Tuesday, October 25, 2011
"I do not believe in La maledetta," claimed Kate, but as the lovely young widow arrived in Belmare, she had to admit there was something disturbing about the abandoned villa by the sea. The mournful tolling of the bell, the crashing of the waves, the very walls seemed to whisper a warning. And the mysterious dark stranger whose midnight eyes studied her like a bird of prey...was he a ghost that only she could see or a man with all too human desires? With the face of a god and the voice of the devil, he seemed to appear whenever she was most vulnerable, tempting her as her late husband had never done, seducing her with visions of wild nights and sultry days. Was he new hope for her and the Villa Falcone or the spirit of doom that would destroy them both?
Friday, September 30, 2011
Ellen Kellaway, orphaned at age five, was raised by wealthy cousins, but was never allowed to forget that her every advantage was owed to the charity of others. However, when the son of a powerful London family asks for her hand in marriage, her world is opened up to untold wealth and social position. She never imagined that such an unlikely dream would come true.
Despite these wonderful new developments in her life, Ellen continues to be wracked by the bad dreams that have haunted her since childhood. What is the meaning of the lifelong nightmare—the image of an unfamiliar room, a door opening and behind it a dreadful presence? Perhaps it is a message urging her to uncover the secrets of her long-lost family—the secrets of the ancient home of the Kellaways on the Far Island, off the wild coast of Cornwall.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Victoria Holt was one of eight pen names for the British author, Eleanor Hibbert. Her best-known pseudonyms were Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt, and Philippa Carr, but she also wrote under the names Eleanor Burford, Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow, Anne Percival, and Ellalice Tate. She was well known for writing meticulously researched novels with strong plots and rich characterization. The popular novels of Victoria Holt were those of romantic suspense set in gloomy, old manor houses and were also known as gothic romance.
Friday, September 23, 2011
The definition most commonly found for gothic romance is a romance that deals with desolate and mysterious and grotesque events. But, in my opinion there is really much more to it than that. The beginnings of gothic novels can be traced back to the late 18th and early 19th centuries. These stories were mysterious and suspenseful, heavily tinged with horror and terror, and often involved supernatural elements. The settings also played an important part in these novels. They had dark backgrounds, such as castles, medieval ruins, and monasteries. These usually were equipped with subterranean passages, dark battlements and hidden panels. Some examples of these stories can be found within the pages of The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, The Monk by Matthew Lewis, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and the works of Ann Radcliffe.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Do you enjoy reading stories that blend horror, romance, and mystery with a touch or more of the supernatural? Welcome to Gothic Romance Novels! I've put together this blog to dedicate to my love for all things gothic and book related. I'll be exploring the world of gothic romance from its earliest beginnings in 1764 to it's more recent incarnation into paranormal romance. I hope you join me and add your thoughts and book suggestions. I'm creating a list of authors and books to the pages of this blog with the hopes of offering a selection to those in search of the hard-to-find gothic romance. As well, as books, I'm also hoping to collect inspiration for readers and writers who love this genre as I do.