Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (1899) 9780141441672
Like chattel slavery, colonialism is Gothic in the extreme. In projecting his own shadows onto the African landscape, the European is ultimately imprisoned by that which he attempts to master.
Charlotte Dacre, Zofloya, or The Moor (1806) 9780199549733
A Terror Novel written at the time of the Haitian Revolution. Incest, murder, supernatural evil, and miscegenation.
Nick Groom, The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction 9780199586790
Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) 9780140437959
Jacobs is working in the vein of the Gothic Romance, influenced by a subgenre established by Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
Thierry Jonquet, Mygale (1995) 9780872864092
A roman noir that slips into the nightmare territory of involuntary surgery and subterranean imprisonment.
Franz Kafka, The Castle (1922) 9780805211061
Kafka uses a core image and setting of the Gothic to explore the centerlessness of modernity.
Considered and deferred:
RL Stevenson, Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde
Toni Morrison, Beloved
Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca
Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
Octavia Butler, Fledgling
ETA Hoffmann, The Devil’s Elixirs
Matthew Lewis, The Monk
Clara Reeve, The Old English Baron
Natsuo Kirino, Grotesque
Djuna Barnes, Nightwood
Mary Prince, The History of Mary Prince
William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus
Thomas Middleton, Revenger’s Tragedy
Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Double
Iain Banks, The Wasp Factory