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2nd Sep '17 6:18:03 AM narm00
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* ''TabletopGame/MyLifeWithMaster'' puts the players in the shoes of [[TheIgor the eponymous Master's minions]] as the struggle to preserve the slivers of rationality and humanity -- or jump head-first off the slippery slope. The nature and character of the "Master" are entirely up to the players, but s/he naturally gravitates towards an unholy fusion of [[AManOfWealthAndTaste Dracula]] and [[MadScientist Dr. Frankenstein]].

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* ''TabletopGame/MyLifeWithMaster'' puts the players in the shoes of [[TheIgor the eponymous Master's minions]] as the they struggle to preserve the slivers of rationality and humanity -- or jump head-first off the slippery slope. The nature and character of the "Master" are entirely up to the players, but s/he naturally gravitates towards an unholy fusion of [[AManOfWealthAndTaste Dracula]] and [[MadScientist Dr. Frankenstein]].
27th Aug '17 12:34:45 AM Koveras
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!Authors who wrote partially or entirely in the Gothic fiction genre include:

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* One of the more popular and influential eras of ''Series/DoctorWho'' -- featuring Philip Hinchcliffe as producer, Creator/RobertHolmes as script editor and Creator/TomBaker as the lead -- is sufficiently influenced by this movement to be known by the FanNickname "the Gothic Horror era".
* ''VideoGame/HauntingGround'' is essentially a gothic horror game -- a young, FragileFlower heroine ventures/flees through an incredibly elaborate castle inhabited only by Frankentinian servants and sexually abusive vampires whose motivations are vague but clearly malicious. Keeping her fear to manageable levels is actually a game mechanic.

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* One of the more popular and influential eras of ''Series/DoctorWho'' -- featuring Philip Hinchcliffe as producer, Creator/RobertHolmes as script editor and Creator/TomBaker as the lead -- is sufficiently influenced by this movement to be known by the FanNickname "the Gothic Horror era".
* ''VideoGame/HauntingGround'' is essentially a gothic horror game -- a young, FragileFlower heroine ventures/flees through an incredibly elaborate castle inhabited only by Frankentinian servants and sexually abusive vampires whose motivations are vague but clearly malicious. Keeping her fear to manageable levels is actually a game mechanic.
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!!Non-literary works of (and inspired by) Gothic horror

