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Dark Angel

by TJ Bennett Entangled: Edge (October 20, 2013)

Dark Angel by TJ Bennett:

When young widow Catherine Briton is washed ashore, the sole survivor of a violent shipwreck, all she wants is to go home to London. But injured as she is, she can't escape when a shadowy...


A Bloodsmoor Romance

by Joyce Carol Oates Ecco (October 22, 2013)

Finally returned to print in a beautiful new trade paperback edition, comes Joyce Carol Oates’ lost classic: a satirical, often surreal, and beautifully plotted Gothic Romance that follows the exploits of...


The Accursed

by Joyce Carol Oates Ecco (March 05, 2013)

A major historical novel from "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation)—an eerie, unforgettable story of possession, power, and loss in early-twentieth-century Princeton, a cultural crossroads...


Klosterheim: Or, The Masque

by Thomas de Quincey Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The year is 1633. Tensions are running high in the small German city of Klosterheim. The Thirty Years' War rages on, as the Emperor contends with invading Swedish forces, and, closer to home, the marauding robber...


The Web of Maya

by Ella D'Arcy The University of Adelaide (October 15, 2018)

A chilling and twisted tale of sin, madness, and murder set on an isolated island in the English Channel.


The Old Nurse’s Story

by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell The University of Adelaide (October 15, 2018)

A phantom child roams the Northumberland moors, while a host of fairytale characters gone to seed gather in the dark, dark woods in these two surprising tales of the uncanny from the great Victorian novelist....


The Doom of the Griffiths

by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell The University of Adelaide (October 15, 2018)

The melodramatic and tragic story of a cursed family, The Doom of the Griffiths is set in Wales and based loosely on the Welsh legend of Owain Glendwr. Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (née Stevenson; 29 September...


The Grey Woman

by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell The University of Adelaide (October 15, 2018)

An anonymous English narrator is traveling and visits a German mill, where she stops to have coffee with friends. She notices a painting inside of the German home that features a strikingly beautiful woman....


The Triumph of Night

by Edith Wharton Charles Scribner's Sons (October 15, 2018)

A creepy supernatural short story by Edith Wharton.


Kerfol

by Edith Wharton Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Another gothic horror tale from Edith Wharton influenced by her reaction to the decimation of France during World War I.


East Lynne

by Ellen Wood The University of Adelaide (October 15, 2018)

East Lynne is an English sensation novel of 1861 by Ellen Wood, writing as Mrs Henry Wood. A Victorian best-seller, it is remembered chiefly for its elaborate and implausible plot, centring on infidelity and...


The Poor Clare

by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell The University of Adelaide (October 15, 2018)

The Poor Clare is a short story by English Victorian writer Elizabeth Gaskell. First serialised in three installments in 1856 Charles Dickens' popular magazine Household Words, The Poor Clare is a gothic ghost...


The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

by Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Collected Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

"Explore the transcendent world of unity and ultimate beauty in Edgar Allan Poe’s verse in this complete poetry collection.

Although best known for his short stories, Edgar...


The Romance of Certain Old Clothes

by James, Henry, 1843-1916 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The tale begins in the 18th century in Massachusetts. It features the Willoughby family (called Wingrave in the 1885 revision), consisting of a widowed mother, one son, and two daughters. The girls, Perdita...


The Parenticide Club

by Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1913 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Parenticide Club is a collection of four short stories all dealing with family murder.


Between the Lights

by Benson, E. F. (Edward Frederic), 1867-1940 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

"Between the Lights" by E. F. Benson is an unusal gothic horror story set during the day on Christmas Eve. The story was first published in The Room in the Tower and Other Stories.


The Wizard's Son

by Oliphant, Margaret, 1828-1897 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Wizard's Son is an 1884 novel by Mrs. Oliphant. It is supernatural and realistic fiction, concerning the young son of a widow. It was published as a serial in Macmillan's Magazine in seventeen installments...


