Named Best of the Web for Dracula by Shmoop
an Internet Scout Report Selection (8.17.01)
- if you're curious, here's the full review
"This impressive collection of author information, research advice, links, and electronic texts maintained by an associate professor of English at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville is listed in the bibliography of Gothic Writers: A Critical and Bibliographical Guide . The site’s scope encompasses classic Gothic fiction, ghost stories, and “related pre-and-post-Gothic and supernaturalist literature written prior to the mid-C20.” Author pages provide brief background information, as well as links to related Web sites and e-texts. Many of the texts made their online debut on this site, and some can be found nowhere else on the Web. An extensive and well-organized research tool and a good source for scary stories (though not indexed by topic)." This is the full review from the March 2002 issue of Booklist, a review publication of the American Library Association. [original review at Booklist site]
"Today's report: Literary Gothic. Jack Voller, who teaches English at Southern Illinois University, has brought online the Web's premier guide to gothic literature. You can read stories online by masters such as Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, form discussion groups with other fans of spooky stories and connect to gothic lit sites all around the Internet. And students, check out the site's first-rate research department." Review by Charles Brown, from the Oct. 23, 2001 issue of Net News Today.
"An impressive site to aid the study and enjoyment of literary Gothicism." Penguin Classics
"Provides a definitive academic link site on Gothic writers and writing," according to LookSmart, the search engine/directory; LitGothic is listed under "Library - Humanities - Literature - Genres - Horror - Guides & Directories".
LitGothic was the "Halloween website" (1999 and 2004) of CIT Infobits, the online journal of the Center for Instructional Technology at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
"Horror of it All... The Literary Gothic page is the best Halloween treat on the Web — a huge compilation of links to horror writers. Site creator Jack Voller, a professor at Southern Illinois University, includes links to "Dracula" and "Frankenstein." The most famous ghost stories are also available, such as W.W. Jacobs' "The Monkey's Paw" and F. Marion Crawford's "The Upper Berth." Voller also has links to such neglected masters of the good scare as Robert W. Chambers and Mary E. Wilkins Freeman. — David Schwartz, "From the "Navigator" column, in the Style section of the Washington Post Online, Thursday, October 29, 1998.
Listed on the BBC Arts website ("spooky literature links") for Halloween week 2004 and the American Library Association's Booklist ezine in 2002.
"If you're gaga for gothic horror fiction, then The Literary Gothic is an excellent launching point for your further explorations in fear. The site not only extensively lists gothic authors and works, but also provides links to further online resources and offers a brief primer for those interested in doing their own academic research of supernatural literature." Rue Morgue magazine (issue #100)
One of my personal favorites, from the Arts & Literature page of the now-defunct college-student-oriented portal JALO: "The Literary Gothic - All books gothic can be found at this location. If you wear black and drink coffee, this site is for you."
The Literary Gothic is linked to by W. W. Norton Publishing, Penguin Classics, the BBC, Chadwyck-Healey/Proquest, the University of Arizona Library, and, I'll wager, other professional information providers.