Small Angels author Lauren Owen selects her top five books if you’re looking for a Gothic story.
1. The Squaw (short story) by Bram Stoker
A honeymooning couple and their friend visit Nuremberg – and its infamous torture device, the Iron Virgin – with horrible consequences. A bloody gem which offers a fascinating (if uncomfortable) insight into Victorian attitudes to race and gender.
2. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
I adore stories about doomed, declining families and forbidding old mansions – and this novel gives these classic gothic tropes a fresh and thrilling take. Noemí Taboada is a delightful and thoroughly modern gothic heroine – strong-willed, brave and loyal.
3. Dark Matter by Michelle Paver