Southern Ontario Gothic


1832 Considered the first Canadian novel, Wacousta by John Richardson is full of menace and gothic terror.

1967 Timothy Findley’s The Last of the Crazy People is published. Five years later the author coins the term Southern Ontario Gothic to describe his novel.

1970 Robertson Davies’ Fifth Business is an early example of Southern Ontario Gothic, looking at the dark underbelly of an Ontario community.


2009 Intrigue, murder, and fear infuse Alice Munro’s gothic short-story collection Too Much Happiness.

2013 Hilary Scharper’s Perdita, which she describes as “Ecogothic,” is a modern Canadian ghost story. ...

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