Posted Wed, 01/13/10
I've been on a Dorothy Daniels reading spree for the past week. I'm not sure why, but I had the incredible urge to revisit several of the very old Daniels' titles as well as reading a few recently found at the local paperback exchange.
In the process I found the Gothic Romance Forum, which describes itself as a "Community for Gothic Romance Fiction and Literature Lovers." I'm not so much fond of the "romance" aspect of the gothic genre (mainly because most of my favorite authors in the arena are rather Victorian in approach), but I do enjoy the spooky settings and straightforward form of writing. It's also nice to know I'm not the only one who likes the genre.
Reading and becoming involved in the ongoing Gothic revival also inspires me to push forward with Mind Sweeper, which I promised myself to complete before entering the hospital next month. I don't get "ideas" from reading other gothic novels because Mind Sweeper is not typical in its scope, but delving into the genre definitely leads to generous amounts of inspiration.