‘Gothic novels have been scaring us for 250 years. The mid-18th Century – an era of dark, satanic mills at home and nightmarish social upheaval abroad – saw public taste shift from traditional tales of romance and adventure to an appetite for terror.
It is a wide-ranging genre which includes Frankenstein, Dracula and Wuthering Heights. The success of recent novels such as Twilight continue its popularity. This timeline spotlights key moments in the evolution of spine-tingling Gothic stories.’