Fright Fall 2015

With October officially here, it seems a good time to start thinking about all things Halloween-y and today I actually got ahead of the game and bought my daughter her costume. I also realised I hadn’t written my sign-up post for Fright Fall so here it is.

Fright Fall is a week long read-a-long run by Michelle through her read the seasons blog. I did the Summer one and it was a lot of fun. This is shorter being only a week long (starting Monday) and there is a simple rule for the books you read – they have to be scary be that mystery, thriller, horror or gothic. You post what you plan on reading and how you did at the end.

Tying in with my reading of Romantic Outlaws (yes, I’m still reading it!) and my classic club list (because I’m way behind on my list), I’ve decided to read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

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Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever. (From goodreads)

I’m really looking forward to it, and maybe picking up some suggestions from others for spooky reads for the rest of the month. Wish me luck and, if you have time, click on the badge below to see what others are reading.

Emma