10 Gothic Gems of Historical Fiction

Here’s an enticing list by Adrian Van Young, ‘10 Gothic Gems of Historical Fiction‘. These novels and stories are another interesting example of what happens when genres meet; the Gothic novel itself was, of course, originally a historical novel of sorts and the historical novel proper emerged out of it. But here, the later developed form, or mode, of Gothic encounters the now-separate genre of historical fiction. I don’t know any of these apart from Angela Carter’s vampire tale ‘The Lady of the House of Love’ (though Hilary Mantel, Sarah Waters, Peter Carey, and Patrick McGrath are all familiar), but the concise summaries here have piqued my interest.

About William the Bloody

Cat lover. 18C scholar on the dialogue and novel. Co-convenor OGOM Project
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