How to Incorporate Gothic Elements Into Any Genre of Writing

How to Incorporate Gothic Elements Into Any Genre of Writing

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The Gothic is very often associated with horror, but if you peel back the layers, you can discover hints of it lurking in nearly all corners of literature. From Gothic Romance to Southern Gothic and Suburban Gothic, there are elements of haunting and decay everywhere you look. Learn how to incorporate the Gothic into your fiction no matter what genre you write, as instructor Gwendolyn Kiste discuss what makes a story Gothic in the first place and how those features are easily transcribed to different places, time periods, and characters. 


Gwendolyn Kiste is the three-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rust Maidens, Reluctant Immortals, Boneset & Feathers, And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe, Pretty Marys All in a Row, and The Invention of Ghosts. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Nightmare Magazine, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, Vastarien, Tor's Nightfire, Black Static, The Dark, Daily Science Fiction, Interzone, and LampLight, among others. Find her online at

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