Posts Tagged "gothic"

#2016ClassicsChallenge: UNCLE SILAS by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 | Leave a comment

#2016ClassicsChallenge: UNCLE SILAS by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

  In Uncle Silas, Maud Ruthyn, the young, naïve heroine, is plagued by Madame de la Rougierre from the moment the enigmatic older woman is hired as her governess. A liar, bully, and spy, when Madame leaves the house, she takes her dark secret with her. But when Maud is orphaned, she is sent to live with her Uncle Silas, her father’s mysterious brother and a man with a scandalous – even murderous – past. And, once again, she encounters Madame, whose sinister role in Maud’s destiny becomes all too clear. With its subversion of reality and illusion, and its exploration of fear through the use of mystery and the supernatural, Uncle Silas shuns...

#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,...

Halloween Reads: Creepy Classics vs. YA

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 | Leave a comment

Halloween Reads: Creepy Classics vs. YA

  Today, I’m on the Author Allsorts blog sharing seven classic Halloween reads and the YA books that bring them right up to date. Think Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde vs. The Hanged Man Rises, or The Hound of the Baskervilles vs. Monster. This post was right up my street, as I got to talk about my two favourite types of fiction — classic gothic and scary YA! Find it here. Let me know me if you have any classics vs. YA suggestions of your own.     Share...

Spooky YA Halloween Reads

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 | 2 comments

Spooky YA Halloween Reads

  It’s that time of year again… I love scaring myself with a creepy book, or immersing myself in a gothic world. If you’re looking for something to read this Halloween, here are some of the best spooky books I’ve read in the last year. Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations for me!   Part-psychological thriller, part-urban legend, this is an unsettling narrative made up of diary entries, interview transcripts, film footage transcripts and medical notes. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins...