Category Archives: Gothic Literature

Finding the monster ‘Frankenstein in Baghdad’ by Ahmed Saadawi

Mary’s Shelly’s ‘Frankenstein‘ tells of a monster created by a hubristic scientist out of scavenged, beautiful body parts in a doomed attempt to demonstrate human ingenuity.  The result was an abomination who has nonetheless gone on to capture the hearts … Continue reading

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It’s all very bleak: ‘Outer Dark’ by Cormac McCarthy

My first experience of reading Cormac McCarthy was with ‘The Road,’ a book I picked up after hearing that the author was a Great American Novelist, not realising that I was letting myself in for several hundred pages of apocalyptic … Continue reading

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A classic horror for Halloween: ‘The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner’ by James Hogg (1824)

I read this book on my Kindle and I think the only print edition I’ve ever seen is the no doubt excellent but very drab looking Penguin Classic paperback.  Overall, I was completely unprepared for the gothic splendour and psychological … Continue reading

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Classic horror for Halloween: ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ by Ira Levin (1967)

Last year I was genuinely terrified by Ira Levin’s ‘The Stepford Wives‘ and I decided that, taken in moderation, Levin could become my new favourite horror writer.  ‘The Stepford Wives’ was entirely without fireworks, but the depiction of the hidden … Continue reading

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Love and Obsession: Discovering the genius of ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Brontë (1847)

I should probably begin this post with a disclaimer.  I’ve never been a fan of ‘Wuthering Heights.’  I first read it as a teenager, looking for another fiction hero to fall in love with and I was, simply, disgusted.  As … Continue reading

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Making up for Lost Time: We Have Always Lived in the Castle’ by Shirley Jackson (1962)

A general cry out to the world: how can I have lived for so long without knowing about ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’ by Shirley Jackson? This book is older than I am, so there is something seriously … Continue reading

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Two Gothic reads for this winter: ‘The Loney’ by Andrew Michael Hurley (2015) and ‘The Quick’ by Lauren Owen (2014)

As we hit the winter solstice I feel there are two possible reading responses.  You can try escapism, reading about hot weather and endless summer days, or you can embrace the bleakness and go Gothic.  For me, it’s never really … Continue reading

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