Young Adult Fiction

Young  Adult Fiction today

- Gothic Fiction -

What is Gothic?  As stated in Goodreads, 'Gothic fiction is a genre of literature that combines elements of both the uncanny and romance. As a genre, it is generally believed to have been invented by the English author Horace Walpole, with his 1764 novel The Castle of Otranto. Gothic fiction is considered to be the parent genre for both Horror and Mystery, among other genres.  The effect of Gothic fiction feeds on a pleasing sort of terror, an extension of Romantic literary pleasures that were relatively new at the time of Walpole's novel.


Some Gothic Titles

Cover image of Caleb Williams

Caleb Williams by William Godwin


"When honest young Caleb Williams comes to work as a secretary for Squire Falkland, he soon begins to suspect that his new master is hiding a terrible secret. But as he digs deeper into Falkland's past and finally unearths the guilty truth, the results of his curiosity prove calamitous when - even though Caleb has loyally sworn never to disclose what he has discovered - the Squire enacts a cruel revenge. This is one of the classics of Gothic fiction.  Rated 3 and a half stars and given 122 reviews on Goodreads. Cover image available via Schools Catalogue and Information Service.  The book is available on the genre stand.


Cover of Gothic Hospital by Gary Crew

Gothic Hospital by Gary Crew



'Follows modern day teenager Johnny Doolan as told to his psychiatrist. Johnny's favourite books are gothic novels and Grimms' Fairy Tales. He finds that the scenes, illustrations and characters from these books intrude upon his everyday life to such an extent that he is transported to Gothic Hospital - an infirmary for orphans.'  Image available via SchoolsCatalogue and  Information Service. Almost 3 and a half stars on Goodreads.   2 reviews.