William Beckford – Vathek, an Arabian Tale; final thoughts and conclusion

Thoughts after reading: This is by far the best of the three early Gothic novels I have read so far. It is pure entertainment, the villains get their proper comeuppance, and indeed there are no heroes at all in the story. It is more smoothly written than the others and never gets bogged down in…

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William Beckford – Vathek, an Arabian Tale. More thoughts while reading.

More thoughts while reading. I am at the point where Vathek has been invited to stay at the home of the emir Fakreddin, a holy man who as no idea what kind of monster he has invited into his home. One thing I have noticed is that unlike Otranto, which had an obvious hero, and…

Horace Walpole – The Castle of Otranto

I have always enjoyed the Gothic in literature, but my reading in the genre has mostly been 19th and 20th century novels, like Frankenstein, Dracula, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Haunting of Hill House, Gormeghast and The Shining. The one course I took on horror literature while studying English at university…