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Writers The Best Gothic Novelists  

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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.
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212 53
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
165 38
Mary Shelley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Frankenstein

3
135 36
Bram Stoker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Dracula, The Primrose Path

4
96 40
H. P. Lovecraft is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
The Alchemist, Dagon

5
68 26
Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
An Ideal Husband, The Picture of Dorian Gray

6
59 23
Victor Hugo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Les Misérables, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

7
53 23
Robert Louis Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Treasure Island, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

8
63 32
Emily Brontë is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Wuthering Heights

9
48 22
Washington Irving is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle

10
42 19
Charlotte Brontë is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Jane Eyre

11
40 18
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
37 17
Nathaniel Hawthorne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables

13
28 13
Horace Walpole is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
The Castle of Otranto, Letters

14
38 23
Jane Austen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma

15
32 19
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Uncle Silas, Carmilla, The House by the Churchyard.

16
27 17
Ann Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne, A Sicilian Romance, The Italian

17
21 12
Wilkie Collins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
The Woman in White, No Name

18
23 14
M. R. James is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

19
19 12
Matthew Gregory Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists

20
13 11
Charles Maturin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Melmoth the Wanderer, The Wild Irish Boy, The Milesian Chief

21
17 16
Henry James is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
The Portrait of a Lady, The Wings of the Dove

22
16 16
Steven King is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
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23
15 18
Elizabeth Gaskell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
Mary Barton, Cranford

24
12 15
William Thomas Beckford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists

25
12 15
Mary Elizabeth Braddon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gothic Novelists
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