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Gothic Horror is one of the oldest of the {{horror}} genres. [[DarkerAndEdgier Darker, edgier]] and on the {{Romanticism}} end of RomanticismVersusEnlightenment, it tends to play on both the thrill and the fear of the unknown, and places a great importance on atmosphere. It's usually heavily [[RuleOfSymbolism symbolic]], sometimes even dreamlike. In addition to being important to the horror genre, the first {{scifi}}, {{fantasy}}, {{romance}}, [[MysteryFiction mystery]], and {{adventure}} authors drew inspiration from Gothic horror, so it's sometimes considered the parent of all modern genre fiction.

Gothic fiction is usually used as a synonym or is the name given to Gothic horror stories that are saturated with the above mentioned scifi, fantasy, romance, mystery, or adventure elements.

The name "Gothic" comes from a kind of architecture from TheMiddleAges (christened as such by those who considered it barbaric in comparison to classical architecture, the name coming from the barbarian tribe of the Goths). There were a lot of Gothic ruins lying around Britain, and people in the 18th and 19th centuries developed an interest in them because (a) ruins are always kind of mysterious and melancholy and creepy and (b) they evoked the time period they were built in, which was thought of as a [[TheDungAges barbaric]] time where people believed in (and did) all kinds of weird stuff. For this reason, most early Gothic horror novels were set in that era. They were usually also set in Catholic countries, because the Brits who wrote them [[ValuesDissonance considered Catholicism]] [[ReligionOfEvil sinister]] ([[EvilIsCool yet also kinda cool]]).

The renewed interest in Gothic stuff also led to the Gothic Revival movement in architecture, but for the purposes of this article we're not so interested in that.

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}}.

The CosmicHorrorGenre is something of a SpiritualSuccessor to Gothic Horror, with the genre's codifier Creator/HPLovecraft explicitly listing several masters of Gothic Horror as major influences. Where Gothic Horror drew upon classical mythology and legend to provide its nightmares, however, Cosmic Horror looked to the modern world itself, and pondered what would happen as man shone a light upon the last refuges of the creatures who once haunted the empty countryside now becoming suburbs, and reached beyond the limits of what he was meant to know. Perhaps HereThereBeDragons, after all?

[[Franchise/UniversalHorror Universal]] and [[Film/HammerHorror Hammer Films]] are responsible for successfully adapting this genre onto the big screen. For a modern take on the genre see GaslampFantasy and SupernaturalFiction.

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]]. See also Lovecraft's essay ''[[http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/essays/shil.aspx Supernatural Horror in Literature]]''.

For a list of tropes used in the Gothic horror genre see IndexOfGothicHorrorTropes.

!!Authors who wrote partially or entirely in the Gothic fiction genre include:

