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Love and Danger


Classic & Modern Gothic Romance and Romantic Suspense

“What ties all these groups together under the common title “Gothic” is, I believe, their use of several, if not all of the following which I consider the “elements” of a Gothic tale: 1) the supernatural; 2) a quest or a wrong to be righted; 3) a setting that includes an old dwelling, traditionally a castle; 4) a fantasy of weath suddenly acquired, or inheritance; 5) mystery, suspense and intrigue; 6) a fantasy of romantic love in some form, often including a love-hate, trust-fear ambivalence between men and women; 7) romanticism of the past and an historical setting — no longer necessarily medieval, but of a generation past or more; and 8) confrontations between the Forces of Good and Evil.

Although none of the individual elements are absolutely essential, the closer one comes to having all eight, the “purer” the Gothic. Using the eighteenth-century prototype, one must see that Gothic literature is a much broader field that simplly the “damsel-in-distress” tale, popular and appealing thought that still may be. The horror story, the ghost story, the tales of the occult, are all part of the Gothic tradition and are all viable forms in the 20th century.”

— Elsa J. Radcliffe, Gothic Novels of the Twentieth Century

“The world of the gothic novel offers vicarious danger and romantic fantasy of a type that is particularly appealing to female readers. Women are cast as victims in a man’s world, but through the demonstration of feminine virtues, the victim proves herself worthy of salvation through the love of the hero, who becomes her deliverer from the terrors that beset her. The gothic villain, on the other hand, is capable of manipulating terrifying props and producing fear and danger, but he or she is defeated by true love. The gothic world view is supported by a highly particular set of conventions. Most stories are set in a remote place or time that lends itself to the complete intertwining of a terrifying mystery with a successful love story. Unlike the detective story, the gothic novel does not provide a logical solution to the mystery. On the contrary, the mystery and the love story are so coincidentally interconnected that it is virtually impossible to separate them. The solution of the mystery and unmasking of the villain usually remove the impediments to the romance. Women in these books are double victimized: by their feminine powerlessness and by their location in a place (castle, monastery, crumbling mansion, remote island) where a gothic villain can threaten them. The novels depend upon a setting in which the social order is heirarchical; the conventions of gothic fiction, such as mysterious inheritances, hidden identities, lost wills, family secrets, inherited curses, incest and illegitimacy, require a world in which social mobility occurs through family identity and marriage rather than through individual success. They also depend upon the audience’s belief that the culmination of courtship in the marriage of the main characters is the most satisfactory conclusion for the plot, thus elevating the place of family formation through love to supremacy.”

— Kay Mussell, Women’s Gothic and Romantic Fiction

We’ve included a number of titles in this list which are not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries. These appear here for the sake of providing complete series listings, or to identify classic gothic romances which are long out-of-print. All books owned by Lincoln City Libraries are hotlinked to their entries in our library catalog, so that you may check on their current availability. If you see a title on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department.

Joan Aiken (1924-2004)

Castle BarebaneA Cluster of Separate SparksThe Five-Minute MarriageThe Girl From ParisThe Haunting of Lamb HouseIf I Were YouMorningquest – Nightfall – The Silence of Herondale The Smile of the StrangerVoices in an Empty House

Dorothy P. Ansle

The Abbot’s House – Heiress Apparent – Take Heed of Loving Me

Evelyn Anthony (1928- )

Avenue of the DeadThe Company of SaintsThe Silver Falcon

Helen Argers

Noblesse Oblige

Meg Elizabeth Atkins

By the North Door – Palimpsest – Samain

Margaret Atwood (1939- )

Lady Oracle

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Northanger Abbey

Evelyn Berckman

A Finger to Her Lips – The Heir of Starvelings

Laura Black

Falls of Gard – Ravenburn – Wild Cat

L.L. Blackmur

Love Lies Slain

Sarah Blake (1960- )

Grange House

Barbara Bonham

Sweet and Bitter Fancy (Heritage Room copy only)

