Saturday, October 22, 2016

31 Days of Gothic Romance | The Paperbacks

Whether it was the popularity of Hammer horror films or Dark Shadows or both or something else entirely, I'm not sure. But gothic romance novels - with an emphasis on "romance" - became very popular with paperback readers in the 1960s and '70s. Romance publishers like Avon - and even speculative fiction and pulp publishers like Signet and Ace - cranked them out like crazy, almost always with covers featuring a young woman fleeing a big, ancient house (with one, lit window) on a dark night.

There are way too many of these to catalog, but Mystery File's Steve Lewis has a great, extensive list and there's also a cool review blog called - appropriately - Women Running from Houses. Lots of great stuff to be found in both of those.

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