The Castle of Otranto, Vathek & Nightmare Abbey
The Gothic novel, featuring dark tales of tragedy, romance, revenge, torture and ancient villainies, tinged with horror and the supernatural, became the vogue in the late eighteen and early nineteenth centuries. This unique collection presents the best and the most diverse of this fascinating genre. In Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, often regarded as the first tru...more
Paperback, Wordsworth Mystery & Supernatural, 259 pages
Published August 15th 2009 by Wordsworth Editions
(first published 1818)
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I'm a sucker for Gothic novels - they're my guilty pleasure. But, with all the fair damsels in distress, dark castles, dashing heroes and villaineous villains, the eye-rolling starts to overshadow the giggle factor at some point. (I do realize that these books were the first of this genre so that it's sort of unfair to complain about the overuse of tropes.) Nightmare Abbey, the last novel in this collection, poking fun at said tropes was a breathe of fresh air and had many a laughing out loud mo...more
Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, was an English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and politician. He is now largely remembered for Strawberry Hill, the home he built in Twickenham, south-west London where he revived the Gothic style some decades before his Victorian successors, and for his Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto. Along with the book, his literary reputation rests on his L...moreMore about Horace Walpole...