Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Best gothic novels

At the Guardian, Patrick McGrath tagged the best gothic novels.

One book that made the grade:
Nathaniel Hawthorne: The House of the Seven Gables (1851)

Nathaniel Hawthorne's House of the Seven Gables involves a grim family curse that causes several violent deaths and the ruin of two families. The eponymous house is suitably dank, dark and rotting, and those who reside in it, generation after generation, are doomed merely to haunt its constricting and claustrophobic recesses. It is the sins of bad fathers that create this unholy state of affairs, a familiar theme in gothic literature. Hawthorne nonetheless contrives a happy ending by means of love.
Read about another title on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue