Friday, 26 October 2018

The Gothic Book Tag

The Classic Club continues to keep us busy, and they are doing it with bravur. While we are enjoying our scary classics for the month of October, here are 13 questions to answer about scary classics. To come in the mood, I am sitting here in my empty flat, lights out, except one at my desk. The corners are getting dark, the shadows are up and soon the autumn darkness will fall upon us. Hoooo! Since I have to go down to the cellar, I think I will do that first before answering the questions!

Well, I am back and because the cellar is also the garage it is really well lit! I did not have to worry. Back to the questions.

1. Which classic book has scared you the most?

Well, first of all I hardly read scary books in general, less so in classics. However, I found Uncle Silas by Sheridan Le Fanu rather scary. Mostly, because the heroine was so helpless, once she figured out the truth about her uncle. She tried to get away, but was blocked everywhere. A sense of being trapped and not being able to get out. That is scary to me. 

2. Scariest moment in a book?

The same as above when the heroine is trapped in the house and sees no way out. It is a little bit the same in Wilkie Colling The Woman in White.

3. Classic villain that you love to hate?

It must be Dracula, the original one.

4. Creepiest setting in a book?

The laboratory of Dr Frankenstein.

5. Best scary cover ever?

Had to go to the internet for this and found: "Twelve Creepy Tales" by Edgar Allan Poe. Some of his stories are really creepy.

6. Book you’re too scared to read?

I can't think of anyone right now.

7. Spookiest creature in a book?

The creature in Alien. I have not read the book by Dean Alan Foster. The movie was enough!

8. Classic book that haunts you to this day?

Dance of the Dwarfs by Geoffrey Household. I read it many, many years ago, but still think about it from time to time.               

9. Favourite cliffhanger or unexpected twist?

Dance of the Dwarfs by Geoffrey Household. Never forget the end.

10. Classic book you really, really disliked?

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. Sorry!

11. Character death that disturbed/upset you the most?

Can't think of anyone for the time being.

12. List your top 5 Gothic/scary/horror classic reads.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist

13. Share your scariest/creepiest quote, poem or meme.

I go for a gothic quote from Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights

"If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it."


  1. Considering how many lists Poe and Dracula have ended up on with this tag, I really must read them both one day soon!

    Don't forget to add your link to the CC page so other clubbers can find you too :-)

    1. Dracula was a big surprise to me. I don't, or I should say, I did not like vampire stories. However, with so many modern interpretations, movies and tv-series, I see them all in a new light! Poe is always a pleasure although I have not read a lot of them.
      Forgot the link yesterday, but have just added it. Thank you for all the interesting posts the Classic club provides us with.