Best Horror/Gothic novels to read in this winter Kitaabwala

Hello fellow Bookworms, Today we are going to enter into a special genre of literature that is Gothic Fiction or Gothic novel. The term Gothic fiction is related to something horrible or horrifying. Gothic fiction in literature combines horror, death, romance as well as fictional elements. We also find supernatural and mysterious elements in Gothic novels. So without any further explanations let's find some of the famous Gothic novels of all time.

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1.The Castle of Otranto:


This novel sometimes considered one of the 1st gothic novels in the history of English literature. The Castle of Otranto was written by Horace Walpole in the year 1764. 

The castle of Otranto tells the story of a castle and its leadership. The plot starts with Manfred, the king of the castle of Otranto, who is very keen to secure Otranto castle for his descendants to a deadly curse. 

The Castle of Otranto undoubtedly one of the top-rated Gothic novels. If you are a genuine lover of horror, Then this might be your first pick.

The Castle of Otranto
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2. Beloved:

Beloved by Toni Morrison is one of the famous gothic novels in the field of literature. The plot of the novel is based on Magic Realism and historical fiction. Being a black American the author describes the terrible conditions of the black people. She highlights the condition of the slaves after the American Civil War. Most interestingly the Cincinnati home which is highlighted in the story is a haunted house. We will find characters like Sethe, Baby Suggs, and other characters. In the story, we will also find love, care, and emotion between the characters. Highly recommending this gothic novel to you if you love reading horror/ gothic fictional novels.

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3. Dracula:


Dracula is the legendary Gothic horror novel written by Bram Stoker. It was first published in 1897. The famous character of count Dracula was established by this book and also created a huge impact on the new generation. This book tells the story of Dracula's journey from Transylvania to England seeking new and fresh blood. This book also shows the epic fight between Dracula and a group of people lead by professor Abraham Van Hesling. 

Dracula is a book that creates the fantasy of Dracula and vampires kinds of literature. 

The legacy of this epic story made a separate fanbase and the novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film, and television interpretations.

Dracula

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4. The woman in white: 


The Woman in White is the 5th creation of Wilkie Collins and this is considered the finest horror in the genre of sensational novels. This book is basically considered as a detective thriller with protagonist Walter Hartright employing many of the sleuthing techniques of later private detectives. This novel is also considered one of the oldest creation of detective fiction and horror fiction. It was written in 1859 and published in the United Kingdom in 1860. 

Using multiple narrations is the main strength of this novel and it also shows the different levels of literacy in the genre of horror. One can easily go through this book because of its simple easy to read language with interesting narration skills. This book is also a benchmark for new writers and book lovers. In 2003 e this book was in 23rd position on the list of all-time greatest books of the world.

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5. Frankenstein:


Frankenstein is a marvellous creation by famous English novelist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Frankenstein is actually a famous gothic novel. This novel is also called The Modern Prometheus. Frankenstein is also considered as an early instance of science fiction. Reading this novel we have come to know about the main protagonist Victor Frankenstein. In this novel, we will find the elements of gothic and horror sensations, scientific discovery, Romance, Monstrosity, etc. The main highlighting part is the scientific experiment of Victor Frankenstein that is a huge Monster. Read this gothic novel and feel the thrilling story.


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There are also so many famous gothic novels of famous writers. But these are the most famous and mysterious gothic novels that you should readout. Hurry!!! add these books to your reading list.

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