Book Clubs

Do you love reading and talking about books?

Our Readers’ Advisory team- Cher, Debbie, Kristin and Kelly- will help you  find your next great read. Or, why not join our monthly book club at Nowra Library?

It’s held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10am and focuses on a monthly theme, so you never have to read anything you don't want to. New members are always welcome, and we'd love to see you there! Ask our friendly staff for more details, phone (02) 4429 3705, or send us an email.

Gothic fiction has roots that stretch back to England in the second half of the 18th century, when writers like Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe, William Thomas Beckford and Matthew Lewis began publishing stories that combined horror, death and romance. The works of Edgar Allen Poe (1809 -1849), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818) and Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) ensured the genre's success. The name Gothic is a reference to the Gothic architecture of the buildings in which the stories take place.

The elements of early Gothic fiction include:

1. A virginal maiden, sweet and innocent, who often has a mysterious past
2. An older, foolish woman 
3. A hero who is virtuous, brave and witty
4. A tyrant or villain who is a liar and womaniser
5. Bandits or ruffians
6. The clergy
7. A spooky setting, usually a castle, abbey, monastery often in ruins, with secrets of its own. The setting is a key element of Gothic fiction. 

Sub-genres of Gothic include:

Female Gothic - Guided by the works of Ann Radcliffe, Mary Shelley and Charlotte Brontë, this sub-genre introduced a layer of feminine societal and sexual desire. 

Pulp - In America, pulp magazines such as Weird Tales re-printed classic Gothic stories by authors like Poe, as well as works by modern authors such as H.P Lovecraft and Robert Bloch, the author of Psycho (1959) which famously included key elements of the Gothic tradition. 

Southern Gothic -This genre combines Gothic sensibilities in a Southern United States setting. Notable authors include Flannery O'Connor, Cormac McCarthy, Harper Lee, and William Faulkner. 

Modern Horror- Many modern horror writers call upon Gothic elements in their works, including Anne Rice, Susan Hill, and Stephen King.

Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre have Gothic elements.  

Need more ideas? Pop in to the library and borrow something from our Gothic Reads display (we've already done the hard work for you, gathering together as many Gothic reads as we could find.) 

Come along to our next meeting at 10am on Wednesday October 19th to discuss your Gothic Reads. 

See you there!   

Bookclub Themes for 2017:
January - Epic Reads
February - Asia Reads
March - Twisted Reads
April - Hype Reads
May - Translated Reads
June - Night Reads
July - Snow Reads
August - Comfort Reads
September - Hidden Reads
October - Gothic Reads
November - Gold Reads

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Cher, Kelly, Damien, Debbie & Bronwyn.
Our Readers Advisory team