Sunday, January 9, 2011


Creative, Romantic, Grotesque, Expressive, and Edgy! This popular "literary genre-Gothic Literarature" is all about horror, being romantic, villains, monsters, vampires and a pleasing sort of terror. Taking you there is what stories in this genre is all about, as well as giving you that "literary thirst" to keep you coming back for more!

Gothic Literature-is a genre of literature that combines elements of both horror and romance. The effect of Gothic fiction feeds on a pleasing sort of terror, an extension of romantic literary pleasures. The literary Gothic embodies an appreciation of the joys of extreme emotion, the thrills of fearfulness and awe inherent in the sublime, and a quest for atmosphere.

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.

The stock characters of Gothic fiction include tyrants, villains, bandits, maniacs, Byronic heroes, persecuted maidens, femmes fatales, monks, nuns, madwomen, magicians, vampires, werewolves, monsters, demons, dragons, angels, fallen angels, revenants, ghosts, perambulating skeletons, the Wandering Jew and the Devil himself.

Melmoth the Wanderer- is a gothic novel published in 1820, written by Charles Robert Manturin.
The central character, Melmoth (a Wandering Jew type), is a scholar who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for 150 extra years of life and spends that time searching for someone who will take over the pact for him. The novel actually takes place in the present, but this back story is revealed through several nested stories-within-a-story that work backwards through time (usually through the Gothic trope of old books).

By: Literary Diva of Blogtalk Radio

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