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[[folder:Eighteenth Century]]
* Horace Walpole (1717-1797). His novel ''Literature/TheCastleOfOtranto'' (1764) makes him the TropeMaker. Also gave us HauntedCastle.
* Eliza Parsons (1739-1811). Better known for her novel ''Literature/TheCastleOfWolfenbach'' (1793).
* William Beckford (1760-1844). Author of ''Literature/{{Vathek}}'' (1786) and started the subgenre of Orientalist Gothic, frightening because set ''beyond'' "civilised" Europe altogether.
* Ann Radcliffe (1764- 1823). Author of, among others, ''Literature/TheMysteriesOfUdolpho'' (1794) and ''Literature/TheItalian'' (1797). Notably replaced real supernatural events with the ScoobyDooHoax.
* Regina Maria Roche (1764-1845). Her novel ''Literature/TheChildrenOfTheAbbey'' (1796) was a best-seller of its time. But she is best remembered for the moodier ''Literature/{{Clermont}}'' (1798).
* Carl Friedrich Kahlert (1765-1813), ''alias'' Ludwig Flammenberg. He is better known for the novel ''Literature/TheNecromancer'' (1794), also known as ''The Tale of the Black Forest''. The work was written in German and translated into English. The translator Peter Teuthold considerably revised the text and even added a chapter of his own. The Teuthold version is still the best known form of the work.
* Carl Grosse (1768-1847) ''alias'' Marquis de Grosse. Better known for ''Literature/HorridMysteries'' (1796), the English translation of his novel ''Der Genius'' (''The Guiding Spirit'', 1791-1795).
* Eleanor Sleath (1770-1847). Married name of Eleanor Carter. Better known for her novel ''The Orphan of the Rhine''(1798).
* Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810): The first important American Gothic writer, best known for ''{{Wieland}}'' (1798).
* Francis Lathom (1774-1832). His better known work in the genre was ''Literature/TheMidnightBell'' (1798). He is also known for ''Literature/TheMysteriousFreebooter'' (1806), an early work of HistoricalFictionLiterature.
* Matthew Gregory Lewis (1775-1818). His novel ''Literature/TheMonk'' (1796) gave us the SinisterMinister, who, among other sins, enters into a DealWithTheDevil.
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[[folder:Pre-Victorian Nineteenth Century]]
* James Hogg (17701835). Best known for ''Literature/ThePrivateMemoirsAndConfessionsOfAJustifiedSinner'' (1824), which gave us the {{Doppelganger}}. The eponymous Sinner supposedly makes a DealWithTheDevil, but it is never clear if this is true or all in his head. Also makes chilling use of PsychologicalHorror and RashomonStyle.
* Creator/JaneAusten (1775-1817) -- wrote ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'' (1817), the most famous {{Parody}} of the genre. The novel was written between 1798 and 1803, but remained unpublished for several years.
* Creator/ETAHoffmann (1776-1822). The most important German author of Gothic fiction. His novel ''Literature/TheDevilsElixirs'' (1815) is a classic of the genre. His best known work, however, is the short story ''Literature/TheNutcracker'' (1816).
* Charles Robert Maturin (1782-1824). Author of ''Literature/MelmothTheWanderer'' (1820), a notable use of the NestedStory style to tell a complex tale.
* Washington Irving (1783-1859): Author of numerous classic tales of terror. Some, like "Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow" (1820), have rational explanations a la Radcliffe. Others, like "TheDevilAndTomWalker" (1824), are purely supernatural.
* Eaton Stannard Barrett (1786-1820). Wrote ''Literature/TheHeroine'' (1813), a notable parody of the genre. Particularly of the ChangelingFantasy plots which had been used by several gothic novels. In these novels, characters of seemingly modest backgrounds often found themselves secret progeny of noble and/or affluent families. Barrett's "heroine", Cherry Wilkinson, is a farmer's daughter and an avid reader of gothic novels. She convinces herself that she is heiress Cherubina de Willoughby and embarks on a series of [[Literature/DonQuixote quixotic]] misadventures.
* Creator/LordByron (1788-1824). His ByronicHero was a major contribution to Gothic fiction. The type was introduced in the narrative poem ''Literature/ChildeHaroldsPilgrimage'' (1812-1818). His poem ''Literature/TheGiaour'' (1813) is one of the earliest depictions of vampires in fiction. The satiric poem ''Literature/DonJuan'' (1818-1824) is not part of the genre, however.
* John William Polidori (1795-1821). He wrote the first vampire novel, ''Literature/TheVampyre'' (1819).
* Creator/MaryShelley (1797-1851). Her novel ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' (1818) gave us FrankensteinsMonster. She is also considered the first ScienceFiction writer.
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* Creator/EdwardBulwerLytton (1803-1873) of ItWasADarkAndStormyNight fame. He had an actual interest in the occult and the paranormal. He incorporated elements of his study in various tales, most notably ''Literature/{{Zanoni}}'' (1842). His most enduring work is probably ''Literature/TheComingRace'' (1871), combining elements of occultism, gothic horror, and science fiction.
