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 going to try for 20…that’s right:  Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know-

Bram Stoker, Dracula

Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

Daphne Du Marier, Rebecca

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Anne Rice, Interview With The Vampire

Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian

Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables

Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla

Patrick Suskind, Perfume:  The Story of a Murderer

Pretty much anything by H.P. Lovecraft

Richard Matheson, Hell House

Alexandre Dumas, One Thousand And One Ghosts

Henry James, The Turn of The Screw

Charlotte Bronte, Villette

Toni Morrison, Beloved

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Rappaccini’s Daughter

I am really looking forward to the last 5 I’ve mentioned since I’ve never read them before.

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