I’ve already mentioned it a few times, but I love haunted houses. Back in October I reread and reviewed The Turn of the Screw, which was one of my introductions to gothic storytelling back in the day. After that, and watching The Haunting of Bly Manor, I’ve been craving more of that vibe.
For this round I wanted to go a touch more modern and get a sense of different interpretations of gothic after its heyday in the 19th century. The books I chose are from 1938 to 1983*, and ones that I’ve been excited to read for a while now. The gothic atmosphere is iconic and every decade tries to capture it for a new audience. Does the book transport the audience back to the 19th century or do you place it in the present day? Is the house actually haunted or do you leave room for ambiguity? Is the spooky level high?
The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson
Hell House – Richard Matheson
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
The Woman in Black – Susan Hill
I’ve been wanting to reread The Haunting of Hill House for some time now, but honestly I’m probably most excited for Rebecca. Rebecca has been collecting dust on my shelf for years and definitely one of five books that have been on my TBR the longest. For a good three to five years I’m like ‘this is the year!’ and I’m finally going to make it happen.
*Didn’t do that on purpose and had no clue till I read this post 😀