Last Updated on November 25, 2023 by Jella Erhard
Read the darkest new gothic books that will surely spook you out in style. Explore the best of modern gothic literature including new modern gothic novels, gothic thrillers and mysteries, spooky gothic horror books, and scary new gothic fantasy books for adults.
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Get ready for some beguiling gothic adventures that will take you around the world and back in time. We collected the most exciting gothic book releases filled with exciting stories for adult and YA readers.
You’ll find here some true gothic literature gems that were inspired by classic gothic novels, folk tales, and magical realism. But you’ll also find here, YA gothic books, and modern gothic novels for adults that will surely keep you on the edge of your seat.
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These atmospheric and thrilling gothic books are filled with mysteries, haunted places, and scary fantasy stories that bring something new and exciting to this beloved genre. No matter if you like modern gothic books, the classics, or looking for something completely weird and surrealistic you’ll find here something that’ll take your breath away.
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25. Starling House by Alix E. Harrow
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Publishing Date: October 2023
Genres: Fantasy-Fiction, Horror, Gothic, Mystery, Romance
Dive into Starling House, where gothic vibes meet small-town spookiness in Eden, Kentucky. This isn’t just any town; it’s steeped in legends and bad luck, with the eerie Starling House at its heart.
The house’s story? Tied to E. Starling, a mysterious author who vanished, leaving behind creepy tales and a crumbling mansion.
Meet Opal, your not-so-average gal who usually steers clear of haunted houses and brooding blokes. But when a job offer lures her to Starling House, she’s tempted by the chance to break free from Eden with her brother. Plot twist: the house starts feeling like home, something totally new for her.
Things get really wild when sinister forces come knocking. Opal and Arthur Starling, the house’s reclusive heir, face a do-or-die moment: dig up the past’s creepy secrets or let Eden fall prey to its own nightmares.
24. The Witchwood Knot Olivia Atwater
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Publishing Date: November 2023
Genres: Romance, Gothic, Historical Fiction-Fantasy
23| The Villa by Rachel Hawkins
From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins comes a deliciously wicked gothic suspense, set at an Italian villa with a dark history, for fans of Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware.
As kids, Emily and Chess were inseparable. But by their 30s, their bond has been strained by the demands of their adult lives. So when Chess suggests a girls trip to Italy, Emily jumps at the chance to reconnect with her best friend.
Villa Aestas in Orvieto is a high-end holiday home now, but in 1974, it was known as Villa Rosato, and rented for the summer by a notorious rock star, Noel Gordon. In an attempt to reignite his creative spark, Noel invites up-and-coming musician, Pierce Sheldon to join him, as well as Pierce’s girlfriend, Mari, and her stepsister, Lara.
But he also sets in motion a chain of events that leads to Mari writing one of the greatest horror novels of all time, Lara composing a platinum album––and ends in Pierce’s brutal murder.
As Emily digs into the villa’s complicated history, she begins to think there might be more to the story of that fateful summer in 1974.
That perhaps Pierce’s murder wasn’t just a tale of sex, drugs, and rock & roll gone wrong, but that something more sinister might have occurred––and that there might be clues hidden in the now-iconic works that Mari and Lara left behind.
Yet the closer that Emily gets to the truth, the more tension she feels developing between her and Chess. As secrets from the past come to light, equally dangerous betrayals from the present also emerge––and it begins to look like the villa will claim another victim before the summer ends.
The Villa is one of the most thrilling new modern gothic books for those readers who love twisty mysteries, psychological thrillers, and deeply atmospheric settings.
22| Such Pretty Flowers by K. L. Cerra – LGBTQ+ Gothic Romance Book, February 2023
“Get it out of me.”
It was the last message Holly received from her brother, Dane, before he was found cleaved open in his fiancée’s lavish Savannah townhouse. Police ruled his death a suicide sparked by psychosis, but Holly can’t shake the idea that something else must have happened…
Something involving another message he sent that night, the one that mentioned a “game” his fiancée, Maura, wanted to play…
Determined to discover the truth, Holly begins to stalk Maura—a magnetic, black-eyed florist with a penchant for carnivorous plants.
But what begins as an investigation quickly veers into a darker fixation, one that lures Holly into the depths of Maura’s world: Savannah high society, eerie black roses, and a whisper of something more sinister.
Soon, Holly is feeling a dark attraction to the one woman she shouldn’t trust. As Holly falls deeper for Maura and her secrets, she’s left with only one choice: find out what happened to Dane… before she meets the same fate.
