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A Young Person's Guide to the Gothic
This is the book for everyone who loves modern Gothic and wants to know where the vampires, ghouls, haunted houses and zombies all began. It takes each element of the Gothic, from the settings of castles and forests to the werewolves and ghosts who infest them, and uses extracts from the original classics as illustrations - and to encourage readers to go on and explore these wonderful works.It is an ideal primer for those studying the Gothic in Key Stages 3 or 4 or A-level: but it is also to be read for the sheer enjoyment. It contains 11 complete short stories from the masters of gothic horror including Edgar Allen Poe, H G Wells,And H P Lovecraft - some familiar, some found mouldering in the crypts - so forming an anthology of some of the best chilling tales of all time. It uses Harry Potter and the Twilight series to framework gothic story-telling and explore the history of the genre. Ideal for school and college students studying the Gothic.
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'This is quite simply an excellent book which does exactly what it sets out to do. If you have teenage children, friends or relatives and want to interest them in the classic Gothic novel, this book is an absolute 'must buy'.' Simon Ives, The British Fantasy Society; What a wonderful read! This book taught me so much, and has left me with a good understanding of what 'Gothic' actually means. A very enjoyable read. Well done Mr. Bayne' Reader review