Title: Gothic Revival
Author: Carson Buckingham
Publication Date: August 17, 2014
Publisher: Sirens Call Publications
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Gothic Revival is an interesting horror story.
While I like both Leo and Alex - and especially their relationship as husband and wife - I feel as though I knew them long before they moved to Theodora Hamilton's home for their summer job at around the halfway point. The pace of the first half of the book was too slow. I knew Leo and Alex would get through the weirdness and strange things happening around them by relying on each other - even when they disagreed. But I didn't need half a book to convince me of that.
What I liked most was the strangeness and suspense. I enjoyed the creepiness, like meeting the Mertzes and tasting the foul vegetables, avoiding the faces carved into the bathroom wall, and finding the Memento Mori. And when Leo decided to explore the forbidden second floor in search of Alex, I actually whimpered. Though I was curious as to what was up there, I feared for the consequences that would result in Leo's curiosity. And what he finds had me mentally screaming for him to run away.
What I found most disappointing was the numerous typos and missing punctuation. They were distracting and took me out of what should have been a very suspenseful story.
But, if you can ignore missing punctuation and typos, and love a suspenseful horror story, then this one's for you.
Carson Buckingham knew from childhood that she wanted to be a writer, and began, at age six, by writing books of her own, hand-drawing covers, and selling them to any family member who would pay (usually a gum ball) for what she referred to as “classic literature.” When she ran out of relatives, she came to the conclusion that there was no real money to be made in self-publishing, so she studied writing and read voraciously for the next eighteen years, while simultaneously collecting enough rejection slips to re-paper her living room…twice.
When her landlord chucked her out for, in his words, “making the apartment into one hell of a downer,” she redoubled her efforts and collected four times the rejection slips in half the time, single-handedly causing the first paper shortage in U.S. history.
But she persevered, improved greatly over the years, and here we are.