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"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

Top Ten Gothic Novels

Before I begin, I want to apologise again for how absent I’ve been. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you might have noticed that I  1,899 more words

Top Ten Tuesday

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Book #18.

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

This famous opening line begins the story of our unnamed heroine, the second Mrs. de Winter. 359 more words

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