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A list of tropes found within the Gothic Horror genre. While you don't need all of them to write a gothic horror novel, the more you have the better. Horror has some things that are universal to all genres of horror but not everything on that page is used in gothic horror.

Other genres that might employ heavy use of these tropes:

Note:Zombies didn't start appearing until the 1920s, but many older creatures were absorbed into the zombie mythos. So use caution when adding zombie examples.

Public Domain Characters

Characterization Tropes/Stock Characters

Cultural Tropes

Fictional Species




Plot Elements



Time Period

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