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The Best Gothic Novelists 

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Updated February 15, 2018 2.9k votes 655 voters 16.2k views

List Rules Vote up the best gothic novelist based on their works.

The gothic novel is one of the most famous categories in the world of books. Many classics instantly come to mind, ones that we’re all familiar with: ever heard of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Jane Eyre, Dracula, Frankenstein, or The Picture of Dorian Gray? Gothic fiction, sometimes also referred to as “gothic horror” usually combines fiction, horror, and romanticism, or a combination of these genres. Who are the best gothic novelists of all time?
 
The authors on this list have produced some of history’s greatest gothic novels, providing generations of readers with classics that have been read around the world. These authors have been ranked here as the best gothic novelists, and have forever shaped the way we look at literature. Many of the gothic novels written by these authors have been adapted to feature films as well.
 
This list features the best gothic novelists including, the Bronte sisters, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allan Poe, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Vote up the best gothic novelists below or add one from the era you love, who isn't already on the list.
list ordered by
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Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado
2
Mary Shelley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Frankenstein
3
Bram Stoker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Dracula, The Primrose Path
4
H. P. Lovecraft is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
The Alchemist, Dagon
5
Victor Hugo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Les Misérables, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
6
Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
An Ideal Husband, The Picture of Dorian Gray
7
Emily Brontë is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Wuthering Heights
8
Robert Louis Stevenson ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Treasure Island, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
9
Charlotte Brontë is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Jane Eyre
10
Nathaniel Hawthorne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables
11
Gaston Leroux is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
The Phantom of the Opera, The Mystery of the Yellow Room
12
Washington Irving is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle
13
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Uncle Silas, Carmilla, The House by the Churchyard.
14
Horace Walpole is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
The Castle of Otranto, Letters
15
M. R. James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary
16
Wilkie Collins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
The Woman in White, No Name
17
Jane Austen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma
18
Ann Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne, A Sicilian Romance, The Italian
19
Matthew Gregory Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
20
Henry James is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
The Portrait of a Lady, The Wings of the Dove
21
Steven King is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
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22
Elizabeth Gaskell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Mary Barton, Cranford
23
Mary Elizabeth Braddon ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Lady Audley's Secret
24
Charles Maturin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Melmoth the Wanderer, The Wild Irish Boy, The Milesian Chief
25
James Hogg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, The Three Perils of Man, The Three Perils of Woman