January 2015 Horror! Read - Traditional/classic Gothic works
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The original thread had these suggestions:
The Castle of Otranto
The Old English Baron
The Mysteries of Udolpho
Justine; or, the Misfortunes of Virtue
Melmoth the Wanderer
Gothic horror, is a genre or mode of literature that combines fiction, horror and Romanticism. Its origin is attributed to English author Horace Walpole, with his 1764 novel The Castle of Otranto, subtitled (in its second edition) "A Gothic Story." The effect of Gothic fiction feeds on a pleasing sort of terror, an extension of Romantic literary pleasures that were relatively new at the time of Walpole's novel. Melodrama and parody (including self-parody) were other long-standing features of the Gothic initiated by Walpole. It originated in England in the second half of the 18th century and had much success in the 19th, as witnessed by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Another well known novel in this genre, dating from the late Victorian era, is Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The name Gothic refers to the (pseudo)-medieval buildings in which many of these stories take place. This extreme form of romanticism was very popular in England and Germany. (copied from Wikipedia)
Here is the link to the Castle of Otranto tutored read also by Lyzard.
Do we have a wiki for this? Should we link to it in this thread (I always find that handy!)?
ETA: Maybe we don't have one? If we do, I'm not seeing it.
Lyzard's and SqueakyChu's thread has been interesting. A lot of the terms and words were familiar to me already (I had an idea what a papal bull was, and the word 'dudgeon'), but where I've found it personally helpful is in pointing out references I wouldn't have got and giving a bit of background. I'd never heard of the legend of The Wandering Jew, for example. It's been fun to follow SqueakyChu's reaction to the book, too.
You did say you weren't keen on older books; I think we all know what we like, deep down. Good for you for trying :)
>27 ccookie: *fingers crossed for you* I think we all over-commit sometimes. Don't sweat it. If you get to it, you do; if not, no worries. :)
>28 Moomin_Mama: LOL! Good point. Actually, it hasn't put me off gothic classics completely, but I doubt it'll ever be one of my top favorite horror sub-genres. I figure if I could complete January, I'll definitely try March! :)
Thank you! :) It did kind of feel like assigned school reading. But sometimes it's good to read things outside your comfort zone, imho.
>29 mathgirl40: Have you thought of doing the audiobook version? That might make it a little easier to sneak a "page" or two in a day. Good luck! :)
This is considered the first gothic horror novel, originally written in 1764. Conrad is found dead, just as he was to marry Isabella. Manfred (Conrad's father) then decides to divorce his wife and marry Isabella instead. Isabella is horrified and runs away with the help of a mysterious stranger...
It was ok. It started off better for me, but I was listening to the audio and as does sometimes tend to happen with audios with me, I get distracted and miss parts of the story, which unfortunately is what happened here. I wonder if I would have liked it more if I'd read it in print? It was set in a creepy gothic castle, so the setting was fun.
For all those who have read The Castle of Otranto - how did it stand up as a horror?
>35 LibraryCin: Creepy gothic castles are fun! Creaking doors, cobwebs, secret passageways; I'm alway put in mind of the original version of House on Haunted Hill, a favourite horror film of mine.
I'm planning to read Frankenstein, a classic which I've never read. It's fits somewhere between early Gothic and Victorian so now seems a great time to read it.
For anyone still struggling to start The Monk, there is a film version! It's fairly recent and stars Vincent Cassell:
I know, it's cheating really, but it does look like a decent film so I thought I'd share the trailer.
>36 Moomin_Mama: For all those who have read The Castle of Otranto - how did it stand up as a horror? - Do you mean did it give me the chills, etc? If so, no, it didn't. It felt more like a drama. Children would probably be safe reading it, imho.
>37 Moomin_Mama: Hmm, I may look to see if we have The Monk DVD at work. Thanks for the recommendation! :)
To answer some of the thoughts above...In my opinion, the classic gothics aren't really horror-ish at all; they're rather more silly than chilling... of course, between all of the fire and brimstone and betrayal and lust and stabbing (and more stabbing and more stabbing), I suppose I have to say Zofloya, at least, straddles the line between the classic gothics like Castle of Otranto and the early horrors like The Monk.
In any case, full review written, and I can check January off!
LOL @ (you're fainting again? really? oh, just die already...). Btw, I thumbed your review for Zofloya. Good job finishing it! :)
Anyway, congrats on finished two for January! :) I'm super impressed. And nice points about Frankenstein
I hate to admit it, but although I'm familiar with Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster, I've never seen the film! Which movie adaptation did you like?
>24 luvamystery65: Does that mean you've read The Castle of Otranto?
>47 sturlington: Really? I had no idea they did. But I think you're right; there's a definite genre crossover.
>48 luvamystery65: So glad someone is reading The Monk, it's a sensational read even by today's standards. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
>49 saraslibrary: I've seen the Hammer version and the Abbott and Costello film, and that's it. Terrible, I know, for a so-called horror movie fan - I hang my head in shame. The lists you mentioned will come in very handy!
>53 sturlington: Wow, I actually learned quite a few things about Frankenstein (I had no idea Mary Shelley was so young when she wrote it). Nice job! :) I thumbed you for your review.