Horace Walpole born on this day 1717

Horace Walpole author of  THE CASTLE OF OTRANTO was born on this day in 1717. Although not as well known as Bram Stoker’s DRACULA or Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN , THE CASTLE OF OTRANTO is considered to be the first gothic novel and a major influence on the goth subculture. In fact, the horror genre itself might not exist if not for this novel.

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