The Gothic Library is a collection of those dark shadows that represent the highest achievement in the Gothic arts.

The Gothic Library is a collection of those dark shadows that represent the highest achievement in the Gothic arts. Is this somewhat subjective? Why of course. Our Gothic world is seeped in the themes, atmosphere, and conflicted emotions made famous by Shelley, Byron, Poe, Lovecraft, Hawthorne, the Brontë sisters, and many more. Capes swirl, the mist curls around an ankle, and fear clenches the heart. Voices whisper from the darkness, and phantoms haunt the shadowy night. If this is your world, “Enter freely. Go safely, and leave something of the happiness you bring!” ~Dracula, chapter two

Superior Achievement in Dark Fiction: Rob Smales: Dead of Winter

Posted on Feb 24, 2014

Superior Achievement in Dark Fiction: Rob Smales: Dead of Winter

The Dead of Winter   The First Book in the Seasons of the Dead Quartet.Ghosts and spirits manifest for various reasons and in many different ways. An invisible intruder. An invading memory. A soft voice in the snow. “The Dead of Winter” is a collection of three very different ghost stories. A novella and two novelettes, each taking place during one of the months of Winter. The Christmas Spirit: A new family in their first home finds gifts from an invisible presence, a presence that takes a disturbing interest in the children. Fishing Hole: Johnny takes his first ice-fishing trip and finds that the cold and ice are the least of the dangers. Snowbirds: As a boy of ten Paul nearly died in a snowy cave-in. Now, at sixty, can he conquer his chionophobia to rescue children in the snow? The dead of winter: The coldest part of winter. ~The Oxford English Dictionary Dead of Winter: A trio of ghostly tales to chill your blood on those cold winter nights. Available on Amazon...

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Superior Achievement in Dark Fiction: Sandy DeLuca: Messages from the Dead

Posted on Oct 16, 2013

Superior Achievement in Dark Fiction: Sandy DeLuca: Messages from the Dead

Donna had never been like other girls. She was raised by her enigmatic grandmother, who held séances in her parlor, mystifying strangers who came to their home on smoky summer nights seeking messages from deceased loved ones. Year later, she’s settled into a normal life with her husband Joe, and attending art school at Castell Community College in the evenings with her best friend Andrea. But Castell is much more than a school. Once home to a children’s hospital, the ghosts of the restless dead still roam the darkened hallways, and now they want something from Donna…and they’ll stop at nothing to get it…   Available on...

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Superior Achievement in Dark Fiction: Laird Barron: The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

Posted on Oct 8, 2013

Superior Achievement in Dark Fiction: Laird Barron: The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

Over the course of two award-winning collections and a critically acclaimed novel, The Croning, Laird Barron has arisen as one of the strongest and most original literary voices in modern horror and the dark fantastic. Melding supernatural horror with hardboiled noir, espionage, and a scientific backbone, Barron’s stories have garnered critical acclaim and have been reprinted in numerous year’s best anthologies and nominated for multiple awards, including the Crawford, International Horror Guild, Shirley Jackson, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy awards. Barron returns with his third collection, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All. Collecting interlinking tales of sublime cosmic horror, including “Blackwood’s Baby,” “The Carrion Gods in Their Heaven,” and “The Men from Porlock,” The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All delivers enough spine-chilling horror to satisfy even the most jaded reader.     Available on Amazon...

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Superior Achievement in Dark Film: Trollhunter

Posted on Oct 8, 2013

Superior Achievement in Dark Film: Trollhunter

Yes, the title does say troll. Yes, it’s about hunting trolls. Overlook the title and you have a great Gothic film. Understated and subtle, fantastic environmental subtext, wonderful exploration of an ancient Norwegian folk tale in the modern world, haunting and stark landscapes… it’s all there. The government says there’s nothing to worry about it’s just a problem with bears making trouble in the mountains and forests of Norway. But local hunters don’t believe it and neither do a trio of college students who want to find out the truth. Armed with a video camera, they trail a mysterious poacher, who wants nothing to do with them. However, their persistence lands them straight in the path of the objects of his pursuits: trolls. They soon find themselves documenting every move of this grizzled, unlikely hero the trollhunter risking their lives to uncover the secrets of creatures only thought to exist in fairy tales....

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Superior Achievement in Dark Film: Night and Fog

Posted on Sep 24, 2013

Superior Achievement in Dark Film: Night and Fog

This is a 30 minute documentary made in the mid-1950s about the Holocaust. This is not fiction, Hollywood, or Dexter-esque. As a scholar of the period, I’ve seen a great deal of the footage and photos out there, but this much of this film was rare archival material. Haunting and disturbing are not enough to describe it.   Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, Night and Fog (Nuit et Brouillard) contrasts the stillness of the abandoned camps’ quiet, empty buildings with haunting wartime footage. With Night and Fog, Resnais investigates the cyclical nature of man’s violence toward man and presents the unsettling suggestion that such horrors could come again....

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