Don't Read That, Read This! (Underrated Gothic Horror Books)

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In this video, I recommend some underrated Gothic Horror books, basing my choices on better known Gothic classics.


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queasyApothecary says:

nice recommendations dude, but i have to point out that the beasts from moreau's are not hybrids, they're just animals made to look and behave like humans. maybe you meant that but i found it a bit confusing expressed that way

minitumen says:

Very interesting video, great contrats. Thank you!

Egil Viklund says:

what do you use for background music?

Mela Reads says:

I can't work out what the book is you suggest alongside The Monk?

Class Punk says:

I wrote a Gothic novel about the friendship that develops between two teenage girls– a normie with anxiety and depression, and a goth who is afraid of the dark– as Wonderland-like events surround them in a small town's permanent night, under a black sky drenched in colorful clouds: flying bat-dogs, a monster made of garbage, a jumping Victorian house on massive springs, the farmers' market on the moon, hidden passageways in the mirrors of a department store, shadowy machines that can turn one into a mannequin, the secret of the dragon Abbadon who sleeps on a baseball field, the man with red and blue hair who hunts him, one couple's quest for a Haunted Cheese Party, Thee Chaotician's chaos magic and the talking egg that he creates and Mr. Dreary-Gravy's quest for breakfast, the lost youths of Lawn and Garden, the floating technological tentacles, a tower of pink hats and an ever-sprinting gargoyle, the children of Greyface, a talking skeleton who ruminates on the future of humanity's happiness, the evil witch who stole the skeleton's ribs for her dress and can turn into a flock of birds, the LARPer's battle against the spamurai, the marble-headed man who would have no business eating chicken at a seafood restaurant, a gang of unsupervised children committing vandalism, and a furry stranger named Herbert who offers advice steeped in madness to a mentally ill teenager. It is called Vibrant Night by Okami Carroll.


Great breakdowns, good work. subbed.

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Alberto Rugel says:

I'm loving your chanel. You should read some contemporary gothic literature from Latin America. I suggest to you Las Voladoras from Monica Ojeda. Enjoy!

Susan Burgess says:

Just found you and subbed. Love gothic horror. Pretty much any kind of horror, esp ghost, haunted houses and creepy dolls ala rod serling's original twilight zone. What a brilliant man rod was. Plus all these years later, i still watch the tz's marathons enjoying being scared/horrified each and every year. I'm pretty sure i have most of the box sets too. His messages are timeless esp in today's world. Miss you mr serling😔😔😔👏👏👏🤗🤗🤗

Inessa Maria says:

Great content.

harry brown says:

I loved this video I’m going to read all of them also I like the contrast format of this video it’s fun to see the differences and similarities between authors artistic minds!

J.P. Choquette says:

Lots of good books here, thanks for all the recommendations. I like how you set it up with the, "if you like this, then you should check out this," format–great!

Rickon Nye says:

Great reviews

Nola says:

I love the dedication you put in this video 😍👍🏼✨ definitely gonna subscribe

Justin D says:

Please considering listing in the description the books you mention in your videos.

Cheng-han Wu says:

thank you very much for this video! I particularly enjoy the way you draw analogy among novels with similar themes. Although at the time that was considered a blatant plagiarism, I do agree with you that some novels may have similar concepts, but their focus is drastically different! Say, a couple of years later, "Rosa Matilda" (Charlotte Dacre) even goes a lot farther than Monk Lewis in depicting sexual desires and corruption. Thanks for your handle on each recommended Gothic novel again!

Neveen Badr says:

We have the same taste in books. I love your channel.

Just Juan Reader says:

I love this channel!! 🙌🏻

Hola Ed says:

I really enjoyed your video and absolutely loved your recommendations, thank you!

Spiritus Rector says:

