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"Modern" Gothic Novels

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Created by Nancy Strakna
  • Details about Labyrinth

    Labyrinth

    Kate Mosse.

    Mosse's page-turner takes readers on another quest for the Holy Grail, this time with two closely linked female protagonists born 800 years apart. In 2005, Alice Tanner stumbles into a hidden cave while on an archeological dig in southwest France. Her discovery-two skeletons and a labyrinth pattern engraved on the wall and on a ring-triggers visions of the past and propels her into a dangerous race against those who want the mystery of the cave for themselves. Alaïs, in the year 1209, is a ……more

  • Details about The Ghost Writer.

    The Ghost Writer.

    John Harwood.

    A tantalizing tale of suspense and family secrets that weaves Victorian ghost stories into the present where they start to come trueTimid, solitary librarian Gerard Freeman lives for just two things: his elusive pen pal Alice and a story he found hidden in his mothers drawer years ago. Written by his great-grandmother Viola, it hints at his mother's role in a sinister crime. And as he discovers more of Violas chilling tales, he realizes that they might hold the key to finding Alice and unveiling……more

  • Details about Beloved : a novel

    Beloved : a novel

    by Toni Morrison.

    Hardcover reprint of the acclaimed, and now virtually canonized 1987 novel. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)…more

  • Details about Possession : a romance

    Possession : a romance

    A.S. Byatt.

    "Possession" is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and a triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poets. As they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire -- from spiritualist seances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany -- what emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passions and ideas.…more

  • Details about The glass of time : the secret life of Miss Esperanza Gorst

    The glass of time : the secret life of Miss Esperanza Gorst

    narrated by Herself ; Michael Cox.

    Like its "beguiling" and "intelligent" ( New York Times Book Review ) predecessor, The Glass of Time is a page turning period mystery about identity, the nature of secrets, and what happens when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present. In the autumn of 1876, nineteen year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to become a lady's maid to the twenty-sixth Baroness Tansor. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, t……more

  • Details about The historian : a novel

    The historian : a novel

    Elizabeth Kostova.

    If your pulse flutters at the thought of castle ruins and descents into crypts by moonlight, you will savor every creepy page of Elizabeth Kostova's long but beautifully structured thriller The Historian.The story opens in Amsterdam in 1972, when a teenage girl discovers a medieval book and a cache of yellowed letters in her diplomat father's library. The pages of the book are empty except for a woodcut of a dragon. The letters are addressed to: "My dear and unfortunate successor." When the girl……more

  • Details about The thirteenth tale : a novel

    The thirteenth tale : a novel

    Diane Setterfield.

    When Margaret Lea opened the door to the past, what she confronted was her destiny.All children mythologize their birth...So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's collection of stories, which are as famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale as they are for the delight and enchantment of the twelve that do exist.The enigmatic Winter has spent six decades creating various outlandish life histories for herself -- all of them inventions that have brought her fame and fort……more

  • Details about The forgotten garden : a novel

    The forgotten garden : a novel

    Kate Morton.

    From the author of "The House at Riverton" comes a story of outer and inner journeys. An homage to the power of storytelling, "The Forgotten Garden" is filled with unforgettable characters who weave their way through its intricate plot to astounding effect.…more

  • Details about 'Salem's lot

    'Salem's lot

    Stephen King ; photographs by Jerry N. Uelsmann.

    Upon its initial publication in 1975,Salem's Lotwas recognized as a landmark work. The novel has sold millions of copies in various editions, but it wasn't until Centipede Press published a special limited edition in 2004 that King's masterpiece was brought to brilliant and eerie life. With the addition of fifty pages of material deleted from the 1975 manuscript as well as material that has since been modified by King, an introduction by him, and two short stories related to the events of the no……more