Ten spine-chillers for a Winter’s Evening  

Creeping shadows, forbidden rooms, transgressive relationships… just another day in the household of the writing cat.

​I’ve been reading my way through the gothic over the past few weeks. We are still in the throes of winter, so there is no better time to curl up with a spine-chiller or two. My little gothic reading list is roughly chronological, although there are some leaps of several decades between some titles. I could have chosen so many different books and writers – lists are neccessarily redactive- yet ironically my list might be considered unacceptably eclectic to gothic purists. But the gothic is a broad church, albeit dark and full of crooked pews with the occasional errant monk emerging from the crypt to admonish and correct.

Caveat lector.

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1: The Monk, Matthew Lewis2:  The Mysteries of Udolpho, Ann Radcliffe

3:  Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen

4: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

5: Dracula, Bram Stoker

6: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, M.R.James

7: Interview with a Vampire, Anne Rice

8: The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson

9:The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry

10:The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter​

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