Dear Mary Stewart,
I don’t know whether I should congratulate or berate you for Nine Coaches Waiting. You introduced me, along with your young governess heroine, to Léon de Valmy, described as the most handsome man said governess has ever seen. White-haired and confined to a wheelchair, he is said to resemble Milton’s Lucifer, has an eerie and imperious air, and a terrible reputation. Everyone suspects him of being up to no good, and the heroine fears he knows all her secrets.
And then he doesn’t turn out to be the hero!
Did you really give me that set-up and then reveal him to be exactly as sinister as everyone suspected? Where’s the mystery in that? Granted, it was unexpected; right down to the last chapter, I kept waiting for the plot twist to come and prove him innocent of trying to kill his nephew. Not just expecting- desperately hoping.
No, you can’t just give me his son (who looks exactly like him before the accident) and expect me to be happy. If I can’t have the Luciferian fellow, why should I be reading gothic romances?
Your bratty and entitled reader,
I have a 9 (almost 10) year old cousin who I’m super close to and I’m starting to notice that she’s feeling bad about her femaleness, due to the misogynistic boys and men around her.
Does anyone have any recommendation for any good girl power books or movies? She’s very smart for her age and could read/understand something above her age, but nothing “mature content”-y. She loves science and right now she’s super into horses.
the sabriel book series is great
the song of the lioness series by Tamora Pierce
the unicorn chronicles by bruce coville
The Enchanted Forrest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. (Wish I could think of more science fiction-y stuff, but I mostly read girl power fantasy.)
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"Far" is The Shire and, friend, you in Mordor.
I’ve been disparagingly referred to as a Stoker stan. There is no cure, I’m afraid.
when i was younger i had a really bad fear of vampires when i was going to sleep so my older brother gave me a watch that he set to like 8 hours ahead so that it was always daytime on the watch when i was asleep and he told me it would confuse the vampires and they would think it was daytime and get scared of the sun and leave me alon
Your brother is the best
Edward Van Sloan passed away on this day in 1964. He appeared in:
•Dracula (1931): as Van Helsing
•Frankenstein (1931): as Dr. Waldman, he also was in the prologue for the film.
•The Mummy (1932): as Dr. Muller
•Dracula’s Daughter (1936): as Professor Von Helsing
RIP Edward Van Sloan
How many actors can make a career playing *good* mad scientists in gothic horror films? RIP, Van Sloan.
In over a thousand episodes, Dark Shadows cribbed its plots liberally from gothic literature- Wuthering Heights, The Lottery, The Turn of the Screw, Rebecca, Jane Eyre, The Call of Cthulhu, even Dracula. But they could always use more! Here are some gothic novels I would have liked to see on a supernatural soap opera, and how they might have played out.
Carmilla: While visiting Boston, Carolyn becomes “best friends” with a groovy chick calling herself Mircalla; like all suspicious characters, she soon takes up residence in Collinwood. Blood-sucking aside, this will be the best relationship Carolyn has in the entirity of the show.
The Great God Pan: Back when Julia Hoffman was just a medical student, she interned under a doctor who performed strange experiments on women. She didn’t blame herself for anything that happened, but like it or not, it’s come home to roost in the form of a beautiful stranger seducing and destroying the men of Collinsport- someone that Julia finds strangely familiar.
The String of Pearls: Business is bad at the cannery, so Barnabas takes it upon himself to help out the family by providing a delicious new source of product. Roger isn’t one to argue with the bottom line, and the “tuna” is selling well…better hope no one looks too closely into all those disappearances.
A Long Fatal Love Chase: Just as she is finally falling for his old world charms, Victoria discovers what Barnabas did to Maggie. She flees from him, horrified, and thus begins a prolonged cat-and-mouse game culminating in her seeking protection from the equally angry ghost of Josette.
The Monk: Just what is Reverend Trask’s deal, anyway? Why is he convinced witches exist, and why is he so interested in tying up pretty girls to prove it? Maybe he’s hiding a hypocritical secret- one involving a magic staff, and the portrait of a beautiful, demonic madonna.
The Castle of Otranto: Willie Loomis is almost crushed one day by a giant cartoon helmet that falls out of the sky. No adequate explanation is ever provided.
Northanger Abbey: After reading too many gothic romances, Maggie becomes convinced that Collinwood is haunted and Elizabeth caused her husband’s disappearance. She is absolutely right.
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At least as argued in book I read that explained the male/female gothic difference (The Contested Castle), the “male” gothic antihero is concerned with getting the inheritance he has been unfairly denied, whatever that may mean. In that sense, the Creature fits the mold of a disinherited first-born son, whatever gender they may (or may not) be.
Male Gothic tends to represent the male protagonist’s attempt to penetrate some encompassing interior; female Gothic more typically represents a female protagonist’s attempts to escape from a confining inferior.
- David Punter; The Gothic
As I’ve mentioned before, this ironically makes Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein a male gothic and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (book, not movie) a female gothic.
My obscure OTP: J Van Helsing and Marianne Danielle.
Totally mine as well. I can picture Van Helsing being the formal, somewhat reserved and yet deeply passionate romantic as he finally finds something he loves more than vampire slaying and devotes the rest of his life to Marianne and their family… well, at least until he hears some rumors of vampires in China and has to go run off and find out if its true. You can take the man out of the fight against darkest evil but you can never take the fight against darkest evil out of the man. I can see Marianne being completely ok with it, knowing that her husband and their oldest son (the other staying home with her to study) are roaring off on another impossibly thrilling adventure and following their hearts but that, as always, they will return home safe. She has that much faith in her one, true love.
I think about these two far too often.