The Reading List

Hi, this is the reading list for the 666. It currently features some of the most prominent classic gothic literature and as we progress it will include more recent titles. If you click on the title of the book it will take you to a free version of the book or a place where you can buy it.

Not every book on here is specifically “goth” per say, but has influenced goth literature or media surrounding it. I think it’s very important to know the influences of the things we love as well as the thing itself. If you hate reading books on a laptop or computer, might I suggest downloading the kindle app for your phone or tablet? Most of the links down below feature a kindle version of the text.

The generic version of the 666 post is: How is this influential to goth culture? Is there anything that you can use from it to enhance your goth expression/lifestyle? Are there symbols, themes or phrases that stand out to you and why? What don’t you like about it? Does it rank high or low on the list of things every goth should know about? 

But there are more specific questions on my post version of these topics. If you think something is missing please let me know by sending a message to or by texting (415) STR4NG3

  1. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
  2. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe (audio book version)
  3. The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis
  4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  5. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (audio book version)
  6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (audio book version)
  7. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  8. The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  9. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Christabel by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  10. “La Belle Dame sans Merci” and “Isabella” by John Keats
  11. The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve
  12. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley (audio book version)
  13. Glenarvon by Lady Caroline Lamb
  14. The Vampyre by John William Polidori
  15. The Mysteries of London by George W. M. Reynolds
  16. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  17. Lulu Incognito by Raymond Kennedy
  18. Bellefleur by Joyce Carol Oates
  19. Uncle Silas by Sheridan Le Fanu
  20. A Long Fatal Love Chase by Lousia May Alcott
  21. Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  22. Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  23. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  24. Les Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire

Writers to Explore:

  1. Anne Rice
  2. Poppy Z. Brite
  3. Elizabeth Gaskell
  4. Phyllis A. Whitney
  5. Dorothy Eden
  6. Victoria Holt
  7. Barbara Michaels
  8. Mary Stewart
  9. Eudora Welty
  10. William Faulkner
  11. Edgar Allan Poe
  12. Phillip K. Dick
  13. HP Lovecraft


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