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11 Stunning Gothic Fantasy Books

Dive into the luscious atmosphere of these gothic fantasy tales.

moon through the trees in a red sky; gothic fantasy books

There’s something so fitting about gothic fantasy as we head into the cold, winter months. It’s the time of year when magic feels possible and the endless possibility of fantastical adventures looms in every shadowy corner. And if you’re a mood reader, you’ll likely find yourself reaching for books filled with sweeping architecture, fog-laden moors, and stories that are equal parts lush and macabre. In other words: gothic fantasy.

Gothic fantasy novels are atmospheric and dangerous. They’re riddled with secrets and mysteries, and have plenty of creepy twists to send shivers down your spine. Grab your favorite blanket and snuggle next to the fire, because we found 11 gothic fantasy books to fill the long hours of your dark winter nights.

A Breath of Eyre

A Breath of Eyre

By Eve Marie Mont

Emma Townsend has never felt like she belonged. At least, never outside of stories. They’ve always helped her feel like less of an outside at her exclusive prep school, filled the absence from her mother’s death, and navigated her confusing feelings for her long-time friend Gray Newman. But her life changes when she received an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre. During a lightning storm, somehow Emma is transported into Jane’s body and begins living her life. And things have never been better. Moving back and forth between two realities, Emma uncovers secrets in both that force her to ask: does her future belong in the pages of a book? Or in her own unwritten story?


One Dark Window

By Rachel Gillig

To stay alive in the misty kingdom of Blunder, Elspeth Spindle needs a monster. Fortunately, she has one, and she calls him the Nightmare. The Nightmare protects Elspeth, but the threat he poses to her own mind is considerable. 

Elspeth tries partnering with a stranger on a quest to gather twelve cards of magical power, but as a highwayman and traitor to the King of Blunder, Elspeth's traveling partner offers little more safety. Can they find a way to break the curse before the Nightmare breaks Elspeth?

Starling House by Alix E. Harrow

Starling House

By Alix E. Harrow

What's more gothic than one lonely heir in a rotting old house, shrouded with mystery? The Starling House was once home to reclusive nineteenth-century author E. Starling before his disappearance, and the wise people of Eden, Kentucky, give the place a wide berth.

Opal ought to know better, but the prospect of a job and a home draws her to it. Unfortunately, sinister forces are drawn to the house as well. Can she and Arthur Starling, the last heir, discover the house's secrets before nightmares overrun all of Eden?

Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

It's there in the title, isn't it? 

When Noemí Taboada receives a letter from her newly-wed cousin, begging for a savior, she does not hesitate. She might be known as a glamorous debutante, but her fearlessness does her credit. Noemí isn't afraid to take on any of the men of the house, from her cousin's new husband to his father, or even to take on the house itself. 

She finds an ally in the youngest son of the house, but secrets of violence and madness lie within the walls of High Place. Entering was easy, but Noemí will soon find it harder to leave the enigmatic house than she ever imagined.

Titus Groan

Titus Groan

By Mervyn Peake

One of the definitive works of the genre, Mervyn Peake's Titus Groan is the first in the Gormenghast series. The story begins with the birth of the titular Titus Groan, who is heir to a grand castle called Gormenghast. 

Strange and brilliant, the cavernous castle takes on a life of its own in this classic.

City of Crows

City of Crows

By Chris Womersley

Charlotte Picot has already lost too much. So when the plague threatens her small village, she takes her only surviving child and flees to Lyon, France. But the journey is just as dangerous, and they’re attacked. Charlotte is left for dead and her son taken. She fears he’s going to sold in Paris, where the dark deeds of men run rampant. A woman who claims to be a sorceress rescues Charlotte, promising her power to summon a demon and save her son. It’s true that a man appears when the sorceress said he would. But is he a demon who looks like a man? Or a man, who just might be a demon?



By Dave Zeltserman

Friedrich Hoffman looks forward to nothing more than the day he marries his beloved fiancée and his life changes forever. Unfortunately, his fate takes a turn for the worse. His fiancée is murdered and he’s charged with the crime. Tortured and left for dead, he wakes up in a lab, transformed into a monster by a madman. Friedrich wants nothing but revenge against his maker, but as he pursues the ambitious Victor Frankenstein, he discovers more sinister plans. Running out of time, cornered in a crumbling castle, Friedrich waits for the perfect moment to exact his revenge on the sadistic monster known as Frankenstein.

Waking the Moon

Waking the Moon

By Elizabeth Hand

Sweeney Cassady plans on making the most of her college experience. In her first week, she befriends Oliver and Angela, two enigmatic students who seem to be destined for great things. The campus is broody and she’s drawn to the shrines, towers, and stone angels. Sweeney is excited to explore all life as an adult has to offer with her new friends. But when she discovers that her fate is entwined with theirs, her life changes. Sweeney is thrown into an ancient world where myths spring to life and a war between the Goddess and a brotherhood of mages has been waging for centuries. A new battle is about to start. And Sweeney is in the center of it all.

House of Salt & Sorrow

House of Salt & Sorrow

By Erin A. Craig

Annaleigh’s life was once grand and filled with joy. But the laughter and joy that once rang down the halls in their manor by the sea now echoes loneliness after four of her sisters died. And she can’t escape the whispers that her family is cursed by the gods. When she discovers her sisters have been sneaking away at night, escaping to dance the night away in silk slippers at glittering balls, Annaleigh can’t help but think their deaths weren’t an accident. As the darkness closes in, Annaleigh has to unravel the dark secrets trapping her family—before she becomes the next victim.

Gideon the Ninth

Gideon the Ninth

By Tasmyn Muir

Brought up to be the sword for Harrowhark, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House, Gideon has lived a life of servitude. Having enough, she packs her sword and her dirty magazines, and plans her escape. But her childhood nemesis, the Reverend Daughter herself, won’t let her go that easily. Coerced into accepting one last deal, Gideon joins Harrowhark against the other Houses in a deadly trial at the Emperor’s behest. If Harrowhark wins, she’ll become an immortal, all-powerful servant to the Emperor. But to win, Harrowhark needs Gideon’s sword. Without her, Harrowhark will fail, and the Ninth House will die. Then again, there are worst fates than death.

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By Toni Morrison

Born a slave, Sethe endured horrific atrocities at the Sweet Home farm. She escaped and now lives in Ohio, but the terrible memories have driven her mad. The ghost of her baby torments her home, angry and destructive at dying nameless, with only the word ‘Beloved’ inscribed on the tombstone. Sethe fights to keep the past in the past, but that becomes impossible when a teenage girl calling herself Beloved arrives on Sethe’s doorstep. The secrets Sethe tried so desperately to bury, come rushing up, relentless and determined to be exposed.