This jam is now over. It ran from 2018-06-30 23:00:00 to 2018-07-31 22:59:59. View 46 entries

2018 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein and the birth of Emily Bronte, writer of Wuthering Heights. Both novels are key works in the gothic novel genre. So it's a perfect opportunity to run a gothic novel themed challenge this July.

What is a gothic novel?
Gothic novels often feature mystery, terror, supernatural horror and sometimes romance set in old buildings, such as castles or crumbling mansions. As well as Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights, both Dracula and The Hound of the Baskervilles are regarded as gothic novels.

If you want to know more about the genre, the Discovering Literature section of the British Library site has plenty of inspirational information, and this GoodReads list of popular gothic novels will introduce you to more classic titles.

To get involved in Gothic Novel Jam all you need to do is make something creative (eg story, poetry, art, game, music, films, pictures, soundscape etc) inspired by the gothic novel genre and upload or share it here by the end of July. If you can't upload whatever you've created (eg because it's not physically possible to upload a cake in the shape of Frankenstein!), you can upload images and text to this jam to show what you've created.

This jam is being run as part of July's Read Watch Play online book, film, music, game discussion group, but you don't have to be involved in Read Watch Play to get involved in the jam. It's open to anyone.

As part of the jam we also want you to use at least one of the images on the British Library Flickr account as inspiration for your submission. They're freely available for anyone to use.

You might find the following British Library Flickr albums and galleries particularly inspiring.

However, don't feel that you need to limit yourself to just those images. The full list of image albums can be found here.

There's also this atmospheric set of British Library sound files on Soundcloud you can use for inspiration.

Sub-theme

The sub-theme is... The monster within.


Teams

If you want to join a team for the jam we've set up this page over on Crowd Forge - you can either join a team there or create one yourself using that site.

A quick word about NSFW content

Please read and abide by these official itch.io rules about identifying NSFW content.  

Chat

We've also set up a space on  Discord where you can chat, share ideas and get inspiration for the jam.

If you're on social media don't forget to use the #GothNovJam hashtag.

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A ship crashes on a peculiar isle. 3D Adventure.
Adventure
It is your child. It lives in the barn. It is hungry.
GIF
in deepest dreams
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A Comedihorror for #GothNovJam
Puzzle
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A Practical Treatise on Manners, Feeding, and Etiquette
Interactive Fiction
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A game for Gothic Novel Jam 2018 and #bitsyjam July 2018
Visual Novel
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Interactive Fiction
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And nothing more.
Interactive Fiction
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endless wondering?
Interactive Fiction
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#gothnovjam
Interactive Fiction
There's something fishy going on at the castle...
Interactive Fiction
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███ days and ██ hours have passed since you've been taken here. [English]
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A man gets invited to a manor by his mistress, unaware of the secrets that lay waiting for him.
Interactive Fiction
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GIF
Puzzle-filled bitsy entry for the #GothNovJam
Puzzle
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a dark bronte-esque narrative adventure
Interactive Fiction
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Explore Whitby with Mina. An arrival is due tonight!
Interactive Fiction
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GIF
Explore an old manor where rooms change around you with every step.
Adventure
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An interactive Gothic novel: dark, gloomy, and sexy.
Adventure
A little gothic tale.
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A highland honeymoon tragedy & a lady in black.
Interactive Fiction
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Here candles go; when snuff’d out.
Interactive Fiction
An 1800's Headstone Generator
Run in browser
Set during the War of 1812, a lost merchant ship ran aground in arctic waters.
Adventure
A Binaural Gothic Exploration
Adventure
Inside Samuel Daggue's classic book lies answers to the unknown
Adventure
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Help Gwen Find Love and Kill Things
Interactive Fiction
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A Gothic Narrative Game
Interactive Fiction
GIF
Interactive Fiction
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Exploration/survival game, explore a castle with only a candle light
Interactive Fiction
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A poem for Gothic Novel Jam
A teenage girl came back where she grew up to fight her past and face the Ogre who stole her heart long ago.
Interactive Fiction
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An action-filled game with randomness, bugs and lots of cats. Made in a weekend game-jam
Action
An Interactive Flash Fiction
Interactive Fiction
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Gothic Seance TRPG
GIF
A Gothic Bitsy Adventure
Adventure
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Dark omens transmitted through the Twittersphere.
An abstract video music thingy
Visual Novel
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(WIP) another run-of-the-mill murder mystery.
Interactive Fiction
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Hyde perfume, originally produced in 1886.