Gothic Reading Challenge

Susan B. Evans is hosting the Gothic Reading Challenge.

Dates: January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011

There is nothing better than a great Gothic read – crumbling old castles, mysterious legends, shadowy characters, supernatural beings and unexplainable events, make for some of the most haunting and captivating reading imaginable.

There are four levels of participation to choose from:

A Little Madness – Read just 1 novel with Gothic elements.
The Darkness Within – Read 5 novels with Gothic elements.
A Maniacal Frenzy – Read 10 novels with Gothic elements.
Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know – Read 20 novels with Gothic elements.

I am planning on taking on at least 10 novels (A Maniacal Frenzy).

  • Bram Stoker, Dracula
  • Anne Rice, Interview With the Vampire
  • Edgar Allan Poe, Fall of the House of Usher
  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
  • Stephen King, The Shining
  • Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
  • Dennis Lehane, Shutter Island [review]
  • V.C. Andrews, Flowers in the Attic [review]
  • Kazuo Ishiguro, A Pale View of Hills
  • Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian

Initially, I was going to only take on 5 novels, but when I realized that I already owned five on the list, and 5 left me with no random-library-choices, I decided to upgrade and make it 10.

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