A woman investigating her brother’s apparent suicide finds herself falling for her prime suspect—his darkly mysterious girlfriend—in this edgy Southern gothic thriller.
Such Pretty Flowers is one of the most exciting and dark Southern gothic romance books for adults.
21| The Last Tale of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi – Gothic Romance Book, February 2023
A sumptuous, gothic-infused story about a marriage that is unraveled by dark secrets, a friendship cursed to end in tragedy, and the danger of believing in fairy tales–the breathtaking adult debut from New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi.
Once upon a time, a man who believed in fairy tales married a beautiful, mysterious woman named Indigo Maxwell-Casteñada. He was a scholar of myths. She was heiress to a fortune.
They exchanged gifts and stories and believed they would live happily ever after–and in exchange for her love, Indigo extracted a promise: that her bridegroom would never pry into her past.
But when Indigo learns that her estranged aunt is dying and the couple is forced to return to her childhood home, the House of Dreams, the bridegroom will soon find himself unable to resist.
For within the crumbling manor’s extravagant rooms and musty halls, there lurks the shadow of another girl: Azure, Indigo’s dearest childhood friend who suddenly disappeared.
As the house slowly reveals his wife’s secrets, the bridegroom will be forced to choose between reality and fantasy, even if doing so threatens to destroy their marriage . . . or their lives.
Combining the lush, haunting atmosphere of Mexican Gothic with the dreamy enchantment of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, The Last Tale of the Flower Bride is a spellbinding and darkly romantic page-turner about love and lies, secrets and betrayal, and the stories we tell ourselves to survive.
The Last Tale of the Flower Bride is one of the darkest new romance gothic books for adults with a chilling mystery.
20| Her Little Flowers by Shannon Morgan – New Gothic Horror Book, July 2023
Francine Thwaite has lived all her fifty-five years in her family’s ancestral home, a rambling Elizabethan manor in England’s Lake District. No other living soul resides there, but Francine isn’t alone.
There are ghosts in Thwaite Manor, harmless and familiar. Most beloved is Bree, the mischievous ghost girl who has been Francine’s companion since childhood.
When Francine’s estranged sister, Madeleine, returns to the manor after years away, she brings with her a story that threatens everything Francine has always believed. It is a tale of cruelty and desperation, of terror and unbearable heartache.
And as Francine learns more about the darkness in her family’s past—and the role she may have played in it—she realizes that confronting the truth may mean losing what she holds most dear.
Her Little Flowers is one of the scariest new gothic books set in England.
19| The London Séance Society by Sarah Penner – Historical Fiction Gothic Novel, March 2023
From the author of the sensational bestseller The Lost Apothecary comes a spellbinding tale about truth, illusion and the grave risks women will take to avenge the ones they love.
May mercy be upon the man who finds himself the enemy of a vengeful medium…
1873. At an abandoned château on the outskirts of Paris, a dark séance is about to take place, led by acclaimed spiritualist Vaudeline D’Allaire. Known worldwide for her talent in conjuring the spirits of murder victims to ascertain the identities of the people who killed them, she is highly sought after by widows and investigators alike.
Lenna Wickes has come to Paris to find answers about her sister’s death, but to do so, she must embrace the unknown and overcome her own logic-driven bias against the occult. When Vaudeline is beckoned to England to solve a high-profile murder, Lenna accompanies her as an understudy.
But as the women team up with the powerful men of London’s exclusive Séance Society to solve the mystery, they begin to suspect that they are not merely out to solve a crime, but perhaps entangled in one themselves…
The London Séance Society is a great choice for those who are looking new gothic books with historical settings and twisty mysteries.
18| A House with Good Bones by T. Kingfisher – Modern Horror Gothic Book, March 2023
A haunting Southern Gothic from an award-winning master of suspense, A House With Good Bones explores the dark, twisted roots lurking just beneath the veneer of a perfect home and family.
“Mom seems off.”
Her brother’s words echo in Sam Montgomery’s ear as she turns onto the quiet North Carolina street where their mother lives alone.
She brushes the thought away as she climbs the front steps. Sam’s excited for this rare extended visit, and looking forward to nights with just the two of them, drinking boxed wine, watching murder mystery shows, and guessing who the killer is long before the characters figure it out.
But stepping inside, she quickly realizes home isn’t what it used to be. Gone is the warm, cluttered charm her mom is known for; now the walls are painted a sterile white. Her mom jumps at the smallest noises and looks over her shoulder even when she’s the only person in the room.
