The list author says: "Are you turned off by Wal Mart best sellers? Do you prefer the elegance of "the razor to the hatchet"? Have teenage vampires with cell phones ruined the genre for you? Take back the night! Creep out with these carefully considered selections, which surpass the strict definition of gothic.
P.S. You should also check out Listmania's "Miss Heavenly Angora" and "Ghoulchick". They have additional great gothic picks."
"Deftly uses Egar Allen Poe as a young cadet. Not one, but TWO jaw-dropping finales. Masterfully written. Truly a keeper. The dust jacket on the hard back is much cooler than the cover of this paper back."
"Beautifully written with "bonus" ghost stories scattered within that actually develop the main plot. Very clever. The tension and mystery spirals tighter and higher until the ending...which scared the be-jesus out of me."
"A master of the genre! If ever there was a modern day successor to Poe, Aickman is it. Well known in England but obviously not so in the States. Hypmotizing, bewildering terror. Also try his 'Painted Devils' and 'Your Cold Hand in Mine'."
"Tennesse Williams practically invented Southern Gothic and this is a fantastically bizarre and cruel movie that's true to the book. There's never been anything else like it. You almost feel sorry for Elizabeth Taylor... almost."
"Two victorian women from different backgrounds find themselves in a menacing and mysterious situation. A unique twist on the Charles Dickens theme. The writing style is fanciful, lush and an absolute pleasure to read."
"Mammoth selection of super natural tales. More imaginative and skillful than a lot of other anthologies of the same genre. Some consider the second edition, Black Water 2, to be even better than the first."
"A surprisingly effective rendition of James' Turn of the Screw that stays true to the book. Even if you didn't love the book - I found it too vague (yes, I know he meant it to be vague but COME ON) - The Innocents is creepy and convincing. Beautiful cinematography, especially in its black and white glory. Deborah Kerr is perfection."
"Odd book with tension and a refreshing plot. A photographer's assistant has an affair with the photographer's wife. The weird part? The photographer sets up deadly disasters to occur, then photographs the corpses, THEN manipulates the images to make "spirits" visible. Needless to say, this is not a good idea..."
"A Victorian housewife (Ingrid Bergman at her most confused) keels towards the brink of hysterical madness by her cold blooded, calculating husband. Great cinematography. Guys like this movie because of Charles Boyer's acid tongued portrayal, though it was Bergman who won an Academy Award for her role."
"Crawford came before Lovecraft (who had nothing but praise for him), before M.R. James, before Arthur Machen. He only wrote eight ghost stories but each one is delicious in its straightforward terror. No filler or artifice here. 'The Dead Smile' is my favorite."
"This lit crit dissects without destroying the allure. Beyond the usual bios of well known gothic writers and their stories (including a few bizarre choices like James Branch Cabell), the most interesting chapters concern key motifs such as persecution and paranoia, disorientation and hallucinations, among others."
"It's gothic, it's camp, it's a soap opera from the '70s! This series ran for years and is totally addictive. For months on end I had to watch at least 4 shows in a row before calling it a night. Blantantly ripping off everyone from Bronte and Shelley on up yet with its own unique spin complete with avocado green fashions, the cast is like the family you never had. This is the first dvd set."
"This movie FREAKED ME OUT! I must have jumped out of my chair about six times. Way, way scarier than The Ring, which, to me, was a one trick pony. Two Sisters starts off slowly, so be patient, and all is a mystery until the end but there is an explanation and it is so totally worth it."
"A depression-era traveling circus & a possessed priest do battle leading to possible Armageddon in this addictive and as yet unresolved Showtime mini-series. Season 2 is just as awesome as season 1. If David Lynch did Stephen King's The Stand, this is what you'd get."
"An interpretation of the filming of the silent 'Nosferatu' and its crazed actor Schrek, who apparently took his role waaay too seriously. In turns amusing, thoughtful, bizarre and chilling. Willem Defoe just ate this role up, so to speak."
"I've read at least two dozen ghost story anthologies and this is the best, in my mind. Not just the Victorian stuff, it's a good sampling of more modern writers as well, who tended to think outside traditional settings and conflicts. Each story was chosen for its impact. Elizabeth Bowen's are among my favorites. The editor did a great job."
"Unforgettable tales written by the author of Rebecca. Includes Don't Look Now and The Birds among others. Each is a little gem. By the way, the story The Birds is much creepier than the silly Hitchcock film."
"How do you like your femme fatale? Shape shifter? African vampire? Ice cold mermaid? Medieval murderess? There are so many to choose from in this indispensable little volume of doom, which ranges from the historic to the hysteric."
"Really memorable "macabres" from the likes of Margaret Atwood, Shirley Jackson, Patricia Highsmith, Flannery O'Conner, etc. I particularly liked Joyce Carol Oates's satirical take on the classic Victorian Gothic "penny dreadful", called The Virgin in the Rose-Bower."
"For women who have dark circles under their eyes from re-reading Jane Eyre/Rebecca/Wuthering Heights over and over again, try this book. It's fast paced, greatly described and the arrogant hero/villian (who has a wee bit of an opium addiction) is truly a force to reckon with."
"Another amazing book by John Harwood, see 'Ghost Writer above'. Everything you'd want a novel about seances and second sight to be and much more. Suspenseful, chilling, and fast paced, this may be gothic genre at its best. It reminds me of Bram Stoker's short stories. Very evil elements abound."
"Ever wonder what books horror writers themselves consider brilliant? This must-have book is a fascinating compendium of recommendations by seriously established authors, both alive & dead, who exist in the dark. You're sure to find new titles to seek out but be aware these essays should, but don't, have spoiler alerts."
"Mini goth for the wee ones! This suspenseful series features Edward Gorey covers, brave waifs battling villains and lots of dark, stormy nights and eerie castles. Recommended for adults as well as kids with an *advanced* vocabularies."
"This book is totally fascinating, truly disturbing and better than the Swedish film. It's not just the androgynous child vampire you have to worry about. It's every character in the book. Not least, the innocent boy who's mercilessly bullied and shows the signs, as a result, of growing up to be a serial killer. A book about victims & victimizers. The dead, and those who wish they were dead."
"C. Dickens survives a horrible train crash & is thereafter haunted by a mysterious man named Drood. Dicken's acerbic rival/friend Wilkie Collins (author of Woman in White, Moonstone) narrates the tale as they hunt for Drood. But what is real and what isn't? Very engaging and exciting in turns."
"This is a wondrous book of weirdness. The surrealist made collages of Victorian images from novels and encyclopedias to bizarre effect: ladies with animal heads, gentlemen with demon wings. Houses overcome by floods and snakes. Each chapter has a theme. Disaster, doom, decadence and sin everywhere. Awesome."
"IMO, this is the most impressive publication of Poe stories. And in my business, I've seen *a lot*. This large, heavy, lovingly crafted book by Calla Editions (Dover) has 29 stories and 19 full page illustrations by Harry Clarke. A small press edition that will probably sell out fast and could be worth some money someday."
"I hesitated for years before reading this book because of the implied shock value, but now I'm a big fan! G. Flynn is a hell of a good writer. Creepy, fiendish, even sparklingly witty, the grisly story rings true. And I will never forget the female protagonist, both for who she was or what she did."
"This is an awesome gothic novel about two warring New York families, from opposite sides of the track, each ghastly, shaped by vengeance, corruption and fate. So compelling, you'll feel like you're in the novel yourself. If you like it, check out the author's other masterpiece, the Blackwater series."
"I really wasn't expecting much from this movie because the book was so lackluster but I found myself holding my breath with my eyes peeled open through much of it. Highly recommended for visual chills."