A fascinating read - I plan on ordering Melmoth the Wanderer, it sounds like a cracking story (in Gothic terms, at least!). I recently got hold of the DVD of my favourite film in a similar vein to that genre, and that is Roman Polanski's The Dance of the Vampires. I will never tire of watching that. Have you read The House on the Strand (by Daphne du Maurier) - another classic in Gothic style, even if it is set in the 1960s in south-western England? A compelling book, with Gothic overtones.
In the same vein as Melmoth, I'd also highly recommend Matthew Lewis' The Monk. I was going to say I liked it a bit better than Melmoth, but that is unfair since I read them a couple of years apart. At any rate, they both have similar religious themes, although obviously they don't tell the same story.I haven't read the du Maurier, I'll have to check it out. And I don't think I've ever seen a Polanski film, not even the recent ones.Gothic themes can exist in any setting, even the modern day world. In fact, I think our world is growing more and more gothic by the minute in some respects.
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