And when Sam steps out back to clear her head, she finds a jar of teeth hidden beneath the magazine-worthy rose bushes, and vultures are circling the garden from above.
To find out what’s got her mom so frightened in her own home, Sam will go digging for the truth. But some secrets are better left buried.
A House with Good Bones is one of the spookiest modern gothic books with a chilling and twisty horror story.
17| The Dark Between The Trees by Fiona Barnett – New Gothic Horror Book, October 2022
This brilliant modern gothic novel will take you to a realm filled with witchcraft, shadows, and where the devil himself walks by the moonlight. There is an old tale about 17 soldiers who entered the dangerous woods in 1643 but only two were ever seen again. They came back with stories about something paranormal and unnatural.
The story follows five women who dare to enter the Moresby Wood to find out once and for all what really happened to these soldiers. Dr. Alice Christopher and her team think they are ready for anything or so they think…
Dark Between The Trees is a perfect choice for those who are looking for new gothic books with a surrealist and spooky folk-thriller vibe.
16| A Dreadful Splendor by B.R. Myers – New YA Gothic Book, July 2022
Are you into gothic ghost stories and seances that turn out to be real? Then this new gothic book is for you. The story is set in Victorian London and follows Genevieve who is a swindler and fake spiritualist who rips off wealthy mourners. However, one of her missteps lands her in jail.
She’s waiting to get hanged when she’s approached by a stranger who has an unusual offer. Genevieve would have to perform a persuasive sense to the influential Mr. Pemberton who just lost his beloved bride-to-be. If she’s good enough she’ll win her freedom back.
Genevieve’s first plan is to stage her seance in a way that sheds light on the killer but she soon realizes that she might be a fake medium but the Somerset’s ghost is actually real.
So if you’ve been looking for steamy new dark romance books that spook you out then don’t miss this brilliant and twisty story.
A Dreadful Splendor is a fun and ghoulish new gothic murder mystery book filled with chills, betrayal, and dark romance.
15| String Follow by Simon Jacobs – New Gothic Horror Book, February 2022
If you are a huge fan of modern gothic books that will scare you then Simona Jacob’s String Follow is a superb choice for you. You’ll get to meet unique and quirky characters while also enjoying a bit of dark humor, so there is plenty to enjoy in this book.
It’s about a group of Ohio misfits who live their absolutely out-of-the-ordinary lives and darkness doesn’t avoid any of them. There are a lot of potentially triggering elements in the book, so make sure to pick it up when you are in the right mindset.
String Follow by Simon Jacobs is one of the most unique and spooky new gothic books that is full of dark moments and releasing humor.
14| Leech by Hiron Ennes – New Gothic Fiction Novel, February 2022
Leech is another amazing modern gothic novel that’s a perfect choice for those who love weird, twisty, and dark stories. This brilliant gothic science fiction book is atmospheric, and witty, and is set in an isolated chateau where the baron’s doctor died.
The new doctor has an unusual mystery to solve since the Institute somehow lost track of one of its many bodies.
The Interprovincial Medical Institute has been growing and shaping the minds of new doctors all over the globe to help save humanity. However, they soon realize that in the baron’s castle, far up in the frozen north, there is a parasite that’s spreading.
The castle is already a dark pit of secrets, lies, violence, and fear.
Leech is a brilliant surrealist LGBT+ new gothic horror book with sci-fi elements that makes a perfect Halloween read.
13| Wake the Bones by Elizabeth Kilcoyne – New Gothic Horror Book,
This thrilling and creepy gothic horror book follows Laurel Early who moves back to her small town after dropping out of college. She’s working at her uncle’s tobacco farm and selling her own taxidermy projects online to make some money until she figures out what to do next.
Laurel always heard the rumors about how the Early women are witches but she soon finds out that something sinister hunts their farm and might have caused her mom’s suicide. Her mom’s ghost haunts her dreams, bones are walking on their own and Laurel has to put a stop to it with her magic even though she’s not sure if she’s strong enough to do so.
It’s a spooky story where magic blends with real-world perfectly but it’s also a dark horror book so watch out for triggers in this book like suicide, abuse, and death. If you’re looking for new books about witches with a gothic vibe then check out this one.
Wake The Bones is one of the creepiest new gothic horror books about witches and the devil and is set in Kentucky.
