Friday, August 30, 2013

The Arrow Chest Read-a-Long and Gothic September

September 2013

In September, we will have Gothic September! A month of reading gothic lit. I'm hoping to get some guest bloggers who love the gothic in literature, whether it's a guest post or a guest review. If you're interested, leave me a comment below. Check out these lists on Goodreads for some gothic inspiration: Best Gothic Books of All Time, The best gothic novels, ghost stories and early horror 1764-1937, and Best Gothic Novels/Suspense Novels.

Also, in conjunction with Gothic September, I'm hosting a read-a-long of the gothic historical fiction novel The Arrow Chest by Robert Parry. In addition, the author will be stopping by as a guest during Gothic September and offering a giveaway of the book! Grab a copy and join me! I will post the reading schedule soon.

About the book

London, 1876. The painter Amos Roselli is in love with his life-long friend and model, the beautiful Daphne - and she with him - until one day she is discovered by another man, a powerful and wealthy industrialist. What will happen when Daphne realises she has sacrificed her happiness to a loveless marriage? What will happen when the artist realises he has lost his most cherished source of inspiration? And how will they negotiate the ever-increasing frequency of strange and bizarre events that seem to be driving them inexorably towards self-destruction.

Here, amid the extravagant Neo-Gothic culture of Victorian England, the iconic poem ‘The Lady of Shalott’ blends with mysterious and ghostly glimpses of Tudor history. Romantic, atmospheric and deeply dark.

About the author

Robert Parry is a UK writer of historical fiction with special interests in Tudor and Georgian England, Victorian Gothic and Pre-Raphaelite art. His debut novel, ‘Virgin and the Crab’ appeared in 2009, and his 2nd, ‘The Arrow Chest,’ in 2011. His latest, entitled WILDISH, has just been published, March 2013.

A fresh and original voice in historical fiction, his work spans the Tudor, Georgian and Victorian eras, and combines reality, mystery and imagination within a well-researched and vivid historical setting.

Details, plus news, competitions and more can be found at  Also, various articles by Robert Parry can be found at

This reading event is hosted by Castle Macabre. For more information and to sign-up, please see this post.