Peter Schlemihl by Adelbert Chamisso

In all thought that goes with invention of a poet, there are depths as well as shallows, and the reader may get now and then a peep into the depths. He may find, if he will, in a man’s shadow that outward expression of himself which shows that he has been touched, like others, by the light of heaven. But essentially the story is a poet’s whim.

Author: Adelbert Chamisso
Published: 1814
Language: English
Wordcount: 36,093 / 107 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.5
LoC Category: PN

Downloads: 1,380
mnybks.net#: 1633
Origin: gutenberg.org

Genres: Fiction and Literature, Gothic

ng of horror by the unearthly paleness of his countenance, from which I could not avert my eyes, that I was unable longer to endure it.

I determined, therefore, to steal away from the company, which appeared no difficult matter, from the undistinguished part I acted in it. I resolved to return to the town, and pay another visit to Mr. John the following morning, and, at the same time, make some inquiries of him relative to the extraordinary man in grey, provided I could command sufficient courage. Would to Heaven that such good fortune had awaited me!

I had stolen safely down the hill, through the thicket of roses, and now found myself on an open plain; but fearing lest I should be met out of the proper path, crossing the grass, I cast an inquisitive glance around, and started as I beheld the man in the grey cloak advancing towards me. He took off his hat, and made me a lower bow than mortal had ever yet favoured me with. It was evident that he wished to address me; and I could not avoid encount

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg

On the surface, this novel is a simple tale of a young man who encounters a shape-shifting devil […] and the various misadventures that follow. (from wikipedia)

Author: James Hogg
Published: 1824
Language: English
Wordcount: 83,991 / 231 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 65.2
LoC Category: PR

Downloads: 3,880
mnybks.net#: 3564
Origin: gutenberg.org
More Info: en.wikipedia.org

Genres: Gothic, Fiction and Literature

ted, and looked with pity and contempt towards the old inadvertent sinner, capering away in the height of his unregenerated mirth. The minister perceived the workings of her pious mind, and thenceforward addressed her by the courteous title of Lady Dalcastle, which sounded somewhat better, as not coupling her name with one of the wicked: and there is too great reason to believe that, for all the solemn vows she had come under, and these were of no ordinary binding, particularly on the laird’s part, she at that time despised, if not abhorred him, in her heart.

The good parson again blessed her, and went away. She took leave of him with tears in her eyes, entreating him often to visit her in that heathen land of the Amorite, the Hittite, and the Girgashite: to which he assented, on many solemn and qualifying conditions–and then the comely bride retired to her chamber to pray.

It was customary, in those days, for the bride’s-man and maiden, and a few select friends, to visit the new-married couple

The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve

Author: Clara Reeve
Published: 1883
Language: English
Wordcount: 55,389 / 160 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.7
LoC Category: PN

Downloads: 2,361
mnybks.net#: 5875
Genres: Fiction and Literature, Gothic

wanting a night’s lodging, to rest himself before he returned to his own home, he was fain to take up with one at our cottage; that my father thought my Lord would be angry with him, if he were not told of the stranger’s journey and intentions, especially to let such a man lie at our cottage, where he could neither be lodged nor entertained according to his quality.”

Here John stopped, and his father exclaimed–

“A good lad! you did your errand very well; and tell us the answer.”

John proceeded–

“Master Edmund ordered me some beer, and went to acquaint my Lord of the message; he stayed a while, and then came back to me.– ‘John,’ said he, ‘tell the noble stranger that the Baron Fitz-Owen greets him well, and desires him to rest assured, that though Lord Lovel is dead, and the castle fallen into other hands, his friends will always find a welcome there; and my lord desires that he will accept of a lodging there, while he remains in this country.’ — So I came away directly, and made haste to deli

Greifenstein by F. Marion Crawford

Author: F. Marion Crawford
Published: 1889
Language: English
Wordcount: 155,283 / 427 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.2
LoC Category: PN

Downloads: 2,939
mnybks.net#: 1952
Genres: Gothic, Fiction and Literature, Horror

neighbourhood as the ‘Hunger- Thurm,’ or Hunger Tower, as having been used as a place for starving prisoners to death, in the fine old days when the lords of Greifenstein did as they judged good in their own eyes. Frau von Sigmundskron used to look curiously at the grey building when she was staying with her relations. She could have described the sufferings of the poor wretches who had perished there as well as any one of themselves or better. Not twenty miles from all the luxury that dwelt behind that lofty bulwark, she had been starving herself for years in order that her only child might live. And yet the well-fed woodmen touched their caps and their rosy wives and daughters curtsied to the ‘Lady Baroness’ who, as they told each other, spent her life in the towers of Sigmundskron hoarding untold wealth which would one day belong to the golden-haired Lady Hilda. They knew, for the knowledge could not be kept from them and their kind, how very few were the silver pieces which were ever seen in the hands of

