What is Considered a Dark Academia Book?

Welcome to the realm of gothic horror books whose backgrounds are set on the campus of a university or a boarding school. Recently a unique genre “Dark Acedemia” has attracted the attention of book lovers who are fascinated by reading these horror books. 

Since the genre of literature revolves around academia or learning, it is called Dark Academia.

If you are a book lover and love to go through all genres of books, then you might be intrigued to know what the “Dark Academia books” are.

Well, to delve into it we have come up with this post. Without any further ado, let’s get straight into it.

What are Dark Academia Books

The term Dark Academia is pretty much confusing term as no clear meaning is visible. Still it is a subgenre of books that contains moody and mysterious narratives, usually set in the background of university or other educational institutions and filled with unexpected twists and turns. With the pursuit of knowledge and classical literature, it is also obsessed with Greek mythology which believes in the existence of God.

Several authors have written books that are considered as Dark Academia which we will focus on below in this post.

Dark Academia books

Let’s have a look at the Dark Academia Books

  • Ace of Spades By Faridah Abike Iymide

Written by Faridah Abike, “Ace of Spades” describes the get-out meeting of gossip girls and follows the two black students in an elite school who are targeted by an anonymous texter.

  • Portrait of a Thief By Grace D li

The story is all about a senior student at Harvard, wills who is an art history major, an artist.  The eldest son of their parents is greatly affected by the Chinese benefactor who offers them an illegal job of stealing the priceless Chinese sculpture, looted from Beijing centuries ago. The story revolves all around it.

  • The Plot by By Jean Hanff  Korlieze

The main theme of the story of The Plot focuses on Jacob Finch Bonner, a middling professor who teaches at a subpar MFA Program. Once a promising young author Jacob who is struggling to generate a page. After hearing that the writer Evan Parker has passed away, he is strongly willing to steal their novel “The Plot” and claim to be written by him.

  • The Maidens by Alex Michaelides 

One of the best-seller thriller Novel The Maidens written by Alex Michaelides has been set up at Cambridge University and depicts the woman’s obsession with an attractive professor who is believed to be a serial killer. The story is all about Professor Edward Fosca who is the most charming and all the maidens of the secret society of females adores him and his secret has been revealed by the therapist Mariana Andros after the murder of one of the women in the Maidens. It has been portrayed well and falls under the genre of Dark Academia books

Apart from these, several other writers have given Dark Academia genre books to the globe like 

  • The Secret History by Donna Tart
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.
  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
  • The Ivies by Alexa Donne

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