Spine-chillers and suspense: A timeline of Gothic fiction


‘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.’

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