Hi, It’s Michelle here. I fell in love with historicals reading Victoria Holt’s gothic romances. Everything about them just sucked me right in. I was already a total history nut and of course a hopeless romantic. So to dive into these stories of ancient manor house on wind-swept moors, and dashing, often brooding and mysterious, and always devastatingly handsome heroes, I was hooked.
These stories also had a great deal of intrigue and danger. It wasn’t just the governess falling in love with the lord of the manor. There was always another element – the mysterious death of his first wife; strange noises in the attic at night; a beautiful noblewoman who pretended to be our heroine’s friend, but was she really?; near-death “accidents”; ghostly apparitions. The danger and mystery only served to heighten the stakes and intensify the complicated relationship between our lovers. I LOVED IT. Ate it up. Read every one of her books (under 3 of her pen names anyway) that I could get my hands on. I’ve read them all more times than I can count. And when I decided to write a novel of my own, I penned To Trust a Thief, a Victorian tale of romance, danger, and intrigue that is, to this day, my favorite of all my books (just don’t tell the others) 😉
So here is my dilemma. Recently, the movie Crimson Peak hit the theaters. The moment I heard of it I had my money waving in the air. IT WAS A GOTHIC ROMANCE ON THE BIG SCREEN! I’ve been reading these my whole life. Even the ghostly ones (I’m a total chicken when it comes to ghost films…Ghostbusters is about as much as I can handle, and even then only in the daylight lol But books I do slightly better with. At least as long as they are gothic romances).
Then I saw the trailer. I was equal parts SQUEE OMG THIS IS AMAZING and EEP OMG HOLD ME I’M TERRIFIED! One the one hand – it’s gothic romance and from what I’ve seen and heard it is completely classic, amazing gothic romance. With Tom Hiddleston. Which is almost enough right there to sway me 😉 On the other hand, it looks terrifyingly creepy. Like REALLY.
So…has anyone out there seen it who can attest to it’s nightmare inducing creep-factor? 😀 And, do you love gothic romances? Who are your favorite authors?