St Irvyne

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822. Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

This, Shelley's second Gothic novel, revolves around Wolfstein, a solitary wanderer, who encounters Ginotti, an alchemist of the Rosicrucian or Rose Cross Order who seeks to impart the secret of immortality....


Was it an Illusion?

by Amelia Blanford Edwards The University of Adelaide (October 15, 2018)

A schools inspector visiting a remote part of northern England has a strange encounter with an errant boy pursued by a grim and unsympathetic schoolmaster. But do either of them really exist?


Wieland

by Charles Brockden Brown Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Wieland: or, The Transformation: An American Tale, usually simply called Wieland, is the first major work by Charles Brockden Brown. First published in 1798, it distinguishes the true beginning of his career...


The Monk: A Romance

by Matthew Gregory Lewis Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Monk: A Romance is a Gothic novel by Matthew Gregory Lewis, published in 1796. A quickly written book from early in Lewis's career (in one letter he claimed to have written it in ten weeks, but other correspondence...


The Folding Doors

by Marjorie Bowen The University of Adelaide (October 15, 2018)

A tale of horror set during the French Revolution. Marjorie Bowen was born in 1885 and is one of many pseudonyms the writer Margaret Gabrielle Vere Campbell Long used. She was one of Britain's most prolific...


The Sacred Fount

by James, Henry, 1843-1916 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Sacred Fount is a novel by Henry James, first published in 1901. This strange, often baffling book concerns an unnamed narrator who attempts to discover the truth about the love lives of his fellow guests...


A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest

by Amelia Blanford Edwards The University of Adelaide (October 15, 2018)

An Englishman traveling near the borders of the Black Forest in southern Germany meets a fellow pedestrian, and they strike up a friendship. The pair agree to take a shour detour to visit a village fair and...


The Sign-Painter and the Crystal Fishes

by Marjorie Bowen The University of Adelaide (October 15, 2018)

This genuinely surreal tale of love, murder and magic centers on a reclusive sign-painter and his best work: the sign in front of his shop featuring a pair of beautiful crystal fishes.  Nothing is what it seems...


Scoured Silk

by Marjorie Bowen The University of Adelaide (October 15, 2018)

When Mr. Orford finally is engaged to be remarried, he takes the unusual step of bringing his young bride-to-be to visit the grave of his first wife.  The visit deeply disturbs Elisa, who becomes frantic about...


Sister Johanna’s Story

by Amelia Blandford Edwards The University of Adelaide (October 15, 2018)

A short story set in the Tyrolean Alps - of love, betrayal, and an unholy apparition. Amelia Blanford Edwards was an English novelist, journalist, traveller and Egyptologist, and the author of several ghost...


The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne Standard Ebooks (May 15, 2020)

The Scarlet Letter, published in 1850, is an American novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and is generally considered to be his magnum opus. Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, it tells the story of Hester...


The Star-Chamber

by William Harrison Ainsworth Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Evil days were at hand. Hitherto, all had been smiling and prosperous. The prospect now began to darken. Within the last twelve months a strange and unlooked for interference had taken place with our hostess's...


The Body-Snatcher

by Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 The Pall Mall Gazette (October 15, 2018)

Fettes and Macfarlane are young Edinburgh medical students. They are also, under the guidance of a famous professor of anatomy, grave-robbers. As the pair resort to ever more extreme methods of acquiring fresh...


The Fiend of the Cooperage

by Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930. Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Fiend of the Cooperage is a short story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1897.


Zofloya

by Charlotte Dacre The University of Adelaide (October 15, 2018)

Zofloya; or, The Moor: A Romance of the Fifteenth Century is an 1806 English Gothic novel by Charlotte Dacre under the nom de plume Rosa Matilda. It was her second novel. It was published in three parts, and...


Mr. Tilly’s Seance

by Benson, E. F. (Edward Frederic), 1867-1940 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Edward Frederic Benson (24 July 1867 – 29 February 1940) was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist and short story writer.

Benson's story David Blaize and the Blue Door (1918) is a children's...


