Tag Archives: Gothic Books

Gothic Done Well: ‘Wakenhyrst’ by Michelle Paver

Continuing with my modern Gothic reading, Wakenhyrst is one of those joyful books that combines contemporary themes and genre awareness with a totally traditional setting. Like Sarah Water’s wonderful historical novels, it manages to give an authentic presentation of complex … Continue reading

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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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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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