Industrial-Sized Deals Shop all Back to School Shop Women's Handbags Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Melanie Martinez Fire TV Stick Off to College Essentials Shop Popular Services gotS5 gotS5 gotS5  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage Metal Gear Solid 5 Shop Back to School with Amazon Back to School with Amazon Outdoor Recreation STEM Toys & Games

Exotica Gothica

Tiger Lily "book store owner"
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."
The Pale Blue Eye: A Novel
The Pale Blue Eye: A Novel
"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."
The Ghost Writer
The Ghost Writer
"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."
Five Mile House: A Novel
Five Mile House: A Novel
"What a knock-out this book is!  I had to finish it in two days.  A heart-thumper and mind puzzler. I still think about the plot months later."
Perfume
Perfume
"A new kind of monster. If you haven't read this yet, you owe it to yourself. The movie, while it doesn't surpass the book, does supplement the book nicely."
The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House
"An old classic. This has the best opening paragrah of any horror novel."
Switch Bitch
Switch Bitch
"A nasty piece of work. I love this guy. He obviously hated everybody. You'll remember him as the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, among others."
Asylum
Asylum
"Elegant in its romantic despair."
The Wine Dark Sea
The Wine Dark Sea
"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'."
The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories
The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories
"Very sexy fairy tales told in a perverse but beautiful way."
The Others (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
The Others (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
"The only Nicole Kidman movie I've ever liked, much less loved.  The ending is superb.  Don't read any spoilers from other reviewers.  I hope this will be considered a classic in the future."
Suddenly, Last Summer
Suddenly, Last Summer
"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."
Fingersmith
Fingersmith
"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."
Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature
Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature
"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."
The Innocents
The Innocents
"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."
The Haunting of L
The Haunting of L
"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..."
Gaslight
Gaslight
"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."
For the Blood is the Life *OP
For the Blood is the Life *OP
"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."
The Gothic
The Gothic
"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."
Dark Shadows DVD Collection 1
Dark Shadows DVD Collection 1
"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."
A Tale of Two Sisters
A Tale of Two Sisters
"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."
Carnivale: Season 1
Carnivale: Season 1
"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."
Shadow of the Vampire
Shadow of the Vampire
"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."
The Norton Book of Ghost Stories
The Norton Book of Ghost Stories
"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."
Daphne du Maurier's Classics of the Macabre
Daphne du Maurier's Classics of the Macabre
"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."
Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination (Tuttle Classics)
Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination (Tuttle Classics)
"Edogawa Rampo (phonetic Japanese for Edgar Allen Poe!) had some interesting ideas.  For example, how about a deranged man who secretly fashions himself into an armchair... that women sit in..."
The Dedalus Book of Femmes Fatales (European Literary Fantasy Anthologies)
The Dedalus Book of Femmes Fatales (European Literary Fantasy Anthologies)
"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."
Mistresses of the Dark : 25 Macabre Tales By Master Storytellers
Mistresses of the Dark : 25 Macabre Tales By Master Storytellers
"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."
Dragonwyck (Rediscovered Classics)
Dragonwyck (Rediscovered Classics)
"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."
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray
"The movie is handsome, cold, clever and sharp as a knife.  Just like Dorian Gray himself. A nearly flawless film based on Oscar Wilde's novel."
The Old Dark House
The Old Dark House
"The great Boris Karloff stars in this unusual and highly entertaining 1932 film stuffed with memorably wacko characters. By the director of the Bride of Frankenstein."
The Seance
The Seance
"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."
Horror: The 100 Best Books
Horror: The 100 Best Books
"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."
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (Wolves Chronicles)
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (Wolves Chronicles)
"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."
Let the Right One In: A Novel
Let the Right One In: A Novel
"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."
Drood
Drood
"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."
Une Semaine De Bonte: A Surrealistic Novel in Collage
Une Semaine De Bonte: A Surrealistic Novel in Collage
"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."
Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Calla Editions)
Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Calla Editions)
"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."
Sharp Objects
Sharp Objects
"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."
Gilded Needles
Gilded Needles
"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."
The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black
"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."