classic Gothic novels:

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Has anyone here read Melmoth the Wanderer or The Monk by Matthew Lewis? I find the dead Gothic novelists much more frightening than our contemporary fantasy.
2 Rhea26th Sep 2012 06:23:34 PM from Syracuse, NY, USA
No, but they're both public domain so I'll get on that. I'll be back.
I've only heard of The Monk because it is mentioned in an adaptation of Northanger Abbey...

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Haven't read them yet, but The Monk is on my To Read list. I haven't read a whole lot of gothic novels at all, but I'm planning to.

Interestingly, right now I'm reading The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope, where the central character is a rich tycoon named Augustus Melmotte. I remember wondering if his name was a reference to Melmoth. (There's nothing supernatural or even remotely gothic about the novel or Melmotte's character, but who knows?)
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5 DeMarquis27th Sep 2012 02:47:30 PM from Hell, USA , Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
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The Castle of Otranto (1764) is often regarded as the very first gothic novel.
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6 Rhea29th Sep 2012 04:29:22 PM from Syracuse, NY, USA
The Castle of Otranto is hilarious, I recommend it. The Monk is good so far. It's like Don Quixote combined with copious amounts of melodrama.

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7 darkabomination17th Oct 2012 10:14:48 PM from cyberspace , Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
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Let's face it, most Victorian fiction is fun because of the sheer amount of meladrama that's so purple you could have sworn it was being choked by a pulp magazine in a fist fight. Having sadi that, Varney the Vampyre, the Monk, Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, and Carmilla are my favorites. not because two have unique takes on vampires by today's standards, but there's a genuine feeling of creepyness to them. though varney is like a good pulp novel sensational, fun and shallow, but genuinely moving at the climax. Btw, how Carmila got passed the sensors at the time I'll never know.
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8 ViralCyst30th Nov 2012 09:16:30 AM , Relationship Status: My elf kissing days are over
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I only read Frankestien and Dracula. I guess those are like newbie starter pack novels.
9 JayTDawgzone26th Jul 2017 09:35:53 AM from Ye Olde Snack Kabinette , Relationship Status: Robosexual
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Is it okay to revive old threads like this? I just love Gothic literature, from its origins to contemporary lit. Reading Mysteries of Udolpho currently. So far, so gothic. My favorite Gothic books are probably We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962), The Monk (1796), Dracula (1897), and The Bloody Chamber (1979).Anybody here read Bloody Chamber?
10 Albino_Axolotl28th Dec 2017 06:08:55 PM from NC, United States , Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
One classic that I read is Vathek. It's a gothic tale set in a Arabian Nightsque setting compared to the usual European setting most gothic tales are set in. Its about the titular caliph Vathek who renounces Islam and engages with his mother, Carathis, in a series of licentious and deplorable activities designed to gain him supernatural powers.
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11 Ulysses212nd Jan 2018 03:51:32 AM , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
I picked up a copy of The Castle of Otranto years ago but never read it, I really ought to get on to that...
12 agramugl2nd Feb 2018 09:35:19 PM , Relationship Status: In Lesbians with you
Love myself some Edgar Allen Poe, but, personally, I haven't read enough classic gothic literature. Carmela and The Vampyre I've read, as well as the obvious classics like Dracula and Frankenstein. I tried reading Varney, but it's just SOOOOOOO long, and I didn't know if it were worth the time investment reading it.

Castle of Ontario I remember trying to read on an audiobook I borrowed from the library...buuuuuuut couldn't finish it in time. Should revisit that one.
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