Gothic And Historical!

These are what I call image-provoking banners!  Honestly, I want to call this:  “post of the gorgeous headers”!  They would draw my eye to those blogs if I weren’t already keen on their content.  Gothic mystery and paranormal literature, fictional or not, are closest to my heart in the whole spectrum of categories in the world.  I wrote a good piece about gothic mystery some time back.  I relate that this was the mainstream genre until 1990, largely in standalone novels, that career-themed ‘cozy’ series are today.  Perhaps you would enjoy my article here.

I found no group dedicated to this subject, which led to creating my own groups:  Ethereal and My Kind Of Mystery.  If content has nothing paranormal, gothic literature fulfills that ambiance for me;  secrets, hidden corridors, antique or ancient artifacts, riddles and clues to unravel…  I prefer suspense to humour with my paranormal fare.  RARE authors still providing this FOR ADULTS, have my gratitude!



Goodness gracious:  this is the most natural category of literature for me to read!  Since I have been buying bagfulls of gothic standalone stories, since the cottage town of my childhood;  I foresee no problem blazing through twenty this year.  It will be my pleasure to return to them, between other subjects and of course the ambiance of gothic mystery endures in modern fiction too.  I see Barbara Michaels, Robert Liparulo, and other authors slipping into place splendidly.

Challenge 1:  05  Books
Challenge 2:  10  Books
Challenge 3:  20  Books

Several challenges were cancelled.  When I made my way around new year’s eve to work out the right titles and link them;  the group-related posts were deleted.  The only place you might find this lovely banner is here, in my post.  This is the reason I’m keeping it.  There are a few hosts who ditch their groups midway and I’d like to avoid them, as understandable as their personal schedules might be.  Please know heart goes into the energy with which I build my groups and that I stick with them, no matter how small a year’s turnout might be.



Modern works published over fifty years ago, turn historical from our vantage point.  I additionally enjoy a great deal of genuinely historical fiction.  The topic was new to me until I did this first challenge only a few years back.  I’ll select a goal from each group’s levels shortly.  I always add titles along the way, I have found to fit the bill.  Do re-join me at this post frequently to see how I am faring!  My reviews will also be gathered in the menu header of my blog, above.

I did very well, reaching exactly fifty books!  I include stories with flashbacks.  I believe small portrayals of the past make them eligible as historic fiction.


Aunt Dimity Beats The Devil”  Nancy T. Atherton  2000
Mystery Of The Piper’s Ghost”  Zillah K. MacDonald  1954
The Lost Steps”  Alejo Carpentier  1953
The Half-A-Moon Inn” Paul Fleischman  1980
The Riddle Of The Lonely House”  Augusta Huiell Seaman  1935
Tom’s Midnight Garden”  Philippa Pearce  1958
The Ghost Of Thomas Kempe”  Penelope Lively  1973
Whose Body?”  Dorothy L. Sayers  1923
Aesop’s Fables”  George Fyler Townsend  1846
(10)  “Murder On Location”  Howard Engel  1982

The Missing Chums”  Leslie McFarlane  1928
A Hill For Looking”  Martha Brooks  1982
The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float”  Farley Mowat  1969
The Street”  Mordecai Richler  1969
Through The Door”  Jodi McIsaac  2012
The Summer Tree”  Guy Gavriel Kay  1984
The Wandering Fire”  Guy Gavriel Kay  1986
Canadian Hauntings”  Michael Norman, Beth Scott  1994
This Side Jordan”  Margaret Laurence  1960
(20)  “Aurore Of The Yukon”  Keith Halliday  2006

Gold Digger”  Vicki Delany  2009
The African Quest”  Lyn Hamilton  2000
Deadly Appearances”  Gail Bowen  1990
Witchery Hill”  Welwyn Wilton Katz  1984
Haunted Canada:  True Ghost Stories”  Pat Hancock  2003
Look For Me By Moonlight”  Mary Downing Hahn  1995
Step To The Music”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1953
When A Cobbler Ruled The King”  Augusta Huiell Seaman  1911
Haunted Harbours, Ghost Stories Of Old Nova Scotia”  Steve Vernon  2006
(30)  “Bluenose Ghosts”  Dr. Helen Creighton  1957

The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings”  Carolyn Sherwin Bailey  1931
Jonah And A Very Big Fish”  Sunny Griffin, Yacoba  1994
Artifacts”  Mary Anna Evans  2003
The Haunting Of Maddie Prue”  Alfred Silver  2000
Murder At The Mendel”  Gail Bowen  1991
The Four Musicians”  Brothers Grimm  1819
Heidi”  Johanna Spyri, Desmond Marwood  1881
Usborne True Stories, Ghosts”  Paul Dowswell  2008
The Boarded-Up House”  Augusta Huiell Seaman  1915
(40)  “The Girl Next Door”  Augusta Huiell Seaman  1917

The House On Tradd Street”  Karen White  2008
Waiting For Willa”  Dorothy Eden  1970
The Haunting Of Maddy Clare”  Simone St. James  2012
The Tale Of Halcyon Crane”  Wendy Webb  2010
“The Mystery Of The Stone Tiger”  Carolyn Keene  1963

The House Without A Christmas Tree”  Gail Rock  1974
“How The Grinch Stole Christmas” Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) 1957

Hunting For Hidden Gold”  Leslie McFarlane  1928

The Black Dudley Murder”  Margery Allingham  1929
(50)  “No One Writes To The Colonel”  Gabriel García Márquez  1961

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3 Responses to Gothic And Historical!

  1. Books Under the Bed says:

    great post, i look forward to seeing what you pick up

    • Thank you! I’m glad! I hope you enjoy my gothic mystery article, reflecting on the standalones of the past, even though there are modern gothic stories thank goodness. It’s how they were the popular fiction book, like ‘cozy mysteries’ are now.

  2. KimberlyKL says:

    Hi Carolyn. Got your message on Goodreads. Yes, a library themed book would work great! Thanks.

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