The Castle of Otranto is generally regarded as the first gothic novel. It tells the story of Manfred, lord of the castle, and his family. The book begins on the wedding-day of his sickly son Conrad and princess Isabella. Shortly before the wedding, however, Conrad is crushed to death by a gigantic helmet that falls on him from above. This horrifying event sets up the action to follow.From its beginnings in 1956 to today, the Joint European Series (JES) of Classics Illustrated has provided youthful minds with beautifully-illustrated comic book adaptations of the world's most beloved stories by the world's greatest authors. These books encourage a love of reading and adventure.A collection of Classics Illustrated books is an inviting start to any young person's library.