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* ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' has a good many tropes representative of the genre, including [[BigFancyHouse old castles and mansions]], [[MadwomanInTheAttic crazy ladies in towers]] ([[spoiler:Lacie and later Alice/the Intention of the Abyss initially appear to play this straight before subverting it, as none of them are actually crazy and are only locked up because of their connection with the Abyss]]), [[GirlInTheTower confinement]] and [[LockedInTheDungeon imprisonment]], {{Evil Twin}}s and [[EvilDoppelganger doubles]] ([[spoiler:Alice and the Will and Jack and Oz, respectively, play with these concepts]]), [[MalevolentMutilation mutilation]] and torture of [[ColdBloodedTorture multiple]] [[MindRape varieties]], otherworldly [[EldritchLocation places]] (the Abyss) and [[EldritchAbomination creatures]] (chains), and [[MadnessTropes insanity]], among others.
* The first ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' anime has GothicHorror themes, with heavy emphasis on symbolism, despair and {{Tragic Villain}}s. In contrast [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist the original manga]] (and its TruerToTheText adaptation ''Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood'') is more of a GaslampFantasy {{Thriller}}.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' certainly had the archetypal atmosphere in the Black Swordsman Arc, the Retribution Arc, and in ''The Prototype''. Traces of the genre are found throughout the series though, since it tends to overlap with DarkFantasy.
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* ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'' (1922) is often listed as the UrExample of the Gothic horror film genre, being a (''very'' loose) adaptation of Bram Stoker's ''Dracula'', one of the key entries in the original literary genre.
* The ''Franchise/UniversalHorror'' movies of the early 20th century did not ''all'' belong to the Gothic subgenre, but their most prominent early specimen, namely the 1931 ''Film/{{Dracula|1931}}'' and ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}'' laid the foundations of the then- and now-contemporary Gothic film expression. The ur-trifecta of 1931 Gothic horror films is rounded off by ''[[Film/DrJekyllAndMrHyde1931 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]]'', which was produced by Paramount and therefore isn't part of the Universal Monsters franchise.
* ''Film/HammerHorror'' is a series of Gothic horror movies made by the British company Hammer Film Productions between the 1950s and the early '70s. They were influential enough for "Hammer horror" to become a distinct subgenre label that was also applied to entirely unrelated, but similar productions.
* ''Film/ACureForWellness'' is a modern take on the genre, particularly drawing influence on ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' with a young urban professional traveling to an imposing, Germanic castle [[spoiler:where he encounters a monstrous immortal aristocrat who engages in a form of vampirism]].
* ''Film/BlackSunday''[='=]s style, cinematography and story hearkens back to older Gothic horror films of the 1930s.
* ''Film/CrimsonPeak'' is a love letter to classic Gothic literature, featuring a grand but rather creepy ancestral house in a beautiful but rather creepy landscape, Victorian-ish time period, romance with unsettling undertones, and ghosts.
* ''Film/TheFearlessVampireKillers'' is an AffectionateParody of Gothic Horror and vampire movies, particularly those in the Film/HammerHorror tradition.
* ''Film/TheManWithTwoBrains'' is a modern day take on and an AffectionateParody of Gothic horror.
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* One of the more popular and influential eras of ''Series/DoctorWho'' -- specifically, [[Recap/DoctorWho season 13]], featuring Philip Hinchcliffe as producer, Creator/RobertHolmes as script editor and Creator/TomBaker as the lead -- is sufficiently influenced by this movement to be known by the FanNickname "the Gothic Horror era".
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum'': Deeply flawed characters in an insane asylum run by people abusing both religion and science to their most inhumane extremes with occasional visits by enigmatic beings beyond human comprehension pretty much fits the bill.
* ''Series/PennyDreadful'' is set in 1891 UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain and weaves together various {{Public Domain Character}}s from classic horror literature in a story about the supernatural.
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' was the first Gothic horror adventure module for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', featuring the PlayerParty trapped in a haunted castle smack in the middle of {{Uberwald}}, lorded over by an ancient TragicVillain vampire named Count Strahd von Zarovitch. The module was so popular, it was eventually expanded into an entire setting, consisting of mostly independent dark realms surrounding equally larger-than-life romanticized villains. The original module has since been rebooted as ''TabletopGame/CurseOfStrahd''.
* ''TabletopGame/MyLifeWithMaster'' puts the players in the shoes of [[TheIgor the eponymous Master's minions]] as the struggle to preserve the slivers of rationality and humanity -- or jump head-first off the slippery slope. The nature and character of the "Master" are entirely up to the players, but s/he naturally gravitates towards an unholy fusion of [[AManOfWealthAndTaste Dracula]] and [[MadScientist Dr. Frankenstein]].
* ''TabletopGame/BladesInTheDark'' has classic Gothic horror as one of its inspirations, being set in a haunted Victorian-era city where it's AlwaysNight, ghosts, vampires, and demons roam free, and technological progress causes more harm than good.
* ''TabletopGame/ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine'': Much of the atmosphere of Horizon is based on this, what with vampires, ghosts and undead horrors being very common, as well as Gothic ruins, cemeteries and the like. Due to this the region is the preferred location of Gothic-genre games. And ''then'' there's the Halloween World in the Halloween Special.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Gloom}}'' is an AffectionateParody of Victorian literature, but especially of Gothic horror.
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* ''VideoGame/HauntingGround'' is essentially a Gothic horror game -- a young, FragileFlower heroine ventures/flees through an incredibly elaborate castle inhabited only by Frankentinian servants and sexually abusive vampires whose motivations are vague but clearly malicious. Keeping her fear to manageable levels is actually a game mechanic.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' starts off as a pretty traditional Gothic horror, with the player character battling classic monsters like werewolves on the streets of a Victorian city of Yharnam, before subverting it and [[CosmicHorrorReveal diving head-first]] into outright LovecraftLite instead.
* ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'' features a dark, decaying, and (kinda) haunted castle, a {{Haunted Hero|ine}}, a mysterious, morally ambiguous, (kinda) vampiric Baron, as well as lots of madness and curses.
* ''VideoGame/{{Harvest}}'' is a mod for ''Amnesia'', likewise set in a dark, decaying, and haunted castle, albeit without any vampires.
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'' is set in a creepy house on the moors, inhabited by a cursed family.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mythos}}'' is a love letter to the Gothic horror films of the early 20th Century, revolving around the mysteries of London's dreaded Harborough Asylum -- a place rumored to be full of ghosts, zombies and other nasties.
* ''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.
* 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.
* The original ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' is not itself a Gothic horror, but the eponymous protagonists' PrivateEyeMonologue is satiated with Gothic imagery.
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* ''Webcomic/BloodStain'' is a comedy masquerading as Gothic horror. The tropes common to the genre are playfully subverted. [[http://www.blackshipbooks.com/blood-stain-a-fresh-new-take-on-gothic-horror/ In a review of the work]], L.J. Phillips remarks how Elliot, while being DamselInDistress and UnreliableNarrator common to works of the genre, confronts not fantastic monsters but instead from the [[RealityEnsues burdens of maintaining a job]].
* ''Webcomic/StarcrossedRavenloft'' takes place in the eponymous ''D&D'' setting, carrying over most of its key tropes.
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26th Aug '17 6:40:54 PM jate88
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* Eleanor Sleath (1770-1847). Married name of Eleanor Carter. Better known for her novel [[http://www.litgothic.com/Texts/orphan1.html ''The Orphan of the Rhine'']] (1798).

