20 of the Creepiest Haunted Houses, Castles, and Mansions in Literature

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Sutpen’s Hundred, Absalom, Absalom!

In Southern Gothic classics like Faulkner’s, the decay of a corrupt society — stained by the sin of slavery — forms the same kind of background as the decay of the British gentry does for Gothic novels from across the pond. Incest, murder, and damnation are what condemn the mansion and surrounding plantation that are the subject of this dark novel.