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The Quilty Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

Recent Acquisitions

My most recent acquisitions for my gothic project have some seriously awesome covers! They are all old Fawcett Crest editions. Starting with my least favorite cover, here they are:





This is early Victoria Holt, originally published in 1964. This is not my favorite cover -- too much cream, not enough fear on the face of the cover model. It looks more like a standard romance than a gothic. The plot summary is inviting, however, and the French chateau setting is a nice change from Cornwall.


Dallas Lawson came alone to the legend-haunted chateau, the castle of the notorious Comte de la Talle, deep in the wine country of France. When she set eyes on the handsome Comte, she knew she would never leave willingly. What she didn't know was that she might never leave ...alive.






This cover is the bomb! Note the way in which our darkly intrepid hero has thrown his coat over his shoulders! Note the porn star 'stache that screams 1961! And our heroine has somehow stepped into a wind tunnel that is trying desperately to push her over the edge of that ledge!


I love Mary Stewart. She might be my favorite of all of the authors writing gothics. And the plot summary of this one sounds especially pleasing:


If Mary Grey looked so much like the missing heiress, why should she not be an heiress?
To the lonely young woman -- living in a dreary furnished room, faced with an uncertain future -- the impersonation offered intriguing possibilities
And so plain Mary Grey became the glamorous Annabel Winslow. But she did not live happily ever after. In fact, she almost did not live at all. Because someone wanted Annabel Winslow missing . . . permanently.





So, yeah, this cover is everything awesome about a gothic romance. Woman running from mansion. Dramatic colors! Fire in the background. Unfortunately, the book is in terrible shape, which was disappointing. I bought it off ebay, along with The Ivy Tree, and it is literally falling apart. I hope I can manage to read it without losing pages.


The plot summary:


Sara's childhood has been haunted by dreams of a candlelit figure glimpsed in a mirror. She now decides to follow her true love, Ritchie Temple, to San Francisco. But Sara could not know about the terrors that were in store for her.

When lovely young Sara Jerome moves to San Francisco, she is filled with anticipation. Not only does the man she has loved since childhood live there, but her father, who left mysteriously so many years ago, came from San Francisco. She feels certain that now she will finally fulfill her dreams of marrying Ritchie Temple and finding out what happened to her father.

But Sara has another dream as well, a terrifying nightmare that has haunted her all of her life. Once in San Francisco, it is clearer and more frightening than ever. What does it mean? And what does it have to do with the stormy night her father disappeared? The answers are waiting for her, as is true love, if she just knows where to look.


Who here thinks that it is going to work out between Sara and Ritchie? Yeah, me neither!


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