Has anyone here read Melmoth the Wanderer or The Monk by Matthew Lewis? I find the dead Gothic novelists much more frightening than our contemporary fantasy.
No, but they're both public domain so I'll get on that. I'll be back.
I've only heard of The Monk
because it is mentioned in an adaptation of Northanger Abbey
edited 27th Sep '12 12:06:34 PM by AnEditor
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Haven't read them yet, but The Monk
is on my To Read list. I haven't read a whole lot of gothic novels at all, but I'm planning to.
Interestingly, right now I'm reading The Way We Live Now
by Anthony Trollope, where the central character is a rich tycoon named Augustus Melmotte. I remember wondering if his name was a reference to Melmoth. (There's nothing supernatural or even remotely gothic about the novel or Melmotte's character, but who knows?)
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Who Am I?
The Castle of Otranto
(1764) is often regarded as the very first gothic novel.
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
The Castle of Otranto is hilarious, I recommend it. The Monk is good so far. It's like Don Quixote combined with copious amounts of melodrama.
edited 13th Oct '12 2:27:45 PM by Rhea
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Let's face it, most Victorian fiction is fun because of the sheer amount of meladrama that's so purple you could have sworn it was being choked by a pulp magazine in a fist fight. Having sadi that, Varney the Vampyre, the Monk, Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, and Carmilla are my favorites. not because two have unique takes on vampires by today's standards, but there's a genuine feeling of creepyness to them. though varney is like a good pulp novel sensational, fun and shallow, but genuinely moving at the climax.
Btw, how Carmila got passed the sensors at the time I'll never know.
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You are you, and everyone has damage.
Be the better person." - Katawa Shoujo
I only read Frankestien and Dracula. I guess those are like newbie starter pack novels.