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16th Jan '18 1:38:16 AM Cryoclaste
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Horace Walpole's ''Literature/TheCastleOfOtranto'', written in 1764, is considered the first Gothic horror novel. Walpole was a big fan of Creator/WilliamShakespeare and proudly declared that [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples he borrowed most of the tropes from]] his idol's plays, particularly ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', and ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''. Ann Radcliffe helped popularize the genre, and authors such as Matthew Lewis, Ludwig Flammenberg, Eliza Parsons, Eleanor Sleath, and Francis Lathom finished out the eighteenth century Gothic horror writers. The beginning of the nineteenth century saw Gothic horror being parodied by authors like Creator/JaneAusten, but there were still straight examples provided by authors such as Creator/LordByron and Creator/MaryShelley. By the time the [[UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain Victorian era]] rolled around Gothic horror was beginning to run out of steam, but there were still quite a few people writing it -- in fact, most of the Gothic horror authors and works you've heard of probably come from this era, such as Creator/EdgarAllanPoe and the Brontë sisters. There were a few more notable Gothic authors in the early 20th century, but by the 1950s or so the genre had given way to modern {{Horror}}.

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Horace Walpole's ''Literature/TheCastleOfOtranto'', written in 1764, is considered the first Gothic horror novel. Walpole was a big fan of Creator/WilliamShakespeare and proudly declared that [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples [[JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples he borrowed most of the tropes from]] his idol's plays, particularly ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', and ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''. Ann Radcliffe helped popularize the genre, and authors such as Matthew Lewis, Ludwig Flammenberg, Eliza Parsons, Eleanor Sleath, and Francis Lathom finished out the eighteenth century Gothic horror writers. The beginning of the nineteenth century saw Gothic horror being parodied by authors like Creator/JaneAusten, but there were still straight examples provided by authors such as Creator/LordByron and Creator/MaryShelley. By the time the [[UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain Victorian era]] rolled around Gothic horror was beginning to run out of steam, but there were still quite a few people writing it -- in fact, most of the Gothic horror authors and works you've heard of probably come from this era, such as Creator/EdgarAllanPoe and the Brontë sisters. There were a few more notable Gothic authors in the early 20th century, but by the 1950s or so the genre had given way to modern {{Horror}}.
29th Dec '17 1:05:54 PM lakingsif
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* Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852). Infamous Russian horror writer of ''Literature/{{Viy}}'', ''The Nose'', and ''Nevsky Prospekt''.

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* Nikolai Gogol Creator/NikolaiGogol (1809-1852). Infamous Russian horror writer of ''Literature/{{Viy}}'', ''The Nose'', and ''Nevsky Prospekt''.
29th Dec '17 1:04:59 PM lakingsif
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* Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852). Infamous Russian horror writer of ''Literature/{{Viy}}'', ''The Nose'', and ''Nevsky Prospekt''.
9th Dec '17 1:58:15 AM Koveras
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* The original ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' is not itself a Gothic horror, but the eponymous protagonists' PrivateEyeMonologue is satiated with Gothic imagery.

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* The original ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' is not itself a Gothic horror, but the eponymous protagonists' protagonist's PrivateEyeMonologue is satiated with Gothic imagery.
1st Dec '17 6:54:03 PM Zaptech
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* ''Videogame/DarkestDungeon'' takes place entirely on old estate grounds, ruins, and woodlands that evoke the classic Gothic horror environment, coupling it with aspects of CosmicHorror: the player's heroes do battle with zombie and undead, as well as corrupted wildlife, twisted plantlife and fungie, demonic pig-men, and monstrous humanoid fish-people, as well as facing the deformed and twisted cultists of the titutlar Darkest Dungeon. The ''Crimson Court'' expansion takes it even further into the realms of Gothic horror, with vampires being the main enemy, although these vampires are akin to [[OurVampiresAreDifferent blood-sucking insects who wear the trappings and thin demeanor of nobility to cover up their depraved cruelty and ravenous hunger]].

