Jane Healey on the best gothic novels
Dark foreboding houses, sinister housekeepers and psychological thrills abound in The Animals at Lockwood Manor author’s favourite gothic fiction.
The Animals at Lockwood Manor is a grippingly atmospheric tale of family madness, long-buried secrets and hidden desires. In August 1939, as war looms, Hetty Cartwright is tasked with the evacuation and safekeeping of the Natural History Museum’s mammal collection. But, sequestered in Lockwood Manor with the irascible Lord Lockwood and his resentful servant, Hetty and the animals may still not be safe. Because Hetty is sure she’s being stalked through the darkened corridors of the house by someone – or something . . .
Author Jane Healey drew inspiration for The Animals at Lockwood Manor from the gothic fiction she loves. Here, she shares a selection of her favourite gothic novels.