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Gothic!: Ten Original Dark Tales (2004)

by Deborah Noyes (Editor)

Other authors: Joan Aiken (Contributor), M. T. Anderson (Contributor), Neil Gaiman (Contributor), Caitlín R. Kiernan (Contributor), Gregory Maguire (Contributor)5 more, Garth Nix (Contributor), Celia Rees (Contributor), Janni Lee Simner (Contributor), Vivian Vande Velde (Contributor), Barry Yourgrau (Contributor)

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This book is written for teens, which I didn't realise until I was reading the introduction, there's no indication of the target audience on the covers. Most of the stories aren't bad, but because they are for a younger audience, they lacked the 'bite' I was hoping for. Overall still a good, easy weekend read. ( )
  AngelaJMaher | Jun 23, 2018 |
Since this is an anthology, it's going to be short and sweet because I don't want to give too much away! Gothic! is a collection of ten short stories by known and not-so-known authors that have one thing in common: they know how to write a pretty eerie story. Now, mind you, gothic isn't necessarily scary like horror stories are. Gothic stories don't necessarily make you lose sleep, but you may keep a few lights on when you go to bed.

In this anthology, you really have to take the good with the bad. Some stories are spot-on, they story is well-written and fleshed out enough to be an understandable short story and also has those "creepy" moments I talked about before. Some stories sounded promising, but fell a little short. Then there was one or two that didn't have anything, except maybe good grammar. I have to say that Neil Gaiman's story, "Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House of the Night of Dread Desire" was as good as I expected it to be. Gaiman's an incredible writer and he delivered in this as well. I think the story I was most disappointed with was Gregory Maguire's "The Prank". It was definitely not the worst, but I'm a huge fan of his and I thought he could have done a little better.

Overall, I'd recommend this as a good book to curl up with on the couch under the soft light of a table lamp late at night. I'd say this is "Halloween-creepy" - based on horror, but a little too commercial and kiddy to be truly scary. ( )
  missyreadsreviews | Sep 27, 2010 |
The ten stories in this well done collection act as a way to remind readers of modern horror that there was something before called Gothic and that its still around. The authors in this anthology all have connections to the older traditions of Gothic novels yet know how to write popular young adult fiction like Neil Gaiman and Garth Nix. This means that the introduction provides a good lesson in how Gothic is a certain type of horror and a curious reader will be able to after reading the introduction and these other stories see how Gothic changes and appears in the popular genres of supernatural and horror fiction. Since these stories are Gothic, the violence ranges from a frank discussion of a bad beating to ghosts and vampires so these stories would be better suited for a high school reader rather than a middle school reader. As most of the characters are young people this helps makes them enjoyable and fascinating. A truly varied and worthwhile collection that will appeal to a reader of horror and supernatural fiction. ( )
  katekf | Dec 22, 2009 |
Editor Deborah Noyes has collected dark tales from some of the best authors of young adult fiction in the business. Neil Gaiman's contribution was witty, M.T. Anderson's was disturbing and Caitlin R. Kiernan's tale of a changeling's coming of age rite haunts me still. ( )
  kivarson | Oct 12, 2009 |
Edited by Deborah Noyes this is a collection of horror short stories aimed at teenagers. There are 10 stories in the collection, mostly by authors I didn't know before. Some are straight horror, others explore the gothic genre, some are ghost stories and some combine elements of them all.

Lungewater - Joan Aiken
On the way to meet her great-aunt Theodosia she meets a man at the bus stop. He tells her a tale of unrequited love and a slave boy who got caught up in the drama. He was abused and killed y his master, Count Boyanus and is said to haunt the near by river.

Morgan Roehmar's Boys - Vivian Vande Velde
Ashly works at a haunted hay ride. When a storm rolls in she is trapped alone in the barn which used to be the house belonging to Morgan Roehmar. He was killed by the police on his porch after they found he had murdered a number of young men and boys. Ashly is sure that during the storm there is someone else in the barn with her.

Watch and Wake - MT Anderson
Jim is on his way home to see his paretns when he is talked into watching a dead body overnight to stop witches eating its face. Things become very strange the enxt day when he accidentally falls asleep on the job.

Fordibben Brides and the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House of the Night of Dread Desire - Neil Gaiman
A parody where a man living in a gothic world tries to write a real life gothic tale. He keeps adding in silly bits and is unable to take it seriously until a raven suggests he write a fantasy novel instead. His fantasy novel involes our mundane world and our concerns.

The Dead and the Moonstruck - Caitlin R Kieran
Starling Jones is a changeling, a human child living in a world full of monsters after being spirited away years ago. As a human she has to pass 3 tests. If she suceeds she will serve the monsters forever, but if she fails they will kill and eat her. Her third and final test is fast approaching and Starling Jane is afraid.

Have no fear, Crumpot is here! - Barry Yourgrau
Walter writes stories about imaginary hero Crumpot. He is sent to stay with old family friends for a week while his parents are away to learn responsibility. They have a son, another Walter, who is very pale and can't abide garlic. He is not happy about sharing his name.

Stone Tower - Janni Lee Simner
Tara hears a voice in her head telling her what to do and se cannot resist it. Her memory is in pieces and she seems plagued by a raven. If only she could remember what had happened and figure out who is controlling her and why.

The Prank - Gregory Maguire
Melanie goes to stay with Aunt Beryl after committing a hate crime and badly beating up two girls who may have been lesbians with a lead pipe as a prank. It looks like her Aunt has her own secrets when Melanie is forbidden to enter the locked attic.

Writing on the Wall - Celia Rees
Mark Banks buys a house he doesn't ralise is said to be haunted. When he brings his children to camp outside whilst it is being renovated, the builders son Tom starts acting strangely around his daughter Kate. Seems the house is using them to act out it's unfinished business.

Endings - Garth Nix
A strange tale about Sorrow, Joy and choices. Haunting.

This was an excellent collection and I enjoyed most of the stories a lot. I particularly liked Forbidden Brides, The Dead and the Moonstruck and Stone Tower. My clear favourite though was Morgan Roehmar's Boys which really stuck in my mind and gave me nightmares for a week! I look forward to reading the companion volume, Restless Dead. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Noyes, DeborahEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aiken, JoanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, M. T.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kiernan, Caitlín R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maguire, GregoryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nix, GarthContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rees, CeliaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Simner, Janni LeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Velde, Vivian VandeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yourgrau, BarryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763627372, Paperback)

"Get ready to sleep with the lights on!" — GIRLS' LIFE

A lovesick count and the ghost of his brutalized servant . . . a serial killer who defies death . . . a house with a violent mind of its own and another that holds a grotesque secret within its peeling walls. Here are witches who feast on faces, changeling rites of passage, a venerable vampire
contemplating his end, and a fanged brat who drains the patience of a bumbling teenage boy. Here too are a flamboyant young novelist in search of a subject more compelling than his own eerie existence and
the daughter of a sorcerer fighting to free her lover — and her will — from sinister bonds. Enter the world of GOTHIC!, a celebration of the literary form made famous by such writers as Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe.

With chilling stories by:
Joan Aiken
M. T. Anderson
Neil Gaiman
Caitlín R. Kiernan
Gregory Maguire
Garth Nix
Celia Rees
Janni Lee Simner
Vivian Vande Velde
Barry Yourgrau

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Drawing on dark fantasy and the fairy tale as well as horror and wild humor, ten acclaimed authors pay homage to the gothic tale in wide-ranging stories of the supernatural and surreal.

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