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GOTHIC! by Deborah Noyes Kirkus Star


Ten Original Dark Tales

edited by Deborah Noyes

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-7636-2243-5
Publisher: Candlewick

By turns lyrical and bleak and leavened at times with grim, bleak humor or goofiness, the ten stories in this anthology either entertain or terrorize—or both. Although the title conjures up a vision of Victoria Holt–like heroines in peril, Noyes has assembled an exciting variety of dark fantasy and horror stories—all far more sinister and less predictable than formulaic “gothic” tales. After a rather tame start with Joan Aiken’s Lungewater—that provides standard gothic fare—terror takes over. Vivian VandeVelde, M.T. Anderson, Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, and others offer ghosts and vampires, ghouls and sorcerers, and monstrous family members to quicken the pulse and provide frissons of fear. Consistently well-written, these stories will appeal to many fantasy readers and all horror readers and they will lead to exploration of other writings by the authors. The level of terror, violence, and overt sexual content mark this book for older readers—who will enjoy it mightily. (Fiction YA)