Creeping shadows, forbidden rooms, transgressive relationships… just another day in the household of the writing cat.
I’ve been reading my way through the gothic over the past few weeks. We are still in the throes of winter, so there is no better time to curl up with a spine-chiller or two. My little gothic reading list is roughly chronological, although there are some leaps of several decades between some titles. I could have chosen so many different books and writers – lists are neccessarily redactive- yet ironically my list might be considered unacceptably eclectic to gothic purists. But the gothic is a broad church, albeit dark and full of crooked pews with the occasional errant monk emerging from the crypt to admonish and correct.
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3: Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
4: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
5: Dracula, Bram Stoker
6: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, M.R.James
7: Interview with a Vampire, Anne Rice
8: The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
9:The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry
10:The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter