City Research Online

'Traveller’s Tales: Rudyard Kipling’s Gothic Short Fiction'

Vuohelainen, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-9369-8190 (2021). 'Traveller’s Tales: Rudyard Kipling’s Gothic Short Fiction'. Gothic Studies, 23(2), pp. 181-200. doi: 10.3366/gothic.2021.0093


Between 1884 and 1936, Rudyard Kipling wrote over 300 short stories, most of which were first published in colonial and cosmopolitan periodicals before being reissued in short-story collections. This corpus contains a number of critically neglected Gothic stories that fall into four groups: stories that belong to the ghost-story tradition; stories that represent the colonial encounter through gothic tropes of horror and the uncanny but do not necessarily include any supernatural elements; stories that develop an elegiac and elliptical Gothic Modernism; and stories that make use of the First World War and its aftermath as a gothic environment. This essay evaluates Kipling’s contribution to the critically neglected genre of the Gothic short story, with a focus on the stories’ persistent preoccupation with spatial tropes of travel, disorientation and displacement.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article accepted for publication by Edinburgh University Press in Gothic Studies. The Version of Record will be available online at:
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > English, Publishing & Creative Writing
SWORD Depositor:
[thumbnail of Vuohelainen final Gothic and the Short Form.pdf]
Text - Accepted Version
Download (344kB) | Preview


Add to AnyAdd to TwitterAdd to FacebookAdd to LinkedinAdd to PinterestAdd to Email


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics

Actions (login required)

Admin Login Admin Login