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andrewlloydwebber  asked:

Have you checked out arenapal (.) com? They've got a lot of photos I haven't seen before, if you use the search bar.

I’ve seen most of them before. But they keep adding new stuff every now and then, and I think they’ve added new things since last time I visited! There is at least some I can’t recall seeing, including this of Glyn Kerslake:

And this of John Aron and Rosemary Ashe:

If anyone is photo hunting, have a look at the site! There’s a LOT of original and early cast photos there. They tend to do a bit of mislabeling, so don’t use actor credits there as your bible. But they’re good pointers, anyway.

http://www.arenapal.com/imageflows2/?s=phantom+of+the+opera

On a more GOTHIC note!

Have some spooky houses.

Just in time for Halloween, scouring the internet for genuinely spooky (supposedly) Pseudo-Gothic Romance Novels turned up five delicious novels for my upcoming mini-project on Spooky Houses in Historicals. 

There are the four above: 

The Dragon’s Bride - Jo Beverley

Con Somerford, the new Earl of Wyvern, returns to his fortress on the cliffs of Dover to find a woman from his past waiting for him—pistol in hand.

Susan Kerslake, the new housekeeper at Crag Wyvern, was drawn back to Con’s home by rumors of hidden gold and to help her family’s smuggling operation.

The magic they once shared was destroyed by youthful arrogance and innocence. The years at war have hardened him, and the years at home have softened her…but can time teach them both to seize the passion that comes along only once—or twice—in a lifetime?

My Dangerous Duke - Gaelen Foley

They say that the very name of Warrington is cursed…

From a time as old as the cold stone of the duke’s ancestral castle, the Warrington men have been plagued by tragedy. But Rohan Kilburn, the Duke of Warrington, has vowed to escape the predestined torment by forsaking love and devoting his life to the Inferno Club and its secret mission.

And then she is brought to him unbidden by cutthroats hoping to calm the duke’s infamous temper—a sacrificial virgin of sorts. But even overpowered, Kate Madsen will be no man’s sacrifice. And the duke’s price for claiming her may be what he has sworn never to give—the heart he has so long and fiercely guarded—to the beautiful hostage he was never meant to love.

The Bride and the Beast - Teresa Medeiros

Dear Reader,

I’d been prowling the crumbling ruins of Castle Weyrcraig for so long that I could no longer remember if I was man or beast. Then one stormy night the superstitious Highlanders of Ballybliss decided to leave a helpless virgin bound to a stake in the castle courtyard to satisfy my insatiable appetites.

My demands might strike terror in the hearts of men, but this bold beauty dared to defy me. After she informed me that she didn’t believe in dragons, I had no choice but to make her my prisoner–or risk being exposed to those I had sought to deceive with my dangerous masquerade.

Soon I found myself stealing into the moonlit tower just to watch her sleep. Little does she know that beneath this beast’s gruff exterior beats the passionate heart of a man. Gwendolyn Wilder may not believe in dragons, but I intend to use all my sensual wiles to teach her to believe in something even more magical–true love.

Eternally yours,
The Dragon of Weyrcraig

His Dark Kiss - Eve Silver

DESIRE HAUNTS HER

Rumors of madness and murder lurk within the crumbling walls of Manorbrier Castle. But Emma Parrish is not easily put off. She accepts a position no one else dares, as governess to the son of Lord Anthony Craven, the castle’s dark master. Her presence stirs up shadows and threat. She feels unseen eyes watching her. Eerie laughter haunts her. And the seductive pull of Anthony Craven lures her.

DARK SECRETS DRIVE HIM

The secrets of Anthony Craven’s shadowy past lurk behind the locked doors of the estate’s forbidden Round Tower. Mysterious lights flash there in the night. The servants whisper warnings of death. And Anthony himself warns Emma that there is only danger to be found in his sensual embrace.

EVIL IS ONLY A BREATH AWAY

Powerfully drawn to the dangerously alluring Anthony, Emma finds herself unable to deny her deepest yearnings. But even as she succumbs to the master of Manorbrier, she is touched by the whisper of evil that rises from the secrets of his past.

The fifth novel (which I have as an ebook) is the extrodinarily EXCELLENT:

Haunted By the Earl’s Touch - Ann Lethbridge

No man has ever wanted her for herself

When she arrives at Beresford Abbey, orphan Mary Wilder’s hopes of finding a place to belong are dashed when she meets Bane Beresford, the enigmatic earl. He is as remote as the ghosts that supposedly haunt the Abbey, …and like its crumbling walls her dreams fall apart.

Occasionally she sees a different, more caring man behind the facade, so is she foolish to long for a happy home …and a family? His proposal is for a marriage of convenience, but his touch has awakened within her a fervent and forbidden longing….

And then along side these I’ll be considering Medeiros’ One Night of Scandal (Medeiros will only make the list once, so I’ll pick which ever book best exemplifies the Spooky House) and Karen Hawkin’s One Night in Scotland (possibly). 

So I have SUPER exciting reading to do. Expect much chatter about creepy houses and all things EXCELLENT AND GOTHIC.

Originally posted by frankensteinsbrides