It’s Halloween. And what better way to celebrate than by visiting a spooky old mansion?
Old castles, manses, and abbeys are a mainstay of Gothic literature. Manderlay, in Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, is practically its own character, along with its housekeeper. And who can forget “The Great House of Collinwood” mentioned at the beginning of each Dark Shadows TV episode, narrated in deadpan monotone by actress Victoria Moltke?
Other houses are noteworthy by their evocative names: Gormenghast, Thornfield Hall, Northanger Abbey. These don’t sound like places you’d go to for a quick weekend getaway featuring red wine and down comforters, but locations for dark secrets and ancient mysteries. Through the magic of random generation, here’s a list for your gothic plots.
The Great House of Lioncaster