Monday, June 27, 2011
Irish Gothic Novels
The weather has started to pick up and everyone I know is on a happy summer vibe, so what does that mean?
Yes, I'm ill again. :-(
Just so that I don't get too resentful about staying indoors even though I live all of three minutes from the ocean, I've decided to do catch up on some research I've been meaning to do.
Late last year during a friend's visit, we went to the Dublin Writers' Museum, which featured an exhibit of Irish Gothic writers. Of course Bram Stoker played a starring role, but I learned more about writers such as Robert Maturin, Sheridan Le Fanu and Lafcadio Hearn.
I was embarrassed at how little of these author's works I had read, seeing how I love the Gothic genre so much. So I ordered works by all three from my friendly local neighbourhood bookshop.
But that was last December and I haven't opened a single one of them until today (I've started with 'Melmoth the Wanderer'). So even if I feel sad that I'm not able to go outside, at least my guilt from staring at these unread volumes should be assuaged this week...