‌‌These free sessions, which we run in the summer term, give us a chance to explore the prominent role of the gothic in modern and contemporary culture, as well as the recuperation of certain authors in recent times. Come along for a relaxed conversation amongst enthusiasts and avid readers.

‌‌Location: The Hub Café, New Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University. Map details here.

Frequency: We tend to meet three to four times a year, every three weeks during the summer term.

First Date in 2019: Wednesday, 8th May, 5.30-6.30pm.

To inquire further, please e-mail the Gothic Centre at gothic@mmu.ac.uk. To stay up to date and for event invites, join our Facebook group.

All book group meetings are open to undergraduates, postgraduates, members of staff and members of the public.

Click through the menus below to see a selection of the books we have covered in previous academic years.


  • Ahmed Saadawi, Frankenstein in Baghdad (2013, trans. English 2018)
  • Laura Pucell, The Silent Companions (2017)
  • William Lindsay Gresham, Nightmare Alley (1946)
  • Stuart Turton, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (2018)


  • Anne Rice, Prince Lestat (2014)
  • Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger (2009)
  • Natalie Young, Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband (2014)
  • Nick Harkaway, The Gone-Away World (2008)
  • Mira Grant, Feed (2010)


  • Donal Ray Pollock, The Devil All the Time (2011)
  • Thomas Ligotti, Teatro Grottesco (2007)
  • Crimson Peak (2015) - film trip
  • Kate Mosse, The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales (2013)


  • Joyce Carol Oates, Zombie (1995)
  • Glen Duncan, The Last Werewolf (2011)
  • Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors (1998)
  • M. R. Carey, The Girl with All the Gifts (2014)
  • Robert Aickman, The Unsettled Dust (1990, repr. 2014)


  • Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies (2010)
  • Ben Aaranovitch, Rivers of London (2011)
  • Helen Oyeyemi, White is for Witching (2009)
  • Stephen McGeagh, Habit (2012)
  • J. J. Abrams and Dough Horst, s. (2013)
  • Dan Brown, Inferno (2013)
Gothic Studies