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* ''Videogame/DarkestDungeon'' takes place entirely on old estate grounds, ruins, and woodlands that evoke the classic Gothic horror environment, coupling it with aspects of CosmicHorror: the player's heroes do battle with zombie and undead, as well as corrupted wildlife, twisted plantlife and fungie, demonic pig-men, and monstrous humanoid fish-people, as well as facing the deformed and twisted cultists of the titutlar titular Darkest Dungeon. The ''Crimson Court'' expansion takes it even further into the realms of Gothic horror, with vampires being the main enemy, although these vampires are akin to [[OurVampiresAreDifferent blood-sucking insects who wear the trappings and thin demeanor of nobility to cover up their depraved cruelty and ravenous hunger]].
1st Dec '17 6:53:37 PM Zaptech
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* ''Videogame/DarkestDungeon'' takes place entirely on old estate grounds, ruins, and woodlands that evoke the classic Gothic horror environment, coupling it with aspects of CosmicHorror: the player's heroes do battle with zombie and undead, as well as corrupted wildlife, twisted plantlife and fungie, demonic pig-men, and monstrous humanoid fish-people, as well as facing the deformed and twisted cultists of the titutlar Darkest Dungeon. The ''Crimson Court'' expansion takes it even further into the realms of Gothic horror, with vampires being the main enemy, although these vampires are akin to [[OurVampiresAreDifferent blood-sucking insects who wear the trappings and thin demeanor of nobility to cove rup their depraved cruelty and ravenous hunger]].

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* ''Videogame/DarkestDungeon'' takes place entirely on old estate grounds, ruins, and woodlands that evoke the classic Gothic horror environment, coupling it with aspects of CosmicHorror: the player's heroes do battle with zombie and undead, as well as corrupted wildlife, twisted plantlife and fungie, demonic pig-men, and monstrous humanoid fish-people, as well as facing the deformed and twisted cultists of the titutlar Darkest Dungeon. The ''Crimson Court'' expansion takes it even further into the realms of Gothic horror, with vampires being the main enemy, although these vampires are akin to [[OurVampiresAreDifferent blood-sucking insects who wear the trappings and thin demeanor of nobility to cove rup cover up their depraved cruelty and ravenous hunger]].
1st Dec '17 6:53:23 PM Zaptech
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* ''Videogame/DarkestDungeon'' takes place entirely on old estate grounds, ruins, and woodlands that evoke the classic Gothic horror environment, coupling it with aspects of CosmicHorror.

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* ''Videogame/DarkestDungeon'' takes place entirely on old estate grounds, ruins, and woodlands that evoke the classic Gothic horror environment, coupling it with aspects of CosmicHorror.CosmicHorror: the player's heroes do battle with zombie and undead, as well as corrupted wildlife, twisted plantlife and fungie, demonic pig-men, and monstrous humanoid fish-people, as well as facing the deformed and twisted cultists of the titutlar Darkest Dungeon. The ''Crimson Court'' expansion takes it even further into the realms of Gothic horror, with vampires being the main enemy, although these vampires are akin to [[OurVampiresAreDifferent blood-sucking insects who wear the trappings and thin demeanor of nobility to cove rup their depraved cruelty and ravenous hunger]].
1st Dec '17 6:49:10 PM Zaptech
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* The original ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' had a very Gothic atmosphere, set in a remote town whose CreepyCathedral had become a literal HellGate, through which a lone hero must enter the underground dungeons to defeat the outpouring demons and undead.

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* The original ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' had a very Gothic atmosphere, set in a remote town whose CreepyCathedral had become a literal HellGate, through which a lone hero must enter the underground dungeons to defeat the outpouring demons and undead. ''Videogame/DiabloII'' and ''Videogame/DiabloIII'' continued the trend, although also expanding it to other environments as well.


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* ''Videogame/DarkestDungeon'' takes place entirely on old estate grounds, ruins, and woodlands that evoke the classic Gothic horror environment, coupling it with aspects of CosmicHorror.
12th Nov '17 3:50:47 PM Discar
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* ''VideoGame/{{Vampyr}}'' is set in the 1918 London, during the Spanish flu pandemic and its protagonist is a genius doctor who gets involuntarily transformed into a vampire.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Vampyr}}'' ''Videogame/{{Vampyr 2018}}'' is set in the 1918 London, during the Spanish flu pandemic and its protagonist is a genius doctor who gets involuntarily transformed into a vampire.
1st Nov '17 4:06:14 AM Stevebob
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* Creator/ClaudiaGray (at least in her early works)
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