Gormenghast series Three fantasy novels--Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone--by British author and illustrator Peake, Mervyn. With the novella Boy in Darkness they compose the Gormenghast epic, a bildungsroman about Titus, 77th Earl of Groan.
Titus Groan (1946) tells of Titus's infancy in the dank castle of Gormenghast, a crumbling medieval monstrosity surrounded by the mud huts of the "outer dwellers." Subplots and secondary characters, including his frivolous sister Fuchsia and the guileful, ambitious Steerpike, are the primary objects of attention.
In Gormenghast (1950) Titus grows from adolescence to early manhood and becomes conscious of his need for freedom and love. He eventually leaves Gormenghast in search of his destiny.
Though modern elements, including automobiles, airplanes, electronic devices, and glass-and-steel buildings, feature in Titus Alone (1959), the novel is no less fantastic or gothic than its predecessors. Peake was planning a fourth Gormenghast novel at the time of his death in 1968.