Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Top ten 20th-century gothic novels

Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the author of The Shadow of the Wind, the most successful novel in Spanish publishing history after Don Quixote.

He named a top ten list of 20th-century gothic novels for the Guardian. One title on the list:
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

One of the very best ghost stories ever written. Shirley Jackson's writings are a must for aficionados of the gothic and of good literature. Take this as a first step and discover one of the most unusual and underrated writers of the last century.
Read about the other gothic novels on the list.

The Haunting of Hill House also appears on Brad Leithauser's five best list of ghost tales.

Related: Patrick McGrath's best gothic novels.

--Marshal Zeringue