Top Ten Tuesday: Hallowe’en Freebie




Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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Hallowe’en is one of my favourite holidays – which is perhaps why this half term my daughter and I have already carved pumpkins and have (perhaps ambitious) plans for Hallowe’en baking. And speaking of ambitious, my daughter rejected my traditional scary face idea had demanded an Elsa pumpkin this year… this is what I came up with!

Oh dear! Maybe they will look better when I wash off the guidelines! I doubt it though.

Anyway, onto this week’s topic.

I do love a great classic Gothic novel – I am genuinely re-reading Dracula at the moment – but they seem a little obvious: Carmilla, Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights…I love them all! That visceral challenge to tame scientific rationalism. Fantastic!

I thought I would simply list the last ten reviews I’ve posted which I tagged as Gothic this week – I do so prefer that Gothic build up of tension and anxiety that the more in-your-face horror genre.

Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia

What made this Gothic

Creepy isolated house.

Pervasive sense of threat and of violation.

What made this Stand out

Great writing

Strong female heroine.

The Deathless Girls, Kiran Millwood Hargrave

What made this Gothic

Dracula.

Wilds of Romania.

What made this Stand out

Another strong female heroine

White is for Witching, Helen Oyeyemi

What made this Gothic

Conscious and sentient possessive house.

Building sense of the uncanny.

What made this Stand out

Lesbian heroine

Caribbean representation.

A SENTIENT FREAKING HOUSE AS A NARRATOR!

Her Body and other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado

What made this Gothic

Series of short stories with visceral gothic elements

Pervasive sense of threat and of violation.

What made this Stand out

Oh my, the ribbon story!

Feminist perspectives

Very visceral!

Pine, Francine Toon

What made this Gothic

Isolated rural setting on the edge of a forest.

Opens on Hallowe’en!

Lonely vulnerable girl protagonist.

What made this Stand out

The powerful sense of the setting and the village community

Starve Acre, Andrew Michael Hurley

What made this Gothic

Creepy isolated house.

Growing sense of threat and of overpowering grief.

What made this Stand out

Oh my god that terrifying hare!

Wakenhyrst, Michelle Paver

What made this Gothic

Creepy isolated house.

Unreliable narrator.

What made this Stand out

The marches

Lost Acre, Andrew Caldecott

What made this Gothic

Creepy isolated village, limited access to the rest of England or its own history.

Darkly rich community of misfits and criminals and villains.

What made this Stand out

Ensemble cast and community

Alternate reality portals, magic gems

A compelling villain

Melmoth, Sarah Penny

What made this Gothic

Fractured narratives across time.

Pervasive sense of threat and of violation.

What made this Stand out

Prague was a great setting.

The birds – deeply disturbing.

Great re-imagining of Melmoth The Wanderer

A Skinful of Shadows, Frances Hardinge

What made this Gothic

Ghosts.

Pervasive sense of threat and of violation.

What made this Stand out

Set during British Civil War – an era I am not that familiar with

IT’S WRITTEN BY FRANCES HARDINGE and all her stuff is wonderful!

Upcoming Top Ten Tuesday Themes

  • November 2: Books I Would Hand to Someone Who Claims to Not Like Reading
  • November 9: Memorable Things Characters Have Said (quotes from book characters that have stuck with you)
  • November 16: Books to Read If You Love/Loved X (X can be a genre, specific book, author, movie/TV show, etc.)
  • November 23: Characters I’d Love An Update On (Where are they now that the book is over?)
  • November 30: Bookish Memories (Share stories of your reading life as a child, events you’ve gone to, books that made an impression on you, noteworthy experiences with books, authors you’ve met, etc. Reminisce with me!)

27 comments

  1. Love the pumpkins!! Mexican Gothic is on my tbr, and I recently read Frankenstein for the first time. It was a perfect fall-read. 🙂

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