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Offline The Sword in the Tome

Gothic Horror Fantasy
« on: January 26, 2020, 05:26:24 PM »
I'm looking for recommendations for gothic horror fantasy books/series.  Stories featuring classic monsters like zombies, vampires, werewolves, mummies, gargoyles, witches, ghosts, and giant arachnids.  Think Dungeon & Dragon's Ravenloft or Magic the Gathering's Innistrad settings.  I'm not interested in contemporary/urban stories though.  I prefer flintlock level tech or earlier.

I'm already familiar with and love The Witcher series. 
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Offline Cherie

Re: Gothic Horror Fantasy
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2020, 06:06:11 PM »
The first that spring to mind from my shelves, is the Noble Dead series by Barb & JC Hendee.

I'm sure they are plenty of others, but most of my classic monster/supernatural books seem to be urban fantasy.

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Re: Gothic Horror Fantasy
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2020, 09:27:45 PM »
I can't remember any books with monsters that I've read, sorry...
Unless it's dragons - do dragons count?
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Re: Gothic Horror Fantasy
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2020, 10:32:10 PM »
Iirc, CS Friedman's Coldfire Trilogy might be the sort of thing you want.
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Re: Gothic Horror Fantasy
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2020, 10:56:19 PM »
I can't remember any books with monsters that I've read, sorry...
Unless it's dragons - do dragons count?
Dragons can certainly be terrifying, but no, they don't count.  I'm looking for spooky monsters.  The kind that go bump in the night. 
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Re: Gothic Horror Fantasy
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2020, 11:28:54 PM »
I'll have a perfect one for you as soon as I find a publisher for it.
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Offline Bender

Re: Gothic Horror Fantasy
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2020, 12:45:08 AM »
Gil's All Fright Diner

I'm reading Apocalypse Cow now which is going on wee till now.

My personal recommendation would be Gideon the Ninth. It's Ina space gothic setting and has necromancer's. Not traditional Goth, but a different and frankly far more refreshing take on the genre.

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Re: Gothic Horror Fantasy
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2020, 03:01:42 AM »
Reading a YA series by Kendare Blake the Three Dark Crowns series which fits this and is also quite good.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: Gothic Horror Fantasy
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2020, 03:17:20 PM »
Not traditional Goth, but a different and frankly far more refreshing take on the genre.
To my surprise, I'm finding it difficult to find conventional takes on the genre. 
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Re: Gothic Horror Fantasy
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2020, 05:35:51 PM »
You might consider Den Patrick's The Boy With The Porcelain Blade as Gothic fantasy, and it's sequels, though I haven't read them. Very much got the brooding atmosphere and strong links between character/location that i associate with Gothic.
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Re: Gothic Horror Fantasy
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2020, 08:44:15 PM »
^ oh, good idea!
I was actually talking about this book tonight, saying how disturbing it was, so it might really fit into what you want.
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Re: Gothic Horror Fantasy
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2020, 11:46:36 PM »
I’d say anything by Grady Hendrix, but a warning, they’re often intentionally quite funny as well as creepy.
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