TracyReaderDad would like to thank J.P. Choquette for writing this guest blog. If you are a Gothic Suspense enthusiast you are sure to love J.P.’s blog…..and books.
Speaking of books, J.P. will announce the winner, from the comments below, of her latest book: “Let the Dead Rest” on September 5, 2018.
“On a scale of 1-10, how much do you love Gothic suspense? Leave a comment below and I’ll choose one lucky winner to receive a digital copy of my newest Gothic-inspired suspense novel, Let the Dead Rest on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.”
So comment away and good luck! 🙂
Are You a Fan of Gothic Suspense?
Do you like your suspense long and drawn out, subtle and refined, rather than gory and terrifying? If so, welcome to the club…the Gothic suspense-lovers club. Gothic suspense fiction, which traces its roots back to Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto published in 1764, contains all the great elements that readers so often associate with the Gothic vibe. What are some of these?
- A brooding mansion, old house, derelict cemetery or other “place” that the story tends to revolve around.
- Women in peril, usually entrapped either socially or physically.
- Atmosphere–this is important. Nature described as almost human in its form. Wind that shrieks or moans, trees that stab the sky with bare branches, water that gurgles or rushes or lashes, rain that drives–these are all good examples of how nature can take on nearly human form.
- A supernatural theme (these may or may not involve elements such as ghosts, spirits, etc.,) though not always present.
- Physical elements (especially in nature) which relate to feelings going on beneath the surface. For example, fog that symbolizes the confusion the main character is feeling in a certain scene could be effective.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, and Patricia Clapp’s ghostly Jane-Emily are all great examples of Gothic suspense fiction. Some of Kate Morton’s novels also have Gothic elements as do Susanna Kearsley’s books.
What Gothic Suspense Offers:
Gothic suspense is perfect for people who are highly sensitive. There doesn’t have to be an in-your-face attack for the author to get the point across. Gothic suspense fans are perceptive. They know that when the main character finds a pool of blood in the library, there has been a murder, or at least it’s likely. Likewise, this genre offers excitement and thrills (and plenty of chills) without gore, excessive violence, or scenes that leave readers nauseous. In my mind, Gothic suspense is the most sensual of the mystery/suspense genre. Sensuality is best defined as, “the condition of being pleasing or fulfilling to the senses,” according to dictionary.com. Authors and screenwriters do their work very well when the reader/watcher feels as though they are right in the story with the characters. The creaking doors…the movement of shadow in the corner…the sound of footsteps approaching…. These are all great examples.
Why You Might NOT Enjoy Gothic Suspense
Gothic suspense isn’t for everyone. If you’re a lover of high-octane thrill rides that are loaded with action from start to finish, you’ll likely find the Gothic suspense isn’t your cup of tea. Some people complain that Gothic suspense is too drawn out and includes too much detail. Indeed, if you’ve read the first chapter of Rebecca, you might know a little about the feeling of impatience!
Gathering Gothic Inspiration
A lover of all things Gothic, I keep myself well inspired. This is easy to do online. Check out my Pinterest board on Gothic Gorgeousness, or read an article about Victorian death jewelry, or Taphophilia (lover of graveyards) on my blog, for more inspiration. Even a simple Google search on “Gothic suspense” will bring up lots of intriguing articles.
On a scale of 1-10, how much do you love Gothic suspense? Leave a comment below and I’ll choose one lucky winner to receive a digital copy of my newest Gothic-inspired suspense novel, Let the Dead Rest on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.