Thursday, July 13, 2017

Top ten secrets in fiction

Eli Goldstone's debut novel is Strange Heart Beating. One of her ten top secrets in fiction, as shared at the Guardian:
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

A masterclass in spare horror. Claustrophobic and beautifully funny, it is a book to stay up all night with. Constance and Merricat are doyennes of the American gothic for good reason – agoraphobic, paranoid and homicidal. The villagers suspect Constance of murder, but there is more to these strange sisters than meets the eye. Jackson herself was a mysterious and solitary figure, accused of being a communist witch by her neighbours and apparently revelling like Merricat in a truly filthy house. Inspirational.
Read about the other entries on the list.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle is among Stephanie Feldman's ten best creepy books, Lauren Passell's five top Gothic novels, and Will Eaves's top ten siblings' stories.

--Marshal Zeringue