Last Saturday I did something I've never done before, I presented an academic paper. This was as part of the Birmingham City University Interdisciplinary Day which rounded out the Gothic in Birmingham exhibit that the Library of Birmingham has been hosting. My paper was about the outsider in modern Gothic, with a focus on the modern works that have come out of the Goth subculture. In the wake of it (and having recovered) I thought I'd put down my top five novels that have either originated in the Goth scene or from people closely allied to it.
1) Lost Souls: Poppy Z Brite
Brite's debut novel is one of love, lust, blood and death. It raises questions about family, identity and
2) The Red Tree: Caitlin R Kiernan
3) American Gods: Neil Gaiman
The third novel by Gaiman, who's arguably still known for Sandman more than for the rest of his
4) Dark Cathedral: Freda Warrington
5) Horns: Joe Hill
Whilst Hill isn't a Gothic novelist, he has dabbled both here and in the comic series Lock and Key.