How to tell you're reading a gothic novel

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How to tell you're reading a gothic novel

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2SqueakyChu
maig 9, 2014, 9:00am

Thanks for this!

3alaudacorax
maig 9, 2014, 2:54pm

I love it! Great link. Well done 'The Grauniad'!

And I'm going straight to the mirror to practise flashing my eyes 'with coruscations of inexpressible fire'.

4SqueakyChu
maig 9, 2014, 5:13pm

By the way, I am now being tutored in The Italian if anyone wants to lurk! :)

5housefulofpaper
maig 9, 2014, 5:34pm

>4 SqueakyChu:

Thanks for the invite. I'm not in a position to join in the read, but I might lurk...

6SqueakyChu
maig 9, 2014, 10:35pm

Well, this is a "tutored" read (and definitely not a group read) so it's really only for me and lurkers. Lurkers can, however, ask questions but just not past the past the part that I've already read.

Just a note to say that lyzard is such an excellent tutor. She has brought me much greater understanding of what gothic novels really are and has immensely increased my appreciation of them.

7frahealee
Editat: des. 7, 2018, 2:22pm

Bumping this up to the top for WeeTurtle to peek at. For humour if nothing else. =)

A Christmas Carol is mentioned in the 11th point...

This might have been where I first learned about the 1001 Books To Read Before You Die, which overlaps with The Guardian, and the general reading public, to show most popular options.

8WeeTurtle
des. 8, 2018, 12:36am

>7 frahealee: Oh, I see this! Thanks, frahealee!

1. Back to Bloodborne here "As you once did for the vacuous Rom, grant us eyes, grant us eyes. Plant eyes on our brains, to cleanse our beastly idiocy." - Micolash, Host of the Nightmare.

2. Don't forget Dr. Frankenstein was also somewhat prone to swoons (3 I think, though he tended to wake up ill, such was the emotional trauma). Equal opportunity swoons!

3. Does an entire city with grant cathedral and university count? Does the haunting need to be subtle or can it be actively trying to kill you?

I feel terrible that of all those books in that list I've only read 2. :(. Though I have seen several incarnations of The Hound of the Baskervilles, a couple of them maybe three or four times.

9frahealee
Editat: des. 19, 2019, 11:46am

I'm floating this up to the surface for another peek at any overlooked options.

Ginotti / St. Irvyne ?!
Matilda / The Recess ?!
The Castle of Elfinbach / The Orphan of the Rhine ?!
Montmorenci Castle / Clermont ?!
The Castle of Wolfenbach by Eliza Parsons 1793 ?!
Gormenghast / Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake ?!
Castelli di Laurentini / Zastrozzi ?!
Zofloya or The Moor: A Romance of the 15th Century by Charlotte Dacre ?!
Victoria di Loridani ?!
Wagner the Wehr-wolf ?!
The Lancashire Witches ?!
The Withered Arm ?!
The Midnight Bell ?!
Germany setting / The Necromancer ?!
Lilith ?!

A few are already on tap for the new year; She, The Great God Pan, Vathek, etc.

Side Note: I love being the 'scary RC' and all, as noted in the Guardian article (with extra emphasis on Sicilan genes), but I found a recent 1hr online 'quad-cast' most enlightening re: Spanish Inquisition. Radcliffe's The Italian wades deeply into that snake pit debate, and The Catholic Talk Show episode 'Inquisition Myths' sifts assumption from fact, due to their guest author who verified historical data. And yes, I can name all ten bobblehead saints/figures on the desk by sight! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqYr3bz8sP4
Timeless: A History of the Catholic Church by Steve Weidenkopf