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10 Gothic/Horror Novels on my TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week they suggest a new theme for bloggers to write about. This week’s topic was a Halloween Freebie. Gothic/ Horror novels always feel like the perfect October/Halloween genre and I’ve always wanted to read more of them, so I decided to list 10 from my TBR — most of them are classics, but there are a few newer releases (and if you have any recs, feel free to throw them my way!).

Wuthering Heights

The Brontes are well known for their classic Gothic romances — I read Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre in college and I loved how atmospheric it was. I’ve heard even greater things about Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, so I’m excited to get to it.

Northanger Abbey

I, um, *technically* should have already read this book. It was on the reading list for one of my uni modules, but I never read it. I’m a wonderful student, I know. I did really want to read this, but I’m almost glad that I didn’t read it for uni because having the knowledge that I need to write an essay on my book takes so much enjoyment out reading for me (which makes my choice in a degree in English Literature very ironic lol).

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

I read The Haunting of Hill House last year, and though I only rated it three stars, I still find myself thinking about it from time-to-time. I haven’t seen many people talk about this one, but I’m very curious to read more of Shirley Jackson’s books, and it seems like a good place to start!

The Bloody Chamber

I’ve been putting The Bloody Chamber on so many lists this October, but it does sound great. I’m hoping to read it soon.

The Yellow Wall-Paper

I’d heard about this book in passing a few times, but never really looked into it until recently. It sounds very interesting and it’s only 64 pages, which makes it sounds like a great chilly afternoon read.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray has been all over Bookstagram and Book Twitter and I’d be lying if I said that didn’t make me want to read it more. This book sounds so intriguing!

Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic has also been on quite a few of my posts this month, and I’m hoping to pick up a copy of it ASAP.

The Year of the Witching

Goodreads listed The Year of the Witching as a Horror, and by the synopsis, I’d say it sounds like a very creepy and atmospheric read.


This blog post is not painting my student days in the most positive of lights — Dracula is another book that I was supposed to read for school but didn’t. I think I might have skimmed this one, so I guess there was a little bit of reading happening? But I definitely want to give this book another shot.

House of Salt and Sorrows

House of Salt and Sorrows sounds like a perfectly Gothic YA option for this season, and it’s been on my TBR for the longest time!

Have you read any of these? What did you think? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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15 thoughts on “10 Gothic/Horror Novels on my TBR

    1. Thank you! I’m so easily scared lol, so it’s good to hear that House of Salt and Sorrows is spookier than expected, now I can prepare myself haha. I’m excited to read Dorian Gray! I’m glad you enjoyed it 😀


  1. I’ve now read Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle and I think I’m just not a Shirley Jackson fan. I didn’t like either of them. But theyre short, so that’s ok. lol

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  2. Wuthering Heights is a must! So very atmospheric. I reread Northanger Abbey last year, and it’s not my favorite, but it is also very atmospheric. I have We Have Always Lived in the Castle on my list this week, too. Hopefully we both get to read it soon. 🙂

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