This book is very good for a fairly detailed, but brief overview of the gothic genre. It covers the gothic from it's origin and heyday in the mid 18th century to the modern day, although when the book enters the 20th century it focuses less on literature and more on newer media: tv, film and radio. It covers some interesting topics like doubling, the gradual internalisation of evil as the genre evolves and also suggests some critical reading stances and a great number of interesting sounding books that I plan to check out. I was told to read this for my English Lit A2, which centres on the Gothic and for that it appears to be perfect, probably covering in more detail than is neccesary, what the average A2 student would need to know. It can be quite hard to understand at times but if you persevere this book could be an invaluable companion for this kind of course.