Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
When I first read this, at 16, I found it unbearably painful, which, of course, made me instantly love it. Flawed, passionate characters making horrible mistakes and a spatter of supernatural ghastliness makes this one of my all-time favourite reads.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
This novel has the perfect setting for a great gothic yarn: a family, struck by tragedy, lives isolated in a big house, guarding a devastating secret. The unique voice of the narrator, Merricat, is what makes this such a spectacular and chilling read.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
No list of gothic fiction is complete without the count. If it is the lush descriptions, Dracula’s ambiguous humanity, or the intriguing way the story is told through journal entries, letters and newspaper clippings, the pull of this novel is timeless.