Clare Boylan

Emma Brown

Rebecca Brandewyne

Across a Starlit Sea – Upon a Moon-Dark Moor

Beatrice Brandon (1919-1980)

The Cliffs of Night – Court of Silver Shadows

Madeline Brent

Golden UrchinA Heritage of ShadowsMerlin’s KeepMoonraker’s BrideStormswiftStranger at WildingsTregaron’s Daughter

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Jane Eyre

Emily Bronte (1818-1848)

Wuthering Heights

Gwendoline Butler

Sarsen Place

Michael Butterworth (1924-1986) – (as by Carola Salisbury)

An Autumn in Araby – Count Vronsky’s Daughter – Dark Inheritance – Dolphin Summer – Flowers for a Dead Witch – The Winter Bride

Dorothy Cannell

Down the Garden Path

Sara Cardiff

Fool’s Apple – The Severing Line

Diane Carey

Sudden Storm

Robyn Carr

By Right of Arms

Annie Carter

A Fire in Heaven

Hester Chapman (1899-1976)

Limmerston Hall

Mary Higgins Clark (1930- )

StillwatchWeep No More, My Lady

Virginia Coffman (1914-2005)

Dark WindsThe House at Sandalwood – Moura – The Orchid Tree

Catherine Cookson (1906-1998)

Feathers in the FireThe Girl

Catherine Coulter

The Heiress BrideThe Nightingale Legacy – Teresa Crane – The Italian House

Cecily Crowe

Abbeygate – Bloodrose House – Northwater – The Talisman

Charlotte Douglas

Jacaranda Bend

Daphne DuMaurier (1907-1989)

Flight of the FalconFrenchman’s CreekHungry HillJamaica InnThe King’s GeneralLoving SpiritMy Cousin RachelRebecca

Mignon Eberhart (1899-1996)

The Bayou RoadDeath in the FogFamily FortuneTwo Little Rich GirlsWith This Ring

Dorothy Eden (1912-1982)

An Afternoon WalkDarkwater – Lady of Mallow – Listen to DangerRavenscroftThe Shadow WifeThe Storrington PapersThe Voice of the DollsWaiting for WillaWinterwood

Barbara Erskine

House of EchoesMidnight is a Lonely Place

Katherine Wigmore Eyre (1901-1970)

The Sandalwood Fan

Juliet Fitzgerald

Belle Haven

Rae Foley (1900-1978)

Suffer a Witch

Hilary Ford


Marius Gabriel

House of Many Rooms

Patricia Gaffney


Catherine Gaskin

Edge of GlassA Falcon for a QueenThe Lynmara LegacyThe Property of a GentlemanThe Tilsit Inheritance

Anna Gilbert

A Family Likeness – Flowers for LillianA Hint of Witchcraft – Images of Rose – The Long Shadow – A Walk in the Wood

Rumer Godden (1907-1998)

The Battle of the Villa FioritaBlack Narcissus

Ethel E. Gordon

Freer’s Cove – The French Husband

Kate Hawks

Watch by Moonlight

Georgette Heyer (1902-1974)

Cousin Kate

Eleanor Hibbert (1906-1993)

Judas Kiss

(as Philippa Carr)

The Cornwall Series (19 volumes)

(as Victoria Holt)

Black OpalThe CaptiveDaughter of DeceitThe Demon LoverThe Devil on HorsebackThe House of a Thousand LanternsThe Judas KissKirkland RevelsThe Landower LegacyLegend of the Seventh VirginLord of the Far IslandThe Mask of the EnchantressMenfreya in the MorningMistress of MellynOn the Night of the Seventh MoonThe Pride of the PeacockThe Road to Paradise IslandSecret for a NightingaleSeven for a SecretThe Shadow of the LynxThe Shivering SandsThe Silk VendettaA Snare of SerpentsThe Spring of the TigerThe Time of the Hunter’s Moon

Naomi Hintze

Aloha Means Goodbye – The Stone Carnation

Jane Aiken Hodge (1917- )

