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.