Horrifying supernatural visitations, long-dreaded curses, and barbarous murders, Horace Walpole’s revered The Castle of Otranto is the founding gothic novel, launching one of the most popular literary genres.
When the heir of Otranto is mysteriously murdered, his Machiavellian father, Manfred, schemes to marry his late-son’s fiancé in a bid to keep the castle and continue his family line. As he attempts to coerce the young girl, Isabella, an ancient curse that was long-ago placed on his ancestors begins to unfold. Escaping into the pits of the castle, Isabella is swallowed by Otranto’s sinister spectres and threatening omens. The castle seems to be alive as it fulfils its need to avenge past transgressions.
First published in 1764, presenting as a translation of an original medieval Italian manuscript, The Castle of Otranto is republished in this beautiful new edition by Fantasy and Horror Classics for a new generation to enjoy.