This short tale was written in 1764 and is the earliest piece of fiction I've read so far. The tale, concerning the heritage of a castle and the owner's dire need to keep it within his family, is reckoned to be the first gothic horror. Funny thing is, apart from a few odd incidents there's little that says horror in this tale. Still it was entertaining enough, and despite its age very easy to read!
Now onto The Shunned House, a short tale by H. P. Lovecraft.