October 30: Shirley Jackson

October 30: Shirley Jackson's "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
October 30: Shirley Jackson’s “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Hello, Cobblers!

We are one day away from what is arguably the best day of the year: HALLOWEEN!!! Sadly, this does mean our Gothic Literature Month is over. *all the tears* For our last day of this month’s celebration I’ve decided to return to Shirley Jackson, but this time I’ve chosen “We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

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New to the work? Check out a review of “Castle” from Flavorwire’s Lincoln Michel:Flavorwire Author Club: Shirley Jackson’s Haunting Final Novel, ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle.” Here’s a snippet: “…one of the great American Gothic novels, deftly using atmosphere and mystic — albeit mostly invented — symbolism to create tension, mystery, and unease. At the same time, it is wildly and blackly funny.

One not enough? Then a beautifully worded review from The New York Review of Books, by Joyce Carol Oates, is what you need to read: “The Witchcraft of Shirley Jackson.” Be enticed: “In this deftly orchestrated opening, Merricat’s wholly sympathetic creator/ collaborator Shirley Jackson has struck every essential note of her Gothic tale of sexual repression and rhapsodic vengeance; as it unfolds in ways both inevitable and unexpected, We Have Always Lived in the Castle becomes a New England fairy tale of the more wicked variety, in which a “happy ending” is both ironic and literal, the consequence of unrepentant witchcraft and a terrible sacrifice—of others.”

How about some more fiction? The New Yorker hosts a short story from Jackson, entitled “Paranoia.” There’s no better way to spend your Friday than with a terrifying short story. You’re welcome.

Remember when…Literary Cobblestones featured Jackson earlier this month? If not, check it out now: “October 24: Shirley Jackson.

We will be on vacation from today through mid-week, but we’ll be back and posting daily pieces on November 5th (next Thursday). Enjoy your Halloween weekend, and don’t forget to send us pictures of your literary themed costumes (literarycobblestones@gmail.com).

Check back on November 4th (Wednesday) for the announcement of November’s theme!

As always, read on.


October 28: Diane Setterfield

October 28: Diane Setterfield's "The Thirteenth Tale" | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
October 28: Diane Setterfield’s “The Thirteenth Tale” | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Happy Hump Day, Cobblers!

How is it already the 28th? October has flown by and with our Gothic Literature Month. To celebrate our last gothic-themed wednesday, we are taking a look at Dianne Diane Setterfield‘s “The Thirteenth Tale.” To buy a copy of this piece, check out Setterfield’s official site: “Diane Setterfield: The Thirteenth Tale.

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Get to Know Setterfield. Check out an interview with Setterfield from The Guadian, featuring Oliver Burkeman: “A Tale With a Twist.”

Looking for a new author like Setterfield? Check out GNOD’s Literature Map to find authors that Setterfield-readers love: “Literature Map: Diane Setterfield.

Feeling Inspired? If you’ve now decided that you need to read this work, Lit Lovers offers a reading guide, including discussion questions: “Thirteenth Tale (Setterfield).”

That’s end for our mid-week post, my friends. Check back tomorrow for “The Woman in White.”

October 27: Franz Kafka

October 27: Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis"
October 27: Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”

Hello, Cobblers!

You’re officially on the mid-week stretch, so I congratulate you. Halloween is quickly approaching, and with it comes the end of our Gothic Literature Month. *Tears* But, we still have a few days left, and I hope to make the most of them. Our feature for today is Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis.” If you missed our previous post on Kafka, check it out here: “August 4: Franz Kafka.”

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Need to Read It? If you haven’t read this work, The Kafka Project offers a HTML version: “Kafka Project: Metamorphosis.” If you prefer Kindle or PDF, Project Gutenberg offers it in multiple formats: “Gutenberg: Metamorphosis.”

Only got a few minutes? Mental Floss’ Jeff Wells put together a list of things you need to know about the work: “12 Unsettling Facts About ‘The Metamorphosis’.

Want to dig deeper? A new, highly praised translation from Susan Bernofsky has been published. The New Yorker adapted her afterword into an essay piece on their site: “On Translating Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’.”

