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Gothic!: Ten Original Dark Tales

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"Get ready to sleep with the lights on!" — GIRLS' LIFE

A lovesick count and the ghost of his brutalized servant . . . a serial killer who defies death . . . a house with a violent mind of its own and another that holds a grotesque secret within its peeling walls. Here are witches who feast on faces, changeling rites of passage, a venerable vampire
contemplating his end, and
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Published June 13th 2006 by Candlewick (first published August 3rd 2004)
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May 23, 2015 Mike rated it liked it
Shelves: anthologies
This was, like most anthologies, a mixed bag. It's called 'Gothic', but most of the stories here really aren't, the exceptions being Watch and Wake, Neil Gaiman's story, and The Dead and the Moonstruck. Most of these stories were simply horror, and incessantly bland horror at that. The anthology mostly consisted of a large onslaught of mediocre stories, and only one of them was even a little scary. But, nevertheless, here's a story by story review:

Lungewater by Joan Aiken: 2/5

This story consiste
Apr 01, 2008 Sandy rated it liked it
this is a collection of 10 'gothic' tales. I only found one of them to be scary, and that was the third one. Again, predictable, but OMG, that didn't make it any less CREEEEEPYYYYYYY!!!!!!! But, everyone's scared of different things. There are some stories about ghosts, a silly story about a vampire child, some more vampires, werewolves, etc. Some of the stories, while not scary, were still really good and interesting, and SHOCK not predictable!
Jul 15, 2009 Jonathan rated it it was ok
These stories are neither gothic nor particularly good. Many of these tales are, frankly, cute. Not once did I feel scared. Not once did I feel wrapped up in a gothic atmosphere. Gothic can mean many things, but not once did I feel like I was reading a Tim Burton movie or reading a Bram Stoker book or listening to a Bauhaus song or anything. By and large, these stories are tame, sometimes confusing, and never particularly dark or spooky. Never once was I scared.

M.T. Anderson's "Watch and Wake,"
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Lungewater by Joan Aiken
Ein Mädchen trifft einen alten Mann im Bus, der ihr eine alte Geschichte erzählt, die mit ihrer eigenen Familie zusammenhängt.
Gut geschrieben, aber inhaltlich eher unspektakulär.

Morgan Roehmar's Boys by Vivian Vande Velde
Ein Mädchen bleibt bei schlechtem Wetter allein in einer Scheune und trifft dort auf jemanden...
Woah, überraschende Wendung am Ende! O_O

Watch and Wake by M.T. Anderson
Ein weggelaufener Junge soll die Totenwache eines Verstorbenen übernehmen und darf ni
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Jan 23, 2008 Deb rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Gaiman fans and Poppy Z. Brite readers looking for a softer note
This anthology of short modern gothic tales is an older litgeek's version of that "Scary Stories" trilogy that was published in the 1980s by Alvin Schwartz. (The illustrations in those books were creepier than the stories)

Most of the stories are well worth reading in the dark by yourself. They don't hold a candle to the heebie-jeebies that horror stories evoke, the kind that make you uncomfortable in your own skin and lead you to jump at shadows, but the gothic genre is a kissing-cousin and make
Orrin Grey
May 07, 2009 Orrin Grey rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read
Another re-read. I've read a lot of anthologies of horror/dark fiction over the years, and, as weird as it sounds to say, Gothic! may be my favorite. I don't love every story, but most of them are creepy and solid and fun, which is everything I ask for from a story. Plus, this is the first place I ever read anything by M. T. Anderson, and his story in here remains a favorite of mine.
Leo Van gerwen
A lovesick count and the ghost of his brutalized servant . . . a serial killer who defies death . . . a house with a violent mind of its own and another that holds a grotesque secret within its peeling walls. Here are witches who feast on faces, changeling rites of passage, a venerable vampire
contemplating his end, and a fanged brat who drains the patience of a bumbling teenage boy. Here too are a flamboyant young novelist in search of a subject more compelling than his own eerie existence and
Tati Dengo
Oct 12, 2014 Tati Dengo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before you read this collection, understand that these are NOT horror stories nor do they claim to be. Gothic stories are dark yes, and they often include: mysteries, old dwellings, and a touch of the supernatural. Deborah Noyes does an excellent job of explaining the nuances in the introduction.

