2014 Schedule

Gothic Romance

  • The Castle of Otranto (1764), Horace Walpole 
  • The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794), Ann Radcliffe
  • Bungay Castle (1796), Elizabeth Bonhote 
  • The Witch of Ravensworth (1808), George Brewer 
  • The Horrors of Oakendale Abbey (1797), Mrs. Carver 
  • The Castle of Wolfenbach (1793), Eliza Parsons 
  • The Midnight Bell (1798), Francis Lathom 
  • Zofloya: or The Moor (1806), Charlotte Dacre 
  • The Mysterious Warning (1796), Eliza Parsons 
  • The Animated Skeleton (1798), Anonymous 
  • The Magic Ring (1825), Friedrich Heinrich Karl La Motte-Fouque 
  • The Cavern of Death (1794), Anonymous 
  • The Necromancer; or The Tale of the Black Forest (1794), Karl Friedrich Kahlert
  • The Impenetrable Secret, Find it Out! (1805), Francis Lathom 
  • The Haunted Priory (1794), Stephen Cullen, Franz Potter 
  • The Monk (1796), Matthew Lewis 
  • Melmoth the Wanderer (1820), Charles Maturin
  • Possibly works by Elizabeth Helme

Gothic Romance works from the 1700s through the early 1800s.

I'm looking forward to reading these books!  But at the same time I make myself realize they are not going to be exactly what I'm expecting.  The names sound so intriguing, but because of the time period in which they were written, they won't be the modern sort of adventure/horror novels one would expect.

As always I intend to read these with a modern eye and for the modern reader.  My readers understand I'm not here to give the usual banal praise to works simply because I recognize their names, I've heard about them, or I think they are some kind of classic book or something.

None of that here.  When needed I will tear down the idols of literature.  You've come to expect that and I won't start sucking up to history just because we enter a new era.  But at the same time I try to recognize good literature when I read it.  I'll give you the facts.  I'll let you know if a modern, 21st century reader would be interested in these books, and why or why not.

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