The British Library’s latest exhibition peers out over two-and-a-half centuries of the Gothic. Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination is primarily focussed on gothic literature – but there’s also a sumptuous amount of art, design, illustration, sculpture and objet d’art, and explorations of goth music and its affiliated subculture.
The exhibition closes on January 20: so this is your last chance to see it – or you can use this feature to see what's on show if you won't get the chance check out what's there before it closes (or you're reading this after Jan 20).
The exhibition attempts to chart the origins and influences of gothic from the 18th century to the present day. You enter the exhibition to see original copies of Horace Walpole’s genre-defining novel The Castle of Otranto from 1764 (one shown here) – which includes most of the elements that we associate with gothic literature: from creaking sounds echoing around empty, decaying castle to realistic characters trying to deal with supernatural experiences.
Next to this is a video of modern creators discussing the influence of the gothic on their work: including author Neil Gaiman and director Ben Wheatley – who has recently moved from writing and directing surreal horror movies such as Kill List and A Field in England to directing episodes of the latest series of Doctor Who.
Read on to learn more about the exhibition, see out photos of what's on show and find out if it's as terrific as it sounds.