Three Under Three: Modern Gothic Horror Novels

Three Under Three: Modern Gothic Horror Novels


Hi everyone! I’m Karlen, and welcome to
Three Under Three from the Clearwater Public Library It’s October, which means it’s time for
some of our favorite spooky reads. If you’re interested in some creepy tales,
but are maybe a little squeamish, these Modern Gothic Horrors are the right
choice for you. Shirley Jackson is best known for her short story The Lottery, and her seminal novel The Haunting of Hill House,
but her novella We Have Always Lived in the Castle is every bit as unnerving. Merricat Blackwood lives in isolation with her sister Constance and their
ailing Uncle Julian six years after Constance was acquitted of the murder of
the rest of their family. Merricat faces the hostile occupants of
their town once a week for supplies and has created an elaborate fantasy life to
cope with their jeers and suspicion. When a cousin with a dubious motive arrives
at the house, tensions mount and the family careens toward further disaster.
Merricat is an extremely unreliable narrator who keeps you just off-balance
as you discover who really killed the Blackwood family and just how far the
mob mentality will take the angry townspeople. If you read Susan Hill’s
The Woman in Black without knowing the publication date, you’d be forgiven for
thinking it was straight out of the Victorian era. This 1983 Modern Gothic
classic is the kind of timeless haunted house tale that never fails to bring the
chills. Arthur Kipps as a young lawyer sent to settle the estate of a
mysterious woman who lived in a creepy, isolated house. While staying at the
house, Kipps experiences strange and terrifying events, and becomes obsessed
with discovering the truth behind the home’s shadowy past, even though it may
lead to his eventual undoing. The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
is a dark and gloomy gothic novel with a harder horror edge. Set in 1866, Elsie is
both newly pregnant and newly widowed when she moves to her late husband’s
estate in a remote part of the country. Surrounded by resentful servants and
untrusting villagers, Elsie turns to her husband’s cousin Sarah for companionship.
Together they explore the house and stumble upon a locked room with a
painted wooden figure that looks just like Elsie. More of these figures appear
in the house, many that resemble people in Elsie’s life, and deadly accidents
begin to claim the lives of anyone who has been near them. Is Elsie descending
into madness, or are the silent companions more sinister than they appear?
Told in three intertwining narratives this supernatural suspense tale will
have you on the edge of your seat. That’s it for today’s video. We hope you enjoyed
our Three Under Three: Modern Gothic Horror from the Clearwater Public
Library. See you next time!

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