“Studies show: Intelligent girls are more depressed because they know what the world is really like. Don’t think for a beat it makes it better when you sit her down and tell her everything gonna be all right. She knows in society she either is a devil or an angel with no in between. She speaks in the third person so she can forget that she’s me.”
Before the release of The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls was released, a few sample images were released in an issue of Alternative Magazine, including a page that included a picture of Emilie and Lady Joo Hee When the book was released, the image was edited to replace Joo Hee with an unidentified model for unknown reasons.
As well - In a book reading before the release Emilie read Asylum Letter LIV, where Sachiko was named Joo Hee. It’s no longer on youtube sadly.
Two young women, living one hundred-fifty years apart, both accused of madness, communicate across time to fight a common enemy … their doctors.
Emilie Autumn’s underground novel phenomenon is born again in a completely re-imagined new version. If you were lucky enough to get your hands on the limited edition illustrated hardback original, then you may think you know the whole story, but this…this is very, very different. With new characters, new chapters, new secrets, and new songs, the Asylum is back, and is admitting readers all over the world at a very low price for the very first time.
This beautifully designed eBook version doubles as a treasure hunt, containing dozens of interactive elements including new illustrations, hidden links to additional writings and character backgrounds, atmospheric audio tracks to read along with, secret ways to get in contact with the Asylum’s inmates yourself, and, if you’re clever enough to find the key, exclusive access to never-before-heard songs from the upcoming The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls: The Musical. Far from being second best to a print version, Emilie has packed this eBook with surprises a printed book could never contain.
Welcome to the Asylum. Are you committed?
“The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls is lots of fun, a kind of "women in prison” movie with an (Oliver) Twist. It’s cleverly structured, bouncing effortlessly between the Victorian and modern eras, and comes complete with scary, perilous situations, vivid characters–plucky heroines, evil villains, and intelligent, talking rats–to an ultimately thoughtful, poignant ending. Put down your Dickens for a bit and give it a read.
“–Jack Ketchum, author of The Lost and The Woman
The Asylum For Wayward Victorian Girls is going to be released in a Kindle Edition for $2.99 released on 22 June 2017!
So like, the whole girlhood gothic thing kind of struck a chord with me, and I want to maybe find out more about it. But like, where do I start? Are there any books you would say fit this concept particularly well? Anything else you would recommend?
Follow up to the question I just sent: I just wanted to say that I like the idea of girlhood being something dark and angry, something searching and restless and seething. And that’s not something I’ve really been able to find easily in media before? So I just thought you might have recs. Thanks for reading.
YOOO I GOT YOU COVERED BABE this is my fave thing to talk abt!!
• anything by gillian flynn, obviously. sharp objects and gone girl especially.
• dare me, the fever and the end of everything by megan abbott, again, obviously
• the asylum for wayward victorian girls by emilie autumn if u squint
• the women in the walls by amy lukavics
• the virgin suicides by jeffrey eugenides
• deathless by catherynne m valente touches on this with marya morevna a bit
• the secret history has camilla macaulay
• carrie by stephen king
• christine daaé from phantom of the opera (a great non-villainous example)
• the bell jar by sylvia plath
• ophelia from hamlet
• the virgin suicides
• kate fuller of from dusk till dawn
• the craft
• young vanessa ives from penny dreadful
• the sisterhood of the night
• laura palmer from twin peaks
• jennifer’s body
• again, christine daaé in the 2004 film version of phantom of the opera, much more so than the book
• christine day in the 1989 film version of phantom of the opera
• the neon demon
• violet harmon from american horror story: murder house and almost all the witches from coven
• ginger snaps
• meg giry from love never dies
• cheryl blossom from riverdale
• lucille sharpe from crimson peak when she was young
honestly most of my fave female villains (and sometimes girls that aren’t villains at all, just mad girls like christine or ophelia or emily) were presumably this as teen girls/young women, which is something i like to keep in mind when trying to develop them in fanfic, how i see them, and just misc portrayal. also, there wasn’t enough for a whole music category, but nicole dollanganger and emilie autumn sing about this a lot.
thank you so much for asking this, i hope i helped !! if you want to, feel free to add ur own !!
I wish I could travel back in time and see one of her Enchant shows live. I got into EA when I was an edgy teenager and I only cared about her Opheliac/Asylum era stuff, but listening to Enchant carefully for the first time made me fell completely in love with the album and to think about how the Enchant era has been forgotten saddens me a lot.