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Writers The Best Gothic Novelists  

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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.

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135 33
Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Edgar Allan Poe The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado

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114 24
Mary Shelley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Mary Shelley Frankenstein

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87 21
Bram Stoker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Bram Stoker Dracula, The Primrose Path

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68 21
H. P. Lovecraft is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
H. P. Lovecraft The Alchemist, Dagon

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46 19
Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Oscar Wilde An Ideal Husband, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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45 19
Emily Brontë is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Emily Brontë Wuthering Heights

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35 16
Washington Irving is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Washington Irving The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle

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37 18
Victor Hugo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Victor Hugo Les Misérables, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

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31 19
Robert Louis Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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23 12
Gaston Leroux is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Gaston Leroux The Phantom of the Opera, The Mystery of the Yellow Room

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25 14
Charlotte Brontë is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre

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19 9
Ann Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Ann Radcliffe The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne, A Sicilian Romance, The Italian

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23 13
Nathaniel Hawthorne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables

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25 17
Jane Austen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma

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16 9
Horace Walpole is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Horace Walpole The Castle of Otranto, Letters

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21 14
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Uncle Silas, Carmilla, The House by the Churchyard.

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12 10
M. R. James is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
M. R. James Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

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11 9
Wilkie Collins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Wilkie Collins The Woman in White, No Name

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10 8
Matthew Gregory Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists

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8 6
Charles Maturin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Charles Maturin Melmoth the Wanderer, The Wild Irish Boy, The Milesian Chief

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12 11
Henry James is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Henry James The Portrait of a Lady, The Wings of the Dove

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7 9
Mary Elizabeth Braddon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Mary Elizabeth Braddon Lady Audley's Secret

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6 8
William Thomas Beckford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists

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9 12
Elizabeth Gaskell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Elizabeth Gaskell Mary Barton, Cranford

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6 9
James Hogg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
James Hogg The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, The Three Perils of Man, The Three Perils of Woman

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5 10
Steven King is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
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