The House of the Seven Gables was inspired by the gabled home of Hawthorne’s cousin, and his own family’s involvement in the Salem Witch Trials. The novel, claimed by Hawthorne to be a romance, has been re-categorized, controversially, several times as gothic horror, fiction, thriller, supernatural, and even fantasy. It has been adapted for the screen several times, and inspired H. P. Lovecraft’s work in horror fiction.
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