Book Review: Accursed Inhabitants of the House of Bly


Joyce Carol Oates. Dutton Books, 1994. Originally published 1994. 28 pages. Gothic tale.

★★

Few people will argue with me when I state that Joyce Carol Oates is a talented author, who has proved herself more than capable of writing stories that positively shines with originality.

Accursed Inhabitants of the House of Bly, however, is no such story, and neither was it designed to be.

Instead, it is a paraphrasing of the century-old The Turn of the Screw, and this is important to keep in mind as you first delve into the book.

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Book Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker. Norton Critical Edition, 1986. Originally published 1897. 488 pages. Gothic tale.

★★★

The story of Dracula is one of the best-known horrors of all time, and though the book is over a century old, the story is still read avidly by readers across the globe.

But let’s be honest. The world is not like it was a century ago. For one thing, we spend quite a lot of our time watching television. Series, commercials, movies. And a considerable amount of these movies are horrors. You could almost say that we are used to them by now. We are no strangers to the image of blood splattering across the wall, and we have all heard the sound of terrifying screams filling the night. Fictionally speaking that is. We have gotten exceptionally talented at deciphering when something is merely special effects and solid acting.

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