Readers, when I’m ready to get the cozy reading season started, I reach for the most autumnal genre of them all: gothic fiction.
As a certified scaredy-cat, I find that gothic novels provide a welcome balance of spooky-but-not-scary reading. With an emphasis on atmosphere, this genre puts gloomy rainy nights, crumbling castles, and supernatural events on the page—with the occasional dash of romance.
As we prepare to lean in to the darker side of our reading tastes with seasonal reads in the MMD Book Club and beyond, I’m sharing a whole list of gothic novels to enjoy, with a mix of Victorian classics, southern gothic contemporaries, and ghostly historical fiction.
I hope you find a goosebump-inducing read on today’s list, whether you’re welcoming fall with open arms or staying in summer reading mode for as long as possible.
22 novels filled with eerie hauntings, hidden secrets, and Gothic castles
Can you think of any gothic novels to add to this list? We’d love to see those titles in the comments.
P.S. Can’t get enough spooky (or scholarly) reads this season? Check out 31 spooky (but not too scary) books for your fall reading list or 6 tips to help you tackle a classic novel.