Caterina – Leading Lady – The Lost GardenMarry in HasteMaulever HallOne Way to VenicePolonaiseRed Sky at Night, Lover’s Delight?Secret IslandStrangers in Company – Watch the Wall, My Darling – Whispering – The Winding Stair

Isabelle Holland (1920-2002)

Darcourt – The deMaury PapersFlight of the ArchangelThe IslandKilgarenMoncrieffTrelawny

Fiona Hood-Stewart

The Journey Home

Kay Hooper

After CarolineFinding Laura

Susan Howatch

CashelmaraThe Devil on Lammas NightPenmarricThe Shrouded Walls

T.E. Huff

Meet a Dark Stranger

Ayn Hunt

Unwilling Killers

Sara Hylton

CapriceThe Crimson Falcon – The Hills are Eternal – Jacintha – The Talisman of Set

Shirley Jackson (1916-1965)

The Haunting of Hill House

Henry James (1843-1916)

The Turn of the Screw

Rebecca James

The House is Dark – Storm’s End

Velda Johnston (1911-1997)

The Crystal CatDeveron HallFlight to YesterdayThe Hour Before MidnightThe House on the Left BankA Howling in the WoodsI Came to the HighlandsThe Late Mrs. FonsellThe Light in the SwampThe Man at WindmereMasquerade in VeniceThe Mourning TreesThe People on the HillShadow Behind the CurtainThe Silver DolphinThe Underground Stream – Voice in the Night

Brenda Joyce

Beyond Scandal

Andrea Kane

Dream Castle

Rebecca Kavaler

Doubting Castle

M(ary).M(argaret). Kaye (1911-2004)

Death in BerlinDeath in CyprusDeath in KashmirDeath in KenyaDeath in the AndamansDeath in Zanzibar

Mandalyn Kaye


Katheryn Kimbrough

Saga of the Phenwick Women

Elizabeth Knox

Billie’s Kiss

Charlotte Lamb (1937- )

Vampire Lover

Jill Marie Landis


Elsie Lee

Mistress of Mount Fair – Silence is Golden – Wingarden

Phyllis G. Leonard

Prey of the Eagle

Susan Leslie

An Unfinished Tapestry

Norah Lofts (1904-1983)

Lady Living AloneThe Little Wax DollThe Old Priory

Ann-Marie MacDonald (1958- )

Fall on Your Knees

Helen MacInnes (1907-1985)

Friends and LoversHidden TargetI and My True Love

Alexandra Manners

The Stone Maiden

Ann Marlowe (1958- )

The Red Rockingbird

Edwina Marlowe

Master of Phoenix Hill

Anne Maybury (1900-1992)

The Brides of Bellenmore – Dark Star – The Jeweled Daughter – The Minerva Stone – The Terracotta Palace – Walk in the Paradise Garden – Whispers in the Dark

Margaret Mayhew (1936- )

Master of Aysgarth

Anne McCaffrey (1926- )

The Kilternan Legacy – The Mark of Merlin – Ring of Fear – Three Gothic Novels

Patricia McGerr (1917-1985)

Stranger With My Face

Megan McKinney

The Shrouded Walls

Jennie Melville

Nun’s Castle – Tarot’s Tower

Elizabeth Michaels

Of Sapphire Dreams

Kasey Michaels

Legacy of the Rose

Teresa Michaels

A Corner of Heaven

Marlys Millhiser

Michael’s WifeNella Waits

Jeanne Montague

The Clock Tower – Midnight Moon

Natasha Mostert


Andre Norton (1912-2005)

The Opal-Eyed Fan

Joyce Carol Oates (1938- )

A Bloodsmoor Romance

Elizabeth Ogilvie (1917-2006)

BellwoodWhen the Music StoppedWhere the Lost Aprils Are

Leslie O’Grady

The Artist’s Daughter – Lady Jade – Lord Raven’s Widow – The Second Sister

Rachel Cosgroves Payes

The Black Swan

Deborah Perlberg

Cliff House

Ellis Peters (as Elizabeth Pargeter) (1913-1995)

The House of Green Turf

Elizabeth Peters (1927- ) – (also as Barbara Mertz)