Dear Josh,
Thank you for a lovely, interesting channel! I think it's a great outlet for of all of us who love Gothic and Gothic-inspired literary production, and I always look forward to your videos. Apart from being fun and edifying, your reviews are well balanced, and I like the fact that they're not all milk-and-honey. Pointing out whatever one believes hasn't worked particularly well within a book is relevant both from a critical and from a creative point of view (although I would say that you tend to be far too lenient with the U.S. 'industrialists', Anne Rice and Stephen King 😂). Anyway, here is my list of Gothic and Gothic-inspired works that merit a review:
1. "Varney The Vampire, or The Feast of Blood" by James Malcolm Rymer. This is an über-voluminous Penny Dreadful, a book of highly uneven quality, which nonetheless remains culturally relevant for predating the arch-vampire masterpiece by half a century. I also get the impression that it's been unfairly under-researched… I am strangely fond of it in spite of its flaws, though, and it is safe to say that the first chapter is, at the very least, memorable, which is why it has been anthologized to a certain extent. If your PhD relates to vampires in Gothic literature, this one is a must-read.
2. "Uncle Silas" , by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. An eerie, gloomy 'imprisoned heiress' narrative that does not get as much attention as it should. An overlooked gem à la Brontë sisters.
3. "The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig'" , by William Hope Hodgson. This is one of Hodgson's 'maritime Gothic' novels, in which he manages to create a very Lovecraftian atmosphere. The narrator is kind of a male damsel in distress, genuinely terrified by the things that go bump out of the depths 🦕 "The Ghost Pirates" would work just as well as an alternative. Recommended for genre lovers able to distance themselves from having their threshold of expectations jaded by "The Pirates of The Caribbean" franchise.
4. "The House on The Borderland" , by William Hope Hodgson. This one is a genre hybrid, which makes it surprisingly modern. It starts off in a Gothic manner, but then gets delightfully unhinged, convention-wise. Definitely one of its kind.
5. "The Romance of The Forest", by the Grande Dame of Gothic fiction, Ann Radcliffe. This is my first Radcliffe, and I have read this only very recently, after having stumbled upon your channel, so thank you for inspiring me to finally delve into her world ⚜️ It is shorter and more coherent than " The Mysteries of Udolpho", and the heroine is somewhat less passive, even though there's (quite expectedly) a fair amount of fainting and shedding tears. I think it's worth a read and a review, not least because you've already covered "The Italian" and "Udolpho" on your channel. There's some decent poetry in it as well, which lends it an additional elegiac flavour.
6. "Lady Audley's Secret" , by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Not a Gothic novel per se, but a piece of Sensation Fiction, revolving around a female antagonist of the 'femme fatale' variety, which, if read as an antipode to the 'damsel in distress' trope, offers valuable insights into issues related to integrity, reinvention, and disintegration of Victorian female identity. I have noticed that some online reviews of this novel tend to be eye-rollingly dismissive, which is wholly undeserved in my opinion, as there is more to this novel than meets the eye, not least because the official unravelling of the secret alluded to in the title raises as many questions as it answers.
7. "David Copperfield" , by Charles Dickens. Again, not a piece of Gothic fiction a such, but a huge classic featuring a myriad of impressive characters, and one of the most memorable villains of English literature, the monstrous Uriah Heep 😈 It contains a number of chapters and scenes that read as mini Gothic narratives, with a more lasting power than your average G novel, of course. Maybe you could review it with an emphasis on this particular aspect? (Just a thought).
8. "Rebecca", by Daphne Du Maurier. " Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again." – who could resist that hypnotic introductory sentence uttered by a nameless, self-marginalizing female narrator obsessed by an omnipresent ghost of a woman – or, rather, The Woman – that would keep haunting her seemingly fairytale-like wedded life? Less abrasive and tongue-in-cheek than Angela Carter, Du Maurier carries forth the Gothic torch that shines with a craftily rekindled flame. Worth analyzing from a queer perspective as well. If you would be willing to compare the novel with Hitchcock's 1940 movie, that would be welcome as well.
9. "The House of The Vampire" , by George Sylvester Viereck. An early 20th century Gothic gem of a novel treating psychological vampirism in a narrative redolent of "The Picture of Dorian Gray". I believe this one is in public domain, and it's relatively short, kind of a counterpart to " Carmilla".
10."The Master and Margarita", by Mikhail Bulgakov. A hallucinatingly enchanting 20th century Russian (or, rather, Soviet) masterpiece with Gothic overtones. Isn't it interesting that the genre seems to have fared best in the hands of the authors who have only occasionally availed themselves of its tropes?
Anyway, that's my list 😉 I could go on, but I'd say this is enough for now. Thank you again for a lovely channel, and please do not feel obliged to take any of these suggestions into consideration. I imagine you already follow a reading schedule of your own. If Anne Rice's "The Witching Hour" is a part of it (as suggested by your response to a different video), good luck with that 🍀 I read it last year and I found it extremely underwhelming 😋 She can do better, when she sets her mind to it… Well, enough of the rant! Keep up the good work – and, if at all possible, please, for the love of Heaven, don't throw anymore books on the floor…!!!! 😥 Moments like those are… well, Gothically disturbing 👻 Take care dear, many blessings 💖

Joshua J Clarke-Kelsall says:

What other Gothic Horror novels (classics or modern) do you think need a little more attention?

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