Writing that employs dark and picturesque scenery, startling and melodramatic narrative devices, and an overall atmosphere of mystery, fear, and dread. Often, a Gothic novel or story will revolve around a large, ancient house that conceals a terrible secret or serves as the refuge of an especially frightening and threatening character.
|Unnerving Atmosphere||Dark, Oppressive and/or Extreme Setting||
Young Innocent Hero/Heroine
|Societal Taboos||Sexual Power||Mystery & Fear||Supernatural/Paranormal|
Damsel in Distress
|Romance||The Uncanny||Social Upheaval/Crisis|
|Doubles/Recurrences||Power & Constraint||Place & Time||The Sublime|