There's very few gothic stories in our school's library which I haven't yet read, and thankfully these satisfied my craving.

Some are quite traditional, with an old house, creepy things happening, etc.
Oct 22, 2015 Abby rated it really liked it
Different perspectives of gothic. If you like gothic, then you should find at least a couple good stories in this book.
All tales are quite different in scenes and prose and offer various creepy characters and settings. I read most stories months ago, so can't comment on individual quality. The book is perhaps geared slightly towards young adult readers.

The general impression I have is that the quality of writing is high and the eerie atmosphere people long for in horror books is present in plenty. Everything is surreal, unique, new. But what is missing from most stories is a tighter plot. Every story has a rath
Heather Ingemar
Sep 24, 2009 Heather Ingemar rated it really liked it
A fun anthology of spooky & dark fiction. A great read for October!
May 11, 2013 Jean-Paul rated it liked it
Ten Original Dark Tales

I don't remember how long ago I bought
this book. I picked it up because a
friend had a short story published in it,
and also because there was a Neil Gaiman
piece, and I'm a sucker for his work. The
other names on the over did not ring any
bells for me. Since this is a collection
it's only fair if I give a mini-review of
each story, and I might as well do it in
the order that they appear in this book.

1) Lungewater by Joan Aiken

I believe I read in the artist bio par
Dec 27, 2011 Taylor rated it really liked it
with these stories i really like the sadistic and qrotesqueness, it really made this book stand out. With the stories themselves some were pretty good, others were kinda boring soo

Really good stories:

Morgan Roehmars Boys by Vivian Vande Velde - it was suspenseful throughout and there was a very surprising twist at the end! I loved how the ending page had a psychotic voice to it and it made a lasting eerieness after reading.

Stone Tower by Janni Lee Simmer

Writing on the Wall by Celia Rees: kinda
Katharine Kruse
Feb 22, 2013 Katharine Kruse rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, anthology, horror
Scattered among some unremarkable ghost stories and melodramatic supernatural YA are some genuinely good offerings.

Unsurprisingly, Neil Gaiman's "Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House of the Night of Dread Desire" is closest to what I would consider traditionally "gothic" (though you probably guessed that from the title alone), even invoking the names of 18th century staples The Castle of Otranto and The Mysteries of Udolpho. Being Gaiman, however, there is more to the ta
Feb 15, 2010 Juushika rated it really liked it
Shelves: status-borrowed
The history of a haunted stream, a wake for a witch-haunted corpse, a coming of age ritual for a changling child: Gothic! is a collection of ten stories from authors such as Neil Gaiman, Gregory Maguire, and Caitlín R. Kiernan. Filled with ghouls, ghosts, and vampires, these stories are quiet, dark, gothic tales which haunt the edges of the horror genre. Most of the stories have missing or undeveloped aspects which make them good but not quite great; there are a few exceptions, both good and bad ...more
Missy (Missy's Reads & Reviews)
Since this is an anthology, it's going to be short and sweet because I don't want to give too much away! Gothic! is a collection of ten short stories by known and not-so-known authors that have one thing in common: they know how to write a pretty eerie story. Now, mind you, gothic isn't necessarily scary like horror stories are. Gothic stories don't necessarily make you lose sleep, but you may keep a few lights on when you go to bed.

In this anthology, you really have to take the good with the ba
Mar 19, 2008 Smiley08 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 13 and ^
Recommended to Smiley08 by: Zayra
GOTHIC: Ten Original Dark Tales is a book written by many authors. This book contains only short stories. They are mostly about things that are not really normal. For example the vampires, witches, ghouls, and ghosts. The stories contain very mature things.
The first story is about a count that fell in love with a young lady. The thing is she ddn't respond to his love. She went back to where she lives and the count sent poems with his loyal servant. He always demande to take the short way. The
Kitten Blue
LUNGEWATER (Joan Aiken): pointless.

MORGAN ROEHMAR’S BOYS (Vivian Vande Velde): uh ... surprising, I guess ... although not quite believable.