What is it about Kafka? Slate’s Rebecca Schuman takes a closer look into Kafka, focusing on two Kafka-themed projects — including Bernofsky’s translation — and why we are still obsessed with him: “The Ghosts of Kafka Present: The two new books attempt to capture the gaunt specter of modernism – and make him talk.” Take a peek inside the article: “And yet both of these books want desperately to bring a dead man back to life, so that he can explain himself, so that he can (metaphorically) finish novels that break off midsentence, so that he can solve the mystery of his own existence. That they cannot succeed is not only no mark against these two fascinating books but works to underscore exactly what drove both authors to chase his ghost in the first place.”

Feeling Scholarly? The Kafka Project offers a transcript of a lecture by Vladimir Nabokov: “A Lecture on ‘The Metamorphosis’.” Here’s a beautifully worded excerpt: “Where there is beauty there is pity for the simple reason that beauty must die: beauty always dies, the manner dies with the matter, the world dies with the individual. If Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” strikes anyone as something more than an entomological fantasy, then I congratulate him on having joined the ranks of good and great readers.

That’s it for today, friends. Question: Are you planning to dress up as a literary figure for Halloween? Let us know in the comments below!

October 26: Victor Hugo

October 26: Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
October 26: Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Hello, Cobblers!

Monday has once again showed its ugly face, but Literary Cobblestones is here to help you get through it. Today, let’s take a look at Victor Hugo and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

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First up, take a look at two of Hugo’s houses that have been preserved as historical sites ( Paris Musée): “Victor Hugo’s Houses Paris/ Guernesey.” I’ve officially added these to my bucket list as if it wasn’t already long enough.

In the mood for a podcast? Well, technically it’s a radio show created by John Lienhard entitled “Engine of Our Ingenuity.” They offer this particular show as a transcript and as audio, featuring special guest Rob Zaretsky: “No. 2293: Victor Hugo and Architecture.” Here’s an excerpt from the transcript: “For Frollo — or, rather, Hugo — the history of architecture is the history of writing. Before the printing press, mankind communicated through architecture. From Stonehenge to the Parthenon, alphabets were inscribed in “books of stone.” Rows of stones were sentences, Hugo insists, while Greek columns were “hieroglyphs” pregnant with meaning.”

Are you Disney fan? Take a look at the “Disneyfied, or Disney Tried?” article looking at the differences between Hugo’s Notre Dame and Disney’s animated version: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame vs. Notre Dame de Paris.” This may be the most beautifully worded excerpt I’ve ever featured: “The last time this word was carved into anything it didn’t bode well (see Connor: Sarah) so if you were one of those people who was upset that Quasi didn’t get the girl in the end, you might want to turn back now, lest your sanity be lost forever. For everyone else, feel free to bring along some valium and join Esmeralda in praying for the outcast – this one’s going to hurt.” I highly recommend this article.

Lastly, here’s a link for our literary cartography lovers: “Mapping Gothic France: Hugo, Victor.” As I’m slightly obsessed with literary cartography, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t come across this site before. Here’s their own description: “With a database of images, texts, charts and historical maps, Mapping Gothic France invites you to explore the parallel stories of Gothic architecture and the formation of France in the 12th and 13th centuries, considered in three dimensions: Space, Time and Narrative.”

That’s it for today, my friends. Check back tomorrow for Franz Kafka.

October 24: Shirley Jackson

October 24: Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House" | Daily Literary Quotes at Literary Cobblestones
October 24: Shirley Jackson’s “The Haunting of Hill House” | Daily Literary Quotes at Literary Cobblestones

Hello, Cobblers!

It’s Saturday, and what better way to spend your Saturday than to be terrified? If you agree with this notion, then you’ve come to the right place. Today is reserved for the Queen of American Gothic, Shirley Jackson, and her piece “The Haunting of Hill House.

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Take a look at a feature from The Independent, by David Barnett, focusing on her life, along with her works: “The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author’s life really as bleak as her fictions?

Last up for today, a feature from the Nerdist, by Samantha Sofka: “Terrifying page turners: The Haunting of Hill House.”

Be sure to check back tomorrow for our Sunday sadness post, featuring Victor Hugo.

October 23: Gaston Leroux

October 23: Gaston Leroux's "The Phantom of the Opera" | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
October 23: Gaston Leroux’s “The Phantom of the Opera” | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Happy Friday, Cobblers!

