Friday, 5 October 2018

Chuckles Chat #84-Classic, Gothic & Historical Horror

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I'm spending a few months looking at the books I enjoyed in various categories within genres and asking all of you to share your favourites in each one too. Hopefully we'll find new books and authors to try. This about books we love so please, no lists of books you hated!

I'm starting with what is a tricky topic for me. As it is Horror month at The Book Cave, I'm looking at that genre first so we can share some favourites. The topic this time is Classic, Gothic and Historical Horror. Don't worry too much about whether the books you choose fit exactly as I'm not worried about being exact!

My definition of classic is basically older horror, which leaves a lot of scope!  




Here is a general definition of Gothic Horror which I'm using.
  • Gloomy, decaying setting (haunted houses or castles with secret passages, trapdoors, and other mysterious architecture)
  • Supernatural beings or monsters (ghosts, vampires, zombies, giants)
  • Curses or prophecies.
  • Damsels in distress and heroes.
  • Romance.




My definition of Historical Horror is plots set fully or partially in the past.



So what books did you love in these categories? Any Indie or lesser known books that fit that you can share with us?

11 comments:

  1. My favorite "classical" read is The Shining. It also happens to be my favorite King. I also used to read some older Koontz a long time ago so I kind of count it too. As far as Gothic, the first thing I thought of was Anne Rice's Mayfair witches. I always liked that trilogy much more than her vampire ones. Her newer wolves series strikes me as kind of Gothic as well. Great discussion and I see some books here I want to grab!

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    1. I'm hoping we're all going to be sharing a ton of book recs for horror this month! My dad liked Interview with the Vampire and older things like Dracula too. I read one Dean Koontz one that I was enjoying but had to give back to the library many years ago. I've looked at the description of every one of his books but none seem to ring a bell! I enjoyed Lightning, Icebound and The Face of Fear.

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  2. Oooh, you've got some good ones on there! I'd add VC Andrews to the gothic pile as well as Rebecca. For classic? They both fit too. I'd also throw in some Clive Barker, Robert McCammon Ruby Jean Jensen.

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    1. I'm sure I read something by VC Andrews but I don't recall what it is or what I thought of it! My dad liked Robert McCammon and has a few of his books which I might have to look at. I hadn't heard of Ruby Jean Jensen so I'll be trying something of her soon!

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  3. I love secret passageways and trap doors, along with crumbling old manors and lotsa secrets! Even though I don't read Gothic, those are awesome elements. And even though I don't read a lot of horror I do kinda have an interest in Salem's Lot.

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    1. I'd like to read about people trapped in a maze of passages with traps inside an old hmansion or castle! That could be a lot of fun!

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  4. My favorite classic horror novel is Dracula. I love that book. I also really like Dean R. Koontz and Stephen King; they're the "new" classics of horror in my opinion.

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    1. I certainly enjoyed a lot of King's early work and it would be nice to read them again and do proper reviews for them.

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  5. Koontz and King are some of my favorites. I love visiting you. You always come up with some amazing posts. I see some new authors I will be checkingout.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. That's so nice of you Sherry! You guys are what keep me blogging!

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  6. The Stand! That is a favorite of mine. I use to enjoy a lot of the older Koontz books, been a while since I read him...hmmm should remedy that. A recent read I enjoyed was The Siren and the Spector by Jonathan Janz could be gothic horror by your definition. :)

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