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Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels

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List of famous gothic fiction books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular gothic fiction books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best gothic fiction novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

This list below has a variety of books, like Frankenstein and Jane Eyre, in it.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best gothic fiction books?" and "What are the most famous gothic fiction books?"

Note that some books on this list might be currently out of print, but you can purchase most of these notable gothic fiction titles on Amazon with just one click.
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'Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Stephen King

First Published: 1975-09-05

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Horror Film, Gothic fiction

Original Language: English Language

'Salem's Lot is a 1975 horror fiction novel written by the American author Stephen King. It was his second published novel. The story involves a writer named Ben Mears who returns to the town ...more

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A Long Fatal Love Chase ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Louisa May Alcott

Subjects: Literary, Literature, Classics, Feminism

Genres (Book): Fiction, Gothic fiction

Original Language: English Language

A Long Fatal Love Chase is a suspense novel by Louisa May Alcott. She wrote it in 1866, two years before the publication of Little Women finally established her literary reputation and began to ...more
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A Touch of Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Charlaine Harris

Genres (Book): Romance novel, Mystery, Gothic fiction, Fantasy

A Touch of Dead is a collection of short stories from Charlaine Harris's series The Southern Vampire Mysteries. This title was released on October 6, 2009. This book only contains the short ...more
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Afterlife is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Claudia Gray

First Published: 2011-03-03

Genres (Book): Young adult literature, Gothic fiction, Fantasy

Original Language: English Language

Afterlife is a fantasy novel by Claudia Gray released on March 3, 2011. It is the fourth part of the Evernight series, concluding the ongoing plot from the previous novel Hourglass, which began ...more
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All Together Dead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Charlaine Harris

First Published: 2007-05

Subjects: Vampire

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Fantasy

All Together Dead is the seventh book in Charlaine Harris's series The Southern Vampire Mysteries.
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And the Ass Saw the Ange... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Nick Cave

First Published: 1989

Subjects: Literary

Genres (Book): Fiction, Novel, Gothic fiction, Philosophical fiction

Original Language: English Language

And the Ass Saw the Angel is the first novel by the musician and singer Nick Cave, originally published in 1989 by Black Spring Press in the United Kingdom and Harper Collins in the United ...more
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Arthur Mervyn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Charles Brockden Brown

First Published: 1799

Genres (Book): Gothic fiction

Original Language: English Language

Arthur Mervyn is a novel written by Charles Brockden Brown and published in 1799. It was one of Brown's more popular novels, and is in many ways representative of Brown's dark, gothic style and ...more
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Asylum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Patrick McGrath

Subjects: Insanity, Murder

Genres (Book): Fiction, Novel

Asylum is a 1996 gothic fiction novel by British author Patrick McGrath. The novel is the chronicle of a story about self-obsession narrated by the point of view of a psychiatrist. It was ...more
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Ayesha is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
H. Rider Haggard

First Published: 1905

Subjects: Literature, Classics, Adventure, Africa

Genres (Book): Fiction, Gothic fiction, Adventure fiction, Fantasy

Original Language: English Language

Ayesha, the Return of She is a gothic-fantasy novel by the popular Victorian author H. Rider Haggard, published in 1905, as a sequel to his far more popular and well known novel, She. It was ...more
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Bag of Bones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Stephen King

First Published: 1998-09-22

Subjects: Secrets, Maine

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Suspense, Horror Film, Mystery, Fiction, + more

Original Language: English Language

Bag of Bones is a 1998 novel by Stephen King. It focuses on an author who suffers severe writer's block and delusions at an isolated lake house four years after the death of his wife. It won the ...more
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Bloodline is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Kate Cary

Subjects: Europe, Vampire

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Horror Film, Fiction, Gothic fiction

Original Language: English Language

Bloodline is a 2005 novel written by Kate Cary. It is an unofficial sequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula. Like the original novel, Bloodline is an epistolary novel written entirely in letters, diary ...more
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Bone Song is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
John Meaney