The Camelot CaperThe Copenhagen ConnectionThe Dead Sea CipherDevil-May-CareSeeing a Large Cat – (as Barbara Michaels) – Ammie Come HomeBe Buried in the RainBlack RainbowGreygallowsHere I StayHouse of Many ShadowsThe Master of BlacktowerShattered SilkSmoke and MirrorsWitchThe Wizard’s Daughter

Marilyn Prather


Amanda Quick


Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823)

The Mysteries of Udolpho

Rona Randall

Dragonmede – Watchman’s Stone

Patricia Rice (1949- )

Much Ado About Magic

Janet Louise Roberts

Black Horse Tavern – Devil’s Own – Lord Satan

Michele Roberts

Daughters of the House

Mary Linn Roby

The White Peacock

Marilyn Ross (1912- )

Carola Salisbury

Mary Ryan (1945- )

The Song of the Tide

Anya Seton (1904-1990)

DragonwyckGreen DarknessThe Winthrop Woman

Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale

Barbara Dawson Smith

Fire on the Wind

Sarah Smith (1947- )

A Citizen of the Country

Linda Sole

A Cornish Rose – The Rose Arch – The Shadow Players

Katherine St. Clair

A Heart Possessed

Jennifer St. Giles</p>

The Mistress of Trevelyan

Francesca Stanfil

Wakefield Hall

Anne Stevenson

Coil of SerpentsThe French InheritanceA Relative StrangerTurkish Rondo

Mary Stewart (1916- )

Airs Above the GroundThe Gabriel HoundsMadam, Will You Talk?The Moon-SpinnersMy Brother MichaelNine Coaches Waiting – The Storm Petrel – This Rough MagicThornyholdThunder on the RightTouch Not the CatWildfire at Midnight

Jill Tattersall

Damnation Reef – Dark at Noon – Lady Ingram’s RoomLyonesse Abbey – Midsummer Masque – The Shadows of Castle Fosse – The Wild Hunt

Marcella Thum

Abbey Court – Fernwood

Jane Toombs

The Emerald Shadows of the Sea

Horace Walpole (1717-1797)

The Castle of Otranto

Hillary Waugh

Blackbourne Hall – A Bride for Hampton House – The Secret Room of Morgate House – The Shadow Guest – The Summer at Raven’s Roost

Jean Francis Webb (1910-1991)

Roses From a Haunted Garden – Somewhere Within This House

Phyllis A. Whitney (1903-2008)

Amethyst DreamsBlack AmberDaughter of the StarsDominoA Dream of OrchidsThe Ebony SwanEmeraldFeather on the MoonFlaming TreeThe Glass FlameThe Golden UnicornHunter’s GreenLost IslandPoincianaRainbow in the MistRainsongSea JadeSeven Tears for ApolloSilverhillSilverswordThe Singing StonesSpindriftStar FlightThe Stone BullThunder HeightsThe Turquoise MaskVermilionWindow on the SquareWoman Without a Past

Margaret Widdemer (1890-1978)

The Red Castle Women

Marianne Willman

The Mermaid’s Song

Helen York

Malverne Manor – Tremorra Towers


813.08 Bro – Victoria A. Brownworth – Night Shade: Gothic Tales by Women
813.08 Mor – Bradford Morrow – The New Gothic: A Collection of Contemporary Gothic Fiction
813.08 Oxf – Oxford University Press – The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales
823.016 Sum 1964 – Montague Summers – A Gothic Bibliography
823.09 B53t – Edith Birkhead – The Tale of Terror: A Study of the Gothic Romance
823.09 Sum – Montague Summers – The Gothic Quest: A History of the Gothic Novel
R 813.016 Rad – Elsa J. Radcliffe – Gothic Novels of the Twentieth Century: An Annotated Bibliograpy
R 813 Mus – Kay Mussell – Women’s Gothic and Romantic Fiction: A Reference Guide

Original printed list February 1993 bwc
Updated and expanded for the Web January 2006 sdc