ACCENT: BLISS HOUSE by Laura Benedict

Laura Benedict refreshes the typical Gothic story with this novel. Set in present day Virginia, a recently widowed mother and disfigured daughter move in to the ancestral home. The house is nestled in an uncomfortable middle ground between Southern sensibilities and a modern life. The peace that the two seek is denied when the daughter…

REVIEW: ASYLUM by John Harwood

  Weary, windswept, and wet, a young woman arrives outside Tregannon House, an estate-turned-asylum in somewhere near Cornwall in England.  She awakens with little memory of how she got there, or why. She is convinced, however, of her identity as Georgina Ferrars.  The only problem is the kind staff at the asylum assure her she…

REVIEW: THE ACCURSED by Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is often heralded as the Queen of American Gothic, at least of modern day writers.  Recently she has focused her efforts on short stories and editing collections of others’ short stories.  This offering is a hefty novel that she began working on nearly 30 years ago while living near Princeton, NJ. Set…

REVIEW: THE CUTTING SEASON by Attica Locke

Caren Gray has returned to her knotted, complicated roots ont he plantation of Belle Vie.    Generations of her family have lived on this land, some under the heavy oppression of slavery.  Now Caren is the caretaker and manager of the estate that is no loner inhabited. It is rented for parties and weddings and…

31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN – Day 6

I am a great lover of the Victorian Gothic.  Crumbling castles, secret inheritances, madness, and ghosts are things I never get tired of reading about.  I even wrote my Masters thesis on the use of these genre elements in film. The Southern Gothic is something that I have always felt like I couldn’t quite grasp,…

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