Treasure hunting. Code breaking. Doodles and audio clips. If your reading experience doesn’t include these elements, then I guess you haven’t picked up Emilie Autumn’s new ebook edition of The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls. While the detective skills may seem more fitting for a mystery novel, TAFWVG is actually part-autobiography, part-historical fantasy about being institutionalized for mental illness in the Victorian era and today. Emilie Autumn continues her dedication to a personalized relationship with her fans by developing this new level of interactive fiction. Continue reading Interactive Fiction: Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls Ebook Review
If you hadn’t noticed a theme in the type of museum exhibits that I like to frequent, other than costume and fashion shows in general, take a gander at Fashion Victims and Yesterday’s mourning. Thus, the Wadsworth Atheneum’s (located in Hartford, Connecticut) promising exhibit Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era’s Fashion and its Legacy was definitely on my list of must-see exhibitions.
Everyone is always searching for some sort of idol. One who represents our dreams and ambitions in life, and how we would like to end up in our more mature state of living. For me, that person is Guillermo del Toro, the man that has directed countless amounts of beautiful, haunting, electric, and bizarre cinematic adventures–including Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Pacific Rim. In short, I’ve never met a del Toro film I didn’t like, though some I love more than others. And with his recent effort, Crimson Peak, Guillermo is returning to the Gothic horror genre, a world he seems most comfortable in and understands better than any other.
I could wander at length around most museums, finding endless, personal, and silent entertainment in what is on view. Personally, a great collection or exhibit has the ability to both exhilarate and to exhaust the mind; the inspiration I glean is abundant and utterly gratifying in the most sublime of manners.
There happen to be an amazing array of fashion and historic costume-inspired exhibits that are currently on view, or are slated for dates within the next year. Keep on reading to discover a few of the gems that I am really excited about!
Suspicion, Alexandra Monir’s third novel, tells the story of Imogen Rockford, born to English nobility, but raised in New York City, who discovers a strange connection with her family’s estate, Rockford Manor, when she returns for the first time since the tragic accident that took her parents’ lives. Being a seventeen-year-old girl, Imogen also faces some of the surprises of new romance, all while learning how to navigate the world of twenty-first century nobility and the public eye. The author notes that her three main inspirations for the book were the novel Rebecca, the films of Alfred Hitchcock, and the world of the British aristocracy shown in Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey. There is also a song woven into the story, which you can hear Monir singing in the Youtube video below.
You may be familiar with Melissa Marr from her bestselling Wicked Lovely series, which topped my list of must-read modern faerie tales. Or perhaps you’ve heard of her adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. Whether you’ve read her before or not, you need to check out her latest book, Made For You, which came out in September. In a departure from her usual fantasy genre, Marr chose instead to make her contribution to the small but growing pool of YA Southern Gothic literature. Continue reading Melissa Marr’s Made for You is Made to Give You Chills