Today we're continuing our series of spooky collaborations; this time we've joined up with embroiderer @memorialstitches. Read through to the end and you'll find out how you could win all of Carrie's choices + one of her gorgeous pieces.
Hi everyone, I hope you like the books I've chosen. Let me know if you've read any of these too.
1. The Yellow Wallpaper
Cited as a significant example of early feminist literature The Yellow Wallpaper paints a picture of an un-named woman's descent into psychosis. Exploring late 19th century attitudes towards mental health, the subject is confined to a peculiar room and forbidden to work or exert herself. Here begins an unnerving journey which I found both fascinating and frightening.
2. We Have Always Lived In The Castle
Often regarded as the author's greatest achievement We Have Always Lived In The Castle was Shirley Jackson's last novel before her death. The book centres around the main character Merricat who, along with her sister and ailing uncle, survived the gruesome murder of her family through arsenic poisoning. The family retreat into a life of social exclusion and isolation, and persecuted by the locals Merricat finds solace in sympathetic magic. The book's dark undercurrent is perfectly juxtaposed with an innocence found in the naive rituals and pagan traditions performed by the sisters. This book is for anyone who has felt shunned for their 'otherness' and created an imaginary sanctuary.
This one will always hold a special place in my heart, Bram Stoker's Gothic masterpiece effortlessly delves into the darkest torments and fears that plagued the Victorian psyche. Immigration, promiscuity and a moral malaise are devilishly explored against the dimly lit gloom of London's streets. The harrowing tale that ensues brings these anxieties to life when the ancient vampire Dracula is shipwrecked in the coastal town of Whitby... and a living nightmare begins.
So those are three of my favourite Halloween-suited reads. If you'd like to win the books and my bat embroidery, just make sure you're following @penguinukbooks and @memorialstitches and tag a friend in the comments below.