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* Eleanor Sleath (1770-1847). Married name of Eleanor Carter. Better known for her novel [[http://www.litgothic.com/Texts/orphan1.html novel ''The Orphan of the Rhine'']] (1798).Rhine''(1798).
13th Jun '17 9:40:43 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Creator/CharlotteBronte (1816-1855). Gave us MadWomanInTheAttic in ''Literature/JaneEyre'' (1847).

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* Creator/CharlotteBronte (1816-1855). Gave us MadWomanInTheAttic the MadwomanInTheAttic in ''Literature/JaneEyre'' (1847).
21st May '17 10:56:10 AM nombretomado
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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 [[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 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 [[VictorianBritain [[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}}.
10th May '17 3:10:26 PM Theriocephalus
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* One of the more popular and influential eras of ''Series/DoctorWho'' - featuring Philip Hinchcliffe as producer, Creator/RobertHolmes as script editor and Creator/TomBaker as the lead - is sufficiently influenced by this movement to be known by the FanNickname 'the Gothic Horror era'.
* ''VideoGame/HauntingGround'' is essentially a gothic horror game- a young, FragileFlower heroine ventures/flees through an incredibly elaborate castle inhabited only by Frankentinian servants and sexually abusive vampires whose motivations are vague but clearly malicious. Keeping her fear to manageable levels is actually a game mechanic.

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* One of the more popular and influential eras of ''Series/DoctorWho'' - -- featuring Philip Hinchcliffe as producer, Creator/RobertHolmes as script editor and Creator/TomBaker as the lead - -- is sufficiently influenced by this movement to be known by the FanNickname 'the "the Gothic Horror era'.
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* ''VideoGame/HauntingGround'' is essentially a gothic horror game- game -- a young, FragileFlower heroine ventures/flees through an incredibly elaborate castle inhabited only by Frankentinian servants and sexually abusive vampires whose motivations are vague but clearly malicious. Keeping her fear to manageable levels is actually a game mechanic.
1st May '17 7:32:01 PM TheRealMrDarcy
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* Creator/PaulFéval (1816-1887) penned ''Literature/TheVampireCountess'' (1856), ''Literature/{{Knightshade}}'' (1860), and ''Literature/VampireCity'' (1875), all of which are classic examples of OurVampiresAreDifferent.

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* Creator/PaulFéval Creator/PaulFeval (1816-1887) penned ''Literature/TheVampireCountess'' (1856), ''Literature/{{Knightshade}}'' (1860), and ''Literature/VampireCity'' (1875), all of which are classic examples of OurVampiresAreDifferent.
1st May '17 7:29:37 PM TheRealMrDarcy
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* Creator/PaulFéval (1816-1887) penned ''Literature/TheVampireCountess'' (1856), ''Literature/{{Knightshade}}'' (1860), and ''Literature/VampireCity'' (1875), all of which are classic examples of OurVampiresAreDifferent.
30th Apr '17 9:31:49 PM TheRealMrDarcy
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* George W.M. Reynolds (1814-1879). He wrote the serial novels ''Literature/TheMysteriesOfLondon'' (c. 1844-1848), and ''Literature/TheMysteriesOfTheCourtOfLondon'' (1848-1856). He was a pioneer of the "[[UrbanFantasy urban mysteries]]" style of gothic horror. Tales changing the story setting from the haunted castles of the past to the great metropolis of the Industrial Revolution. He luridly depicted the poverty, crime, and violence of London life.

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* George W.M. Reynolds (1814-1879). He wrote the serial novels ''Literature/TheMysteriesOfLondon'' (c. 1844-1848), and ''Literature/TheMysteriesOfTheCourtOfLondon'' (1848-1856). He was a pioneer of the "[[UrbanFantasy urban mysteries]]" style of gothic horror. Tales changing the story setting from the haunted castles of the past to the great metropolis of the Industrial Revolution. He luridly depicted the poverty, crime, and violence of London life. Reynolds also wrote three other gothic novels: ''Faust: a Romance of the Secret Tribunals'' (1847), ''Wagner the Wehr-Wolf'' (1846-7), and ''The Necromancer'' (1851-2).
21st Apr '17 11:20:43 AM CaptEquinox
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For an in-depth look go to [[http://web.archive.org/web/20131203014156/http://www.violetbooks.com/ Violet Books]] (unfortunately deceased, but resurrected -- appropriately enough) and the still-active [[http://gaslight.mtroyal.ab.ca/ Gaslight Reading & Discussion Site]].

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For an in-depth look go to [[http://web.archive.org/web/20131203014156/http://www.violetbooks.com/ Violet Books]] (unfortunately deceased, but resurrected -- appropriately enough) and the still-active [[http://gaslight.mtroyal.ab.ca/ Gaslight Reading & Discussion Site]].
Site]]. See also Lovecraft's essay ''[[http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/essays/shil.aspx Supernatural Horror in Literature]]''.
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