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.