An Illustrated History


The story of the Gothic, from early architecture and literature to the modern horror genre, illustrated by the beautiful, the macabre and the strange


ISBN: 9780500252512 Category:

Roger Luckhurst


Crumbling ruins, undead fiends, dark alleys and forests teeming with horrors seen and unseen: the tendrils of the Gothic have crept out of the architecture of churches, mosques and grand houses and into suburban malls, overcrowded cities, the deserted corners of the world and beyond, taking the shape of monsters from Beowulf to Gojira, Cthulhu or the wendigo to our own terrifying, warped reflections. Across time, form and media, this book traces the weaving path of the Gothic from the shadows of history to the very heart of popular culture today.

With over 350 illustrations

Additional information

Weight 1309 g
Dimensions 18.8 x 26.6 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 21 October 2021
Number of pages 288
Format Hardback
Dimensions 18.8 x 26.6 cm
Weight 1309 g


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Roger Luckhurst is the author of The Invention of Telepathy, 1870-1901 (2002), The Mummy's Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy (2012), and Zombies: A Cultural History (2015), and has edited several classic Gothic novels by Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson and H. P. Lovecraft. He is the Geoffrey Tillotson Professor of Nineteenth Century Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.