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#AmReading: The Pendragon Legend, Antal Szerb (1934)

One book not mentioned in Jane Aaron's Welsh Gothic but that deserves some more attention is The Pendragon Legend, a gem of a book by Hungarian author Antal Szerb (1901-1945), published in 1934. This counts as Welsh Gothic, albeit by an outsider looking in, and has much in common with the 'first contact' Gothic novels of the… Continue reading #AmReading: The Pendragon Legend, Antal Szerb (1934)

Book Review, Gothic Fiction

#AmReading: Haunted Communities II: Industrial Gothic (1900s-1940s)

Introduction The mining history of my town was the first independent research project I ever did (in Primary School). Granddad took me up the mountain into the woods to see the site of one local mining disaster. There was nothing much left to see now that nature has reclaimed the site - I wasn't sure… Continue reading #AmReading: Haunted Communities II: Industrial Gothic (1900s-1940s)

Book Review, Gothic Fiction, Longread

#AmReading: Haunted Communities I: Gothic Dissent (1900s-1940s)

Introduction Chapter 3 of Jane Aaron's Welsh Gothic, (UWP, 2013), focuses on the shift in themes that characterised Welsh Gothic Fiction in the first part of the twentieth century. This post looks at the historical religious background in brief in the first section, and in the second part highlights some of the fiction that Aaron discusses.… Continue reading #AmReading: Haunted Communities I: Gothic Dissent (1900s-1940s)

amwriting, Pagham-verse, The Crows

Meet the Locals: Carrie Rickard, Cursed Newcomer

Meet Carrie Rickard, main character in The Crows (coming January 2020). Her Pinterest Mood Board is here: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/cmrosens/pagham-on-sea-mood-board/carrie-rickard-cursed-newcomer/.  This is part of a cut version of the first draft, set about a month before the novel begins. To go back further and see Carrie's first experience of Fairwood House (a.k.a. The Crows), see my post… Continue reading Meet the Locals: Carrie Rickard, Cursed Newcomer

Book Review, Gothic Fiction

#AmReading: Welsh Gothic Fiction (1830s-1900s) II: An Underworld of One’s Own

Introduction This post is going to look at Jane Aaron's example texts from her book Welsh Gothic (UWP, 2013), particularly those from Chapter 2, 'An Underworld of One's Own (1830s-1900s)'.  Part 1 of this post looked at the social unrest and historical context of Wales in the 1830s-40s, which Aaron touches on in this chapter but… Continue reading #AmReading: Welsh Gothic Fiction (1830s-1900s) II: An Underworld of One’s Own