced Gothic elements and incorporated them into their new stories. I must admit that I am not as brave as Catherine in her reading choices, so most of the books on this list have been curated to my tolerance Continue reading “7 Historic Romantic Suspense Novels with a Gothic Twist”