Gothic Readers Book Club

The Gothic Readers Book Club is a gathering of like-minded souls who read Gothic literature. Our goal is promote the best in modern and classic Gothic literature from around the globe.

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Over the years, the Gothic Book Club has informally voted on the books we've read in order to create a list of the best Gothic fiction going. We've decided to make that list public and honor those works of fiction that stand above the rest.

Our criteria for Gothic fiction:

1) A work must have elements of the Gothic literature movement of the 1800s. These can include the British Gothic novel stylistic elements, Schauerroman, Gespensterroman/Geisterroman, Räuberroman, Ritterroman, and roman noir.

2) The work must be well-written with a narrative or poetry style in the Gothic vein (emphasis on lyrical, descriptive language).

3) Like Poe, we believe that terror is a legitimate literary subject. Guts, rape, torture, abuse, and anything that feels like it would sit nicely next to a Jason or Freddy movie doesn't work here.


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