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Gothika: Tales of Love and the Supernatural

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Immerse yourself in four tales of love and gothic horror in this anthology by Eli Easton. Each story is novella length.

On the harsh planet of Kalan, weakness is not tolerated. When young spore farmer Edward suffers a carriage accident that kills his mail-order bride and his factory manager, Edward has little chance of survival, until Knox—an enormous “reconstit
Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published October 8th 2020
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Final overall rating, 4 stars. A beautiful set of supernatural stories, even though some had some flaws. A great read for fans of something sweet and spooky at the same time.

Reparation- 3.5 stars
Beautifully written, but the slavery aspect made me extremely uncomfortable. I couldn't get past it, even at the end. I thought the story gave a great sense of atmosphere, and I felt the chilling, barren vibe of the world, but I didn't enjoy the power imbalance. Still, it showcased Eli Easton's writing t
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this was wow.. creepy and freaky.. amazing and sexy.. interesting and action packed.. so many interesting personalities and emotions going on and i loved this series !

THIS WAS BLOODY BRILLIANT! I’m speechless; I loved it so much. I’ll try to put it into words and hope I won’t ramble and this review actually makes sense in the end.

Gothika gives you four very different but equally amazing, spooky stories. Let me tell you: Eli Easton has an amazing range as an author! The amount of research that must have gone into this...I have mad respect for that! You get transported from 1870's Jamaica to modern day Scotland, from a different p
Oct 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a collection of four supernatural, slightly creepy tales. I love the way Eli Easton writes, so overall I enjoyed this collection - but I wasn't such a huge fan of every story, so overall it was very slightly hit and miss. Having said that, it was more an issue of genre for me than the way the stories were written - Easton is always quite the wordsmith, so no complaints there.

Reparation was a tiny bit too sci fi for me - it's not a genre I generally like, but in a short story format it wa
Meghan Macko
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really think Eli Easton is the master of the short story. How she manages to effortlessly pack so much emotion and backstory into so few words always amazes me. Creating characters you really care for in such a short amount of time is clearly a talent. I’m so glad Eli decided to re-release these stories, they are so cool and different from anything I’ve read in the MM romance genre.

This novella was a very cool mix of old-fashioned and futuristic. The culture of the farm owners seeme
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm a true fan of science fiction and of Eli Easton, so I was not surprised, in the least, that she delivered such an incredible addition to this anthology. Edward is a spore farmer on his home world of Kalan, a harsh and desolate planet that can kill the weak in an instant. After a carriage accident, Edward is rescued by Knox, one of his recon laborers, half man and half machine. Knox is different from the other recons whom Edward employs. Knox almost looks human, he can read, and he
Anne Barwell
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, m-m
I loved all of the stories in this collection. The characters drew me in and kept me reading, and I loved the twist in the stories. Some I saw coming, but others left me thinking ‘wow.’ They’re all well worth the read.

This story has fabulous world building, and vivid descriptions. I could easily visualise the barren rock of a planet. I loved the mixed vibe of old fashioned, yet SF. I felt for Edward hiding his desires and trying to keep the family farm going despite losing all his fam
Madhu MaBookYard -
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
My Rating : [🌟🌟🌟🌟.5]
Kindle/ GRR/ October 2020
Thank you @gayromancereviews for the review copy, which let's me give you my honest opinion.
First, I absolutely adore that cover and I am a huge fan of Eli's writing style, so I had to pick this book up. This book is kind of an anthology of supernatural with four different settings. Every story has it's own style and message, and I really liked the contrast it gave me while reading.
There are four short stories in total.
• Reparation : This story ha
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was really excited when I heard that Eli Easton would be re-releasing her Gothika novels in an anthology just in time for Halloween. Four spooky love stories with a hint of darkness and romance was perfect for October. Eli Easton is a great author so if you're ready for spooky love stories, then Gothika is the perfect. Be careful when reading alone at night because I made the mistake of reading some stories in bed and it scared the spirits out of me!

This novella had a futurist, sci
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
MMy Thoughts and Review:

Four timeless tales, one that flung me to an alternate universe where the body parts of prisoners are reconstituted in a Frankenstein-esque way and then sent to work as slaves on a harsh planet where they harvest spores used in obscure ways to “help” the government.

One such recon, NOX, shows signs of intelligence and over time and with the help and aid of a newly formed friendship of his Young Master, he begins to remember things from his past life, that should ha
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I first read this stories in the original four books back in 2017. To me they feel incredibly nostalgic, as they were the first books I read when I first got my kindle.
The first one, which was originally in Stitch, is the one I remembered best. I really loved the worldbuilding, the sci fi but goth feel, and the knowledge that the people in power would truly create humanoid, corpse-made slave labor if they knew how. The use of Kalan's resources is also something so rooted in reality it's kind of
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This stories has a mild dose of horror, circumstances that seems to be against the characters happiness, mystery, a high dose of adrenaline, a lot of love that's stronger than anything and support and understanding where you least expect it.
Edward and Knox have a forbidden relationship according to society and the secret past of how Knox came to be isn't helping matters. It has some Frankenstein references that makes all more interesting and intriguing. They have to forgive each othe
Kera (featherboundbooks)
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really interesting collection of novella tales surrounding creepy and sexy. Each of these stories follows a unique tale about dark romance and spooky elements.

