"Modern" Gothic Novels


Kate Mosse.

Historical Fiction, Paranormal

Mosse's page-turner takes readers on another quest for the Holy Grail, this time with two closely linked female protagonists born 800 years apart. In 2005, Alice Tanner stumbles into a hidden cave while on an archeological dig in southwest France. Her discovery-two skeletons and a labyrinth pattern engraved on the wall and on a ring-triggers visions of the past and propels her into a dangerous race against those who want the mystery of the cave f...

Her Fearful Symmetry : A Novel

Audrey Niffenegger.

Paranormal, Literary Fiction

FOR:  Adults who enjoy gothic literary fiction, British mysteries and history, and ghost stories.


The Ghost Writer.

John Harwood.

Paranormal, Mystery

A tantalizing tale of suspense and family secrets that weaves Victorian ghost stories into the present where they start to come trueTimid, solitary librarian Gerard Freeman lives for just two things: his elusive pen pal Alice and a story he found hidden in his mothers drawer years ago. Written by his great-grandmother Viola, it hints at his mother's role in a sinister crime. And as he discovers more of Violas chilling tales, he realizes that they...

Beloved : a novel

by Toni Morrison.

African American, Literary Fiction

Hardcover reprint of the acclaimed, and now virtually canonized 1987 novel. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

'Salem's lot

Stephen King ; photographs by Jerry N. Uelsmann.


Upon its initial publication in 1975, "Salem's Lot was recognized as a landmark work. The novel has sold millions of copies in various editions, but it wasn't until Centipede Press published a special limited edition in 2004 that King's masterpiece was brought to brilliant and eerie life. With the addition of fifty pages of material deleted from the 1975 manuscript as well as material that has since been modified by King, an introduction by him, ...

Possession : a romance

A.S. Byatt.

Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance

"Possession" is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and a triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poets. As they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire -- from spiritualist seances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany -- what emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passions and ide...

The glass of time : the secret life of Miss Esperanza Gorst

narrated by Herself ; Michael Cox.

Historical Fiction, Mystery

Like its "beguiling" and "intelligent" ( New York Times Book Review ) predecessor, The Glass of Time is a page turning period mystery about identity, the nature of secrets, and what happens when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present. In the autumn of 1876, nineteen year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to become a lady's maid to the twenty-sixth Baroness Tansor. But Esperanza is no ordi...

The historian : a novel

Elizabeth Kostova.

Thriller, Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Horror

If your pulse flutters at the thought of castle ruins and descents into crypts by moonlight, you will savor every creepy page of Elizabeth Kostova's long but beautifully structured thriller The Historian.The story opens in Amsterdam in 1972, when a teenage girl discovers a medieval book and a cache of yellowed letters in her diplomat father's library. The pages of the book are empty except for a woodcut of a dragon. The letters are addressed to: ...

The thirteenth tale : a novel

Diane Setterfield.

Literary Fiction, Mystery

The forgotten garden : a novel

Kate Morton.

Historical Fiction, Mystery

From the author of "The House at Riverton" comes a story of outer and inner journeys. An homage to the power of storytelling, "The Forgotten Garden" is filled with unforgettable characters who weave their way through its intricate plot to astounding effect.