Suggested Novels, Short Stories, or Films for the Comparison-Contrast Essay


Background information on authors and novels can be found in online databases like the Literature Resource Center and the Literature Online (LION).  Reviews can be found in TLS (The Times Literary Supplement) or the New York Review of Books, and some of the novels can be found online through the NetLibrary database.  All of these databases are available through the Halle library website.  Basic reader reactions, descriptions of the novels, and some short reviews can be found online at Amazon.  If the books are not available at the Halle library, use the Wolrdcat database to locate the complete bibliographic information and then Interlibrary Loan them from other libraries. 


For information about cinema, the Internet Movie Database is invaluable.  Many films are avialbel to check out through the Halle library.  Simply do a keyword search of “videorecording” (one word) with whatever you are interested in.


See the Addendum to the Suggested Novels or Films List:


General Resources:

Oxford Book of Gothic Tales, edited by Chris Baldick (a broad selection available on reserve at Halle)

Many gothic texts are available at the following web address:

The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction, ed. Jerrold E. Hogle

A Companion to the Gothic, ed. David Punter.


Short Stories:

Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber

Daniel Defoe, “A Relation of the Apparition of Mrs. Veal”

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Major Stories

Isak Dinesen, Last Tales

 —— .  Seven Gothic Tales

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wall-Paper”

E. T. A. Hoffmann, The Golden Pot and Other Tales

H. P. Lovecraft, Tales

Edgar Allen Poe, Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Marquis de Sade, Gothic Tales


Short Novels:

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (a parody of the gothic)

Beckford, William.  Vathek (orientalist libertine gothic)

Charles Brockden Brown, Wieland

Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep

Charlotte Dacre, Zofloya

Seamus Deane, Reading in the Dark

Shirley Jackson, House on Haunted Hill

Henry Rider Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines

 —— .  She

James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

Clara Reeve, Old English Baron

John Polidori, The Vampyre

Robert Louis Stevenson, Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson

Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto



Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

 —— .  Villette

Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Octavia Butler, Wild Seed

Wilkie Collins, Moonstone

—— .  Woman in White

Charles Dickens, Bleak House

—— .  David Copperfield

—— .  Great Expectations

—— .  Old Curiosity Shop

—— .  Tale of Two Cities

Maria Edgeworth, Belinda

—— .  Castle Rackrent

George Elliot, Daniel Deronda

William Godwin, Caleb Williams

Thomas Harris, Red Dragon

—— .  Silence of the Lambs

Elizabeth Inchbald, A Simple Story

Henry James, Turn of the Screw

Stephen King, Carrie

—— .  The Shining

Mathew Lewis, The Monk

Toni Morrison, Bluest Eye

Micheal Ondaatje, Anil’s Ghost

Thomas de Quincey, Confessions of an English Opium Eater

Ann Radcliffe, The Italian

—— .  Mysteries of Udolpho

—— .  Romance of the Forest

Samuel Richarson, Clarissa

Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children

Marquis de Sade, Justine

Walter Scott, Bride of Lammermoor

—— .  Waverly

Mary Shelley, The Last Man

Charlotte Smith, Emmeline

—— .   Old Manor House

Oscar Wilde, Portrait of Dorian Gray

Mary Wollstonecraft, The Wrongs of Woman



Aliens series

Basic Instinct

Being John Malkovich

Blair Witch Project

Blue Velvet

Boys Don’t Cry

Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Cape Fear


Citizen Kane


Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover

Crying Game


Dirty Pretty Things

Dolores Claiborne

Donnie Darko


Eyes Wide Shut

Fatal Attraction




Harrold and Maude

Heavenly Creatures


Interview with a Vampire

Living Dead series (George Ramero)

Lost Boys


Night of the Hunter


Phantom of the Opera


Pirates of the Caribbean

Pulp Fiction


Rear Window


Reservoir Dogs


Scream series

Secret Garden

Series of Unfortunate Events



Silence of the Lambs

Six Feet Under


Strange Days

Sunset Boulevard

Texas Chainsaw Massacre