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The first of its kind,
This review is from: The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
The Castle of Otranto is essentially a romance. In this respect it is predictable and formulaic. However, it is tinged with horror, which, back in 1762 was an innovative concept. The story line is interesting enough to keep you hooked and characters such as Manfred are intriguing. Other characters you have seen many times before. There are long dialogue scenes that build tension effectively, and a mysterious atmosphere the whole way through which makes the book stand out amongst contemporary fiction of the time.
People need to lay off calling this book camp, it's the first gothic horror novel ever written, of course it's going to be camp!
Overall it is flawed, but it has it's strong points too. I would only recommend this if you have a keen interest in literature.