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#2016ClassicsChallenge: THE DEVIL’S ELIXIRS by E.T.A. Hoffman

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 | Leave a comment

#2016ClassicsChallenge: THE DEVIL’S ELIXIRS by E.T.A. Hoffman

    The charismatic monk Medardus becomes implicated in a deadly mystery against his will. As he travels towards Rome he wrestles with the enigma of his own identity while pursued by his murderous doppelganger. The monk’s only hope for salvation lies with the beautiful Aurelie; but in order to escape the curse which lies over his family, he must evade the sinister powers of the living and the dead. In this lively and disturbing gothic tale, Hoffmann combines elements of the fantastic and the sublime to analyse the seductive ambiguities of art and the deeply divided nature of the human imagination.   For my second book of the #2016ClassicsChallenge...

#2016ClassicsChallenge Book One: DRACULA

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 | 2 comments

#2016ClassicsChallenge Book One: DRACULA

When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries in his client’s castle. Soon afterwards, disturbing incidents unfold in England: a ship runs aground on the shores of Whitby, its crew vanished; beautiful Lucy Westenra slowly succumbs to a mysterious, wasting illness, her blood drained away; and the lunatic Renfield raves about the imminent arrival of his ‘master’. In the ensuing battle of wills between the sinister Count and a determined group of adversaries – led by the intrepid vampire hunter Abraham van Helsing – Bram Stoker created a masterpiece of the horror genre,...