Of Ghosts and Spirits, Walking by Night, And of Strange Noises, Cracks, and Sundry Forewarnings, which commonly happen before the death of men: Great Slaughters, and Alterations of Kingdomes.
the then Duke of Buckingham, to one Mr. Parker, to warn the Duke against something, which, if not prevented, would end in his death; which so fell out (he not regarding the advice) and soon after he was stabbed by on John Felton, an officer.
In the early 20th century, consulting with spiritualists became de rigueur. Everyone from socialites to scientists would sit with mediums in hopes of connecting with the dead. The era was also the early days of photography. The two met in interesting ways.
Bones and I, or The Skeleton at Home, is a real book. And you can read it.
The most famous American writer and poet in the Gothic genre is Edgar Allan Poe. Check out this short video — with very cool animations — about Poe and his literary contributions.