A kind of literature specifically designed to inspire fear emerged in England at the end of the 18th century, and its legacy remains hugely influential. It very serendipitously and inappropriately became known as "Gothic" and it relied heavily on "props" and "melodrama." The settings were ruined castles, graveyards, and sinister old houses. Its lurid plots involved charming villains, duped innocents, shameful secrets, terrifying ghosts, mad scientists, and devastating revelations. Apart from the somewhat later Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," the books are largely forgotten. (Walpole's "The Castle of Otranto" and Ann Radcliffe's "The Mysteries of Udolpho" are the best-known examples.) We probably know the genre best from Jane Austen's satire on it in "Northanger Abbey."