Terror and Wonder – Gothic novels (coming to Headingley Library soon)

The castle of Otranto

Inspired by ‘Terror and Wonder’, a great Gothic Literature exhibition at the British Library #BLGothic,  here’s our suggestions in stock at Leeds Libraries – first newer Gothic novels, then the classics. A bonus is that Headingley Library recently did a stock buy of Gothic fiction, so look out for some new additions coming there soon. November is closing in, it’s foggy and we’re in the mood for some Gothic terror!

We’ve picked out the following 5 star reads recommended by our readers and more.

Click the link for a synopsis of the novel.

Susan Hill – The Woman in Black – 5 *

 Diane Setterfield – The Thirteenth Tale 5*

Ann Rice – Interview with a vampire 5*

John Harding – Florence and Giles 5*

Jane Harris – The Observations 5*

Shirley Jackson –The Haunting of Hill House (eBook) 5*

Erin Morgenstern – The Night CircusThe thirteenth tale

Sarah Waters – The Little Stranger

Angela Carter – The Magic Toyshop

John Boyne – This House is Haunted

Valerie Martin – The Ghost of the Marie Celeste

The Classics


Horace Walpole – The Castle of Utranto

Ann Radcliffe – Mysteries of Udolpho

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein Why not listen to the eAudioBook

William Beckford – VathekThe woman in black

Bram Stoker – Dracula

Gaston LeRoux – Phantom of the Opera

Sheridan Le Fanu – Uncle Silas

Robert Louis Stevenson – Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Henry James – The Turn of the Screw

Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights

M. G.Lewis – The Monk

Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination @britishlibrary

Terror and Wonder by Dave McKeanThis British Library exhibition which started yesterday 3rd October and runs until 20th January 2015 looks stunning.

Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination is the UK’s biggest ever Gothic Exhibition. “Two hundred rare objects trace 250 years of the Gothic tradition, exploring our enduring fascination with the mysterious, the terrifying and the macabre. From Mary Shelley and  Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick and  Alexander McQueen, via  posters, books, film and even a vampire-slaying kit, experience the dark shadow the Gothic imagination has cast across film, art, music, fashion, architecture and our daily lives.  (The image is from the book by Dave McKean)

Beginning with Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto, Gothic literature challenged the moral certainties of the 18th century. By exploring the dark romance of the medieval past with its castles and abbeys, its wild landscapes and fascination with the supernatural, Gothic writers placed imagination firmly at the heart of their work – and our culture.

Iconic works, such as handwritten drafts of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the modern horrors of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and the popular Twilight series, highlight how contemporary fears have been addressed by generation after generation.

Terror and Wonder presents an intriguing glimpse of a fascinating and mysterious world. Experience 250 years of Gothic’s dark shadow.”

Book here