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17/12/2013 11:38 GMT | Updated 17/12/2013 11:44 GMT

Women Running From Houses: 20 Epic Gothic Horror Book Covers (PICTURES)

Beautiful woman, check. Long flowing dress, check. Mist-shrouded, foreboding mansion in the background, check.

Welcome to the world of gothic romance, possibly fiction’s most limited genre if these book covers are anything to go by.

Dating generally from the 60s and 70s, the sleeves of these yarns seem virtually interchangeable.

gothic horror novel book cover

Adventurous Catherine's most perilous adventure of all

And with such titles like Diary of Evil, Terror Touches Me and Fingers of Fear, we're sensing a common thread.

H/t to Elisa Day for flagging up a rather excellent collection on Pintrest.

Women running from houses