My Top 5 Favorite Classic Gothic Fantasy Fiction Works

For today’s post I have decided to do a countdown of my favorite works of gothic fantasy fiction.    For this countdown I will only be choosing works of classical fiction!   I hope that you enjoy my thoughts.   Without further ado here’s the countdown.

Number 5: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

~This is the classic tale of a mad doctor creating an elixir that allowed him to bring out his shadow in a huge way!   It ended up causing mayhem, and taught him a lesson the hard way.   This is one that was made into a really awesome musical, which is a very fun watch!

Number 4: Dracula by Bram Stoker

~The classic tale of the vampire.   Stoker’s count is famously based upon Vlad the Impaler, but was also inspired by Elizabeth Bathory, who I featured on Femme Fatale Friday on October 1st!   My favorite character is, strangely, Lucy.   Lucy becomes a vampire when being enthralled by Dracula himself!

Number 3: Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu

~This is the first truly impressive vampire novella.   It is something that introduced the lesbian vampire trope.    It also served to express the aspects of lesbianism in a safe space of fantasy!   I adore this wicked female vampire tale!

Number 2: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

~I adore Oscar Wilde, and his only novel is one of the great works of fiction.   Dorian Gray was a young man obsessed with his own youthful beauty.   Dorian had a picture painted of him that would become the true image of his soul, as he began to damage his soul!   It is iconic and a must read for fantasy and horror lovers!

Number 1: Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

~I could not have chosen anything other than Mary Shelley’s incredible story of a man who chose to play god.   This is a tale that most people know, but you do not know the full truth of the story unless you read this original novel!   I recommend anything associated with the Shelley’s as both were brilliant writers of the Romantic tradition!

Special Mention: Liegia by Edgar Allan Poe

~I did not include this short story in my countdown, but I had to mention my favorite work by the great Master of Horror, Edgar Allan Poe!

~I hope you have enjoyed this countdown.   Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Note on Image: The image at the top of the post is inspired by Carmilla.   I found the image on