GOTHIC/FANTASY has a beautiful new blog. Visit it for a treat:
Because of Amazon's uniqueness, my first review isn't.
So if anyone would like to read the first few chapters and review,
I will give LUCIFER'S ORPHAN to you for free.
What with Alex's CASSASTORM onslaught and other multiple releases,
I am not expecting any takers but as Custer said, "If you don't ask, you don't get."
Of course, he got more than he bargained for!
GOTHIC/FANTASY talked on his blog about what Gothic fiction really is.
What with THESE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES,
and assorted vampire and werewolves novels coming out every week,
it would seem that Gothic literature is undead and well.
Or is it?
Think of Dracula and the enormous influence that book has had on culture.
How many single books can claim to have had the same impact on the minds of so many people—many of whom have never read it?
My Father Renfield even teaches from it on how to approach life in a meaningful way in my own END OF DAYS.
What makes a book Gothic anyway?
To me, at its core, Gothic fiction has these characteristics:
(1) The main character is being asked to reject the rational world in order to embrace the primitive world of our emotions.
(2) This is usually done through a supernatural element that invokes a feeling of dread or terror.
(3) The supernatural world is represented by a character who has completely rejected the rational world for this primitive world.
(4) The story serves to warn the reader of the danger of giving oneself over to the seductive but dangerous world of the primal man.
Do you think the modern "Gothic" novels truly are Gothic?
Should the term be expanded in response to the modern world?
Or would doing so totally destroy the essence of what it means to be Gothic?
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