Having read Frankenstein and Dracula, what Gothic horror novels should I read next?

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I really suggest Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen.  It's a satire of the Victorian Gothic novels and romance novels that were so popular then.  It is extremely funny, even today.  It gives you a different perspective on the whole thing.  It is about a young girl who visits a friend's abbey and thinks she's in a Gothic novel.

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If you are making a reading list for high school students, I recommend the Beautiful Creature series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  It's young adult fiction, very Southern gothic, and a great high-interest read for students who want more of the gothic genre.

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I would recommend adding a female perspective to those two novels. Dracula introduces the idea of the New Woman (Mina) see how other Gothic authors continue or discontinue this idea.

The Nun by Denis Diderot

or a more modern Gothic, something by Flannery O'Connor

If you are a mature reader and are not using these suggestions for a classroom.... Dead Babies by Martin Amis is a true trip to read for modern Gothic lit.

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You might try Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, which is considered by many to be the first Gothic novel -- although it seems a little cliche to many modern readers. You might also try the novels of Ann Ward Radcliffe, who is really the queen of the classic Gothic novel. The Romance of the Forest and The Mysteries of Udolpho are my favorite of her novels. Then, there's Matthew Gregory Lewis's The Monk.

If you're looking for modern Gothic, though, I'd recommend Patrick McGrath, particularly The Grotesque and Spider -- the emphasis in these is psychological ruin.

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