Hey Alexa, i love your illustrations. Your style is so unique and elegant. I love all your choice of gothic stories that you drew e.g Godfather etc. Can you recommend/tell us some gothic stories that you enjoyed? I'll appreciate it very much. Thanks.
Thanks! And sure I’ve some recs; just a fair warning, you’ll find I’m super partial to fiddly, baroque short stories ahaha. Godfather Death, while a favorite of mine, is folklore rather than gothic lit- it reads in that plain upfront way most collected fairy tales are translated; these are not that. Still though for me it’s often the minutiae that makes a good gothic piece. Less about shock, more about mood and building dread.
(tw though in a few of these of course for death; note also that The Furnished Room involves suicide)
- The Story of An Hour (Kate Chopin)
-The Furnished Room (O. Henry, or William Sydney Porter. You may know him for The Gift of the Magi, one among many of his twist end short stories)
-The Boarded Window (Ambrose Bierce; he’s best known for An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge)
-The Duchess At Prayer (Edith Wharton. Though better known for her novels, she’s done loads of short horror stories that are well worth the read)
-Young Goodman Brown (Nathaniel Hawthorne; written before The Scarlet Letter, and also dealing in 1600s Puritan society- though this time with some good old fashioned witchcraft)
Some longer reads:
-Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Gabriel García Márquez; murder in South America. Ominous and delightfully crude)
-Picnic at Hanging Rock (Joan Lindsay; disappearances in the outback, general Australian Gothic circa 1900. The 1975 film of the same name is also one of my all-time favorite movies ahaha)