My favorite by far was “The Bird” in which we have a young Englishman named Colin who must travel to Jamaica to manage his father’s plantation. He has left his very best friend behind at home and they write each other constantly. When Colin gets mixed up in some spiritual dark magic within some of the locals, he enters into a ri
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: acr
Thank you for the ARC read, I voluntarily give this book an honest review.
Edward and Knox story has a tragic movement, second chances and altar memories. Recon/Kalanese forbidden love.
The Bird
One act of kindness lines Colin in the sights of a great and powerful Erzulie. Hearts desire ya say.. and just what is that? Tiyah is the human conduit on the human plane can she deliver the promise of the Loa? A door is opened but can Colin trust that Richard wants the same.
Among the Dead
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great anthology of four horror influenced novellas. They have all previously been published but this is the first time they have been offered in one collection.

All four stories are very different from each other and have clearly tracked inspiration. My favourite two, for example, have a definite classic/gothic monster vibe: Reparation has a very clever take on the Frankenstein's creature trope and The Black Dog has elements of werewolf tales and a bit of Hound of the Baskervilles about
Sarah Mitcham
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This is a totally different sub genre for me but I absolutely loved it.
Edward is the last of his family, as a second son he was never meant to inherit. And has been left to run the family farm that has been in his family for 6 generations, after the deaths of his father and older brother, Kalan is a harsh Planet to live on, it's lonely and the work is hard.
Knox a Recon arrived on the last freighter, he is more handsome than the other Recons that Edward has seen, which is unusual as th
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m so glad Eli Easton re-released her four novellas into their own collection, “Gothika: Tales of Love and the Supernatural”. The four novellas in “Gothika” all have a nice blend of romance and mystery to them that will keep the readers interested. My favorites of the four were “The Black Dog”, which had a Sherlock Holmes vibe to it and “Reparation”, which reminded me of a futuristic Frankenstein. I fell in love with Hayden and Simon from “The Black Dog” and Edward and Knox from “Reparation”. I ...more
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sweet and spooky anthology. All stories are beautifully written and equally engaging.
Overall rating 4 stars

Reparation : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This one had a very unique and compelling world building. Loved reading about recons. A sweet friends to lovers romance. Knox and Edward were adorable!

The Bird : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was extremely interesting. A proper gentleman going to save his sugar Plantation in Jamaica lands up agreeing to a dangerous ritual and having its true sensual nature revealed by the Obeah spiri
Amber Antus
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
These short stories are exactly what you would expect from Eli Easton. I loved all of these stories, they were perfectly gothic and yet so romancey. Reparations was a great twist of a Frakenstein story. The story of Edward and Knox is charming in it's own creepy way. The Bird was a great story about plantation life in Jamaica in 1870. It was one of the scarier of the stories and there are definite racist vibes but to me that just added to the authenticity of it being 1870 on a Jamaican plantatio ...more
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Even if I had read these amazing stories as part of the original series, I couldn't resist the temptation to read them again in this selection of Ms Easton's tales. After reading and rereading all the stories I can't decide which one is the best, Is It Colin and Richard's story and how they put all their life and their feelings in some letters while discovering all the folklore and magic of the islanders and the influence they would have above them? Or the heartbreaking story of Trist and Neil t ...more
Ida Umphers
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed every story in this anthology of dark romances that are perfect for this Halloween season. Although each is unique, they reminded me of some favorite movies and stories such as Blade Runner, White Zombie and Hound of the Baskervilles. If you have enjoyed any of these and imagined how they might look from a different vantage point or character view you will enjoy this collection. My favorite story was "The Bird". I loved the historical, Haitian atmosphere, the use of Obeah magic and the ...more
Nearly all my favourite stories by Eli Easton are set around the holidays and it's great to have all four fantastic novellas previously in the DSP Gothika collections in one place. There's a fantastic range of fantasy romances with monstrous themes here. Kim Fielding has here contributions in K.U. too, at the time of writing this deck and I recommend them also. Past, present and futuristic, fantasy/horror and sci-fi romance, these are great stories and while loosely inspired by classic themes, t ...more
Stephanie W
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gothic horror bundle series. Just in time for Halloween reading.
Eli Easton is a fairly new to me author. I'm not usually one to read horror often, but when I do indulge, it needs to be the kinds of stories that allows your imagination to run wild, picture what the author envisions, develop that real world sensibility without actually leaving the comfort of your favorite chair. I like stores that leave an impression on you long after you've read it.

Each of these novellas focus on different chara
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so happy when I heard that Eli Easton would be re-releasing her Gothika novels in an anthology just in time for Halloween. To have all these great novellas in one place is wonderful. Great spooky stories with just the right touch of romance is just what is needed for this time of year.
The Black Dog : This one takes place in a small town Scotland with it's urban legend of Black Hound. I love how the landscape and the Baltic Sea become characters in this story.
Each story has its own drama a
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this collection. I like books by this author, and I found her dark writing to be as good as her other books.
This collection has four stories that range in genre, time frames and fantasy/science Fantasy. They are dark but not scary, maybe the third story had some touches of horror but not too much. They showed that the power of love can overcome all obstacles, were steamy and romantic too.
The last story was particularly good, about the Scottish myth of the Black Dog, and was my f
Carlotta Hollis
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect Halloween season read. I loved all 4 stories but Black Dog ended up being the favorite. The love for the people, the place and each other was heartfelt. Simon and Hayden were good and the “Blackdog” just made my heart hurt. Story 3 was a close second and I loved the twist of them all.
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-romance
If you read scary stories as a child, enjoyed watching Tales From the Crypt and have a love for M/M Romance with a twist.. this collection of short stories is for you. I binge read them all in one day, then hit rinse and repeat and reread them. Bravo Eli Easton 👏
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very well written, eerie and melancholic. My favorite was ‘ The Black Dog’.
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun collection of short stories with a touch of mystery and satisfying HEAs. Highly recommend!
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Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a game designer, an organic farmer, an avid hiker, and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.

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