Owl Manor reviews

A line in the book that stood out to the reviewer: “…but even within that oblivion had stirred something dark and malevolent.” Owl Manor is a wonderful example of Regency style Gothic horror, heavy on the tropes of the genre, but still telling a taut and masterful story. The heroine is a mix of a modern feminist…

THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN OWLS and DEATH

Since ancient times, many different cultures have been associating birds with death. Especially OWLS. In his thesis, “On the Relationship between Birds and Spirits of the Dead,” Christopher Moreman gives us some fascinating facts, some of which I plucked out (pun intended!) for us to enjoy: “…The Egyptian soul, called Ba, is depicted as a…

How does this painting affect you?

I’m sure many have seen this 1781 painting, “The Nightmare” by Henry Fuseli. I encountered it in Art school a long time ago, and needless to say, it is unforgettable. Disturbingly unforgettable. It tells a story of unrequited passion. Henry Fuseli had fallen madly in love (lust?) with a woman by the name of Anna…

A Living, Breathing Red.

While my inspirations for Gothic romance are the classics: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte; Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte; Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, and more, I Really enjoyed the Gothic romance movie, Crimson Peak by Guillermo del Toro. Of course the fact it had three of my favorite actors didn’t…

Gothic music by Adrian Von Ziegler

Sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while, guys! I’ve been focusing completely on finishing my book Owl Manor to get it to my editor! Sometimes writers are devoured by their work! But I have to share this piece by Adrian Von Ziegler, who is fast becoming my favorite Gothic musician. I listen to him…

Tom Hardy ignites the Gothic

Taboo, the new series with Tom Hardy, feeds my obsession with dark tales and makes me want to write them. It is one to be watched more than once. My husband and I just spent an entire weekend watching it. Four episodes through the show, we were thoroughly hooked, wondering frantically what brilliant clues, signs,…

Giordano Bruno an Inspiration

While the white marble classical statuary of Rome is stunning, this brass statue of Giordano Bruno, a 16th century Dominican friar, contradictorily philosopher, poet, mathematician, and cosmologist, is haunting. Built at the very spot in the Campo de Fiore in Rome, Italy, where he was burned at the stake for his progressive thinking, it is…