Gothic Fiction: English Terror and Carnality

  • Barry Forshaw
Part of the The Palgrave Gothic Series book series (PAGO)


The origins of the Gothic genre in English literature demonstrates, even in its nascent form, a delirious mix of eroticism and horror, as found in such works as Keats’ ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’ and Coleridge’s ‘Christabel’. The poet Percy Bysshe Shelley nurtured a fascination with horror and cruelty which was to prove (as we shall see) highly influential, while the haunted novels of Ann Radcliffe provided several key elements. Similarly (in other fields), the German romantic painters left their mark on the visual character of British horror. But, above all, it’s essential to note the crucial importance of two key works of English literature: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula; their continual re-invention and rejuvenations, as noted earlier, have continued into the twenty-first century.


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