In this classic and timeless novel, we are immersed in a tale of adventure, romance, death, suspense, and supernatural occurrences. The Castle of Otranto tells the story of Manfred, lord of the castle, and his family, while mysterious events aid in fulfilling a prophecy that spells doom for the ruler and justice for the rightful heir. After Manfred’s son is crushed to death by a gigantic helmet that falls on him from above, the mysterious prophecy will take control over the lives of all the protagonists in different ways. The Castle of Otranto is generally regarded as the first gothic novel, and Horatio Walpole, by extension, is arguably the forerunner to such authors as Charles Maturin, Ann Radcliffe, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, and Daphne du Maurier.
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