Creating Atmosphere


It was a dark and stormy night...

Why do dark deeds seemly occur in the dark shadows of a castle or ruined church?   Why do these settings lend themselves so well to the Gothic and Horror Genres?  And why do we even have a genre called Gothic?  Where does this term come from? And what associations do you make with it?  


Dream's Castle

Neil Gaiman.  The Sandman: The Kindly Ones.  Illustrated by Marc Hempel, Richard Case, D’Israeli, Teddy Kristiansen, Glyn Dillon, Charles Vess, Dean Ormston, Kevin Nowlan.  New York:  DC Comics, 1996.

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Title Page and Illustration

Horace Walpole.  The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story.  Introduction and Illustrations by W. S. Lewis.  Westerham, England:  The Limited Editions Club, 1975. 



A spooky illustration of LEC's 1934 edition of Frankenstein

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.  Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus.  Introduction by Edmund Lester Pearson.  Illustrated by Everett Henry.  New York:  The Limited Editions Club, 1934.

Jane Austen

Title Page


Jane Austen.  Northanger Abbey. 1818.  Edited by Barbara M. Benedict and Deirdre Le Faye.  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2006.

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Title Page

Bram Stoker.  Dracula.  Illustrations by Felix Hoffman.  New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1965.