Dinner Arty Conversation: Gothic Fiction

Ever feel like the only ignoramus in a roomful of culture aficionados? If you can’t be a buff, learn to bluff…Philip Burne Jones Vampire
Need To Know
•  Genre of literature combining horror and romance that began in the mid-18th century with the publication of Walpole’s novel The Castle of Otranto. Prominent features include psychological and physical terror, mystery, the supernatural, death, haunted houses and all sorts of creepy creatures.
Sound Clever
• “I’ve never seen a change like it. Suspicious. Very Strawberry Hill.”
Don’t Say
• “Me and him just have that Tell-Tale Heart thing going on. Our relationship is totally unclear and sometimes I just want to bury him under the floorboards.”