Wieland was one of the first American Gothic novels and is a fantastic piece of horror fiction. The terror begins when Clara Wieland's family starts being plagued by mysterious voices and a mysterious stranger named Carwin appears in their lives.
Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810) is an important figure in Gothic literature, credited with writing one of the first American Gothic novels. He was born in Pennsylvania to a Quaker family and originally trained to become a lawyer, but abandoned this for a literary career. The religious themes which feature in some of his work may be a reaction against his religious upbringing. Unable to apply the Gothic European settings of crumbling castles to America, he relocated his tales to rural locales, but maintained the same chilling atmosphere within his stories.