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Download The Castle of Otranto, Vathek Nightmare Abbey ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ë The Gothic novel featuring dark tales of tragedy romance revenge torture and ancient villainies tinged with horror and the supernatural became the vogue in the late eighteen and early nineteenth centuries E we have a template for such works which other writers adopted and adapted With its dark cruelties and fiercely passionate dramas the power of Walpole's prose remains magically potent today. I originally got this collection because I wanted to read The Castle of Otranto which is generally regarded as the first Gothic novel and thus a classic that I knew I needed to read And I really did enjoy it uite a lot It is a very classic novel in every sense of the word the good are good the bad are bad the morals are old fashioned Additionally it is the first and thus the uintessential Gothic novel with all the usual genre tropes both good and bad are punished the ending is mostly unhappy and there is a distinct focus on the old the decrepit and the supernatural If you enjoy such books or if you are a fan of the Gothic genre I consider The Castle of Otranto to be a must readVathek was my least favourite of the three Not necessarily because it was bad It has some wonderful imagery and is an incredible example of the Oriental fascination central to the Gothic genre However the lack of chapters in the novel annoyed me A lack of chapters is alright in shorter novels but Vathek is over 100 pages long Thus you cannot possibly read it all at once You will have to make a decision to stop at some point while you're reading which for me meant that I found myself thrown directly into the action of the story without being able to fully remember everything that had gone before whenever I picked up the bookThis might make me seem like a bad Gothic aficionado but I think Nightmare Abbey might be my favourite of the three Written as a spoof of the Gothic genre itself the novel is laugh out loud funny especially if you are familiar with Gothic genre tropes and don't take them all too seriously The characters are hilarious and it felt like a breath of fresh air so I highly recommend Nightmare Abbey to fans of the Gothic genre unless you're too much of a Gothic fan to be able to laugh at the genre you love

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The Gothic novel featuring dark tales of tragedy romance revenge torture and ancient villainies tinged with horror and the supernatural became the vogue in the late eighteen and early ninete. This is not a book for people with modern tastes in horror And even for those used to classic ghost and horror stories this might be a book of interest but not of actual frightThe Castle of Otranto is a family tragedy brought upon the protagonists by the misdeeds of their forbears It is strong in te expression of Christian faith and ideals and offers a surprising insight into what was frightening to the author's contemporaries Vathek is an orientalist tale and feels as if taken out of 1001 Nights Here again the failures of humans directly lead to their destruction and misfortuneNightmare Abbey is a satire on the Gothic Novel genre and my favourite in this collection It is simply hilarious in the overuse of speaking names exaggerated gestures absurd coincidences and great lamentation Brilliant

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The Castle of Otranto Vathek Nightmare AbbeyEnth centuries This uniue collection presents the best and the most diverse of this fascinating genre In Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto often regarded as the first true Gothic romanc. Nightmare Abbey is the only thing that saves this book from being a complete disappointment The Castle of Otranto is ridiculous and still better than Vathek which is tedious and pointless Nightmare Abbey on the other hand is a genuinely funny parody and the only reason I'm giving this collection 4 stars instead of 2