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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?"

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'Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
'Salem's Lot Stephen King '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
A Long Fatal Love Chase Louisa May Alcott 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
A Touch of Dead Charlaine Harris 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
Afterlife Claudia Gray 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
All Together Dead Charlaine Harris 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 Angel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
And the Ass Saw the Angel Nick Cave 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
Arthur Mervyn Charles Brockden Brown 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
Asylum Patrick McGrath 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
Ayesha H. Rider Haggard 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
Bag of Bones Stephen King 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
Bloodline Kate Cary 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
Bone Song John Meaney 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
Carmilla Sheridan Le Fanu 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
Celeste W. D. Pereira, V. C. Andrews 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
Child of God Cormac McCarthy 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
Clermont Regina Maria Roche 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
Club Dead Charlaine Harris 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
Cycle of the Werewolf Stephen King 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
Dark angel V. C. Andrews 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
Darkest Hour V. C. Andrews 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
Dawn V. C. Andrews 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
Dead and Gone Charlaine Harris 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
Dead as a Doornail Charlaine Harris 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
Dead in the Family Charlaine Harris 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
Dead Reckoning Charlaine Harris 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

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Dead to the World is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Dead to the World Charlaine Harris Dead to the World is the fourth book in Charlaine Harris's series The Southern Vampire Mysteries, released in 2004. In Dead to the World, Sookie aids vampires Eric and Pam in their struggle ...more

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Dead Until Dark is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Dead Until Dark Charlaine Harris Dead Until Dark is the first novel in Charlaine Harris's series The Southern Vampire Mysteries.

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Definitely Dead is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Definitely Dead Charlaine Harris Definitely Dead is the sixth book in Charlaine Harris's series The Southern Vampire Mysteries.

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Demon in My View is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Demon in My View Amelia Atwater-Rhodes Demon in My View is a vampire novel written by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, and published on May 9, 2000. Originally entitled Bitter Life, it was published when the author was 16. It is the follow-up ...more

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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Dracula Bram Stoker Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from ...more

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Edgar Huntly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Edgar Huntly Charles Brockden Brown Edgar Huntly, Or, Memoirs of a Sleepwalker is a 1799 novel by the American author Charles Brockden Brown.

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Evernight is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Evernight Claudia Gray Evernight is a 2008 fiction young adult novel by Claudia Gray. It is the first novel in the Evernight series. It is followed by Stargazer, released March 24, 2009; Hourglass, released March 15, ...more

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Fallen Hearts is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Fallen Hearts V. C. Andrews Fallen Hearts is the third out of five books in V.C. Andrews's Casteel Series. Started writing by Andrews and finished by her ghostwriter Neiderman. The book was published under Andrews's name.

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Fingersmith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Fingersmith Sarah Waters Fingersmith is a 2002 historical crime novel set in the Victorian Era by Sarah Waters.

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First Love: A Gothic Tale is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
First Love: A Gothic Tale Joyce Carol Oates First Love: A Gothic Tale is a novella by award-winning novelist and essayist Joyce Carol Oates. It tells the story of Joise S_____, a girl who goes to stay at her aunt's mansion in upstate New ...more

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Flowers in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Flowers in the Attic V. C. Andrews Flowers in the Attic is a 1979 novel by V.C. Andrews. It is the first book in the Dollanganger Series, and was followed by Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden ...more

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Four and Twenty Blackbirds is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels

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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Frankenstein Mary Shelley Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley about the young student of science Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque but sentient creature ...more

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From Dead to Worse is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
From Dead to Worse Charlaine Harris From Dead to Worse is the eighth book in Charlaine Harris's series The Southern Vampire Mysteries.

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Garden of Shadows is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Garden of Shadows V. C. Andrews Garden of Shadows is a novel by V. C. Andrews and was first published in 1987. V. C. Andrews died in 1986, and her estate commissioned ghostwriter Andrew Neiderman to continue writing novels ...more

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Gaston de Blondeville is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Gaston de Blondeville Ann Radcliffe Gaston de Blondeville is an 1826 Gothic novel by noted English author Ann Radcliffe.

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Gates of Paradise is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Gates of Paradise V. C. Andrews Gates of Paradise is the fourth out of five books in V. C. Andrews's The Casteel series.

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Gormenghast is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake Gormenghast is a fantasy novel by British writer Mervyn Peake, the second in his Gormenghast series. It is the story of Titus Groan, 77th Earl of Groan and Lord of Gormenghast Castle, from age 7 ...more

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Handling the Undead is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Handling the Undead John Ajvide Lindqvist Handling the Undead is a 2005 horror novel by Swedish writer John Ajvide Lindqvist, translated into English in 2009. The book revolves around the unexplained reanimation of thousands of recently ...more

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Heaven is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Heaven V. C. Andrews Heaven is the first book in the Casteel series by author V. C. Andrews. It is also the name of the main character Heaven Casteel, in the Casteel series.

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Here be daemons is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Here be daemons Basil Copper Here Be Daemons is a short story anthology by author Basil Copper. It was published by Robert Hale Publishing in 1978. It was Copper's third book published.

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Horns is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Horns Joe Hill Horns is a book written by Joe Hill.

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Horrid Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Horrid Mysteries The Horrid Mysteries, subtitled "A Story From the German Of The Marquis Of Grosse" is a translation by Peter Will of the German Gothic novel Der Genius by Carl Grosse. It was listed as ...more

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Hourglass is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
Hourglass Claudia Gray Hourglass is a fantasy novel by Claudia Gray released in 2010. It is the third novel of the Evernight series, a series of four books, and is preceded by Stargazer and followed by Afterlife. The ...more

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If There Be Thorns is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Gothic Fiction Books and Novels
If There Be Thorns V. C. Andrews If There Be Thorns is a novel by Virginia Andrews which was published in 1981. It is the third book in the Dollanganger series. The story takes place in the year 1982. There was a Lifetime movie ...more