* Creator/MarieCorelli (1855-1924) had this in some of her novels, notably ''Wormwood'' and ''Vendetta''.
* NathanielHawthorne (1804-1864):Intertwined Gothic Horror with the history of New England in such stories and novels as "YoungGoodmanBrown" (1835), ''TheHouseOfTheSevenGables'' (1851), etc.
* Creator/EdgarAllanPoe (1809-1849). One of the most important writers of Gothic fiction; wrote the first GreatDetective [[MysteryFiction Mystery]]. He revisited classic gothic themes in the short stories "Literature/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher" (1839), and "The Pit and the Pendulum" (1842), among many other classics of the genre. His best known Gothic poem is probably ''Literature/TheRaven'' (1845).
* Creator/CharlesDickens (1812-1870). He gave us VictorianLondon or at least the Hollywood version of it. He tended to use old gothic tropes in new ways. Such as secret heirs to prominent families ("Literature/OliverTwist", 1837-1839), and wicked uncles plotting or performing murder (Literature/TheMysteryOfEdwinDrood, 1870). All in an urban environment and graphically depicting the life of the low classes.
* J. Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873). Better known as the author of ''Literature/{{Carmilla}}'' (1872). Gave us the OccultDetective and {{Lesbian Vampire}}s.
* Creator/PaulFeval (1816-1887) penned ''Literature/TheVampireCountess'' (1856), ''Literature/{{Knightshade}}'' (1860), and ''Literature/VampireCity'' (1875), all of which are classic examples of OurVampiresAreDifferent.
* 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).
* James Malcolm Rymer (18141884). Helped [[TropeCodifier pave the way for]] the FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire with the title character of ''Literature/VarneyTheVampire'' (1847), which is also the TropeCodifier for many commonly used vampire tropes such as fangs, two-hole puncture wounds, and SuperStrength, among others.
* Creator/CharlotteBronte (1816-1855). Gave us the MadwomanInTheAttic in ''Literature/JaneEyre'' (1847).
* Creator/EmilyBronte (1818-1848). Author of ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' (1847).
* Creator/WilkieCollins (1824-1889). Author of ''Literature/TheWomanInWhite'' (1859-1860).
* Mary E Braddon (1835-1915). Writer of sensation novels, which took on Gothic tropes like secret marriages and madwomen but generally left out supernatural elements. Author of ''Literature/LadyAudleysSecret'' (1862), one of the first mystery novels, and a possible forerunner to the FilmNoir genre.
* Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888). While best known for ''Literature/LittleWomen'' (1868-1869), [[HeAlsoDid She Also Did]] reasonably successful "sensational" Gothic romances such as ''Literature/AModernMephistopheles'' (1877) under the pen name of A.M. Barnard, and one called ''Literature/ALongFatalLoveChase'' that everyone in her own lifetime found too scandalous to publish. The latter was written in 1866 and first published in 1995.
* George Du Maurier (1834-1896). Author of the novel ''Literature/{{Trilby}}'' (1894), which was the TropeNamer and possibly the TropeMaker for TheSvengali. Also the grandfather of Daphne du Maurier, author of ''Literature/{{Rebecca}}''.
* Creator/{{Ouida}} (1839-1908) had Gothic elements in many of her stories. She even had some tales with [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies zombies]].
* Creator/AmbroseBierce (1842-1913?). Another precursor to the CosmicHorrorStory. His short story ''Literature/AnOccurrenceAtOwlCreekBridge'' (1890) is a classic case of DyingDream. The lesser known ''Literature/AnInhabitantOfCarcosa'' (1886) is an influential use of the EldritchLocation. The mysterious disappearance of this author has also inspired younger storytellers.
* Creator/HenryJames (1843-1916). Author of ''Literature/TheTurnOfTheScrew'' (1898).
* Creator/BramStoker (1847-1912). Gave us ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' (1897) and {{Uberwald}}.
* Isidore Ducasse (1847-1870), aka Le Comte de Lautréamont, although it was only a pseudonym. Author of the self-consciously outrageous ''Literature/LesChantsDeMaldoror'' (1868), later a canonical text for [[{{Surrealism}} the Surrealist movement]] in France and Belgium.
* Creator/RobertLouisStevenson (1850-1894). Gave us the JekyllAndHyde trope through ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'' (1886).
* MaryWilkinsFreeman (1852-1930): Author of regional Gothic tales like "A Symphony in Lavender" (1883), "The Twelfth Guest" (1893), "Luella Miller" (1902), and "The Shadows on the Wall" (1903, adapted as an episode of Series/NightGallery).
* Creator/OscarWilde (1854-1900). Author of ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'' (1890).
