Modern gothic to me aligns with dark academia, except its setting can go beyond those of an intellectual institution's. Even so, I tend to find modern gothic tales not quite as beguiling as those of the Brontes' or du Maurier.
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly again is arguably one of the most powerful opening lines of a book. And Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is one of my favorite classics. So of course with the surge of retellings, I've been eager to find the best Rebecca retellings. Most have been a disappointment, and don't capture the dark, gothic, and compelling essence of Rebecca. But, I've managed to create a list of Rebecca retellings that, based on Goodreads ratings, should be good.
A fairytale-esque fantasy, Beneath the Haunting Sea explores betrayal, bloodlines, and identity.
Pine is unsettling.
A dark, foreboding retelling of Jane Eyre and The Haunting of Hill House - a Mexican god-like family, psychedelic mushrooms, and incest.
What unfolds reads like a quintessential gothic novel. Not quite as gloomy or dark, but certainly has an atmosphere that lends itself to deep shadows and cold nights.
With fall just around the corner, there's something about the gothic, or at least, dark atmosphere that is the backdrop to many dark academia novels that is just what we need. Coupled with the quarantine, there's nothing quite like settling in with a book with intellectual characters getting into all sorts of trouble.