You have officially survived the work/school week, so let’s celebrate with Gaston Leroux‘s “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Since this text is extremely popular, I had imagined that I’d be loaded down with links to filter through; however, I had to search for multiple days, and luckily, I found two really interesting pieces for us.

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An extended biography from Bloom: “Gaston Leroux: A Man of Heaven and Earth.” This is a beautifully written article, so I urge you to check it out. Here’s an excerpt: “And so Gaston Leroux became a roving investigative reporter, charged with ferreting out the story others couldn’t get. He journeyed from hot spot to hot spot, from one dangerous situation to another—a life of constant adventure that would have made Sir Richard Francis Burton envious, if only there had been more sex in it.

Lastly, a critical review/analysis from Striped Penguin: “Gaston Leroux’s Melodramatic Phantom of the Opera.”

Enjoy your weekend, Cobblers!

October 22: Daphne du Maurier

October 22: Daphne du Maurier's "Rebecca" | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
October 22: Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca” | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Hello, Cobblers!

How are we already this close to the end of the month? Gothic Literature Month has flown by, and I’ve enjoyed every minute it. How do you feel about our first themed month? What was your favorite work? I’d love to hear your opinions.

Today’s work is new to me, but after my research, I’m desperate to read this piece: Daphne du Maurier‘s “Rebecca.” Have you read Maurier before? I’m just as fascinated with her as a person as I am with the synopsis of this work. Check out her official website: “Daphne du Maurier Official.”

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A Flavorwire feature on Maurier and her work, by Sarah Seltzer: “Daphne du Maurier Updated the Brontes, Inspired Hitchcock, Was a Gender-Fluid Iconoclast.” Here’s a quick excerpt to convince you to read it: “While du Maurier’s gift as a writer was her vivid and even wild imagination, she borrowed elements from her extraordinary life for her novels…And her envy of her husband’s former lover Jan Ricardo, who died in a suicide by train, was one emotional source of the central conflict in Rebecca — which du Maurier called a ‘study in jealousy.’ 

Our other feature for today comes from Gawker, offering an interesting look at “Rebecca”: “The Original Gone Girl: On Daphne du Maurier and Her Rebecca.

That’s all for today, my friends. The weekend is upon us, so read on.

October 21: Susan Hill

October 21: Susan Hill's "The Woman in Black" | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
October 21: Susan Hill’s “The Woman in Black” | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Happy Hump-Day, Cobblers!

For today’s feature, we spotlight Susan Hill‘s “The Woman in Black.” If you have yet to read this work, check out Hill’s website to direct you to the best way in which to purchase it: “Susan Hill Official.

Today’s post is short and sweet with only one link, so I’ll get right to it.

A look at the novel versus the movie adaptation, a review from The Readventurer: “Book vs. Movie: The Woman in Black.

That’s it for today, my friends; short and sweet, like I hope your week is going.

October 20: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

October 20: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hound of Baskerville" | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
October 20: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of Baskerville” | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Hello, Cobblers!

Today we look at the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the great Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, and his gothic story “The Hound of Baskervilles“. My knowledge of this particular story is limited to the BBC modern adaptation in Season 2 of Sherlock. I know the creators/writers, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, are Doyle fanboys, so I believe they stuck pretty closely to the heart of the story. If you are like me, as in you’re ashamed of enjoying a visual adaptation before the written word, then be shamed no longer: The Online Literature Library offers a free HTML copy of “OLL: The Hound of Baskervilles.”

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The Literary Omnivore has reviewed/analyzed the story, making some great points: “Review: The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

Next up, a review of Philip Weller’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles: Hunting the Dartmoor Legend,” a literary cartography of the real-life inspiration for Doyle’s story: “Dartmoor: In the footprints of a gigantic hound.”

Finally, a look at the modern adaptation that I mentioned above: “Watson and the Hound – Sherlock Series 2 – BBC.

That’s it for today, friends. I’m currently listening to the new episode of the “Tanis” podcast, and this elevator game is terrifying. If you haven’t listened to “Tanis” yet, learn about it and some of my other favorite scary podcasts: “Podcasts to Accompany Gothic Literature Month.