12| The Depths by Nicole Lesperance – New YA Gothic Book, September 2022
Get ready for a gothic journey to an atmospheric tropical island filled with dark secrets and two ghosts who are trapped there forever. The story follows Addie who has to go with her mom and her new husband to Eulalie island for their honeymoon.
While the island looks like a haven filled with white flowers and beautiful secluded beaches there is also something eerie about it.
One day Addie meets a boy who tells her that the island loves her. Soon all the white flowers turn pink and Addie can’t stop sleepwalking. She hears birds calling out her name and finds a strange little girl alone in the forest who wants to play with her.
Addie soon learns about the story of two sisters who died on the island many centuries ago which makes her wonder if there’s more to this place, things only she can see.
The Depths is a unique and thrilling new YA gothic book with ghosts and is set on a lush tropical island.
11| Small Angels by Lauren Owen – New Gothic Fantasy Books, August 2022
If you love gothic novels set in small villages with quirky characters, and dark secrets then this adult gothic horror book is for you.
The story follows Kate who grew up in Small Angels with her sister. As a child, she developed a friendship with the village’s two lonely sisters.
Soon she learned their family’s secret, the sisters and their family have been charged to stop a menacing ghost from leaving the forest and entering the town. However, a horrifying act of violence drove a terrible wedge between the sisters and Kate.
Many years later now Kate is returning to her hometown to attend her sister Chloe’s wedding. Chloe begins to hear, see, and smell things that shouldn’t be real.
As the woods were coming alive again Kate has to reconnect with Lucia – the most troubled of the two sisters and her first love – to save themselves and the village. If you’re looking for magical and exciting new dark fantasy books then read this spooky yet cozy novel.
Small Angels is one of the coziest and spookiest new gothic books set in a charming English village.
10| Not Good for Maidens by Tori Bovalino – New Gothic Horror Fantasy Book, June 2022
This fun, magical, and dark new gothic fantasy book follows the story of Lou. Lou never believed in fairy tales, magic, or superstitions but everything changed when her teenage aunt Neela is kidnapped by goblins and dragged to the goblin market.
Lou heard many tales about the Goblin Market and its dangers, twisted streets, its sweet fruits, and incredible jewels that haunts and traps humans. She knows she has to be fast because she only has three days to save Neela because the market is closing.
Not Good For Maidens is a spooky new gothic horror book for YA and adult readers who love horror-fantasy stories.
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9| The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon – New Gothic Mystery Thriller Novel, April 2022
One of the most anticipated upcoming new gothic horror books is Jennifer McMahon’s peculiar and lovable piece. The Children on the Hill is going to be one of your favorites in no time if you enjoy reading gothic horrors. The book shows that friendship can be anywhere, no matter the differences.
When renowned psychiatrist Dr. Helen Hildreth takes a little girl home from her treatment center, she forms a bond with the doctor’s grandchildren.
Their friendship blooms as they face their fears in the dark. A magnificent book you are not going to be able to put down.
The Children on the Hill is among the most frightening new gothic horror books for teens and adults alike.
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8| The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – New Adult Gothic Fiction Novel, July 2022
Carlota Moreau is the only daughter of Dr. Moreau a genius/madman. She grew up in a distance luxury estate safe from the conflicts of the Yucatán peninsula. They live together with Montgomery his father’s assistant in peace. His father creates hybrids, part human, part animal creatures who blindly obey his every wish.
A dangerous change reaction is started by a new arrival, the charging and young Eduardo Lizalde who is the son of Dr. Moreau’s patron.
If you’re looking for new historical fantasy books with gothic vibes then check out this dark and exciting novel.
The Daughter Of Doctor Moreau is one of the most exciting new gothic historical fiction of 2022 with thrilling sci-fi elements.
7| Belladonna by Adalyn Grace – New YA Gothic Fantasy Book, August 2022
YA mystery book lovers definitely know Adalyn Grace’s name as her bestselling book All the Stars and Teeth was named “2020’s biggest YA fantasy”. Her new piece is not going to disappoint either.
Signa hasn’t experienced much kindness in her life. After her parents died when she was a baby, many people took care of her in hopes of laying their hands on her family fortune.
She only felt safe with the Hawthornes, her distant relatives. It turns out the family is in extreme danger and only Signa can save them, but can she? If you’re looking for new mystery books with a gothic flair pick up this beguiling novel.
Belladonna is deservedly among the most anticipated gothic mystery books in 2022.
