Jun. 13th, 2009

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Title: Gothic!: Ten Original Dark Tales
Editor: Deborah Noyes
Published: Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2004
Rating: 4 of 5
Page Count: 241
Total Page Count: 79,455
Text Number: 232
Read Because: I enjoyed two stories from the collection, published elsewhere: "The Dead the the Moonstruck" by Caitlín R. Kiernan, published in To Charles Fort, With Love and "Watch and Wake" by M.T. Anderson, published in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection, borrowed from the library
Short Review: The history of a haunted stream, a wake for a witch-haunted corpse, a coming of age ritual for a changling child: Gothic! is a collection of ten stories from authors such as Neil Gaiman, Gregory Maguire, and Caitlín R. Kiernan. Filled with ghouls, ghosts, and vampires, these stories are quiet, dark, gothic tales which haunt the edges of the horror genre. Most of the stories have missing or undeveloped aspects which make them good but not quite great; there are a few exceptions, both good and bad, but on the whole this is a competent and enjoyable, if unexpectional, collection. There's enough variety in subject and tone to hold the reader's attention, and the stories are united by an indulgent, dark, gothic theme which is a pleasure to read. I recommend it.

Long review. )

Review posted here on Amazon.com.

Goodness, what an unexpectedly long review for a book that took just an afternoon to read.

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