In the spirit of Halloween, we highlight the Gothic genre. Gothic literature emerged as one of the most chilling forms of Dark Romanticism in the late 1700s, and has since captivated readers with terrifying, mysterious narratives. Evident in the works of great Gothic writers such as Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, the Bronte sisters, and many more, Gothic stories feature distinctive elements that make the genre so unique.

This infographic from Invaluable illustrates the 10 essential elements of a Gothic novel, and how famous authors have used them in their books--elements such as unnerving atmospheres, paranormal activity, emotional distress and so on. Whether you're participating in National Novel Writing Month and are looking for inspiration for a Gothic storyline, or simply enjoy Gothic novels, there's lots to learn in this fun infographic!

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