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6| The Path of Thorns by A.G. Slatter – New Gothic Fantasy Book, June 2022
This spooky new historical gothic novel is about Asher who travels to the remote estate of Morwood Grange to become a governess to three small children. When she arrives finds a lovely family, an old but big and beautiful home, and a small village nearby.
However, soon she also realizes that there are portraits missing from the walls, locked rooms, and names excised from the family tree inscribed in the bible. The kids love her but the father is always locked in his laboratory. Soon he creates a potion that’s able to restore the sight of granddame Leonora.
While Asher fits into this small family there is also darkness around them. There are creatures that stalk the woods at night, ghosts haunt the halls, and Asher is not as much a stranger to the Morwoods as it might at first appear.
The Path Of Thorns is a magical and dark gothic fantasy book for adults and ya readers.
5| The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller – New Adult Gothic Fantasy Book, March 2022
Get ready for a mysterious read set in a vibrant and dark world about an Emperor and Charm, the last witch of the necromantic workers. Charm is not only a witch but the Emperor’s mistress, as well as a madam whose house is filled with girls who aren’t real.
When the Emperor summons Charm to her deathbed he also gives her the task of finding out which of his sons killed him and who should inherit the empire.
Charm soon has to decide between herself and the entire Empire. It’s a dark adventure and is a great choice for those who love thriller romance books and are looking for a magic-filled adventure.
The Bone Orchard is one of the most magical gothic fantasy novels of 2022 that’s perfect for adults and YA readers who enjoy stories about necromancers and mysteries set in a lush fantasy world.
4| Wild and Wicked Things Book by Francesca May – New Gothic Fantasy Book, March 2022
Inspired by The Great Gatsby, this book cannot be more surprising and captivating. If you’ve been looking for new gothic books then this heart-pounding gothic LGBT+ romance, you ought to pick up this incredible piece. If you’re into magical romance fantasy books then you should put this enchanting novel on your TBR.
Readers are going to find themselves in a world after World War I, where magic is real. If you’re looking for dark and mysterious new fantasy romance books then pick up this beauty.
Annie Mason returns to Crow Island hoping to make amends with her past and reconnect with her friend. While she planned to stay away from magic, the mystifying new neighbor tempts her to make unexpected decisions.
Francesca May’s Wild and Wicked Things is a magical story of passion and unbreakable bonds. It is definitely among the most beguiling LGBT+ gothic novels of 2022.
3| The Haunting of Las Lágrimas by W.M. Cleese – New Gothic Horror Book, February 2022
Get ready to travel back in time to 1913 to the beautiful country of Argentina with Ursula Kelp a young English gardener who travels to Buenos Aires to become the head gardener at a long-abandoned estate in the Pampas. The owner wants her to restore the garden to its once-famous glory before the family returns.
As she travels deep into the Pampas Ursula is greeted by locals who tell her dark stories and that the estate is cursed and haunted. Ursula doesn’t believe anything she hears but after time passes her loneliness makes her imagine things.
As things intensify she questions if there’s truth in the rumours about the cursed estate and ponders if she and the returning family would be safe at the estate.
The Haunting Of Las Lagrimas is one of the most anticipated historical gothic thriller novels for adults.
2| Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney – New Psychological Gothic Fiction Novel, August 2022
If you love twisty thrillers then this mystery is for you. The story is about Daisy and her family as they decide to reunite for her grandma’s 80th birthday party in a crumbling gothic house on a tiny tidal island.
Each family member arrives with secrets. A dark storm arrives and at midnight Nana is found dead, an hour later another family member is also found dead. As the family is trapped on the small island they have to deal with their secrets to find out who is killing them off one by one and how to escape their death.
Daisy Darker is one of the most anticipated new psychological gothic novels for adults.
1| Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz – New Mystery Gothic Book, January 2022
This historical gothic novel will take you to 1817’s Edinburgh and follows the story of Hazel who decides she wants to be a surgeon instead of getting married.
Hazel is first locked out from Dr. Beecham’s lectures because she’s a female. However, the two make a deal; if Hazel can pass the medical examination on her own she’ll be allowed to study at the university.
Hazel knows she’ll need more than books if she wants to pass the tests so she asks Jack to help her get the corpses she can study on. Jack also needs her help because a stranger has been lurking around cemeteries and his friends keep disappearing. As the two work together to solve the mystery they soon start to fall for each other.
Anatomy: A Love Story is one of the most popular new gothic books of 2022 for adults and YA readers.
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