The Shootings Of Achnaleish

by Benson, E. F. (Edward Frederic), 1867-1940 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Edward Frederic Benson (24 July 1867 – 29 February 1940) was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist and short story writer. This gothic story was originally published in The Room in the...


The Cat

by Benson, E. F. (Edward Frederic), 1867-1940 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Edward Frederic Benson (24 July 1867 – 29 February 1940) was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist and short story writer. This gothic tale was originally published in The Room in the Tower,...


Caterpillars

by Benson, E. F. (Edward Frederic), 1867-1940 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Edward Frederic Benson (24 July 1867 – 29 February 1940) was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist and short story writer. This gothic tale was originally published in The Room in the Tower,...


The Dust-Cloud

by Benson, E. F. (Edward Frederic), 1867-1940 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Edward Frederic Benson (24 July 1867 – 29 February 1940) was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist and short story writer. This gothic tale was originally published in The Room in the Tower,...


The House with the Brick-Kiln

by Benson, E. F. (Edward Frederic), 1867-1940 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Edward Frederic Benson (24 July 1867 – 29 February 1940) was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist and short story writer. This gothic tale was originally published in The Room in the Tower,...


The Wind in the Rose-bush

by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman The University of Adelaide (October 15, 2018)

A short story of supernatural happenings in rural New England, The Wind in the Rose-bush is one of many creepy tales by author Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman. The author's apparently simple, declarative prose...


The Lost Ghost

by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Another creepy ghost story by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, The Lost Ghost tells of a forlorn child against the backdrop of a quiet village. In a cold New England house, a little girl was found dead, abandoned...


In the Confessional

by Amelia Blandford Edwards The University of Adelaide (October 15, 2018)

In this haunting tale by Amelia Blanford Edwards, a tourist peeks into the confessional of a Swiss church and sees a face he will never forget. Edwards was an English novelist, journalist, traveller and Egyptologist....


The Extraordinary Adventure of Mr John Proudie

by Marjorie Bowen The University of Adelaide (October 15, 2018)

A short tale of intrigue and horror set in 1690 London in the wake of the Glorious Revolution. A masked stranger comes in the night requiring the services of the doctor who lodges above Mr. John Proudie's apothecary...


The Retirement of Signor Lambert

by Arthur Conan Doyle Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

First published in Pearson's Magazine in 1898, The Retirement of Signor Lambert is a tale of revenge against an opera singer who was engaged in an affair with the protagonist's wife.


The Sealed Room

by Arthur Conan Doyle Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Story of the Sealed Room is a short story written by Arthur Conan Doyle first published in The Strand Magazine in September 1898. Is the 11th short story from the gothic horror collection - 'Round the Fire...


The Winning Shot

by Arthur Conan Doyle Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Winning Shot is a gothic horror short story first published anonymously in Bow Bells magazine on July 11, 1883.


Checkmate

by Le Fanu, Joseph Sheridan, 1814-1873. Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Checkmate / Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

"Walter Longcluse is clever, cunning and rich. Having insinuated himself into the affections of the Arden family, he becomes devoted to the beautiful young Alice, although...


And the Dead Spake

by Benson, E. F. (Edward Frederic), 1867-1940 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

And the Dead Spake / E. F. Benson

"And the Dead Spake By E. F. Benson Benson's first novel was Dodo (1893), which was an instant success, and followed it with a variety of satire and romantic and supernatural...


Melmoth the Wanderer

by Charles Maturin Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Charles Robert Maturin, also known as C. R. Maturin (1780–1824), was an Irish Protestant clergyman and a writer of Gothic plays and novels. His best known work is the novel Melmoth the Wanderer. Melmoth is...


The Vacant Lot

by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

A New England ghost story. The Townsends move to a grand - and suspiciously inexpensive - house in the city. There they are plagued by a series of increasingly disturbing apparitions from the vacant lot next...


Clarimonde

by Théophile Gautier Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

"La Morte Amoureuse" (in English: "The Dead Woman in Love") is a short story written by Théophile Gautier and published in La Chronique de Paris in 1836. It tells the story of a priest named Romuald who falls...