With fall just around the corner, there's something about the gothic, or at least, dark atmosphere that is the backdrop to many dark academia novels that is just what we need. Coupled with the quarantine, there's nothing quite like settling in with a book with intellectual characters getting into all sorts of trouble.
In a previous post, I mentioned the gothic novel I was working on. In a record for me, I finished the first draft in exactly two weeks! the first chapter was already posted, and I had some positive feedback, as well as requests to publish more chapters. So, here's chapter 2! And if you missed … Continue reading Sever House chapter 2
Considering the lower Goodreads rating on this book (3.01 out of 5), I didn't have high hopes for this story. I ended up devouring it...
7 more Lush and Atmospheric Books
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly again is arguably one of the most powerful opening lines of a book. And Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is one of my favorite classics. So of course with the surge of retellings, I've been eager to find the best Rebecca retellings. Most have been a disappointment, and don't capture the dark, gothic, and compelling essence of Rebecca. But, I've managed to create a list of Rebecca retellings that, based on Goodreads ratings, should be good.
A dark, foreboding retelling of Jane Eyre and The Haunting of Hill House - a Mexican god-like family, psychedelic mushrooms, and incest.
What unfolds reads like a quintessential gothic novel. Not quite as gloomy or dark, but certainly has an atmosphere that lends itself to deep shadows and cold nights.