What is it?
This type of category fiction dates back to the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Contemporary gothic novels and books are characterized by atmospheric, historical settings and feature young, beautiful women who win the favour of handsome, brooding heroes—simultaneously dealing successfully with some life-threatening menace, either natural or supernatural. Gothics rely on mystery, peril, romantic relationships and a sense of foreboding for their strong, emotional effect on the reader. A classic early gothic novel is Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.