What is Gothic Fiction?
"Gothic fiction (sometimes referred to as Gothic horror) is a genre of literature that combines elements of both horror and romance. As a genre, it is generally believed to have been invented by the English author Horace Walpole, with his 1764 novel The Castle of Otranto."
Madeleine Brent has written: 'Wilde Blume Gluck' 'Stormswift' -- subject(s): 1980s, Fiction, Gothic, Historical, Romance, Suspense 'A filha do pescador' 'Merlin's Keep' -- subject(s): 1970s, Fiction, Fiction in English, Gothic, Romance, Suspense 'Merlin's keep' 'Tregaron's Daughter' 'Golden Urchin' -- subject(s): 1980s, Fiction, Gothic, Romance, Suspense 'The Capricorn Stone' -- subject(s): 1970s, Fiction, Fiction in English, Gothic, Romance
Gothic fiction is a type of romantic horror, so gothic characters are the characters in that type of fiction. Here are some characters you might see in gothic fiction: A hero (or heroine) A virginal or naive young woman A villain or tyrant An older, foolish woman Stupid servants or people (for comic relief) Weak or foolish clergy Ruffians A madman
Technically, that question is almost unanswerable unless you qualify what popular actually means. I mean, even now Gothic fiction is popular to a degree, but in terms of it's initially surge of popularity you'd have to say late 18th to mid 19th century. Generally, the concensus is that The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole was the first archetypal Gothic, and in reality Gothic is still around now, commonly in a pop-horror guise.
Allan Lloyd Smith has written: 'American gothic fiction' -- subject(s): American Horror tales, American fiction, Gothic revival (Literature), History and criticism 'Uncanny American fiction' -- subject(s): American Psychological fiction, History and criticism, Psychoanalysis and literature, Repression (Psychology) in literature, Sex in literature, Subconsciousness in literature, Supernatural in literature 'The analysis of motives' -- subject(s): American Psychological fiction, American fiction, History and criticism, Psychology and literature
Gothic horror creatures are creatures that are found in horror, especially the gothic horror subsection. Indeed, as Wikipedia states: "Prominent features of Gothic fiction include terror (both psychological and physical), mystery, the supernatural, ghosts, haunted houses and Gothic architecture, castles, darkness, death, decay, doubles, madness, secrets, and hereditary curses."
Naturally there are hundreds of what could be called Gothic writers but in terms of the real Gothic canon, you have Matthew Lewis, Ann Radcliffe, Charlotte Dacre to a degree. From there on in you could technically call any horror writer 'gothic' in some capacity. Bram Stoker, even Stephen King in a modern context.
It is not a Gothic novel, though it has some Gothic or (woodsy horror) elements the plot is taken apart by the Detective Sherlock Holmes as a matter of deductive logic, not some sort of supernatural action, like werewolves. The story is a detective or mystery/crime novel and not in any sense of the word a science-fiction novel I do not know why or how it got on the(Science Fiction) category.
Ø Gothic fiction is the base of today's horror movies. Ø It stemmed off of the Romantic movement, starting in the 18th century. Ø Tries to capture the fear in the audience. Ø Gothic fiction places a heavy emphasis on atmosphere. Setting and diction are often used to build suspense and uneasiness in the audience. Ø Common subject matter include the supernatural, family curses, mystery, and madness. Ø May also feature a romantic plot. Ø…
The previous answer to this question was extremely inaccurate, other than listing Poe as a possible Gothic writer. Edgar Allan Poe and Bram Stoker were NOT contemporaries, having been separated by nationality (Poe was American, Stoker was British) and about 60 years. To answer your question, here are a list of a few British and American writers who can be considered Gothic: British: Horace Walpole Ann Radcliffe Keats Coleridge (maybe) Mary Shelley Bram Stoker American…
Diane Long Hoeveler has written: 'Gothic feminism' -- subject(s): English Feminist fiction, English Horror tales, English fiction, Femininity in literature, Feminism and literature, Feminist fiction, English, Gender identity in literature, Gothic revival (Literature), History, History and criticism, Horror tales, English, Sex role in literature, Women and literature, Women authors
Kay Mussell has written: 'Fantasy and reconciliation' -- subject(s): American Love stories, American fiction, English Love stories, English fiction, Fantasy in literature, History, History and criticism, Reconciliation in literature, Women and literature, Women authors, Women in literature 'Women's gothic and romantic fiction' -- subject(s): Abstracts, American Horror tales, American fiction, Bibliography of bibliographies, Gothic revival (Literature), History and criticism, Romanticism, Women and literature, Women authors