WATCH AND WAKE (M.T. Anderson): creepy as fuck! very Grimm! pure win! :o

FORBIDDEN BRIDES OF THE FACELESS SLAVES IN THE NAMELESS HOUSE OF THE NIGHT OF DREAD DESIRE (Neil Gaiman): *sigh* I want to hate this, but – okay – it’s funny and actually quite clever. it only comes together at the end, though. until then: IRRITATING.

So far it's going well. I started this last night when I couldn't sleep and I read three stories.

The story by Niel Gaiman, "Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House of the Night of Dread Desire", was a nice twist on a classic scary story and has probably the best name.

"Endings" by Garth Nix, though short, was amazing. I'm liking him more and more all the time.

I even enjoyed Gregory Maguire's "The Prank", and I haven't liked anything that I've read of his before this.

Sep 17, 2008 Tripmastermonkey rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-teen
i didn't love this book, but some of the stories were really fun. i hated the story by Gregory Maguire (i think it totally depoliticizes the idea of what a hate-crime is)

i think the female authors in the collection were definitely superior. they just developed the characters in a short space in a way the men didn't. Janni Lee Simner's and Celia Rees's stories were probably my favorites.

Neil Gaiman's (Sandman comics, many other great fantasy stories) "Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in th
Jul 31, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
Gothic! is a collection of 10 gothic short stories, several from well-known authors. I have rated each of the stories and used the average for my review (3.5 stars). Although I enjoyed the collection overall, there was a lot of iron pyrite mixed in with a few nuggets of gold. Some were incredibly creepy, and others had bits of humour that were refreshing. I'm not much of a short story person, nor a gothic person, so that might have biased my ratings.

1. Lungewater - 2 stars
2. Morgan Roehmar's Bo
Aug 10, 2014 ☺Trish rated it really liked it
The satirical Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House of the Night of Dread Desire by Neil Gaiman is the best of the bunch, but Watch and Wake by M. T. Anderson and Morgan Roehmar's Boys by Vivian Vande Velde are gruesome and creepy enough to give me the shivers.
Emma Meade
Nov 20, 2012 Emma Meade rated it really liked it
I found this at the bottom of a box of books in the shed. As far as I can remember, I’d been given this as a gift many years back, so I sat down with the book recently to read through it properly. Some of the stories were quite enjoyable, like the haunted barn/hayride tale by Vivan Vande Velde, “Morgan Roehmar’s Boys” which I would have loved to read as a full length novel. “Stone Tower” was beautifully written and kept me turning the pages rapidly to find out what tragedy had befallen Tara. “Wa ...more
Apr 06, 2016 Kerry rated it really liked it
My daughter brought this home from school as a reading assignment. Out of the 10 tales, 8 were new to me. I really enjoyed it and am glad the gothic genre is still going strong and popular amongst teen girls.
Sep 24, 2014 Adrian rated it liked it
I didn't know when I picked it up at a used bookstore that it wasn't meant to scare an adult; it didn't. But the stories were well-written and I liked them even when they reminded me of Goosebumps. Some had enough structure to seem to fit in a larger world/story.

The best story by far in my opinion was the "Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House of the Night of Dread Desire" by Neil Gaiman. I knew it would be when I read the author's name and I saved the best story for last
Sep 20, 2014 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014, library
Decent collection of short stories, some better than others. No surprise that I enjoyed Neil Gaiman's the most. Made for a good RIP IX read. Read for the Peril of the Short Story challenge.
Dec 18, 2010 Amelia rated it liked it
This book was alright, but entertaining. I suppose I didn't fully appreciate whatever literary devices were used. There were two stories of the ten that I really enjoyed which made the book worth it for me. The first was "Have No Fear, Crumpot is Here!" by Barry Yourgrau. It was pretty funny and random, but I was disappointed to read the F-word a couple times. Next was my favorite, "The Prank" by Gregory Maguire (Wicked). Now that was hilarious! I had to re-read it to my husband because it was s ...more
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Mar 26, 2014 Sheppard Memorial Library rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-readers
I really enjoyed 90% of the short stories in this one. My favorites were the first 2 and the one by Neil Gaiman. Very creepy and fun.
Jul 08, 2014 Kaethe rated it liked it
one of these in particular is devastating Morgan Roehmar's Boys or something like that
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