One of the reasons Gothic Fiction was so prolific in its time, was the escapism and wonder of writing about a place your audience has only ‘vaguely heard of’. The mystery and terror of the unknown is the genre’s bread and butter.
Nowadays you can actually VISIT the places these stories are set. And if you decided to do a tour of the Gothic, these are the places I’d recommend.
The Castle of Otranto, in Otranto Italy.
The Mysteries of Udolpho, in the Spanish/French Pyrenees.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Sleepy Hollow, New York.
Frankenstein’s Germany, maybe don’t make the Arctic trip. Spoiler Alert… they don’t make it.
Dracula’s Romania, Bran’s Castle Transylvania. (This one I’ve actually been to. Blog coming soon).
As for the English Gothic Fiction Novels, you’ll notice they invoke mystery in a different way. In the form of ACTUAL mysteries. Murder or otherwise.
So if you can’t make it across Europe for your tour of the Gothic, maybe visit my Gothic Fiction Event in Lympne, Kent. Get a taste of the Gothic first hand.
And if you haven’t entered our #GothGiveAway – Comment below with your spookiest story!