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The Horror

I finally finished Ann Radcliffe’s Mysteries of Udolpho. The story wandered a lot in the way old books tend to do. If you picture rich people reading out loud by the fire, calm evening stretching into lonely night, with nothing to distract them from the story unfolding, this book makes perfect sense. 320 more words


Wonderful Whitby #wwwblogs

At the beginning of December (seems such a long time ago now) Gary and I went up to York for the weekend. We couldn’t miss the opportunity to go to Whitby – both of us being fans of Bram Stoker’s brilliant ‘Dracula’. 554 more words

Spooky New Year

For me, goth is about what’s on the inside. Seeking out the dark and romantic and weird is a lot more important to me than getting my eyeliner right. 250 more words


"And Many a Frightful Face..."

For All Hallows Eve I am writing about Whitby for its connection with Bram Stoker’s Dracula. This Gothic horror story was written in 1897, well outside my usual period, but the tale would have greatly appealed to readers of Gothic novels in the early part of the century and the ruins that inspired Stoker certainly had a spookily romantic effect on an earlier visitor. 260 more words


The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson

With the nights growing longer and the autumn chill slinking in, a young
person’s thoughts turn to Halloween.  My thoughts, however, turn to the haunting body of work by Shirley Jackson. 337 more words

Reader's Advisory

Shakespeare and the first Gothic novel

I’m a big fan of Gothic novels, much to the amusement of my friend Michelle who patiently waits as I scour bookstore shelves in search of a good Gothic read. 1,393 more words


Meet Author Alicia Dean!

Alicia has graciously agreed to answer a few questions for us:

What is your greatest temptation:

            In men: I am afraid I like bad boys. Hot, bad boys. 1,149 more words