|Graphic from a Harlequin House publication.|
These graphics were found on My Love-Love Haunted Heart, a blog whose writer is fascinated by vintage Gothic romance fiction. She presents a great collection of art, mostly from book covers. The majority feature damsels in distress running away from grand castles and large homes (two of the main themes of Victorian Gothic mystery fiction). With the exception of the above image, they are all vividly colored and a seem a bit too dramatic, although probably not for their intended audience of book buyers. See more examples on here site: My Love-Haunted Heart.
The above image reminds me of the very good Gothic ghost story (written in the 1980s by Susan Hill), The Woman in Black. It's a great read it was a big hit on the London stage, and it has now been made into a movie (set to be released in Feb 2012) starring Daniel Radcliffe. The movie looks good (so far from previews) but I should also point out that there is already existing an excellent, hard to get, made for TV version that is well worth watching. Keep an eye out for an upcoming posting on The Woman in Black.
More from her blog:
|Robert McGinnis illustration for Bantam's 1974 Wuthering Heights.|
|Illustration for Castle Mandragora|
From Voice of the Dolls.
|Similarly styled (to above graphic) drawing for Turn of the Screw (Henry James)|