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This is our schedule for the year:
January: Traditional/classic Gothic works
March: Victorian Gothic
April: Graphic novels & short stories
May: Women & non-English
June: [Gothic] Pulp & weird fiction
July: Hauntings/ghost stories
September: Southern Gothic
December: Contemporary/modern Gothic
I decided to combine GNs with short stories, figuring folks who aren't interested in one might be interested in the other, and therefore still joining in that month, plus, they're both short! ;) Also pulp & weird, because they're very related and intermingling.
Any questions, comments, etc, go ahead and discuss. Things can, of course, be changed if there's reason!
Also, the schedule looks really good. I like that we're starting with the traditional stuff, good intro for the year. And also because it allows me to read stuff for the KIT that will work with my attempt to read the classics.
Here is the link to the thread.
January: Traditional/classic Gothic works - Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
February: Supernatural - one of The Night Watch sequels by Sergei Lukyanenko - I'm about half way through the first at the moment.
March: Victorian Gothic - Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre or Bleak House
April: Graphic novels & short stories - don't have anything for this one yet.
May: Women & non-English - perhaps either Frankenstein by Mary Shelley or another of Sergei Lukyanenko
June: (Gothic) Pulp & weird fiction - nothing for this either
July: Hauntings/ghost stories - I have a few books about particular areas which I'm not sure if these would work e.g. Haunted Nottingham: Myths, Magic and Folklore by Wayne Anthony or Ghost Stories and Mysterious Creatures of British Columbia by Barbara Smith
August: Psychological - might have to borrow a Stephen King from my sister for this one
September: Southern Gothic - nothing for this
October: Slasher/thriller - (not sure if these would work - I've tagged them with horror and thriller based on other people's tags) - Congo by Michael Crichton or When the Wind Blows by James Patterson
November: Light/humorous (again not sure if this applies) Shon the Taken by Tanith Lee
December: Contemporary/modern Gothic - again not sure.
Unfortunately, most of the books tagged 'horror' in my collection have got that tag based on how other people have tagged them when I entered them - I go back and check the tags after I've read them.
Others that have that tag include The Historian by Elizabeth Kostovo, The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing, The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, American Godsby Neil Gaiman and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
If anyone thinks I've got things in the wrong place (or that they don't count at all) please let me know - I'm mostly new to the genre with the exception of the Victorian Gothic - all three of which I've read before but a long time ago now. I'll be keeping an eye on this thread and the Reading Suggestions one to add to my knowledge and will look out for things that the local library stocks and hope that I can access them at the right time.
>14 ccookie: I definitely need some ideas, too. :) I've tried searching for "gothic horror" tags, but those don't include enough choices, imho.
For anyone still prevaricating over January's choice, The Monk so far is a lot of fun and a surprisingly easy read, once you get into it.
Also, it couldn't hurt to post your comments on this thread as well as your own. :) That way you've kind of got your bases covered. And The Monk does sound interesting. I'm still on the fence with this month. I did find an oldish anthology of mine that has some gothic stories, but I'm not sure if they're old enough to qualify. I'll have to check.
>23 nancyewhite: Good question. :) I have no idea, but I think it'd be cool if we could do that, just to keep it more organized.
Sod it, you can see mine...
Here's Sweep, some years ago now, on my very cluttered desk:
Here's the pair of them, helping out as I'm packing things away before builders come in. Notice the size difference - Sweep is (now) the small fat one, Woody the big-headed, big-pawed floppy one:
>50 LibraryCin: Angel and Io are very sweet, they look like my kind of cats. I've never heard the term 'tuxedo' used for cat-colouring before, but I do like it. I worked for a cat charity and they had a terrible time re-homing the black and white cats, people didn't seem to want them as much. We should have advertised them as tuxedos, no doubt they would have sounded more stylish and been snapped up.
And yes, believe it or not some people really do want cats that go with their décor. Another request that blew my mind was a cat for mousing, if it could be returned when it had eaten all the mice!!!
Adore dogs too but neither of my cats have been brought up around dogs so I don't have a say in the matter, cat lady I am (for now).
I volunteer for a cat rescue (and used to volunteer with cats at the local Humane Society). I have read a number of times that, statistically, black cats take the longest to get adopted. I'm not sure if that expands to tuxedos, as well, but I wouldn't be surprised.
Oh no! Return poor kitty after the mice are gone? Nice... (not) :-(
I love this idea! Mind if I watch and maybe join in a month or two?
* January 2015 Horror! Read - Traditional/classic Gothic works
* January: Original/classic Gothic works
Which one do we use?
>33 Moomin_Mama: I haven't started on a January book yet. I think you hit the nail on the head: "lack of enthusiasm or knowledge about the subject." I rarely read books before 1900, so this all new to me.
>34 PawsforThought: Same here. :)
>36 PawsforThought: Thanks for clarifying that! :) I wasn't aware what all it meant either.
>44 ccookie: & >47 Moomin_Mama: Thanks so much for the pet photos! :) They're so adorable!!
>55 drneutron: Many apologies! :) Of course you're welcome to join.
LibraryCin was the one who wrote it so see if she can do that.
>54 mathgirl40: Someone had to, didn't they? We were asking for it ;)
>58 saraslibrary: It's all new to me Sara, you're not the only one. I vaguely remembered reading somewhere that The Monk was one of the more scandalous Gothics and that intrigued me, but if I'd known how short The Castle of Otranto was I'd have picked that instead. I'm now glad I didn't as I'm loving The Monk, it's a lot of fun.
Maybe a good way to pick is to read the first page or two of the books recommended, and see which one grabs you. If you really can't do this month maybe you can pick a book for another month and let the group know if you think it's worth a read when we get there.
For the extra thread, sorry everyone! I thought I had deleted it, but it's still there? Sigh...
ETA: Ok, I've tried again. I hope it worked this time!
Anyone have any similar suggestions? Is it cheating to read something about the month's sub-genre instead?Stephen King's Danse Macabre has got some good chapters on horror literature.
>68 Moomin_Mama: Short stories maybe? I'm not sure if shorts were really popular back then. I don't see why nonfiction or reference books like Danse Macabre couldn't count really. I mean, it does have parts about traditional/classic gothic works. Ok, maybe I'm stretching a bit. :)
As for short stories, I don't think they were popular that early. Even the poems in those days were LOOOOOOOOONG!
>72 ccookie: D'oh! I completely forgot about that. Thank you so much for reminding me about Project Gutenberg. :) I really need to bookmark that site.
ETA: I've just downloaded The Castle of Otranto and will read that one for my January book. Thanks again! :)
ETAA: My audiobook hold arrived today at the library, and I'm getting much further with it than the ebook. I'm not really liking the book. I'm just confused by older books.
ETA: Yep, the animated version made about as much sense as the audiobook I'm listening to, especially with the foreign captions on the video (well, "Isabelo" I understood ;). Still, I'm a visual person, so I liked it somewhat. I'd highly recommend it over the book. Sorry! :)
If anyone wants to play bingo with another bingo card they either have to print them out and cross them by hand or save the image to their hard drive and cross the squares in some form of editing software (like Photoshop or something). There are editing sites online that they could use to, but they'd have to save the image to their hard drive first.
- The Lunatic Cafe / Laurell K. Hamilton
- Dead Ever After / Charlaine Harris
- Sunshine / Robin McKinley
- Blood Bound / Patricia Briggs
- The Winter People / Jennifer McMahon
Plus one more option for me with a woman author, but not main character.
- Vittorio the Vampire / Anne Rice