Roberta's (luvamystery65) Horror list 2015
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The Monk by Matthew Lewis
Opening line: "Scarcely had the abbey-bell tolled for five minutes, and already was the church of the Capuchins thronged with auditors."
Quote(s) that caught my attention: “Now Antonia had observed the air with which Don Christoval had kissed this same hand; but as she drew conclusions from it somewhat different from her aunt's, she was wise enough to hold her tongue. As this is the only instance known of a woman's ever having done so, it was judged worthy to be recorded here.”
"He was of opinion, and not unwisely, that 'men have died, and worms have ate them, but not for love!"
I absolutely loved this book! It was a romp that included deceit, adventure, road side bandits, corrupt clergy, ghosts, and damsels in distress. There was secret identities and people raising from the dead. Dungeons and secret passageways and wayward corrupt women were also included. The Devil himself made an appearance.
I followed the tutored read from 2012 that lyzard (Liz) did for Madeline (Squeaky Chu). It really helped me follow along and enjoy this story to the fullest. This was better than a telenovela and I'm sure that back in it's time it was THE telenovela of the day.
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole is a delightful silly romance with prophecies, ghost and dark tunnels. I followed the tutored read Lyzard (Liz) did for Madeline (SqueakyChu) over in the 75 in 2012. I learned a lot and was able to enjoy this early inspiration to Gothic writers.
Death of an Ordinary Man by Glen Duncan
Format: Real Book
Opening line: “Everything’s alright, Nathan thought”
Quote(s) that caught my attention: “That's the problem with being alive," she says, staring at the floor. "You've got to keep thinking of what to do.”
“Catholicism fascinated him, the contortions it put itself through to make ends meet. Father Murray had kept returning to the word 'despair.' There'd been a little (bizarre, Luke thought) linguistic diversion into Latin. Desperare, formed by the 'de' prefex, signifying the removal of or from, and 'sperare,' meaning to hope. The removal of hope. That was despair. The reasoning being that you couldn't live without hope. What Murray hadn't said (but what, along with the story of the suicide ghost, Luke remembered from childhood) was that despair was classified as a sin against the Holy Spirit. That was the perverse beauty of the religion: that your daughter could be raped and murdered and yourself still condemned for giving up hope.”
This book was a beautifully written sad story of what happens when tragedy strikes an ordinary family. The story begins at the funeral of Nathan Clark. Nathan watches on but can't quite place what happened and so his journey begins slowly taking him through the day with journeys to the past.
The question arises of how do you cope with surviving something so horrible? For some they crumble, others they become stronger but not necessarily nicer. Duncan is frank and takes you to some very uncomfortable places. That's his style. There is sex, lust, death and reflections on religion and life. These are staples in Duncan's writing. This book is not for everyone but if you don't mind exploring things that can make you question or make you uncomfortable, the pay off is there.
My first reaction to Duncan was not positive but he has won me over. The man can tell a tale.
Not really a horror book, but it is supernatural.
The Trail of the Serpent by Mary Braddon
Format: Real Book with tutorial by Liz tutoring Madeline
Opening line: ” I don’t suppose it rained harder in the good town of Slopperton-on-the-Sloshy than it rained anywhere else“
Quote(s) that caught my attention: “Virtuous people no doubt are virtuous always; and by no chance, or change, or trial, or temptation, can they ever become other than virtuous. Therefore why should a wet day or a dark day depress them? No, they look out of the windows at houseless men and women and fatherless and motherless children wet through to the skin, and thank Heaven that they are not as other men: like good Christians, punctual rate-payers, and unflinching church-goers as they are.”
“At this moment the bell hung at the shop-door ... rang violently, and our old friend Mr. Peters burst into the shop, and through the shop into the parlour, in a state of such excitement that his very fingers seemed out of breath.”
“The two papers which appeared on Friday had accounts varying in every item, and the one paper which appeared on Saturday had a happy amalgamation of the two conflicting accounts - demonstrating thereby the triumph of paste and scissors over penny-a-liners’ copy.”
This Victorian sensational novel was so much fun! The villain is presented right at the start but what crime will he permit? Who will be the victim? Will there be more than one victim? Of course there are murders, secret identities, lookalikes, long lost heirs and oh everything you expect from a book written in this time period. What is unusual is Joe Peters, a policeman turned detective who is deaf and adopts an unusual orphan! Will the villain be foiled? How will justice be served?
Don’t ask me go get this book and enjoy it. Favorite book of March
By Joe Hill
Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft
Locke & Key: Head Games
Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows
Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom
Locke & Key: Clockworks
Locke & Key: Alpha and Omega
Format: Graphic Novel illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez
Opening line: “Welcome.”
Quote(s) that caught my attention:
“Death isn't the end of you life, you know. Your body is a lock. Death is the key. The key turns... and you're free. To be anywhere. Everywhere. Two places at once. Nowhere. Part of the background hum of the universe.”
Locke & Key Volumes 1-6 is the story of the Locke family and their family home Keyhouse. The house is magic and there are keys that unlock various doors and various aspects of magic. In the well house an echo lives and it calls out for help.
The story is violent and creepy but ultimately it is a story about family and friends. It’s a story about having the courage to do the right thing even if it means saying goodbye.
The artwork was excellent and the coloring was spectacular.
Nominated book The Thing on the Doorstep and other weird stories by H.P. Lovecraft
Nominated book The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Nominated book - Bird box by Josh Malerman
Nominated book Four and Twenty Blackbirds
Nominated book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
Nominated book Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
If we do an 1970s category next year I may save this one for that.