Greetings fellow readers! I am beyond excited we recently said goodbye to summer and hello to fall. Even though I typically veer towards gothic reads, I am still a mood reader but fall always tends to put me in an even more gothic mood than usual so I find myself reading a lot of more melancholy books this time of year. So today I thought I’d discuss some books that are creepy enough for this time of year but are considered classic literature. Being the fan of Gothic fiction that I am, this is right up my alley and I had a lot of fun coming up with classic titles that embody the eery atmosphere that we all like to come across in books during this time of year.
1. Dracula by Bram Stoker
I love the format of this book and it remains one of my favorite books of all time.
2. Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier
Melancholy and full of suspense. The setting and the suspense make this story a great fall read.
3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
I have a love/hate relationship with this one. Dr. Frankenstein is a character I want to reach through the pages and shake some sense into but it is fascinating and has very creepy parts.
4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Another all time favorite. Typical gothic fiction complete with mansion, brooding man and young female heroine.
5. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The book that kindled my love for Agatha Christie and scared the pants off 13 year old me.
6. 1984 by George Orwell
The paranoia in this book makes it terrifying. Definitely enjoyed this.
7. In a Closed Room by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Nothing at all like her other works (which I love). This one has ghosts and children. Spooky and sad.
8. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe
I am still reading this one but definitely worthy of being on this list.
9. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
You can’t get much more gothic and suspenseful than this book. A worthy classic that I loved.
10. Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell
I am currently reading and enjoying so far. This is a collection of shorter stories that are all creepy in a different way.
So that’s it. I decided to keep this shorter because I could have kept going on and on. If you have any creepy classics you think I should try please recommend them to me!