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"Gothic fiction (sometimes referred to as Gothic horror) is a genre of literature that combines elements of both horror and romance. As a genre, it is generally believed to have been invented by the English author Horace Walpole, with his 1764 novel The Castle of Otranto. The effect of Gothic fiction feeds on a pleasing sort of terror, an extension of Romantic literary pleasures that were relatively new at the time of Walpole's novel. Melodrama and parody (including self-parody) were other long-standing features of the Gothic initiated by Walpole.

Gothic literature is intimately associated with the Gothic Revival architecture of the same era. In a way similar to the gothic revivalists' rejection of the clarity and rationalism of the neoclassical style of the Enlightened Establishment, the literary Gothic embodies an appreciation of the joys of extreme emotion, the thrills of fearfulness and awe inherent in the sublime, and a quest for atmosphere.

The ruins of gothic buildings gave rise to multiple linked emotions by representing the inevitable decay and collapse of human creations—thus the urge to add fake ruins as eyecatchers in English landscape parks. English Gothic writers often associated medieval buildings with what they saw as a dark and terrifying period, characterized by harsh laws enforced by torture, and with mysterious, fantastic, and superstitious rituals."

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1764 The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story (Oxford World's Classics)
1778 The Old English Baron (Oxford World's Classics)
1786 Vathek (Oxford World's Classics)
1791 The Romance of the Forest (Oxford World's Classics)
1794 The Mysteries of Udolpho (Penguin Classics)
1794 Caleb Williams (Penguin Classics)
1796 The Monk (Oxford World's Classics)
1797 The Castle Spectre
1797 The Italian (Oxford World's Classics)
1797 The Horrors of Oakendale Abbey
1798 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
1798 Wieland and Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist (Norton Critical Editions)
1799 St. Leon: A Tale of the Sixteenth Century
1800 The Children of the Abbey: A Tale
1805 The Manuscript Found in Saragossa
1805 Faust: A Tragedy (Norton Critical Editions)
1810 Zastrozzi (Dodo Press)
1811 St. Irvyne; Or, the Rosicrucian (Dodo Press)
1816 Glenarvon [By Lady C. Lamb].
1817 Manfred
1818 Northanger Abbey (Norton Critical Editions)
1818 <product no longer available>
1819 The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre (Oxford World's Classics)
1820 Melmoth the Wanderer (Oxford World's Classics)
1820 (La Belle Dame Sans Merci): John Keats: The Complete Poems (Penguin Classics)
1820 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Maestro Reprints)
1821 Confessions of an English Opium Eater
1824 The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Penguin Classics)
1838 The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (Penguin Classics)
1839 The Phantom Ship
1839 - 1843 The Selected Writings of Edgar Allan Poe (Norton Critical Editions)
(The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum,
The Oval Portrait, The Tell-Tale Heart)
1840 The Mummy's Foot
1847 Jane Eyre: Authoritative Text, Backgrounds, Criticism (Norton Critical Editions)
1847 Wuthering Heights (Norton Critical Editions)
1851 The House of the Seven Gables (Enriched Classics)
1860 Woman in White
1864 <product no longer available>
1870 Mystery of Edwin Drood (Oxford World's Classics)
1872 Carmilla
1886 Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Norton Critical Editions)
1890 The Picture of Dorian Gray (Norton Critical Edition)
1894 <product no longer available>
1897 Dracula (Norton Critical Editions)
1898 The Turn of the Screw, (Norton Critical Edition)
1910 The Phantom of the Opera
1911 Bram Stoker's Lair of the White Worm
1926 (The Call of Cthulhu) H. P. Lovecraft: Tales (Library of America)
1946 The Gormenghast Novels (Titus Groan / Gormenghast / Titus Alone)
1959 The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics)
1962 We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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