First Published: 2007

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Horror Film, Gothic fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Original Language: English Language

Bone Song is a book by John Meaney.
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Carmilla is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Sheridan Le Fanu

First Published: 1872

Genres (Book): Gothic fiction

Original Language: English Language

Carmilla is a Gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and one of the early works of vampire fiction. It was first published in 1871 as a serial narrative in The Dark Blue. It tells the story ...more
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Celeste is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
W. D. Pereira, V. C. Andrews

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Horror Film, Young adult literature, Gothic fiction

Original Language: English Language

Celeste is a book published in 2004 that was written by V. C. Andrews.
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Child of God is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Cormac McCarthy

First Published: 1973

Subjects: Tennessee

Genres (Book): Fiction, Novel, Gothic fiction, Philosophical fiction

Original Language: English Language

Child of God is the third novel by American author Cormac McCarthy. It depicts the life of a violent young outcast in 1960s Tennessee. Though the novel received critical praise, it was not a ...more
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Clermont is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Regina Maria Roche

Genres (Book): Gothic fiction

Original Language: English Language

Clermont is a Gothic novel by Regina Maria Roche. It was first published in 1798 by the sensationalist Minerva Press.
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Club Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Charlaine Harris

First Published: 2003

Subjects: Vampire

Genres (Book): Romance novel, Speculative fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Gothic fiction, + more

Club Dead is the third book in Charlaine Harris's series The Southern Vampire Mysteries, released in 2003. In Club Dead, Sookie's boyfriend Bill disappears while working on a secret project, and ...more
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Cycle of the Werewolf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Stephen King

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Horror Film, Fiction, Gothic fiction

Original Language: English Language

Cycle of the Werewolf is a short horror novel by Stephen King, featuring illustrations by comic book artist Bernie Wrightson. Each chapter is a short story unto itself. It tells the story of a ...more
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Dark angel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
V. C. Andrews

First Published: 1986-11

Genres (Book): Young adult literature, Gothic fiction

Original Language: English Language

Dark Angel is a book written by V. C. Andrews in 1986. It is the second book in the Casteel Series.
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Darkest Hour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
V. C. Andrews

First Published: 1993-06

Genres (Book): Young adult literature, Gothic fiction

Original Language: English Language

Darkest Hour is the fifth and final novel in a series of books about the Cutler family attributed to V. C. Andrews and published in 1993. It is allegedly based on the original ideas of Andrews ...more
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Dawn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
V. C. Andrews

First Published: 1990-11

Genres (Book): Young adult literature, Gothic fiction

Original Language: English Language

Dawn was a 1990 novel started by V. C. Andrews and finished by Andrew Neiderman after her death. It is the first of five books in the Cutler series.
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Dead and Gone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Charlaine Harris

First Published: 2009-05-05

Genres (Book): Romance novel, Mystery, Gothic fiction, Fantasy

Dead and Gone is the ninth book in Charlaine Harris's series The Southern Vampire Mysteries. This title was released on May 5, 2009.
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Dead as a Doornail is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Charlaine Harris

First Published: 2005-05-03

Genres (Book): Romance novel, Speculative fiction, Horror Film, Mystery, Fiction, + more

Dead as a Doornail is the fifth book in Charlaine Harris's series The Southern Vampire Mysteries.
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Dead in the Family is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Charlaine Harris

First Published: 2010-05-04

Genres (Book): Mystery, Fiction, Gothic fiction, Fantasy

Dead in the Family is a 2010 New York Times Bestselling Gothic mystery novel by Charlaine Harris and the tenth book in her The Southern Vampire Mysteries series. The novel was released on May 4, ...more
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Dead Reckoning is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Charlaine Harris

Genres (Book): Romance novel, Mystery, Gothic fiction, Fantasy

Dead Reckoning is a 2011 New York Times Bestselling gothic romance novel by Charlaine Harris and is the eleventh book in her Southern Vampire Mysteries series. The book was released on May 3, ...more