14/10/2014

SPOOKTACULAR GIVEAWAY HOP - WIN TWO CLASSIC GOTHIC TALES

You know who started all this in English literature? I mean supernatural, horror and terror, fantasy, and alike? Horace Walpole, writing his The Castle of Otranto in 1764, which started a new genre that would become extremely popular in the later 18th century and early 19th century: the Gothic novel. Thus, Walpole, by extension, is the forerunner to such authors as Charles MaturinAnn RadcliffeBram StokerEdgar Allan Poe and Daphne du Maurier.  

Here is my choice, then,  for my giveaway contest here at FLY HIGH!,  which is included in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop organized by Kathy at  I am a Reader: you can choose your prizes from the list of  classic Gothic novels below (in paperback edition). Pick up two titles and they will be yours,  if you are lucky enough. Take your chances to win in the rafflecopter form below this post and ... good luck!


(synopsis from goodreads)

1. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.

2. Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho

With The Mysteries of Udolpho, Ann Radcliffe raised the Gothic romance to a new level and inspired a long line of imitators. Portraying her heroine's inner life, creating a thick atmosphere of fear, and providing a gripping plot that continues to thrill readers today, The Mysteries of Udolpho is the story of orphan Emily St. Aubert, who finds herself separated from the man she loves and confined within the medieval castle of her aunt's new husband, Montoni. Inside the castle, she must cope with an unwanted suitor, Montoni's threats, and the wild imaginings and terrors that threaten to overwhelm her.

This new edition includes an introduction that discusses the publication and early reception of the novel, the genre of Gothic romance, and Radcliffe's use of history, exotic settings, the supernatural, and poetry.

3. Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives--presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave

4. R.L. Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

In this harrowing tale of good and evil, the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll develops a potion that unleashes his secret, inner persona—the loathsome, twisted Mr. Hyde.


5. Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto

First published pseudonymously in 1764, The Castle of Otranto purported to be a translation of an Italian story of the time of the crusades. In it Walpole attempted, as he declared in the Preface to the Second Edition, "to blend the two kinds of romance: the ancient and the modern." Crammed with invention, entertainment, terror, and pathos, the novel was an immediate success and Walpole's own favorite among his numerous works. The novel is reprinted here from a text of 1798, the last that Walpole himself prepared for the press.

6. Bram Stoker, Dracula

A true masterwork of storytelling, Dracula has transcended generation, language, and culture to become one of the most popular novels ever written. It is a quintessential tale of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying characters ever born in literature: Count Dracula, a tragic, night-dwelling specter who feeds upon the blood of the living, and whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, and the beautiful. But Dracula also stands as a bleak allegorical saga of an eternally cursed being whose nocturnal atrocities reflect the dark underside of the supremely moralistic age in which it was originally written -- and the corrupt desires that continue to plague the modern human condition. 



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REMEMBER THIS IS A HOP! Lots of prizes to win, lots of blogs participating. Here's the list:



39 comments:

Raquel Muniz said...

The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe and The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

dstoutholcomb said...

Rebecca and Frankenstein

Cait said...

Definitely Rebecca! I only read of it recently and it sounds like my kind of book. ^-^

karin said...

i'd love Rebecca and The Mysteries of Udolpho

Sushma P said...

The books I haven't read are The Mysteries of Udolpho and Rebecca,so would choose them.

Angela said...

I'd like Frankenstein and Jekyll and Hyde!

Mai Tran said...

1. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
2. The Castle of Otranto

katieoscarlet said...

The two books I want are Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca and Bram Stokers Dracula

julienne said...

The Mysteries of Udolpho and Dracula

joe hawk said...

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Mysteries of Udolpho

Diana Sousa said...

I think I would go for Frankenstein and Dr Jekyll!

Julie @ Books and Insomnia said...

I’d like to win Dracula and Frankenstein. Thanks!

Valentina B-v said...

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and The Mysteries of Udolpho.

oriana said...

The books I haven't read are The Mysteries of Udolpho and Rebecca,
thanks!!!

Summer said...

I would choose Rebecca and The Mysteries of Udolpho. Thanks for the giveaway!

Ashfa said...

The Mysteries of Udolpho and Rebecca.

Anonymous said...

I would like to read Frankenstein and Rebecca :-)
Monica

bn100 said...

Rebecca and Dracula

andie said...

1. Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto
2. 2. Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho
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Kathlyn La said...

Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho and Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca!

M.A.D. said...

Mary DeBorde

I'd really like The Mysteries of Udolpho and Dracula :)

Anonymous said...

Thank's for this guiveaway !!:)

I would like to read : Ann Radcliffe The Mysteries of Udolpho & Bram Stocker
Dracula :)


Miette

forsan said...

I would probably never read The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe and The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole if I don't win this contest. I might read everything else though.

Anubha said...

Dracula and Frankenstein.

smiles said...

I'd pick Rebecca and Mysteries of Udolpho. Never heard of either of them, so I'd love to check them both out!

Isa said...

I'd probably choose Rebecca and Frankenstein. Thank you for the giveaway, enjoy your day! :)

Dovile said...

I've never read the two classic novel, Frankenstein and Dracula, so I'd pick those two.

Yun-A said...

I think I'd pick Mysteries of Udolpho and Rebecca because I haven't heard of either of them.

Ari T said...

I'd pick up Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho and Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto! Thank you!

Elizabeth said...

I'd probably pick the first two on your list, Frankenstein and The Mysteries of Udolpho.

sdlashbrook said...

Rebecca and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde would be my choices :). Thank you for the giveaway!

Anitiger said...

R.L. Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Thais Pampado said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I'd pick The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and The Mysteries of Udolpho.

Iriel said...

Brilliant choices!! I'd choose The Mysteries of Udolpho and Rebecca :D

ImSoFreakyLOL said...

If I win, I'd choose Frankenstein and Dracula. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

lynn croxton said...

I'd absolutely love to read The Mysteries of Udolpho and Rebecca! This is one of the best giveaways ever!

SiNn said...

id chose

Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca

and The Mysteries of Udolpho.

thank you for the chance!

Puscas Mircea said...

I would choose Dracula and Frankenstein.

Daniel M said...

frankenstein and dracula! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com