This morning I submitted a short story called "Morton Hall" to a Gothic literature themed competition on Reedsy.com. This website holds bi-weekly writing competitions, and I decided to enter this one since this genre is my specialty. The theme for this particular competition is "Set your story in a Gothic manor."
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The Vampyre; A Tale by John William Polidori
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this story immensely. It was fast-paced, engaging and had an ominous gloom about it, which captivated me from the start. I read the entire story in just one sitting with the sound of rain gently pelting against my window and the dark shadowy pall which hovered overhead in the bleak hours of the morning. As a lover of Gothic literature, The Vampyre has immediately become one of my favourites. I look forward to reading it again in the near future.
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The Old Black Curtain by C.J. Paxton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
*Please note I was given a physical copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
"The Old Black Curtain" is a heartwarming novel.
Paxton managed to intertwine her love for music into the lives of the two main characters and inevitably lovers, Michael and Catherine. You can tell much of the author's life and passions are reflected into this piece of literature. At the beginning of the novel, Michael is a man heartbroken with grief and weary about his future, but when he meets a young woman named "Catherine" everything changes.
I confess I expected the story-line to go in the traditional route, one that is more commonly seen in romance novels. I was delighted to find the ending was a bit unexpected, and was satisfied when I reached the final page. This story is about heartache and pain, and the willingness to try again. I think if anyone is going through tough times, particularly relationships with a significant other than this is the book for you.
Generally speaking I do not read contemporary romances, but the smooth flow and effortless pace of "The Old Black Curtain" kept me engaged to the end. It was nice to unravel the mystery that is "Catherine Miller" and learn about the secrets of her path as the readers geared up towards the final climax. Overall, a nice read for anyone looking for a goodhearted romance story with a deeper meaning to keep them pondering for days.
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