Monday, March 11, 2024

Seven top modern gothic novels featuring a feminist perspective

Paulette Kennedy is the bestselling author of The Witch of Tin Mountain and Parting the Veil, which received the prestigious HNS Review Editor’s Choice Award. She has had a lifelong obsession with the gothic. As a young girl, she spent her summers among the gravestones in her neighborhood cemetery, imagining all sorts of romantic stories for the people buried there. After her mother introduced her to the Brontës as a teenager, her affinity for fog-covered landscapes and haunted heroines only grew, inspiring her to become a writer. Originally from the Missouri Ozarks, she now lives with her family and a menagerie of rescue pets in sunny Southern California, where sometimes, on the very best days, the mountains are wreathed in fog.

Kennedy's new novel is The Devil and Mrs. Davenport.

At CrimeReads the author tagged seven books that "serve to illustrate the dangers of misogyny while centering the power and resilience of all women." One title on the list:
The Star and the Strange Moon by Constance Sayers

When 1960s actress Gemma Turner mysteriously vanishes into the movie she’s filming, she must use her wits to survive the twisted world created by an obsessive auteur on the brink of madness. The dreamlike atmosphere Sayers conjures is reminiscent of Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête but make no mistake—this is still Gothic horror, and Gemma’s repeated attempts to escape the surrealistic cursed film she’s imprisoned in convey a palpable sense of claustrophobic oppression. A captivating time-slip love story and a powerful celebration of feminine agency.
Read about another entry on the list.

My Book, The Movie: The Star and the Strange Moon.

--Marshal Zeringue