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dswain001 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you are the kind of reader that enjoys bone -chilling tales of things that go 'bump' in the night, gothic literature may be your cup of tea. Gothic Literaturedates back to the 18th and 19th centuries. During this time, the  religious and social landscape of England was changing. It is beleived that Gothic literature is a direct result of these changes.

Unlike the more romantic literature of that time, Gothic literature is usually very dark and contains many supernatural elements. Its cast of characters range from vampires and ghosts to angels and demons. Although it is typically very thrilling and bone-chilling, gothic literature is not totally void of romance. For example, "The Phantom of the Opera" by Gaston Leroux or "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" by Victor Hugo.  

If you aren't into the classics, there are many contemporary authors who are keeping the tradition of gothic literature alive. Steven King, Tananarive Due, L.A. Banks and Brandon Massey are all author's that you are sure to enjoy.

meghanshu | Student
it is a genre of literature that combines elements of both horror and romance.Prominent features of Gothic literature includes terror (both psychological and physical), mystery, the supernatural ghosts, haunted houses and gothic architecture,castles,darkness,death,decay
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