It’s officially Halloween week, which means offices are decorated with pumpkins and ghosts, shelves at stores where candy and costumes used to be are now empty, and spooky movies are invading TV channels. It also means NaNoWriMo is officially among us, and in keeping with the spooky spirit of October, there’s no better time to explore Gothic literature.

While the genre harps on expressions of terror and dark, gruesome narratives, there are so many other critical elements to creating a captivating Gothic storyline. Invaluable created this infographic that details the 10 essential elements of every Gothic novel, and included examples from notable authors, works, and short stories as guidance.

Use it as inspiration for your NaNoWriMo venture, or simply acknowledge some of the greatest works that came out of this genre.

Gothic Literature Infographic

Infographic reprinted with permission from the good folks at invaluable.