The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

Author: Arthur Machen
Published: 1894
Language: English
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.8
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mnybks.net#: 4650
Genres: Fiction and Literature, Gothic, Horror

d. You may look in Browne Faber’s book, if you like, and you will find that to the present day men of science are unable to account for the presence, or to specify the functions of a certain group of nerve-cells in the brain. That group is, as it were, land to let, a mere waste place for fanciful theories. I am not in the position of Browne Faber and the specialists, I am perfectly instructed as to the possible functions of those nerve-centers in the scheme of things. With a touch I can bring them into play, with a touch, I say, I can set free the current, with a touch I can complete the communication between this world of sense and–we shall be able to finish the sentence later on. Yes, the knife is necessary; but think what that knife will effect. It will level utterly the solid wall of sense, and probably, for the first time since man was made, a spirit will gaze on a spirit-world. Clarke, Mary will see the god Pan!”

“But you remember what you wrote to me? I thought it would be requisite that she–“

The Man by Bram Stoker

Author: Bram Stoker
Published: 1905
Language: English
Wordcount: 105,796 / 287 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.4
LoC Category: PR

Downloads: 4,415
mnybks.net#: 6698
Genres: Gothic, Horror

heerful.

The other little girl was prettier, but of a more stubborn type; more passionate, less organised, and infinitely more assertive. Black- haired, black-eyed, swarthy, large-mouthed, snub-nosed; the very type and essence of unrestrained, impulsive, emotional, sensual nature. A seeing eye would have noted inevitable danger for the early years of her womanhood. She seemed amazed by the self-abnegation implied by her companion’s statement; after a pause she replied:

‘I wouldn’t! I’d rather be up at the top of everything and give orders to the angels if I chose. I can’t think, Marjorie, why you’d rather take orders than give them.’

‘That’s just it, Susan. I don’t want to give orders; I’d rather obey them. It must be very terrible to have to think of things so much, that you want everything done your own way. And besides, I shouldn’t like to have to be just!’

‘Why not?’ the voice was truculent, though there was wistfulness in it also.

‘Oh Susan. Just fancy having to punish;

The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Published: 1839
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,803 / 26 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.6
LoC Category: PS

Downloads: 18,187
mnybks.net#: 5718
Origin: gutenberg.org
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Genres: Horror, Short Story, Gothic

ly the real aspect of the building. Its principal feature seemed to be that of an excessive antiquity. The discoloration of ages had been great. Minute fungi overspread the whole exterior, hanging in a fine tangled web-work from the eaves. Yet all this was apart from any extraordinary dilapidation. No portion of the masonry had fallen; and there appeared to be a wild inconsistency between its still perfect adaptation of parts, and the crumbling condition of the individual stones. In this there was much that reminded me of the specious totality of old wood-work which has rotted for long years in some neglected vault, with no disturbance from the breath of the external air. Beyond this indication of extensive decay, however, the fabric gave little token of instability. Perhaps the eye of a scrutinizing observer might have discovered a barely perceptible fissure, which, extending from the roof of the building in front, made its way down the wall in a zigzag direction, until it became lost in the sullen waters of

The Lock and Key Library: Classic Mystery and Detective Stories by Anonymous

The Haunted House, by Charles Dickens
No. I Branch Line: The Signal Man, by Dickens
The Haunted and the Haunters, by E G Bulwer-Lytton
The House and the Brain, by Edward G Bulwer-Lytton
The Incantation, by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
The Avenger, Thomas de Quincey
Melmoth the Wanderer, by Charles Rober Maturin
A Mystery with a Moral, Laurence Sterne
On Being Found Out, by William Makepeace Thackeray
The Notch on the Ax by William Makepeace Thackeray
Bourgonef, by Anonymous
The Closed Cabinet, by Anonymous

Author: Anonymous
Language: English
Wordcount: 130,768 / 368 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.2
LoC Category: PN

Downloads: 2,999
mnybks.net#: 268
Origin: gutenberg.org

Genres: Mystery/Detective, Gothic

the night, also, the following phenomena had occurred. Bishop Butler had insisted on spelling his name, “Bubler,” for which offence against orthography and good manners he had been dismissed as out of temper. John Milton (suspected of wilful mystification) had repudiated the authorship of Paradise Lost, and had introduced, as joint authors of that poem, two Unknown gentlemen, respectively named Grungers and Scadgingtone. And Prince Arthur, nephew of King John of England, had described himself as tolerably comfortable in the seventh circle, where he was learning to paint on velvet, under the direction of Mrs. Trimmer and Mary Queen of Scots.

If this should meet the eye of the gentleman who favored me with these disclosures, I trust he will excuse my confessing that the sight of the rising sun, and the contemplation of the magnificent Order of the vast Universe, made me impatient of them. In a word, I was so impatient of them, that I was mightily glad to get out at the next station, and to exchange these