This iconic comic book series employs a large cast of literary characters from the infamous to the esoteric, and pits Victorian heroes against Victorian villains in century and genre spanning shenanigans.
Orphan Sue Trindler secures a position with a sheltered gentlewoman and her eccentric guardian as part of a con-game to steal an inheritance, only to find herself pitying—and perhaps falling for—her mark. But Sue is caught up in a plot more devious and much longer in the making than she ever imagined. This is a twisty, almost suffocatingly atmospheric pastiche of Victorian literature.
Carmilla predates and clearly influenced Stoker’s Dracula. It’s a short, yummy piece with all the Gothic hallmarks: castles, monsters, maidens, forests, nightmares, seductive and mysterious strangers, and blatant homoeroticism.
Okay, but here’s my question: film and TV versions of Dorian Gray arealwayssexy, but they’re always dark and smoldering sexy, not the boyish and blond sexy of Wild’s not-so-innocent protagonist, and it’s been more than a century, are we still so dependent on the very visual cues denoting purity and wickedness that Wilde lambasted in his novel?
The Bellefleur clan is a powerful, notorious family, complete with millionaires, psychics, murderers, ghosts, spiritualists, mysteries, and a manor house. This sprawling, twisty novel is a modern classic of the American Gothic.
Told with stark detail and twisting flashbacks, this YA book combines the nightmarish setting of a Victorian madhouse with one teenager’s sexual awakening and fight to preserve her own sense of identity, while figuring out who did this to her.