The Gothic Challenge & Obscure Literary Monsters

2 January 2015

In her round-up of 2014 and look forward to 2015 Katherine of The Writerly Reader mentioned she would be doing The Gothic Challenge this year. It is hosted by Books under the bed and is all about getting readers to experience Gothic Fiction, i.e. Gothic fiction (sometimes referred to as Gothic horror) is a genre of literature that combines elements of both horror and romance.

I’m hoping to join in with at least a few of the read-alongs, February certainly should be doable as it is a short story :

  • January: Castle Otranto, Walpole, 1764 (where it all began)
  • February: ‘The Old Nurse’s Story’, Elizabeth Gaskell (short story can be found here)
  • March: Rebecca, Daphne du |Maurier
  • April: Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake (POC writer/YA)
  • May: A Street Car Named Desire, Tennesse Williams (Play/Southern Gothic)
  • June: Author Focus: Edgar Allen Poe (poems, short stories or novels)
  • July: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Seth Grahame- Smith (Parody)
  • August: Bitten, Kelley Armstrong (some light holiday reading)
  • September: My Sword Hand is Singing, Marcus Sedwick (YA)
  • October: Let the Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist (Sweeden/GLBT)
  • November: Lady Audley’s Secret, Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • December: Graphic Novels in the gothic genre

In the same post Katherine mentioned her own personal challenge, Obscure Literary Monsters, and I think I’m going to have to steal that idea too. Although maybe as a very gradual one as there is quite a lot of reading in it.

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4 Responses

  1. Oh man! And I just said no challenges…. I may have to fit in a gothic somewhere…
    Heather @ Capricious Reader´s last blog post ..My Year in Books – 2014

    • Fence says:

      I hate to be a temptress ;)
      It does sound great though, doesn’t it? I’m a big fan of the gothic, but don’t read enough of it

  2. Katherine says:

    There’s a few short works on the Literary Monsters list too, but I’m just going to take it easy with it. Who knows how long it will take me to get it done!
    Katherine´s last blog post ..What Else in 2014

    • Fence says:

      It’s nice to have an ongoing source of inspiration.
      After I read Jo Walton’s What Makes This Book So Great I had a huge long list of books to read. So far I’ve only read 1, but I’ll get to the rest as and when I have the time