* Creator/ArthurConanDoyle (1859-1930). Creator of Literature/SherlockHolmes. His novel ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'' (1901-1902) uses classic gothic horror elements, but of course more in the Ann Radcliffe, ScoobyDooHoax style. (On the other hand, he also wrote "Lot No. 249", an early {{Mummy}} tale, in an era when fascination with AncientEgypt was gaining ground.)
* Creator/ArthurMachen (1863-1947). Author of ''Literature/TheGreatGodPan'' (1894).
* Creator/RobertWChambers (1865-1933). Paved the way for the emergence of the CosmicHorrorStory with ''Literature/TheKingInYellow'' (1895).
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[[folder:Post-Victorian]]
* Creator/MontagueRhodesJames (1862-1936). Credited with updating the ghost story for the 20th century. His works often used SealedEvilInACan. His short stories were collected in volumes such as ''Ghost Stories Of An Antiquary'' (1904), and its sequel ''More Ghost Stories'' (1911).
* Creator/EdithWharton (1862-1937): Disciple of Creator/HenryJames' . Wrote classic ghost stories, collected in volumes like ''TalesOfMenAndGhosts'' (1910).
* Creator/AlgernonBlackwood (1869-1951). Influential writer of ghost stories. His better known works are ''Literature/TheWillows'' (1907) and "Literature/TheWendigo" (1910). Both are influential works in the CosmicHorrorStory genre.
* Creator/WilliamHopeHodgson (1877-1918). Author of ''Literature/TheHouseOnTheBorderland'' (1908), ''Literature/TheNightLand'' (1912), and ''Literature/CarnackiTheGhostFinder'' (1913).
* Hugh Walpole (1884-1941). Author in several genres. His better known gothic horror tale is ''Portrait of a Man With Red Hair'' (1925) and yes, he ''is'' the descendant of Horace Walpole, the TropeMaker and author of ''Literature/TheCastleOfOtranto'' as earlier mentioned.
* Marjorie Bowen (1885-1952). Prolific author of gothic novels, horror tales, and historical novels. Several of her stories were collected posthumously in the collection "Literature/KecksiesAndOtherTwilightTales" (1976). [[http://web.archive.org/web/20131203014156/http://www.violetbooks.com/bowen.html Her own life story]] was pretty horrific as well.
* Creator/DennisWheatley (1890 - 1977), author of ''Literature/TheDevilRidesOut''.
* Creator/GuyEndore (1900-1970):Author of the classic werewolf novel, ''Literature/TheWerewolfOfParis'' (1933).
* William Sloane (1906-1974): Author of two classic horror novels, ''ToWalkTheNight'' (1937) and ''TheEdgeOfRunningWater'' (1939, filmed as ''TheDevilCommands'' in 1941 with Creator/BorisKarloff).
* Daphne du Maurier (1908-1989). Granddaughter of the above-mentioned George du Maurier; wrote ''Literature/{{Rebecca}}'' (1938), ''Literature/JamaicaInn'' (1936) and the original short story on which ''Film/TheBirds'' was based.
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[[folder:Authors influenced by Gothic Fiction]]
* Creator/AgathaChristie (1890-1976).
* Creator/HPLovecraft (1890-1937).
* Creator/WilliamFaulkner (1897-1962).
* Creator/ShirleyJackson (1916-1965).
* Creator/RobertBloch (1917-1994).
* Creator/VCAndrews (1923-1986)
* Creator/FlanneryOConnor (1925-1964).
* Creator/ToniMorrison (1931-).
* Creator/MargaretAtwood (1939-).
* Creator/AnneRice (1941-).
* Creator/StephenKing (1947-).
* Creator/BarbaraGowdy (1950-).
* Creator/AmyTan (1952-).
* Creator/NeilGaiman (1960-).
* Creator/JKRowling (1965-).
* Creator/BillyMartin (1967-).
* Creator/JossWhedon.
* Creator/ClaudiaGray (at least in her early works)
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!!Non-literary works of (and inspired by) Gothic horror

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''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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[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* ''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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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* 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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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''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 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]].
* ''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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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''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 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.
* 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.
* The original ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' is not itself a Gothic horror, but the eponymous protagonist's PrivateEyeMonologue is satiated with Gothic imagery.
* ''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 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]].
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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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